September 29, 2011
MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey Launches!
Last Tuesday, an email invitation was sent to all first-year students to complete the MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey. This survey asks students how their transition to USD has been so far related to a variety of factors (academic, social, on-campus living, etc.).
Thanks to the above-and-beyond promotional efforts of our Community Directors, their RA’s, and Commuter Commons Staff, an impressive 98% of our first-year students have completed the survey as of Wednesday afternoon.
Based on student responses, professional staff and student leaders will review the responses of students they are connected with through their various roles on campus. For those students who indicated their transition to USD isn’t going as well as it could be, professional staff will reach out personally to offer additional support. A special thank you to professional staff in Student Affairs who will manage this outreach.
Big Blue Circus
The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion is already thinking about National Collegiate Alcohol Week (NCAAW). This year, along with other events, Campus Connections will be hosting a "Big Blue Circus" on Tuesday, October 25 from 12-3pm. The theme is "Clowning Around Without Alcohol." There will be a cupcake walk with music by a DJ, photo booth, games, blue cotton candy and hopefully, your organization! The goal of the event is to educate students about the negative consequences of drinking alcohol and to teach ways to reduce these consequences. There are many ways to get involved.
There will be competitions and prizes for the most participation! To get started and to be featured on the promotions please e-mail Meghan McCarthy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Residential Life Update
This week, Residential Life held its first all-staff meeting of the semester, marking the first time since RA training that all of the Resident Assistant staffs were brought together. The meeting presented the RA's with the opportunity to see and speak with RA's from across campus, which becomes increasingly difficult to do as the responsibilities of the year begin to pile up. It wouldn’t be a meeting without some information being delivered to the students, and the all-staff allowed Dining Services and the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion to present important updates to the RA's that will impact the student body.
Now for some quick updates on a few very successful programs: Tuesday (9/27) evening, CD Jen Lee and the Missions B RA's held an area-wide program, titled Pancake Palooza. The event brought together over 300 residents in Missions Crossroads, leaving everyone happy and well fed! In a similar breakfast-theme mold, ACD Sarah Rinn and the UTA RA's will be hosting a Waffle Wednesday event every other week, alternating with the ever-popular Weiner Wednesday in Manchester. Already, this new program has done well to allow neighboring students to get to know each other better in the University Terrace Apartments. Finally, Fro-Yo with Faculty continues to be an overwhelming success, as Resident Faculty Dr. Jonathan Bowman, Dr. Jericho Brown, Dr. Belinda Lum and Dr. Tom Reifer take the opportunity every Wednesday to pass out free Frozen Yogurt and interact with students from every community on campus!
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