ISSUE 10, FALL 2011
Features:   Assessment Corner   |    The Application of our Organizational Changes
Resources That Build Our Expertise   |    Professional Development Opportunities
Comings and Goings   |    Staff Kudos   |    FYI…   |    Did you know?   |    Photos
Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Letter from Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

As our newest Tritons arrive on campus, I am reminded, as I always am at this time of year, what a tremendous leap of faith our students take when they come to UC San Diego. They leave behind all that is comfortable and embark on a new adventure, most of them visibly alive with energy. You can just feel it as you walk across campus. Of course they miss what they have left behind, but the prevailing energy is the sense of possibility embedded in their new environment.

I am mindful that when they take this leap of faith, they do so into a warm and welcoming community that is made possible by the work that each of you do, whether in the front lines or behind the scenes. There is much that you will teach them over the coming months that will help to make this a positive experience, and most of them are eager to embrace their new world.

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Assessment Corner

by Hayley Ryan, Graduate Student at San Diego State University, and Graduate Assistant in Student Life at UC San Diego, and Gary Ratcliff, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life

During the summer, many Student Affairs units used the results of assessment projects they conducted in the spring quarter to fine tune the delivery of their programs and services this fall. They used assessment methods such as surveys and focus groups to gauge student needs, generate feedback on their services, and determine the impact of their programs on student learning.

Looking for inspiration to get on the assessment bandwagon? Check out these successful projects implemented by your colleagues.

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The Application of our Organizational Changes

by Edward J. Spriggs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, '70

Student Affairs is gradually transforming into an organization that will be more clearly and directly aligned to provide the services and programs needed by today's students. This rapid evolution is a source of both excitement and anxiety for all of us. We need to talk more about the reasons for these changes and where we are going with them, for they are not accidental.

It would be a mistake to believe that the changes are mostly budget driven, though for six of the last ten years the university has faced budget cuts. We in Student Affairs are fortunate to have other reasons to change that are of our own making. One is that our Vice Chancellor's clear priorities around community building, diversity, and student well-being are taking hold in her fourth year. Another is more subtle. I see it as the professionalism of our staff and the pride we take in providing world class services to students at a great university.

These three factors have uniquely come together at this time and are motivating some breathtaking changes in our organization and the way we do business. A good example of these factors working together is our consolidation of IT services in Student Affairs that will bring our best IT minds together to help us invent and adopt 21st century approaches for delivering services to students while enabling us to perform our administrative work more efficiently. This has to be better for Student Affairs, once the transitions are complete, than having our IT staff scattered across a dozen units.

Another even stronger example is our new Strategic Plan, not merely a document for the shelf like most such plans become once stapled or bound, but something more organic, adaptable, and useable as a guideline for most of our services, programs, and assessment efforts. On second thought, maybe this is not really a Strategic Plan. We call what has come out of our process Goal Frameworks. They are the culmination of three years of focused effort by the Council as well as staff members in every department.

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Resources That Build Our Expertise

Collected by Jamie Nye, Assistant Director of Professional & Graduate School Advising, Career Services Center

Resources at UC San Diego

Student Development
As new students arrive on campus this fall, how will their experiences with student affairs staff affect their future academic pursuits? Read "The First Weeks of the First Year" by Mimi Benjamin et al. (2007) ( and see how orientation and other programs and activities can contribute to students' collegiate success.

Would you like to offer some reading suggestions for new students learning to adjust to a multicultural college environment? Check out the book reviews in the Summer 2011 NODA Journal of College Orientation and Transition for possibilities covering a wide range of topics like coming of age, urban farming, undocumented students and more.

Student and Academic Affairs Collaborations
We hear a lot about the need to increase collaboration between student affairs and our academic affairs colleagues, but what does that mean? Read "Enhancing Student Learning with Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration" ( to see how these partnerships can develop and facilitate student success.

Educational Resources
Do you want to learn more about academic and student affairs partnerships, student development, assessment, or other hot topics in higher education and student affairs? Ask ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - an online digital library of journals of research and information about education. Access is free to hundreds of journals at

Have you come across anything—articles, books, websites—recently that the rest of us in Student Affairs might benefit from reading? Send your suggestions for the next issue of Impact to Jamie Nye at

Professional Development Opportunities

Collected by Stephanie Wong, Office of the VC Student Affairs, Human Resources and Grace Bagunu, Assistant Director, Center for Communication and Leadership

Here are some Staff Development courses to consider this Fall (visit the UC Learning Center to sign up):

October 2011
Building Productivity through Respect & Dignity 10/11 8:30 - 12:30
Organizational Performance Management & Process Improvement 10/12 1:30 - 3:30
Hard Times, Soft Tactics: Mind-Body Skills for Busy Professionals 10/21 8:30 - 11:30
Effective Business Writing 10/26 8:30 - 4:30
Motivating the Student Employee 10/26 8:30 - 11:30
November 2011
Effective Public Speaking and Presentations 11/2 8:30 - 4:00
Budgeting 101A: Best Fiscal Practices 11/2 8:30 - 12:00
Middle Management Advance 11/8 8:00 - 12:00
Situational Leadership 11/15 8:00 - 12:00
Communication Toolbelt 11/22 1:00 - 4:30
Diversity Education 11/30 8:30 - 12:30
December 2011
Coaching Tools for Leaders 12/1 8:30 - 12:30
Sexual Harassment Prevention: the Survival Guide 12/6 8:00 - 10:00
Understanding UC Plans 12/6 2:30 - 4:00

Resources Outside UC San Diego

ACPA 21st Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education
October 16-18, 2011
University of Vermont Conference Center at Sheraton Hotel
Burlington, VT

NASPA Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day
October 21, 2011
University of Southern California - Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Los Angeles, CA

NASPAtech: Student Affairs Technology Conference
October 27-29, 2011
Newport, RI

NASPA Western Regional Conference
November 17-19, 2011
Hard Rock Hotel
San Diego, CA

ACUI Women's Leadership Institute
November 29-December 2, 2011
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

NASPA Multicultural Institute
December 8-10, 2011
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA

Comings and Goings

Please welcome the following new employees to the Student Affairs family:


  • Noemi Aguilar, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Danielle Alita Boyle, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Sergio Brown, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jenss Chang, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Holule'a David Conklin, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Sophia R Davidson, John Muir College
  • Amol N Doshi, Student Health
  • Edgar Espinoza, Admissions
  • Nathasha Nico Ferrer Perez, Campus Recreation
  • Laurie J Han-Conrad, Student Health
  • Mark Stanley Jesinoski, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Emily Ku, The Guardian Newspaper
  • Amy La, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Kevin Jacob Macneel, International Education
  • Brendan Patrick McDermott, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Isela Medina, Cal-SOAP
  • Monique Marie Mendoza, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Roark Thurston Miller, International Education
  • Eric Christian Newman, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Caroline C Paterno, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Jeffrey Michael Poizner, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Santo Giovanni Sanfilippo, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Adine Elizabeth Thompson, Admissions
  • Ismael O Vallejo, TRiO Outreach Programs
  • Jennifer Anne White, TRiO Outreach Programs
  • Adrienne Rae Wilson, TRiO Outreach Programs


  • Fred William Atchison, Registrar's Office, 28 years of service
  • Elizabeth S. J. Blocker, Academic Enrichment Program, 31 years of service
  • Joyce R. Chastain, Early Academic Outreach Program, 27 years of service
  • Pauline F. Cassidy, Registrar's Office, 33 years of service
  • Alfonso E. Gomez, Campus Recreation, 30 years of service
  • Horst Helmut Hoffmann, International Center, 32 years of service
  • Molly Ann McCarren, International Center, 27 years of service

Staff Kudos

Wendy Taylor May

Kudos to Wendy Taylor May, Intercollegiate Athletics honored as Administrator of the Year at the national convention of The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).

Congratulations to Fred Atchison, Registrar's Office and Jim Hawkins, International Center for receiving the Chancellor's 2011 Employee of the Year Award in spring.

Renee Barnett-Terry, Revelle College, as well as staff from OASIS, and Eleanor Roosevelt College presented at the UC First Year Best Practices Conference at UC Riverside in Spring.

Cheers to Cindy McDaniel (Student Health Services) who received the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Support Staff Award from the Graduate Student Association.

Grand Prize Award for Education Design Showcase

Kudos to the University Centers and the Price Center East for receiving the Grand Prize Award from the publication, College Planning and Management in their annual Education Design Showcase.

Congratulations to the International Center staff for welcoming and orienting nearly 1,200 new fall 2011 international students.

Kudos to Yoly Woo-Hoogenstyn (Undergraduate Admissions) for being recognized by her fellow Articulation Officers across the CSU and UC systems for her outstanding accomplishments in service of undergraduate recruitment and admissions.

Special thanks to Christy Quiogue (Career Services Center) for organizing the College to Career Conference hosted by the Filipino Collegiate Collaborative (FCC) - a collective of Filipino-American alumni and students from UCSD, SDSU, USD and CSUSM. Additional Student Affairs professionals involved with this initiative include Ian Transfiguracion and Roxanne Farkas (Career Services Center), Cyril Nierva (ERC), Grace Bagunu (Center for Communication & Leadership), Frida Pineda (SPACES), Melissa Medina (Revelle) and Leezel Ramos (Cal-SOAP). Over fifty students were in attendance along with the participation of twenty-one UC San Diego Alumni.

Much appreciation for the staff of Thurgood Marshall College, Financial Aid, and Registrar's Office for their amazing volunteer and San Diego community service efforts this past year.


Save the Date! The Student Affairs All-Staff Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 1.

Family Weekend 2011 is here! Volunteers Needed! Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts (or more if willing): Friday, October 21 (afternoon and evening), and Saturday, October 22 (morning and afternoon). Volunteers will be provided a Family Weekend t-shirt and unlimited amounts of thanks! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Cynthia Davalos.

The Parent & Family Programs Innovation and Engagement Fund VCSA has a new programming fund Student Affairs staff can access for the 2011-12 academic year. Provided by the generous gifts made by UC San Diego Parents & Family members, the fund helps offset costs for new programming. Applications must be received one quarter before your event. The deadline for winter quarter is October 30. For more information and to download the application click here.

After a number of years of committed work and conversations with campus leadership, gender identity is now included as one of the named dimensions of diversity in UC San Diego's Principles of Community! Check it out:

The tradition that began last year with Founders' Day will continue in 2011. The following events will take place this November as the campus celebrates the second annual Founders' Day. Stay tuned for more information on these events.

  • Founders' Symposium - Thursday, November 17
  • Founders' Day Celebration in Town Square - Friday day, November 18
  • Founders' Day Concert Hosted by the AS - Friday night, November 18
  • Founder's Dinner Honoring 2011 Chancellor's Medalists - Saturday, November 19

Did you know?

New Student Housing Blooms on the West Campus - Liora Kian Gutiérrez, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Revelle College

New Muir and The Village Apartments

The campus can now proudly boast another facility that will earn a LEED gold and potentially a platinum rating for environmentally conscious design and sustainability (California Energy Code - Title 24). The Charles David Keeling Apartments at Revelle College are something to be proud of because this is the first time in the founding college's history that all of the housing facilities are now located in Revelle College, meaning that new students and returning students are now housed nearby.

The new apartments have been designed to be some of the "greenest" student housing in the country and it is particularly appropriate since Dr. Revelle was one of the pioneers of global warming research. More information can be found at the San Diego Architectural Foundation - Orchids and Onions.

John Muir College and the completion of phase two of The Village (dedicated to providing housing for transfer students) are also pleased to be adding a new housing facility for students.

To learn more about these amazing facilities check out Housing, Dining Service and Hospitality.

Student Affairs Photos

UC San Diego Student Affairs staff with former President Bill Clinton.

On June 3, 2011, Muslim and Jewish student leaders involved in the Center for Student Involvement's bi-monthly Jewish/Muslim dialogue planted an olive tree to symbolize the efforts of Jewish and Muslim student leaders toward peace. The tree is located behind Center Hall.

Alejandra Sotelo-Solis from the Center for Student Involvement, dropped off over eighty pairs of donated shoes from the UC San Diego community for the Soles for Souls project. For more information visit, Soles for Souls.

The first Summer Send-Off of the summer was a great success thanks to the Alumni Affairs office. The Minnesota contingency was excited and proud to be part of the UCSD community and send a new Triton first year on its way to La Jolla!

Women's Crew coach, Pattie Pinkerton and student athletes hosted an outreach event for the Jackie Robinson YMCA this summer for approximately ninety children from Southeast San Diego at their Boathouse in Mission Bay.

Thurgood Marshall College Art & Essay Contest Winners!

"Scholar & Citizen" by Kathy Ha, Grade 11, Preuss School

"Painting" by Leslie Lopez and Aileen Del Valle, Grade 8, Preuss School

UC San Diego Aids Walk team had plenty of Student Affairs participation!

Impact Editors

General Announcements, Kudos, and Miscellaneous
Cynthia Davalos, Editor-in-Chief

Co-editor, Staff Kudos, FYI, Photos
Belinda Zamacona

Resources That Build Our Expertise
Jamie Nye

Low-Cost Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong

Professional Development Opportunities Outside UC San Diego
Grace Bagunu

Standout Student Affairs Stories, Initiatives, or Programs
Gary Ratcliff

A Standout Student Affairs, Story, Initiative, or Program from the College Perspective
Liora Kian-Gutierrez

For future ideas and submissions, please contact the
Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.

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