Features: New Experiential Learning Cluster Forms | Revising the Student Conduct Code
Resources That Build Our Expertise | Professional Development Opportunities
Comings and Goings | Staff Kudos | FYI… | Did You Know? | Photos

Letter from the Vice Chancellor Student Affairs

Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Spring Quarter is a time of rebirth, engagement, and excitement. Elections and selections occur, bringing a new crop of student leaders to work with. Triton Day and Transfer Admit Day bring to campus our newest members of the Triton family. Yet winter quarter ended on a difficult note. A series of incidents that strained civility, hurt feelings, and escalated perceptions of invalidation and marginalization for some members of our community. These incidents crossed student, faculty, and staff lines and related to a variety of identities and commitments.

Outside of campus in the larger world, more and more people insulate themselves from divergent viewpoints and surround themselves with like-minded people. We all do this. We listen to the commentators that tend to share our opinions, and we watch the news that most closely reflects our principles. In this manner, our language can become more partisan and our discourse can remain contained with those who most think like us. There's no question that strident debate has become the norm in the political arena, and it makes sense that that widely reported tone would spill over into the campus environment. But must it?

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New Experiential Learning Cluster Forms to Shape Experiences for Students

By Ana Ordonez, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Experiential Learning

Student Affairs' Experiential Learning Cluster (ELC) was formed in September 2011 to ensure the continuation of highly valued service to students, scholars, and campus partners. It was also created to streamline essential operational functions such as finance, human resources, and technology. The ELC is positioned to play a leadership role by shaping experiences that foster student self-discovery, as well as help develop the personal, academic, and professional skills and relationships needed for a successful transition beyond UC San Diego. Comprised of more than one hundred career employees and more than two hundred student employees, the cluster brings together the units of Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP), Career Services Center (CSC), International Center, and the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) to accomplish a variety of strategic goals including

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Revising the Student Conduct Code

By Andy Ceperley, Chair, Student Conduct Workgroup and Ben White, Director of Student Conduct

The 2005 Undergraduate Student Experience and Satisfaction (USES) report found that "students resent what they see as an overzealous, rule-enforcing, and protective community." A cumbersome process of managing student conduct incidents created barriers to timely resolution and the loss of educational interactions soon after an incident. Based on this information, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Penny Rue formed the Student Conduct Code Revision Workgroup in May 2009 to review and revise the UC San Diego Student Conduct Code.

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Resources That Build Our Expertise

2012 NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference
June 7-9, 2012
Hyatt Regency Tampa
Tampa, FL

Association of College and University Housing Officers-International
2012 Annual Conference & Exposition
July 7-10, 2012
Anaheim, CA
Visit the conference website for more information.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2012 Conference & Expo
Smart Solutions, Smart Thinking
June 12-15, 2012
Paris Las Vegas
Visit the conference website for more information.

NASPA Webinar "We've Heard Your Voice:" Sharing Data and Action Steps with Students
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 , 11 a.m. (PST & Alaska) Register Online

Although students are endlessly asked to take surveys for institutional improvement, rarely do they learn how these assessments are used. This webinar highlights a student affairs initiative entitled "We've Heard Your Voice" (implemented at the University of North Carolina Wilmington) that communicates assessment findings back to the student body and other constituents. This webinar will feature an overview on the various media used to communicate improvements, as well as the benefits of these efforts.

Know Your Resources

In addition to our various professional associations there are great higher education resources we can use to learn a little more about working with students. Consider these online resources to further expand your professional knowledge:

Inside Higher Education - free online daily newsletter

The Chronicle of Higher Education - free online daily newsletter - website with latest articles and affordable webinars

American Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) - professional association with access to free journals articles, newsletters, and policy briefs

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

Upcoming Staff Education Courses

APRIL 2012
Financial Link 101 4/18 1:30 - 3:30
Creating and Sustaining Positive Change 4/25 8:30 - 12:30
DISC 4/26 8:30 - 12:00
Financial Link: My Funds 4/26 9:00 - 11:30
MAY 2012
Training One-on-One 5/1 1:00 - 4:30
How to Manage in a Union Environment 5/2 9:00 - 11:00
Hard Times, Soft Tactics 5/4 8:30 - 11:30
Job Accommodation 5/10 8:30 - 10:30
Motivating the Student Employee 5/10 1:00 - 4:00
Lead With Style 5/15 9:00 - 12:00
Diversity Education 5/15 12:30 - 4:30
Assisting the Assistants 5/18 8:30 - 10:30
Confidentiality of Records 5/21 1:00 - 4:30
ReCenter Your Life 5/22 8:30 - 12:30
Behavioral Feedback 5/22 8:30 - 11:30
Financial Link 102 5/23 8:30 - 12:30
Employment Discrimination Law: News You Need 5/24 8:30 - 11:30
Understanding Undergraduate Admissions 5/25 1:30 - 3:00
Work Leader Training Laboratory 5/29 - 31 12:30 - 4:30

To sign up for any of these courses, please visit the UC Learning Center.

Comings and Goings

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

  • Jeff Borden, Sports Facilities
  • Joshua Brown, University Centers
  • Kevin Cartlidge, Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Lindsey Fogleman, Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Gabriela Hoffman, International Center
  • Mary Irby-Gamble, Student Health
  • Joseph Johnson, Sports Facilities
  • Carolyn Keck, University Centers
  • Jennifer Kressel, Student Life
  • Monica Molinary, Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Douglas Parr, University Centers
  • Sylvia Ramirez, Financial Aid
  • Brian Vo, Office of Graduate Studies


  • Renee Barnett-Terry, after eighteen years of service
If we missed you here because of print deadlines, we'll get you in the next edition!

Staff Kudos

Kudos to the Undergraduate Admissions Creative Services team who worked diligently to launch the campus' first virtual tour in three languages (Spanish, Mandarin, and English). Check it out today!

NASPA awarded LiveWell UCSD-our original campuswide wellness program-a Silver Excellence Award, which recognizes the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration. Stay tuned for LiveWell's new branding this spring, "The Good Life"!

Therapy Fluffies at The Zone

The ACPA awarded the Health, Recreation, and Well-being cluster an Outstanding Wellness Program for Students Award, for their health and wellness programming space, The Zone, located in Price Center Plaza. The Zone hosts free programs for students including healthy cooking classes, fitness and laughter, yoga, meditation, therapy-dog de-stress events and much more!

Student Affairs had several staff recognized for their outstanding work in increasing and strengthening campus diversity at the 2012 Staff Diversity Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Awards. Among this year's recipients were:

  • Anthony P. Jakubisin — Student Affairs (Vice Chancellor Recipient)
  • Veronica Henson-Phillips (University-wide Recipient)
  • Equity-minded RA Training — Student Affairs (Department/Unit Recipients)
  • Student Affairs Diversity Working Group (Department/Unit Recipients)

Congratulations to ArtPower!'s Student Matinee Program that hosted more than seven hundred local K-12 students on campus! On February 27, ArtPower! hosted a Student Matinee of Don't Fence Me In: Songs, Music, and Poetry of the American West. Pre- and post-campus tours were arranged for all visiting school groups to introduce students to the excitement of life on campus.

Kudos to Marcia Strong from the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) who has been honored, along with five others, with the UC San Diego UJIMA Pioneer Award. Marcia is a graduate of UC San Diego and currently the assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement. A UC San Diego veteran of thirty-seven years, Marcia's involvement with UC San Diego began with being a member of the UCSD Gospel Choir, an officer with the Black Student Union, editor of the People's Voice student newspaper, co-organizer of UC San Diego's first multi-organizational fair CUDA (Cultural Unity Day of Awareness), and the organizer of UC San Diego's first Black Music Festival. Marcia's staff involvement includes serving as president and vice president for the UCSD Black Staff Association, treasurer of the UCSD UJIMA Network, and she is responsible for entering the Black Staff Association as UC San Diego's first contingency in San Diego's Martin Luther King Jr. parade. Marcia has served on various task forces including the Chancellor's Special Task Force on Affirmative Action and the Chancellors Affirmative Action Advisory Committee and is currently in her sixteenth year serving as a Diversity Education Trainer with Staff Education and Development.


4th Annual PhD Career Conference
for life after graduate school
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Price Center | UC San Diego
1:00-5:00 p.m.
The popular annual PhD Career Conference is dedicated to providing concrete and comprehensive perspectives regarding employment and career development for PhD, master's, and postdoctoral researchers.

Why Attend?

Securing employment during the current economic circumstances presents daunting challenges and uncharted territory for many graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. This event is specifically aimed at grad students and postdocs from all disciplines and all years at UC San Diego. If you are interested in an academic career, one beyond academia, or are unsure which career path is right for you, join us to discuss and learn the true breadth of career options available, and how to effectively make the transition to a satisfying career.

For more information and to register visit:

UC San Diego now has a vegetarian/vegan eatery-Roots. Roots offers a variety of hearty entrees, sides, snacks and smoothies. The atmosphere boosts a clean, modern feel that reflects the menu offerings. This new addition to UC San Diego's dining facilities is located on the Muir College campus below Pines Restaurant. A unique feature of this vegetarian dining facility is that the menu is predominantly vegan. To learn more, visit

It's not your usual vegetarian restaurant-you will enjoy the many favorites like the portobello mushroom burger and the sweet potato fries. Delicious!

Upcoming events
Apr 19 - Apr 20 Annual UC San Diego NASA Pow Wow
Apr 24 - Spring Student Affairs All-Staff Meeting
Apr 25 - VCSA Sponsors the International Cafe
May 12 - Transfer Admit Day

Did you know?

The University of California system will ban smoking on all nine campuses by 2014. According to Katherine Tam, a communications director in the Office of the President, UC will ban both smoking and chewing tobacco on campuses, parking lots, and housing in an effort to cut tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. More than 585 other colleges and universities across the country have banned smoking.

Click here to read the full article.

Student Affairs Photos

Congratulations to the Financial Aid Office who received second place in the Spirit Week Office Decorating Contest. Their football theme scored a touchdown with the judges!

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2012

ArtPower! and the UC San Diego Department of Music co-presented a sold out concert on January 18th featuring Bang On A Can All-Stars, red fish blue fish, and legendary composer, Steve Reich.

Chancellor Fox and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Penny Rue with students and staff at the "Evening with UCSD" event at Lincoln High School which had over 300 students and their families in attendance!

Students at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in Washington D.C.

Impact Editors

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

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

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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