Issue 15, Spring 2013
Feature: UCSD Strategic Plan Mobile Survey: Listening to Students’ Voices |
Professional Development Opportunities | Comings and Goings |
Staff Kudos | FYI… | Did You Know? | Photos

Letter from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

It is hard to believe that I am in my last quarter at UC San Diego. When I look back over my six years here, they are replete with wonderful memories, surprising turning points, and only a few regrets. For this last newsletter article, I’m going to look at my UC San Diego experience through the rearview mirror and focus on just a few highlights. Thanks for partnering with me along the way and helping make my experience here remarkable.

In my first weeks of work, in addition to a whirlwind office-by-office listening tour, the whole staff was invited to meet me, and I shared my three main priorities: Enhancing the sense of community, Advancing student health, safety, and well-being, and Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Throughout my tenure here I have continued to emphasize these elements of an enriching student experience. It is impossible to write “done” next to any one of them, for they are aspirational and can always be improved. Yet I’m proud of the progress you have all made in these key priorities, and I’ll call out a few of the noteworthy milestones.

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UCSD Strategic Plan Mobile Survey: Listening to Students’ Voices by William B. Armstrong, PhD and Marlene P. Lowe, PhD

Question: How do you convince 1,531 UC San Diego students to participate in a survey about the campuswide strategic plan?

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UC San Diego Professional Development Opportunities Collected by Stephanie Wong, Office of the VC Student Affairs

Important dates:

    Apr 22 – SEOEP 2013–14 application deadline
    April 23 – Student Affairs All Staff Meeting
    May 13 – application screening for LEAP Leadership Development Program
    May 14 – Staff Development Program
    September 9–12 – Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP)*
    *May 20th application deadline

Career Connection Programs:
(most occurring during the lunch hour noon – 1:00 p.m.)

4/30 Networking Tips La Jolla Medical Center, Office Building 1-001
5/02 Negotiating Your Environment Price Center, Red Shoe Room
5/07 Boomers: Marketing Oneself in a Multigenerational Workplace Medical Teaching Facility 275, SOM
5/15 Humor for the Health of It Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A
5/16 Goal Setting TBD, main campus
5/21 Career Planning Martin Johnson House (T-29), SIO
5/23 Mid-Career Planning Clinical Teaching Facility A-101, Hillcrest
5/30 Attitude Readjustment Torrey Pines, Suite 265A
6/13 Getting in Gear – Personal Change Management TBD, SOM
6/18 Assessing Your Transferable Skills Martin Johnson House (T-29), SIO
6/19 Online Resume Application TBD, main campus


APRIL 2013
4/30 Motivating the Student Employee 8:30 – 11:30 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A
MAY 2013
5/01 Supervisory Training Lab (thru 7/10) 8:30 – 4:00 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A
5/02 Financial Systems at UCSD: an Overview 8:30 – 11:00 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 400
5/16 Campus Operating Budget 8:30 – 11:30 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A
5/16 Financial Link: My Funds 9:00 – 11:30 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 400
5/22 Financial Link 101: The Basics 1:30 – 3:30 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A
JUNE 2013
6/04 Hiring International Students for On Campus Jobs 1:30 – 3:00 International Center Lounge
6/05 The Practice of Listening 8:30 – 11:30 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A
6/27 Enhancing Quality Customer Service Skills 8:30 – 12:30 Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 266

Comings and Goings

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


  • Wendy Bashant, Thurgood Marshall College
  • Sabrina Bagley, Sports Facilities
  • Margarita Bejar, Academic Enrichment Programs
  • Jenny Benitez, University Centers
  • Patricia Breed, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Freddy Delgado, OASIS
  • Melanie Doyle, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Luis Factora, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Jesus Herrera, University Centers
  • James Ingram, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Kristen Itahara, Career Services Center
  • Briza Juarez, Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • Noelle Linstad, OASIS
  • Cristal Muhammad, Student Health Services
  • Nikita Rochelle, Student Health Services
  • Tiveeda Stovall, Student Life


  • Mike Hipp, Campus Recreation, after 37 years of service
  • Cynthia Leal, Student Health Services, after 29.5 years of service
  • Lourdes Mills, Career Services Center, after 30 years of service
  • Jonathan Walters, Student Health Services, after 18 years of service

If we missed you here because of print deadlines, we'll get you in the next edition!

Staff Kudos

Congratulations to Ann Klein in the Financial Aid Office for receiving the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award and to the The Village Residence Life team for their award at the same ceremony in February.

Vincent Tinto, one of the foremost national scholars on higher education retention, in his 1993 book, “Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Attrition” chose the OASIS Summer Bridge Program as the exemplary model. Kudos to all the OASIS staff on this outstanding recognition! In his description of the program, he emphasizes that OASIS selects students for Summer Bridge who often have the greatest need for academic and sociocultural support (due more to institutional weaknesses rather than student deficits). Considering that summer bridge programs are implemented all over the U.S. at many types of colleges and universities, we are very proud that a scholar such as Tinto selected the OASIS program as the model strategy to include in his book! There is no doubt that scholars and practitioners of higher education will read about OASIS in the years to come.

Belinda Zamacona
Belinda Zamacona

Congratulations to Belinda Zamacona in the VCSA Office for being selected for the 2013 César Chávez Staff Award. The award is given to one alumni, staff, and community member each who exemplifies the principals of César Chávez's work for equality and social justice.

Kudos to the Equity-Minded Education Training team that received the Award for Excellence in Institutional Change from the Commission for Administrative Leadership, part of the American College Personnel Association. Join us in congratulating Malik Ismail, Tony Jakubisin, Sonia Rosado, and the other dedicated Residence Life staff who made this an award-winning program.

Big Bang Art Power

Congratulations to Kate Walker, Marty Wollesen, and Amy Thomas on receiving a silver award for the Big Bang ArtPower! fundraising program from the western region of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). ArtPower! at UC San Diego received the CASE 2013 Award of Excellence for it Stewardship Program.

Kudos UC San Diego students and staff and to the Center for Student Involvement! UC San Diego was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Alternative Breaks, Global TIES, and TMC Public Service Minor were highlighted projects. A special kudos to Dan Perez, Graduate Assistant, who helped compile the application and report.

Congratulations to Recreation and Outback Adventures who hosted the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference (WROLC) from February 1-3 on campus. WROLC 2013 brought together 240 students and student affairs professionals from 25 universities across the west for three days of workshops, a keynote speaker, social events and, new this year, outdoor recreation.

Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference

Special thanks to Counseling and Psychological Services who teamed up with Psi Chi, Active Minds at UCSD, UCSD Psychiatry and the CAPS Wellness Peer Educators to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention during the Out of the Darkness Walk.

Out-of-the-darkness Walk


Students on Stage

Student Affairs would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Southwest Airlines and the generous contributions of community partner, Lidia Martinez. For the past four years Southwest Airlines has graciously donated airline tickets for the UC San Diego Overnight Programs and the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. This year 40 tickets were given to admitted UC San Diego freshman students from Northern California to attend the Overnight Program and Triton Day! The Overnight Programs have a high yield rate that help UC San Diego build a more divers and inclusive campus. Our deep thanks go to Southwest Airlines – Title Sponsor of the UC San Diego Overnight Programs.

Southwest Logo


Student-Parent Workshops

UCSD student-parent workshop

Supported by the Parent and Family Programs Innovation and Engagement Fund, financial aid counselors Laura McElroy and Jen Blodgett developed a unique interactive workshop for student-parents. The focus of the workshop was to provide students who are also parents with financial information and tools to develop a budget and learn how to balance income and expenses. Additionally, key financial aid information was provided to support student-parents whose expenses may include childcare and other living expenses for their children. Learning outcomes on financial literacy were established and an assessment for the program was completed. As UC San Diego demonstrates it is a family friendly community, workshops such as these provide an opportunity for student-parents to network and learn key financial skills! What innovative projects are you working on? Please let us know?

A few dates to remember this spring!

  • Tuesday, April 23, 9:00 a.m., Student Affairs All Staff Meeting in Price Center West Ballroom A & B
  • Thursday, May 2, 5:00 p.m., Good Life Festival, Town Square
  • Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, UC San Diego Third Annual Powwow, Warren Field
  • Saturday, May 11, Transfer Admit Day
  • Friday, May 17, Sun God Festival, RIMAC

Commencement is around the corner, please mind
these important dates.

Friday, June 14, All Campus Graduation at RIMAC Field
Saturday, June 15 at RIMAC

  • 8:00 a.m. – Thurgood Marshall College
  • 10:30 a.m. – Graduate Studies (RIMAC Arena)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Sixth College
  • 5:00 p.m. – John Muir College

Sunday, June 16 at RIMAC

  • 8:00 a.m. – Earl Warren College
  • 10:30 a.m. – International Relations and Pacific Studies (RIMAC Arena)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Revelle College
  • 5:00 p.m. – Eleanor Roosevelt College
2013 Overnight Program Hosts and Admits
2013 Overnight Program Hosts and Admits

Did You Know?

Peace Corps

This year, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), takes the No. 4 spot among large California schools on Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges, ranking No. 13 nationally. The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions.

Knock Around Camp

Entering its 23rd year at UC San Diego, Knock Around Camp is a variety-based day camp that serves the children of UC San Diego faculty and staff. Registration for UC San Diego affiliates begins Saturday, March 2nd. For questions about Knock Around Camp, email Trish Dorman.

Student Affairs Photos

Charting the Course Event UCSD
A panel of staff and student experts at UC San Diego’s second Charting the Course outreach effort during Triton Day.
Students at the sunrise ceremony during the 20th Annual MEChA National Conference hosted by UC San Diego’s MEChA de UCSD. 700 participants were in attendance!
Reality Changers
The UC San Diego financial aid team launched a new community event called "UCSD and You…It’s Affordable!" Led by the Financial Aid Office, a team of UCSD’s best went out to the Reality Changers Offices in mid-city to let families know that they can afford college.

Impact Editors

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

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

Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong

A Standout Student Affairs, Story, Initiative, or Program
Martha Hart
Marlene Lowe
Gary Ratcliff

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

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