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Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Letter from
Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

As we begin another quarter and another year, I hope that you can reflect upon the year and take solace in time spent with friends and family. With more time and less money, we enjoy simple pleasures, most of all time with those we love. For this issue of Student Affairs Impact, we focus on transitions. I usually begin the new year with some very simple resolutions designed to help me live life to the fullest. Note: these do not include “eat less chocolate.”

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Student Services for Graduate Students at UC San Diego

By Sara Henry, UCSD Express to Success Programs & Gary Ratcliff, Student Life

Earlier this year, the Office of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Grad Life Steering Committee administered the Graduate and Professional Student Experience and Satisfaction Survey (GPSES) to graduate and professional students at UC San Diego. The results provide numerous insights on how graduate students perceive academic and student life on campus, and the key findings are useful in assisting Student Affairs staff in determining how to enhance existing programs or implement new initiatives for graduate students.

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Did You Know: Graduate Student Survey Results

Collected by Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life Gary Ratcliff

Graduate students have many needs and often times feel overworked and under-supported. Some graduate students look for events and services targeted specifically to them and their needs. While academics remain fundamental to the graduate experience, the experience outside of the department is also important. Here is a closer look at responses taken from the 2009 Graduate Student Survey. The Office of Graduate Studies is in the process conducting a deeper analysis of the data and expects to have a complete report by June 2010.

I am satisfied with my overall graduate experience at UCSD. Strongly agree
Moderately agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Moderately disagree
Strongly disagree
I feel connected to my (academic) program/department. Strongly agree
Moderately agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Moderately disagree
Strongly disagree

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Resources That Build Our Expertise

Recommended by Joe Cribari, Graduate Advisor at the Career Center and April Bjornsen, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies.

As we focus on graduate education preparation and the graduate students we serve, please consider these resources.


Mastering Your Ph.D.: Survival and Success
in the Doctoral Years and Beyond
Patricia Gosling and Bart Noordam. Springer, 2006

For more information about this book, click here.

The Ph.D. Process, A Student’s Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences
Dale Bloom, Jonathan D. Karp, and Nicholas Cohen. Oxford University Press, 1999.

For more information on this book, click here.

Resources for undergraduates
considering graduate school

Paid Summer 2010 Undergrad Research Placements
Over 400 programs—undergraduate REU and other summer research opportunities:

Opportunities at over 150 colleges and universities

Professional Development and Support:
Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

What have you read lately that the rest of us would find helpful? Send your “must reads” for the next issue of Impact to Andy Ceperley at

Professional Development Opportunities

Collected by Stephanie Wong, Personnel Analyst, Office of the Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs

New to UCSD? Be sure to attend a New Employee Orientation. Spring meetings are scheduled for January 20th and March 17th. For more information, a summary of campus resources and services for staff, and to register, visit the New Employee Orientation: About UCSD page on Blink.

The spring Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) at Lake Arrowhead occurs April 19–22, 2010. The application deadline is Thursday, January 28th. For more information and to submit your online application go to the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) page on Blink.

The next Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Ceremony will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, 2–3:30 p.m., in the Price Center Ballroom West.

Congratulations to:

  • Rich Martinez, University Centers
  • Nora Bodrian, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jamie Nye, Career Services Center
  • Jason Jennings, Student Life

These participants have been selected to participate in the UC San Diego Manager’s Toolkit training program through a nomination process vetted through each VC area. This is an inaugural partnership between UCSD Extension and HR - Staff Education and each VC area was provided a limited number of seats in this program. These four will join their UC San Diego colleagues and begin the ten-week program in January 2010. We look forward to hearing from them at the Spring All Staff meeting to share their experience!

Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program (SEOEP): This program provides individual awards up to $500 for training activities to help cover tuition/ book expenses for career development activities. Application deadline is Friday, April 24th. Visit Blink’s SEOEP page for more information and to apply.

Comings and Goings

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

  • Briana Boyd, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Brenon Christofer, Student Life
  • Marisol Contreras, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Elise Curry, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Kristen Fernandez, Student Life
  • Jana Horowitz, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Davyda Johnson, Career Services Center
  • Alex Kushner, Student Life
  • Melissa Medina, Revelle College
  • Adam Neill, Student Life
  • Nelson Llorin, Student Life
  • Marisela Salas, Revelle College
  • Minh Tran, Student Life

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


A few important dates for you to consider this winter:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade – January 16
  • Staff Development Fund Deadline – March 1
  • Spring All Staff Meeting – April 27

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade: The UC San Diego community is once again proud to participate in this year's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Saturday, January 16, 2010, in downtown San Diego. UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff will participate in this wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. If you would like more information on the day's festivities, please contact Darlene Mercado at or Kati Dickson at

Sustainability Resource Center: Take a moment to visit the newest addition to the efforts of a greener, cleaner campus located in the heart of campus in the Price Center. Visit their Web site for more information.

Cost-saving updates: For an up-to-date listing of cost-saving steps UCSD is taking for the following year, please click here.

Thank you to everyone joining us at The Loft for the Holiday Social Hour!
Congratulations go out to the following door prize winners:

  • Dexter Lee - $25 gift card to Zanzibar
  • Beth Surrell – 2 tickets to see Habanot Nechama
  • Sandy Whitten – 2 tickets to see Justin Townes Earl & Joe Pug
  • Kelly O’Sullivan – 2 tickets to see Bowerbirds & Julie Doiron
  • Mae Brown – a pair of AMC movie passes

Appreciation goes out to the Box Office and Zanzibar and an extra special THANK YOU goes out to The Loft for hosting our event and generously providing event tickets for the door prize drawing!

Staff Kudos

[Photo: Cesar Figueroa]

Congratulations to Cesar Figueroa (left) from Warren College. Cesar received the Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award from NASPA Region VI. The Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the profession and who have contributed to programs that address the needs of students.

[Photo: Marty Wollesen]

Marty Wollesen, (right) Director of the University Events Office and Artistic Director of ArtPower!, was honored recently by the Western Arts Alliance with the 2009 Betty Connors Award, granted in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the Western Arts Alliance and the performing arts in the West. Marty was recognized for his work in revitalizing the Mentor/New Colleague program of WAA and his commitment to supporting young colleague involvement in the arts, as well as engaging young audiences in the performing arts.

Kudos to Nancy Wahlig and Jessica Heredia from the Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Resource Center for receiving two grants (Dept. of Justice and Dept. of Education) for projects and research related to promoting awareness of sexual assault, decreasing assaults, and providing enhanced services for victims.

[Photo: The Loft interior]

Kudos to The Loft (above) and their staff, which was Featured in San Diego CityBeat “Best Of” Issue for Best Venue for Music Appreciation.

[Photo: Terri Dowie]

Associate Director of FitLife in the Recreation Department, Terri Dowie, was a recent presenter at the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Fitness and Wellness Institute at Georgia Tech Institute, Sept 30–Oct 2, 2009. Terri’s fun and interactive session covered the successful Student and Faculty/Staff Wellness Programs currently being offered by UC San Diego Recreation as well as the collaborative programs within the Wellness Cluster.

Lauren Payne, Assistant Director of Career & Internship Advising at the Career Services Center, was recently selected as a scholarship recipient for the 2010 LEAD San Diego Program. Established in 1981, LEAD San Diego is one of the oldest and most prestigious community leadership organizations in the nation and is highly regarded throughout the greater San Diego region.

[Photo: PIE Award recipients]

Recipients of the 2010 Partners in International Education Award

Kudos to Roxanne Farkas from the Career Center and Ed Spriggs from the Office of the Vice Chancellor Student Affairs for receiving the International Center’s “Partners in International Education” Award. The awards are an annual recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the internationalization of campus.

Congratulations to Ann Klein, the staff at the Financial Aid Office, and the UCSD Foster Youth Work Group. Together they teamed with Soroptimist International of La Jolla, and the Just in Time Foster Youth organization, to collect new household items to furnish apartments and homes in the third annual “My First Home for the Holidays.”

Student Affairs Photos from Fall Quarter

[Photo: Students at the UnOlympics]

Muir College students at this year’s UnOlympics.

[Photo: California Native American Day]

This year’s California Native American Day Celebration kick-off was held at the International Center.

[Photo: Mario Torero and Chancellor Fox]

Artist Mario Torero and Chancellor Fox at the unveiling of the Chicano Legacy mural located on the side of Peterson Hall.

[Photo: Family Weekend volunteers]

Thank you to all the volunteers who ensured the success of this year’s Family Weekend which drew over 340 families!

[Photo: VC Rue receives a gift.]

VC Rue receives a gift on behalf of the visiting Chinese Scholarship Council.

{}Photo: Assistant Vice Chancellor-Student Wellness, Karen Calfas

Assistant Vice Chancellor-Student Wellness, Karen Calfas, addresses students at this year’s Meet the Beach.

Editors, Student Affairs Impact

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

Resources That Build Our Expertise
Andy Ceperley

Low-Cost Professional Development Opportunities
Sara Henry and Stephanie Wong

Comings and Goings and Professional Development
Amanda Norskog

Standout Student Affairs Stories, Initiatives, or Programs
Gary Ratcliff or Sara Quarterman

Copy Editor and Photos
Belinda Zamacona

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

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