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ISSUE 7, FALL 2010
Features:   Learning Outcomes Just Got Easier
Going Beyond the Job Description   |    Resources That Build Our Expertise
Development Opportunities   |    Comings and Goings   |    Staff Kudos   |    FYI…   |    Photos
Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Letter from Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Happy New Year! After a lifetime spent in universities, September is the beginning of the new year for me. I love the excitement and anticipation, the energy of the new students, the hugs from our returning ones, and the sense of possibility in the year ahead. I hope you feel the same way.

It has been a surprisingly hectic summer. My deepest thanks to the hundreds of you who have helped to shape our Student Affairs Strategic Plan. It is my firm belief that the strongest direction is set through the greatest participation from all of you—and you were willing to take the time to reflect, review, create, revise, and color-code our efforts. I’m proud of our efforts and applaud the creativity and commitment evident in our work. Expect to see more action planning in each and every unit in the Fall Quarter. Our progress will soon be posted on the Student Affairs website.

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Learning Outcomes Just Got Easier

by Sharon Van Bruggen, Assistant Director, University Centers

Student learning outcomes are hot! It’s hard to attend a meeting or conference, or even have an informal chat with a colleague, without the concept of learning outcomes coming up. You may have been asked to implement learning outcomes for your program participants or student employees, and you may have already attended a learning outcomes workshop, or two. Here’s a bit of good news to help you with your efforts; a team of professionals* from throughout Student Affairs developed sample learning outcomes and a student employee training program to provide ways to assess student employee learning while building a more competent workforce.

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Going Beyond the Job Description: A Volunteer’s Perspective

by Grace A. Bagunu, Assistant Director, Express to Success, Center for Communication and Leadership


Being a volunteer and going beyond the job description isn't an easy task, especially during difficult economic times that tend to add more pressures on us professionally and personally. However, the non-monetary benefits of doing work outside your everyday job responsibilities can not only broaden your scope of knowledge for career advancement, but can also expand your reach of working with a different population of students in a unique capacity. As one Student Affairs professional described their volunteer experience, "It introduced me to some great new people, both staff and students. I also gained some professional insight that I was able to apply directly to my position. And overall, seeing everyone dedicate their time and talents beyond the scope of their job card rejuvenated my appreciation for what we can do collectively, and the greater undertakings we commit to achieving at UC San Diego."

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Resources that Build Our Expertise

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

Professional Development
Did you miss the “Transferrable Skills Tune-Up” workshop Career Connection did for Student Affairs over the summer on recognizing and working with your skills and strengths to develop your career path? Explore the same concepts on your own at the O*Net Resource Center website Recommended by workshop presenter, Claire Solorio, this website can help you identify your skills and search for jobs and career fields particularly suitable for you!

Social Justice
Interested in augmenting your frameworks for understanding and discussing issues of power, privilege, and social justice? Edwina Welch, Director of the Cross Cultural Center, recommends “Theoretical Borderlands: Using Multiple Theoretical Perspectives to Challenge Inequitable Power Structures in Student Development Theory,” (Abes, E.S., 2009) Journal of College Student Development. Vol. 50, No. 2, p.142-156. Part of the readings for the Campus Community Centers’ Social Justice Summer Seminar series, Edwina found this article useful in that “it helped me dig deeper into basic theoretical assumptions I take for granted when reading articles on theory and practice.” (Available through the UC San Diego Library’s access to online journals.)

Personal Development
Could you use a weekly dose of peace of mind? Subscribe to Just One Thing, a free e-newsletter written by neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., with a simple theme each week like friendship, compassion, empathy, etc. to remind you to take a few minutes to focus and reflect on yourself and your relationships with others. Sign up or search the archives and his other writings at Recommended by Reina Juarez, Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.

Have you come across anything recently - articles, books, websites - 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

Beginning November 2010, New Employee Orientation will be combined with the Benefits Orientation held alternating Mondays.

The next New Supervisor Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13th. For more information, visit Blink for updates on the UC-wide enrollment system: UC Learning Center, which will replace Enrollment Central effective October 7th.

The next Supervisory Training Laboratory is scheduled to begin February 1, 2011. For more information, visit Blink for updates on the UC-wide enrollment system: UC Learning Center, which will replace Enrollment Central effective October 7th.

Other Staff Education Classes
  • Negotiating Effectively: Skills for Managers (October 13)
  • Organizational Performance Management & Process Improvement (October 20)
  • Understanding Undergraduate Admissions, Policies & Procedures (October 28)
  • Risk Management: Do you know what might bite you? (November 2)
  • Behavioral Feedback (November 10)
  • Diversity Education (November 12)
  • Facilitating Groups: the Basics (November 17)
  • Resilient Leadership During Changing Times (December 15)

Annual Service Awards Ceremony
Have you reached 10 or more years of service between Sept 1, 2009 and Aug 31, 2010? The annual Service Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 12th from 2:30–4:30 pm in the Price Center Ballroom.

Diversity Awards
Do you know someone who is a diversity champion? Then how about nominating them? Look for the campus announcement in October. The nomination deadline is late November. For more information, check back here.

The Rady School of Management is hosting an MBA information session on Saturday, October 30th from 2:00–4:00 pm at Otterson Hall.

Graduate School Fair on Library Walk will be held on Wednesday, October 13th from 10:30 am–2:30 pm.

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
The NASPA Western Regional Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon (November 3–6, 2010) for more information visit the conference website.

Student Affairs Leadership Council - Upcoming Fall Webinars
The Student Affairs Leadership Council’s upcoming webinar series are offered exclusively to members. (UC San Diego is a member institution.) (If you have not already done so, you can register to receive full member access and benefits by visiting and follow the instructions given with your UCSD e-mail address).

The Promise and Perils of Technology
21st Century Strategies for Enhancing the Student Experience
October 19, 2:00–3:00pm (EST)

Alternative Revenues
An Overview of Revenue Ideas Being Used in Higher Education
November 8, 2:00–3:00pm (EST)

Hardwiring Student Success
Building the Retention Early Warning System
December 6, 2:00–3:30pm (EST)

To register for any webinar session, go to and click on the link on the Student Affairs Leadership Council member pages. If you have any questions, please contact: or call 202-266-6840.

Comings and Goings

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


  • Diane Austin, Muir College
  • Mary Jo Ball, Student Educational Advancement
  • Perla Barajas, Student Legal Services
  • Christina Basilio, Student Health Services
  • Gladys Calderon, International Center
  • Alfredo Chavez, University Centers
  • Marta Cichocka, Student Health Services
  • Debbie Deas, Revelle College
  • Katherine Dickson, Sixth College
  • Shawna Ewell, Cal-Soap
  • Becky Guberek, International Center
  • Elisabeth Henry, Campus Recreation
  • Richard Hull, University Centers
  • Jinous Kasravi, International Center
  • Elizabeth Lee, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Cyril Nierva, Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • Evarist Niyibigira, University Centers
  • Samantha Novak, Student Health Services
  • Carol Robertson, International Center
  • Jessica Rogers, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Terry Schwartz, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Ashley Welch, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Benjamin White, VC-Student Affairs Office
  • Eric Williamson, Admissions & Enrollment Services
  • Linda Young, Student Health Services


Tony Valladolid retired from Student Policies and Judicial Affairs in June 2009 after 20 years of service to UC San Diego.

Staff Kudos

Yvonne Borrego

Spirit of Preuss Community Award Recipient - Yvonne Borrego
Yvonne Borrego (right) was presented with the Spirit of Preuss Community Award on June 22, 2010. Yvonne has maintained a consistent and positive presence at Preuss School, helping their families with financial aid applications and advising. Join us in recognizing and thanking Yvonne for the excellent work she does in our community, congratulations Yvonne!

Congratulations to UC San Diego Athletics for being ranked first in Division II and 23rd Overall in the 8th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings.

Kudos to Earl Edwards and Parent & Family Programs for their efforts to engage parents of student-athletes! Read more Athletic Management.

Photo: Mario Aguilar

Early Academic Outreach Program Assistant Director, Dr. Mario Aguilar (left) was named one of three Hispanic Heritage Month Honorees by Cox Communications. For thirty years, Mario has been dedicated to teaching and preserving the indigenous cultures and traditions of Mexico as Capitan/Executive Director of Danza Mexi'cayotl. ¬°Felicidades Mario!


A few important dates for you to consider this fall:

First Fall 2010 Button

First Fall  Many departments want to continue their efforts to reach first-year students after Welcome Week. The First Fall website was created just for that purpose.

Family Weekend 2010 is here!  To make our third annual All-Campus Family Weekend a success we are in need of volunteers for the following dates: Friday, October 22, Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24. Contact Cara Appel-Silbaugh if interested.

Row for the Cure  UC San Diego Women’s Crew Coach, Patti Pinkerton and her women’s team are putting on the 8th annual Row for the Cure, raising money for the San Diego affiliate of the Komen for the Cure. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, October 31. To become involved contact Patti Pinkerton.

The Zone  A collaboration between Recreation, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, The Office of Student Wellness, and The Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Resource Center, The Zone is a new one-stop-shop for wellness. Located in the Price Center Plaza (between Jamba Juice and The Box Office), it will offer “trial-sized” experiences - from healthy cooking and laughter yoga classes - to fitness workshops and therapy dogs. The Zone is a place where the UCSD community can flourish and thrive.

Announcing the new Center for Communication and Leadership (CCL)  Student Life is proud to announce the Center for Communication and Leadership. A merging of programs and staff from the UCSD Express to Success Programs and the Intergroup Relations Program. It will serve as a clearinghouse for campus-wide communication and leadership development opportunities for students. For more information, visit us at

Student Legal Services has recently moved from Student Policies and Judicial Affairs to the Student Life Cluster. The Office of Student Legal Services, lead by Jon Carlos Senour will remain in its current location on the fifth floor of the Student Services Center.

The Community Law Project has recently moved to the Center for Student Involvement. Under the direction of Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, the new office is now located on the third floor of Price Center East next to the CSI One-stop.

Geisel Library

The Student Affairs Diversity Workgroup is seeking new staff members from all levels of the Student Affairs organization to join this ongoing workgroup of dedicated professionals. If you see yourself as being part of the solution to enhancing campus climate and working through the challenges of strengthening our campus community, please consider joining. For more information contact Cynthia Davalos.

Fun Fact
Is Geisel Library a fortress from a sci-fi dream world? Find out by visiting the article featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Student Affairs Photos

Cat & Rita

Cat Condliffe, coordinator, Hughes Scholar Program, and Rita Mejia, program coordinator, Educational Talent Search, TRiO Outreach Programs, at the Barrio Logan College Institute College Success Scholarship Awards Luncheon.

Dolores Huerta Philip Vera Cruz

University Centers recently produced beautiful displays in the Dolores Huerta, Philip Vera Cruz, and Thich Nhat Hanh rooms at the Student Center that celebrate the namesakes. The project supports the Student Affairs interest in creating spaces that speak to historically underrepresented students. Stop by and have a look!

The 2010 Building Communities for Social Justice Institute.

The 2010 Building Communities for Social Justice Institute.

Balloons on the Ruef

The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee brought staff together for Balloons on the Ruef!

SA Picnic

Thank you to everyone who helped make the first Student Affairs Staff Summer Picnic a success!

2010 Summer Bridge Students!

Carri Fierro with Crystal Roberts Mesa’s mother, Melodie Russell, at the dedication of Crystal’s plaque in Matthew’s Quad. Crystal, a native San Diegan was working for Student Educational Advancement at the time of her tragic death in 2008.

Impact Editors

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

Resources That Build Our Expertise
Jamie Nye

Low-Cost Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong

Copy Editor, Comings and Goings, Professional Development
Amanda Norskog

Standout Student Affairs Stories, Initiatives, or Programs
Gary Ratcliff

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

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Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.

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