Accomplishments and Strategic Initiatives 2009-2010
Career Development Center
- Career Center completed first university wide graduate follow up survey – the preliminary results indicate UofL students are faring better than average in the job market.
- Career Center staff conducted 1,365 individual career assessments, 1,218 individual career coaching sessions and more than 800 mock interviews this year.
- Career Center staff provided students the opportunity to participate in UofL’s first virtual career fair with Big East schools.
- Career Center hosted 7 career fairs – Majors Fair, Fall and Spring Engineering Fair, Fall and Spring University Wide Career Fair, The Graduate School Fair, Part Time Job Fair, Social Work Fair, and the Big East Career Virtual Career Fair.
Career Center staff did 181 presentations for classes and groups.
- Leslye Erickson, Director of the UofL Career Development Center served as American College Personnel Association (ACPA ) Career Center Chair for the national convention.
- Career Center staff hosted a Career Development series of workshops for UofL Alumni in collaboration with the Alumni Office.
- Counseling Center supervised 12 practicum students throughout the year from School of Education, Kent School of Social Work and Spalding University. These students gained experience in counseling, assessment, and outreach activities.
- Counseling Center completed 25 Learning Disability and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder assessments which generated $10,750 in additional revenue.
- Counseling Center staff conducted 3,570 individual sessions representing a 16% increase over the previous year. These numbers included 611 new intakes by Center staff.
- The Director of the Counseling Center prepared a successful Department of Education TRIO grant application. The $1.1 million grant will fund a Student Support Services program at UofL starting in the Fall of 2010 focusing on the retention of low income, first generation, or disabled students.
- Counseling Center staff sponsored their first annual Mental Health Symposium on the topic “Identifying Disruptive Campus Behavior”. Presenters were Dr. Richard James from the University of Memphis and Dr. Richard Myers from Duquesne University. Approximately 40 people attended from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.
Disability Resource Center
- Disability Resource Center staff received a $5,000 UofL I2A sun grant to support undergraduate innovation. Their project was entitled “Critical Thinking, Note Taking, and Diversity Training Program: A new Service Learning Opportunity. This imitative allowed the Disability Resource Center staff to reallocate funds formerly used to pay note takers and provided additional service learning opportunities for students.
- Disability Resource Center staff hosted the 32nd Annual Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) national conference in Louisville.
- Disability Resource Center staff administered 2,161 tests for university faculty, a 14% increase over the previous year.
- Disability Resource Center staff saw a 15% increase this year in the number of classes in which notepaper services were provided.
- Disability Resource Center staff worked with University Planning Design and Construction staff to design their new office space in Stevenson Hall. The move is scheduled for December 2010.
Dean of Students Office
- Club Programming Committee (CPC) continues to provide funding for student organizations in an attempt to increase the number of activities on campus. Last year the CPC funded 161 events totaling $101,745. SGA is the primary sponsor of CPC. The following departments also provide support: Dean of Students Office, Provost, Undergraduate Affairs, Housing, and VP for Research.
- The Student Care Team, under the direction of the Dean of Students, continued to regularly respond to students in crisis. Last year the team developed a new campus-wide medical withdrawal policy, worked to get the Persona-Non-Grata list added to PeopleSoft to expand access, and maintained the Student In Distress Information folder which is distributed to faculty and staff.
- The annual campus-wide Student Awards program continued to gain prestige. Last year 19 different awards were presented from 11 different campus departments. The main awards continue to be the Student of the Year Awards for each class.
Forty-six students nominated their parents for the annual Parent of the Year Award.
- The Dean of Students Office maintains one of the digital signage TV monitors on the 3rd floor to highlight the student accomplishments.
- The Dean of Students Office is working with other departments to develop a Student Engagement Record Program which will track student’s involvement. This data collection model will track retention as it relates to student involvement as well a provide students with a co-curricular transcript. The program is being coded into PeopleSoft by the Department of Information Technology and the first phase should be up and running by Fall 2011.
- The Dean of Students Office established the Bridge Builder Scholarship to encourage and reward the development of student leaders that demonstrate a commitment to "caring more about others than they care about themselves". This scholarship is awarded by University of Louisville Student Affairs to students with exceptional character, leadership abilities, proven academic achievement and who have demonstrated servant-leadership by giving their lives to serving others. The scholarship funds were donated by a UofL alumnus and former SGA president and his family. The first scholarships are scheduled to be awarded in the Fall of 2010.
- The Dean of Students Office in collaboration with the Alumni, Advancement, and Financial Aid Offices established the UofL Student Emergency Fund. The fund is designed to help students who have immediate financial need or unexpected emergency expenses. In addition to assisting students the fund was designed to provide current students and young alumni with a way to begin their giving relationship with the university.
Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Service
- Student Outreach Uniting Louisville (SOUL) is a program designed to provide opportunities for students to sign up for community service activities. The number of participants in the Welcome Weekend Soul event increased by 50% over the previous year. Student worked at 21 different sites across the city.
- Six new SOUL events were added to the schedule this year with almost 600 students participating in these service programs.
- Increase America Reads and Bonner Leader participation by 50%.
- The second annual MLK Day drew 200 students, a 63% increase from the previous year. Collaborated with: 11 community organizations, 3 businesses, 1 community member, and 28 campus organizations/ departments.
- Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Service staff were instrumental in the creation of 6 Living Learning Communities. These residence hall communities focused on leadership, first-year students, engineering students, pre-health students, pre-dental students , and honors students.
- Continued to develop Signature Partnership sites for student engagement including Atkinson Elementary, Catholic Enrichment Center, Greater Louisville, Inc., JCPS, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Metro United Way, SPAVA, Wayside Christian Mission, and West End School.
- Cosponsored Hearts for Haiti with SAB and implemented the button project – raised $1,188.00.
- Director of Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Services serving as co-chair of the UofL Habitat for Humanity project scheduled for 2011.
- Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Service staff coordinated an Alternative Break program to India during the 2009 December Winter Break. A small group of students and other medical personnel travel to India to provide basic healthcare to some of the neediest individuals in the world. The program was supported with funds for the Office of the President. The first year program was such a success that students are now being recruited for a return visit in 2010.
Housing and Residence Life
- The Housing and Residence Life program houses 4,013 students on campus which represents 24% of the student population.
- 59% of all freshmen lived on campus during the 2009/2010 school year.
- The Housing and Residence Life staff completed their move to a totally paperless housing process with the opening of the new on line room selection process. Students now sign up for housing, select a room and roommate, and accept their housing assign on line. This new process is faster, more efficient, gives students more control over their room and roommate selection, and saves time and money by reducing paper, printing and mailing costs. The time saved allows the Housing and Residence Life staff to reassign rooms and maintain a shorter waiting list.
- The Housing and Residence Life staff completed the merging of business practices between the University Housing operation and ULP. Both housing operations appear totally seamless to students and parents. Policies and procedure are similar and students can move between facilities without penalty.
- An “apartment management” business enterprise was established within Housing and Residence Life Office. The department negotiated an affiliation agreement with Phoenix Place Apartments on the Health Science Center campus and The Province on the Belknap Campus. Additional affiliation agreements are being negotiated.
Intramural and Recreational Sports
- Participation at all levels of the Intramural program continues to increase. More than 8,824 people participated in intramural sports programs. This represents a 15% increase over the previous year.
- Gym usage figures increased 4% this year up 469,785 users.
- The usage of the SAC game room surpassed 37,000 people and remains a popular place for students to spend time between classes.
- The Intramural and Recreational Sports staff , in collaboration with SGA, spent a good deal of energy this year gathering student input and making plans for a new Student Recreation Center on the west side of the campus. A university-wide committee developed a project scope and financial options plan that were submitted to the President and Provost for review. The next step is to develop an RFP for an architect to begin design of the facility.
- Attendance at Student Activities Board events increase by 35% this year. More than 27,615 students attended these student sponsored activities.
- The new Student Activities Center meeting rooms added two years ago have pushed building reservations up 15% to a record 6,505 SAC reservations.
- Greek Life continues to be an attractive leadership opportunity. There are 1,490 student involved in Greek Life which is nearly 10% of our undergraduate enrollment.
- The number of recognized student organizations increased by 15% over the previous year. Students can now choose to participate in one of 296 campus organizations.
- Lockers were installed in the Student Activities suite for student organizations to use as storage areas. Not only does this address an ongoing student organization need but it encourages regular interaction between the Student Activities staff and the student organizations.
- A Digital Sign system is now up and running in the SAC. Ten digital monitors broadcast upcoming events, videos, movie clips and student recognition. This system also includes a touch screen building directory and map at two wall mounted monitors. Students and staff can submit information for display on the digital signage system.
- Continual improvements are being made to make the SAC more welcoming including murals, colorful spirit banners, and more furniture. The School of Music donated a baby grand piano that was placed on the first floor of the SAC outside Jazzman’s Cafe. Live music now streams through the building on a regular basis.
- The Student Activities staff hosted the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)/ National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Student Organizations Institute. This national institute, presented by two of the premier Student Affairs professional organizations, offered 85 higher education professionals and student organization advisers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the principles related to advising, risk management and student conduct and to enhance their skills in these areas.
- An agreement between the Office of Student Activities and the local public radio station (WFPK 91.1FM) made it possible for the University of Louisville Red Barn to serve as host to eh very popular lunch time concert series “Live Lunch”. Live Lunch is a staple of Louisville's cultural life. Featuring a wide variety of musical talent from both the local and national scene, Live Lunch provides listeners with the intimacy of a small concert and the excitement of a live broadcast. At the same time, guests enjoy lunch fresh from the Red Barn grills. This is a great local partnership that will continue next year.
Other Student Affairs Activities
- More than 80 students participated in the Student Affairs International Learning Program (ISLP) this year. In addition to Belize, students had three new program options including Cebu, Philippines; Botswana, Africa; and Barbados, West Indies. The ISLP is an interdisciplinary program building strong ties to a variety of academic programs including Education, Communications, Dentistry, and Justice Administration.
- The Division of Student Affairs hosted the second annual Veterans Symposium in February of 2010. The symposium brought speakers from across the country to talk about programs and service designed to help veteran succeed in school. Participants were from 43 different institutions and represented 23 different states.
- Each month the Vice President for Student Affairs Office sends out an electronic parents newsletter to more than 1,500 parents. This newsletter highlights campus programs and services and provides parents with timely information and tips.
- This year Dr. Tom Jackson, Vice President for Student Affairs, served as President of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and presided over their annual conference in Boston. ACPA is one of two high profile organizations for Student Affairs professionals and is comprised of 8,500 members representing 1,500 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Michal Mardis, Dean of Students and Associate VP for Student Affairs, currently serves as the Kentucky state director for National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
- The Division of Student Affairs received a 4-year commitment to host the prestigious Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) Don Gehring Institute beginning in the summer of 2011.The Donald D. Gehring Campus Judicial Affairs Training Institute provides both a basic judicial and mediation curriculum as well as an advanced track for those professionals interested in a significant refresher experience in the fields of conflict resolution and higher education legal issues.
- The Division of Student Affairs generated $15,648 from alumni and other supporters. These funds are used to support our current endowed scholarship programs as well as programs and services in areas including leadership, veterans, international travel and graduate education.
- During the past year the Division of Student Affairs awarded 102 scholarships to students totaling $22,750 from endowments maintained through gifts from alumni and supporters.
- The Division of Student Affairs continues to be responsible for publishing a weekly email newsletter to all students highlighting student news and events. The student news and events updates are also pushed via RSS feeds to various campus websites and to Facebook and Twitter. We also maintain a campus-wide student events calendar on line which is printed and distributed in a monthly calendar format.