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2007/2008 Update on Initiatives and Student Affairs Improvements

  1. Restructured the Division of Student Affairs, including 26 different actions. The current organizational chart is available. Relocated several offices to better support student engagement.
  2. Completed the hiring of Dr. Michael Mardis as the AVP/Dean of Students and Mr. Tim Moore, Director of Student Activities Center.
  3. Conducting Departmental CAS (Council for Advancement of Standards) Program Reviews. Completed review of the International Service Learning Program.
  4. Career Center renovation initiated in Houchen’s. Expected completion is October 1, 2007.
  5. Established vision, goals (emphasis), and core values for the division. The mission and learning objectives will be revisited later in fall semester.
  6. Implementing the SAC improvement plan, based from Tim Moore's report, including initiated painting, information desk, furniture re-arranged, and dining tile and carpet replaced. Additional meeting space plans, Cyber Café, and space utilization are under development.
  7. Restructuring student programming emphasis to Tuesday and Wednesday, with deliberate activities on Friday evening and Saturday. Creating a comprehensive campus-wide student activities calendar.
  8. Establishing a consortium to address under-aged drinking within college students.
  9. Working with Business Affairs to initiate “college town” which is inclusive of housing and retail outlets for students around campus.
  10. Completing draft for a facilities master improvement and expansion plan that includes increasing residential capacity to 4,500 students, expanding the recreational areas, and expanding the SAC by increasing conference/meeting room space.
  11. Increased number of graduate assistantships and graduate interns. Established undergraduate internship program.
  12. Establishing a national presence as student development practitioners. Hosting the annual American College Personnel Association (ACPA) National Mid-Level Practitioners Institute in January for the next three years. Also have board members/officers in College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Invited to participate in the international visit to Europe through the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), an oversight agency affiliated with the Department of Education and TRIO programs. Hosted a large alumni/friends reception in Orlando, FL for the ACPA/NASPA Joint Meeting (conference).
  13. Revising divisional emergency procedures.
  14. Establishing an “Anti-Bias Protocol for Students and Student Affairs."
  15. Established divisional professional development committee and university-wide Spirit & Traditions committee. A list of campus traditions will be published in the fall semester.
  16. Establishing monthly “Think Tank Discussions” campus-wide.
  17. Establishing “Regional Professional Development Series.”
  18. Establishing opportunities to provide career and commuter programming in academic areas.
  19. Expanding the “Community Service Initiative” to include an “adopt-n-agency program through Campus Housing and student organizations.
  20. Establishing a Student Affairs Development/Friends plan that includes hosting local employers, former students, and parents. Hosting pre-event socials and a former student leader reception during homecoming. Creating additional gift opportunities within Student Affairs in collaboration with University Development.
  21. Establishing a VP Ambassador program.
  22. Establishing a VP/DOS/SGA Student Roundtable, SAC advisory board, Student Affairs VP Advisory Council, and Faculty Lunch Roundtable
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