SA Educators News and Notes
The Division of Student Affairs has some amazing staff making headlines, collaborating and sharing our expertise and spreading the great things happening at ECU.
Here are some examples of how Student Affairs Educators are making a difference at ECU.
SIL - Erik Kneubuehl - TPE Roundtable
Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership, is participating in virtual round table discussion for The Placement Exchange (TPE). The topic is “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” and takes place Oct. 22nd at 3:30pm.
Here is a description of the discussion.
No career path is the same...it can include short and long term commitments along the way. Knowing when it's time to move on from your current position is challenging for many. Have you outgrown your current position? Is there more to accomplish? Are you ready for the next position? Are you considering leaving for the right reasons? What does "leaving well" mean?
Joining Erik on the panel are Dr. Tina Powellson, Director of the Center for Student Involvemet at the University of Houston and Dr. Annemarie Seifert, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
CRW Presentations at NoCRSA
Campus Recreation and Wellness staff presented at the North Carolina Recreational Sports Association (NoCRSA) State Workshop held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Elon University.
Among the presentations were:
Jenny Gregory (Assistant Director for Marketing), Chelsea Fasick (Marketing Graduate Assistant) and Marissa Zimmet (undergraduate marketing assistant) presented, “The Psysche of Marketing: The Story Of Us”
David Gaskins (Associate Director for Programs & Marketing) presented, “Reflections and Experiences from 30 Years in Recreational Sports”
WUNC Article on Student Vets features ECU's Nicole Jablonski
Jay Price reports that a growing number of universities are hiring dedicated staff members to serve student veterans.
The gulf between the distinctive cultures of academia and the military can look pretty wide. Not to Amber Mathwig, though.
“I don’t see this humongous gap,” said Mathwig, who just started work as UNC-Chapel Hill’s first ever Student Veteran Assistance Coordinator. “It’s more of an adjustment period that tends to create some hurdles for people.”
“And all hurdles are clearable even if we just have to knock them down so they’re no longer there,” she said.
Mathwig is a ten year Navy vet and is working on a master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro, where she helped found that university’s veterans center. Now, at Chapel Hill, she’s the go-to person for students with military ties.
“They are navigating this university system for the very first time and they probably also have other responsibilities such as families to take care of,” she said.
“They’re already older, so they’re coming in with a little bit different background than what a lot of people bring in.”
In the past two years, the UNC system has seen a 13 percent jump in the number of people using military education benefits, which includes active duty service members, veterans, and dependents.
Eleven of North Carolina’s 16 public universities have opened campus veterans centers, all in the past three years. And most now have at least one full-time staff member like Mathwig.
At East Carolina University, another Navy vet, Nicole Jablonski, is Assistant Director of Student Veteran Services. She says the job means helping veterans understand university life — and sometimes helping the rest of the campus understand the vets.
“Many people are really interested in hearing about the military culture but they may not go about it in the best way,” she said.
Jablonski said veterans sometimes hear questions from fellow students along the lines of, “Did you see anyone die?” “Did you kill anyone?” or “Do you have PTSD?”
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ECU Posts NASPA Lead Initiative Blog on Leadership and Service by Dennis McCunney
More often than not, students entering our colleges and universities think about service as a requirement. There’s even the stereotype of the highway clean up crew picking up litter. Is that service? Sure, it provides a service to the community. But where’s the learning in that experience? There should be some level of structured reflection to enhance the experience.
Most of our students have had a certain number of service hours to complete while in high school and they bring that experience and perspective with them to our campuses. That can be a good thing because students have developed habits of volunteering.
On the flip side, the service experience tends to become just one more requirement that needs to be checked off the list. Moreover, students who have had some leadership experience and training often approach these experiences with a different level of motivation. As student affairs educators then, we have a significant challenge facing many of us in our work: create spaces for real civic learning and leadership development to happen on campus and in the community.
We know from experiential learning theory that deep learning can take place when students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences in a structured manner. Many university leadership and service-learning program administrators have come to understand their role as critical educators promoting lasting social change.
Learning outcomes for these programs aim to impact interpersonal skills, civic identity, social identity awareness, leadership capacity, career leadership skills, spirituality, and much more. Further, when students are provided with safe spaces to reflect on their service and leadership experiences, they often grow in important ways.
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Campus Living - Linda Sessoms Retirement
Campus Living is both happy and sad to announce the retirement of Linda Sessoms, Senior Neighborhood Service Manager/Conference Coordinator, effective October 23rd. Linda started working at East Carolina University in 1978 and has been working with Campus Living since 1985, where she started her career in Campus Living as the Residence Hall Coordinator of Tyler Hall. Her contributions to the NSOs and Summer Camps will always be valued and remembered. Linda’s hard work, commitment, and dedication are worthy of admiration.
Please congratulate Linda as she starts a new chapter in her life and wish her a wonderful retirement.