I’m still Kyle Fassett and I’m still
a 1st year in the College Student Personnel master’s program
interning as a pre-major advisor!
The month of October was a little crazy in the office of Advising Services, as I have a caseload of 80+
first-year undecided students. With that, these students have mandatory holds
on their registration until they meet with me (insert evil laugh here)! I work
with the students to teach them how to register and find classes that will help
them explore majors while meeting the general education requirements.
Outside of the general
day-to-day advising, I’ve been working on an assessment with a senior advisor to
learn about students’ perceptions of our services. Additionally, I tried my
hands at admissions, working two events for our office (one at BGSU, one
where I traveled to Dayton, OH).
Internship aside, what is
graduate school without classes…and midterms? October proved to be a busy month not only for work but also for coursework;
I spent many hours studying with Jerome, the Jerome Library that is! However, I
cannot complain too much about studying, because I frequently took breaks to
view the fall foliage from the 8th floor windows. People weren’t
joking when they said Ohio is flat; you can see for miles!
Through studying, everything
has been coming together, mainly how student development theories correlate to
my internship work. In class we learned
students have needs for growth and development, explained through Chickering
(this guy) and Reisser’s (photo not found) seven vectors of identity development.
This holds true in my office, as first-year students have been seeking guidance, asking for advice, and looking for ears to listen.
Anyways, the month has
gone by very fast as we are now into November! I am excited to think that
Thanksgiving break is soon!
P.S. I may have failed to mention it previously, but
“Roll Along” is one of our school’s sayings!
My internship in New Student
Orientation & First Year Programs has been nothing short of wonderful. Our
office has been very busy! Over the past few months I have been doing a lot to
prepare for summer orientation here at BGSU. I was involved in the process of
hiring three Orientation Team Leaders and now we are recruiting Orientation
Leaders. I enjoyed creating a recruitment plan and executing outreach efforts. We
are expecting over 100 students to apply for the 18 positions so I will be hard at work reading applications! I am excited at the prospect of selecting and
working with an enthusiastic group of student leaders from the spring semester
throughout the entire summer.
In our theory course (CSP
6020: Theory of Student Development), we have been studying a variety of theories that allow
us to examine how students learn, develop, and grow during their college years.
I have enjoyed learning more about how students develop through each of the various
stages and what types of experiences spur this development. Before discussing
Schlossberg’s Transition Theory, Dr. Carney Strange said, “We as student
affairs professionals are in the transition business.” This really resonated
with me. The transition from high school to college really transforms students
into the person they will become. Student affairs professionals have a
significant impact on these students during their transition. In Schlossberg’s
Transition Theory, there are several factors that affect a student’s
transition. I have observed a variety of these factors in working with students
through my internship. When interviewing candidates for the Orientation Team
Leader, we asked the candidates the question, “How have you grown from the Orientation
Leader position?” Their answers were very indicative of their growth in
different areas of development. I have noticed that my study of theory has
allowed me to see students through a multitude of lenses in order to better aid
them in their development. When I hear students’ struggles or complaints, the
theories we have studied allow me to better understand their situation and
support them accordingly.
Tyler Diekhaus, Bob Simmons, Kaila Kowalski and me on our site team visit to Notre Dame
In CSP 6010: Foundations and
Functions of College Student Personnel, we had a midterm exam about the history
of student affairs and the significance of those individuals, events, and
documents that formed the basis of the profession. This course has really
captured my interest. I feel much more knowledgeable about how this profession
has evolved into what it is today. Learning about the functions of the field
and comparing it to my experiences in my internship has been helpful when
thinking about what functional area I will pursue. Both of the CSP courses I am
taking have validated my interest in the student affairs field.
Overall, I feel that I’m
getting a well-rounded experience here at BGSU. The courses provide me with
knowledge that I can put to use in my internship. Even though it is my first
semester, I can already tell that I will be well prepared for the student
affairs world when I graduate!
My supervisor, Jessica Huddleston, and me with Freddie and Freida in our office.
Hello readers! My name is Michaelangelo Misseri and I’m a First Year College Student Personnel Graduate Student. Originally, I’m from Brooklyn, NY and just completed a Bachelors of Arts with Honors in English and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University last May. My internship is with the Office of Residence Life, for which I’m the Graduate Hall Director for Kreischer: Ashley/Batchelder, a mostly first-year residence hall on campus. I can tell you one thing about that: there’s never a dull moment in my building with about 660 residents and 22 RAs!
I’ve been at BGSU a little longer than most of my cohort, having moved out to Ohio with everything that fit in my Jeep mid-July for Graduate Hall Director Training and to prepare the buildings for the RAs’ arrival and move-in day. I was nervous about moving to Ohio, especially since it’s a little different than New York City, but I’ve had such a great time at BGSU! Homecoming, Family Weekend, football games, and hockey games have kept me busy on the weekends. BGSU’s location is really convenient for weekend trips, which I have taken advantage of since being here! So far, I’ve visited Columbus, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor. The Black Swamp Arts Festival that happens annually on Main Street in downtown Bowling Green made for a great weekend, too!
After about a month of training, I was looking forward to classes starting (weird, right?). Something that really drew me to the BGSU CSP Program was the well-known, accomplished faculty and the rigorous classes they teach. I mean, who wouldn’t love to sing their way through the various student development theories with Carney Strange? Additionally, Foundations and Functions of College Student Personnel, one of the required classes of the program, has already taught me so much about the history of the student affairs profession.
Both the 1st and 2nd year CSP cohorts are filled with amazing people! Each and every one of us brings the different experiences we’ve had to the program and that is something truly invaluable. Luckily, I’ve become really close to some members of my cohort and don’t know where I would be without them. Being a full-time student and part-time professional can be hard, but it’s comforting to know that you can turn to so many other people around you who are going or have gone through the same experiences. The cohort is there to offer support for the challenges, and relief from the long workweeks.
Well, readers, that’s all for now! Next time, I promise to go more in depth about my internship and classes!
Ay Ziggy Zoomba!
Name: Amy Hill
Hometown: Nacogdoches, TX/ Sewanee, TN
Undergraduate Institution: The University of the South,
Internship Site: The Office of Service-Learning, Bowling
Green State University
Having spent the last nine years of my life living and
working in a small town in Tennessee, I found myself frequently explaining that
I was not moving to Kentucky but
instead Bowling Green, Ohio, for graduate school. To be honest with you, I never thought I
would end up in Kentucky much less in Ohio but when it came time to make the
final decision on where to attend graduate school, all roads led to the buckeye
state. I am excited to spend the next
two years exploring Northwest Ohio but more on that in a second, after I get
the rest of my introduction out of the way…
My path to graduate school was a little bit different than
the majority of the members of my cohort.
I have been out of college for almost six years now working
professionally in undergraduate admissions at my alma mater. Although I had the epiphany that higher
education was my desired career field while still in undergraduate, I wanted to
test drive it a bit longer before pursuing my master’s degree. I also had been told by several of my mentors
that a little professional experience under my belt would go a long way in
graduate school. I had no intentions,
however, of working for as long as five years before returning to school; once
I got into admissions, however, I found myself so fulfilled by my career that I
had a hard time committing to returning to the classroom. Thanks in large part to the urging of several
mentors and friends, I began the application process this time last fall and
the rest is all history.
One of the first assignments you will have as a student in
the CSP program is to read an article entitled “Don’t Drink the Water” by Elizabeth
Whitt. The gist of the article is that when
transitioning from institution to institution you should do your best to be
open-minded and to get to know the culture of the institution as best you can before
drawing premature conclusions. Although
this might seem like pretty obvious advice, the article offers some great
insights and has helped me make the most of my first two months in BG by encouraging
me to “experience local color,” “see the sights,” and just have fun.
One of the nice things about the cohort model is that when
moving to a new city you have a built in group of friends with whom to explore
your new surroundings. On one of my
first weekends in BG, for example, I convinced Caitlin, another on-offer
(meaning we work on BG’s campus but live off campus) to head up to the German
American Festival in Oregon, OH. We had
a great time soaking in the sun and German culture and even bumped into a few
of our favorite Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Faculty.
The following weekend was the Black Swamp Arts Festival which is a local street
festival highlighting art and music.
During Black Swamp, I hosted a few of the off-offers (CSP students who
live and work at partnership institutions within a two hour radius of BG at my apartment so
they could spend the weekend exploring the festival as well as spend some
quality time my dog, Paco. As a member
of BGSDA, the Bowling Green Student Development Association, I had the
opportunity to volunteer at the festival selling beer (not too shabby in terms
of volunteer opportunities if you ask me).
It was a great way to get to meet local citizens and other graduate
students all while helping a good cause. During that same weekend, BGSU hosted its first
home football game of the year and HESAnation represented our Falcon spirit.
A few fellow CSPers and
local staffing the beer truck
CSP 2012-2013 Falcon Pride
I would be remiss if I left out
my favorite BG experience thus far - the famous Coomes’ Beer Tasting. Mike Coomes, a HESA Faculty, has a great love
of craft beers and each year he hosts several themed beer tasting events. I remember learning about the beer tastings
during I-Days and was pumped that I was able to score a highly sought after
ticket. This year’s first event was in
honor of “Talk like a Pirate Day” and featured beers with nautical themes. In addition to learning about the beers
featured, Mike conducts a “pub quiz” to test your knowledge of the event’s theme
and shares several jokes with the group.
My favorite joke this go around was, “Why did it take the pirate so long
to learn the alphabet? Because he spent years a ‘C!’ Although there are a few more beer tastings
between now and then, I am most looking forward to “The End of the World” beer
tasting in December which is featuring Mayan beers. Pretty clever if you ask
If these past two and a half months are any indication of
what the next two years will be like, which I am sure they are, I can’t wait to
see what else is in store.
let me introduce myself: my name Kyle Fassett and I am a first-year College
Student Personnel master’s student at BGSU. I currently live on campus as a
Greek House Director, while my internship is in Pre-Major Advising. I am from Saratoga Springs, New York and I did my undergraduate at SUNY New
Paltz studying Theatre Design. Now that the formalities are over, let me tell
you how I can B-me at BG, with the first few months of my experiences.
As a former
design major I am very big on visual/active learning, and personally I have
been surprised that the coursework has allowed me to excel in class, especially
in my Foundations and Functions of College Student Personnel. We have the
typical readings and PowerPoints, but also mini peer presentations/activities
on various topics at the beginning of each class, which are engaging.
Additionally, we have a semester-long group project and papers that actively
get us involved in our campus’s realm of student affairs.
aside, I am firm believer that in order to give a 100% to classes, work, and
friends, you have to first make sure that you are at a 100%. With that, I have
been fortunate to take of advantage of many therapeutic opportunities.
Morale Therapy: Only living here for
such a short time, I already feel like a full fledge falcon! Everyone in my
cohort and the 2nd year cohort has been extremely open and welcoming
through the transition of moving to the mid-west. I experienced my first home
football game, donning BG apparel and learned our fight song. (We won incase
you were wondering!)
Physical Therapy: A few of my cohort
members and I managed our time to train for and run a half-marathon! And if you’re
not from around the mid-west like me, the flat roads of Ohio make for some fast
running; we all ran our personal best times! I am now training for a full
marathon at the end of October!
Scream Therapy: I went to Cedar Point
(about an hour away) for the day with some friends to enjoy the fall weather
and relax; it was also a great way to scream out some stress! (Not to mention we
received a great deal with discount tickets through the bookstore).
Food Therapy: This is probably the most
important for me. Eating healthy helps my body and mind function more efficiently!
However, this is not to say ice cream or froyo every now and then won’t kill
you because I’m all about Pinkberry, which is on campus!
time constraints of school and work may be difficult to manage, I have been
enjoying BG and being Me.
Branstetter (on the right with the orange shirt)
Institution: Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Site: BGSU, Office of New Student Orientation & First Year Programs
When I accepted my internship offer in April, I was excited, but I was
still worried about moving to Ohio to live on my own for two years. To be
honest, even as I was driving my little Honda across the country, I still
wasn’t sure. Was this the right decision for me? Should I have stayed closer to
my family and hometown? These questions filled my mind as I arrived in
It only took a few days for me
to realize that this is exactly where I need to be. While everything was
different, I am surprised at how much I like it. I loved my college
experience at a small, Catholic institution and BGSU is very different, but refreshing. I like the cute shops downtown and the small-town feel. My
cohort is filled with people from states I have never been to: New York,
Virginia, Connecticut, and New Jersey amongst others. I am grateful to be surrounded by
classmates who have such a diverse array of interests and experiences they
bring with them. I am continually impressed by, challenged, and inspired by
them. I hope I can teach them a little bit about Nebraska, too!
As far as academics go, I’m
truly enjoying my classes so far. I really love my student development theory
class. I get “light bulb” moments when I’m reading about something that I’ve
experienced in life, but now have a new understanding of it. I’m learning how
to see the college experience through various lenses in order to grasp how to
help students develop. Prior to coming to BGSU, I wasn’t quite sure what I
would gain through classes that I couldn’t get from work experience. Now I am
completely sold that these classes are giving me the tools to be a scholar-practitioner in student affairs.
The courses have also helped me form a sense of purpose in this field. It has
helped me align my passion with purpose: to show genuine concern and support
for college students as they transition and develop. I also must say that the
professors are wonderful. They are very knowledgeable on the content of the
classes, but also know what CSP students are experiencing and are able to
support us. I feel that I have much to learn from the faculty and I want to
sponge as much wisdom as I can in these two years!
My internship is in the Office
of New Student Orientation and First Year Programs and it is off to a great
start. I experienced Opening Weekend with the entire staff, including
Orientation Leaders. The first evening, I got to stand on the football field as
we welcomed 3,600 first-years into the stadium! I have been meeting with
departments across campus and getting adjusted to the campus culture. This
week, I am interviewing and selecting Orientation Team Leaders, who will lead
new students during the summer orientation. I especially enjoy working with these enthusiastic student leaders and I know that I will learn a lot from them. I also have a supervisor who is a CSP alum and cares about my academics, work, and personal progress. She has been a great resource and a huge support for me.
The past two months have been
a roller coaster of struggles and achievements. The most difficult part of this
experience has been living far away from my hometown, family,
friends, undergraduate institution, significant other, and everything familiar.
I have never lived anywhere besides Omaha, Nebraska so I knew it would be a big
transition anywhere I went. My relationships are so important to me, and
it was difficult to come to terms with the fact that by pursuing my career
goals I had to give up certain comforts. Most importantly, I had to give up
the comfort of support and time with loved ones. The comfort I once found in
familiarity, I now find in the newfound independence that I’ve grown to
appreciate. A year ago, I would not have been ready for this experience, but I’m
glad I was brave enough to make the choice.
I could not be happier with the decision that I made to come to BGSU. Every
day, there are moments that confirm for me that this was the right decision.
While I still face obstacles, I know that it will only get easier to surpass
them with the support of those around me. I can’t wait to see what the rest of
the semester brings!
It is will happy spirits that I can say my life is a whirlwind (a happy, fun, and adventurous one at that!). Since my last post, Tim Ocskasy and I had to say goodbye to our wonderful internships in Cape Town, South Africa and return to the States so we could get back to BG for internship training. I was truly sad to be leaving South Africa, but I must say that my first day back at BGSU for Residence Education training was beyond wonderful, which makes me feel a bit better about having to leave Cape Town.
As much as I am excited to be back in BGSU Res Life, my internship at the University of the Western Cape was a life-changing and unforgettable experience. For any first-year CSP students reading this post, I strongly encourage you to entertain the idea of doing an internship abroad, especially if you have never done a study abroad before. I was very scared to intern broad because I had never traveled internationally for an extended period of time; only for vacations with family, which is much different than to live and work in a foreign location. But, the experience was so rewarding.
My internship enhanced my professional development in a few ways. Firstly, by working in a student affairs division outside the U.S. I was able to gain a unique perspective about higher education and student development. The political environment and history of higher education also played a key part in this contextual viewpoint, which was very enriching as a developing student affairs professional. Secondly, it was beneficial for me to have a summer internship in a functional area different to my graduate internship. By working in the Leadership and Social Responsibility unit, I was able to broaden my student affairs experience and explore another functional area that is of interest to me. I was also able to further develop competencies that I do not use frequently in my graduate internship, such as assessment, which was a great opportunity for me as well.
Beyond the professional development from my internship, my experience abroad was a powerful tool in my personal development. Cape Town, South Africa has a very rich cultural history. The city was highly affected by the Apartheid regime, and I could see that cultural artifacts from Apartheid are still prevalent in many people's minds. Since the Apartheid regime only ended in 1994, the memory of Apartheid is still fresh in many people's minds, which plays a huge role in the political, economic, and social dynamics of the country. I have always had a passion for learning about diverse cultures, so immersing myself in a city that is still grappling with post-Apartheid effects was very educational for me. :)
I guess what I am trying to explain to you is that my experience abroad was rewarding in so many ways. To first-year grads, when you start thinking about your summer plans for next year, I encourage you to take risks, be bold, and try new adventures. Practicums and summer internships are great ways to develop additional competencies, explore new cultures and contexts, and test out functional areas you think might be of interest to you.
As Russell, the little boy in the movie UP
would say, "Adventure is out there! Ba-caw ba-caw rawr!!!"
And for those of you who are thinking, "Gosh Kaity, UP
is an animated movie that is based off of silly and totally irrational and impossible adventures", here is proof that a REAL Russell exists somewhere in this world. Therefore, you
too can be the real-life version of this little boy that is full of gumption.
Hello again, everyone! It's Josh M. from NZ (New Zealand) once again. I've talked in one post about the internship I'm doing overall, and in another about a specific student group (Maori) students. Today, I want to take a minute to focus on the nature of my internship and how it compares, contrasts, and complements the work that I do at Bowling Green, leading to an experience that is truly "The Best of Both Worlds."
The first part that is most unique in my current position is that I do not
work directly with undergraduate students. This took some adjustment on my part. Because the nature of my position is based upon researching, interviewing, and assessing the current processes being done at the University of Auckland, my focus is both on how to recommend the best actions for Campus Life and the University. While I have had the chance to speak with undergraduate students about their experiences, it's completely different from my BGSU internship in the Chapman Learning Community, where students come visit my office on a daily basis and marvel at my ever-growing Lego collection.
And before you ask, I own all of these, and they are
prominently hanging from my office ceiling.
That being said, I really like how my internship in Auckland is complementing my internship at Bowling Green. At my BGSU internship, I am getting a plethora of experiences in the area of first-year transition programs, but don't always get to tinker with the theory that lies behind the practice. At Auckland, I have had a chance to truly immerse myself in the research and theories behind programs such as learning communities, peer mentoring, and first-year seminars, which has already given me plenty of ideas how to better improve the work I do in the Chapman Learning Community at BGSU.
Another difference at Auckland that is turning into a great learning experience is the lack of a "student affairs" culture as we know it here in the United States. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Campus Life started in 2009 when the university felt that it needed to increase the quality of the student experience. Although there have been many staff members who have done student affairs work, they have never seen themselves in that way. What does this means for me? First and foremost, I cannot assume that people will understand the lingo of student affairs, as well as U.S. higher education simply because of the culture gap that already exists. It pushes me to take other peoples' perspectives and explain concepts that are second nature to me in a way that the uninitiated can easily understand and latch on to. It feels like starting from scratch in some ways, which gives me an exciting, "trailblazer" feeling when I'm talking with academic staff at the university.Sidebar Story:
In a recent meeting with our direct supervisor, she said that although the report we are writing has been our primary project over the summer, the interviews, meetings, and conversations we have across all units of the university have been of extreme benefit to Campus Life, as new people are now being brought into the conversation of first-year transition and are recognizing how important it is to develop and streamline these initiatives is for the long-term success of the university. It's exciting to be a part of the beginning of a new chapter for student affairs at a university like the University of Auckland. Our supervisor has already stated that many of the recommendations that we are preparing will be difficult to implement, as it will take time, money, human resources, and in many cases a cultural shift from traditional practices. However, we are constantly reminded this should not stop us from making the recommendations that we feel will help lead the university towards greater success in the future.
I got on a bit of a tangent with the last paragraph, but to get back to my main point, this experience has blended well with my current work at BGSU. While this experience could be exciting simply because of the fact that I am working abroad in NZ, it is even more so because of how it builds a research background for me in the area of student affairs that I currently have the most practical experience in. Together, I'm hoping that my BGSU internship and this internship at Auckland will help me go into the next year stronger than ever before in ways that will raise the quality and enjoyment of my work.
When considering a summer internship experience, it should definitely give you an experience that you can't normally get at your own year-long internship. Even if you decide to stay at BGSU for the summer, there are many internships that can allow you to branch out into a different functional area and widen your breadth or depth in a given area. Regardless of where you are, the summer represents an opportunity to dip your toe into another environment, get a breath of fresh air, and learn a new perspective and approach in the field of student affairs. For me, it is definitely recharging my batteries and making me ready to dive back head-first into my work at BGSU. Come back next week to talk more in depth about what is it that makes a good orientation!
BONUS TRIVIA QUESTION: The title of this blog post is also the title of an episode in what television series? E-mail me the answer at firstname.lastname@example.org and you may win kind words and a pat on the back from me when I see you!
Here I am writing this blog post in the airport, wondering
“WHERE DID THE TIME GO?” In what felt like a matter of days, instead of weeks,
my time spent at Willamette University has ended. I leave excited for the start of a new school
year but also pained knowing I am leaving behind some wonderful people.
Today as I reflect on the week, but also on my internship
holistically, I realize my internship was nothing like what I expected. The people, projects, and living experience
were completely different from the impressions and communications I received
when I accepted. I’ve come to the
conclusion that this was neither good nor bad, since I am thankful for my
experience and the relationships I formed.
Yet, it leaves me with quite a few suggestions and comments for graduate
students looking for a summer internship experience next year. So, if you don’t mind (and before I forget
them) I offer these suggestions:
First, take time before the process actually begins to
figure out exactly what you are looking for in your experience. Ask yourself, how does this internship
experience fit into my graduate school goals, but also my long-term career
goals? What can I get from this experience that is different from my current
experience? What am I looking to gain
from this experience? For some it might
be a new location, some to develop a new skill set, some to work with a
different student population, or others might look to work at a different type
of institution. In whatever you decide,
also reflect on your expectations of the experience. How do you hope to be treated and welcomed?
Do you want to be treated like an intern, or do you want to feel integrated as
part of the staff? What do you expect out of your supervisor and they out of
you? This reflection process should not
be taken lightly as I truly believe this will help you make the most meaning
out of your experience.
Second, do not feel the need to accept the first position
you receive. I wish a second-year had
told me this. ACUHO-I or NODA are not
the only internship experiences available- as demonstrated by Josh and Kaity
Werner, who are abroad, and even Jessica, who is trying out three different
experiences in BG. There will always be student
affairs experiences available, it is just a matter of deciphering what
experience YOU need and/or want (see point above).
Lastly, take advantage and explore the community- you don't know what you will discover! Whether you are abroad, back home, or in a
new location, summer is a great time to experience new things. Especially since the pace of graduate school
can be taxing, taking time to find those hobbies or experiences you enjoy will
do wonders for your mental, emotional, and physical health. So go out, explore,
have fun, because the time will go by faster than you expect.
Me getting out to experience the culture at VooDoo Donuts- a Portland specialty, open 24/7 and delicious!
As I contemplate what lies ahead, time, like always, will
continue to amaze me by how quickly it passes. I will forever hold a special place in my heart
for Willamette University: for the lazy river that flows through campus, for
the pristine beauty and green of the landscape, but lastly for the people who
have touched my heart by their kindness, generosity, and support.
Greetings from your local BG pal! I’m cheating and writing about both the topics I was considering in my last post: the WCC Health & Fitness Center, and Lourdes University.
I finally joined the Washtenaw Community College Health & Fitness Center last week. I’m in Ann Arbor 3-4 days a week, so it made sense. Plus, no offense to BGSU, but this gym is simply incredible. It’s a little spendy but I needed to put fitness back into my life. When things get stressful, physical activity is usually the first thing I cut out-- sound familiar to anyone else?
All-inclusive locker rooms
Open area with a huge selection of machines
If there was going to be a gym I could commit to going to, it would be the HFC. The amenities alone were attractive-- beautiful open areas, over 30 types of group classes, full-size pool and basketball courts, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and all-inclusive locker rooms that provide all your shower and hair stuff. Simply, it’s incredible how good I feel when I add working out to my schedule-- despite knowing this fact, I’ll still cut it out. Hopefully I can keep it up when school begins in a month!
Lourdes University: This beautiful institution is nearly in my backyard in Sylvania, Ohio. As a quick rundown:
- Founded in 1958 as Lourdes Junior College to educate sisters of the Franciscan community
- Admitted lay women in 1969 and lay men in 1975
- 2,200 student enrollment
- Live by Franciscan values of learning, service, and reverence
- Offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees
- Find out more here: http://www.lourdes.edu/timeline.aspx
This summer I’m working with the Director of Institutional Assessment, Debbie, to reinvigorate some campus assessment efforts. Like we’ve discussed in classes, practitioners who work at smaller schools tend to take on multiple roles: Lourdes is no different. Debbie has quite the workload as the Director of Institutional Assessment and the Director of the Graduate College. I’m not sure how she keeps it all straight!
Inside the brand new "union"
Banners of the Franciscan values
Between working with Lourdes and WCC, I’ve developed a more enhanced view of smaller institutions. I’m used to being part of a large campus, meaning much more anonymity and staff support. At both of these smaller institutions, single-staff departments are more common, and much of the campus staff know each other.
- Sense of campus community
- Increased sense of ownership of the institutional mission
- Quicker to change, improvements, and reactions
- Functions are more centralized, meaning less overlap and redundancy of functions like finance, HR, etc
- Pressure that is faced by being a single-staff department and doing many things all at once
- Having much less anonymity
- Sometimes, change can happen too frequently or too quickly
My main project with Lourdes is an Assessment 101 Handbook, a document that highlights the basic foundation to assessment. With accreditation for the institution coming around, faculty and staff need to be on the same page with assessment, how to use it or improve it. As I’ve started to put this handbook together with her, it’s overwhelming how many things go into the planning phase of assessment. This competency was one of my weakest throughout last year, which is why I wanted this experience. As I find the best way to communicate these ideas to others, it’s helping me learn the material as well.
I’m switching gears between a few projects this summer, and I’m learning quite a bit. I’ve also realized how much I appreciate having my weekends to recharge! As someone who’s gone straight from undergrad to grad school, I am living up this summer as a break from graduate homework. I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone on a few road trips this summer, stopping by Columbus a few times (I see you, Ohio State!), relaxing at a friend’s lake house, and hanging out with our new cohort-members at Tiffin University. This weekend I’ll be visiting my partner in Washington DC. It’s my first time so I’m excited to see the city!
What will you be doing this weekend??