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Division of Student Affairs Newsletter

Welcome!

The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee is proud to provide you with this newsletter as a mechanism for keeping you informed. In this newsletter, you can expect to find announcements from the VPSA, information about upcoming professional development opportunities, various campus and divisional events happening on and around campus, staff accomplishments, and other exciting news about your colleagues. We will also look to include other items that may be of interest to Student Affairs professionals as they arise.

Please be on the lookout for future editions of your newsletter. 

Best Wishes,
Dr. Gary Dickstein
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Chair, Student Affairs Staff Development Committee

Nominate a Student Leader

Omicron Delta Kappa - The National Leadership Honor SocietyEach fall, Wright State's circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) recognizes the campus's student leaders with induction into this prestigious honorary society. The society is built on the celebration of outstanding student achievement in five phases of campus life:

  • Athletics
  • Campus or Community Service, Social and Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Journalism, Speech and Mass Media
  • Scholarship

Students must be nominated by faculty, staff, or other members of ODK in order to be considered for membership. Eligible candidates must rank within the top 35% of their college and must hold junior or senior status.

If you know of a student leader who excels in any or all of these five areas, please forward their names to Twila Murray for consideration.

ODK Inductees (2011)
MACE 2015 Awards: Kelbley & Lopez-Garcia

Each year, the Student Affairs Diversity Committee (SADC) and the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) solicit nominations for the Student Affairs Diversity Awards.  Awards are presented to a student and staff member within the Division of Student Affairs who exemplifies excellence in diversity and inclusion through their work, collaborative efforts, and programming. This year's winners will be announced during the Student Affairs Kick-Off Breakfast.

The winners of the Student Affairs Diversity Awards are advanced as nominees for the Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement (MACE) Awards. These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and students in recognition of their efforts to support the university's goal of becoming a truly inclusive environment by forming significant collaborations with community partners and working towards the common good. Each winner also receives a $750.00 prize.

In 2015, two members of the Division of Student Affairs were presented the Diversity Advocate distinction during the MACE Awards program: Jessica Kelbley, Student Diversity Advocate and Dr. Erendira Lopez-Garcia, Staff Diversity Advocate.

According to Jessica's nominator:

Through Jessica’s campus and community activities, she has crossed cultural lines, touched the lives of many students and interacted with those of varying abilities.  As a result of her efforts and interactions, Jessica has promoted and advanced cultural inclusivity by creating a sense of belonging for those she has come in contact with.

From Dr. Lopez-Garcia's nominator:

Dr. Lopez-Garcia is known for her willingness and ability to educate campus staff, including the WSU police department and academic professors about disabilities. She developed a training curriculum to help police officers better understand and communicate with students with varying disabilities. Dr. Lopez-Garcia is a tireless and fierce champion of disability rights for our students with disabilities as well as diversity issues globally. And yet, much of what she does is behind the scenes or is unknown to many because of the confidential nature of her work. She is not one to make her accomplishment known because she is busy doing the work that truly leads to inclusive educational opportunities for all students with disabilities.

The Division of Student Affairs congratulates the 2015 Diversity Award winners and looks forward to recognizing additional staff and students in the coming year.

Independent Scholars Network: A Year in Review

The Independent Scholars Network (ISN) offers a sense of home and belonging to students who have been impacted by foster care. Through this supportive network, many students who have emancipated from foster care or disengaged from the adoption process have the opportunity to make connections and form bridges to success through a host of experiences and networking opportunities that are designed to help them thrive and succeed in their new home at Wright State, and in the world beyond.

ISN students are welcomed to campus and introduced to one another through various events such as a welcome reception, community dinners, meet-and-greet events, and a spring mixer.

Welcome Reception, Summer 2014: Katherine Nevils, SAHE GA and Abby O’Connor, ISN Student

Welcome Reception, Summer 2014: Katherine Nevils, SAHE GA and Abby O'Connor, ISN Student

Community Dinner at the Campus Ministry: Fall 2014:  Joshua Hatch, ISN Student

Community Dinner at the Campus Ministry: Fall 2014: Joshua Hatch, ISN Student

ISN Meet & Greet Spring Mixer, Spring 2015: Current and Prospective ISN Students

ISN Meet & Greet Spring Mixer, Spring 2015: Current and Prospective ISN Students

ISN students are engaged on campus by participating in activities and listening to speakers.

WSU Parents & Family Weekend, Spring 2015: Katherine Nevils, SAHE GA; Deshon Ingram, ISN Student & Cheer Leader; and Simone Polk

WSU Parents & Family Weekend, Spring 2015: Katherine Nevils, SAHE GA; Deshon Ingram, ISN Student & Cheer Leader; and Simone Polk

Antwone Fisher Reception, CAC Gallery, Summer 2014:  Antwone Fisher and Nautica Hereford, ISN Student

Antwone Fisher Reception, CAC Gallery, Summer 2014: Antwone Fisher and Nautica Hereford, ISN Student

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage, Spring 2015:  Tristina Allen, Carl Foster and Vicky Lindsey, ISN Students

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage, Spring 2015: Tristina Allen, Carl Foster and Vicky Lindsey, ISN Students

 

Welcome!

Division of Student Affairs Newsletter

Welcome!

The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee is proud to provide you with this newsletter as a mechanism for keeping you informed. In this newsletter, you can expect to find announcements from the VPSA, information about upcoming professional development opportunities, various campus and divisional events happening on and around campus, staff accomplishments, and other exciting news about your colleagues. We will also look to include other items that may be of interest to Student Affairs professionals as they arise.

Please be on the lookout for future editions of your newsletter. 

Best Wishes,
Dr. Gary Dickstein
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Chair, Student Affairs Staff Development Committee

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