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Division of Student Affairs Newsletter


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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Below you will find posts about programs and events hosted by The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee until the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. For a more recent list of programs, please visit the Past Programs page.  

Assisting Students with Mental Health Concerns


"Assisting Students with Mental Health Concerns"

Brown Bag Lunch Talks


Tuesday, March 28, 2016 

Noon to 1 p.m.163 Student Union, Discovery Room

Join us for a lunch time presentation on assisting students who are experiencing mental health concerns. Destinee Biesemeyer and Dr. Jessica Moss from Wright State University's Counseling and Wellness Center will talk about how mental health impacts academic success and discuss how faculty and staff can support students to aid in their success and in accessing campus resources. 

Register at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/51o64Ym9HoW0Jsog2




Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee

We had a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season with a division-wide celebration at the Student Affairs Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon last week.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  Our staff had a lot to to be thankful for. 

Thanksgiving Luncheon 2016
Thanksgiving Luncheon 2016

Here is a sampling of the creative submissions for the Thanksgiving artwork contest. Congratulations to the winner: The green "Gratitude Tree!"

Thanksgiving Potluck Collage
Thanksgiving Potluck Collage


Raiderthon 2016

Register for Raiderthon 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Apollo Room, Student Union                                                                                                           

Student Affairs Staff!

Please join the Student Affairs Raiderthon team! We want to give back to the community, and the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee decided to participate in this year's Raiderthon! We are excited to do something new this year! The registration is $15 and goes to Dayton Children's Hospital.

Follow This Link to visit our team web page and help to support Dayton Children's Hospital

If you don't want to join, please consider donating to the cause. If you have any questions, please email Ciara Newsome (ciara.newsome@wright.edu

Student Affairs Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon

Student Affairs Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon

Tuesday, November 15, 2016                                                                                                  

 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                               

 Apollo Room, Student Union

Join us at the Student Affairs Thanksgiving Luncheon!  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Turkey and drinks will be provided.

The Staff Development Committee will also be collecting $5.00 gift cards to support the Friendship Food Pantry. We hope to see you there!




Generation Z Goes to College

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Generation Z Goes to College" with Corey Seemiller, Ph.D.

BrownBagLunchTalk.jpgWednesday, October 12, 2016

Noon to 1 p.m.
163 Student Union, Discovery Room

In this brown bag lunch talk, learn more the newest generation to enter higher education--students born between 1995 and 2010--termed "Generation Z."  This session will cover the defining characteristics of this generation of students and challenge participants to explore ways to successfully egage them. Dr. Seemiller is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Leadership at Wright State University and co-author of the book Generation Z Goes to College.

Read more about Dr. Seemiller.

Upcoming Events - Fall 2016

MarkYourCalendar.jpgCheck back soon for details on these upcoming events!

Capitol Steps (free performance)

Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Generation Z Goes to College

Student Union Trick-Or-Treat

Raiderthon  (Join a student affairs team)

Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon

Dessert Wars

Bystander Empowerment Training

Got a Minute? Bystander Empowerment Training

Thursday, September 8

Rathskeller (Student Union 008)

On Thursday, September 8, students, faculty, and staff who want to get involved in the prevention of gender-based violence are invited to attend the Got a Minute? Bystander Empowerment Training.  This is a new program for WSU and is intended to help you learn to recognize potential harm, intervene safely and effectively, and support those who have experienced violence.  If you’re interested, please stop by!

If you have questions, please contact Destinee Biesemeyer, Coordinator for Health Promotion, at 937-775-3408.

Ohio's Tax Free Weekend & Student Affairs School Supply Drive

Tax Free Weekend & Student Affairs School Supply Drive

School SuppliesOhio's Tax Free Weekend will take place Friday, August 5, through Sunday, August 7, 2016.  During this sales tax holiday, certain school supplies will be exempt from sales tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and 
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

This is a perfect time to stock up on materials to donate to the annual school supply drive to support the Kinship Caregivers Coalition, which provides aid to local grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. View the list of requested supplies.

Effectively & Appropriately Supervising Student Employees

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Effectively & Appropriately Supervising Student Employees

Friday, August 19Brown-Bag-Lunch-Talk.jpg

Noon to 1 p.m.
E163 Student Union, Discovery Room

In conjunction with the Career Center, the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee will be offering a brown bag lunch session on effectively and appropriately supervising student workers.  This session will offer tips and suggestions for counseling poor performance, setting expectations, and the do’s and don’ts of withholding/docking pay. 


Student Affairs Ice Cream Social

A great time was had by all at the Student Affairs Ice Cream Social on June 23rd!

Staff Development Committee Serving Ice Cream

Ice Cream Toppings Bar

Jack at Toppings Bar

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Introduction to the New Student Affairs Blog Videos
Student Affairs Blog Introduction
Student Affairs Video Blog: Dr. A
Dr. A expounds on foundational theory and offers useful terminology for Student Affairs practitioners
Student Affairs Kick-Off Breakfast 2015

This past August, the Division of Student Affairs celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual Kick-Off Breakfast. For the occasion, staff from the various departments came together to reminisce on the memories of years past, while planning for and looking forward to the exciting changes taking place this year.

First Breakfast 1First Breakfast 2

For the past several years, the Division has used the Kick-Off Breakfast as an opportunity to collect school supplies for the Kinship Caregivers Coalition. This tradition began through the needs of a nurse in Wright State’s student clinic, Marsha Jones. Jones had received custody of her three grandchildren, leading her to retire early and leaving her with the new task of gathering school supplies. Health Services knew of the Student Affairs Breakfast and felt it could be a great outlet for aid. Jones was quick to realize that she was not the only grandparent in the Trotwood Madison School District struggling to purchase school supplies, so she created the Trotwood Grandparent Support Group, which eventually became part of the Kinship Caregivers Coalition. This support group helps provide assistance to over 600 families and 1,200 children each year. This year, the Division of Student Affairs continued the tradition by collecting school supplies for students in grades K-5.

Kinship Appreciation Certificate 2015

Kinship Thank You Letter 2015

Additionally, on behalf of the Student Affairs Diversity Committee and Bias Incident Report Team, several students and staff members were recognized for their efforts in promoting and supporting the University’s commitment to diversity. The following individuals were recognized:

  • Tristina I. Allen
  • Angelica M. Lloyd
  • Estrella Ana-Maria Alvarez
  • Carine Verlin
  • Megan L. Watson
  • Elizabeth A. Beemer

The winners of the Student Affairs diversity award were Tristina I. Allen and Megan L. Watson. Congratulations to both winners and all honorees.

Mark your calendar!  Next year’s Student Affairs Kick-Off Breakfast will be held on Friday, August 19th, at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room.