From the Vice President for Student Affairs
—Theresa A. Powell, Vice President for Student Affairs
Theresa A. Powell, Vice President for Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs Wants to Take Your Class to the Zoo…or the Museum, Opera, or Even New York City….
During the 2008–2009 academic year, Student Affairs is piloting a program called the Learning Collaborative. The Learning Collaborative is a partnership between faculty and Student Affairs to increase opportunities for our students to engage in meaningful, outside-the-classroom experiences. This pilot program will include five courses selected from the general education curriculum. The faculty members of these selected classes will work with the Division to design an outside-the-classroom experience that will complement the course and bring the curriculum to life.
The Division already conducts a variety of events for students. Student Affairs is well-positioned to assist faculty members in programs and event planning. Upon completion of this pilot program, the Division will assess the outcomes and hopefully expand the program to include additional courses.
Alcohol Task Force
In 2006, the Division of Student Affairs led a Task Force to address issues of alcohol abuse on campus. The Task Force created three goals. The first goal is to establish innovative and proactive education and preventive initiatives aimed at reducing the incidents of high-risk alcohol consumption and related violence on campus. One initiative created to achieve this goal is an increase in programs that provide an alternative to drinking. One such program is Free Food and Fun Fridays sponsored by the Office of Student Activities with the assistance of Tuttleman Counseling Services. This event starts at 10 pm every Friday during the academic year and ends at 1am.
The second goal of the Task Force is to review, revise, or add University policies related to underage alcohol consumption and ensure that policies are consistent with the University’s stance on underage alcohol consumption. In May 2006, the Student Code of Conduct was updated to include a medical amnesty policy. This policy prevents students seeking medical treatment for the affects of drug or alcohol use from punishment through the University’s disciplinary process.
The third goal of the Task Force was to establish a research protocol to assess the effectiveness of alcohol education and prevention initiatives.
Student Affairs Increases Support to Students with Mental Health Issues
While most people who experience mental illness will never become violent, youth who engage in violent conduct are 1½ times more likely to have mental health problems. Therefore, a critical component of an educational institution’s response to violence on campus should be to address the mental health of its students. Notably, of the students who used Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) during the 2006–2007 academic year, approximately 35% of those students had no mental health coverage. The Director of TCS estimates that another 35% of those students had inadequate mental health coverage.
A Mental Health Work Group was formed to develop specific recommendations to approach student mental health issues. One recommendation of this Work Group was to create a CARE Team. The purpose of the CARE Team is to share information and respond swiftly to signals that a student is in crisis. This formal, interdisciplinary team meets weekly to discuss and address student needs. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact a CARE Team member if they are concerned with a student.
The CARE Team is led by Dr. Ainsley Carry, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. Other members of the Team include:
- Michael Scales, University Housing & Residence Life
- Andrea Seiss, Judicial Affairs
- Carl Bittenbender, Campus Safety Services
- Bob Lowell, Campus Safety Services
- Rebecca Rhodes, University Housing & Residence Life
- Christina Davis, University Housing & Residence Life
- Valerie Harrison, University Counsel
- John DiMino, Tuttleman Counseling Services
- Mark Denys, Student Health Services
- John Bennett, Disability Resources and Services
Nominate a Deserving Student for a Diamond Award
The 2008 Diamond Awards Ceremony takes place on Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30pm in Room 200 of the Student Center and is open to the University. The Ceremony will honor students for a combination of academic excellence, leadership, service to the University community, and their positive impact on the University community.
The Division of Student Affairs is currently soliciting recommendations for potential Diamond Awards winners. This prestigious honor is bestowed on undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of study. Applicants are measured on the following criteria:
- Academic excellence. Undergraduate applicants must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average while enrolled at Temple. The selection committee will also look at students’ demonstration of a passion for learning, willingness to explore new ideas, and creative application of knowledge to real-world solutions.
- Service to the University. Service to the University involves providing leadership and support to service initiatives that benefit the University community, the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and/or the world. Service may include, but is not limited to, involvement in a student organization(s), volunteering in the Temple community or abroad, positional leadership on campus or in the community, and employment on-campus. Preference is given to applicants who provide leadership for service initiatives, act with integrity while serving, and represent Temple University with pride.
- Impact. Applicants will be evaluated based on the overall impact of their work to the University, the community, and the world. An applicant’s contribution or service should produce a positive change for others. Areas of impact may include, but are not limited to, academic fields of study, social change, cultural awareness, and/ or environmental preservation.
- Leadership. The applicant demonstrates effectiveness as a leader on- and off-campus. Leadership is about empowering others, challenging the process, and creating a positive change. Leadership is not strictly positional.
To nominate a deserving student, please visit www.temple.edu/diamondawards. All nominations must be received by March 3, 2008. Once a nomination is received, the Dean of Students Office will contact all nominees to complete an application.