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A message from your VP

Dear Student Life staff,


I hope you were able to take some time off this summer! Or maybe, with campus being quieter these last couple of months, you were able to dive into a few projects you’ve had on the backburner. It’s hard to believe the start of a new fall quarter is just days away and that my first full year as a Husky is now under my belt! Over the past year, the work of each Division of Student Life unit has contributed to the creation of pathways leading our students toward a positive Husky Experience.

Centrally, we have initiated a number of projects and efforts to help guide this experience – and ultimately to advance the work of the division. These initiatives include the development of new committees focusing on social media, the student employment experience, and health coordination, while simultaneously expanding the work of existing committees. We also are involved in a University-wide, reemphasized focus on emergency preparedness. Additionally, you will soon see a more robust emphasis on the role that Student Life plays on retention and graduation rates. So there is a lot happening!

In this edition of our staff e-newsletter, we highlight just a few of the many exemplary accomplishments you and your departments made in recent months. Thanks to your collective hard work and dedication, we are taking greater strides toward ensuring success for students at the UW. You all have my deepest appreciation for the amazing work you all have done this year.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Student Life Kick-Off on October 1!

Go Dawgs!

- Denzil

Staff committees

Three new committees for Student Life staff – the student employee experience and social media strategy committees and Student Life health consortium – were established this summer, adding to the two existing staff committees dedicated to assessment and staff development. In Student Life, we know and realize the value of collaboration. By bringing together skills and strengths from across our various units, we can better integrate our work and build our success together. Read more about our staff committees.

Unit spotlight: Ceremonies

Commencement 2014

With Convocation last weekend and the highest graduation participation to-date at Commencement in June, Ceremonies has just wrapped up a very busy season. This year, Commencement returned to Husky Stadium. A record 5,300-plus graduates, along with more than 40,000 family members, friends and faculty, attended the 139th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 14. Keynote speaker and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pumped up the crowd after receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Student Life photographers were there to catch many of the moments. Check out the photo album on the Student Life Facebook page.

In addition, thanks to initial conversations with Sara Griggs, Director of Ceremonies, the company Oak Hall credits the UW as the birthplace of its “GreenWeaver” recycled cap and gowns. The idea for the product began when Sara brought up the idea of creating recyclable gowns, to align with the UW’s role as one of the nation’s top environmentally conscious campuses. It is now estimated that more than 300,000 students nationwide have graduated in the GreenWeaver product.

Staff spotlight: Pam Schreiber

This summer in Washington DC, Pam Schreiber, Director of Housing & Food Services, received the highest award possible from the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I). This organization includes thousands of campus housing professionals from more than 950 colleges and universities, housing approximately 1.8 million students worldwide.Pam Schreiber_Parthenon Award

The Parthenon Award is the ACUHO-I Foundation’s most prestigious award, recognizing supreme achievement in the profession, outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the field of student housing.

This is an honor not only for Pam, but also for the entire UW community. Congratulations, Pam!

Unit recognition and highlights

London Study Abroad mobile transcriberDisability Resources for Students and the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) worked together to make the London Study Abroad trip this summer accessible for two DRS students. One of the students required a real-time captioner. Due to the amount of time spent walking around London, they had to find a solution for this accommodation while the group was moving. Through some highly creative work between DRS staff and service providers in London, the team employed a mobile unit that enabled a live transcript with audio enhancement for the student and transcriber to use. The staff at the London Globe Theatre relayed that they were amazed that the UW would provide such great support for one person.

Distinguished Partner Award on display in Gerb 101The Division of Student Life was recognized with the Distinguished Partner Award from our friends at Undergraduate Academic Affairs. This award is a direct result of the excellent work done by you and your staff. The award is now on display in the VP’s suite in Gerberding 101. 

Health and Wellness received a $330,000 gift from Diageo North America, to bring evidence-based health and wellness programs to campuses internationally under the program, Global Partnership for University Student Wellness. Additionally, Jason Kilmer, Asst. Director of H&W for Alcohol and Other Drug Education, was 2014 recipient of the National Prevention Network's Award of Excellence for contributions to the prevention field.


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