October 11, 2012
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MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey Update

mapworksOn September 25, an email invitation was sent to all first-year students to complete the MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey. This survey asked students how their transition to USD has been in relation to a variety of factors (academic, social, on-campus living, etc.).

Thanks to the above-and-beyond promotional efforts of Community Directors, RA's, PA's, Commuter Commons Staff, and other MAP-Works users, an incredible 98.3% of our first-year students completed the survey!

Professional staff and student leaders will review the responses of students they are connected with. For those first-year students who indicated their transition to USD is not going as well as it could be, professional staff will reach out personally to offer them additional support.

A special thanks goes to those professional staff in Student Affairs who may be doing this outreach, including:

Jason Schrieber; Emerging Leaders Instructor
Mandy Womack; Emerging Leaders Instructor
Patrick Marino; Emerging Leaders Instructor
Stephanie Lynch; Emerging Leaders Instructor
Eric Embacher; Community Director
Jennifer Lee; Community Director
Sarah Molitoris; Community Director
Tony Quezada; Community Director
Daniella Knelman; Commuter Student Support

Thank You From a First-Year Student

mapthanksBe sure to check your inbox for a special "thank you" from the Center for Student Success. You may have been recognized in the 2012 MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey as being the "most helpful" person in a first-year student's transition to USD! Over 200 faculty, staff, and student leaders were named in this year’s survey.

mapthanks2The CSS appreciates all of the effort from the USD community in supporting our first-year students – thanks a million and keep up the great work!

Living Learning Community Update

After analyzing the data, weighing all of the input shared at the recent LLC summit meeting and adjusting the program in response to the challenges presented, we are pleased to announce that Executive Vice President and Provost Julie Sullivan, Dean Mary Boyd and Vice President Vazquez have accepted the LLC leadership team's recommendation to fully implement the first-year LLC program in fall 2013.

We look forward to making this opportunity available to all of our students even earlier than we anticipated. Margaret Leary and Noelle Norton will be in touch with many of you to coordinate a smooth implementation. Thank you again for all that you do to help our students succeed.

Matthew 25 Award Nominees Needed

matthew25University Ministry is soliciting student nominations for the Catholic Charities Matthew 25 Award. Potential nominees would embody the spirit of Matthew 25, which states:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Please submit nominations to Michael Lovette-Colyer (mlovettecolyer@sandiego.edu) by October 17, 2012.

Shout Outs!

Shout out to Stephanie Bernasconi for the national recognition USD received as an outstanding Mapworks campus! Your leadership is making a difference in the intentional work we do with first year students! -Mandy Womack

Shout out to Lauren Woolley for always being a positive and supportive colleague and friend here at the Counseling Center. -Karen P. Lese-Fowler, Ph.D.

Shout out to the FYE Team in Residential Life for achieving a 98% completion rate for the MapWorks survey. Great job! -Daye Izmirian

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout Out for the next Student Affairs Newsletter to Liberty at libertyhebron@sandiego.edu.





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