strengthening the student experience

strengthening the student experience

Building Character and Leadership
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Classroom encounters are critical to a student’s experience — but student life plays an equally important role. “Growing synergies between academics and student affairs reinforce our goal of providing students with the educational, experiential and student life opportunities that will allow them to flourish as strong citizens with productive careers,” says University Provost Veera S. Gaul, PhD, ’91 MS All four Johnson & Wales University campuses are engaged in programs that stress personal development, character building and leadership. Highlights span campuses.

In conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs, the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences is promoting campuswide awareness of the relationship between civility, active learning and academic rigor. The Office of Student Conduct also developed a video for New Student Orientation covering civility on campus and provided training on the student conduct process to residential life and campus safety and security personnel, as well as more general training on the process for a range of campus personnel. The Gender Equity Center assessed student-learning outcomes through surveys for two residence hall-based programs: Mentor in Violence Prevention (MVP) and What I Am is Not Who I Am. The MVP program hosted its first train-the-trainer session, certifying a mixed-gender, multicultural group of 18 student-peer trainers who will facilitate the program, a primary preventative approach to reducing violence both on and off campus.

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Student Affairs and Academic Affairs have developed the second year of the Student Leadership Academy. Students who successfully complete the first year are invited to participate as assistant facilitators in the First Year Experience (FYE) alongside faculty. Student volunteers will be trained by FYE faculty to help guide discussions, programs and projects for first-year students. Student Affairs, in partnership with Academic Affairs, expanded student-learning communities, with an advisor from each area. The living-learning communities now include Leadership, Cultural Living, Culinary, Hospitality, Golf and International Learning.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Wildcat Cultural Connection Series was created for the 2008–2009 academic year. Nine events drew 220 students, along with faculty and staff. They attended plays, the opera, even a rodeo, and then discussed what they’d learned after each. This will expand in 2009–2010 with arts and sciences faculty connecting specific programs and classes. A new program called Cats in the Community helps student athletes realize the four C’s that guide Denver athletics: character, competition, community and career. Varsity teams collaborate in community service projects and learn the value of volunteerism while reinforcing JWU’s commitment to the community. (Image above: Denver Campus students, staff and faculty kicked off the 2009–2010 academic year with a Day of Service.)

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The Division of Student Affairs expanded the First-Year Experience programming to include workshops for all new business and hospitality students on life skills such as financial management, gender communication, politics and health and wellness. Four athletic teams have been established as the campus moves toward intercollegiate varsity status. Already poised to cheer their teams on, the Cheerleading Club competed in its first Cheer LTD National Championship.