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Five on Friday

Thankful for five things

November 13, 2017

Hello Everyone,

Happy November and Welcome to “Five on Tuesday” for this week (and last week). 

  1.  I am SO Thankful for Each of You!  As we get close to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, I want you each to know how much I appreciate you, who you are, and the work you do for our students.  It is amazing what you accomplish in great and small ways and I am grateful to be here with you!  I hope you will reflect on what you are thankful for and share that goodness with others!   (And, on behalf of the Division, we will be sending Thanksgiving Cards to all of our partners, donors, and friends.)

    We have a couple of ways to reflect upon and show our thankfulness coming up:
    • Check your calendars and choose your time to attend the Division-Wide gathering with DuMore Improv – next Monday, November 20 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. in the Stern Center Room 205.  (See email invite from Jill Caldwell.)  This Division-Wide program is for everyone in the division. Please make plans to attend.  
    • We will also celebrate all of the work of you and our student employees at the Division-Wide Holiday Drop In.  Monday, December 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Stern 205.    Please make sure you are planning to drop in and please share the invitation and encourage your student employees to attend, too!  (You can even bring them with you!).  There will be some fun reindeer games for all.  (See the invitation from Jill Caldwell.)
  2. In the last couple of weeks, many of you have been engaging and supporting students as they respond, react, and reflect upon the incident involving the Halloween costume. Thank you.   Student Affairs has and will continue to play a key role in helping to evolve the culture at the College with continued and new efforts to make sure all students are not only safe, but heard, included, honored, and supported.  On November 2, students held an Advocacy meeting which several staff in our division attended.  This was a very meaningful and impactful gathering which shows student voice.  Following that meeting, students wrote this statement which includes several of the ideas shared at the meeting: https://www.collegiatecurls.org/single-post/2017/11/05/Hey-Glenn-Ready-to-Chat
  3. Just to make sure you are aware as a Division, we will be partnering to work on creating a Bias Incident Team and training modules for new students.  I am in the process of creating a Student Advisory Group to the EVP which will be a group of student leaders who meet with me each month.  Our first meeting will be this week.  Additionally, Dr. Cabot and her team will be working on educating students about the Code of Conduct and engaging them in providing feedback as a revision of the Code is underway.  In the past few years, areas in the division have continued, added, and enhanced programming to serve a diverse student population.  Thank you for all you are doing and for how you are evolving your work.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or feedback, please reach out and share them with me. 
  4. The Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring a robust series of programming for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  See the full schedule here: http://volunteer.cofc.edu/one-time-service/hhaw.php 
  5. And, finally, congratulations to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life who supported the addition of our first Latin Fraternity – Lambda Theta Phi.  Their new member presentation was Saturday.

Lamba Theta Phi

“Five” will be back after Thanksgiving.  I hope you each enjoy a wonderful time celebrating in ways that you most enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving.

With Gratitude, 
Alicia
Alicia Caudill, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Student Affairs
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC  29424
843.953.5522

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