Division of Student Affairs

Celebrating Achievements within the Division

FSL Staff Member to Present at Conference

Holly GrunnBeginning Wednesday, November 28, 2012, the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) will hold their Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Holly Grunn, Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at BGSU, will be presenting “Shooting at a Target: An Introduction to Development Curriculum Around Outcomes.” Grunn’s co-presenter is Noah Borton, the Senior Director of Educational Programs for Delta Upsilon Fraternity. This session is designed to address the need for effective educational interventions, specifically in times of limited financial resources. According to Grunn and Borton, “this session will provide participants with a road map for designing meaningful curriculum by emphasizing an outcomes driven approach which aligns with the organizational purpose. Participants will identify their own programming needs to begin thinking about how they can enhance their curriculum in purposeful ways.”  Congratulations to Holly Grunn on being selected for this exciting opportunity!

Residence Life Staff Member Chairs Regional Drive-In Conference

Rick LofgrenOn October 12, 2012, the NASPA IV-East and West Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community (MMKC) Drive-In Conference was held at Western Illinois University. Rick Lofgren, Residence Hall Director at BGSU, served as the conference chair. Lofgren has been the NASPA IV-East Representative for this knowledge community for the past two years, and this year’s drive-in conference is one of many initiatives on which he has worked during that time. The theme of this year’s conference, was "(Man)ifesting Change, Taking Root," and more than eighty participants from around the country gathered to learn more about Male Development and ways to work with male college students to aid in violence prevention, engagement, and retention. According to Lofgren, the conference was a success, and participants were able to take away myriad new techniques that will help them and their universities. Congratulations to Rick Lofgren on this incredible achievement!

Staff Member Featured in NACA Publication

Beth HoagThe September Issue of the National Association for Campus Activities’ Campus Activities Programming featured an article co-written by Beth Hoag, Doctoral Graduate Assistant with the Division of Student Affairs. In the article, “Putting the SHHHH in Student Activities,” Hoag, along with Sarah Sagmoen of the University of Illinois-Springfield, examine the advantages of a partnership between student affairs and academic libraries. The article is based on Hoag and Sagmoen’s experiences creating such a partnership at the University of Illinois-Springfield where, prior to coming to BG, Hoag served as the Assistant Director of Student Life.  The article describes the history of student life and library partnerships, explores benefits for both areas, and provides advice for readers wishing to create such a partnership on their home campuses. Hoag has already started to continue her work with academic library and student affairs partnerships at BGSU; if you are interested in learning more, please reach out to her at hoagb@bgsu.edu.  Congratulations to Beth Hoag on this exciting publication!

Staff Members Receive Program Awards at Regional Housing Conference

Beginning Sunday, November 4th, the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) held their annual conference in Columbus, OH. The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by The Ohio State University, was Engage with Purpose. Katie Hellmann, the Graduate Leadership Coordinator for Residence Life, along with Jill Walters, Graduate Assistant for the Division of Student Affairs, presented “Minute-to-Win-It: Leadership Style,” a program session designed to introduce professionals to a variety of popular leadership frameworks. Hellmann and Walters were honored for their work with a Top Ten Presentation Award at the conference’s closing banquet.

Katie Hellmann and Jill WatersThe winning session was based loosely on a one-credit course that Hellmann is teaching this fall: Advanced Leaders in Residence (ALIR). ALIR participants learn the basics of a different leadership framework each week and in the final weeks develop and present their individual leadership philosophies. Hellmann also coordinates the spring semester’s eight-week Leaders in Residence (LIR) program which last year engaged more than 200 residential students in weekly activities related to Kouzes and Posner’s The Student Leadership Challenge.

Also at the conference, Jill Walters presented “Training with the Brain in Mind,” an exploration of educational neuroscience and implications for staff training practices based on John Medina’s best seller, Brain Rules. For this program, Walters received the Great Lakes All Star Session (GLASS) award for the conference’s top evaluated program session. This award comes with conference funding and an opportunity to present at this summer’s Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Congratulations to both Katie Hellmann and Jill Walters for these exciting achievements!