Danielle has been an outstanding source of support and guidance for her staff since the first day of the semester. She has been devoted to checking-in with each RA regularly ever since. Before she even met the Hilltop Halls staff, Danielle wrote a welcome note to each RA, and continued to hand-write thoughtful messages throughout the semester as she learned more about each RA. Additionally, Danielle has made snacks and baked desserts to give staff members for the sake of making others cheerful. The notes and random snacks are just a couple out of many ways Danielle has made the Hilltop Halls staff smile and feel supported. These actions demonstrate Danielle’s dedication to fostering a happy staff. Danielle also cares for her residents. She led a planning committee of RAs to organize a Fall Festival in Hilltop Halls to give residents a fun way to get involved with their community. Danielle offered great advice during the planning phase of Fall Festival that resulted in a very successful area-wide social program. Outside of organizing programs, Danielle is very accessible to the community should any community members need help with a roommate conflict, or just want to chat about what’s going on in their lives. Danielle’s accessibility provides the Hilltop Halls community with another level of support that we all appreciate greatly.
The HESA first year students have art displayed in the Student Union Art Gallery! This gallery display is a culmination of students’ work for a project in EDLR 5105: Structured Group Dialogue in Student Affairs course. This artwork is just a small component of their continued dialogue regarding allyship, intersectionality and their personal identities.
Through creation of their visual representations students worked across social identities in order to create an expression of allyship. In addition, they were asked to work together to consider how allyship appears in their work as a practitioner as well as an individual.
Please join us on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from noon—2:00 in the H. Babbidge Class of 1947 Conference Room for the HESA Glasgow 3 International Experience presentations.
Over the summer, rising second year HESA graduate students Emily Pear-son, Lauren Hennes, and Abigail Smith traveled to the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where they conducted a three-week assessment project. Hear their findings and the recommendations they gave to the University Senate regarding assessment and feedback policies.
This is a brown-bag event. Please feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch as you listen to the presentations.
Please join us in welcoming our incoming HESA Class of 2018! Attached are bios submitted by each of our incoming students. The cohort will begin classes and assistantship places in the Fall 2016 semester. We wish you all the best of luck!
HESA Class of 2018 Student Bios
Christian Price (HESA Class of 2017), Abigail Smith (HESA Class of 2017), and Jeronima “Niimo” Nix (HESA Class of 2017), will be presenting at the 2016 NACADA CT Drive-In Conference. The theme of the conference is “The Greatest Advising on Earth: Mastering the Balancing Act.”
Price and Smith will be presenting, “Beyond Academic Advising: An Approach to Supporting African American Male Student Athletes at Predominantly White Institutions.” The pair will focus on the contexts and lived experiences of African American male student athletes, and how to assist students in maximizing their potential as both students and young adults.
Nix’s presentation will focus on incorporating social justice theory with academic advising philosophies. Using case studies and some interactive activities, Nix hopes to highlight the importance of embracing cultural differences in advising practices, and share resources that may prepare students and advisors to build more engaging relationships.
Additional details about the NACADA conference can be found at the conference website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-nacada-ct-drive-in-conference-tickets-21017743637.