By Catherine Champagne, Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education
There are many benefits of living in a small, residential community like Denison. One of the things I appreciate about being on the hill are the many opportunities for close bonds and friendships to develop. When walking across campus, this friendship is visible in the number of students who greet each other with enthusiasm, the groups of friends grabbing a bite in Slayter, and in the subtle acts of kindness observed between students and staff alike. These social ties speak to the character of the Denison community, and also play an important role in shaping students’ overall health and well-being.
by Kathleen Powell, Director of Career Exploration & Development
By now your sons and daughters are back at college to finish out their first year. During the break you may have heard about their classes, their professors, their clubs and organizations and their dreams for the summer or life after college! For some students, they have no idea what’s out there or what they could pursue after graduation. Others are very firm in their path, some focusing on what they believe they know or have seen; perhaps the pre-law or pre-health tracks. However, if you would ask your son or daughter to detail why they are interested in a particular career field or even more pointedly, why it would be a good fit for them, they might be hard pressed to verbalize an answer.
By Kathleen Powell, Director of Career Exploration & Development, and Zach Pavol, Assistant Director of Career Exploration & Development
In the next few weeks, thousands of students will be returning home for their winter break. Students see this as a much needed break from academics. What they might encounter when returning home is a new conversation with their parents and relatives. The age old questions of what are you going to do when you graduate? What are you going to do with your major? What can you do with a liberal arts degree? As parents of college students, we often think about “How can I help my student get an internship or a “good job” when they graduate.” Before you begin talking to your student about these issues during the break, I offer a few ideas for your consideration and conversation.
By Crystal Lapidus-Mann, Staff Counselor, and Catherine Champagne, Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education
As final exams loom ever-closer, our thoughts go to our students. Over the next week, we know that students will spend many hours focused on studying, writing, and working tirelessly on final projects. Although these practices are necessary for academic success, the accomplishment of these tasks sometimes happens at the expense of students’ personal health and wellness (“all-nighters,” anyone?).
By Julie Tucker, Coordinator of Assessment & Research
Students’ co-curricular involvement at Denison is more than a way to fill their days or meet new people. While we certainly hope that students’ co-curricular involvement allows them to make friends and enjoy their time on the hill, we intend that these experiences provide students the opportunity to gain and strengthen skill sets that prepare them for their careers and experiences beyond Denison. One such experience is the position of a Leadership Fellow. Leadership Fellows are peer educators who assist in the planning of leadership programs (e.g. LeaderShape, DU Lead) and create new leadership-related workshops for campus organizations.
Open Letter to Men By Erik Farley, Associate Dean & Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
As a man on this campus, I am issuing a call to all Denison men: we must contribute to conversations about relationship violence. I call upon men from all socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities to consciously rid our community of this social ill. And I call upon our members to brainstorm practical ways in which we, as men, could end men’s violence against members of our campus and our communities beyond the Hill.
There has been lots of attention lately to the unique challenges of being a first-generation college student. One concluded by calling on colleges and universities to ensure that their faculty and staffs include members who were first-generation college students in their day.
Whether I was technically a first-gen college student depends on the definition we’re using. Some institutions identify a student as “first-generation” if neither of their parents attended college, ever. Some look at whether a parent graduated from college. One institution has many different categories—one parent versus two, attended versus graduated, etc.
Alcohol abuse is a public health issue that impacts all communities. Denison has worked aggressively to address the problem on our campus, and much of what we are doing is succeeding and could provide a roadmap for other colleges, high schools, and communities.
Our work started from three assumptions. First, Denison has excellent students who can be engaged as problem solvers and community builders. Second, as a leading liberal arts college, we should be on the vanguard of addressing big issues. And third, there are good models that can be adapted to our context.
Julie Tucker, Coordinator of Assessment & Research
Denison established a Medical Assistance (MA) Policy in Spring 2010. This policy encourages students to seek help for themselves or others when the consumption of alcohol or other drugs rises to extreme intoxication or other medical emergency. While anecdotally, we thought that the policy made our campus safer by encouraging students to seek help for self and others, we learned from the data that the policy also has long-term educational benefits to those who use it.
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Internships: A simple approach to jumpstart your caeer - By Brian Collingwood, Assistant Director of Career Exploration & Development
“I need to find an internship.”
These six words bounce around the walls of Career Exploration and Development on a regular basis as students often wonder what the future may bring. While attention around internships continues to grow in the media and seemingly faraway places, I find myself in daily discussions around internships and how they align with one’s liberal arts education.