“Too Much, Too Fast:” Lessons from MA and Students Who’ve Been Through It

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 search

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Brian Collingwood, Assistant Director, Career Exploration and 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.

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A Week of Listening

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by Laurel Kennedy, Vice President for Student Development

Last Monday evening, a Community Alert was sent to the campus regarding incidents that had reportedly occurred on East Quad during the prior 48 hours. In the first incident, a student reported that his door had been opened by a young man, who fled when he saw that the student was awake and playing a video game.

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Written in recognition of Hazing Prevention Week 2013

by Laurel Kennedy, Vice President for Student Development

An essay by Lara Galinsky describes the power of moments in our lives when we are compelled by circumstances to act with a conviction we didn’t know we had.   She says that these “moments of obligation,” marked by strong emotions that command us to respond, later guide our ethical commitments, like points on our moral compasses.

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I’m a second year student….now what?

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by Kathleen Powell, Director of Career Exploration & Development

Liberal arts students gain skills in critical thinking, decision making and problem solving and use those skills very well…until, for some,  it’s time to choose a major!  The choice of an academic major can bring about anticipation and excitement or it can be a time filled with anxiety and a sense of uncertainty. 

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Keeping it together

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By Jennifer Vestal, Associate Dean of Students and Director, Academic Support & Enrichment Center

During these first few weeks on campus you might have had the impression of being away at an extended summer camp, but those notions have quickly faded as Ohio experienced its first crisp fall days of chilly mornings and earlier sunsets. 

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Well Begun Is Half Done.

By Laurel Kennedy, Vice President for Student Development

A few weeks ago, Dean of Students Bill Fox wrote a post for The Commons about the value of setting goals for the academic year and then thinking and talking with advisors and mentors about strategies for achieving those goals.

This week, the “Tuesday Questions”[*] posed a question that we adapted from the research referenced in that post: “Thinking ahead to next April or May, when you look back on this year, what do you hope you’ll be able to say you accomplished? 

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Voices Of Our First-Years

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By Julie Tucker ’09, Coordinator of Assessment & Research in Student Development

At the end of August Orientation, we asked first-year students to respond to a survey about their experience.  One of my favorite survey questions asked: “Although August Orientation only extends over a few days, your orientation to Denison continues throughout the year in various forms.  What do you hope to learn over the course of your first year of college?  What skills, abilities, or knowledge would you like to gain?” Here are some responses from our first-years:

 “Social skills, time management, better skills at dealing with people I don’t like to work with but being able to achieve a satisfactory work result in the end, being unafraid of trying new things.”

 “What it truly means to be a Denisonian and to live up to those expectations.”

 “Understand others even when I disagree with them.”

 “Ability to make independent, meaningful choices and decisions.

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Shhh! (Sex Discussed Here)

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By Dr. Marci McCaulay, Director of the Center for Women and Gender Action
OK, I said it.  I put the word sex right up front in the title of this blog.  Is it a shameless ploy to pique your interest and increase the likelihood of your reading this blog?  Well, maybe, but this is also the name of a program that the Center for Women and Gender Action (CWGA) and Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education (ADHE) are bringing to campus on September 10.

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Finding Where You CLIC


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By Natalie Keller Pariano, Director of the Campus Leadership & Involvement Center

Tomorrow is one of my favorite events of the fall: the Involvement Fair.

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