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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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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