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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

My Armstrong Experience - Week Three

Aug 27, 2012, 04:01 pm - Carey Adams

I haven't had many opportunities to meet students so far, but last week I had two experiences that each revealed different aspects of our student body.  One of these was attending a reception for members of the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted by President Bleicken.  If you don't know the SGA officers, they are an impressive group, as are the other Senators.  With there being a number of university administrators present, I asked for a show of hands from those who had been involved in student government "back in the day" and about one-third of the group raised their hands.  In Washington, D.C. former senators wind up as governors, lobbyists, or political pundits.  Now we know at least one thing that happens to SGA Senators.  I also have had a couple of opportunities to interact with the Chair of the Graduate Student Coordinating Council, Meagan Stachurski.  I'm looking forward to working with both of these student groups.

At the other student events I attended I didn't get to shake any hands.  That's because they were orientation sessions for online students that were conducted, appropriately, online.  These were hour-long sessions, one held during an evening and another during the day, conducted live using Blackboard Collaborate.  The sessions featured live audio or video presentations by people representing the full range of campus, including student associations, advising, Lane Library, the Writing Center, financial aid, and veterans' affairs, as well as Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.  The sessions were recorded so that students who were unable to view the live sessions can view them at their convenience.  This online orientation program is part of our commitment to quality online education, which, just as with our on-campus students, requires that we address the full range of student experience inside and outside the "classroom."  My thanks to Kristen Betts, Kathryn Probst, and many others who worked hard to put this program together.

Wherever you are encountering students this week, I hope you receive back from them at least a portion of the energy I know you are pouring into them.  Thank you for all that you do.

Have a great week!
Carey