Update from Student Affairs January 2010

Student Affairs has been busy this year! We have welcomed some great additions: Sarah Spencer, our new Assistant Dean of Students, and Wayne Assing, our new Director of Student Development and Counseling — both of whom started in September. Although we have many priorities, we have focused our attention helping students become more aware of the academic procedures and assist them in making sound decisions. With the help of Residence Life and Steve McDonald, we are in the process of revising our student conduct code. Clarity, simplicity and consistency are the main goals.

The collective efforts of the Student Affairs’ departments has resulted in a wide range of new programs for students this Wintersession. Multicultural Affairs, Student Development & Counseling, Career Services and Residence Life have joined forces to offer a wide variety of educational programming options. The programming “toolbox” offers a wide variety of events for students this Wintersession. Students have the opportunity to develop themselvies in the following areas: leadership, wellness/fitness, career development/entreprenurship, multilcitural awareness, almuni outreach, and social networking.

A collaborative effort between the Registrar’s Office and Academic Advising Coordinator Christina Bertoni has improved academic advising. We have worked to improve/withdrawals and the academic petition process. The folks in the Registrar’s Office have been amazingly supportive and helpful as we learn the “ropes” of RISD. We hope continually to improve the academic advising program at RISD in the coming semesters.

After a busy fall semester, Health Services is gearing up for Spring term. A total of 377 H1N1 vaccinations were completed on campus during the early part of December. This number is consistent with those from other area colleges. We also had a large increase in vaccinations for the seasonal flu clinic. By offering this service during Orientation in September many students and parents took advantage of the opportunity. We received positive feedback from the campus community for including this in the weekend events.

Lastly, Commencement and Orientation planning are in full swing. Thanks to Media + Partners, we have a new commencement website (an Orientation site is also coming). Please visit www.risd.edu/commencement

We’re looking forward to a great 2010! Thanks to everyone in Academic Affairs for your patience this semester.