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Highlights for Student Affairs Strategic Priority: Engagement

Goals: Develop new students to committed alumni; improve physical environment

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Grand Opening of Maximino Martinez Commons: Green and Accessible Housing 

In August 2012, Maximino Martinez Commons welcomed 400+ students who took up residence in the modern six-story facility built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold sustainability standards. It includes 200+ beds in double rooms, 215 single-occupancy units, and features accessible bedrooms and units for the hearing-impaired, as well as a faculty apartment, study rooms, an academic center, and a fitness center. Among its many sustainable features are storage space for more than 80 bicycles; an energy dashboard displaying energy and water use in real time; rooftop solar collectors for water heating; 20 tons of wood from trees cleared from the site used for benches, paneling, and more; and drought-tolerant native-plant landscaping.  Read more

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ASUC Auxiliary Oversees Reopening of Anthony Hall and Anna Head Alumnae Hall

The ASUC Auxiliary oversaw the successful reopening of Anthony Hall for graduate student programming, and Anna Head Alumnae Hall for performance and meeting space. The renovation and reopening of these two spaces, along with the move of the Career Center to a more central location in the Lower Sproul area, has created quick wins for the Lower Sproul renovation project and has given students new and improved spaces for community gathering, networking, and learning. Read more

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Admissions: Reinventing the Freshman Experience 

A challenge in selective admissions is knowing that admitted students are also being recruited by other top schools. To meet this challenge, Admissions created new energy around the Class of 2017, incorporating a playlist to serve as their theme music, an opportunity for students to share their photos, an active Facebook presence, and an admitted-student landing page to organize all of the excitement. To spread the idea of community, families were sent an invitation to attend an event in their area and get involved in the online community. Admissions also increased the number of yield events from 26 to 29 and witnessed a 47 percent increase in RSVPs and a remarkable 67 percent increase in attendance. Alumni and parents who participated in past years reported that the energy level at events this year was at a record high. Read Blog | Admissions

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SAIT and RSSP Partner on Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

Student Affairs Information Technologies (SAIT), in partnership with Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP), is developing a long-term infrastructure plan that includes physical infrastructure, electronics, space, and lifecycle management (which includes electronic door access, cable television, WiFi/AirBears, Ethernet data network, cellular service, video, traditional phone service, blown fiber, and more). SAIT also completed the build-out of the physical space for the co-located Student Information Systems (SIS) project team at 1950 University Avenue and developed a long-term plan for location of all SAIT applications teams. 

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Learning and Development Hosts the Fourth Annual Stay Day Conference

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Learning and Development hosted the fourth annual Stay Day Conference at Clark Kerr Campus Conference Center. Stay Day is a one-day event that engages student services professionals across campus in a collective conversation about the evolving needs of our students through a series of interactive sessions. Since its inception in 2009, Stay Day has doubled in size from 150 participants to 300, with a waiting list of more than 70.  Staff and faculty across campus contributed greatly to this event by facilitating six student experience panels, seven roundtable discussions, 12 workshops, an Interactive Theater Program presentation, and 14 poster sessions related to the student experience and the theme of “We are Berkeley.” Read more

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Student Affairs Communications Department Launched

The Division of Student Affairs Executive Team launched the first communications department for the Division, hiring a new communications director, Ellen Topp, in March 2013. Over the course of a year, the new department will integrate communicators throughout the Division into a single department to ensure a cohesive and consistent communications experience for students and staff.  In just under three months, the Student Affairs Communications Department has initiated a student-focused redesign of the Student Affairs website, begun more frequent staff communications, and created an introductory video to the Division of Student Affairs.  View video

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Residential Computing: Gaining Technology Skills and Lifelong Connections 

Student Affairs Information Technologies (SAIT) is partnering with the Development Office of Student Affairs (DOSA) to formalize and strengthen affinity groups and expand participation in Residential Computing (ResComp) Alumni. The aim is to expand and make more visible the SAIT student technology leadership model and to actively engage student government leaders, the Student Technology Council, and student advisory bodies in the rollout and design of new student information systems.  By furthering students' technology skills and leadership abilities, and actively engaging ResComp alumni in the technology sector to develop professional internships and to recruit students for technology careers at their companies, SAIT and DOSA are helping students join a strong professional network that has lifelong connections.  Read more

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Student Affairs Fellows Enhance the Student Experience  

Learning and Development worked in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to sponsor four Student Affairs Fellowships in 2012-13. The Fellows (Mónica Reynoso, Roxanne Llamas-Villaluz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Shannell Thomas) gained valuable professional development experience while providing services to enhance the student experience. Paired with senior campus leaders, Assistant Dean of Students Akirah Bradley and EOP Director Fabrizio Mejia, the Fellows developed new skills and knowledge, gained personal and professional insights, and built relationships across campus departments. Read more

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Ombuds Office Expands Outreach 20 Percent

To date, the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees has seen a 20 percent increase in its caseload from last year. Eleven percent of the students we served were of African American/Black descent, which is a four percent increase from last year and eight percent above the campus population. Through marketing and outreach efforts, the office reached out to more than 800 campus departments and organizations. Ombuds Office