Annual Report 2012-2013
DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS LEADERSHIP TEAM
Table of Contents
Maryellen Gilroy, Ed.D Vice President for Student Affairs
Page 4 … Letter from Dr. Maryellen Gilroy, Vice President for Student Affairs
Sr. Susan Dunn, OP, Ed.D. Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Page 6 … Student Affairs Mission and Goals
Michael Papadopoulos ‘82 Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/ Director of Public Safety
Page 7 … Franciscan Values and Life at Siena: The DORS Initiative Page 8 … Creating a Culture of Learning-Based Assessment
John Felio Dean of Students
Page 10 … Office of the Dean of Students
John Bebb Associate Dean of Students
Page 12 … Office of Residential Life
Joy Galarneau, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Students
Page 14 … Franciscan Values: Diversity Page 16 … Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development
Karen Keis Director, Student Activities and Leadership Development
Page 18 … Office of Public Safety
Page 22 … Franciscan Values: Optimism
Wallace Bzdell, Ed.D Director, Center for Counseling and Student Development
Page 24 … Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and Veterans Services
Carrie Hogan, MS, ANP Director, Health Services
Page 26 … Center for Counseling and Student Development
Kathleen Brannock, J.D. Director, Residential Life
Page 28 … Office of Health Services
Shannon O’Neill, Ph.D. Director, Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women
Page 20 … Student Affairs Compliance
Page 30 … Franciscan Values: Respect
Robert Bahny Director, Services for Students with Disabilities and Veteran Services
Page 32 … Office of Conference and Event Services Page 34 … Damietta Cross-Cultural Center
Jeanne Obermayer Student Affairs Compliance Officer
Page 36 … Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women
Heather Burdo Director, Conference and Event Services
Page 38 … Franciscan Values: Service
â€œSiena College is a learning community advancing the ideals of a liberal arts education, rooted in its identity as a Franciscan and Catholic institution.â€? -Siena College Mission Statement
89% of Siena students report that their Siena experience has increased their ability to make connections between intellectual and spiritual life (2013 EBI -Student Activities Survey, n=465.)
From the Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Maryellen Gilroy Dear Colleagues, Students, Parents and Friends of Siena College, I am pleased to present to you the 2012-2013 Annual Report for the Division of Student Affairs. The report outlines how departments have accomplished strategic goals and objectives to carry out the mission and goals of all areas within the Division of Student Affairs. We continue our work on initiatives that provide opportunities for learning and where students grow and flourish. Throughout this document we provide for you assessment results in various areas measuring the progress toward our goals and ensuring evidence based decision making to make changes. The Student Affairs Assessment Team worked diligently throughout the year with each director to ensure their assessment strategies were on target. In addition, we engaged the Siena Research Institute to conduct focus groups which provided valuable information to us regarding what our studentsâ€™ think about their experience---and we learned we need to communicate what we do and why we do it better. As a result, the Division is specifically focused on communication, marketing and messaging for the 20132014 year.
“A quality student life experience is never the result of one person’s effort…” Student Activities staff is in the process of developing renovation plans for the Sarazen Student Union. Our students have repeatedly told us they need a space that is dedicated to their use and the College is responding. Students will be fully engaged in the design process this academic year as we move forward with this project. 2013-2014 is the ten-year anniversary of the DORS (Diversity, Optimism, Respect, and Service) Franciscan Values Initiative. Several events are in the planning as well as former students and alumni telling us about how these core Franciscan Values have shaped their lives and prepared them to excel as servant leaders in our world upon graduation. The Ours to Do: Women Leading the Way 3rd Annual Lecture is excited to have Dr. Carolyn Woo, Executive Director of Catholic Relief Services as the series’ keynote speaker on March 20, 2014. Save the date. Details to follow. Congratulations to Jeanne Obermayer, Student Affairs Compliance Officer who is a recipient of the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award 2013. The award was given for our Student Affairs on-line risk management event planning training program that provides student leaders and club advisors risk management training directly tied to the College's mission. This Siena training program is unique in that it is driven by student learning outcomes in a cost efficient and replicable manner for institutions of higher education. A quality student life experience is never the result of one person’s effort---it takes a talented and committed group of individuals to provide a quality experience for our students, and that is what Student Affairs staff do each day. I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to the year ahead.
Sincerely, Maryellen Gilroy, Ed.D.
Mission and Goals The Division of Student Affairs at Siena College serves as a resource, advocate and partner for student learning. We welcome and support students by fostering a safe, healthy and respectful living and learning community that embraces diversity and celebrates Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic identity. We provide transformative learning opportunities that invite and challenge students to join us in promoting the common good, affirming the dignity and worth of each individual, and engaging in experiences reflective of servant leadership. Members of the Division of Student Affairs at Siena College utilize the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and universities, together with their respective professional association standards, to advance their work as student development professionals in Catholic higher education.
Provide Opportunities to welcome students into the campus community, which celebrate Siena’s Franciscan Catholic identity and embrace diversity in both faith and culture. Provide programs and services to students to foster and maintain a safe, healthy and respectful community for living and learning. Pro vide in t e n t ion a l activities for students to learn about, reflect upon, and apply the Division of Student Affairs core Franciscan values of diversity, optimism, respect, and service (DORS).
Franciscan Values and Life at Siena The DORS Initiative OUR VISION Our Franciscan values of D ive rs ity , Op tim is m , Respect and Service (DORS) can be articulated, and are embodied, by every member of the Siena community. DORS guides our decisions and behaviors as we put faith into action for the betterment of the world around us.
OUR VALUES The essence of Franciscan living is a way of relating to people that is grounded in faith and values. Diversity, Optimism, Respect and S er v ic e pr ovi d e a framework for the Siena College community to discuss and learn about he Franciscan tradition and its approach to fostering positive i n t e r p e r s o n a l relationships.
DORS, a Franciscan values initiative of the Division of Student Affairs, integrates the values and teachings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi into the everyday lives of Siena College students. Franciscan values serve as a lens through which to view our world and our way of being in relationship with each other. Through discussion, modeling and application of DORS, our community is enriched and made vibrant. DORS ensures that our students identify with and take on a sense of responsibility for the College and each other.
Creating a Culture of Learning-Based Assessment 2011-2012
Coordinator of divisional learning assessment is named. Assessment inventory is conducted with each director. Student Affairs Assessment Team is convened. Collaboration is strengthened with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Division-wide skill-building workshops are implemented. All departments develop mission-driven departmental objectives and aligned student learning outcomes. All departments create a 4-year assessment plan to measure the degree to which departmental student learning outcomes are being achieved. Departments practice learning-based assessment by tweaking some of their 2011-2012 projects.
Divisional workshops continue. Student affairs Assessment website is created . Departments implement 36 department assessment projects. Departments tweak their assessment plans to reflect increased comfort and skill regarding learning-based assessment.
Departments will implement second round of scheduled assessment projects. Division will focus on closing the loop of assessment and effectively utilizing their data. VPSA assessment focus will measure the degree to which departments effectively weave the DORS values into their programs and services.
Strategies for Success ***Clear, tangible, feasible annual divisional assessment goals provide direction. ***4-year departmental assessment plans serve as working documents, and feature a feasible number of annual mission-driven projects that measure student learning. ***Student Affairs Assessment Team provides customized support to directors, divisional workshops and additional resources on the student affairs assessment website, and regular opportunities for departments to share successes and lessons learned. ***Strategic use of satisfaction-based assessment complements learning-based assessment.
What We Are Teaching Our Students: A Sampling
To choose behaviors that promote personal and community health and safety To put their faith into action Communication, conflict resolution skills, leadership, and teamwork skills That embracing diversity, engaging in interfaith dialogue and advocating for social justice are Catholic Franciscan values Self-advocacy skills Coping skills The knowledge and skills needed to be cross-culturally competent To demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for social justice in a culturally diverse world Event planning skills Customer service skills To apply their knowledge of the DORS values to their personal choices, interpersonal interactions and co-curricular pursuits How to recognize and challenge societal and institutional injustices How to appropriately access campus resources How to recognize, report and prevent violence How to advocate for gender equality Risk management, emergency preparedness, and life safety skills To explore different cultures, ideas and beliefs Key aspects of Franciscan leadership and how to apply these That their uniqueness and differences are valued by and enrich the Siena community
Office of the Dean of Students The Office of the Dean of Students establishes and upholds community standards rooted in Siena’s Franciscan Catholic tradition, in order to enable student learning, development and success.
Administer a student conduct process which is rooted in and promotes Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic values.
Provide educational programs and resources to assist the Siena College community in recognizing, reporting and preventing sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.
Provide educational programs and resources to assist students in making healthy choices regarding alcohol and drug use.
Serve as a central campus resource and community advocate for students in the management of routine issues and emergency situations that present barriers to students’ personal and academic success.
Office of the Dean of Students 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students who are involved in the student conduct process will demonstrate a capacity for decision making that is informed by Siena’s values and aligns with the Student Code of Conduct.
Examine the Results of post-hearing survey: 1157 students were surveyed. 131 students completed the survey. (11% response rate) 94% of respondents were found responsible or accepted responsibility for one or more of the charges brought against them. Audit conduct violation recidivism rates.
77% agree: "As a result of my participation in the student conduct process, I will make decisions that are informed by Siena's values. In 2012-2013: 51% of students who were found responsible or accepted responsibility for a conduct violation were involved in only one incident. 33% = two incidents. 11% = three incidents. 3% = four incidents. 1% = five or more incidents.
99.7% of 2012-2013 incoming students who completed the MyStudentBody (MSB) online alcohol, drug and sexual violence education course passed them. n=745 (95% of students who started the course completed it. n=783) The average post-test scores were: alcohol = 87%, drugs = 87%, sexual violence = 88% (The average pre-test scores were: alcohol = 66%, drugs = 63%, sexual violence = 72%.)
90% of MSB follow-up survey respondents agreed that the course helped them to take more precautions to maintain their personal safety. 90% = the course helped them know how to respond to alcohol emergencies. 86% = the course helped them make a healthy adjustment to college. (n=736)
82% of 2012 Siena College Health Survey respondents agree that it is easy to make friends at Siena without drinking. (n=783) 80% = students at Siena respect you if you don’t drink.
Over 20 educational training programs provided to assist members of the Siena community in recognizing, reporting and preventing sexual violence, dating violence, and/or stalking. Peer Education and Empowerment Program @Siena (PEEPs) created to empower students to participate in this educational endeavor.
Office of Residential Life The Office of Residential Life advances the mission of Siena College by fostering a safe and healthy campus living environment where a culture of mutual respect and personal responsibility enhance intellectual growth and success.
Provide and coordinate housing accommodations for residential students to have a meaningful college experience and to support student learning.
Create safe and inclusive communities where individuals are respected and differences are celebrated.
Provide programming for students to live within a Franciscan community highlighting opportunities for students to forge personal relationships and connections to the Siena community.
Provide leadership opportunities and learning experiences through the Resident Assistant (RA), Residence Hall Association (RHA) and work study programs.
Office of Residential Life 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students will develop and apply leadership and teamwork skills in their RA positions.
Survey and evaluate students who are in these positions including written responses to openended questions on RA evaluations
In Fall 2012 RA Evaluations, 93% of RAs (n=60) met or exceeded expectations related to fostering an environment of respect and responsibility and an understanding of community standards. In Spring 2013 RA Evaluations, 97% of RAs (n=61) met or exceeded expectations in this area.
In Fall 2012 RA Evaluations, 98% of RAs (n=60) met or exceeded expectations related to developing effective and appropriate working relationships with fellow staff members. In Spring 2013 RA Evaluations, 90% of RAs (n=61) met or exceeded expectations in this area.
RAs provided written responses to questions related to their own growth and development in regards to their leadership and teamwork skills. In their own words:
"Above all I think the most important skill I have gained is leadership. I am essentially the leader of my wing. I am the one that my residents come to if they need help and I am the one who must lead by example for them. As a leader I Additional Highlights have gained decision-making skills. When a resident comes to me it is my job to decide how to help them 327 RA programs provided: with their situation; whether it be referring this Academic = 63; Community elsewhere, seeking additional help, giving them the proper steps for moving forward or mediating, etc." Building = 25; Cross-Cultural
“With [my RD] not being here during training and leaving early, this semester has allowed me to take steps to become more of a task manager and not just a follower. A few years ago such a task would have been daunting, but I believe because of my training as an RA and my experience this became a manageable task to tackle.”
“It is not a cliché to say that being a Resident Assistant has helped shape me into the person I am. Because of the role, I learned how to be a true leader. Whether I was role modeling for my residents or taking the lead on a program for my staff, I learned how to delegate tasks and work with other people, treating them like human beings.”
= 15; Service = 40; Social = 84; Spiritual = 15; Wellness = 75 77% of resident students report that their RA promotes Siena’s Franciscan values and DORS initiative—Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service (2012 Annual Resident Survey, n=1662.) 87% of resident students report that their RA is a good role model (n=1667.)
Franciscan Values and Life at Siena Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service
72% of Siena students report that attending student activities has expanded their understanding of others whose backgrounds are different from theirs (2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey, n=436)
DIVERSITY In our Franciscan community, diversity is an invitation to celebrate the God-given uniqueness of each individual, as well as the cultural differences that enrich us all. So,
BE UNIQUE BE WELCOMING BE OPEN TO THE WORLD
95% of Siena students report that their Siena experience has increased their ability to demonstrate respect for othersâ€™ differences. 92% report that their Siena experience has increased their ability to actively work towards a more inclusive community (2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey, n=466, 465)
Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development provides co-curricular programs to students, which are rooted in Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic values, and which promote personal growth, engagement in the campus community, and leadership development.
Provide leadership development opportunities to students that are informed by Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic values.
In collaboration with academic departments and faculty, provide co-curricular activities to students that complement their academic programs.
Provide opportunities to welcome, transition and engage students in the Siena campus community.
Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students will demonstrate a belief that they are welcome and a feeling of connectedness on campus.
In-house survey (orientation survey) of participants of welcome/transition programming. 830 students were surveyed; 286 completed the survey.
Educational Benchmarking Institute’s (EBI) Student Activities Survey.
95% of orientation survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that "the new student orientation made me feel welcomed and connected to the campus." (n=273)
78% of orientation survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the social functions of the "Be a Saint" website (for pre-enrolled students) helped them to easily connect with others.
84% of EBI survey respondents agree that attending student activities has helped them to feel a sense of belonging to their campus (n=435.)
80% of 2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey respondents report being involved in at least one student organization. Over 50% = two or more. Over 1/3 = three or more (n=453.)
74% of 2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey respondents agree that attending student activities at Siena has provided leadership training and has provided opportunities to assume leadership roles (n=430.)
84% of 2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey respondents agree that student activities they attended were educational (n=430.)
Office of Public Safety The Office of Public Safety at Siena College promotes and maintains a safe campus environment conducive to living, learning, working, and visiting. This is accomplished through the delivery of a variety of programs and services in keeping with Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic values.
Provide programs and services to maintain a safe campus environment and to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to promote personal and community safety.
Provide specialized courses to teach students life safety skills.
Provide training programs to assist the Siena community develop the skills needed to appropriately respond to emergencies.
Provide fire safety training to prevent causalities in case of fire.
Office of Public Safety 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students will demonstrate behaviors that promote personal and community safety.
Review applicable items from survey/post-test administered to RA's after RA training
97.2% of survey respondents reported that, as a result of attending the "public safety overview" session at RA training, they can articulate behaviors that promote personal and community safety. (n=72) 100% correctly answered follow-up open-ended question: "Please list behaviors that promote personal and community safety" (n=63) and provided a total of 109 correct answers corresponding to a total of 17 behaviors. Top five behaviors Additional Highlights noted: respect self/others; abide 94.0% of 2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey respondents reported that they feel Public Safety has adequately by college policies; communicated Community Alerts. (n=468) adopt safe personal 93.7% of 2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey respondents behaviors; report reported that Public Safety has effectively communicated incidents to with them during emergencies, other incidents, and proper officials; emergency systems tests. (n=464) knowledge of Completed a campus-wide fire safety inspection conducted active bystander responsibilities by NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Several fire prevention programs were identified as “best practices.”
100% compliance in completing 42 campus fire drills.
1100 online occupational safety courses completed by Siena employees using the BLR online training program: highest number of courses completed annually since the program’s inception.
Student Affairs Compliance The Student Affairs Compliance Officer provides mission affirming best practice regulatory compliance guidance to the Division of Student Affairs and risk management oversight to students and those working with students in the co-curricular setting.
Provide a comprehensive model of risk assessment to use in planning events and activities for student leaders, faculty and staff.
Provide educational opportunities on risk management to student leaders, faculty and staff.
Provide guidance and oversight on regulatory compliance to the Division of Student Affairs
Monitor legislative action related to higher education to provide educational updates for Student Affairs staff.
Student Affairs Compliance 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Student leaders and Resident Assistants will be able to identify and assess risk management/ mitigation strategies
Risk management training post-test administered to all students who complete training regarding how to use risk management tool
(n = 50) 90% of students who took the test correctly answered all questions, including correctly listing three different risk factors associated with events, the potential impact of unmitigated risks on the organization/ community, and three risk management/ mitigation strategies. Top themes that emerged in open-ended responses:
1. risk factors: emotional Additional Highlights risk, reputational risk, physical risk, financial Congratulations to Jeanne Obermayer! Jeanne risk. was awarded The University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) 2013 2. risk mitigation Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award strategies: reduction, transfer and elimination for the development of her mission-driven, strategies. learning-based risk management tool and accompanying assessment process (noted above.)
Audit of Clery Act compliance and subsequent revision of Campus Security Authority training
Development of Student Affairs Training Dashboard, to track all divisional training efforts and ensure regulatory compliance
Franciscan Values and Life at Siena Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service
85% of Siena students believe in the sacredness of life (2012 Health Survey, n=755.)
OPTIMISM In our Franciscan community, optimism is a faith-filled affirmation of the basic goodness of life and of all men and women because, in the words of St. Francis, God our Creator is â€œgood, all good, supremely good.â€? So,
BE POSITIVE BE HOPEFUL BE OPEN TO THE FUTURE
88% of Siena students report that attending Siena has enhanced their awareness of their talents (2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey, n=498.) 97% of Siena students report that becoming a better person is important to them (2012 Health Survey, n=754.)
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and Veterans Services The Office for Students with Disabilities and Veterans Services promotes Siena’s commitment to student-centered education within an environment that affirms the uniqueness and diversity of each individual. The office provides advocacy for and services to students with disabilities and student veterans, in order to ensure equal access to educational opportunities and to empower student self-advocacy and success.
Provide advocacy for and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, allowing equal access to all Siena College programs.
Monitor the academic progress of students enrolled in the office and assist in the retention efforts of the College
Coordinate services, provide advocacy and support to student veterans and dependents of veterans at the College.
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and Veterans Services 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight
Learning Outcome Assessed: Students will demonstrate self advocacy skills by developing and implementing personal and educational goals to overcome barriers to equality and inclusiveness Assessment Tool: Individually track the academic achievement profiles of students with registered with the disabilities office. Assessment Results: Of the 105 students enrolled in the office, 95% met or exceeded acceptable academic standards as established by the college to be in good standing. Additional Highlights
61% of 2012 Health Survey Respondents report that they are aware of the services provided by the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (n=734)
The North Colonie Transition Program expanded to full capacity in 2012-2013.
Student veteran and student ROTC award ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Veterans Recognition Award Dinner.
Center for Counseling and Student Development The Center for Counseling and Student Development supports student development and success by providing counseling, medication management, psycho-educational programming, and consultations to the campus community to help students cope effectively with personal, emotional and situation barriers to learning
Provide individual counseling service to enrolled students. Provide emergency consultations/ interventions to enrolled students. Provide psychological consultations to the campus community. Provide psycho-educational workshops, trainings, and passive outreach to enrolled students and members of the Siena community.
Center for Counseling and Student Development 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students who use counseling services will develop coping strategies for their presenting concerns.
Questions in client satisfaction survey which measure coping strategies through counseling (as determined by the clients)
All questions related to coping strategies were positive endorsements.
My counselor helped me develop a new perspective or new ways of thinking about my concerns = 88% agree or strongly agree
My counselor helped me develop one or more strategies to cope with my concerns = 84% agree or strongly agree
My counselor helped me make changes in behaviors for which I was concerned = 79% agree or strongly agree
I am better prepared now to work through and cope with Additional Highlights future concerns on my own 225 students seen in fall 2012 for 1009 appointments; = 85% agree or strongly agree 208 students seen in spring 2013 (up to 5-22-13) for
Counseling has positively affected my progress as a student and/or positively affected the likelihood that I will complete my college degree. = 77% agree or strongly agree
1119 appointments. CCSD (13.5%) is above the national average for students seen (9-12% for small colleges and 6-7% at larger colleges) using the AUCCCD annual survey for comparison.
My counselor helped me feel more optimistic/ hopeful about my future. = 80% agree or strongly agree
95 crisis evaluations in 2012-2013; 100% of the respondents in the student satisfaction survey who indicated that their situation was urgent endorsed that their situation was handled in a timely manner
149 hours of direct educational outreach to community (trainings, etc.)
Office of Health Services Siena College Health Services empowers all community members to achieve optimal wellness through competent and compassionate care for students and the provision of educational programs to the entire campus in a manner that respects and promotes Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic values.
Provide quality ambulatory health care to students.
Promote a healthy college community by prevention and surveillance of disease and disability from infectious communicable diseases.
Serve as a health care referral for students.
Provide programs to promote student self advocacy and wellness as it relates to personal health and personal responsibility for health care.
Office of Health Services 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students will demonstrate awareness of services available at and provided by Health Services
Review data from applicable question on 2012 Student Affairs Health Survey Review annual utilization rates
70% of Health Survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: "I am aware of the services available at Siena College's Health Services." (n=744) 50% of survey respondents who agreed or strongly agreed with the previous statement then completed an open-ended question asking them to give an example of services provided by health services. 96% correctly answered this question. (n=294) 2012-2013 utilization rate: 10%
Achieved 100% compliance for NY State Immunization Public Health Law for seven consecutive years (2006-2012.)
Achieved Joint Commission re-Accreditation for the ambulatory health care provided to students (November 2012.)
Established meningitis vaccine requirement for incoming freshmen per CDC immunization practice guidelines and American College Health Association recommendations.
Franciscan Values and Life at Siena Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service
89% of Siena students report that attending Siena has enhanced their ability to establish healthy relationships (2013 EBI-Student Activities, n=497.)
RESPECT In our Franciscan community, respect is a profound reverence for Godâ€™s real presence in ourselves, in others, and in our world. So,
BE RESPECTFUL OF YOURSELF BE AFFIRMING OF THE DIGNITY OF OTHERS BE CARING OF THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND YOU
91% of Siena students report that attending Siena has enhanced their selfrespect. 95% of students report that attending Siena has enhanced their respect for others (2013 EBI-Student Activities, n=492, 491.)
Office of Conference and Event Services The Office of Conference and Event Services provides event planning support to students, faculty and staff at Siena College. Additionally, Conference and Event Services promotes Siena College to the community as a premier conference site and provides services in the planning, coordination and execution of successful conference events. With meeting spaces capable of accommodating groups ranging from a few individuals to a few hundred, Siena College has options to fit the needs of almost any group.
Provide event planning services to students, faculty and staff at Siena College. Provide services in the planning, coordination and execution of conference and events for the community.
Office of Conference and Event Services 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students, faculty and staff will be able to effectively communicate their event planning needs and make informed decisions regarding the logistics of the events they are planning.
Track what groups are thinking about all of their event needs ahead of time by tracking how many times the Campus Scheduler has to follow up with them for missing information prior to their event.
Requests through Campus scheduler email: 609 requests. 181 requests needed follow-up. 30% of requests needed follow-up. 70% of requests in compliance. No top themes emerged in terms of common mistakes; follow -up was needed due to incomplete requests with varying pieces of information left out. Requests through online form: 405 requests. 69 requests needed followup. 7% of requests needed follow-up. 83% of requests in compliance. Common mistakes: 1. no second choice room given (and first choice isn't available); 2. event time doesn't make sense; 3. event description is lacking information.
56 events, ranging from meetings with ten people to expos and fundraising walks that attract 1000's.
20 “new to Siena” groups welcomed to campus
3 summer Adult conferences, 9 Athletics camps hosted
Damietta Cross-Cultural Center The Damietta Cross-Cultural Center fosters campus-wide, cross-cultural competency in order to advance Siena’s commitment to building a world that is more just, peaceable and humane. Inspired by the legacy of Saint Francis’ encounter with the Sultan Malik al-Kamil at Damietta, the Center provides innovative initiatives that educate, engage and empower students to live and work effectively in culturally diverse environments.
Provide opportunities to assist all students in building an inclusive community at Siena which is rooted in the Division of Student Affairs core values of Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service (DORS).
Provide training to develop all students’ cross-cultural competencies for social justice.
Provide identity development support for all students and in particular student affinity groups.
Provide programs that develop and support inter-faith dialogue efforts for the Siena community.
Damietta Cross-Cultural Center 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students will demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills needed to be cross-culturally competent.
Post Program Survey - using the AACU Intercultural Knowledge & Competence Value Rubric administered to participants in DCCC “Affective Programs”
94% of the participants strongly agree or agree that the program helped them gain knowledge needed to be cross-culturally competent with 88% specifically listing out what they have learned. Common themes: 1) stereotypes; 2) knowledge of race, religions differences and affirmative action; 3) challenges and struggles that subordinated groups face. (n=96)
More than 1 in 3 students report that the Damietta CrossCultural Center has helped them to feel like their uniqueness and differences are valued by and enrich the Siena community. (2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey, n=466)
42 cultural, diversity and social justice programs were implemented and offered to the Siena community.
244 students participated in thirteen sessions of the CrossCultural Solidarity Experience (Six faculty partnerships.) Various immersion experiences included working with adult learners, refugees, students with special needs, people with Parkinson’s disease, and inner-city 6th grade students.
Sister Thea Bowman Center for Women The Sister Thea Bowman Center for Women advances Siena College’s commitment to building a world that is more just, peaceable and humane by providing advocacy, programming and service opportunities which promote social justice, gender equity and the development of women.
Provide programming to the Siena community to raise awareness about social justice issues and promote participation in service and advocacy opportunities.
Provide educational opportunities and initiatives for students that promote gender equality.
Conduct targeted programs to women students that develop and empower them to achieve their personal, academic and professional aspirations.
Sister Thea Bowman Center for Women 2012-2013 Assessment Spotlight Learning Outcome Assessed:
Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize societal and institutional injustices.
Direct Observation of Bowman Leadership Team (utilize rubric to assess whether student initiatives brought forward at staff meetings and training demonstrate recognition of societal and institutional injustices). Review applicable items from 2013 EBI-Student Activities Survey.
71% of suggested programs demonstrate an ability to recognize societal and institutional injustices. Examples of societal/institutional injustices recognized by the students: the role of government and industry in cancer-causing chemicals in the environment; sexual violence, including human trafficking; body image; food justice 92% of EBI-Student Activities survey respondents agree or strongly agree that the Bowman Center raises awareness of social justice issues, particularly those affecting women (n=464).
92% of 2013 EBI-Student Activities survey respondents agree that the Bowman Center provides opportunities to participate in programs for service and advocacy on social justice issues. (n = 465). 43.6% report that they have participated in a Bowman Center program.
Over 20 programs were conducted in the residence halls, in addition to annual signature programs (Week without Violence, Anti-Human Trafficking Week, Immigration Week, Fat-Free Talk Day, Reading Women Book Club, Fair Trade Sales, Dominican Republic Service Trip, etc.) and large-scale community events (Kerry Cronin, the Dating Doctor, Dr. Thomas Keith and his documentary The Bro Code.)
Franciscan Values and Life at Siena Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service
93% of Siena students report that their Siena experience has increased their ability to actively work to further social justice (2013 EBI-Student Activities, n=465.)
SERVICE In our Franciscan community, service is paying the debt we owe to God for the gifts we have been given, by working and advocating for the well-being of all, especially the poor and marginalized. So,
BE GRATEFUL BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME AND TALENTS BE COMPASSIONATE
96% of Siena students report that making the world a better place is important to them. 86% believe Siena encourages them to do this. (2012 Health Survey, n=786, 752.) 78% of Siena students report that attending student activities has enhanced their appreciation of the value of volunteerism (2013 EBI-Student Activities, n=427.)
“The Division of Student Affairs at Siena College Serves as a resource, advocate and partner for student learning.” -excerpt from the Student Affairs Mission Statement
“I have done what is mine to do. May Christ teach you what you are to do.” -St. Francis