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Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education T h e Holiday Edition 2009 In This Edition:

A Quarterly Newsletter Elections Information, p. 13

Scholarship Info, p. 3—4

Conference Info, p. 2

The Gift of Giving Time, p. 12

Holidays on a Budget, p. 23

From the President’s Desk ANTSHE Board of Directors has been busy representing you across the country over the last few months. We recently hosted a table at NACADA National Conference in San Antonio TX. We were well received with a lot of interest in ANTSHE supported by Dr. Carol Ann Baily and the NACADA Adult Learners Commission. We also hosted a table at the 7th Annual First Year Summit held at Ohio State. ANTSHE Consultant Gabe DeGabriele hosted our table at this successful event. To read more about our experience at each of these conferences read my article on page 3 ―ANTSHE on Display‖. Your board of directors held its mid-year meeting at Univ. of Utah, which was graciously hosted by our membership officer and Univ. of Utah staff member, Ms. Sandy McLelland. To keep financial cost down (and to not burden anyone‘s personal finances), in person attendance was at a minimum in Salt Lake City. However, using the technology of a online web meeting platform, the entire board of directors held a very successful all day meeting on Sat. March 10th. To read about all the great initiatives and resolutions that came from that meeting see my article on page 24 ―Mid-Year Meeting at Univ. of Utah‖. As you have heard me say time and time again, your elected board of directors are all dedicated volunteers. It is only through their consistent efforts and dedication that ANTSHE continues to flourish. The board members take on tasks , research projects, develop resolutions, and handle just about everything I ask of them. I know I speak on your behalf when I say how much we appreciate their efforts and will continue to support their work. It is YOU they are working so hard for. Please consider joining us. As most of you know we are in the middle of our nomination period for the board of directors. There are many opportunities to become more involved with ANTSHE. I encourage everyone to take a moment to consider giving of yourself and your talents to support our great organization. Even if you are not seeking a position on the board we have many openings on committees and development teams. Please stop by our website and read about how you may become more involved to help us make a difference! A quick reminder to everyone that November 1 -7th is our National Non-Traditional Student Recognition Week. I am looking forward to hearing about all the great Non-Traditional Student week celebrations that will take place on member campuses across the country. Be sure and send your submissions to ANTSHE Secretary, Kay Mitchell whose committee will be selecting the best of all submissions for recognition at our annual conference. As always I encourage everyone to stay in touch and keep us in the loop on activities and efforts of your nontraditional student clubs across the country. We love hearing about all the great events that happen every year and very willing to ‗cross link‘ your organizational pages from within Stay in touch - stay connected;

Jeffrey Bunnell ANTSHE President

March 12-13, 2010

“With character to spare, it's no secret that Charlotte delivers cultural institutions and attractions, dining and nightlife and shopping and sporting events. Enjoy the Southern hospitality! From NASCAR to Carowinds and the Billy Graham Library, Charlotte is sure to entertain.� UNC Charlotte has a Non-Traditional Student Organization that focuses on encouraging student involvement on campus and in the community. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Office of Adult Students and Evening Services 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 Phone: 704/687-2596 Fax: 704/687-3229 E-mail: Click here for more information!

ANTSHE on Display Jeffrey Bunnell ANTSHE was given the opportunity to host an exhibitors table at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference in San Antonio. The ANTSHE Board of Directors would like to personally thank NACADA Executive Director, Mr. Charlie Nutt, and former Adult Learners Commission Chair, Ms. Lisa Peck. Due in large part to their professional support of ANTSHE, our showing at their conference was one of the best in recent years. ANTSHE was selected by Mr. Nutt as one of 8 worthy organizations to receive special recognition at the opening ceremonies on the first day of the conference. This special acknowledgment allowed ANTSHE to be formally recognized in front of all 2600 attendees. This was a great way to us to ‗hit the ground running‘ and gain conference exposure from the very first day. We had excellent traffic and interest at our exhibition table. This, in large part, was due to a prime location just outside 5 presentation rooms that changed every 50 minutes. By the end of the first day, I had run out of most of the printed material I brought with me; some 60lbs of printed material! Newsletters, info. pamphlets, survey and conference flyers were just some of the items people were taking. Of course with this amount of traffic, I quickly filled 3 sign-up sheets requesting more information and registration information for our conference. Now you might be saying, this was a great positive conference for ANTSHE, but what does NACADA have to do with ANTSHE? Good question! Let me tell you. NACADA is the premier professional organization for counselors and advisors in the United States and quickly gaining international recognition. The NACADA Adult Learners Commission mission statement reads (in part) ―development of a survey for future distribution to identify the common needs of adult learners and to identify successful programs that serve adult learners, to establish a "best practices" guide for advisors.‖ These folks directly impact OUR members through advising and counsel. As representatives of this unique student population, ANTSHE can directly influence and help guide the commission to ensure ‗best practices‘ when dealing with adult learners. It is in the best interest of our members currently enrolled for us to remain actively involved with this great commission as we continue to enjoy the support of NACADA! I would be remiss if I didn‘t recognize the continuous support and recognition of ANTSHE by our friend and NACADA member Dr. Carol Ann Baily of Middle Tennessee State University. Many of you will remember her from our conference 2 years ago on her campus, and last year as the recipient of the ANTSHE National Treasure Award. Dr. Baily never passes on an opportunity to highlight or promote ANTSHE, whether it be on her own campus, or at a meeting of the Adult Learners Commission of NACADA. We continue to appreciate her consistent efforts on our behalf and send her a heartfelt thank you on behalf of all our members.

2009-2010 ANTSHE Scholarship Recipients We are pleased to announce the 2009-2010 ANTSHE scholarship recipients. LaCinda Buchanan attends National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arizona. She is studying for a degree in biomedical engineering. LaCinda is very involved in community service and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Earl (Bill) Miller, III, attends Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey. He is studying the humanities. Bill is very involved with theatre and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Zacharia Varughese attends Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is working on a graduate degree in higher education and involved in community outreach programs. We wish all of the scholarship recipients well in their future academic endeavors! We would like to thank all of our donors to the ANTSHE Scholarship Fund and appreciate their commitment to financially supporting adult students in higher education. Do consider making a financial contribution or donation to the silent auction for the benefit of the scholarship fund if you are able. Be sure to apply for these terrific scholarships! T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N Page 3

Why the Non-Traditional College Student Has an Advantage Tyger Schonholzer

Back to School and Over Thirty? Going back to school if you're over thirty can be a frightening experience. It has been years since high school and surely you have forgotten all your math skills. You have responsibilities, a household to run, a mortgage, perhaps kids and you fear that your brain is full of cobwebs. Yet, going back to school can be exciting, if you use the right approach. And with the right tools, you can be quite successful. You may not realize it, but you have an advantage over the teenagers that are crowding the desks beside you: You have experience. After you spend a few years in the workforce or juggling a family budget and a hectic schedule, you gain a different world view. And that world view will help you to greater college success. You see the big picture. You have learned the value of goal setting and have achieved some of your goals. You have learned that small steps and small accomplishments eventually add up to large accomplishments and you have acquired the patience to take it step by step. You realize that you learn for no one but yourself and you don't blame the teacher when you make a mistake. You have learned to take responsibility for your actions and to own your successes and your failures alike. Teachers respect and appreciate that. You understand the mystery of preparation and you know that reading ahead keeps you abreast of new material. You come to class with an idea of what will be discussed that day. You are prepared to ask questions and discuss facts and ideas. You communicate well and without undue aggressiveness. Teachers like that too. You know that learning takes more time as you get older, so you review often and study daily. You don't wait until two days before a test to cram. When a teacher tells you that you are responsible for the material in the book, you read it. And you apply what you read to the test questions because you have learned critical thinking. As you get older, you gain a deeper understanding of connections. You become an expert at linking facts into complex bits of information. You craft a concept of how things work and are able to put it into your own words. Rather than memorizing strings of information, you create associations and get a solid grasp on the subject matter. You treat your college classes like a job, which means, you show up for classes and you show up on time. You dress appropriately and professionally and you keep your cell phone turned off during lectures. You take good notes and re-write them when you get home, while the information is still fresh. You take advantage of teacher office time and are unafraid to ask questions if you need clarification. You develop a friendly, but professional relationship with your teachers.


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Lastly, you know how to prioritize. While your family may come first when you are at home, you know to make school your chief concern while you are in class or studying for a test. You are capable of placing your social life on a back burner. You know that your success is much more dependent upon grades and learning than upon your popularity with your classmates. If you approach college, using your life experience as a guide, you stand a good chance at doing well, even excelling in your classes and your chosen field. Don't let age stand in your way to a better future. Yes, you may be forty or even fifty by the time you finish, but remember, if you don't go to school, you will still age, but without the benefit of a college education!

Retrospectives, pt. 2 of 4 Amanda King

In this series, Carl, Danielle, Eddy, & Heather discuss their college experiences as non-traditional students – the good, the bad, and everything in between. Their stories are part of a series of articles that will be published over this year‘s editions of ANTSHE‘s Non-Trad Journal. Degree sought initially? Degree attained? Heather: I have always been a ―pick a path and go‖ kind of person. In high school I wanted to be an actor so I didn‘t stop until I got accepted into an arts high school and college. Then again, in 2007, I realized my hidden desire to learn about archaeology/anthropology and got the degree at EKU in 3 semesters. Danielle: I enrolled as undeclared because at the time in 93 it was encouraged that you take a career counseling seminar to see what you were most suited for. Ironically, nursing was in the mix... along with mechanic :) I didn't get a degree my first time around. I tried to go back the spring semester of 94 but got terribly ill. It wasn't until 3 years later that I was diagnosed with a Pituitary Adenoma... at that point; I thought I was just a quitter and couldn't handle the stresses of school and home. Carl: I started out as an art education major, changed to a radiology major, then nuclear medicine, then back to art education. After majoring in art education, I got to my last year and was informed that due to my criminal background I was NOT going to be allowed to teach children to finger paint or even teach adolescents how to dabble in clay. I majored in philosophy. And it was about the time that I picked up my second major in sociology and was rapidly approaching graduation that I realized I had no idea what was next. I got a masters degree in Criminal Justice and after I graduated in December of ‘07, they put me to work teaching in January of ‗08 and that‘s what I‘ve been doing since then. Now, I hope to earn a PhD and make a career of it. Eddy: I started at a community college and took some computer classes. I originally wanted to make video games, but quickly found out I had a deficiency in mathematics. I had a great Geology instructor, Dr. Ewers. He got me fired up and hungry for education. I graduated after 4 years in 2005. I set out 1 year between my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I had gone back to carpentry and played music. I went back to school for a masters degree in Criminal Justice. Toughest class/issue? Heather: Again, I was lucky to get to work at home and not have children so it made my experience a hundred times easier than most non-traditionals. However, my last semester, we lost our grant for my position as Outreach Coordinator (during the beginning of the recession) and all of a sudden there were no jobs- not even at Pizza Hut- for a college graduate. That was a lean semester and I didn‘t have student loans or an on-campus job so I had to use all of my meager savings just to get through. Add a field school on to the end of that for several weeks when I couldn‘t even look for a job and then the market being completely dead when I graduPage 6

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ated. It has been pretty disappointing and disheartening. Danielle: When I finally went back to school in 2005, the toughest class I encountered was an English 102 course. The first day the Syllabus explained that we would be covering and writing all about pop culture. Of which I've never known anything about. I don't/didn't watch T.V.; I didn't know anything of pop culture. Carl: Toughest class would be a tossup between introductory astronomy and sculpture. Astronomy because it was virtually impossible to stay awake in that dark room with 200 people, half of which were fully asleep at 8:00 in the morning. Sculpture because, that shit‘s just hard despite the fact that Dr. Carroll Hale is a god amongst insects. My biggest issue would be all the bureaucratic hoops that I was forced to bounce my happy ass through each semester in regards to admissions, financial aid, federal work study and any other flaming hoops they wanted me to hurdle through. There was that other issue where I was assaulted by former employees of the RPD and forced to take my Drawing 2 class with my left hand. But that‘s water under the bridge; it‘s in the past, like the monkey in the lion king says, with the cute blue butt (Rafiki, for bonus points!). Eddy: I found out quickly that math was going to be a lot of work for me. I had to go from 098 (which is a developmental mathematics course) through 109 (Pre-Calculus). I took Japanese, but dropped it. Mineralogy was a harder class for me. After my undergraduate, when I applied for graduate school, I had a low GRE score. How did you overcome that? Heather: I did what most people do when they are broke and have no job- they go to Peru on a volunteer archaeological dig. They paid my room and board but the rest was up to me. I had purchased the ticket and made the commitment before my Outreach job had been nixed so I figured, ―What the hay‖. Going there made me realize that I still was lucky and had a lot more than most people around the world. So it was a good move, ultimately. Danielle: I withdrew and stalked the other English classes until I found an opening... It ended up being my favorite class as we covered Machiavelli, Jung, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and numerous other amazing literary geniuses... much better than the threatened pop culture of the class before. Carl: I overcame my greatest issue with thousands of dollars of attorney fees, few hours bored in a courtroom and I got a C in sculpture and introductory astronomy and eventually learned to cope with the bureaucratic processes. Eddy: I got through it by trial and error. I also had a friendly dean who let me repeat the 098 course. I had taken it a total of 4 times, earning an F, then D, and eventually getting a B. That took a lot of persistence. Dr. Blythe stressed the tutoring labs to get help if you didn‘t get the concept in class. I didn‘t use them at first, but they helped me understand what I wasn‘t getting before. I also read a lot and minored in English to help improve my writing skills. As for the low GRE, I got in on great referral letters and had a probationary status. I worked it off and got a Graduate Assistantship. Greatest thing to you about being in a relationship with another non-trad while attending classes? Heather: We had similar schedules so we got to see each other during the daytime instead of both being at work. My dog loved having us both home. We also would go and study together at the library which was even a little romantic to me- but I‘m a romantic so that only figures. The theoretical stuff was easier to grasp when we discussed it across disciplines even though he was in it at a higher level in grad school. We were still able to ―keep up‖ with each other as we grew and challenged ourselves and each other. Danielle: Carl has always been supportive. When I decided to go back to school finally, he reminded me that I had terrible knees and that I should probably have them checked out before enrolling. January before I enrolled I had bilateral knee surgery and found myself on crutches for 12 weeks. Post operatively he lifted me up every time I needed to stand and I honestly don't believe he's stopped supporting me physically, mentally, spiritually, or academically since. He is the most amazing man. T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N

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Carl: The greatest thing about that is just that you have a partner in this thing. It‘s not just me against the world or the university or the bureaucracy, or what have you. We had a few of the same classes; I was able to help her with that. Despite the vast differences in nursing and criminal justice, she‘s shared her experience educationally with me and it has enriched my own understanding of my field (positively and negatively). She has been forced to listen to my endless tirades on the state of the union in criminal justice, corrections, and courts and so on and so forth and should get at least a minor in criminal justice for the effort, tolerance, and patience. I do not think I should get an associate in nursing as I‘m still completely unfit for such pursuits. Eddy: I think the best thing was being old enough to do it and not suffer through the adolescent shit like jealousy issues. I had been with Heather for 5 years while she worked and then she went back for another undergraduate in Anthropology. I think we were more supportive of each other and it was conducive to the student lifestyle. Worst? Heather: We knew we weren‘t able to save any money at all during that time and times were getting worse. The strain of knowing the job market and housing market were crashing around us brought serious implications to our conjoined dream of moving off to further both degrees- him to a PhD program and me to a master‘s program. Danielle: I can't really imagine my educational career without him. I can't think of one bad thing about it. Carl: It‘s been a long strange trip but there haven‘t been a whole lot of negatives, there have been multiple crises along the way, deaths of family members, friends, brain surgeries, our dog died… there have been lots of horrible things, but that is the most positive things about going through it with her. Some of these things that would have been debilitating to me as a young man, she helped me to grieve, get through it and go on, but I have to attribute it to the fact that I had someone strong beside me, helping me through it all. I don‘t have many complaints, I feel like I got more than I paid for, despite the constant raises in tuition, and the bad things along the way had as much to do with who and where I am now as did the good ones. Eddy: The worst part was being broke. We spend money on things to help make a living (computer, musical equipment). Having no health insurance is rough. Resource most used? Should've used? Heather: I used the library a lot. I just study better in a library - something about the smell of the books and the sounds of whispering and turning pages. EBSC host was a huge eye-opener to me. Heck, the last time I went to college, I only had to use a computer a time or two and that was to type a paper. And that was 1999! At WKU! We knew nothing of PowerPoint presentations back then, at least I didn‘t anyway. Danielle: I used the writing center a great deal. I am a bit of a perfectionist and felt my instructors deserved the best I could offer. This is strange, since writing has always been my strong suit. I also took great advantage of the Math tutoring lab. I should have used the library a great deal more, but always found myself getting angry at the loud cell phone usage. Therefore, I avoided it. Carl: I used the computer labs to print out papers, and then when I found a faculty member who was on the same wave length as me, I would hang out in their office until they had to be somewhere else or I needed to leave. I wish I had used the libraries more; I‘ve come to the conclusion that they know everything. They are the gatekeepers. They have all the knowledge of all the ages and if they don‘t know it, they can get you to it. Eddy: I didn‘t use the tutoring labs at first. It was stressed by Dr. Blythe that we use them to help make sure we get whatever concepts we didn‘t get in class. I hope you will follow their stories over the next two editions, taking us through life after graduation and the changes they have seen in themselves and each other. The Conference Edition of the Non-Trad Journal will look at their lives after graduation. T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N

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Non-Traditional Student Organization Involvement Ideas Cricket Bonnetaud Want to try something new this holiday season with your adult student organization? The Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) at UNC Charlotte keeps busy after midterms in the fall semester each year, especially during National Adult Student Week. The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to participate in service learning projects through various civic activities. I hope you take some time to think how you and your student organization can make a difference in your own community while taking advantage of what is already offered on your own campus. Listed are some ideas for community service, fundraisers and family events that your student group can host or participate in: Community Service Habitat for Humanity Food drive for local food banks 5K race for charity Christmas caroling at a local nursing home Volunteer: serve meals at homeless centers, tutor in schools and youth programs Campus blood drive Fundraisers Car washes Pumpkin patch Bake/ candy sales Christmas tree farm visit and sale Raffles for donated items

Events & Family Activities Game night Visit local museums Wine tastings Fall Maze/Pumpkin patch Campus music concerts, art shows, cultural dinners

Finding Community Resources Kristian Alton Okay, so it is only October, but my son has already started with the ―I want that for Christmas‖ exclamations. Though I have an assistantship that provides a SMALL monthly stipend, my budget is already stretched to the max. Without some help, I will not be able to give my son the gifts he wants and still feed him! In years past, I have turned to my friends and fellow students for advice, tips, and support to make it through this difficult financial time. Here are a few of the best suggestions I have gotten. My first suggestion is to turn to other students who are often the best resource for advice, tips, and information about potential support services. If you do not have a Non-Trad group to turn to, or you are not sure who to talk to, you can turn to one of the following resources for direction to local support services. Keep in mind your eligibility for services will be based on income level and family size. Also remember that private service providers are often more generous than federal/state agencies. The Chamber of Commerce Some Chambers will be able to provide you with a list of local community agencies or churches that assist low income or student families with utilities and food. This has been hit or miss for me as not all Chambers keep up with such information, but it is a good place to start. Their contact information can be found in the telephone book or on your town‘s web page. The Department of Human Services I have had mixed results getting information from here too. Sometimes it depends on the case worker/ receptionist you speak to as some are more interested in actually connecting you with services than in simply collecting their paycheck. Commentary aside, DHS is often able to provide you with a list of reputable childPage 10

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care providers, local churches/agencies that provide additional services, and local food banks that can help you stretch your budgets. You can find contact information for DHS in the local telephone book or online by Google searching Department of Human Services and then selecting your state office. Local Churches In both of the previous paragraphs, I mentioned local churches. These are a little harder to find, but often have the best, most reliable services available. The services offered may include free meals, utility assistance, Christmas presents for your child/ren, food supplies, clothes, and childcare resources. Some of the churches may reserve certain benefits for members but most have no requirement of attendance or membership to receive services. However, they may have to limit receipt of services to a family to once a quarter. If you cannot get a list from the Chamber or from DHS, you may have to ask other students, read the local newspaper, or simply call the church directly to find out which church is offering services. The Salvation Army The Salvation Army often offers a wide variety of services in the community. These services are free and there is no expectation for joining them. They may offer food, utility assistance, rent assistance, and an Angel Tree at Christmas. If there is a Salvation Army in your town, you may find their contact information in the telephone book or online at If you are interested in trying to place your child/ren on the Angel Tree, you can usually apply directly to the Salvation Army (now is usually when they are taking applications), or you may go through a variety of community agencies. Also, check with your University. A group on Campus may be working with Angel Tree or Toys for Tots (sponsored by the Marine Corps, see Either program is awesome and deserves support when you can give it. Angel Food Ministries Angel Food Ministries provide discounted foodstuffs to families on a fixed income. The items are sent to a local church for distribution. I have used this service many times. The food is quality and there are often additional packages that can be ordered (like steak or chicken boxes). When you pick up your food order, you will place your order for next month. Be aware, much of the food sent is frozen so it helps to have plenty of freezer space. You may find local distributors by checking out Federal/State Supplemental Food Programs Many states offer WIC programs, but if you do not qualify for WIC, you might be able to qualify for Federal Commodities. There are very strict requirements for this program, and not everyone qualifies. To determine if you are eligible and to locate a distribution center near you, go to This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources; it is merely the ones I have personally used. I am offering them to you as a place to start searching for the temporary support to make the financial demands of college life easier for you and your family.

Do you have a topic you‘d like ANTSHE to cover? Would you like to share information with other nontraditional students and/or professionals whom work with non-traditional students? Want to share ideas and stories for events? Let us know! E-mail your ideas, suggestions, or articles to us at! T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N

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The Gift of Giving Time Michele Roulet

Gift giving, especially at the holidays, has become a little out of control. With so many items to choose from in stores it is difficult to narrow the field down to just a few really appropriate gifts. Advertising for Christmas starts early (think NOW) and doesn‘t end until after the holidays. That advertising encourages your children to produce lists so long it‘s impossible to figure out which one or maybe two are THE ones you will buy this year. I know it‘s been said a million times before, but it does seem that the holidays have become so commercial that the real meaning of Christmas is barely visible through the twinkle lights and tinsel. The holidays are when time becomes a precious commodity. It feels like we are just giving so much of it away. Kids extracurricular activities take time, shopping for the perfect gifts takes time, attending parties you are ―obligated‖ to be at takes time. Double that number for all the time you spend behind the wheel of your car getting to and from these events. And I have the nerve to suggest that you make time a gift to someone else or to yourself? Maybe some of you are like me. I find it hard to say ―no‖ to people. Ever. And I have found that there just aren‘t enough hours in the day to do the things that other people want me to do. So I‘m learning to treat my time like money. My boss puts a value on my time, although it‘s not nearly what I think it‘s worth! My family thinks that my time is priceless of course. They also think that I have more hours in the day than other people, that I have some secret stash somewhere that I pull from to get everything done. Something as valuable as time should be budgeted wisely, right? So I have had to develop some criteria for how to spend my time. You can do this too. It‘s kind of like shopping for a new coat. It has to be the right size. So a project that lasts several weeks when you only want to spend a few hours isn‘t the right fit. The coat has to be a style that flatters your body. Balance the time you spend between active and relaxed activities, and try to find some events that are close to home so that you aren‘t spending your holidays in the car. The coat should keep you warm/dry. Say yes to activities that give you pleasure and uplift your soul. Be intentional about your own happiness and you will bring happiness to others in your life. The coat should be in your price range. If you choose to spend your time on something that causes you regret or that takes you away from a more valuable experience the cost is too high. I schedule time with my family. I know, it sounds ridiculous. They are right there with me all the time, why should I put them into an already packed schedule? Because they really aren‘t in that schedule. There are things that they are participating in while you wait patiently or run a few quick errands while they are busy. Family events mean plenty of extended family to visit with, but little one on one time with your children or partner. I think we can all agree that it is hard to make time spent in a car commuting from place to place a really meaningful time. So schedule time with them. Do something as simple as bake a pie together, or play a game or read Christmas stories. Try to avoid scheduling family time right before some other large event. None of you will be able to enjoy the time if all you can think about is getting this done in time to get somewhere else. And if all you can carve out of the schedule is one hour, enjoy that one hour to its‘ fullest and let the others know how much you appreciate their time as well. We‘ve discussed giving time to yourself and giving time to your family. Is there time left to give to others? Is there an opportunity for you as an individual or as a family to reach out to someone in the community who has a need that only you can fill? You are unique, with thoughts and skills and gifts that no one else have. Consider sharing yourself and your time with others. There are many organizations who facilitate this kind of gift, so that the time you spend on others is truly with others, not in the research and scheduling of events. Check with your church or local community groups for ideas on how best to invest your time within your community. My last piece of advice is to continue to budget your time this way, don‘t save this skill for the holidays. Your time is no more valuable at this time of year than it is in July, we are just more aware of our limits right now. Schedule time with those you love, invest time in projects that feed your soul and mind, and spend time in your community. These timely gifts will serve you well in the years to come.

ANTSHE ROCKS THE VOTE! ANTSHE will hold this years voting from Feb 1 - 12, 2010. Voting will be held via electronic voting, paper ballots and certified by the Elections Committee no later than Feb. 13th. The following positions are open for nominations:

Vice President Finance Officer Conference Officer Scholarship Officer Membership Officer Student Members 3 & 4

The nomination period will be open through Jan.15, 2010. Any ANTSHE member can nominate a candidate by using the nomination form. When the elections committee receives a completed packet they will contact the individual to verify all information, obtain an acceptance of the nomination from the individual, and verify membership prior to posting their candidacy on our candidates page. Once a person has been nominated, the nominee must accept the nomination and complete a candidate information packet before Jan.15, 2010 to become a balloted candidate. All election material must be completed and submitted to the elections committee prior to 12:01am, Jan. 15, 2010 Incomplete packets or late submissions will not be considered. All forms are available on this website and can be completed online. You will receive verification from the elections committee within 48hrs of submitting your information. If you have any questions or would like alternate means of submission click here. All verified candidates will have the opportunity to submit information for our candidate pages listed on the election website. All candidates are encouraged to develop their own web presence as our candidate page will have limited space for information but will link to external page of individual candidates. Candidates should review and be familiar with the elections guidelines approved by the Board of Directors.

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The Importance of Traditions Kristian Alton Traditions are those activities, rituals, or beliefs passed from one generation to the next. We all know that, and we all have one or two that we use throughout the year. In my family, for example, the birthday traditions are that the Birthday Person picks dinner and I wake my son at 7:23 am (the time he was born) every year. Some traditions come into play at the Holidays, others for birthdays, and then some are ―just because‖. Research indicates that children who grow up with traditions do better in just about everything. Social scientists believe that this is because traditions provide stability, a sense of security, and familiarity in an uncertain world. They also serve to help children establish an identity that is congruent with their family‘s values. Sometimes, we let go of outdated traditions; other times divorce, death, relocation, or some other major life change ends our traditions prematurely. Going back to college is one of those major life changes that can change our traditions in an unexpected way, but it does not have to. Here are some steps to keep, create, or reintroduce traditions into your family life: Keep it simple.: If your tradition is too complicated, time consuming, or expensive, you probably are not going to keep it going for long. Center them on people and values: People and values are what endure. If our traditions celebrate the lives and accomplishments of those we love and cherish or teach children our values, they will endure no matter what happens in our lives. For example, every holiday season, my son and I distribute our collected change to every Salvation Army bucket we see. The value is that those who have should share with those who have not. We do not have much, but our change combined with the change of others can help make a difference for others in need. Be flexible: Sometimes things just do not go as planned. Instead of insisting on making Gingerbread Houses for all the grand-parents, aunts, uncles, and your child/rens teachers while trying to prep for finals because that has become the tradition, maybe settle for just making gingerbread cookies. You have still honored the tradition of making gifts for people, but done so in a less time consuming way. When you create a new tradition, include your child/ren in the process: If they like to draw or do crafts, encourage them to make gifts (such as Christmas ornaments) for family, teachers, and friends. The hand-made gifts will be cherished more than anything you could have bought, and your child has created their own tradition. My son has discovered that he likes to cook, so we are beginning a new tradition that he cooks dinner for me once a month. It is not breakfast in bed, but it is a start. Remember that traditions are the ―rituals‖ of life: Rituals can be as elaborate as how your family decorates the house for the holidays or as simple as how you put your children to bed. They can take place daily, weekly, monthly, or once a year. The important thing about traditions is that they connect the past to the present and the present to the future. As simple as traditions can be, they can have a profound impact on our lives. No matter how hectic life gets, your traditions can help bring a sense of peace and familiarity to life.

Holiday Gifts on a Small Budget: Paintbrush Santa Kay Mitchell Have you ever wondered what to do with those old paintbrushes that you have lying around? Even if you don‘t have any old paintbrushes, this craft is a fun to one to make for yourself or with you family and at the same time. You will be recycling. Many materials we use everyday can be reused and recycled. So if you are looking for a fun way to stretch your holiday budget and practice recycling at the same time, this craft is a great one to use. Remember, ―Choose it and Reuse it.‖ Supplies 

wooden handle paintbrush with light bristles

white or red felt

2 wiggle eyes

White pom poms

Glue (or hot glue gun)

Instructions 1. Paint the wooden handle red and let dry. 2. Glue red or white felt around the metal part of the handle that connects the handle to the brush. 3. Glue the wiggle eyes to the brush. 4. Use white pom poms to create a mustache or beard. 5. Use some red felt to make a small mouth (optional). 6. Use your imagination! The possibilities are endless.

What’s for Dinner?

Gabe DeGabriele

Monday – Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Breasts 4 – boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 3 eggs ½ teaspoon (or to taste) pepper

1 bag of plain potato chips 3 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a pie plate beat the eggs, water, and pepper until mixed. Crush the potato chips in their bag. Dredge the chicken breasts in the egg mixture until thoroughly coated and place in chip bag. Close the top of the bag and shake to coat. Make sure all of the chicken has been fully coated with chips. Spray a casserole dish or cooking sheet with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the pan and into the preheated oven. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until done. Serve with rice pilaf and veggie. ...Continued

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Tuesday – Gabe’s Special Spaghetti 4 – 6 slices of bacon, diced 1 large can whole peeled tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1 pkg. spaghetti Colby Cheese (to your liking) In a large frying pan over medium – high heat, render the bacon until almost crisp. Lower the temperature and add the garlic and onions. Sauté until the onion is soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and break up any large pieces with the back of a spoon. Add the spices and simmer over low heat. Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions and drain. Cut the Colby into small chunks and mix into the sauce until melted. Add the spaghetti and toss to coat. Wednesday – Hedgehogs 2 ¼ pounds ground beef 1 egg, beaten 1 can (26 ounces) water

¾ cup uncooked long-grain white rice 1 can (26 ounce) condensed tomato soup

In a large bowl combine the beef, rice, and beaten egg. Mix well with your hands. Shape beef mixture into medium sized meatballs. Set aside. Pour soup into a large saucepan, add water and stir thoroughly to mix. Heat the soup to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, drop the meatballs into soup and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles. Thursday – Sweet & Sour Pork 1 ½ pounds pork (any cut), cubed ¼ cup water 2 tablespoons oil Green, red, and orange bell peppers cut into chunks 1 can whole baby corn 1 bunch green onions, cut diagonally into quarters

¼ cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 package Sweet & Sour Seasoning mix 1 large can pineapple chunks, drained 1 small can sliced water chestnuts

Combine ¼ cup cornstarch, ¼ cup water and soy sauce. Mix well. Add pork and toss to coat. Marinate 5 minutes to 1 hour. Prepare Sweet & Sour Seasoning mix according to package directions. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok. Remove pork from marinade with a slotted spoon and stir-fry until browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Stir-fry the vegetables and return pork to pan. Pour in the Sweet & Sour mixture and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Add pineapple chunks, heat through and serve over white rice. Friday – Tuscan Chicken Wraps 1 Rotisserie Chicken 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, rinsed and dried 2 – 3 tablespoons Italian dressing

4 wraps 1/3 cup roasted sweet peppers Provolone cheese, torn into pieces

Shred the chicken and mix the light and dark meat together. Julienne the sun dried tomatoes and peppers. Add the chicken, tomatoes, and peppers to a medium skillet and sauté over low heat until warmed through. Stir in the Italian dressing. Place ¼ of the mixture on each wrap and roll up, folding in the open ends as you go. Slice in half on the diagonal. Serve with a tossed salad.

Be Part of an Important Tradition and Donate to the: ANTSHE ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION All proceeds benefit your scholarship fund Now accepting donations for this fun community service event Don’t miss this opportunity to help Items that have stirred up bids in the past include: 

Sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats

Travel mugs, coffee mugs, drinking glasses, water bottles

Themed baskets: BBQ , school spirit, regional favorites

Student works of art: ceramics, paintings, drawings, pottery


Specialized promotional items showcasing your institution

Many times these items can be donated to you just for asking around your campus Please ask your: 


Student Life Office

Advising Office

University Relations

Multi-Cultural Student Affairs Office

Student Organizations

Art Department Not able to attend the conference this year? Send a gift from your institution and join us in “Spirit Wear”!

For your convenience donations can be shipped ahead of the conference to: Cricket Bonnetaud UNC Charlotte/ Barnard 106 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

The first week in November of each year is noted for National Non-Traditional Student Week. During this week Colleges and Universities take the time to honor and recognize their non-traditional student and adult learns who have contributed to their universities and communities by holding workshops and events week long geared toward campus and community recognition of these students. ANTSHE continues to recognize the colleges and universities for their week long dedication to non-traditional students by honoring them at the annual conference. The 2008-09 winner of this recognition was awarded to University of Pittsburgh. Some of the events and workshops held during Non-traditional Student Week by this University included: 

Saluting students with disabilities

Saluting full time employed working students

Family wellness

All Non-Traditional student populations

ANTSHE would like to hear from you and to know how your University supports you! T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N

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By Any Other Name

Amanda King

Over the years, the face of the adult learner/returning student/non-traditional student has changed. So much so, that non-trad students are one of the most diverse student populations today. What started out as mostly white business men furthering their education by going back for a master‘s degree or a doctorate to advance their careers and move up the proverbial corporate ladder has drastically changed. You can bet they rarely called them non-traditional students. Wars left many stay-at-home moms with little in the way of financial security. Many went to work to ―support the war effort‖ and were praised as ―Rosie the Riveters‖. However, once many got a taste for earning a wage, some women weren‘t so thrilled to go back to the kitchen when the soldiers returned home to their jobs. Women who became war widows had few choices left in how to support themselves and their families. Some of these trailblazing women turned to education and expanded the definition of non-traditional students. Young men and women often sign up to serve their country right out of high school. Some did so as a matter of family pride and tradition. Some had their fill of education for the time being. Others didn‘t see other reasonable options given their socio-economic status or lack of employment opportunities. The military took note of the need to further educate their soldiers and started various programs to support higher education. More and more soon-to-be soldiers looked at this as a way to fund their own education and signed up for their perspective branches and terms of duty. With tuition reimbursement programs, the G.I. Bill, and others, these military men and women added a new category to non-traditional students and are on the rise. Community colleges and universities are looking for new ways to attract and serve these dedicated new students. Another type of non-trad is the one people clearly identify as a non-traditional student, being older than the traditional 18-22 year old college student. Many of this group have worked years with the same company, but have found themselves unemployed due to the economic downturn or underemployed due to lack of education required for promotion. With many factories and plants closing down, many of those left unemployed find a way to gain a new skill set by returning to higher education either out of their own pocket, through their severance package, or by way of North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA, if applicable, can cover up to 2 years of college expenses, such as tuition and books. Students on NAFTA have a very clear timeline in which to achieve their goals and often attend classes year-round. Further expanding the concept of non-traditional students are those traditional-aged students whom are married and/or have children. The days of marrying one‘s high school sweetheart aren‘t over. Often, we see one spouse work while the other goes to higher education. They live off of the salary of one, hoping to be better off when the other graduates and joins the workforce, sometimes trading roles once they are more financially secure. Occasionally, both attend higher education together, whether one or both are full-time varies. Furthermore, traditional-aged single parents turn back to education to provide a better life for their children. By doing so, they enforce the value of an education to their children in hopes of helping them avoid the same difficulties they have faced. An upcoming sub-group of non-trads are wearing the hat of a care-giver in two ways. They are caring for their parent(s) and their own child(ren) at the same time. Thus they are referred to as the ―sandwich generation‖. Many Boomers and their children are finding themselves in this category. Their ages can range from 20‘s to 50‘s, but this commonality brings them together. When you add that to their educational goals – they have many irons in the fire. They find support in each other and discuss everything from their next big assignment to which professors were more accommodating to their unique circumstance, their kids‘ loosing teeth to finding their parents‘ dentures. Whether we are returning students, adult learners, non-trads or whatever new term we are called, the definition will continue to change over many more years to come. What groups us together is that we don‘t fit the ―traditional‖ mold. With all these new types of non-trads, we, as an ever-changing group, are becoming the new ―traditional‖.

Simple Stress Relievers

Stephanie Sirvotka– Marshall

Don‘t let stress get you down—Turn it into a positive & smile!!! You have most likely just finished a couple of hectic weeks with assignments, papers, and mid-term exams. Now you have time to rest, but it is not going to last long. The holiday season is just around the corner, final exams are not too far away, and the weather is getting colder with shorter days --- and for most of us this adds up to be a little extra stress in our lives (ok, maybe a bit more than little!) If you are worried about your stress levels, you are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association‘s Stress Survey (2007), nearly half of all Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their lives and how it contributes to their emotional and physical health, and general productivity. So what can you do? The number one thing to do is to take care of you! Get enough sleep, exercise, eat well, and take time for yourself. You will have more energy, clarity and focus, and less stress in your life when you take care of you, first. Making time for yourself can be a challenge in light of all the other things you need to accomplish. Here are some simple stress relievers to get you thinking about what you can do to improve your quality of life and reduce your stress.                     

Volunteer on campus or in your community. Giving of yourself to others can give you peace and put things in perspective. Make your favorite meal or bake a cake. Savor the smells that arise from your creation. Take a bath or jump in the spa: the heat will relax both your muscles and your mind. Make a puzzle, do a crossword, or play a game. Go on a hike. Take a bike ride. Go on a picnic. Get a massage: foot, body, or face ~ it‘s all good! Get out and garden, or primp your yard for fall with festive decorations. Laughter is terrific medicine, especially those good belly laughs! Research shows that while the feelgood endorphins start rising so do the mood-boosting benefits J Seek a change of location to help you refocus. Get a little fresh air and go for a walk. If you always do your homework at the kitchen table, set up a card table in the living room for a change of pace. Write daily. Reflect on your day or let your creative side flow. Play around on the web. Read a book that you have wanted to start. Get your hobby out ~ nothing like spending time doing something you have always enjoyed. Turn on some music! It will soothe and relax your nerves. Dance around the house, or sing in the car. Spend a little time with friends and family ~ is thankful for these wonderful moments. Play with your pet – they appreciate even the smallest amount of time. Learn meditation techniques – you will be relaxed and energized. Do some deep-breathing exercises: you can do these anywhere, anytime. Go shopping, even if it is just window-shopping by catalog. Make a list of things you are grateful for ~ focusing on things that are important centers your soul!

You work hard at school, at home, and on the job so remember to take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. You owe it to yourself ~ your mind, body and soul will love you for it! T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N

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Getting involved is easy! ANTSHE has several membership options and benefits from which to choose. 

Student - $20.00 - Any student currently enrolled at a higher education institution

Alumnus - $50.00 - Anyone who has been a member of ANTSHE while either being enrolled, or working at a higher education institution that has left that institution.

Academic Professional - $50.00 - Staff or faculty members at a higher education institution

Friend - $50.00 - People outside of higher education who would like to be involved with improving educational opportunities for non-traditional students

Organizational - $200.00 - Business, community, or student organizations with full member benefits and website acknowledgement

Institutional - $250.00 - This includes three professional memberships, unlimited student memberships (students must be members of a recognized non-traditional student organization), full member benefits, and website acknowledgement.

Pick the option that is best for you and complete an application online at or e-mail our Membership Officer, Sandy McClelland at today!

Managing Your Time & Stress During the Holidays

Sandy McLelland

The winter holidays provide us with so many opportunities to join together with family and friends. It is a fun time with parties, volunteer projects and traveling to many different places. For many it is a time of stress. It is difficult to manage all of those activities. To the non-traditional college student it can be even more overwhelming. How will you deal with the end of the semester papers and exams and all of the family expectations? Well, Tara Kuther, Ph.D., shares some ways to handle holiday stress. 1.Recognize the Signs of Stress You know when you're stressed, right? Just remember that the signs are more pervasive than you think! Usually when we think of stress symptoms, we think of high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, overeating, and sweating too much. Signs of stress also include irritability, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, and jitteriness. 2.Learn How to Relax Easier said than done, you say? Take the time to learn relaxation techniques, as they'll help you all throughout school and the rest of your life. 3.Be Realistic When you begin to feel tense and overwhelmed, stop what your doing and try to look at your situation from a fresh perspective. Ask yourself, "Why am I feeling this way? If this task doesn't get done, what's the worst thing that can happen? Page 22

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What is the absolute minimum that I need to do to complete this task?" Be realistic. Every assignment does not have to be perfect. If your assignment isn't perfect, is it really the end of the world? A year from now, will it be important? All too often we get stressed out over everyday things whose consequences are minimal. Try to look at the "big picture." 4.Use Time Management Strategies Another way to take control is to get more done by using your time more effectively. Make use of wasted time. Carry pocket work, something that you can do while waiting. Whether it's reading for the train, or flash cards to study. Ten minutes here, fifteen there; it adds up. Plus, cognitive psychology and memory research has shown that we can recall more information if we work and study in short periods rather than long ones, so you just might learn more! Use a "to-do" list. Write in all your assignments, chores (like laundry!), and other tasks (e.g., holiday shopping). Prioritize the items. When is that paper due? Is it high priority? Place all high priority tasks first. Regularly stop and ask yourself, "what is the best use of my time right now? What needs to get done now?" Do that task. Schedule time for breaks. You can't study for an exam or write a paper if you're fried. Take a 15-20 minute break every once in a while to stretch your legs, get something to eat, or play a video game. Go for a short walk; the exercise will wake you up and sharpen your thinking. Plus a quiet walk is like meditation. It gives you a chance to work out problems, think, or just veg-out.

Holidays on a Budget

Michele Roulet

Holiday on a budget. I‘ve noticed that people don‘t react well to that idea. We have been trained by generations of marketing departments to equate giving and receiving gifts (purchased from their stores) with Christmas joy. We struggle each year to make sure that we spend the same amount on everyone: family at one value, friends at another, co-workers at a third, etc. We have become obligated to give gifts to an extended circle of people like mail carriers and hairdressers. Some people buy gifts for their pets so as not to offend them on Christmas Day. All these ―rules‖ surrounding the holiday season adds up to quite a bit of money. Not every family can afford this kind of Christmas. In fact, many families can‘t afford this kind of holiday and end up making sacrifices after the holidays in order to catch up financially. What sort of limit can you put on spending, and then stick to it? How does a family decide who gets a gift and who doesn‘t? How do you make a $10 dollar gift say ―You are important to me?‖ I think that almost every family sets a budget at the beginning of the holiday season. We all understand how important it is to know how much you intend to spend. It is so easy to overspend when you don‘t know your limits and don‘t keep track of what you are spending. So two good starting points are a budget and then track what you spend so you are always aware of where you stand as you shop for your gifts. One other very good piece of advice I have received is to go shopping on just a few days, and to use cash. The longer you shop the more you spend. Spending just a little on many days can get a budget into just as much trouble as spending too much on one day. Using cash enforces the spending limit, because you are done shopping when you are out of money. Using a check card or credit card doesn‘t reinforce the fact of the budget as much as watching the stack of $20‘s grow shorter. It inspires you to be a little more thoughtful about what and who you are spending your money on.

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So what happens when you decide not to spend? When my brother, sister and I were all in our twenties and struggling financially, our parents gave us a wonderful gift. As you are aware, Christmas trees are expensive now and they were back then as well. So they began the ―ugly tree‖ tradition. The first year started by accident. Dad said that he was going to cut himself a tree off the farm, because ―he planted all those trees and it seemed foolish to spend money on someone else‘s tree.‖ He offered to find me a small tree, because I was in a very small apartment at the time. Well, my tree ended up being a branch of a very old bush by the house (because it needed to be trimmed anyway, my dad is a practical man.) It looked like it was always in a hurricane force wind, with all the branches pointing in one directions and the trunk bent in to a ―C‖ shape. Dad‘s tree wasn‘t pretty either, because he didn‘t groom his trees, they just grew out in the pasture with no care at all. It had tiers of branches, with a lot of empty space and a spindly trunk in between the branches. My brother found his tree in the ditch one day. It had apparently fallen off a truckload of Christmas trees. One side was absolutely beautiful, but all the branches on the other side had been scraped off as it skidded across the road into the ditch. It didn‘t take up much space as it could sit right next to the wall. My sister didn‘t have a tree, she decorated a houseplant. She lived in Michigan and so Dad wasn‘t able to provide her with a tree. Dad decided that to make the holiday seem a little more fun we should have a contest. The rules were simple; you couldn‘t pay full price for your tree and free was the best. There was an oral part to the contest as well. The story of how you ended up with your tree, and how well you told the story, contributed to your overall score. One evening was spent traveling from house to house examining trees, listening to stories and eating food. Oh yeah, the last rule was that Dad was the final judge and Dad always wins because he provides the prize: the cheapest bottle of cold duck he can find…and we were happy to let him win. We continued this tradition for many years and had so much fun that people outside the family asked to join the party. This is just one example of how to be creative at the holidays. Every family is different but the end result is the same. Doing with less at the holidays doesn‘t make the holiday less meaningful and sometimes it can be downright fun. We are older now, and our children are grown to the point where we have decided as a family to take our holiday budget and instead of buying gifts for each other we donate the money to our favorite charities. I am very proud of the fact that it was my 23 year old son who suggested we do this, and honored that the rest of the family agreed. With this decision there are four families (mine, my sister‘s, my brothers‘ and my parents) who now know exactly what they are spending each year at Christmas and don‘t overspend because they are never tempted to do so. Of course there are people you will decide you have to buy gifts for, and that‘s all right too. I think that it might be impossible for anyone to get through the holiday season without buying at least one gift. But it becomes so much easier and a real joy to shop when you are thoughtful about your spending and about the people you choose to spend on. Merry Christmas!

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES 2009 September 21 September 30 – October 3 October 9-12 Nov 1-7 Nov 19 2010 January 10 – February 10 March 12-13

ANTSHE Executive Committee Meeting (online) ANTSHE hosted table at NACADA at San Antonio Board of Directors Mid-Year Meeting @ Univ. of Utah, SLC Non-Traditional Student Recognition Week! Monthly Board Online Meeting (3rd Monday every month) ANSHE Annual Elections Period 13th Annual ANTSHE Conference at UNC Charlotte

ANTSHE Receives $1000 Contribution ANTSHE was chosen by the winner of the University of Washington Tacoma 2008 Rod Hagenbuch Award, Kiko Salas, to receive a $1,000 contribution. The Hagenbuch Award is an annual award for one of our graduating seniors that allows them the opportunity to participate in philanthropy by choosing a non-profit organization to receive a contribution. The students are selected based on community service they have performed.

Mid-Year Meeting at University of Utah

Jeffrey Bunnell

Over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, when many of you were enjoying a nice 3 day holiday, your Board of Directors was hard at work attending our mid-year meeting. This constitutionally mandated meeting was hosted at the University of Utah by our Membership Officer Ms. Sandy McLelland. Sandy did a wonderful job of providing meeting space and was accommodating in every way for the entire weekend! To save travel expenses, we minimized in-person attendance and used an expanded online meeting platform using a web based platform that allowed everyone to join in during the daylong session. Saturday‘s session began at 9 am CST and quickly ran through the lunch hour. After taking a very short break, the meeting continued throughout the rest of day not ending until after 5pm Utah time (7pm for those east-coasters!). Many important items were discussed and voted on as we worked to pass resolutions and finish projects from the first half of the year. Through the efforts of Student Coordinator Mrs. Amanda King (Eastern Kentucky Univ.) and our student representatives, we have nearly completed the most comprehensive national directory of non-trad student support offices on every major campus in the United States! Once completed, this invaluable information will be used to as part of a national marketing campaign beginning in early 2010. The board considered many resolutions and finished a lot of administrative work to help our organization ‗stay organized‖! Some of items discussed were a rewrite and update of the ANTSHE Constitution and By Laws, the creation of a new board position: ―Director of Veterans Affairs―, and few other important proposals. To read about all activities of the day, you can read the minutes from the meeting as they will be posted in Dec. on our website. Those items requiring general membership approval will be brought forward at our business meeting at annual conference in March 2010. I want to personally thank the Board of Directors on your behalf for continuing to selflessly serve ANTSHE. The board consistently gives of their time and uses their individual talents to support our organization. Their dedication continues to impress me and inspires me to work even harder in the future. T H E N O N - T R A D J O U R N A L — HO L I DA Y E DI T I O N

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Nontrad Journal Dec. 2009  

Quarterly Publication of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education

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