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AWHE Salutes New Faces in Leadership fter an extensive nationwide search, the Arizona Board of Regents named Ann Weaver Hart as President of the University of Arizona in February 2012. Dr. Hart came to the University of Arizona from Temple University, where she served as president from July 2006 until she assumed the presidency of the UA in July 2012. Before then, she served as president of the University of New Hampshire and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California. At the University of Utah, she served as professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president. President Hart received a bachelor of science in history, a master of arts in history and a doctorate in educational administration, from the University of Utah. Her research interests continued on page 3

he Central Arizona College Governing Board selected Interim President Doris Helmich to be CAC’s next college president. Helmich became interim president in November 2011, when she replaced longtime CAC administrator Dennis Jenkins who announced his retirement as president/CEO on Nov. 1 after serving in the role since July 1, 2007. He spent almost 40 years at the institution. Helmich has a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education administration from Johnson & Wales University. She was a health educator at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., from 1992 to 1999, when she became assistant to Bryant’s vice president for student affairs. She was hired as CAC’s director of student success in 2001 and became chief student affairs officer for CAC’s three continued on page 3

In This Issue AWHE Leadership ……………………………………… Save the date ………………………………………........ Conference Reflection ………………………………….. Career Connection ……………………………………..

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Leah Bornstein President Coconino Community College Maria Harper-Marinick Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Maricopa Community College System Maria Hesse Vice Provost Academic Partnerships Arizona State University MJ McMahon Executive Vice President Northern Arizona University Raji Rhys Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence University of Arizona

June 6-7, 2013 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference Join us as we recognize and celebrate women leaders Flagstaff, Arizona

Jeanne Swarthout President Northland Pioneer College Penny Wills President Yavapai College

Arizona Women in Higher Education (AWHE) is committed to improving the general climate and professional environment for women by identifying, developing leadership, advancing, connecting, and supporting women in higher education throughout the state.

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include leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom. She has published more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, five books and edited volumes, and other articles and essays. 

campuses and seven centers in 2004. She served as associate dean, dean, associate vice president and vice president between 2004 and November 2011. In 2010 she completed the Executive Leadership Institute, League for Innovation in the Community College program. 

Information and photo courtesy of the University of Arizona. Please see full biography and complete announcement for more information.

Information and photo courtesy of Central Arizona College website and For complete announcement, visit Casa Grand Dispatch.

Conference Celebrates Leadership by Erin Grisham, AWHE State Coordinator ore than seventy participants, representing twelve institutions of higher education around the state, gathered this past June in Flagstaff for the two-day Arizona Women in Higher Education Annual Conference. An inspirational conference welcome was presented by Dr. Lisa Campos who shared her journey as a first-generation college student to her current position as Northern Arizona University’s new Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. Plenary session speaker, Lori Martinek, ED/c Partners, provided dynamic, timely information on personal branding and social media to advance conference participants’ career tracks. Break-out sessions included a wide range of topics such as budgeting and financial management, social justice and inclusivity, and program assessment. A popular activity was the lively speed mentoring session with AWHE executive board members as they moved around the room for intimate Q&A conversations with conference attendees. Each and every conference session provided invaluable networking opportunities. Plan to join us at next year’s AWHE Annual Conference, June 6-7, 2013 in Flagstaff. 


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What Have You Done For You Lately? by Jennifer Rhodes AWHE Institutional Co-representative Many times, skill development is viewed in terms of what you have done for a particular employer or in a particular job setting. However, with greater emphasis being placed on the development of accomplishment-driven transferable skills and the establishment of “human capital” in the 21st century workplace (NACADA Journal, Spring 2011), it is oftentimes beneficial to view skill development related to what you have done for YOU. As more work environments are faced with rapid and unpredictable change, including higher education, professionals need to be self-directed with tracking skills and translating those skills into accomplishments. They also need to focus on controlling their individual marketability when they cannot control the work environment. In addition, the focus has increasingly been placed upon one’s skillset and not one’s job title. Therefore, seeking out opportunities to expand one’s individual skillset and always looking one step ahead are essential to becoming a successful career self-manager in the 21st century.

break accomplishments down into clearly-defined skills In order to effectively track and define individual skillsets, professionals may want to examine primary accomplishments and break those accomplishments down into clearlydefined skills. When viewing past and present

positions, it is often helpful to ask yourself the following questions:1 1. In each position, what special or unique things did you do to set yourself apart?; 2. How did you take initiative or how did you go above and beyond what was requested of you in your job description?; 3. What are you most proud of in each job?; 4. What tangible evidence do you have of accomplishments—publications you’ve produced, products you’ve developed, or programming you have developed?; 5. Is there any material you can utilize from your annual performance reviews or any outstanding quotes you can use from employers or students?

narrow down your top skills When you respond to such questions and have identified some of your key accomplishments, you can narrow down the top skills utilized for each accomplishment. It may be helpful to meet with a supervisor or colleague to assist you with this process. You may also want to view a skills checklist to provide you with common skill words and types of skills. A comprehensive checklist, as well as techniques for writing accomplishment statements, can be accessed through the Arizona State University Online Career Guide. continued on page 5

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Once you have taken an inventory of what you have done for YOU lately, start to think about skills and accomplishments which you would still like to develop. These skills may pertain to areas such as leadership, technology, grant writing, or strategic planning. Additional opportunities for skill development may be sought through taking on new projects in your current position, seeking involvement with professional organizations, attending conferences, pursuing certification programs, looking into community involvement, or even pursuing a career change. Be creative! It is also oftentimes beneficial to draft a career

development timeline to keep yourself on track. By being proactive and planning ahead, you can take more control of your skill development— even when the economic climate seems to have a mind of its own!  Sources: Hansen, Katherine. “For Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments.” 1. Questions referenced from “For Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments.” Katherine Hansen. Shaffer, Leigh S. & Zalewski, Jacqueline M. “Career Advising in a V.U.C.A. Environment.” NACADA Journal, Spring 2011. Volume 31 (1).


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AWHE would like to welcome ten new institutional representatives for the 2012-2013 year. This year’s new representatives are from several different areas of the state, and represent both universities and community colleges. The biographical summaries included in this article provide an opportunity for current members to get to know a bit more about each representative. Maribeth All – Rio Salado College Maribeth is currently the Outreach Marketing Manager at Rio Salado College that serves over 60,000+ students. She developed the call center and integrated the Customer Service Management System (CRM) to market campaigns designed to recruit and retain students for Rio Salado College. She has led and been involved with process improvement strategies for the college that made a significant cost savings and revenue generating impact. Maribeth has a marketing background, has worked for companies such as Microsoft and worked for over 22 years for the Maricopa Community College District. Maribeth holds a Master’s in Education from NAU and has taught Communications at a college level. She has presented at conferences for the Women’s Leadership Group and Student Success Conference. Joy D’Angelo – Yavapai College Joy D'Angelo is a faculty member in the Business Division of Yavapai College. In addition, she is the Program Coordinator for the Fast-Track Management Program offering accelerated and online certificates for working, adult learners. She earned her MBA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and is currently working on her doctorate degree. Prior to teaching at YC, she taught in the Leadership Studies Program at Grand Canyon University. Joy finds her inspiration from her students who are predominantly working mothers and grandmothers coming to college for the first time to enhance their workplace skills. Anna-Maria Heredia – Arizona State University Anna-Maria has over 10 years experience working with diverse populations in higher education. She has experience in admissions and financial aid policies and procedures. She previously worked with TRIO programs at Tunxis Community College (Farmington, CT) and at the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation as an Early Awareness & College Planning Officer. She joined Arizona State University as an Academic Success Specialist with University College in 2008. Anna-Maria is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and is an active alumna of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher & Postsecondary Education at Arizona State University. Sadie Hutchison – Northern Arizona University As Senior Budget Analyst in the Budget Office of Northern Arizona University, Sadie provides support to University departments in budget processes; assists with the annual budget reporting mandated by the Legislature; and is responsible for developing models for various financial proposals and ad-hoc reporting. Her previous work experience includes financial management and systems support, internal audit and public accounting. She has degrees in Accountancy and Computer Information Systems and is a Certified Public Accountant. Sadie looks forward to contributing to the mission of AWHE.

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Jennifer Lane – Glendale Community College Jennifer Lane, an English faculty member, is the Honors Program Coordinator at Glendale Community College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCCD). Dr. Lane has researched and published on topics related to community college honors programs, recruitment and retention, K12 gifted programs, underrepresented populations, and diversity in undergraduate programming. She is a National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) recommended Site Visitor/Evaluator and currently serves as co-chair Finance Committee of NCHC and on the Two-Year College Committee. Additionally, she has been appointed to serve on the Arizona State Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Jennifer Rhodes – Arizona State University Jennifer Rhodes, Career Specialist, Senior at the ASU Tempe campus, has worked as a student affairs professional for 10 years. In addition to her current career advising role, she has developed experience in admissions counseling, academic advising, and community college teaching. Jennifer is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is currently completing her Global Career Development Facilitator certification. In addition, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and a Master of Arts in Counseling: Student Personnel Services degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with college students in many different capacities but especially enjoys college career advising where she can assist students with discovering their values, interests, skills, and passions. Jennifer also currently serves as Secretary for the American Career Development Association and looks forward to serving as a co-representative for Arizona Women in Higher Education. Marilyn Yetter – Yavapai College Marilyn Yetter is the Executive Assistant to the President and the Board of Yavapai College. She has been with the College for ten years. Marilyn earned her Associate of Science degree from David N. Myers/Dyke College, Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, she serves on and has coordinated a number of college-related committees. Marilyn is extremely active in Prescott Area Leadership as a past Board member and currently assists the organization by coordinating the Man, Woman and Youth Outstanding Leaders main fundraiser event. Marilyn loves to learn and is inspired when she is able to motivate others to grow and watch them achieve their goals. Additional new institutional representatives include Wendy Davis from Cochise College, Cathy Hernandez from GateWay Community College, and Julie Neish from Northland Pioneer College.

If you or a colleague would be interested in serving as a representative for your institution, please contact Erin Grisham, AWHE State Coordinator at or 928.523.6990. 


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by Michele Hamm – Coordinator, Employee Well-Being, Maricopa Community Colleges It’s a bold new trend… Tobacco Free Colleges and Universities! On July 1, 2012, Maricopa Community Colleges joined the 774 U.S. Colleges and Universities that are currently 100% tobacco and smoke-free. For Maricopa Community Colleges, communication on this initiative began shortly after Arizona became a smoke-free state in May 2007. Arizona bars, restaurants and other workplaces became smoke-free, which prompted members of Wellness Maricopa (MCCCD’s employee wellness council) to question if now was the time to begin the journey of the Maricopa Community Colleges becoming a tobacco free environment. A small subcommittee began meeting with various district employee groups and councils. They researched the latest trends on enrollment and policy enforcement, they worked with colleagues from the Maricopa County Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention (previously, Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program) in order to successfully move all ten campuses, sites, centers and district office toward 100% tobacco free. This trend is no surprise, with the knowledge that cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States and more data linking any level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke to increased health risk, it was only a matter of time before public colleges and universities began creating tobacco free policies and regulations. Tobacco use not only causes direct health hazards, but smoking also contributes to higher maintenance

costs due to cleaning and cigarette butt litter throughout the college district. Becoming a tobacco free environment will furthermore have a positive effect on the costs associated with absenteeism, healthcare, and medical insurance. MCCCD realizes that the decision to become tobacco free requires a change in behavior for a significant number of students and employees. That is the reason tobacco cessation is an integral component in the Breathe Easy initiative. It is particularly beneficial to students in the various healthcare programs, many of whom will be moving from Maricopa colleges into smoke and tobacco free hospital campuses. Maricopa Community College campuses currently offer tobacco cessation classes for employees and plan to expand these offerings to students and the community in the near future. MCCCD partnered with Maricopa County Department of Public Health on a grant sponsored program aimed at student tobacco awareness. This program, IGNITE (Influence, Guide, Network for Intercollegiate Tobacco Education), brought a student advocacy voice to the table. The student group met with college leaders, the employee team continued to work with Maricopa Governance and the Chancellor’s Executive Council in order to create regulation language and support. Through the awareness, research and feedback brought forward by these two working groups, in August 2011, Chancellor Rufus Glasper, made the decision that Maricopa Community Colleges would indeed become a tobacco free institution. “We are an education institution,” Dr. Glasper said in his video announcement for the new regulation, “and I believe it’s time we did the right thing for the health and well-being of the Maricopa Community”. Providing a tobacco-free environment is another example of Maricopa’s commitment to student and employee wellness. 

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On Becoming a Woman Leader: Learning from the Experiences of University Presidents by Susan R. Madsen. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. reviewed by: Erin Grisham Madsen’s book is a qualitative study of the life experiences and characteristics of ten top-level female administrators in higher education. The thought-provoking angle to this book is its exploration of the childhood and adolescent experiences of selected women leaders in higher education, and how those experiences influenced the leadership styles and philosophies of the women she interviewed. It is an intimate look at the events, experiences, and people who helped create ten of today’s American female university leaders and provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the experiences of these female leaders and how our own path to leadership can be influenced by our understanding of other’s paths and opportunities. 

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