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Volume 9 Issue 1

Dear Wagner Community, Welcome Back! This summer has been a busy one across campus and we are excited to have all of you back on campus and engaged. The Division of Campus Life continues to grow and change as we assess the needs for our students. We have taken the three offices of Academic Advisement, Career Development and Academic Support and created the Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE). This Center will support students from their transition to Wagner and throughout the college experience as they select a major, consider study abroad options, gain internship experience, and develop leadership skills, and assist in the application of these skills to a process of lifelong career development. Students will find their own answers to the question, “What’s Your Wagner Plan?” as they follow a four-step process of self-inquiry, major and career exploration, reflection and decision making, and strategic action – either a job search or graduate school pursuit. The proactive and integrated services that will be offered to all students will include academic advising and support, tutoring, services for students with disabilities, major exploration, personal and career assessments, career counseling, resume and cover letter preparation, interview preparation, evaluation of employment objectives, and assistance in planning internship and job search strategies. Our hope is that students who utilize the Center can connect to career and graduate school resources including job and internship listings, employer literature, a mentorship program with Wagner alums, and networking and skill-building workshops offered on a regular basis to support students as they explore various career paths. The Center will add value to the students' educational experiences by assuring that the resources of the College are available to our diverse population of students as they prepare for the world. The Chaplain’s Office has joined the Division and we are excited to integrate the work of Reverend Smith and others in the faith community with the programming being done by the Center for Intercultural Advancement, the Center for Health and Wellness, CACE, Residential Education, and Co-Curricular Programs. In addition, there are many new faces within the Division and some changing responsibilities for our current members, we will talk more extensively about these changes in the Fall newsletter (October). In the meantime, please join me in thanking Christopher DeFilippi and Allison Dufford, the Orientation Coordinators in their careful and thoughtful planning for the transition of our new students! This issue of the newsletter gives you some snapshots of how to get involved on campus during the first few weeks of the academic year and some dates to mark on your calendar, including Family Weekend, September 28-30. Stop by our offices and let us know how things are going. Looking forward to a wonderful year! Sincerely, Ruta Shah-Gordon

Assistant Vice President for Campus Life & Internationalization

Sara Klein

Dean of Campus Life and Engagement

Curtis Wright

Dean of Campus Life and Leadership

What happens in the Division of Campus Life? Dean of Campus Life Office         

Leadership Development & Recognition Student Conduct Student Government Association Student Publications Co-Curricular Competencies Assessment Dean’s List and 37th Unit Academic &Awards Dinners Family Weekend

Co-Curricular Programs        

Student Organizations Greek Life Campus-wide Events and Traditions Trips Coffeehouse Intramurals and Recreational Sports Orientation Senior Week

Academic and Career Engagement          

Major Exploration Assistance with development of a “Wagner Plan” Support for Students with Disabilities Mentoring for Students on Academic Probation Career Counseling and Job/Internship Postings Resume and Cover Letter Assistance Career and Graduate School Workshops Mock Interviews and Networking Receptions Peer Tutoring Writing Center

Intercultural Advancement

 Internationalization  Study Abroad  Diversity and Social Justice Education and Programming  Theme Months  Intercultural Awareness Workshops  Safe Zone Workshops  Advisement and Visa support for international students

Residential Education       

Housing Programming and Community Building Themed Communities FYRE and Bridges Programs Leadership Development Student Conduct Residence Hall Health and Safety

Campus Ministry

 Spiritual Counseling for Students from all Faiths  Programming

Health and Wellness      

Immunization/NY State Compliance Well Visits Sick Visits and Prescriptions Short-Term Individual and Group Counseling Referrals Peer Education

Center for Student Engagement

 Includes the Center for Academic and Career Engagement, Integrated Learning, and the Center for Leadership and Service

Save these Dates! Graduate and Adult Learner Orientation Thursday, August 23 6:00 PM Spiro Hall 2 Contact: Charles Amerson (

New Student Orientation Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26 See full schedule online (

Week of Welcome Monday, August 27 through Wednesday, September 5 Full schedule soon to be online ( co_curricular_programs)

Club Fair and BBQ Wednesday, September 5 4:30 PM Sutter Oval

9/11 Remembrance: 11th Anniversary Tuesday, September 11 11:30 AM

Family Weekend Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30 Register and see full schedule online (

Fall Fest and Fall Ball Saturday, October 13

Homecoming Saturday, October 27 Football game starts at 1 PM

Campus Life Newsletter Summer 2012