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Issue #6, March 2011
Picture of FIU’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
FL Gun Law
Victoria Lafferty, GA Campus Life, shares how the State and University are reacting to the new Gun Legislation.
The Dog Days of SAGA Days
The tradition of BGSU/FIU Exchange continued this year.
We catch up with Murillo Soranso and learn how his experiences at FIU have benefited him professional.
over the U.S. Participants came from as far as Washington State. Some other states include: Georgia, South Carolina, By Roderick Wilson is completely a student-‐organized project. Kentucky, California, and Virginia. As Two co-‐chairs chair the committee. They always, the program attracted current FIU Candidates travel far as work along side an advisor to plan the students. This is a great testimony for the Washington State to compete for entire event. The program is offering work and relationship building the graduate assistantships. exciting graduate assistantship openings graduates and professional staff do at the for the 2011-‐2012 academic year. university. There is no end in sight of the SAGA Days was held on March 20-‐22 this Graduate assistantships create program slowing down in growth. So year. The Higher Education Program at opportunities for students to experience SAGA Days will continue to be an Florida International University (FIU) has numerous programs, events, and overall important part of recruiting individuals to been on a steady growth since the start experiences in Student and Academic the program. It can only get bigger and of the program in 2005. SAGA Days has Affairs. Graduate assistantships offers better from here. been at the core of the program, and it benefits such as a stipend, 75% health adds new life and perspectives to the “SAGA Days is an insurance coverage, and a tuition waiver FIU community. It provide opportunities unique student run for the academic year. Students are opportunity that allows for candidates to meet current encouraged to apply for a GA to enhance us to showcase the graduates, faculty and staff, and also their experience. The process is program, our Division, interact with other candidates who are competitive but is a great example of how and FIU.” –Tyler Groll, interested in the program. job placement will be at the end of there SAGA President second y ear. 2010-‐2011 The Student Affairs Graduate Association or SAGA puts on the event. It This year SAGA hosted candidates from all
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Issue # 6, March 2011
Spotlight Grad: Jessica Greenwood Jessica currently works in Campus Life/Orientation at the (Beautiful) Biscayne Bay Campus as the graduate assistant in Orientation. She is originally from Baraboo, Wisconsin. She did her undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-‐ Whitewater and received her BA in Liberal Studies. One of her favorite quotes is from the movie Love Actually. Its says, ”Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there -‐ fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge -‐ they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion... love actually is all around."
Protection or A Public Nightmare By Victoria Lafferty
The Florida Gun Legislation Law and its effects on the Florida University System Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott endorsed a bill that would allow students on all of Florida’s campuses to carry guns on campus with a concealed carry license. However, last week, Florida State Senator Paula Dockery offered an amendment at the committee's Wednesday meeting that maintained the current Florida state law prohibiting guns on all school grounds, including colleges and universities, and there was no objection. The Lakeland Republican later said public sentiment against guns on campus persuaded her to make the change. All the police at Florida’s 11 public institutions had come out against the bill, as well as all of Florida’s student governments.
House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure allowing guns (in plain sight or concealed) on public university and college campuses. A bill approved this week by the Arizona Senate would allow weapons along walkways and other areas of college and university campuses, and similar legislation is under consideration in Texas.
The guns-‐on-‐campus issue gained national attention in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Some gun-‐rights advocates have argued that the lesson of that tragedy is that more students should carry firearms for self-‐defense. Supporters of the legislation argue that gun violence on campus’s best defense is students who can shoot back. The survivors of the 1966 This issue is currently a very much discussed topic within higher education University of Texas shooting and Virginia Tech survivors however, have come out and multiple states across the country are debating this issue now. The Idaho against the legislation.
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ColinGoddard was a student at Virginia Tech when he was shot four times in his French class, and he dismisses the idea that another student with a gun could have stopped the killer. "People tell me that if they would have been there, they would have shot that guy. That offends me," Goddard said. "People want to be the hero, I understand that. They play video games and they think they understand the reality. It's nothing like that." Opponents of concealed on carry say students and faculty would live in fear, not knowing who might pull a gun over a poor grade, a broken romance or a drunken fraternity argument. What do you think? Is concealed carry on campus a way to make our universities safer?
Issue #6, March 2011
A Exchange of Experiences: Tradition Continues
By Roderick Wilson
On the week of March 6-‐12th, The Higher Education program upheld a long rich tradition by hosting seven students from Bowling Green State University. Every year, the Higher Education Administration program at Florida International University and the College Student Personnel program at Bowling Green State University embark on an exchange program, the BGSU and FIU Exchange. The exchange is a week along event that provides the visiting students the opportunity to participate in a mini practicum in a department of their choice. The exchange is a creation and testimony of two higher education professional and longtime friends, Dr. Karen Palmer and Dr. Helen Ellison. This year FIU hosted 10 BGSU visitors, seven students and three faculty/staff members. The week included a numerous of activities, events, and networking opportunity. Both universities participants enjoyed a BBQ Welcome Celebration to kick-‐off the week, which included a greeting and a history of the exchange
from two Nova Southeastern staff members Jonathon May and Neudy Nunez. May and Nunez both participate in the exchange when they were graduates. Nunez is a graduate of the Higher Education Administration program at FIU and May is a graduate of College Student Personnel program at BGSU. Both May and Nunez found it interesting that years later they are working together and remind friends after their Exchange experiences. May sat on the hiring committee that interviewed Nunez when she interview for her current position at Nova Southeastern. Also this year both BGSU/FIU grads were able to visit and network with staff members at the University of Miami. John Gradel, a graduate at BGSU, held a practicum experience in the Office of International Student Support Services. Gradel reflected on his experience. “I think BGSU was very impressed with the university, facilities, and most importantly the hospitality shown by every member of the program as well as staff and faculty. The experiences we learned through our one-‐ week practicum were invaluable. As future colleagues, we were able to network and explore different universities in the area such as the University of Miami,” said Gradel. FIU grads are excited and already planning there trip to BSGU next year.
Issue # 6, March 2011
Pictures of the Grad Skellar. The event was host by our very own SAGA. It provided a nice break and a great meal for the night for any graduate in any Masters program. There were graduates from both BGSU and FIU in Higher Education. Also, graduates in the MBA, Law, and other FIU Masters programs.
Issue #6, March 2011
Learning from the Past, Now and For the Future Alumni Spotlight – Murillo Soranso by Rich Trocio Sure enough, Murillo caught the Panther Pride. The program was new and had no more than 10 people, 1 main full-‐time faculty member, and Dr. Ellison taught classes. Before him, there was no SAGA Days and individual departments did their own searches. His cohort started SAGA. As the year is about to end and we’re setting ourselves up for the summer, we often take a look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go. To many, this time period means conferences, phone interviews, campus visits, and hopefully landing that next internship or job. If it only was that easy… SAGA’s past advisor and an alumnus of FIU’s Higher Ed program, Murillo Soranso gives us insight from his experience. Murillo started at FIU as a Grad Assistant in Res Life during the summer of 2003. He was apart of FIU’s first official cohort in Higher Education. He credits his reasoning to go to FIU was the people. I really “connected with Dr. Akens (the director of Res Life at the time), the Residence Life Coordinators, and Dr. Ellison. I learned about the program from my (undergrad) mentor Dr. Richard Corenti from Ithaca College, who helped start the program with Dr. Ellison. (When I visited) They gave me an individualized personal touch.”
From there, Murillo found a job at the University of Illinois in Housing and Res Life, not from a conference but from an ad in the Chronicle. He worked there for a couple years and returned back to FIU in a new Res Life position and as the new SAGA advisor. After another couple years, networking helped Murillo get another job at Illinois again where he is now. After my conversation with him, he gives three pieces of advice… 1. Network. It’s no secret. To be successful in any job especially in Higher Ed, you need to network. This is one of the reasons why Murillo decided to return back to FIU and one of reasons why he currently returned back to a previous institution, the University of Illinois. From his past, Murillo stayed connected—“E-‐ mail is totally acceptable. Carry your business cards. Use technology too-‐ Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Keep in mind you never know you’ll need these people for your reference!” Also, “know how you meet people and know what works for you. Are you a WOO or do you need somebody to break the ice?” So utilize the people around you. Lastly, “Network in the area you want to stick with but still network widely” and “Practice wherever you are. What type of person you are,
your values, and how you carry yourself. Institutions can teach you skills but can’t teach your attitude” 2. Balance. We all know that balance is a challenge when you work in Higher Ed. Murillo takes pride in his success in navigating his work life and personal life. He plays volleyball consistently and has many friends outside of work. This starts in the present. “You can’t neglect it. (If you do) You’re going to play catch up (so) begin finding it!” Plan vacations and think of things that are important to you that can be a constant in your life. (Then) Look for places/institutions that allow for that. Keep finding out what important to you (now) because that is ultimately going to lead to your first job.” And don’t forget about others around you. “Instill balance in your colleagues. Don’t let them neglect it too” 3. Be Yourself. “Show exactly who you are (by) acknowledging successes and areas of growth.” Know nobody is perfect. Employers are looking for potential and people that are trainable and a good fit for the program. So there’s no point putting a facade or something you are not.” Also, “Look for something you like. And like the people, your work, and the organization. Ask questions about your supervisor and how your relationships will look like (because) your supervisor is a one of the best ways to make your decision. This is important in your beginning of your career and development” “Leave a good impression. Be professional and go with the flow,” even if you conflict with the employers. Don’t hurt professional personas. Still try to make connections as they will be used for the rest of your career.
Issue #6, March 2011
Social Media the Future of Interviewing: Some Tips For Interviewing With Skype
Submitted by Dr. Glenda Musoba, Assistant Professor Educational Leadership and Professional Studies
With the difficult economic times, do not be surprised if a campus search committee wants to do an initial screening via telephone or Skype. Skype offers a more satisfying experience however with some extra technology so you can see your interviewers and maybe get a head nod or response to your answers. However, committees have not become sophisticated with this technology so you may still be answering voices of people you cannot see or can see the whole committee but at such a distance that you cannot see facial expressions. Here are a few pointers I learned from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the comments to the Chronicle article.
1. Know who will be interviewing you and search them on their institutional web sight before the interview so you know what are their areas of interest. This and other advice for telephone interviews applies. 2. Dress for the interview, wear your suit jacket. Know that solid colors work better than prints and a full white shirt tends to reflect light which makes the camera adjust leaving your face looking undefined or washed out. 3. Carefully select your lighting. Placing yourself in front of a window makes you look like the Phantom of the Opera on camera. Make sure there are not shadows on your face because of back lighting. Make sure you don’t look washed out. 4. Carefully select what else they see in the frame. Sitting in front of your book shelves will be taken more seriously than sitting in front of your Disney poster or dirty dishes. (The fact that it is a classic collectible poster will not be seen on screen). Also watch out for relationship photos, children’s toys, or other signals about your personal life that you are not ready to reveal. 5. Think about removing distracting noises. No roommates coming in or barking dogs and traffic off screen. Silence your cell phone, etc. 6. Practice with a friend or a family member your camera angle. When a camera is pointed upward it symbolized authority. Think how the President is always filmed from slightly below. Yet close-ups from below tend to widen the bottom of the face in proportion to the top. Check out your best angle. Raise or elevate the laptop/webcam accordingly. 7. An independent microphone (tie clip or headset) allows you to talk more normally (as long as the headset does not look too much like a receptionist’s). Independent microphones allow you to move your head yet keep the volume consistent. Using the microphone in the web camera will tend to pick up more background sounds including the delayed sound from your speakers back to them. 8. Focus the camera so your head and shoulders fill the frame. Being larger than life on their 52 inch screen is not a bad thing. You don’t want to be too far away (more common mistake) but you don’t want to be just a head either. 9. Close everything else on your computer and Internet connection. You want all the bandwidth so that Skype is sending and receiving at maximum speed. This includes others using the same connection when you can control them. 10. Add the institution to your Skype contacts list in advance. 11. Provide them with a telephone number where you will be as a backup in case there are problems with Skype. 12. Allow yourself extra time. If it takes a few extra minutes to establish the connection, you don’t want to be anxious about another appointment near the end of your interview. 13. Don’t move around too much. If the interviewers have a slow connection and it is constantly rebuilding the picture, it is less distracting when you move less. (But don’t become distractingly still either. For example, keep your animation in your facial expressions and hand gestures, but don’t spin your chair.) 14. Think about whether you want to be able to see yourself on your screen. Being able to see yourself allows you to adjust the camera if you bump the computer and check your hair, etc. however, it can be distracting and raise anxiety for some.