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We Believe in Auburn Students Division of Student Affairs Annual Report 2011-2012

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Table ofof Contents Table Contents Overview From the time students wake up in their residence halls until they go to sleep, Student Affairs administers student care. Our staff is comprised of dedicated individuals who understand the importance of out-of-classroom experiences at Auburn University, and diligently work to provide Auburn students with the best programming available. So, what exactly is Student Affairs? We are the recreation centers, the entertainment venues, study lounges, medical and counseling services. We are safety initiatives including alcohol education, ethical standards and student conduct. We are leadership programming and residence life. Additionally, we are a network of support and an opportunity for students to discover who they are through on campus involvement in internships, clubs and organizations. Most importantly, we seek to cultivate a supportive and diverse campus environment that engages students, advances learning, encourages leadership, and empowers students to impact the world.

Introduction 4 Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs


Points of Pride 5 5 6 6 6 6

Rec & Wellness Center Tiger Tuesdays Smoke-Free Campus Parents’ Association Academic Partnerships Sustain-A-Bowl

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Critical Incident Response Team Mid-Manager’s Institute Convocation Leadership Development Global Service Initiative

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Common Book Lecture Program Review Transportation Improvements Auburn Police Department Tornado Relief Efforts 3

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When you set foot on our campus, you will find enthusiastic, intelligent students who proudly wear Auburn orange and blue. Students are eager to participate in and share how Auburn has provided them with life-changing experiences. With such eager and excited students, it is clear why the Division of Student Affairs seeks to cultivate a supportive and diverse campus environment that engages students, advances learning, encourages leadership, and empowers students to impact the world. This document highlights some of our successes over the past year and is by no means an exhaustive report. To fully understand the impact of our division, we encourage you to experience a Student Affairs event or talk with a student about their university opportunities. War Eagle!

Ainsley Carry, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs


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[We] believe in

a sound mind, a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid.


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Points of Pride Points of Pride

$72 Million Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center Campus Recreation officially broke ground on the $72 million Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center. The Center will provide a state-of-the-art fitness facility for faculty, staff, and students. The Center includes an indoor walking/running corkscrew track, 6 basketball courts, golf simulator rooms, a rock climbing wall, and an outdoor leisure pool. The Recreation and Wellness Center will open in 2013.

Tiger Tuesday Retention Study

The Division conducted a study to determine the effects of the Tiger Tuesday experience. Data shows that the mere act of applying to Tiger Tuesdays is a positive factor in retaining students to their sophomore year. A rejection from Tiger Tuesdays did not negatively affect retention. Students who did not even apply to Tiger Tuesdays were retained at a lower rate than those that did. This data supports the fact that students who get involved early tend to be more successful. However, other variables such as a student’s ambition, social connections, and academic ability can also affect retention.


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Smoke-Free Campus

The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness Initiatives led efforts to establish Auburn University as the first four-year, public institution in the state of Alabama to be a smoke-free campus. All three governance groups (Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, and Administrative Professional Association) have all approved the proposal.

Auburn University Parents’ Association Open to All Parents

The Auburn University Parents’ Association’s resources are now open to all parents and family members, free of charge. The membership fee was removed in an effort to be more inclusive and provide all parents and family members with the tools to help their students be successful at Auburn University.

Academic Partnerships

The Division of Student Affairs cataloged a comprehensive list of over 30 academic partnerships occurring in the Division. These partnerships include internships, practicum experiences, student affairs staff teaching courses, and graduate student development. The Division of Student Affairs has: • Employed 18 Graduate Students from the College of Liberal Arts and College of Education; • Taught five Honor’s Book Club Courses utilizing staff, including the Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of AU Medical Clinic, and AU Medical Clinic Doctors (2); and • Provided 43 students with practical experience in their area of study. Practicum experiences included: • research, survey development and collection, general health promotion, and health communication (2); • individual and group therapy (6); • healthcare administration, nursing, pharmaceuticals, and medical lab technology (20); • kinesiology and exercise science (15); and • graphic design and event planning (2).


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The Office of Residence Life co-sponsored with the Office of Sustainability, the 3rd annual Sustain-A-Bowl competition. Sustain-A-Bowl is a month long competition between residence halls to see which hall can produce the greatest reduction in waste, water, and electricity consumption. This year the Residence Life Staff Sustainability Committee sponsored a 5k walk/run on campus as the kick-off event for Sustain-A-Bowl. Sustain-A-Bowl was featured in the Auburn Plainsman, the Opelika-Auburn News and local television news affiliates. Efforts by the Residence Halls decreased electricity use in each of the Residence Halls, between 1% and 31%, depending on the Hall.

Critical Incident Response Team

The Office of Student Conduct built a comprehensive Critical Incident Response Team that provides 24-hour coverage and response to student incidents. The Team responded to 127 critical incident/emergency cases. The majority of reported critical incidents related to students being transported to a hospital due to a medical injury or issue. The Division responded to five student deaths during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Mid-Manager’s Institute

The Division of Student Affairs hosted the National Association of Student Affairs Professional’s (NASPA) Mid-Manager Institute. The Institute brought 44 professionals who participated in the program and seven faculty to lead the curriculum. Faculty and participants represented 40 institutions from across the Southeast. Serving as hosts for the MMI, the Division was able to share Auburn University and the excellent programs and services here. Participants were treated to tours of campus, dinner at the President’s House, and an indepth look into the Division of Student Affairs strategic planning process.


The Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with several University partners, produced the first Convocation program in the Auburn Arena. The program welcomed 4,000 new Auburn students, established academic expectations, and culminated in a pinning ceremony. Once the Convocation Ceremony was complete, the high-energy pep rally began. Coach Fortner and Barbee welcomed the students to the Arena and got them excited for the upcoming basketball season.


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Leadership Development The Center for Leadership and Ethics sponsored the 2nd Annual LeaderShape Institute for 72 Auburn students at the 4-H Center in Columbiana, AL. Students were engaged for six days of intense leadership development focused on creating their vision for the future, ethical dilemmas leaders face, and diversity.

Student Reflections on LeaderShape “Realizing how much I touched the fellow members of the Institute. Before, I felt as though my gift of leading through my personality was not really a gift but what the LeaderShape Class of 2011 helped me realize is that I should never take my smile and personality for granted.”

“I was afraid to share my vision, but then almost all of the feedback was positive, I realized that I can do whatever my heart leads me to and that I will always have people there to support me.” - Student Attendee

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Global Service Initiative The Office of Community Services launched the Global Service Initiative and offered two international service experiences to students. Students traveled to Costa Rica or Ecuador. Eleven students traveled to Equador, working in the Quito community in Villa Flora. During their stay they helped with construction, painting of a new three-story building, and educational efforts. The 11 students who traveled to Costa Rica, served at the Abraham Project in San Jose, constructed a children’s campus, served at the Wildlife Rescue Center, and worked at an orphanage.

Student Reflections on the Global Service Initiative “The trip helped me with confidence to lead a whole classroom (which I have to do this semester). The trip also helped my Spanish knowledge, which can help me in and outside the classroom.” - Student Attendee, Ecuador Trip

“I learned a lot, as I got to interact with 11 other people from various backgrounds, I got to learn more about their culture, the person, the differences amongst all of us, but yet at the same time the passion to serve that connected us all.” - Student Attendee, Costa Rica Trip


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Common Book Author Lecture

The Division of Student Affairs collaborated with the Office of the Provost to bring Common Book author, Greg Mortenson to campus. Throughout the day, Mortenson spent time with students, faculty, and staff in small discussion groups. His evening lecture in the Auburn Arena drew over 4,300 people from across the Southeast. Mortenson stayed until after midnight, ensuring everyone who wanted an autograph received one.

Program Review

The Division of Student Affairs has made efforts to utilize data to improve the organization. During the Spring and Summer of 2011, the Division completed comprehensive Program Reviews for the Office of Greek Life and Student Media. The Review process is aimed at seeking excellence and is based on the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) criteria. These reviews will allow for each department in the Division to strategically focus on areas for improvement and/or expansion.

Transportation Improvements: WeCar & GotchaRide

The Division of Student Affairs led efforts to bring WeCar, a car-sharing program, to Auburn University. WeCar will allow students (18 and older) to rent cars by the hour. Two WeCar vehicles will be strategically placed around campus for use by students who opt to register. As the program grows, the number of available vehicles will be expanded. This program has the ability to reduce the need for our residential students to have vehicles.

Auburn Police Department Substation

The Division of Student Affairs developed an agreement with Auburn City Police to develop a Substation in the Student Center. This substation will increase police presence and visibility on campus. It will also offer a private office for officers to work with victims or complete paperwork. The Substation will officially open Fall 2011.

Tornado Relief Efforts

The Division of Student Affairs and Auburn University Public Safety organized disaster relief groups to assist our surrounding communities after the devastating tornados on April 27. During May 4-6, 114 students and seven staff members volunteered in the Pleasant Grove, Cullman and Dadeville, AL areas. Relief efforts included helping local families clear debris, recover belongings, and repair and place tarps on roofs to prevent further damage.


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Annual Report 2010-2011  

The Division of Student Affairs annual report for 2010 and 2011.