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Student Life & Enrollment

As a division, our mission is to recruit, admit, engage, retain & graduate a diverse student population for success at LSU and beyond. We enhance learning by fostering critical thinking & ethical responsibility to create a university experience that transforms lives.

From the desk of the Vice Chancellor Staff throughout the Division of Student Life & Enrollment (SLE) spent productive time over the course of 2012 in discussions of plans, goals, strategies, tactics, and measurement mechanisms. First, we worked with the institution to complete a thorough Program Review of the division as a whole and each department individually. Additionally, SLE appointees participated in ongoing discussions regarding SACS review and accreditation. Finally, establishing and working through a new comprehensive and collaborative strategic planning process proved to be a satisfying experience. Complementary assessment plans and methodologies contribute meaningful data and feedback to this practice as a means of evaluating our offerings and refining strategic plans on a regular basis. All around, these are exciting and important accomplishments. You can review plans and associated publications online under appropriate tabs at the About Us section of our site. This issue is filled with news and updates from around the division. We are proud of what each of you does and grateful for hard work and dedication. Thank you! Love Purple. Live Gold.

Geaux Tigers! Kurt J. Keppler, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor LSU Student Life & Enrollment


Our teams & people Career Services Student Financial Management Center

Center for Academic Success Enrollment Management Admissions Financial Aid & Scholarships Recruitment

First Year Experience Orientation Parent & Family Programs

Office of the Dean of Students Campus Life Disability Services Greek Life Student Advocacy & Accountability

Office of the Vice Chancellor Residential Life University Recreation

Congratulations to Outstanding Staff LSU held the 44th annual Staff Outstanding Service Awards ceremony on November 28, 2012. The Awards are sponsored by the LSU Foundation and presented to 13 full-time non-academic staff members from LSU, the LSU AgCenter, and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Student Life & Enrollment team members Jesse Downs and Courtney Edwards, both of Career Services, were among the 13 recognized. Honorees were nominated by full-time faculty or staff for superior performance and outstanding contributions toward achieving departmental and university goals. During the ceremony, recipients were presented with recognition certificates and $500 cash awards. On hand to congratulate recipients and thank them for hard work and dedication to LSU were LSU Interim President & Chancellor William Jenkins, LSU AgCenter Chancellor William Richardson, Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, LSU Foundation Vice President Jeff McLain, LSU Foundation Chief Fiscal Officer Gina Dugas, and LSU Foundation President G. Lee Griffin. Watch for each year’s nomination form to arrive in your inbox around September. Let’s support SLE staff in being recognized for their outstanding service to LSU. Pictured above are 2012 winners, left to right, first row: Jeff McLain/LSU Foundation, Jenne Farr/Ag Leadership, Gladys Carmona/School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences, Christy Lyn Arrazattee/CCELL, Melissa Argrave/Human Sciences & Education, Courtney Edwards/Career Services, Karen Soniat/Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Lee Griffin/LSU Foundation, Jennifer Marceaux/4-H,


Youth& Family Development;

second row: Jesse Downs/Career Services, Danielle Bayham/La. Ag Experiment Station Admin, Igor Matkovic/Building Services, Ed Dodd/Communications & University Relations; third row: Derek Yush/Athletics, Robert Benton, Jr./Facility Services


Homecoming 2012 Showed Its Stripes

2012 Homecoming Queen Kendall Knobloch & King Taylor Cox

Themed “Celebrating Traditions & Leaving Legacies: Showing Your Stripes,” LSU Homecoming 2012 was considered to be an allaround success. Highlights included the annual CANapalooza service project benefitting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, pep rally, concert, 5K RUNapalooza, parade, UREC tournaments, RHA Splatterbeat, banner competition, and crowning of Homecoming King Taylor Cox and Queen Kendall Knobloch at halftime of the Mississippi State football game.

Campus Life thanks the many individuals, student organizations, campus departments and partners who collaborated on 2012 Homecoming. Whether sponsoring floats and walking in the annual parade, painting banners, decorating storefronts or lawns, or hosting competitions, the excitement and success of the week of events depends on many people. Thanks for helping support a great LSU tradition.


Book Club Continues to Grow Each semester, the FYE Book Club engages faculty and staff across disciplines in discussions of a different book. In spring 2012, the group read and discussed Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks followed in the fall by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Hosted by First Year Experience, the Book Club’s purpose is to encourage dialogue about matters of innovation, community, ethics, and social justice. The ongoing dialogue fosters connections between faculty and staff and contributes to a

stronger campus community. With each semester, the group shares ideas, websites, goals, and inspiration. [See archived resources at the group’s website.] For spring 2013, the Book Club is reading and discussing Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks.

Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring bag lunches. For more information or to sign up, email Maggi Spurlock. Your book with assigned readings will be delivered to you. We hope you can join us!

The book selection is provided free of charge to faculty and staff who commit to participating in a majority of sessions scheduled. Sessions are held every other week in 124 Johnston Hall at 12:00–1:00 p.m. Participants have the option of joining Tuesday or Wednesday sessions. WINTER 2013 STUDENT LIFE & ENROLLMENT Staff Newsletter


January 22, 23 February 5, 6 February 19, 20 March 5, 6 March 19, 20 April 2, 3 April 16, 17


Director Leads National Organization LSU Director of University Recreation Laurie Braden has been named presidentelect of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Laurie began the three-year term in April 2012 with the organization of more than 4,000 professional, student, and associate members throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries in enhancing professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. As one of seven members of the NIRSA Board of Directors, Laurie will assist in developing the organization’s strategic vision and administering the $4.1 million annual operating budget. In her role as president-elect and in future roles as president-designee and president, she will seek to strategically position NIRSA for national and global prominence as the leading expert in higher education health, recreation, and wellness. Braden has been an active member of NIRSA for more than 22 years, served on multiple committees, task forces, and work teams, and has presented at local, regional, and national levels. She is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist and graduated from the NIRSA National School of Recreational Sports Management. She also received outstanding service awards and scholarships from NIRSA for leadership, vision, and active engagement for fostering relationships and better student recreation on the campuses where she has worked. In more than two years at LSU, Laurie has led renovations to the interior and exterior of the Student Recreation Complex, and championed the initial conceptualization of an overhaul of student recreation at LSU. She is the leader of a team of 19 full-time staff members, six graduate assistants, and more than 200 student employees that run the 121,000 square-foot SRC, an outdoor adventure education series, a full complement of intramural sports, and more. “Laurie is a leader in her field and LSU University Recreation is positioned to soar with her at the helm,” said Kurt Keppler, LSU Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Enrollment. “She is most deserving of this milestone career accomplishment, and I am certain NIRSA will benefit from her leadership.” Braden also recently helped endow a scholarship with the NIRSA Foundation to assist in addressing the issues of social justice within recreational sports. From 2000-09, she founded and led a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization to raise funds to send young girls to summer sports camps. Founded in 1950, NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. The organization includes more than 4,000 members who serve an estimated 5.5 million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs.



Changes, Updates & New Faces Responsibilities have shifted in Campus Life with new faces on board to meet a growing demand for the team’s services. Campus-wide events Fall Fest and Candlelight Celebration, previously managed by Communications & University Relations (CUR), will now be the responsibility of Campus Life. Michelle Lowery, Associate Director of Campus Life, is now charged with coordinating these events, as well as additional special events anticipated by Campus Life, Office of the Dean of Students, and Office of the Vice Chancellor. In addition, Michelle’s duties include other special events such as Tiger Twelve and banquets and special receptions for speakers and guests.

Accordingly, please note new contacts for Involvement & Student Organizations include Sara Keimig, Graduate Assistant, and Alli Robison, Intern. 578-4703

Additionally, we are pleased to welcome Margo Jolet as Associate Director for Marketing and Communications. Margo comes to Campus Life from Communications & University Relations where she served in different roles, most recently as Production Manager. She brings great experience with brand management, project management software and protocols, and messaging to our team.

Be sure to visit the site for Student Organizations and resources there including the policy manual, resource guide, and event planning guide. These documents offer valuable references for divisional staff.

Michelle Lowery

Margo Jolet


Expanding Online & Offline University Recreation’s growth and expansion plans continue to move forward. In addition to facility growth, UREC debuted a new website with more content, photos, and information than ever.



Discovering Passion & Empowering Success Fundraising for the new LSU Olinde Career Center gained headway in December thanks to commitments from BASF, The Chemical Company; Baker Hughes; and Humphrey T. Olinde. To date, the campaign has raised $3,220,541. Bids for this project are scheduled to go out in February in hopes of not only starting, but also completing construction in 2013. The LSU Olinde Career Center will be a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in place of the former LSU Bookstore in the LSU Student Union. This location will provide an environment better suited to prepare LSU students and alumni for their careers.

Pictured left to right: Bill Hunter/Chevron, Trey Truitt & Mary Feduccia/Career Services, Lee Griffin/LSU Foundation [photo courtesy of Eddy Perez, CUR]


The divisional Professional Development Committee hosted webinars and speakers in 2012 including John Lowery on FERPA; Jai Jackson on social media; and various webinar topics. Watch for spring dates soon!




Making an Impact at LSU & Beyond In November 2012, Saundra McGuire of was inducted as a Council of Learning Assistance & Developmental Education Association (CLADEA) Fellow during the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) national meeting in Houston, Texas. Selection as a Fellow represents the highest honor conferred on professionals in the learning assistance field. Dr. McGuire also presented a pre-conference workshop on “Teach Students How to Achieve Student Learning Outcomes: Metacognition is the Key!” at the 2012 annual meeting of the SACS Commission on Colleges in Dallas, Texas. Saundra McGuire

Erin Wheeler

Erin Wheeler recently presented at the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) 2012 Conference in Reno, Nevada. Her presentation, “Helping Students to Build Their Own Village: Designing a Study Group Starter Kit,” was among the highest rated sessions at the conference according to participant evaluations. Because of her outstanding presentation, Dr. Wheeler was invited to participate in the NCLCA Best of Conference Webinar Series. She delivered the webinar in December to Learning Center professionals across the country.

The Shell Tutorial Center was officially dedicated during a recent ceremony as the Center for Academic Success recognized Shell Oil for a philanthropic donation totaling $300,000. The funds were designated to support and expand tutorial and supplemental instruction services. During the ceremony, executives toured the newly renamed center and observed the encouraging dynamic created by peer-to-peer interactions. Individual tutors and students shared with Shell officials what the tutorial center had meant to them personally in terms of growth and educational performance. Shell’s gift of $100,000 per year allows CAS to hire up to 50 LSU students to provide peer tutoring for over 3,000 LSU students per year and provides 21,000+ tutoring visits for students at LSU.

Pictured center with frame from CAS: Melissa Brocato & Susan Saale. Standing left to right from Shell: Tom O’Bannon, Gary Lacombe, Frazier Wilson, Tom Broom, Kevin Judd, Hasting Stewart WINTER 2013 STUDENT LIFE & ENROLLMENT Staff Newsletter

The CAS would like to again thank Shell for their commitment to helping LSU students attain academic excellence.


New Faces & Graduations Residential Life recently hired two new Assistant Directors for Residence Education who bring a wealth of experience to LSU from their previous institutions. “It has taken us some time to fill these open positions, but I am very excited that we have talented individuals in these important leadership roles,” said Jonathon Hyde, Associate Director for Residence Education.

Bill Mattera

Brian Webb

Nik Clegorne

Monique Cain

Bill Mattera is the Assistant Director for Staffing & Organizational Development and hails from Chicago, Illinois. Bill received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Western Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the Florida State University. He most recently worked as a Residence Director at DePaul University and has also held positions at University of Iowa, Florida State University, and University of Connecticut. Bill says he is excited to be at LSU and looks forward to recruiting new staff at all levels of the organization. In his down time, Bill is an avid reader of U.S. presidential history and enjoys boxing. Brian Webb is the Assistant Director for Training & Student Leadership and originally from Hillsville, Virginia. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and Master’s Degree in Counseling & Human Development with an emphasis on Higher Education, both from Radford University in Virginia. Most recently, Brian worked as Associate Dean for Enrollment Management at Surry Community College and has held positions at Elon University, Radford University, and Alamance Community College. He is excited about mentoring young professionals and training students to reach their full leadership potential. His wife, Angela Webb, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at LSU. When not at work, Brian enjoys collecting vinyl records and cheering on the Boston Red Sox. Nicholas Clegorne received his PhD in Educational Leadership & Research with dual emphases on Higher Education Administration and Curriculum & Instruction. Nik was the Assistant Director for Training & Development within Residence Education until recently accepting a faculty teaching position at Virginia Tech. Monique Cain received her PhD, and even got a call out from Chancellor Martin on a job well done in balancing work, school, home, and a toddler! Monique’s PhD is in Educational Leadership & Research, and her thesis was the Impact on the Engagement of At-Risk Students: Evaluation of Postsecondary Living Learning Communities. Her research focuses how participation in Living-Learning Communities affects engagement of at-risk students and how students perceive the benefits of support opportunities. As Information Systems Manager at Res Life, she keeps technology running smoothly not only within Res Life, but also for many SLE departments. Catherine David received her Master of Science, Human Resources Education, through the College of Human Sciences & Education. For the past several years, Catherine has balanced the demands of work, school, and home without missing a beat as the Assistant Director of Communications at Res Life.


Staff Newsletter


Fall 2012 Brings Record Freshman Class

“LSU is proud to welcome its largest freshman class, as academically prepared as any class before,” said Interim Chancellor & President William Jenkins. “LSU is continuing to draw in the best and brightest.” “I am so proud of the hard work of the team in Enrollment Management,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management David Kurpius. “Their efforts helped enroll a record incoming class. Interest in LSU has never been higher. Even with recent tuition increases, LSU remains an affordable option for students to earn a nationally recognized degree.” The freshman class total of 5,725 students includes 333 freshmen who first enrolled in summer 2012 and continued in the fall and new freshmen who enrolled this fall. The number does not include 442 non-degree seeking freshmen. Non-degree seeking students include co-op students, non-matriculating students and students taking a college level course while in high school. LSU’s overall enrollment stands at 29,549, which is a two percent increase from 2011, when enrollment figures recorded 28,985 students. Overall undergraduate enrollment increased from 23,980 in 2011 to 24,641 in 2012, an increase of three percent and a difference of 651 students. Geaux Tigers!


Less than a week after LSU was once again recognized as a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report, Enrollment Management announced bringing in the largest freshman class – 5,725 – since the university implemented admission standards in 1988.

The new Enrollment Management Call Center is staffed and serving customers. New manager Aimee McLeod is putting 12 years of experience in call centers and customer service to work in training student workers on phone etiquette, how to speak to customers, and overall customer service. The call center will help manage the volume of calls, emails, and walk-ins Enrollment Management receives. WINTER 2013



Braden Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame Laurie Braden was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Florida’s College of Health & Human Performance for her outstanding career and personal accomplishments. Braden received her BS in recreation administration from the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida, and an MS in recreation resource management from North Carolina State University. Since graduating from the University of Florida, she has built a storied career in student recreation at various institutions across the country with outstanding leadership, vision, and service. The College of Health & Human Performance at the University of Florida focuses on research and teaching impacts almost every aspect ofthat the impacts human condition. The college houses four centers as of Floridathat focuses on research and teaching well as every the departments of human Appliedcondition. Physiology and Kinesiology, Health Education and Behavior, and almost aspect of the The college Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. houses four centers as well as the departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Health Education and Behavior, Congratulations, Laurie! and Sport Management. and Tourism, Recreation


Recognition Across Campus Staff in Student Advocacy & Accountability (SAA) is proud to represent LSU on campus and in professional organizations. As awareness of SAA services grows, our staff has grown to meet demand and taken steps to increase visibility on campus including:  We launched the new LSU Cares website in conjunction with CAS and SLE to increase both awareness and reporting of students of concern to SAA Advocacy, CARE Team, and Academic Intervention Team.

 In October, Matt Gregory partnered with the Faculty Technology Center and Dr. Bill Wischusen to produce a webinar for GAs and TAs on classroom disruption and management.

 Brittany Ramsey joined SAA and Campus Life in December as Administrative Coordinator for both offices.

 Sonja Ardoin, LSU alumna, joined the Accountability staff to help address accountability cases during  Matt was also recently named Katie’s absence. Sonja has been an President-Elect of the invaluable asset to the office. Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).  Katie McGee Barras and Arthur Barras are proud parents of  Michael Smith joined the Alexander Willem Barras. team over the summer in a dual He arrived at 9pm on October 26, role as Coordinator for Student 2012, weighed 9lbs, and measured Organization Accountability 21 inches in length. and Student Government Advisor. He joins us from Ole Miss.


Major Facility Upgrades Completed Renovation of Laville Honors House - East Laville Hall was completed for fall 2012, returning more than 330 beds to the housing inventory and connecting East and West Laville Halls for the first time in history.

Laville Honors House & Courtyard

Res College One – North Hall Engineering Residential College

Like the renovation of West Laville in fall 2010, East Laville now has the look and feel of a brand new residence hall. Bedrooms were completely redone with new paint, flooring, walls, and ceiling tiles, along with newly added sinks. The building has new central air conditioning and heating, electrical system, bathrooms, study areas, kitchen, and common areas. The new connecting building houses the 24-hour front desk for both halls, large common areas, a computer lab, a beautiful outdoor courtyard and balcony area, and an innovative faculty inresidence living area on the second floor. The beauty and feel of East and West Laville Halls was preserved, while all amenities were brought to 21st century standards. The new Residential College One – North Hall was also completed for fall 2012. With 360 beds, it is also home of the Engineering Residential College. Like South and West Halls in the Residential College Complex (RCC), North Hall is state-of-the-art with suite bathrooms, full kitchens, computer labs, high-tech classrooms, spacious common areas, study rooms, beautiful balconies, courtyards, and landscaping. Also new is the faculty in-residence building, which will be home to a residential college faculty member and his or her family, office, and the 24-hour front desk. Home to four residential colleges - Business, Engineering, Mass Communication and Global Connections - the RCC is one of the finest living-learning complexes in the country. Acadian Hall had a new sprinkler system installed, new ceilings and all new paint throughout. Res Life is now 100 percent fire-sprinkled in all of its residential buildings, completing an extensive multi-year project!

Annie Boyd Hall

Finally, Annie Boyd Hall went under renovation in 2012 and is on schedule for a fall 2013 opening. Res Life looks forward to completing this next phase of its Master Plan and moving on to renovate the remaining Horseshoe Community halls.


Alpha Phi Sorority Invited On Monday, June 25, 2012, the Panhellenic Council of LSU voted to invite Alpha Phi International Sorority to join the Panhellenic community in fall 2013. On Thursday, June 28, 2012, Alpha Phi announced at their Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, that they accepted the Panhellenic Council’s invitation. The Panhellenic community has been in the extension process for the last 10 months and is enthusiastic about welcoming the ladies of Alpha Phi and bringing their Delta Tau chapter back to LSU. Alpha Phi’s International team spent the day on the LSU campus last Thursday, June 21, 2012, visiting with students, campus administrators, and presenting their organization in an open forum. Sara Winkler, Panhellenic president shared, “Our 11 sororities have been truly engaged in the process and were eager to not only learn more about Alpha Phi, but also enthusiastic about what this will do for our Panhellenic and Greek community.” Alpha Phi will have representatives on campus for the next year spending time getting to know LSU to prepare for their colonization efforts which will include participating in round one of formal recruitment in August, 2013, before executing their week of colonization of activities. The goal of both groups is for Alpha Phi to recruit to the average chapter size, which is currently 263 members. Alpha Phi International President shares, “Alpha Phi is thrilled to be joining the Panhellenic community at LSU. We are proud of our history at LSU and join with our Delta Tau alumnae to celebrate Alpha Phi's return to Baton Rouge. We are excited to be included in your spirited community! Geaux Tigers!" The Panhellenic community represents 22% of the undergraduate women at LSU, 2575 members. The spring 2012 grade point average for the Panhellenic community was a 3.220, the undergraduate women’s average grade point average is a 3.020.


National Recognition Missy Korduner has been selected by American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Admissions, Orientation and the First Year Experience to receive the Outstanding Experienced Professional Award. She will be recognized several times for accomplishments during the 2013 ACPA Convention taking place March 3-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Annual Fall Kick-Off & Awards In 2012, the annual Fall Kick-Off breakfast was held on September 13 at the Student Recreation Complex and featured an Awards Ceremony sponsored by the division’s Professional Development Committee. The committee revamped the award and selection process to best celebrate the many great initiatives and collaborative programs throughout the division that represent our mission and values. Pictured above is a group of 2012 winners, left to right, first row: Jonathan Hyde/Res Life, Jennie Stewart/SAA, Julie Henriquez/Res Life, Susan Saale/CAS, Kayla Layto/Career Services, Katie Noel/OVC; second row: Dean Gaines Foster/HSS, Josh Dean/Campus Life, Eric Engemann/Kinesiology, Sue Feinberg/Career Services, Melissa Hogle/UREC, Sheri Wischusen/Science.

Pictured TOP to BOTTOM at Fall Kick-off, left to right, Tracy Blanchard/Disability Services, Ben Cornwell/Disability Services, Erin Vaughn/Res Life, Ken Miles/ACSA, Melissa Brocato/CAS, Kurt Keppler/OVC, Jonathan Hyde/Res Life, Jennie Stewart/SAA, Jerry Whitmore/Greek Life, Sue Feinberg/Career Services, Mary Feduccia/Career Services, Kurt Keppler/OVC, Kayla Lato/ Career Services, Quiana Gage/SAA, Debra Joseph/ODOS, Sara Keimig/Campus Life, Paige LeBlanc/Parent & Family Programs, Angela Russell/Campus Life, Emily Hester/OVC, Kyle Nixon/Orientation.

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Winter 2013 LSU SLE staff newsletter  

Winter 2013 LSU SLE staff newsletter

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