Norris Work-Study Students Turned Norris Staff

Norris Work-Study Students Turned Norris Staff

This post is part of a series focusing on Student Affairs work-study students who became full-time Student Affairs employees. Norris Center Operations Coordinator Justin Clarke and Norris Center Operations Manager Jackie Grinvalds are featured in this post.

When it comes to his job at the Norris University Center, Justin Clarke considers himself the “jack of all trades.” Clarke, the operations coordinator at Norris, works on the center’s technology, facilities, event management, and business operations — just to name a few

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Division of Student Affairs Recognizes Spring 2015 Campus Life Awards Recipients

Division of Student Affairs Recognizes Spring 2015 Campus Life Awards Recipients

This quarter we recognized seven students, who have significantly contributed to the improvement of the quality of student life at Northwestern during the Spring quarter. These students have impacted our community through program development and implementation, bridging cultural differences, or have taken responsibility for and worked collectively with others to create a more engaged and inclusive campus community.

We would like to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of our Spring 2015 Campus Life Award recipients.

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Creating a More Inclusive Northwestern Community

Creating a More Inclusive Northwestern Community

Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) Executive Director Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson sat down for a Q&A about upcoming changes for the office and a budding reorganization that will better serve the Northwestern community.

As of September 1, 2015, Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and the newly created Social Justice Education (SJE) and Student Enrichment Services (SES) offices will be centralized under CIC to acknowledge and respond to a rapidly diversifying population across campus.

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Step Up on Dillo Day

Step Up on Dillo Day

For Dillo Day 2015, student group Mayfest has five standout mainstage artists lined up to make this Saturday's lakefill music festival "rain or shine" the best one yet. Along with the standard Dillo Day essentials like wristbands, fanny packs, and a positive attitude in the face of Evanston's shifty weather, students need to remember one more thing: be ready to Step Up on Dillo Day.

Step Up, a bystander intervention training program implemented at Northwestern in 2013, seeks to equip students with the power to help in a variety of situations through the one-time, 45-minute to hour-long sessions.

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SAIT Work-Study Students Turned SAIT Staff

SAIT Work-Study Students Turned SAIT Staff

This post is part of a series focusing on Student Affairs work-study students who became full-time Student Affairs employees. SAIT User Support Specialists Cameron LeCrone and Harry Seong are featured in this post. 

When Harry Seong was a junior Biology major at Northwestern, he started a work-study job at Student Affairs Information Technology. While he liked fixing computers at home, he had little knowledge on SAIT when he began the job.

He quickly started picking up skills while on the job on technology and client service.

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Take Back the Night Encourages Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

Take Back the Night Encourages Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

With April being National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Northwestern University organizations have collaborated on events focused on raising awareness on sexual violence.

This week, the Take Back the Night March will take place in an effort to give a voice to the issue of sexual violence. This annual event, which starts as a rally, march, and then speak out, will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at the Rock.

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PossePlus Retreat Creates Dialogue & Community

PossePlus Retreat Creates Dialogue & Community

This spring, more than 5,000 college students at 48 colleges and universities across the country will engage in dialogue about crime and punishment in the United States.

Northwestern University became a part of this dialogue at this year’s annual PossePlus Retreat, a weekend of interactive workshops geared towards creating a safe space to discuss social, cultural, and political issues.

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New IFC President Talks Greek Community Goals

New IFC President Talks Greek Community Goals

Mark Nelson, the new Interfraternity Council President, talked about the ways in which the Greek community provides a real sense of home on campus and his goal of increasing chapter’s connections to each other and the rest of the NU community at the Officer Installation Ceremony on Feb. 5.

Nelson talked about the night he found out he was accepted to Northwestern by Early Decision as he checked his emails as usual before bed: “I listened to Kevin Rudolph’s “I Made It,” did a horrifically awkward dance, and then went downstairs to watch a movie with my parents. I didn’t post anything on Facebook, nor did I tell my parents.

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Introducing Your 2015 NUDM Emcees

Introducing Your 2015 NUDM Emcees

Hi! Our names are Cristina Garcia-Montes and Diego Henriquez-Garcia, and we are the NUDM Emcees this year! We are extremely excited to work with Starlight Children's Foundation and the Evanston Community Foundation in their missions to help the communities around us. Starlight, our primary beneficiary, is an amazing organization that helps chronically ill children live better lives.

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"You Are Beautiful" Arch Celebrates NU Body Acceptance Week 2015

"You Are Beautiful" Arch Celebrates NU Body Acceptance Week 2015

This week, a gray arch on Library Plaza proclaiming “You Are Beautiful” in bold, black letters will remind the Northwestern community of one of the essential messages of Northwestern’s Body Acceptance Week (BAW) 2015.

The art installation, created by Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, kicks off the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)-sponsored week of workshops focusing on positive body image, nurturing yourself with healthful food and exercise, and raising awareness on media messages about body standards.

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Northwestern Celebrates Black History Month

Northwestern Celebrates Black History Month

When I was younger my family and I were a part of a community of Black families in Milwaukee. Every few months we would go on camping trips together to bond with one another. We had meetings where we learned about our history, culture, traditions, and important life skills in relation to those things. In my high school history class, we learned a more accurate and whole-sided lesson about the Civil Rights Movement that didn’t just teach about Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. When I came to Northwestern, I realized the majority of people did not have that same privilege growing up. It is rare in this society that we have the chance to explore, learn, and discuss our culture and history, and what it all means for Black people today.

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Senior Woman's Service Award from the Alumnae of Northwestern University

Senior Woman's Service Award from the Alumnae of Northwestern University

The Alumnae of Northwestern University has begun its annual search for a female, senior candidate who displays collaboration, initiative, innovation, inspiration and leadership in the community to present the $2,500 Senior Woman’s Service Award.

With volunteerism a motivating factor behind The Alumnae of Northwestern University, the idea of honoring a senior woman who has made a noteworthy volunteer contribution as part of the University community was proposed by the Alumnae Board in 2001. Each year since then, undergraduate senior women have submitted their resumes to the Center for Student Involvement (CSI), to be reviewed by a committee of the Alumnae Board for consideration.

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Doing my PArt to Welcome Wildcats

Doing my PArt to Welcome Wildcats

I hate asking for help.

I, like many Northwestern students, have always prided myself on my independence, for better or worse. I taught myself how to ride a bike, sans training wheels, and refused Band-Aids for the numerous cuts or scrapes incurred from my less-than-coordinated riding. I survived without any help and thus, my adolescent mantra was born

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Seasons Change and So Does Norris

Seasons Change and So Does Norris

While plans are well underway for a new university commons, Norris University Center staff and administration have been busy making even more changes to accommodate all visitors.

In the past few months, Norris has seen these changes in the form of expansions, renovations, and new room set-ups.

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What's Next at Norris?

What's Next at Norris?

Interview with Kelly Ann SchaeferNorris University Center Executive Director

In the fall of 2019, Northwestern University is on track to have a new university center. The plan to build a new center is well underway and on schedule as the university prepares to break ground in 2017. In the meanwhile though, Norris University Center staff and administration is still actively working to serve the needs of students.

“We’re using the research we have for the new center to do what we can to improve our existing facilities,” said Kelly Ann Schaefer, the university center’s executive director.

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New Name Latest Enhancement to Career Advising

New Name Latest Enhancement to Career Advising

Northwestern Career Advancement — formerly University Career Services — has a new name that reflects its focus on helping Northwestern University students through the career advancement process in a personal and optimal way.

The University has close to 20,000 students enrolled in hundreds of different majors, minors and other programs. Everything that NCA does, including innovative new enhancements put into place over the last year, is designed to help these highly talented and diverse students with a wide range of career goals.

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The Problem with Fraternity "Colonization"

The Problem with Fraternity "Colonization"

Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Remember when you joined that (house) chapter and met some of your (fellow pledges) new members? (Rush) Recruitment was an exciting time filled with anxiety and anticipation, as you and other (rushees) potential new members hoped to join a new community of lifelong friends. The (frat guy) fraternity man culture on campus needed a transformation through positive change, with a focus on risk (management) education and harm reduction.

We've come a long way, yet we have a long way to go.

To read the full blog click here.

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Being an RA

Being an RA

Student Affairs Department: Residential Services

Coming into RA training for the fall, I really wasn't sure what to expect. I had thought about being an RA as early as my sophomore year of high school, but I originally looked at it solely as a job for room and board compensation to help with my education expenses. However, after weeks of training, the position has become so much more to me.

I arrived on campus in late August and RA training began soon after. The subsequent ten days of training were long, challenging, exciting, stressful, overwhelming, and eye opening all at the same time.

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Sweet Home Chicago

Sweet Home Chicago

Student Affairs Department: Wildcat Welcome

Let's be honest, we're a bit, er, intense about our traditions here at Northwestern. Whether in the form of camping out to paint the Rock or screaming your throat hoarse during the Primal Scream of Finals Week, Wildcats gravitate to these unifying, shared experiences. But when we think beyond the silliness of some our common rituals, we find something greater and more enduring: the common values they create.

One of those values and key elements of the Northwestern experience is the relationship Wildcats have with the city of Chicago.

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It's All in the Family

It's All in the Family

Student Affairs Department: Wildcat Welcome

As members of Northwestern University's Class of 2018 prepare to come to Evanston for Wildcat Welcome (Sept. 15 through Sept. 22) and the beginning of their college careers, their families will be trying to figure out the best way to support and encourage their students while allowing them to fully experience all Northwestern has to offer. To help with this often-challenging balancing act, we've enlisted the help of the Division of Student Affairs' Family Ambassadors. The ambassadors, who are current undergraduate students, offer some tips and advice for families to help make the transition to Northwestern life as smooth possible.

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