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Photo of Vice Chancellor Renee RomanoCheck out the new Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) framework

August 29, 2013


Dear Colleagues,


Most of us got into Student Affairs work because we get a great sense of satisfaction from helping students grow and develop into adults who will make their mark on society.


From time to time, though, we may wonder: How do I know my programs are as effective as they can be? What could we be doing even better? At the Fall Kick-off, Dr. Belinda De La Rosa spoke about the new Student Affairs Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Framework.  


The Assessment Committee has developed the SLO framework in an ongoing effort to use assessment data to improve services provided to students. I urge you to download a copy (below) and keep it handy for ready reference. 


The framework is a touchstone that provides examples that all units can use to craft unit-specific outcomes that will inform the work in the division.

See your Assessment Committee representative if you have questions, or visit with one of the co-chairs, Dr. Belinda De La Rosa or Dr. Wallace Southerland, III.


C. Renée Romano

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs


The Awards Keep on Coming!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

People are always amazed when I tell them about the breadth of everything we do in Student Affairs. But the truth is that it’s the Student Affairs staff who do all of those things; staff are our most precious asset! They are experts in their fields, experienced, creative and care deeply about our students. It’s a winning combination. Here are two recent examples:

Our new Director of University Housing, Alma Sealine, received the James C. Grimm Leadership and Service Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers‐International (ACUHO‐I). If you'd like to read more about Alma and this prestigious award, Housing's website has further details. Alma is the most recent Past President of ACUHO-I, and we're so delighted to have her join our leadership team here at Illinois.

Tom Betz, Directing Attorney with our Student Legal Services office, was awarded the Elizabeth Berg Streeter Community Service Award at last month’s National Legal Aid and Defender’s Association (NLADA) annual conference in Las Vegas. Tom was nominated for this honor by his wonderful staff in Student Legal Services at Illinois and granted this recognition by the NLADA’s Student Legal Services division. Tom received this honor for his outstanding “service to the legal community, social justice and equality.”

We welcome and congratulate Alma - and congratulate Tom, as well - for these well-deserved honors.


C. Renée Romano

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs


Some Well-Deserved Recognition

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

When I go to national meetings, I’m always proud to represent Student Affairs at the University of Illinois. Our 1,200 staff members have a well-deserved reputation for innovation and excellence.

Peer recognition from national organizations is one visible sign of just how good our programs and people are. Two recent examples involve University Housing’s UI Dining App and The Career Center’s Hire Illini Channel on YouTube.

CASE – the Council for Advancement and Support of Education – recognized the UI Dining App with a Silver award. For those of you who aren’t familiar with CASE, their Pride of CASE awards are highly competitive, and this one is something we can all be very proud of.

The Career Center’s Hire Illini employer YouTube videos were recognized as a finalist for the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Innovation Excellence Award in the Technology category. TCC's Nell Madigan, Gail Rooney, Jennifer Neef and Sarah Zehr were honored at the NACE Annual Conference opening night awards ceremony in June.

Congratulations to these colleagues, and to others whose outstanding work has gained national attention throughout the year. It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve our students alongside you!  

C. Renée Romano

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs


5D4C Improves Our Campus Climate

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

If you think summer is a slow time for Student Affairs staff, guess again!

Planning for the 2013-14 academic year is well under way all over campus. Many of our facilities are undergoing deep cleaning and maintenance activities. Housing staff are busy getting acquainted with their new Director, Alma Sealine.

We do a lot of staff training and development, too – including a very important staff development opportunity that’s taking place this week.

Five Days for Change (5D4C) is a week-long training program that helps staff members understand how our own identities affect our interactions with others. Through 5D4C, staff learn how to use their own power, privilege and position to influence positive change in our campus climate.

Colleagues who have taken part in 5D4C often say it was a life-changing experience for them. If you know people who are participating this week, be sure to ask them how and why it changed some of their perspectives.

And if you haven't yet had the opportunity to personally experience 5D4C, I hope you'll think about applying to be part of the next cohort. We usually offer 5D4C in January (just before the start of Spring semester), and in June.

Have a great rest of the summer!

C. Renée Romano

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs


Honoring Our Colleagues

Friday, May 17, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

Like many of you, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in several student-focused awards ceremonies and congratulatories in recent weeks. Every time I have a chance to meet students who are receiving recognition, I’m well aware of the fact that they wouldn’t be where they are today without the help of Student Affairs staff, interns and paraprofessionals.

So with this last message of the semester, I’d like to highlight the recipients of Student Affairs’ 2013 Outstanding Staff and Program Awards (OSPAs).

Outstanding New Staff Award

Dr. Nick Osborne is not only the Veteran Student Services Coordinator on our campus, but he’s also an Assistant Dean whose colleagues value his contributions as an Intake Dean in ODOS. Thanks largely to Nick’s dedication, GI Jobs Magazine has named Illinois one of the top Veteran-friendly campuses in the U.S. for two years in a row.

Outstanding Staff Awards

Everyone on campus seems to know La Tanya Cobb of the Illinois Leadership Center – and they universally appreciate her support, candor and positive attitude. Dr. Jim McEnerney, MD, plays a more behind-the-scenes role as director of the Women’s Health Clinic at McKinley Health Center, and his nominators said they couldn’t imagine a more supportive, caring, non-judgmental colleague.

Outstanding Program Award

The Counseling Center Paraprofessionals (CCPs) continue to do remarkable peer-to-peer education. The CCPs tell us they benefit from the program as much as their fellow students do! Carla McCowan and Theresa Benson accepted the award on behalf of the CCPs, many of whom were able to join them at the OSPA reception.

Nick, La Tanya, Jim and everyone involved in the CCP program – thank you! Our campus is a better place, and our students are better prepared for life, as a result of your selfless efforts on their behalf.

Have a great summer, everyone!

C. Renée Romano

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs


Nurturing the Next Generation Of Student Affairs Professionals

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

How did YOU get interested in working in Student Affairs?

If you’re like many of us, the idea never occurred to you until a trusted supervisor or mentor suggested that a career in Student Affairs might be a good fit for you. At the recent NASPA meeting in Florida, it was great to reconnect with many friends who got their start as student-employees – here at the U of I and elsewhere!

In our Student Affairs annual report, we spotlight three former student workers who went on to pursue careers relating to higher education:

  • Kalee Ludeks came to the U of I in 2006, planning a career in law. Instead, her student job and an assistantship in ODOS led to her current job as manager for strategic programming and assessment in Graduate Student Affairs at the University of Chicago.
  • As a Turner Fellow in 2002-03, Luis Narvaez helped develop the first Latino/a Family Visit Day on our campus. Today, he serves as a College and Career Specialist for the Chicago Public Schools.
  • Doug Boyer’s part-time jobs at “IMPE” led him to a satisfying career in Campus Recreation here at the U of I, where he specializes in adventure recreation. Doug says he never considered a career in student recreation until one of his Campus Rec supervisors suggested it.

If you’d like to read more about their stories, check out the new Student Affairs annual report.

Mentoring the next generation of Student Affairs professionals might just be our most important legacy. So if you know a current student-employee who might be well-suited to a career in Student Affairs, I do hope you’ll encourage them to consider it.


C. Renée Romano

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs




Question for S51:  I added Renee's most recent message, but the August Headline 3 looks different than the Headline 3 on the July message. (August Headline 3 is black and a different size than the orange July headline.)



"check out the new Student Affairs annual report." -- link

"Click here to find information about the awards" -- link

"Click here for a link to available campus resources." -- link

"Voices of Student Affairs Staff" -- link

"web pages based on these recommendations" -- link

  • "For additional information regarding the Mascot Issue, please click here" -- /native-american-house/resources/mascot-information
  • Women's Resource Center - /womens-resources-center

"Kudos" -- link

"Student Affairs Job Board" -- link

"Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations" -- link

  • "series of events" -- link /native-american-house

"share and acknowledge accomplishments and successes, or "kudos" within the division" -- link

A time for change image -- link

We may want to consider removing the post at the bottom of the page from 2008 that talks about the new website.