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Let Us Give Thanks

Good Day!
In a very short time, many families across the country will be celebrating an American tradition, as well as one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.  This is such a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends and delicious food.  It is a time when we take a moment out of our busy lives, give thanks for all that we have and for the people we hold close in our thoughts.  Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and blessings of the past year.  From pre-meal prayers to providing meals to the homeless, the holiday is truly a celebration of praise and thanking.  I made a promise to myself several years ago to say thank you more often, to let people know that they have made a difference in my life and since I can’t do that in person I wanted to send my gratitude through this letter.
This year, I want to take a moment to thank you. I want to thank every Stetson student for their leadership, commitment and pride in Stetson University.  Of course, I have not met every student on the Stetson University campus, but the student population is what makes Stetson so special.
I am honored to serve Stetson University as the Vice President of Student Affairs and I appreciate all of the students that I have had the opportunity to work with.  However, I have realized that I need to be more diligent in thanking not only the students, but also their families, who have guided and supported these young adults.

Please accept my fond appreciation and thanks for your efforts and achievements on making this community a wonderful place. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Dr. Christopher Kandus-Fisher
Vice President of Student Affairs
Stetson University



Values Day is one of my favorite events at Stetson! One of the university’s strategic goals is to increase awareness and understanding of Stetson University’s core values, and the strategic map’s foundation rests on “deepening the way we live our core values.” Values Day is designed to continue dialogue and develop a stronger appreciation and understanding of the university’s core values. It’s a day of celebration, learning and growing. Classes are cancelled for the day, so please highly encourage your student to attend.

Note for Students

Stetson University students can earn three cultural credits by participating in any three sessions throughout the day (the keynote address, any of the workshop sessions and the recommendation session). There are no options for earning one or two credits. Students themselves will be responsible for awarding their own three cultural credits by signing and turning in their program. Such trust is possible since the university has embraced an academic environment that assumes the integrity of its students. The Honors System Council, a student group dedicated to academic honesty, will be directing the distribution and collection of the Values Day programs where student signatures will signify their participation.

Schedule of Events

Values Day will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Classes will be cancelled on Values Day; all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Keynote Address – Walter M. Kimbrough | Lee Chapel

A native of Atlanta, Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D., was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the seventh president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photo of keynote speaker Dr. Walter Kimbrough

Keynote speaker Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media to engage students in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.

Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the covetedEbony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner. Most recently, he has been selected by The for their 100 history makers in the making.

Kimbrough and his wife Adria Nobles Kimbrough, an attorney with the Kullman Firm in New Orleans, are the proud parents of two children: Lydia Nicole, 7, and Benjamin Barack, 4.

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch Break | Carlton Union Building

1 – 3:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions | Various Locations

Please refer to the Values Day Workshops page for a comprehensive look at the workshops that will be taking place.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Values Brainstorming and Reflection | Stetson Room (Carlton Union Building)




Chris Kandus, left, and members of the French Exchange Delegation from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Christ Kandus, left, extended a warm welcome March 14 to the French Exchange Delegation from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education during a Florida visit that included a stop at StetsonU.

On March 14, I had the opportunity to serve as host to the French Exchange Delegation from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education during a Florida visit that included a stop at Stetson. While here, they met with President Libby, Provost Paul and other key campus leaders.

NASPA’s international exchange program has been in existence since the mid-1990s. The program is designed to expose administrators to global practices of student affairs and services. The exchange program is reciprocal in nature where NASPA coordinates delegations from the USA to be hosted by institutions in other countries and NASPA sister associations coordinate delegations to visit the USA.

Delegations typically consist of three to five senior-level administrators and are one week in duration. The first NASPA international exchange occurred in September 1996, when a NASPA delegation from the U.S. visited France, hosted by The Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CNOUS). The delegation that was at campus is also visiting Rollins, Embry-Riddle, and UCF. After the weeklong visit, they will attend the NASPA Annual Conference starting on Sunday, March 17, 2013.