Mid-term Tips

We are at the mid-way point in the semester, as mid-term grades will be released very shortly to your student. Many students find the competition and quantity of work required in college courses a surprise. It takes time to adjust to increased academic demands and students often feel overwhelmed by the challenge. Even the brightest and best high school student will find the adjustment to college life and academics a challenge. What can parents do?

  • Listen to your student’s feelings about their classes and grades.
  • Remember that students tend to mirror back your level of anxiety. Calmness is contagious.
  • Empathize with your student’s anxiety about the workload at college.
  • Reassure your student that you know they are capable of handling college-level work.
  • Encourage your student to take the initiative to obtain help. This is very important
  • Encourage your student to talk to the professor or teaching assistant about the course that he/she is concerned with. The student should take advantage of the office hours that they provide.
  • Suggest that the student seek help through the Academic Success Center or through Student Success.
  • Have your student make an appointment with their academic advisor or a faculty advisor within their major. They will be able to offer support and encouragement.
  • Study groups and mentors can also be very helpful.
  • If your student is still having trouble coping and are not taking suggestions, Stetson University offers support at the Counseling Services, 386-822-8900.

VALUES DAY

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 Degree.com 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 Griot.com 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)

 

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Stetson University! As a parent of a Stetson Hatter, you are now part of a wonderful community! We want your son or daughter to have an enriching and successful collegiate experience. Go Hatters!

Stetson University believes that parental support will aid student success. With that in mind, Stetson University has created a site that is dedicated to parents. Over the next couple of months, you will receive an email blast that will prompt you to review new information pertaining to you and your family. It is my hope that you will find this information valuable and useful as you navigate the Stetson experience.

We hope that you take advantage of the services and resources that Stetson University provides. We are a one stop shop for students, parents and families and our goal is to:

  • Foster parent relationships with the university
  • Provide opportunities for parent involvement in the Stetson University Community
  • Distribute information on college student development and trends
  • Communicate regularly with parents in order to prepare you on the Stetson Experience
  • Enhance the student experience by building these connections with parents

Our vision is to fully integrate Hatter parents into the university community. We are excited to have you join our family and we look forward to working with you and your student.  Below you will find a link to the Vice President of Student Affairs Blog, as well as the link to the Stetson University Parent website. These two sites will be important sites to mark as your favorites, as they will be updated on a regular basis with helpful information.

Bookmark these for easy access:

 

Welcome to Stetson University!
Best,

Christopher M. Kandus-Fisher
Vice President of Student Affairs
Stetson University

UCF recovering from student death

The University of Central Florida is in the process of recovering from a recent tragedy that involved the death of a student. Initial reports have indicated that they may have avoided a major campus crisis, due to the prompt reactions by community members to what they saw as unusual behavior, and by enacting the university emergency response protocols.

While the nation continues to deal with major tragedies at schools and campuses, please remember that reporting alarming behavior could help prevent further tragic events from occurring. Our hearts and well wishes go out to the entire UCF community as they begin the healing process. It is my hope that we can learn from these events and continue to improve our own campus procedures to help keep our community safe.

Below you will find our campus resources and ways to report unusual or alarming behavior, either from our own community members or visitors to our campus. Please do your part to help us keep our community safe.

  • Public Safety: 386-822-7300
  • Student Affairs: 386-822-7200
  • Counseling Center: 386-822-8900
  • DeLand Police Department: 911

Bienvenue!

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.