“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
We Made It!
As with all good things, a semester must come to an end. I bid you warm salutations as we depart campus during this holiday season. May you experience a restful and joyful break with your friends and family. I look forward to working with you in the new year.
Student Success Summit
Mark your calendar! The Division of Student & Academic Life (SAL) will be hosting a campus-wide Student Success Summit on Friday, January 19, 2018, 8 a.m. to Noon in the Hilary J. Boone Center. At this meeting, we will launch Wildcat Foundations, an effort that will re-examine the first-year experience at UK, and make recommendations on how we might further improve it. As a part of this meeting, we will gather the subcommittees (foundational dimensions) that will inform this effort throughout the remainder of the academic year. I encourage you to investigate the philosophies behind each of these foundational dimensions, and choose the one you believe best fits your skill set and interests.
To reserve your spot at the Summit, please RSVP.
The Student Health & Well-Being Unit within SAL is working with campus partners to establish training and educational outreach initiatives to address stress, anxiety, and depression among UK students. This initiative will begin by providing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification opportunities to SAL staff, SAL student leaders, and campus partners. MHFA empowers its participants with the skills “to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.” The first round of full-day and half-day certification workshops will be held during Spring Break (March 12-16, 2018).
Additionally, we are working to provide the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) full-day workshop to faculty, staff and student leaders. MBSR helps people manage both daily stress and stress from chronic conditions, both physical and emotional. We hope to have at least one faculty member from each college volunteer to receive MBSR and MHFA training. Further information and additional wellness projects will be discussed in future SALutations briefs, in emails from the Student Health & Well-Being Unit, and via social media outlets. If you would like to get involved or contribute to these initiatives, please reach out to Assistant Provost Drew Smith: Drew.Smith02@uky.edu.
Student Center Co-Curricular Programming
We were gratified to receive a large number of responses to call for proposals. We’ll be working with the proposals teams within the colleges on the next steps in the design thinking proposal development process. You can follow our progress here.
Feel free to send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Provost for Student & Academic Life
230 McVey Hall