UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Friday, April 9, 2011

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett

Dr. Tim BarnettOne of the most important Division of Student Affairs events is the annual retreat each May. The purpose of the retreat is three-fold. First, it provides an opportunity for staff to participate in development that is relevant to all members of the Division. Second, it provides opportunities for Division members to discuss the successes and challenges of the year, as well as goals for the upcoming academic year. Third, the retreat provides Division members an opportunity to interact and talk with other staff whom they normally do not see. The focus of the retreat this year is on assessment. The Professional Development Committee has invited Professor John Schuh from Iowa State University to present on assessment.

At the end of last year’s retreat, I mentioned the need for the Division of Student Affairs to develop a long-term plan for assessment. And while the topic may sound boring or irrelevant, Dr. Schuh’s presentation will make assessment both relevant to each of our responsibilities and enjoyable. Why assessment? The primary purpose of assessment in Student Affairs is to understand how our departments and the services and programs they offer contribute to the growth and development of our students. In other words, are we accomplishing what we say we are accomplishing? Assessment is the measurement process in which data and information is gathered from a variety of sources. The analysis of the information will tell us if we are accomplishing our departmental goals, what types of changes we need to make in order to meet those goals, and if we need different goals. In other words, are we meeting the Division goal of “Making Students First”?

Our speaker will work with the Division on a common definition of assessment, giving us a common language and definition of terms, how assessment impacts each of us in our respective jobs, and what the next steps should be for the departments and Division to move forward. We can’t accomplish everything we want and need to do with assessment in one year, but we can develop long-term assessment plans and begin assessment at an appropriate level in the 2011-2012 academic year

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Featured Story

Q&A with Jim Korte, Associate Dean of Students

Compiled by Kim Rutherford, Learning Specialist, Office of Disability Services

Where were you born and raised? 
I grew up on a small farm in southern Illinois - Breese. My Dad was a dairy farmer who liked to tell folks that the day he graduated from eighth grade his dad bought the farm and that was the end of his school. My mom was the daughter of a blacksmith who spent several years in the convent, but fortunately never made final vows to be a Nun. She taught first grade for nearly 30 years, and I think her greatest source of pride was that all four of her children graduated from college.

What do you enjoy doing during your time away from UIS? 
Spending time with my family-I have a wonderful spouse, Julie, two wonderful sons- Matt who attends Drake University (Pharmacy) and Mike who is a high school senior, and an 11 month old puppy - Trixie. One of the sons and the puppy tend to keep me fairly busy and well entertained!  I'm involved in Boy Scouts, serve on the Board of Directors of the Sangamon Schools Credit Union and serve as treasurer of the Glenwood Band Boosters. The band booster’s role is quite ironic since I have no discernable musical talent. (Fortunately my younger son is a pretty good trombonist and carries that load.)
 
How long have you been at UIS? What is your title and duties? 
I began at Sangamon State University in July 1981 as Director of Student Housing. At the time, it was me, one maintenance man and 4 student RA's. What are now called Sunflower and Clover court were built in 1980, and the campus had gone through two Housing Directors that first year. (I promised my boss that I would stay two years when she hired me- fooled both of us!)
 
I served as Director of Housing until 2002 when I moved over to the Dean of Students Office to serve as Assistant Dean of Students. About 4 months later, the Vice Chancellor left, and Dean of Students took over the VCSA position and so my responsibilities increased.  Currently I’m serving as the Associate Dean of Students, and oversee Student Life, International Student Services, the Volunteer Center, Women’s Center and the Student Newspaper and well as working with campus discipline and student assistance.

Any special talents or hobbies?
I really enjoy woodworking when I have the time, but I don’t believe that I’m especially talented at it- just a bit of a persistent perfectionist.

What do you consider to be the most important changes UIS has seen while you have been here?
The single most important change was the addition of freshmen in 2001. There is no doubt that changing to the full four year curriculum dramatically changed the character of the campus. The second most important was merging with the University of Illinois in 1995. That too changed the nature and character of the campus.  The move to a full undergraduate program brought a new life and diversity to the campus and truly energized the environment. The U of I merger changed many expectations and brought a variety of new resources- as well as a bit of new bureaucracy.  I know that the U of I merger has truly been a blessing overall, but every now and again I do miss the more low key environment, uniqueness, and occasional quirkiness of SSU.

What are a couple of your highlights during your time here?
Personally, my life has happened here -from meeting my wife to the births of my boys, to their heading off to college. Professionally, I truly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the development of the housing program and working with many wonderful folks over the years. As I’m a bit of a woodworker I enjoyed working with the construction of new facilities. I also was very involved with the beginnings of the Capital Scholars/ First year program, from recruitment through orientation, and was thrilled to be a part of that. I’ve also had the “opportunity” to fill in for a number of positions over time, from interim Student Life Director to International Services and a few places in between. I’ve gained a great breadth of experience at UIS, which I truly appreciate. In recent years I’ve been more involved in working with student concerns and issues, and I find it rewarding when we can find a good outcome and help a student get back on track or resolve an issue.

What is one piece of wisdom you have learned?
To me, the most important thing is to learn to listen. When I ask a student to come see me, generally the most important thing I can do is to ask them to tell me what happened or what their concern is, and then to (hopefully) listen well to their story or their situation. I know it’s not rocket science, but in the midst of a busy schedule we sometimes simply need to remind ourselves to listen first and speak second. Also, at the risk of sounding a bit naive, I really believe that we all are truly doing the best we think we can  at any given moment – even when we mess up- which we can do mightily. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t accountable for what we do, but I think that if we listen well and hold back our judgment before presuming bad intentions, it makes us a bit more civil and human in our responses to one another.

Anything else you would like to add?
Yes, I have a 17 year old son who has applied to 13 (at last count) colleges, and I’ve been on a great number of campus visits this past year.  At one of those colleges I was truly impressed by how friendly the environment felt, and I realized later that it wasn’t necessarily due to the staff we met (though they were quite friendly), but rather it was a simple matter that as we walked across campus the students and staff going to or from classes routinely acknowledged or greeted us and each other. Nothing overly effusive, just a simple “Hi “or a smile. I realized when I came back to campus that I haven’t seen that as much on our campus as I used to, and I’ve been trying to make a point of doing so. It’s a little thing but I believe if we all make the effort it can really make a difference.

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On a personal note, Mr. Korte was my housing director when I came to SSU/UIS in 1995 as a student and was one of the first people on campus I met. He was (and still is) extremely kind, generous, professional and welcoming. Now, several years later, as a colleague, I still continue to hear fantastic stories about his work with students. My favorite is when he was working with a student one semester who was struggling with some issues. She liked a certain brand of cookies so Mr. Korte would always keep a box in his office, even for a couple of years after she graduated. She told me that Mr. Korte was one of the nicest persons she had met, who, just by listening to her, truly helped her during a very difficult time.

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Stellar Student Service Tips

Student Affairs Retreat - May 23, 24 in Great Room of LRH

Assessment can sound scary, but it’s not meant to be. It’s supposed to be a mechanism for programs, departments and other entities to analyze what’s working, what’s not, develop alternatives, grow and flourish.

The Student Affairs Retreat, set for the afternoon of May 23 and the morning of May 24, will focus on assessment and how it can be used by student affairs personnel.  It will be held in the Great Room of the Lincoln Residence Hall. More information, including exact times and what’s planned, will be forthcoming.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Schuh, an expert on assessment and a distinguished professor of educational leadership and policy studies emeritus at Iowa State University. He is the author, co-author and/or editor of more than 235 publications, including 25 books and monographs, 70 book chapters, and 110 articles. Dr. Schuh has served on governing boards of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Association of College and University Housing Officers (ACUHO). He has also been a member of the board of directors for the NASPA Foundation.

Members of the UIS Student Affairs Professional Development Committee are working with Dr. Schuh to organize a retreat that’s educative and enjoyable and will offer insights about assessment that are relevant across-the-board within the Division of Student Affairs.

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Student Affairs Awards slated; nominations online

Student Affairs personnel are invited to nominate their colleagues for the annual UIS Student Affairs Awards, which will be presented at the Student Affairs retreat in May.

All nomination forms are electronic  using a web tool. The nomination form for the Award for Excellence, Students First Award, Quality Service Award and New Student Affairs Member Award is at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7811580 .  The nomination form for the Mentor of the Year (an award only students nominate for) is at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7901432 .  The deadline for both is April 2.
 
The purpose of the awards is to recognize an individual who has made a positive contribution to the environment within the Division of Student Affairs and on the University of Illinois Springfield campus. Only staff and administrators who have been employed within the Division of Student Affairs within the academic year may be nominated for awards.

An award committee will evaluate the nominations and determine the winner. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony later in the spring.

The awards:

Award for Excellence- Recognizes an individual who challenges students and other staff members to achieve excellence and motivates and sets the example of excellence for others to follow. This individual is successful in moving a team toward goals that are consistent with the vision of a department, group, committee, or university organization.

Students First Award- This award recognizes special, unique, or extraordinary efforts on behalf of students that reflect the Division's motto "Students First.”

Quality Service Award- Recognizes an individual who always demonstrates professionalism by serving the needs of the University community.  This individual takes the extra step to ensure that all students/clients feel important and welcome, and that expectations are not only met, but exceeded.

New Student Affairs Member Award- The New Student Affairs Member Award is presented to a Student Affairs employee who has been employed for less than three years in the Student Affairs profession.  Additionally, the recipient shall meet the following criteria and cannot be self-nominated:

1. Be a benefits eligible employee. Have a high degree of integrity and loyalty to the mission.
2. Performs all aspects of his or her job in an exemplary manner.
Promotes and maintains a professional manner and dresses appropriately for his or her position.
3. Provides the highest level of service to Student Affairs and the University and willingly goes the extra mile.
4. Demonstrates strong, progressive leadership and accepts responsibilities with a positive attitude.

Mentor of the Year/Nominated by Students Only- Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to serving students in an advisory capacity, either as a group advisor, mentor, or one who is actively involved in the academic and/or personal development of students.  This individual promotes student learning and development, through his/her guidance and assistance.

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 Springfest 2011: Holy Springfest Batman!

Each year, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) gathers students from all corners of the University in order to have fun, show their spirit, and compete in a yearly team competition known as Springfest. This year’s Springfest competition will be held April 10 – 15th and the theme is “Holy Springfest Batman!” The 2011 Springfest week promises to be the biggest Springfest ever with 34 teams with an average of 14 students per team. There are more than 500 students (over half of the on-campus population) participating!

The Springfest committee has put together a stellar list of events, incorporating the traditional favorites with some new events and twists.

This year’s educational event will be held on Wednesday night. Students will participate in Box City, an event that raises awareness for the homeless. Rain or shine, teams will build shelters of cardboard and tape out on the quad and will spend the night in their shelters. Homeless United for Change (HUC) will present that evening. Team shelters will be judged. Flag and Chant, a long-time favorite, will begin a new tradition this year. The winning team’s flag will be proudly displayed in the SLB gym along with the flag of the team declared this year’s Springfest champion.

List of Main Events
Monday: Kickoff: Campus-wide Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday: Trivia Night featuring Earth Day related trivia
Wednesday: Box City
Thursday: Flan and Chant
Friday: Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday: Sports Day, Tug of War, and Awards Ceremony

This year’s Springfest also includes five bonus events: LGBTQ Day of Silence, Leadership for Life’s Rhythm and Brews Café, Hire Your Hero: Mock Interview Competition, Sitting Volleyball a new disability awareness event. Students will also compete by collecting pop-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

SAC is still looking for about six more judges on Saturday if you’re available. They promise to reveal a new judge’s t-shirt this year. They hope that the shirts will be able to be recycled for the upcoming years. This year’s committee is committed to sustainability and has worked with S.A.G.E. on campus to provide teams with reusable bags. Tuesday night’s trivia night featuring Earth Day questions will also help raise awareness for sustainability issues.

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Greg Mortenson – Promoting Peace through Education

By Trent Tangen, Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness, Recreational Sports

UIS was recently honored to have the New York Times bestselling author Greg Mortenson speak on the subject promoting peace through education. Mortenson is a humanitarian extraordinaire whose brief biography written on the program is absolutely amazing, and I have the daunting task of summing up his life’s work in about 200 words! What message would Greg Mortenson want me to convey in the Student Affairs Newsletter?

Mortenson is the founder of the nonprofit organization Pennies for Peace, which has the mission to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Why? Mortenson told several stories about his meetings over tea with “the elders” of villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan and how education is the way to peace in the Middle East, not violence. He explained that if we focus on providing education for the girls, specifically the girls because one, boys are already receiving an education for the most part and two, if you educate a girl and she grows up to become a teacher, doctor, nurse or other profession she is likely stay and give back to her village, where an educated male will typically move away. Mortenson said that to date, none of the schools he has helped to build have been destroyed because he has gotten the village people to take ownership of the schools through face-to-face conversation (and several cups of tea). We have the ability to help by providing something many deem worthless, our pennies! “One penny will buy one pencil, two pennies will buy one eraser, fifteen pennies will buy one notebook, two dollars will buy one teacher’s salary for one day, and twenty dollars will buy one student’s school supplies for a year.”

In the year 2000, 800,000 children were attending school in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the year 2010, 8.0 million children were attending schools. As of 2011, Mortenson has established over 170 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson explains that what made it all possible was listening and empowering the locals.

To learn more about Greg Mortenson, the Pennies for Peace program, or how he has gained the trust of Islamic leaders and military commanders read his book “Three Cups of Tea” (which is a mandatory reading for all U.S. military commanders and Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan) and the sequel “Stones into Schools”.

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More than 500 students, alumni, and others  
attend 13th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair

The 13th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair, held in February in the Public Affairs Center’s main concourse, was deemed a tremendous success, with more than 88 employers on campus who met and networked with more than 500 students, alumni, and community members.

Prior to the start of the event, the line of job and career seekers at the main registration table filled the front hallway of the PAC main concourse.

“The great thing about this event is that it connects our students and our campus to the Springfield and surrounding communities. While it connects UIS students with their future employers, it brings the community into UIS and allows them to see all that we as a University have to offer,” said Kristen Chenoweth, Communication Program Coordinator for the Career Development Center.

The Career Development Center wants to get the word out that many of the employers from the Springfield Collegiate Career Fair, in addition to many other employers who couldn’t attend this year’s fair, post their jobs on UIS CareerConnect, available from http://www.uis.edu/careerservices.

“This valuable resource is a great way for our students to find jobs and employment opportunities year-round,”Chenoweth said of CareerConnect.

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Makeup artist

Gwen
When Gwen Cribbett, UIS Admissions and Records Officer,” isn’t at UIS, one may find her volunteering with local performing arts groups.  “I have been designing makeup mostly, and that is what I am doing for this production,” Cribbett says of “The Velveteen Rabbit”, a Springfield Theatre Co. presentation playing at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. The show is part of the company’s by-kids, for-kids White Rabbit Series and is  based on Margery Williams’ book.

 

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Student Affairs Tailgate at the UIS Baseball Game

Dr. Barnett with Cosmo

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Looking Forward - Upcoming Events

FortyDaysOfStories


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Movie


Sexual Assualt Awareness Month


Artists Wanted


If you have events you want included on the calendar for the next newsletter, email Debbie Landis, Cathleen Cassavant, Kristen Chenoweth, Gwen Cribbett, Rachel Hasenyager, Kim Rutherford, Trent Tangen, Jeremy Wilburn, or Suzanne Woods

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News Briefs

Commencement

The 40th UIS commencement ceremony will be held May 14, 2011, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Volunteer opportunities are available for UIS students, staff, and alumni. Students or staff members should contact Grant Johnson at: johnson.grant@uis.edu. Alumni volunteers should contact Chuck Schrage at: chuckschrage@uillinois.edu

 

Journal Staff win awards

Staff members from The Journal were recently honored with seven awards during the annual Illinois College Press Association convention in Chicago.

Judges for the annual competition were professional journalists from throughout Illinois.

Six of the awards were for work published in spring semester 2010 and fall semester 2010 editions of The Journal.

The winners:

In-Depth Reporting, Honorable Mention, Kate Richardson, Luke Runyon and Marianne Payne
Editorial, Third Place, Luke Runyon, Kate Richardson, Valeree Dunn and Michael Omenazu
Sports Photo, Third Place, Colten Bradford
Sports Column, Third Place, Brian Seay
Headline Writing, First Place, Luke Runyon
Feature Story, Second Place, Luke Runyon

Photographer and assistant editor for news Colten Bradford also received an honorable mention award for a photo shoot contest.  

Among the student newspapers The Journal competes against in the non-daily division (universities/colleges with enrollments of 4,000 and above) are the SIUI-E Alestle, The DePaulia, Columbia Chronicle, Chicago Maroon (University of Chicago), Loyola Phoenix, and the Chicago Flame (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Save the Date!
Rec Sports Golf Outing
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tee off at 8:00 a.m.
Edgewood Golf Club

Staying Fit

So you have Spring Fever and want to drop some pounds?

You have probably done some online research and are completely overwhelmed with all the information and possibilities. Recreational Sports is here to help you out, the plan, “Back to Basics.”

1) Relax - Turn off ALL the electronics and just breathe. Do your best to not fall asleep, not right away anyways, it is important to experience being still and calm so that you know you can recreate this experience anytime life takes over. Doesn’t that sound great? There is also some science behind the importance of relaxation for weight loss. When our bodies experience stress it releases a hormone called cortisol. Among many things, cortisol tells your body to store fat specifically in your midsection. Also, when under stress our digestive system slows down to a crawl and if you attempt to eat your body has a hard time breaking down and utilizing the food.

2) Eat Real Food – Your body will take care of you if you start to take care of your body. In order to function properly your body needs to be refueled with nutrients daily. Nutrients come from real food which is found on the edges of the grocery store: fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy. Shopping in the middle isles can start to get you in trouble as those foods are packed with “man-made” ingredients such as preservatives, artificial flavoring and sweeteners.

3) Get moving – Your body is designed to be active. Exercise for a minimum 60 minutes at least five days a week. But don’t stop there, the remainder of the day you should remain active by cleaning, cooking, walking the dog, playing with your kids, walking to the store, etc.
If you focus on the basics, you can start to lose those unwanted pounds.

 

Yoga is new at the TRAC!

Monday – 6pm
Tuesday – 9pm
Friday – 3pm

Yoga classes last 50 minutes.

Group Exercise classes are free to all Rec Sports Members.  If you are not a current Rec Member but are a current employee of UIS, you can purchase a Single Use Pass, which is purchased at the time of entry to TRAC and cost $5. A Single Use Pass allows you to participate in the class on that day. For more information, please call TRAC at 206-7103.

 

Wellness tips

How to Help Stressed Out Students

This time of year can be particularly stressful for our students with final exams approaching, and all the numerous deadlines, projects, and papers that must be completed before the end of the semester. Encourage students to maintain consistent contact with instructors, advise them to ask their instructors for feedback on class progress, so students can use the next six weeks to their advantage and end the year as well as possible. Encourage them to use a planner/calendar so they can keep track of deadlines and important reminders, good organization helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Advise students to use their UIS resources to aid in relieving stress and frustration, TRAC, Health Services, Counseling Center, Center for Teaching And Learning, Student Life, among others. Other suggestions include eating well, getting adequate sleep, deep breathing exercises, and planning something to look forward to at the end of each week, as a reward for their hard work. Remember you can be a positive influence and resource for students.

 

Shingles vaccine is available

Shingles vaccine is now available for those who are 50 years older or more.  Ask your family physician about it!  If you are a student in that age group, call the Campus Health Service at 206-6676.

Staff Spotlight

Transfer coordinator, new admissions counselors named

Raymond Barnett, an UIS admissions counselor since 2001, has been named Transfer Coordinator, a position held by the late Denny Frueh.

Barnett assumed his new job in March.

Among other duties, Barnett will work with transfer articulation/transfer agreements, develop and maintain a database of articulation and transfer agreements, and. work  with  UIS faculty, staff and prospective partner colleges in developing new transfer agreements.

“The first voice I heard about SSU while watching a promo-video of the school at Shawnee Community College in March 1991, was Denny Frueh. The first person to greet me at the admissions office at Sangamon State to determine my first student schedule was Denny.  The first person to greet me on behalf of UIS (at student orientation) in my first day as a student was Denny,” Barnett said.

“The last person to shake my hand as I walked off stage after receiving my diploma was Denny.

The first person to interview me for an admissions counselor position was Denny.So, there is a bit of poetry in that I am taking on one of the favorite facets of his job (Transfer Coordinator) in his office almost 20 years after first hearing his voice.”

Barnett also said he is also looking forward to working with each academic department at UIS to develop partnerships with the community colleges across the state.

Brett Angelico has joined UIS Student Affairs as an admissions counselor for the City of Chicago.

Brett

Originally from Streator, Bret moved to Peoria to attend Bradley University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications/Advertising.

While attending Bradley, he worked as a Student Admissions Representative in the Office of Admissions.
" I loved my job so much as a student, that I knew I wanted to become a counselor after graduation--which is what brought me here to UIS," said Brett, who calls the UIS faculty, staff and students he's met thus far "amazing."

"Everyone seems to have a 'students first' mentality, and I hope to continue this mindset while working here," he said.

Ashley Edge, is originally from South Beloit, a small town north of Rockford. Edge graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in journalism and a minor in marketing.

Ashley

Of the background she brings to UIS, Edge said, "Before moving to Springfield, I worked as the Program Coordinator for AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at a nonprofit organization in Waukegan that helps at-risk young adults. I was responsible for their marketing, member recruitment and event planning."

"I am excited to be at UIS as an Admissions Counselor! I look forward to working with prospective students from the western Illinois territory as they make one of their first biggest decisions in life: choosing a college," Edge said, adding that she plans to take graduate courses at UIS.

Bob Skorczewski, UIS graduate and former president of the Student Government Association, is a newly hired UIS Admissions Counselor.

Bob

Skorczewski graduated from UIS in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. in Political Studies. When he began graduate studies at UIS in fall 2007, he was also SGA president. He formerly was an organizer and office assistant for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 73).

Of his new position at his alma mater, Skorczewski said, I’ll primarily be recruiting out of high schools and community colleges downstate.  I’ll also be taking appointments in the office and working on Preview Days.  I’m excited to join the admissions team, and look forward to heading back to Southern Illinois, which is where I am from originally.”

 

Student Affairs Program Committee

Tammy Craig, Director of the Career Development Center, has been asked to chair the Student Affairs Program Committee. This committee will be responsible for creating a program model template for the division and an activities calendar. Please contact Tammy at 206-6508 or via e-mail at tcrai1@uis.edu if you are interested in joining the committee. Thank you.

Recipe Rack

The Student Affairs Newsletter has a new section: Recipes!

We’ll try to include at minimum one recipe—we’d like to include three or four of our colleagues’ favorite recipes—in each newsletter. Recipes can be for cookies—what is below is a family cookie recipe from Cathleen Cassvant—other desserts, main dishes, salads, breads, casseroles, whatever dish or item you enjoy preparing and would like to share. Please send recipes to Cathleen Cassavant. Any questions, please let us know.

From the kitchen of Cathy Cassavant, who says, “I love this recipe. It makes me feel like I am eating healthy. The recipe is from the August 2002 issue of Good Housekeeping.”

Fettuccine Tossed with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

3 ripe large tomatoes (about 1-3/4 pounds), diced (4 cups) OR 1 can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced (you can add more if you want)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine. You can use any kind of pasta.
4 ounces provolone cheese, shredded, plus additional for serving

1. In large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature up to 2 hours to develop flavors.

2. Cook fettuccine as label directs.

3. To serve, drain fettuccine then to bowl with tomatoes and sprinkle with provolone; toss to coat well. Serve with more cheese if you like. Makes 6 main-dish servings

 

This recipe is from Tracy Beard in the Office of International Student Services. It is very very good. There are a lot of strawberries in the grocery store already just waiting to be made into a salad!

Strawberry Salad

Romaine Lettuce
2 Pints of Strawberries sliced
1 cup veg oil
1/2 cup or less of sugar - I used 1/4 cup and 3 pkgs of sweet-n-low (instead of sugar you can use approx. 6 pkgs of sweetener)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp of diced garlic in olive oil (in a jar, refrigerated section)
1/2 tsp of salt - I didn't use
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp of paprika
1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts

Mix oil, vinegar, garlic, pepper, paprika, sugar, and salt in a seal-tight container and shake. It takes several minutes of mixing for the sugar to mix well with the rest of the ingredients. Add cheese, strawberries and walnuts to the lettuce and top with your dressing!

 

Cause for Celebration

Birthdays

April:
18th - Beth Hoag
23rd - Brian Catherwood
23rd - Jeremy Wilburn
26th - Aleta Carlberg

May:
15th - Brian Hodges

Anniversaries

April:
21st - J.T. Timmons

May:
19th - Chrissa Pothast Leezer (Brad Leezer)
23rd - Jeremy Wilburn (Jordan Wilburn)

Employment

April:
23rd - Wendy Withrow


If you have a special date coming up, email Suzy Woods so we can get you added!

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