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ELSA Brown Bag Lunch: Veterans Programs and Services

Thursday, April 17
12:00 - 1:00p
Tangeman University Center, Room 419

Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs is hosting our next Brown Bag Lunch session on Thursday, April 17 from 12:00-1:00 in 419 TUC. On the agenda for this brown bag lucn is Jack Johnson from Veterans Programs and Services. Jack will discuss current issues facing student-veterans and how leaders in student affairs may offer support.

Do you have a question for VPS? Please send your questions to kaci.kortis@uc.edu. We will pass these along to Jack before his talk.

No RSVP is needed!

ELSA training workshop with Sponsored Research Services.

Tuesday, March 25
9:00a - 12:00p
Limited spots remain
RSVP: lauren.clark@uc.edu

As many of us pursue grants to support the work being done in our offices, we will increasingly need to work with Sponsored Research Services, the university’s office for vetting most grant applications. Sponsored Research Services (SRS) coordinates with grant applicants across the university to ensure that our applications are aligned with university policies, including budgetary policies.

As a part of the proposal process, SRS utilizes COEUS, an online system for organizing and reviewing grant application materials. In order to use COEUS, staff people who may be responsible for entering grant applications for their office need to attend a COEUS training. If you anticipate submitting grants for your office, please consider this training opportunity:

Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs (ELSA) is organizing a training on COEUS that will allow us to learn how to use COEUS, including how our proposals might differ from the standard submissions (for faculty research). This training will involve one three-hour session, and it will focus on how to use the COEUS software and understanding university policies. Training will not address how to select or construct competitive grant applications.

If you would like to learn more about the proposal submission process and how COEUS is used, please review the site information here: http://srs.uc.edu/proposals.aspx

Most offices will only need one person to attend COEUS training, but individual offices should decide whether multiple staff members will benefit from learning about this process.

Professional Development Series Part I: Program Assessment and Institutional Research Workshop 

Professional Development Workshop: Program Assessment and Institutional Research

June 18, 4:00 - 5:00p
Campus Recreation Center (CRC), Room 3230

Description: UC’s Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs (ELSA) is committed to providing low- and no-cost Professional Development opportunities for UC staff. As a part of our mission, we have created a two-part Professional Development Learning Series that will cover a unique topic each term. These series will provide an informational workshop on an identified topic followed by a Staff Colloquium, at which selected staff members can present on how their work implements our identified theme.

ELSA’s first Professional Development Learning Series will begin with a free workshop on June 18th from 4-5pm. Our Summer topic is “Outcome and Program Assessment,” and our first workshop will be conducted by staff members of UC’s Office of Institutional Research. A brief abstract and presenter information can be found below.


  • Caroline Alikonis, Director, Graduate Research and Assessment
  • Nicholas Frame, Director, Research and Assessment
  • Lauren Thomas, Sr. Research Associate

Abstract: The Office of Institutional Research provides reports and analysis to assist in informed decision-making at the University of Cincinnati. Presenters from Institutional Research (IR) will join us to discuss the responsibilities of UC's IR office and provide examples of past projects that may be relevant to learning outcome and program assessment needs within the division of Student Affairs. This will include the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI); the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE); Graduate Program Review; and the Graduate Recruitment, Admissions and Assistantship Data (GRAAD) Report as well as custom reports created using the university student information system. The presenters will conclude by discussing avenues for collaboration between IR and Student Affairs to produce useful outcomes data for programs across the university.

- Co-Sponsored by Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs (ELSA) and the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) -

Professional Development Series Part II: Staff Colloquim on Excellence in Assessment 

Staff Colloquium: Excellence in Assessment

This colloquium provided a forum to learn from peers, exchange ideas, and establish collaborations across units. Each presenter will speak on a newly developed, successful assessment program, with a significant portion of the event dedicated to questions and discussion.

Presenters and Abstracts
Robin Selzer

Assistant Director, Pre-Professional Advising Center
Advisor satisfaction is just beginning to be measured across colleges and units. In 2011, the Pre-Professional Advising Center had little to no assessment measures, but has since moved to a robust regimen in 2013. Beyond individual advising sessions, the office conducts student outreach workshops and programming, such as the Law School and Health Professions Fair. Formerly, little to no data was being collected at such events other than sporadic paper and pencil on-site evaluations that lacked a sense of purpose or standardization. The office explored a variety of assessment tools, moving forward with several new strategies. The data collected enabled more focused content creation and overall process improvement. Key reference articles will be shared in the presentation.

Jaime Sperandio
Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Coordinator, Learning Assistance Center
It is increasingly important for Student Affairs professionals to assess the work they are doing in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and student satisfaction. Through increasingly rigorous program assessment, the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) was able to demonstrate significant impact on students’ academic success and provide a convincing case for increased program and staff growth. The presenter’s objective is to share one professional’s experience in developing and implementing a program assessment plan that enhanced the operations of LAC services.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lauren Clark, lauren.clark@uc.edu.

Back to Class 

The ELSA Back to Class Happy Hour was August 15 from 5:00 - 6:30p.

Attendees relaxed, and hung out with other Emerging Leaders at UC. This was an informal gathering for people to network and continue the relationships they started at the ELSA Kick Off Event.

September 18 Brown Bag Lunch 

September 18 - Brown Bag Lunch

The first ELSA Brown Bag Lunch Meeting was helod on on Wednesday, September 18 from 11:30-1:00. ELSA Brown Bag Lunches are bi-monthly meetings intended to bring together ELSA members for networking and for the dissemination of information about opportunities on campus for both staff and students. There is time for attendees to update each other on current or upcoming events in their offices, as well as to allow staff and faculty the opportunity to present on relevant news and updates on campus.

For the first meeting, we were joined by Debra Merchant, Vice President of Student Affairs, who will be talked to the group about the new Student Affairs organizational structure and how ELSA stakeholders can best utilize that information for effective collaboration between offices. We also discussed the ELSA Campus LINK group and our plans for ongoing networking activities.

Professional Development Series Part III: Student Development Theory Workshop 

September 24 - Professional Development - Student Development Theory Workshop

Engaging Emerging Adults' Motivations: Student Development at the College Level.
Tuesday, September 24th, 4:00- 5:00p
Campus Recreation Center Classroom, 3210
Presenter: Dr. Marcus Johnson, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Development and Learning Sciences

During this talk, Dr. Johnson began with an overview of past and current research relevant to practitioners. Specifically, he addressed Erickson’s Identity vs. Role Confusion stage, Idealistic Thinking, and motivational mechanisms as they pertain to college-aged students.

After this overview, Dr. Johnson discussed stages of psychosocial development theory in conjunction with idealistic thinking to describe where college students are coming from developmentally. The session provided a research-based perspective on where undergraduates are within their own developmental process when arriving at UC. Also included was Dr. Johnson's research in the field of student development, and questions from attendees.

UC’s Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs (ELSA) is committed to providing low- and no-cost Professional Development opportunities for UC staff. As a part of our mission, we have created a two-part Professional Development Learning Series that will cover a unique topic each term. These series will provide an informational workshop on an identified topic followed by a Staff Colloquium, at which selected staff members can present on how their work implements our identified theme. ELSA’s Fall Topic is Student Development Theory.

November 13 Brown Bag Lunch 

November 13 - Brown Bag Lunch

The agenda for the November 13 Brown Bag Lunch included:
ELSA Updates
: New structure, roles, and volunteer opportunities.

d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students on UC’s Campus: Deaf faculty members from the Signed Language Interpreter and ASL/Deaf Studies Department discussed strategies when working with d/Deaf and hard of hearing students on campus. Discussion included cultural values and communication techniques.

UC Advisors and Student Affairs: Robin Selzer spoke about the academic advising structure and the role of advisors on our campus. Attendees learned how advisors and other student affairs professionals on campus can connect for collaboration and student success.

Professional Development Series Part IV: Staff Colloquim on Applying Student Development Theory 

Staff Colloquim: Applying Student Development Theory

Thursday, November 21, 2013. This colloquium provided a forum to learn from peers, exchange ideas, and establish collaborations across units.

Mel Woods
Assistant Director, College of Allied Health Sciences

Case Study on Applying Student Development Theory: Planning Advising Programming for Sophomores
Programming for the second-year has been a hot topic in the national advising community for the past decade. In September 2013, the College of Allied Health Sciences held its first-ever SophoMORE Celebration, an event for students starting their second year in their CAHS programs. Mel shared how the event was conceptualized with a developmental advising perspective to holistically address “sophomore slump,” which is a well-documented concern for college students and those of us who work with them.

The event was planned with a learning-outcomes approach and considered research on current best-practices surrounding second-year programming in conjunction with the specific needs of CAHS  sophomores. Planning resulted in a workshop of 4 sessions. These sessions included concurrent presentations from seven UC units that CAHS sophomores are most likely to benefit from during their second year.

Leah Howell
Program Manager for Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Activities and Leadership Development

Exploring Leadership Identity Development and Greek Membership
Active engagement and participation in a student organization is an important part of the undergraduate experience, serving as a motivation for persistence, an arena for forming interpersonal relationships, and a space for the development of leadership. A great deal of time and focus is placed on the third area, development of leadership, an opportunity that is frequently highlighted in the recruiting and marketing efforts of fraternities and sororities. Historically research has focused on behavioral problems in the fraternity and sorority community coupled with supports aimed only at those members in positional leadership; this leaves a significant gap in the literature concerning the development of leadership among the majority of non-positional members. 

The purpose of the research discussed in this presentation was to examine the identity development of members who are non-positional leaders and the impact of their membership in a Greek organization on this development.  In this study, the researchers considered a complete community profile of Greek Membership. Researchers administered the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (SRLS-2) to the fraternity and sorority community.  Then, using the Leadership Identity Development (LID) Model, the panelist expanded beyond positional leaders using qualitative interviews to study the impact of leadership initiatives on non-positional leaders. This provided a picture of what members view as leadership and where the population was located in terms of personal development. The information found allows institutions and staff members to serve as better educational partners for members of social Greek and non-Greek student organizations

The theme for Fall 2014 was “Applying Student Development Theory.” As a continuation of the discussion that was begun with the Professional Development Workshop on Student Development Theory, these two UC staff members were selected to present on how they incorporate theory into their own work.

ELSA Fall 2013 Service and Networking Event 

Thursday, December 19, 2013
3:00p - 5:00p
At the AACRC
Download the event flyer here.

Members of Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs (ELSA) met in the African American Cultural & Resource Center (AACRC) for networking, eating, socializing, and to organize donations that were collected from the UC community.

This was an opportunity to be generous during the 2013 holiday season. The following items were collected:

  • School supplies and winter wear for Roberts Academy
    • Student Affairs adopted a classroom at Roberts Academy through the Adopt-A-Class foundation. ELSA came together to help this special classroom start the new year off strong with the supplies they need.
    • Items collected included paper, pencils, pens, folders, hats, gloves and scarves.
  • Gently used business attire for Dress for Success
    • The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
    • Items collected included women's professional clothing.
  • Donations were recieved December 9 - 18 at the following locations:
    • UCBA Advising Center (8:00a - 5:00p)
    • Testing Services (102 University Pavilion)
    • Ethnic Programs and Services (555 Steger Student Life Center)
    • AACRC (60 W. Charlton)

Items were organized and packed up during our event on December 19th. At 5:00p, networking continued at Keystone Bar and Grill.