Posted September 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Beltramini 

Something for Everybody

My husband is a high school teacher, necessitating an annual shopping spree for notebooks, binder clips, Sharpies, and colored labels. At 2 years old, my daughter can already recognize Crayola’s trademark yellow and green packaging, undoubtedly containing some kind of art supply goodness. These are the images the “back to school” season evokes for me and likely for many others.

As most campuses begin a new academic year, we traditionally have considered the September Bulletin our “back to school” edition. In practice, that has meant several articles about advising undergraduates, often specifically those serving on programming boards.
This year, we are expanding that definition. In this issue, you’ll find content pertaining to learners of all ages, while still recognizing this month’s symbolism of beginning a new educational adventure.

For our professional members, we highlight some of the recent seminars and the upcoming annual conference as opportunities to dedicate time toward your development. These articles discuss how educational delivery formats are changing to offer participants greater flexibility. Results from the past programs’ learning outcome evaluations also are included. Additionally, given that the next annual conference commemorates ACUI’s 100th anniversary, several once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities are planned, such as a physical museum, service-learning component, and wellness track.

In addition to these programs, a range of professionals and graduate students also recently took a study tour of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, co-produced by ACUI. A photo essay and participant reflections convey the experience and share informative takeaways for those of us not able to attend. This is the third such photo essay published in The Bulletin in recent years and showcases the globalization of higher education through a student affairs lens.

For those individuals planning a doctorate, The Bulletin includes results from a study conducted earlier this year on dissertations about the college union. The findings demonstrate we have much work to do in building a foundation of scholarship that proves college unions build campus community. In fact, other areas of student affairs are outpacing our efforts, perhaps to the college union’s detriment—something to consider when selecting a research topic.

Master’s students can appreciate this installment of our Student Development Theory series, as it offers a review of modern leadership theory in a digestible format. Professionals who have been out of school for several years also might use this update to initiate intentional conversations on leadership with the graduate students they advise or supervise.

Finally, we have not forgotten the undergraduates beginning a new year of programming. We feature potential liability scenarios that student organizations (and those who advise them) should keep in mind. These go beyond obvious concerns addressed through standard risk management procedures, and each has been written in a relatable case study format.

There is something to be said for the excitement and slight trepidation we each feel while starting the school year or planning a new educational endeavor. After all, anyone working in this profession expects to continue learning and helping others do the same. This month’s Bulletin was planned to help each of us along on that journey.

Elizabeth Beltramini

Elizabeth Beltramini is the Director of Content Curation at ACUI.

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