The annual ASR staff appreciation event is Thursday, December 12 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Library Bar and Grill in Dinkytown. All ASR staff, including student staff, are invited to celebrate the hard work and progress made in 2013. As in years past, there will be a raffle for prizes. You are welcome to bring a prize for the raffle if you'd like. See you there!
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On December 12, if a student needs to meet with a counselor after 1:30 p.m., please direct him or her to the One Stop in the Science Teaching and Student Services building.
ASR was well represented at UMACRAO (the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) this October. Kess Knight and Mandee Nguyen presented to a packed house on the role of differing social media platforms in the registrar and admissions offices. They showed how various tools like Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, and Facebook can be used strategically to build brand loyalty and engage audiences well beyond the traditional marketing and recruitment purposes. Amber Cellotti talked about the change management in the graduate education transformation process and shared some best practices for those who may undergo this process in the future. Ingrid Nuttall led a group of participants through the Individual Development Process where each attendee mapped out long and short-term goals and what it will take to achieve them. Tina Falkner (with Clare Dingley from the Morris campus) talked about the upgrade strategy and ways to minimize data entry mistakes and methods to help find them, and Tina also lead FERPA Jeopardy for a crowd of over 50 participants.
Have you had a chance to review ASR's goals for 2014? If not, you can check them out here. In addition to overarching goals for the department as a whole, each unit within ASR also has a unique set of priorities for the coming year.
The fall 2013 ASR staff event went off without a hitch. Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Bob McMaster began the morning with an update on undergraduate education. He shared priorities and goals for the coming year, as well as retention and graduation rates. Dean Bob Elde from the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) followed Bob's presentation with an update on CBS and how influential ASR has been to the college.
Following Dean Elde's keynote address, staff were shown a video entitled "What does ASR do for U?" Associate Vice Provost and University Registrar Sue Van Voorhis then closed the event with a recap of ASR priorities and its direction moving forward. If you were unable to attend the event, you may view it here.
The third ASR employee survey for 2013 is now open. If you haven't completed the survey yet, you will receive an email with a link to the survey on Monday morning. The survey is anonymous and your feedback is appreciated. Please complete the survey by October 25. If you have questions, please contact a member of the survey team (Amber Cellotti, Trinity Muller, Maggie O'Neill, or Matt Tveter).
The annual ASR staff appreciation event is Thursday, December 12 at the Library Bar in Dinkytown. Come celebrate the end of another successful fall semester with your co-workers. The event will feature soda, coffee, appetizers, and door prizes!
Following a recent survey of more than 12,000 schools, the University was named a 2014 Military Friendly School for the fourth consecutive year in a row. This puts the U in the top 15% of schools nationwide, according to a survey administered by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. The survey weighting, methodology, and resulting schools list was independently certified by Ernst and Young. Way to go, Minnesota!
If you haven't taken a peek at the Williamson Hall display case recently, check it out. Sarah Hollerich, ASR's graphic designer, updates the theme of the display a few times a year. Right now, the theme is "Four Years in Focus" and offers tips and advice on how to graduate in four years. Past displays have covered topics such as saving money on discretionary spending, study spaces on campus, the Live Like a Student Facebook page, and Graduation Planner.