Division of Student Affairs Colleagues,
It is hard to believe we are in the final weeks of the fall semester! I can tell you from my hundreds of student interactions — from welcoming the Class of 2026 during Convocation to hosting various groups at my home — our students are working with a world-class staff.
With a best-in-class student experience, comes the need for best-in-class tools! It is my pleasure to share with you that we are in the early planning stages of a redesign of the students.wustl.edu website. While timelines on a project of this scope can change, we are aiming for an August of 2023 launch. Your feedback is important to us, and I ask that you review and complete this survey by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13.
I would also love to see many of you at two end-of-semester events that are fast approaching!
Next Monday, December 12, I am hosting “Recess at the Rec” as part of the Dr. G’s Fun House Series. Join me from 2-5 p.m. at the Sumers Rec Center for treats, games and a polar plunge. We’ll also be celebrating Yoshi’s birthday at the event, so don’t miss out!
On Monday, December 19, we will celebrate the end of the semester with our annual Winter Warm Up. The event will be from 3-4:30 p.m. in Holmes Lounge. Please, also, join our baked goods contest. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place. We even have campus colleagues joining us for our Judge’s Panel! The registration deadline for joining the contest is this Friday, December 9, by 5 p.m. Please note: only one item can be entered per person.
Finally, as we continue to encourage students, faculty and staff to complete our suicide prevention trainings — QPR and Kognito — by the end of winter break, I wanted to share a recent publication expanding on our Healthy Excellence anchor that ran in the latest Washington Magazine. You can read the article here.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Anna “Dr. G” Gonzalez
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The Student Affairs eNewsletter will be sent out on the first Tuesday of each month. The January edition will be sent out on the second Tuesday of the month due to the Winter break. To have content featured in the eNewsletter, please submit information at least a week in advance (by the last Tuesday of each month). Departments may submit up to two items per month, but there is no guarantee your submission will be featured due to the amount of entries we receive per eNewsletter. To submit, please use this form.
Habif Health and Wellness Center has formally launched WashU’s new community counseling provider directory, Thriving Campus. Thriving Campus will allow students to easily find referrals for in-person and virtual counseling resources. To access this new resource, visit wustl.thrivingcampus.com.
All-Campus Internship & Job Career Fair
The WashU Career Center is hosting an All-Campus Internship & Job Career Fair Tuesday, January 31 from 3-7 p.m. in the WashU Field House. 70+ employers in multiple industries are expected to be in attendance to recruit for internships and full-time employment.
Use the links below to share information with students, alumni, parents and other key stakeholders.
Nominate a Student to be an RA
Residential Life is currently accepting applications for Resident Advisor (RA) positions for the 2023-2024 school year. Do you know a current sophomore or junior undergraduate student who would be a good candidate for the RA role? Nominate them here. Your nomination could be the extra encouragement that a student needs to start/continue their leadership journey.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website for more information.
WashU Athletics Launches New Mobile App
The Washington University Athletics Department has launched a new WashU Bears Mobile App. The app features real-time news alerts, schedules, exclusive multimedia content, game day details and more. The app’s user-friendly interface integrates directly with washubears.com to bring the latest WashU digital content to your phone.
The app is free and compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Disability Resources Requests Assistance with Final Exams
Disability Resources is seeking volunteers to assist in proctoring Final Exams Thursday, December 15 through Wednesday, December 21. Staff members available to assist and provide critical support to Disability Resources and WashU’s disabled student population can sign-up here. For more information and questions, email CFU-DR_Testing@email.wustl.edu.
The Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life Invites Undergraduates to Participate in the Interfaith Fellows Program
Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life invites undergraduate students to apply for the Spring 2023 Interfaith Fellows cohort. Interfaith Fellows learn about religious diversity and have deep interfaith dialogues with their peers. Students of any/no religious or spiritual background are welcome. Applications are due by December 10. Please share the application link with any interested undergraduate students. For more information, contact Callista Isabelle, Director for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life at Callista.email@example.com.
STUDENT AFFAIRS SPOTLIGHT
Recess at the Rec | Dr. G’s Fun House Event
Dec. 12 | 2-5 p.m. | Sumers Rec Center
Join Dr. G at the Sumers Rec Center for Recess at the Rec. The event will include snacks, games and a polar plunge, AND we’ll be celebrating Yoshi’s birthday! This event will run from 2-5 p.m. and is FREE for all students.
Moonlight Breakfast Volunteers Needed
Dining Services is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Moonlight Breakfast on Wednesday, December 14 from 8:30-11:30 p.m. This is one of the many ways we can help serve our students. Shifts are available for both the Bear’s Den & The Village. For questions about volunteering, please email Claire Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recess at the Rec | Dr. G’s Fun House Event
2-5 p.m. | Sumers Rec Center
Free treats, games and a polar plunge open to all students.
Division of Student Affairs Winter Warm Up
3-4:30 p.m. | Holmes Lounge
Come together with your colleagues to celebrate the end of the semester with food and fun. Festivities will include sampling the entries in the Baked Goods Contest and the announcement of prize winners.
When Washington University was founded in 1853 it was originally named "Eliot Seminary." WashU has always been non-sectarian, but the word seminary was used owing to the word's origin as "a place of growth." The name paid homage to unitarian minister William Greenleaf Eliot, who inspired the university's founding...and who was also the grandfather of the acclaimed poet T.S. Eliot.
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