Meet Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Rich DeCapua and more
Meet Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Rich DeCapua and more
Tufts Student Life
January 21, 2022
Dear Parents and Families,
We welcome you and your students back for the Spring 2022 semester! Out of an abundance of caution, the first three days of class are virtual, and we are asking students whose permanent residence is within driving distance of Tufts to delay their return to campus and arrive sometime before January 24. We thank you for your compliance with our protocols as we plan for a successful semester. In this issue, we introduce our new Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Rich DeCapua.

Meet New Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Rich DeCapua

On November 15, Rich DeCapua joined Tufts in a new role of Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, AS&E. He is working closely with Camille Lizarríbar, Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer, on day-to-day operations, as well as a strategic planning process. "Right now, my main goals are creating student advisory groups, looking at all of our high-impact programs for students and evaluating their effectiveness, and reimagining the student experience, particularly in a post-COVID world," he said.
Dean DeCapua was drawn to Tufts because of Dean Lizarríbar and the environment that she fosters for both students and colleagues and "of course, the students, whom I've had a lot of interaction with, even though it's only been two months. In my opinion, Tufts students come as advertised. They are very bright, genuine, down-to-earth. They genuinely want to get to know you, and they want to have conversations about big ideas," he said.
He has worked in higher education for his entire career. Previously, Dean DeCapua was Director of Residence Life and Housing at Brandeis University and Associate Dean of Students at Boston College, where he was in charge of the orientation programs. As a result, "I am keenly aware of the hopes and fears that parents and family members have for their students when they come to an institution. That's part of the excitement of my role at Tufts. I've worked with this population before, and I'm excited to get to know a whole new group. Dean Lizarríbar and I want parents and families to know that we are partners with you," he said.

Career Corner: Conversations with the Tufts Career Center

Focus on Internship Funding

Internships are a wonderful way to develop career competencies, make connections with employers, and gain a sense of confidence in one's work and career direction. Each summer, the Tufts Career Center funds 40 to 50 undergraduate students doing unpaid internships for a minimum of 300 hours. Selected students receive $4,000, and they must secure their internships prior to the grant application deadline (March 20).
Encourage your student to review the Summer Internship Grant web page, which includes descriptions of the seven types of grants available, information about the application process and components, grant selection criteria, recipient requirements, and answers to FAQs. Students may also consult this page for more funding options with upcoming deadlines (e.g., the Tisch Summer FellowshipsJanuary 28!).

What's Happening Academically?

Help Your Student Get a Successful Start This Spring

After a winter break, students sometimes need a little help making the adjustment back to the classroom. Encourage your student to take advantage of all the academic supports that Tufts has to offer. This includes connecting early with the many academic supports available through Undergraduate Advising and the StAAR Center.
Students should also carefully consider their roster of classes for the Spring semester based on their performance in the Fall:
  • Is your student carrying over work from the Fall semester due to Incompletes? Completing course work from the Fall should be a top priority at the beginning of the semester for any student with an "I" on their transcript.
  • Is your student planning to take a heavy course load this semester to try to "catch up" on a lighter course load from the Fall? It's not usually advisable to try to "catch up" in a single semester. Your student should be looking to have a manageable list of courses that addresses their interests, along with major and general requirements. We encourage you to discuss summer enrollment options with your student. Summer courses are offered through Tufts and your student may be able to transfer in credits from eligible institutions, including community colleges close to home.
If your student would benefit from some guidance at the start of the semester, let them know that their Advising Team is here to help. We tackle individual questions and concerns, and we're happy to have a conversation about how your student can reach their academic goals.

2022 Senior Memory Book

Class of 2022 parents and families: order your copy of the 2022 Senior Memory Book now. The book will include 64 color pages in a coffee table book format celebrating the Tufts Class of 2022. The book will include the traditional senior portrait section and other campus and community highlights from this special year. Books will be completed following commencement weekend and will be mailed to the addresses provided during the ordering process in mid- to late July 2022.

Dates to Remember

January 19 – Classes begin virtually
January 24 – First day of in-person instruction
February 2 – Last day for AS&E students to add classes
View the Student Life Calendar

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Requirement

All eligible students, faculty members, and staff members are now required to get a COVID-19 booster by February 15.
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