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Office for Student Affairs Points of Pride | Spring 2018


  • Hosted the first ever Northern Stars Student Remembrance event honoring students who have passed in the last year. More than 100 family members, friends and University staff attended the ceremony held at Coffman Memorial Union.

  • Highlighted important and innovative health, wellness and mental health programming during a systemwide discussion at the May Board of Regents meeting. Read more about the presentation or watch the video.

The Aurora Center

  • Recipient of $4,000 John C. Larsen Foundation Grant to engage more men in prevention work and expand outreach and direct service options to more marginalized groups.

  • Improved services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through work with Cornerstone and ThinkSelf under a Federal grant.

Boynton Health

  • Demand for mental health services continues to increase but thanks to additional staff, the Mental Health Services clinic has successfully eliminated waitlists. The clinic had more than 25,000 patient visits in the 2017-18 academic year, an increase of 19%.

  • Provided nearly 1,900 safe rides home on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through a pilot expansion of the Gopher Chauffeur. This was accomplished with a 30% increase in student staff between February and April.

  • The Nutritious U Food Pantry served nearly 2,600 students and distributed more than 32,000 total pounds of food over the 2017-2018 academic year. The Pantry operated three days a month in permanent space on the second floor of Coffman Memorial Union.

Care Program

  • Successfully hired a new full-time Care Manager, Sarah Gustafson-Dombeck.

  • Established a new space where students receive care management services and are welcomed with an assortment of refreshments located in 233 Appleby Hall.

  • Seen a 200% increase in Care/BCT cases from 2015-present.

Career & Internship Services

  • Re-vamped curriculum for career courses using new Canvas platform.

  • Held a new career fair to serve retail, apparel design students.

  • Welcomed a new career counselor, Ben Hansen.

Career Services Administration

  • Successfully transitioned from the previous GoldPASS system, and launched a new system powered by the Handshake platform in April of 2018, offering students the ability to use a more modern and mobile environment to access internships and post-graduate opportunities.

  • Provided two live employer webinars for 389 employers, and have since placed the webinar content online for employer access.

  • Partnered with CandidCareer to capture career-related videos of 55 UMN alumni and began to build out a UMN Alumni-branded Candid Career resource.

  • The University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair had another successful year - hosting 2,270 job-seekers and 357 employers.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

  • Gathered stakeholder feedback to better determine how to best serve students alongside other relevant groups resulting in a shift toward a more programmatic focus and the hiring of an assistant director.

Leadership Minor/Leadership Enrichment

  • Awarded the 2018 Professional & Administrative Senate Award for Outstanding Unit.

  • Implemented a new faculty structure for the Leadership Minor.

  • Moved all Leadership Minor classes under one designator, LEAD, in the course catalog.

Multicultural Student Engagement

  • Enhanced support for student cultural centers with addition of office space on the Coffman second floor to house two advisors.

Off-Campus Living

  • Planned and implemented the first Commuter Appreciation Week, with participation from more than 550 students.

  • Commuter Connection was nominated for the Tony Diggs Excellence in Inclusion Award.

  • The Pack & Give Back partnership collected 46,325 lbs of material from students in 2017 and was able to recycle 8,688 lbs of it and reuse or donate 25,146 lbs back into the community, keeping it out of the waste stream.

Office for Community Standards

  • Improved service to students via faster turnaround of cases (average of 16 days).

  • 129 students participated in AIM (Academic Integrity Matters) in attempt to promote a greater understanding of the harm caused by scholastic dishonesty.

  • Launched Restorative Justice program for non-academic cases.

Parent & Family Program

  • Sent out 15 editions of the Parent and Family Program Update to over 30,000 family members of current students. Newsletters include information on campus resources, how families can support students, upcoming campus activities and engagement opportunities and much more.

  • Hosted three Spring Family Days weekends highlighting athletic events, campus cultural events and opportunities for families to spend time with their student on campus.

  • Preparing to host more than 1,000 families for a bigger, better, Parent and Family Weekend 2018: October 26-28.

Student Conflict Resolution Center

  • Closed more than 240 cases this semester, saving students more than $90,000 in recovered fees, fines and lost income.

  • Organized workshops and information sessions for 20+ University offices on conflict management.

Student Counseling Services

  • Started Let's Talk, an initiative led in partnership with Multicultural Student Engagement to attempt to reduce the stigma behind seeking formal counseling and provide a safe environment to explore a variety of solutions.

  • Served nearly 250 students, a record number, for individualized learning skills coaching across 460+ sessions.

  • Expanded efforts around diversity and inclusion, including adding a Diversity Liaison Counselor and other diverse staff members.

  • Supported culture-informed mental health support programs including the COIN (Circle of Indigenous Nations) Talking Circle - which are peacemaking, or healing, circles deeply rooted in the traditional practices of indigenous people.

Student Government, Fees and Spirit Initiatives

  • Oversaw administration of the Student Groups Student Services Fee Committee, which allocated more than $550,000 to 81 student groups for Spring 2018 programming and events.

  • Advised and worked with the Minnesota Student Association, who was successful in working with OSA units on the development a landlord accountability campaign among other accomplishments.

Student Legal Service

  • Increased caseload by 27% over the last year.

  • Worked closely with Minnesota Student Association in drafting a new legislation to provide protection for renters in the state of Minnesota. The legislation passed in the Senate by a vote of 65-0. SLS attorney Bill Dane testified in support of the bill before both the House and Senate.

  • Addressed “Hate vs. Free Speech” in the spring series of “Conversations on Student Life and the Law,” which was attended by approximately 100 University students, faculty and staff.

Student Parent HELP Center

  • Successfully launched and completed the first University Student Service Fees Child Care Assistance Grant award cycle, awarding 108 new child care grants to 65 student parents. Most of these were graduate and international students who have previously never had access to any form of child care assistance.

  • Expanded services to graduate and professional students with addition of a new graduate student parent counselor position.

  • Initiated a new collaboration with Raise the Barr, a philanthropic project focused on helping single parent undergraduates complete their education founded by MN Viking, Anthony Barr ​and his mother, Lori Barr.

Student Unions & Activities

  • Focused on increasing student engagement through campus-wide adoption of the GopherLink platform. This tool allows students to find ways to get involved and track their experiences outside the classroom. A new staff member, starting soon, will further enhance the platform and usage of it.

  • The Whole Music Club had 11 shows that were either sold out or at capacity. Stay tuned for more successful shows next year, including celebrating the Whole's 50th Anniversary.

  • Had a successful Spring Jam weekend with perfect weather, and sold over 5,400 tickets.

University Recreation & Wellness

  • Continued strategic planning efforts with the implementation of the “RecWell Story” to support and promote departmental efforts in meeting the mission and goals through narratives in pictorial form accessible from multiple media formats. Developed the branding campaign of “You’re Welcome Here."

  • The University Recreation and Wellness Sport Field Complex (Dome) project was completed with expanded play and storage space and improved accessibility.

  • Promoted equity, diversity and inclusion through the hosting of the first Adaptive Discovery Day Expo in conjunction with Twin Cities and University of Minnesota partners for enhancing accessibility and programming for all abilities.