Stars on the Horizon: the ACUHO-I Stars College


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STARS College is a three-day experience for undergraduate students interested in learning more about Student Affairs and the Housing profession. Blending large group presentations, interactive activities, roleplay situations, self-evaluation, and small mentoring groups, STARS presents the world of Housing to those interested in the field. Each participant will be asked to have an "on-campus mentor," who will play a vital role in continued mentoring and exposure to the field after STARS.

STARS College accommodates 40-55 current sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in housing. Participants must have at least one full year of undergraduate college left after August of 2012, and must have demonstrated significant interest in Housing / Residential Life / Student Affairs through their involvement and / or work experience during their time as an undergrad.

DATES: STARS College, July 5-7
LOCATION: Anaheim, California
FEES: $480

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  • Introductions of STARS participants, faculty mentors, and special guests and an overview of the ACUHO-I STARS College schedule and experience. Clusters / Faculty Mentors Your faculty mentor will help cluster members get to know each other.
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  • Stars on the Horizon: the ACUHO-I Stars College

    1. 1. STARS on the Horizon What to Expect Before, During & After STARS
    2. 2. <ul><li>A STAR’s light depends on brightness and distance from Earth. We have many shining STARS in Housing…..while the light from one may seem small, with mentoring and teamwork, each can shine more brightly, bonding to create a superSTARS galaxy! </li></ul>
    3. 3. History of STARS College <ul><li>STARS was started because of concerns of recruitment within our profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many students were in work mode, rather than graduate school mode </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1st year STARS was 2003 in Las Vegas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>36 Students, 10 faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After the success of the first year, it was determined STARS would always be held in conjunction with the annual conference </li></ul>
    4. 4. STARS Statistics <ul><li>STARS college completed its 9 th year in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 400 alumni of STARS College </li></ul><ul><li>Stars College Faculty have consisted of 40+ professionals, who are committed to working with students interested in Residence Life & Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning in 2010, STARS College moved to being hosted on a college or University campus, exposing STARS to new housing facilities operations. </li></ul>
    5. 5. 2012: New Application <ul><li>Changes in questions to better reflect students’ purpose in attending </li></ul><ul><li>Online application process requires the application to be downloaded, sent to on-campus mentor to download, complete his / her portion, and submit </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional support is requested (could be financial support, assistance in making travel arrangements, on-campus mentoring, or all of the above & more!) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Application and Timeline <ul><li>Application Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applicants will be notified of status: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students selected must Accept or Decline: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alternate offers made until full: Friday, May 18, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternates Must Accept or Decline: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. How are candidates selected? <ul><li>Students must have a least one academic year left after completing STARS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Priority is given to those students who will not be given another chance to apply. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selection Process- Written essay and application (55 student cap) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selection committee considers quality of application, application responses, mentor feedback, regional mix, diversity within the applicant pool, housing background) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students Must be willing to attend and fully participate in STARS College </li></ul>
    8. 8. Application & Timeline <ul><li>Hotel Reservation Deadline: Monday, May 28, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>STARS Registration Fee due: Monday, May 28, 2012 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Application & Timeline <ul><li>Students arrive in Anaheim, California: Thursday, July 5, 2012, by 2:00 p.m </li></ul><ul><li>STARS College: Thursday, July 5 - Saturday, July 7, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Student departure (Unless staying for Annual Conference): Morning, Sunday, July 8, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Optional - ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition: Saturday, July 7 - Tuesday, July 10 </li></ul>
    10. 10. What happens at STARS? The ACUHO-I STARS College is a three-day experience that blends large group presentations, interactive activities, roleplay situations, self-evaluation, and small mentoring groups. The networking and opportunities continue after the conference with the opportunity for participants to get involved in discussion lists, marketing of the program, and STARS College volunteerism, as well as continuation of newly cultivated relationships. Each STARS participant also has an “on-campus mentor,” who will play a vital role in continued mentoring and exposure to the field after the event. The entire experience is highly interactive and promotes student affairs and the college and university housing profession as a viable career option.
    11. 11. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum <ul><li>Thursday </li></ul><ul><li>STARS College Registration </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to STARS! </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster Group Team Building Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Session 1: Your Professional Image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is never too early to start thinking about, and start building your image as a professional. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dinner with your Cluster </li></ul><ul><li>STARS Large Group Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cluster Processing Time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Session: STARS staying for the ACUHO-I Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn more about ACE and sign up for volunteer hours at the conference. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum <ul><li>Friday: School Spirit Day—wear your campus gear! </li></ul><ul><li>Continental Breakfast, Energizer </li></ul><ul><li>Session 2: Understanding Higher Education, Student Affairs, Housing Organizational Structures, Relationships, and Roles </li></ul><ul><li>Beverage Break </li></ul><ul><li>Session 3: Graduate Preparation Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Session 4: Career Ladders & Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Break, Teambuilder </li></ul><ul><li>Session 5: Resume Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cluster Group Processing/Wrap-Up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enjoy the night off--dinner on your own! </li></ul>
    13. 13. Fun in Sessions
    14. 16. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum <ul><li>Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>Continental Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>Session 6: Placement and Job Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Session 7: Future Issues in the Profession </li></ul><ul><li>Final Cluster/Processing Time/ Evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Clusters / Faculty Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Well, what do you think? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect upon the STARS experience and complete your STARS College evaluation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graduation and South of the Border Fiesta! </li></ul><ul><li>Group Photos & Opening Reception </li></ul>
    15. 18. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum <ul><li>Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>Residence Hall Check-Out and Goodbyes </li></ul><ul><li>Those STARS staying on for ACE should move their belongings to their conference hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>STARS staying for ACE: Conference Welcome and Opening Awards, Convention Center </li></ul>
    16. 19. Why stay for ACE? <ul><li>Attendees have the opportunity to attend the ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition at a reduced cost. This fee includes registration and conference meal package, and requires working some volunteer hours. However, it does not include lodging--conference hotel reservations must be made individually. </li></ul><ul><li>Why stay? You can be a part of more than 160 sessions and roundtables, the opening and closing events, and everything else that makes the annual conference the largest professional development opportunity for housing professionals. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I am extremely happy that I stayed. First, I was able to spend more time with some of the STARS so that was a definite plus. Second, It was great to be among so many professionals in the career we hope to be a part of. Everyone was so kind and welcoming towards us and they truly made us feel like STARS while we were there.” — Rena Gore, Rutgers University – Newark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I really enjoyed attending and moderating the presentations. I found out about programs offered by Universities that I had never even considered before, and I learned about lots of great ideas for housing.” — Tamarah Dixon, University of Central Missouri </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ [Staying for the conference] allows for lots more opportunities to network with people who have already established themselves in the field. You might meet people at your volunteer hours, or at sessions, or you may be introduced to someone by a STARS faculty member. It doesn't matter how it happened but these people will just be more resources for you in the future.” — Scott Connerley, University of Northern Iowa </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you are considering staying for ACE, you are encouraged to solicit registration fee assistance from your campus’ housing department, student government, and other possible contributors. </li></ul>
    17. 20. Post-STARS Opportunities <ul><li>STARS Participate will have opportunities in “Post-STARS” efforts including: future colleges, discussion lists, marketing, and possible STARS College staff involvement </li></ul>
    18. 21. Mentors: STARS Faculty & At Home <ul><li>Mentoring is ‘off line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking’ (Megginson & Clutterbuck, 1995, p. 13) </li></ul><ul><li>A mentor is ‘someone who helps another person to become what that person aspires to be’ (Montreal CEGEP, 1988) </li></ul>
    19. 22. STARS Faculty Back Row: Kent Sampson, Oklahoma State University; Scott Francis , University of Florida; Nick Nicklaus, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Tarome Alford, Springfield College; Patrick Bradley, University of Central Missouri; Edwin Toshio Hamada, Washington State University   Front Row: Waz Miller, East Carolina University; Gisela P. Vega, Florida International University; Shana L. Meyer, Fort Hays State University; Stephanie Bannister, Kansas State University; Mary Janz , Marquette University; Lyn Redington, Northern Iowa University
    20. 23. On-Campus Mentors <ul><li>Each STARS participant will have an &quot;on-campus mentor,&quot; who will play a vital role in continued mentoring & exposure to the field after STARS. As a STARS College Mentor, we would like you to: </li></ul><ul><li>Be present </li></ul><ul><li>Help provide or uncover financial assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Provide travel / conference assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Connect the STAR to others </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate—Serve as a link </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage passions </li></ul><ul><li>Give advice & guidance </li></ul>
    21. 24. On-Campus Mentors <ul><li>Act as a sounding board </li></ul><ul><li>Identify resources </li></ul><ul><li>Champion your mentee </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge your mentee’s ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Provide feedback to the national program </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The expanded list of mentor responsibilities can be found on the STARS website at: </li></ul></ul>
    22. 25. On-Campus Mentor Emails <ul><li>To help on-campus mentors in their role, and to provide some consistency for STARS alums, the STARS Chair puts out an email with tips for mentor discussions with his or her mentee. These typically come out twice a month. Below are some of the topics… </li></ul><ul><li>March 15, 2011: From going green to just happy to have a home </li></ul><ul><li>April 4, 2011: How are budgets are affecting student affairs? </li></ul><ul><li>April 15, 2011: Making Time for Fun </li></ul><ul><li>April 26, 2011: Stress, Bulletin Boards, Summer Session, and Seniors......STARS updates! </li></ul><ul><li>September 21, 2011: Welcome back from the STARS College! </li></ul><ul><li>October 10, 2011: Unplugging </li></ul><ul><li>October 26, 2011: Halloween costumes, mid-terms, and ACUHO-I internships </li></ul><ul><li>November 6, 2011: What’s Public Policy Got to Do with Me? </li></ul><ul><li>You can check them all out at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    23. 26. Return on Your Investment <ul><li>STARS alums can gain additional experiences and help to promote STARS on their home campus after they attend by…. </li></ul><ul><li>hosting a roundtable discussion about their experience during careers in student affairs week </li></ul><ul><li>blogging or writing an article for the Talking Stick, your campus staff newsletter or state association newsletter or website </li></ul><ul><li>presenting a session at RA training or regional conferences </li></ul><ul><li>giving your graduate program more recognition through assisting at GA interview days, placement conferences, and more </li></ul>
    24. 27. What Do STARS Enjoy? <ul><li>The amazing conference locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clockwise, from top left: Montreal, Canada (2004); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2005), Baltimore, Maryland (2009), Orlando, Florida (2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anaheim, CA in 2012 & Twin Cities, Minnesota in 2013! </li></ul></ul>
    25. 28. What Do STARS Enjoy? <ul><li>The information presented—learning more about the field </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity to connect with senior practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting with a faculty mentor and their guidance, advice, and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Making new friends who are passionate about the opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with future peers </li></ul><ul><li>Time to discuss issues within a small group </li></ul>
    26. 29. From the STARS: <ul><li>2003, Bradley Bennett : Before STARS I never really knew all of the opportunities that were out there for people who are interested in to working in the field of Higher Education and Student Personnel. The Mentors really helped guide all of us in the right direction in to what to look for in a Graduate Program, Assistantships, First Full Time Jobs, and still think about how that will all help guide us to moving up the career ladder. </li></ul><ul><li>2004, Susan Berry : To this day, I still share with others about my STARS experience. I truly believe my STARS experience helped me lay the foundation for my career in housing. I am very invested in my professional development in ACUHO as well as investing in the organization. I hope one day to be a faculty member for the STARS college and to help mentor rising young professionals such as I was mentor by amazing professionals in our field! </li></ul><ul><li>2005, Nicholas Tereck : STARS College definitely opens your eyes to the possibilities of careers in housing and student affairs. It gives you’re a realistic look at the people who work in the field and the jobs that they do. It was definitely instrumental in solidifying my decision to go into higher ed and student affairs, specifically in residence life. </li></ul>
    27. 30. In Their Own Words: <ul><li>2006, Christine Moran : I really enjoyed STARS college experience. I think that it gave me the tools to not only explore the profession of student affairs, but it also gave me key points in how to interview for a teaching position and really helped me in my education career. </li></ul><ul><li>2007, Alexis Laughhunn : My STARS experience is one that will last me a lifetime. Although I ended up on another path, the tools and education I gained while at STARS has helped me in all aspects of my life. I feel that it better prepared me with interviews, my ability to network with others, ways to approach different situations at work, and my self-esteem. </li></ul><ul><li>2008, Anna Marie Costa : I truly believe the experience from STARS helped me in every part of the Graduate process. It helped me understand and know what I was looking for, helped me with the tools I needed to apply, helped me interview, and helped me with a position. There is no doubt in my mind that they experience, knowledge, and relationships I have gained from STARS will help me in my professional future. </li></ul>
    28. 31. Through the Years: <ul><li>2009, Juquatta Brewer: I laughed, I learned, I experienced something new, I had a great time. </li></ul><ul><li>2010, Cody Kalina: STARS College was an opportunity for me to meet professionals in Housing and Residential Life and Student Affairs. After spending a wonderful weekend learning about the impact professionals have on students in the field and learning about how to get started in the field I knew I was making the right decision by pursuing Higher Education Student Affairs for a career. </li></ul><ul><li>2011, Brandon Meyers: Thank you STARS College!! I had a wonderful experience meeting people equally as interested in Student Affairs as I was. I hope to continue the experience for years to come and I feel like this really set the bar that much higher for me. I'm ready for the challenge and I hope my new lifelong friends will join me! THANK YOU!! </li></ul>
    29. 32. How to get involved outside of participation <ul><li>Even if you’re not a STAR, you can still get involved. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Institutional support on your campus by helping to recruit participatns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help secure funding—for STARS on your campus & through donations to the STARS Foundation </li></ul></ul>
    30. 33. How to get involved outside of participation <ul><li>Committee / Volunteering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] to be added to the committee list. You could work on: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 year anniversary planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarship selection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Applications / selection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>STARS promotion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Serve as Faculty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] with your resume if you would like to be considered as a STARS faculty mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mentor at home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruit your campus stars to apply, and serve as their on-campus mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide any kind of feedback—we’re always trying to improve! </li></ul>
    31. 34. <ul><li>“ We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.” - Lyndon B. Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>“ A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” -Oprah Winfrey </li></ul>
    32. 36. Resources <ul><li>ACUHO-I STARS College, </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor Blog, </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook, “ACUHO-I STARS College” </li></ul><ul><li>Jones, C and Jowett, V. (1997) Managing Facilities, Butterworth Heinemann </li></ul>
    33. 37. Contact <ul><li>Shana L. Warkentine Meyer </li></ul><ul><li>STARS College Chair Fort Hays State University [email_address] (785) 628-5824 </li></ul>