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Quality Programming

In order to create quality programs, Student Affairs professionals should evaluate the needs of the students they are working with in an effort to meet students where they are and challenge them appropriately.  Programs need to have a purpose behind them, measurable outcomes, and the ability to create learning through co-curricular activities.  Student Affairs professionals must also recognize the necessity to create programs reaching out to diverse population of students. 

2002-2003 Supervisor of Community Advisor Programming at Cal Poly

2003-2005 Supervisor of Resident Advisor Programming at APU

2003-2004 and 2004-2005 Resident Advisor Training at APU

8 Cows Committee

Social/Educational Programming in Engstrom Hall

Walkabout

2002-2003 Supervisor of Community Advisor Programming at Cal Poly:

Throughout my year at Cal Poly, I oversaw and supervised the CA staff's programming, both individually for their residents and the larger scale programming for the entire Village.  The three RDs decided to work from the wellness wheel to create our programming model for the CAs.  The CAs were required to program an event from every area of the wellness wheel during the year; the categories included spiritual, mental, physical, social, environmental, professional, emotional, and intellectual.  I also oversaw my own team's passive programming responsibilities throughout the year; we required the CAs to create two new passive bulletin boards each quarter.  As a means of keeping our CAs on track in regards to programming, we had them fill out both pre and post programming worksheets.  These worksheets were meant to help our CAs plan ahead for events as well as assess what went well and what could have been different in their programming.

Wellness Wheel Programming Model

ResidentAssistant.com - Passive Program Examples

Cal Poly Pomona, FHS - Pre-Programming Form

Cal Poly Pomona, FHS - Post-Programming Spreadsheet

2003-2005 Supervisor of Resident Advisor Programming at APU:

Much like discussed above in the section on Cal Poly, I also supervise and oversee the events that my RAs program at APU.  My RAs are required to complete a monthly social event for their wings, a weekly event for their wing (smaller scale event), and two passive programming bulletin boards throughout the year.  I have my staff complete pre-programming worksheets at the beginning of the year during training.  After the event is completed, they fill out a post programming worksheet.  The intent of these worksheets is to help my staff see the importance in planning ahead as well as the need to evaluate their programs.  I believe that this helps in giving them accountability to take this aspect of their jobs seriously.  

APU Pre-Programming Worksheet

APU Post-Programming Worksheet

Programming Expectations 

2003-2004 and 2004-2005 Resident Advisor
Training at APU:

Because much of Azusa Pacific University's (APU's) Resident Advisor (RA) training is done in larger groups with all of the RAs, the professional Residence Life staff splits up the responsibilities, and every Residence Director (RD) is given the opportunity to lead sessions of their choice during the larger training meetings.  During the 2003-2004 year, I had the opportunity to lead a session on boundaries.  For the 2004-2005 training, I organized and developed the training for Behind Closed Doors, a hands-on experience for RAs to develop their skills in confrontation. 

Boundaries Session Information

Behind Closed Doors Scenarios

Behind Closed Doors Guidelines

8 Cows Committee:

As a female Residence Director (RD) at Azusa Pacific University (APU), I have been given the chance to work on the "8 Cows" committee.  This committee exists to create quality programs for the women on APU's campus.  Our mission statement is as follows: "The 8 Cows desire to provide opportunities for women to grow in their understanding of who they are as daughters of the King, learn from the example of older women, and celebrate their personal worth and identity".  We worked together to revise our mission statement during the 2004-2005 year in order to have it more accurately reflect our purpose. 

Throughout my time at APU, the 8 Cows have planned various events for the women on campus including the annual women's tea party, a program discussing the sexuality of women, a program working with women to express their emotions and be real with themselves, a program on women in leadership, and a hiking day.  We have also created passive programming opportunities on campus throughout the year including statements on the true meaning of beauty and celebrating being a woman. 

The links below will give you more information regarding who the 8 Cows are and where we got our name as well as information about the events we have hosted ...

8 Cows Story

Tea Party - Advertisement

Women in Leadership - Advertisement

Girls Night Out - Advertisement

Social/Educational Programming in Engstrom Hall:

Part of my job as a Residence Director in Engstrom Hall is not only to supervise and oversee the individual programming of my Resident Assistants, but to supervise and oversee the programming that occurs for our building as a whole.  For the 2003-2004 school year, my staff organized both a social and an educational event every month for the residents in Engstrom Hall.  For the 2004-2005 school year, the Residence Life department changed the programming requirements.  My staff created/will create a social for every month for our residents as well as work with the other residence hall staffs to create an educational program for every month.  This change enables the halls to put more energy and focus into the educational events; it also allows more residents to benefit from the work that goes into educational events. 

Some of the social events that we have created over the last year and a half included ice cream socials, capture the greased watermelon (capture the flag using a watermelon), scavenger hunts breaking into teams by wings, carnival nights such as "Holy-ween" festival for Halloween, the annual "Street Meet" dance, and Christmas parties for the building.  The educational events have included a cultural night in which a missionary came and spoke with our residents, a night learning strategies to de-stress, a panel discussing sex titled "Sex and Chocolate", a jeopardy game with all four halls competing against one another regarding APU and the Azusa community, an evening in which residents had the chance to apply their strengths with possible careers, and a "How-To" night for residents to learn about finding summer jobs, how to cook in a residence hall, and possible jobs.  These are just a few of the examples of the programming advertisements and other programming information that I have overseen and helped develop in my time at APU:

Mixed Up Identity - Advertisement

Worship Night - Schedule

Pre-Programming Worksheet

Post-Programming Worksheet

Walkabout:

While working at Azusa Pacific University (APU), I have participated in an event called Walkabout, which is an 11 day backpacking trip in Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness for all of the Resident Advisors (RA).  The RAs are split into Walkabout teams; each team is given a destination to reach in the wilderness.  As part of this trip, all members of the team are asked to participate in a 48 hour solitude and fasting time.  This is a great time to gain focus for the upcoming year, set goals, process the past, and simply be in the presence of God.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of preparation that goes into Walkabout.  For the past two years, I have been in charge of organizing the transportation for this trip; this includes assuring we have vans to use, compiling a list of drivers and destinations, organizing the use of gas cards, and making sure emergency money is available in all of the vans.  This also means making sure that all of the appropriate paperwork gets turned into the correct offices at the end of the trip.    

Walkabout has been one of my favorite experiences as an RD at APU.  I love the chance to gain focus for the upcoming year and develop relationships with students that go deep on an emotional level.  This trip challenges me in many ways—physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally, spiritually, etc.  It is a journey of learning how to relay on God and trust Him to get me through every day of my life.

Walkabout Pictures

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