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Campus Life
NEWSLETTER
 

A message from Vice President Calhoun

Dear Campus Life Colleagues,

We are living and working in extraordinary times!  So, let me begin by saying “thank you” and how much I appreciate all that you have done to facilitate a thoughtful and humane response to this devastating public health crisis. A crisis that touches every aspect of our lives.

It is during these extraordinary times that communities begin to show who and what they really are.  I am reminded that Princeton University and Campus Life are who and what the people who work here are—resilient, caring, hardworking, thoughtful and deeply compassionate.  Thank you for bringing all of these qualities to your work—especially at this time.

Currently, 430 undergraduate students and many graduate students continue to live and study on campus.  As you might imagine, many of our students remain here because this is the most stable and secure environment that they have to support them as we face this global emergency.   I’m encouraged by the efforts that everyone is making to remotely support our students both on- and off-campus.

As Campus Life colleagues, doing important student facing work, I ask that you take care of yourself as you take care of our student community—even from a distance.

I look forward the time when we can all gather together—in-person—and I appreciate what each of you is doing in the meantime.

All the best & stay safe,
Rochelle

In this issue, we bring you:

A few newsworthy items, professional development opportunities, and Campus Life in action.

News & Announcements

The latest updates for the University community about COVID-19 are available on the University’s coronavirus website. The site contains recent communications with important information for students, faculty and staff, as well as FAQs.

COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

Virtual Community Building

In order to decrease social isolation and increase social connection while students are away from campus or quarantined on campus, Campus Life units have decided to work together to offer a wide variety of virtual community building offerings for the spring semester.

The virtual community website contains offerings for undergraduate and graduate students in three categories: virtual activities calendar, things you can do anytime and virtual campus resources.

If you would like to add any events, workshops or resources to the site, please email Leanna Jahnke or Judy Jarvis in the Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement (OWCE).

OWCE is centralizing the efforts and is also leading weekly check-in calls Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Email Judy to be added to the weekly call invite.

To help get the word out to students about these events and resources, OWCE asks that all Campus Life units and sub-units please:
  1. Include a link to the virtual community building page on any of your websites that would make sense: https://winter.princeton.edu/virtual
     
  2. Share the following blurb with your student listservs and networks:
Sample blurb

"We’re going to make sure Campus Life at Princeton is still a thing.
 
So once you get settled, please check out the virtual community building activities, workshops and more that the offices in Campus Life and their partners are offering for undergraduate and graduate students here: https://winter.princeton.edu/virtual
 
The offerings will include meditation sessions, virtual group movie nights, worship services, professional development workshops, fitness classes, games and MORE! Check back each week to see what else has been added to the schedule.
 
Sponsored by Campus Life offices and the Graduate School. Questions, or want to add an event to the calendar? Email Leanna or Judy in the Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement, who is centralizing the efforts: k.leanna.jahnke@princeton.edu orjj20@princeton.edu"
 

Professional Development Opportunities

ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES

●  Employee Learning Center​ ​(topic-specific courses – online)

●  Employee Resource Groups​ (comprised of faculty and staff who share common backgrounds and interests, and provide opportunities to engage across campus)

●  HR Tools and Materials​ (​templates, worksheets, planning tools)

●  HR-Career Development​ ​(individual coaching sessions for career direction)

●  LinkedIN Learning (previously lynda.com)

Whiteness and Recognition Skills
 

Monday, April 6, 2020, 12-1 p.m.
Location: TBD
Please RSVP by Thursday, April 2, 2020 by noon and indicate any accommodation needs.
 

Campus Life New Employee Orientation Program Postponed

The Campus Life New Employee Orientation Program scheduled for March 24 has been postponed. Attendees are welcome to join us for the fall session in September of 2020.

The goal of the New Employee Orientation Program is to provide our newest employees from across Campus Life (Pace, Religious Life, Athletics, Health Services, Office of the VPCL, Career Services, Diversity and Inclusion, and ODUS) the chance to learn more about many key topics.

These include: information on engagement opportunities outside the workplace (both on Princeton’s campus and in the local community), a broader view of the functions of Campus Life units, hearing colleagues’ personal perspectives on what contributes to professional development and achieving success at this institution, and cross-department colleague connection and networking!

Campus Life New Employee Orientations occur twice each year, once in March and again in September. If you have new staff joining at anytime from now until September, please email Anne Laurita know so the new staff member in your area can be invited to the next session.

Campus Life in Action

While most students are no longer on campus, the units that make up Campus Life are still hard at work supporting them.
As we all move into a new virtual learning environment, we invite you to learn about what some of your colleagues are doing to help students during this stressful time.

A special thank you to our colleagues in University Health Services for supporting the health and well-being of our campus community!

 
The Center for Career Development is offering virtual advising appointments for undergraduate and graduate students, and is working on putting together virtual events for students. Many students' summer plans are likely to be disrupted, so please remind them that career advisers are available to help them!

The John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement is listening to students and community, and is working on offering resources and virtual events to help students serve and engage in the local community and at home. Many students will be thinking about how they can engage in their home communities, so please remind them that the Pace Center is available to help them navigate how best to support others

The Department of Athletics is continuing to support student-athletes' performance with the assistance of tech-based platforms that deliver training protocols and permit for regular performance focused virtual meetings, Student-athlete services will continue to provide students remote support and reflection opportunities, and compliance staff will be in close communication with the NCAA and Ivy League to determine athletic and academic eligibility of student-athletes, and answer any questions of current or incoming student-athletes. A number of written, video, and photo reflections also provided an opportunity to recognize the seniors and teams who saw their seasons cut short, and showcase "Princeton Pride" across the programs. Campus Recreation is offering virtual fitness classes and more. 

The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students is continuing to support students throughout this unprecedented time.  Directors of Student Life will continue to virtually meet with students, train and supervise RCAs, and provide support for all our students.  Student organizations, student government, and activities are also supported during this time, with virtual advising and financial oversight, community-building, and student-sponsored virtual events launching as classes resume.

The Office of Religious Life continues to promote the care and support for the many religious and secular communities that flourish at Princeton. Daily meditation and other virtual programs are being offered. 

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, including the staff in the LGBT, Women*s,  and Carl A. Fields Centers will host virtual community engagement opportunities for our family, support, mentoring, and discussion groups in online formats—Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Additionally, they are scheduling video meetings for one-on-one support and guidance.
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