The Traditions Committee met on March 7 for the first time. We are still looking for an alumna from an Even class who would be interested in volunteering for the Committee, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and available (either in
person or via conference call or Skype/Facetime.) After introductions we discussed the Committee’s charge and timeline. Then identified resources for information on traditions and began to discuss the traditions list presented by Amy L. Before our next meeting, the students who were present agreed to begin the process of getting feedback from current students at the next WCGA Pizza Talk and later at dedicated class meetings. Future topics for the Committee to consider include how to bring ADP students into the fold, continued examination of individual traditions past and present, and how the college can
support specific traditions to make them more inclusive for the entire student body.
Wilson College Traditions List
Student Center Committee February 26, 2013
Members: Philip Lindsay, Sherri Sadowski, Janelle Wills, Brian Ecker, Katelyn Wingerd, Johanna Romain
A student survey conducted recently about a student center was discussed. The committee created the following list of what an ideal student center would include (brainstorming session):
- Open 24 hours
- Food option/snack kiosk
- Space for a lounge setting – host programs/ movies
- Living room space – comfortable furniture
- Flexible space to make larger or smaller rooms
- Academic gateway
- Variety of seating spaces
- Computer lab
- Sound system
- Flexible lighting – variety of lighting options
- Dance area
- Stage area for small bands/entertainers
- Big screen TV’s
- Plug in areas for various technologies
- Gaming Center
- Ping pong tables
- Pool tables
- Air hockey
- Foosball tables
- Club and organization space – series of separate rooms
- Staffed desk for support – is this useful?
Longer term needs
Student services offices – CAB, Career Services, Academic Support Center, Advising
A Pizza talk has been scheduled for March 20th at 8:30 to invite all students to discuss their vision for a new student center. We plan to create a list of top items to share with this group to gage their interest and support for these items. We would also welcome other suggestions
February 14, 2013
Members: Brian Speer, Mary Ann Naso, Linda Brittain, Freya Burnett, Brian Ecker
The communication plan was discussed and we expect to communicate a new plan after Premier Weekend, March 23 and 24, 2013. The message to current students is that no student will pay more than the lowered book price of $23,745. An analysis of net tuition goals will be completed by the Financial Aid Department. We will look into the impact of moving to a dollar amount of aid from a percentage. Financial literacy will be included in the first year seminar. There will be lectures design around financial literacy along with seminars presented by external parties (e.g. banks). It was discussed that financial literacy programming offered thru career services should begin as a freshman.
February 25, 2013
Members: Brian Speer, Mary Ann Naso, Linda Brittain, Freya Burnett, Leslie Hoover, Brian Ecker
The media push for the value and affordability implementation continues to be the focus of the Communication Department. The Communication Department is in the process of putting together an affordability brochure. New names for scholarship merit awards and using a fixed amount for each award as opposed to a percentage was discussed. We also discussed the idea of creating a full tuition award. Scholarship amount would be fixed for the total time at the school. Financial literacy will be included in the first year seminar. The group talked about including outsourced programs around financial literacy. The course work will include follow-up assignments to look at what will happen after the student graduates. We will evaluate including some financial literacy programming in the senior year.
March 7, 2013
Members: Mary Ann Naso, Freya Burnett, Leslie Hoover, Brian Ecker
The committee reviewed some suggested edits to the draft scholarship documents previously discussed. The working draft of the debt buyback program was reviewed in detail. It was agreed to add a pledge component for the students/parents to agree to only borrow what was necessary for their annual educational expenses and the continuous full time enrollment criteria was subject to appeal. A review of information on financial literacy has been started. Freya has talked with Anne and plans to include financial literacy as part of the senior year. One idea is to present financial literacy topics in a seminar format for upper classmen. We discussed the idea of scheduling ongoing seminars each fall seminar to help with financial training around topics like budgeting, mortgages, car loans, and retirement. Leslie to ask seniors what would be helpful to know as they plan to leave college. We will want to sell these training seminars as a benefit to student.
The full committee has met three times. Out of these meetings the following actions have or will occur:
• Hosted a meeting with Wilson staff members to learn their thinking about what the college may need to address to recruit male students. Their suggestions have been added to the “Recommendations” that appear below.
• Hosted a meeting with Wilson faculty for the same purpose.
• Identifying a time to meet with all full-time male students for their input.
• Made arrangements for a focus group of male students at Shippensburg High School. Currently working with James Buchanan and CASHS for the same.
• Prof. Lisa Woolley accompanied VP Naso for a visit with the entire CASHS guidance staff and their college counselor where all plans for Wilson’s future were presented as was faculty perspective on writing, small classes and academic rigor.
• Enrollment and Athletics will co-host an event on campus for secondary school guidance personnel, athletic coaches and athletic directors and for the counseling staffs of community colleges on Tuesday, April 30.
Due to the snow day, retention did not meet. However when we reschedule
we will be looking at the ADP survey which was completed last week; we
will ascertain areas in which we need to prioritize issues/ideas. The
committee is also being invited to the customer service presentation by
Disney on March 19th (Tuesday, 1-2 Brooks Aud (or TBA);, and the final
area is we are reading: An Open Letter to College and University
Leaders: College Completion must be Our Priority. Distributed by
National Commission on Higher Education.