Understanding Media Habits Among First-Year Students
Mount Ida’s Center for Community Engagement, established in July 2016, and serves as the formal home for all aspects of the curricular and co-curricular service and civic experiences at Mount Ida College. Stemming from its coalition that was formed as part of the Voter Friendly Campus designation process, the Center has been collaborating with Mount Ida’s Library staff to create programming that will enhance our campus community’s information literacy, especially as it relates to consumption of media. Our goals were two-fold: 1) gain quantitative insight as to how first-year students interact with media and 2) provide a space for students to discuss fake news, media bias, and social interactions regarding this topic. To gain access to as many first-year students as we could, we worked with our institution’s first-year seminar program to schedule individual class times to run these workshops for as many faculty that wanted to have us. We have completed 8 of these workshops to date (with 8 more to go), with the goal of interacting with 85% of Mount Ida’s first-year student population.
We The People
This document, the Constitution of the United States, was signed by 39 delegates. The namesake of my institution, George Mason, was among three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution. “At the Constitutional Convention, Mason vigorously opposed the provision that allowed the slave trade to continue until 1808 (despite being a slaveholder himself), … he also vehemently objected to powers granted to the new government, which he believed to be ill-defined and overzealous. … His criticism of the rights given to the federal government over the people and states helped bring about the Bill of Rights as an addendum to the Constitution.”
Tragedy in Las Vegas
The students, staff, and faculty of University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), located a few miles from the hotel, reacted swiftly to the horrific news. The University’s arena, the Thomas & Mack Center, opened up to concert evacuees and became a drop-off point for donations. The following morning, UNLV released a statement expressing, in part, gratitude: “The outpouring of generosity has been remarkable. We are…grateful to our faculty, staff, and students for their flexibility and efforts to come together as a university community.” On Tuesday, a campus candlelight vigil attracted over 800 people.
From Campus to Congress: Training Leaders for Today and Tomorrow
For Michella Mousaed, a leader on student government, the connection is clear. “My work on campus allows me to have a preview of taking on a political position and participating in senate meetings,” She’s shared with me her intent to run for state senate in the future and credits the encouragement she’s received from colleagues and mentors. Michella is not alone in this confidence. Angel Iwuoma, another member of student government, shared, “From promoting the voice of the student body, to solving complex issues on campus, to addressing the needs of students, I know my experience will aid in my future political endeavors.” Like Michella, she has future political plans after graduation.
Disability Knowledge Community - Elections Nominations Committee Information
We are soliciting nominations of members to serve as the next Chair, or Co-chairs, for NASPA’s Disability Knowledge Community. The KC Chair is elected for a three-year term: one year (March, 2018-March 2019) as KC Chair-/Co-chair-elect and two years (March 2019-March 2021) as KC Chair/Co-chairs.
Acknowledging Veteran Student Leadership: the Colmery Forever GI Bill
As classes start at institutions around the country, excitement and anticipation undoubtedly abound. United States veterans and military-connected students may find extra reasons to look forward to their futures following the summer passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the "Forever GI Bill". In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy,Teri Lyn Hinds, previews some of the key features of the Colmery GI Bill and advocate for the contributions veteran students make to campuses around the country.