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  • November 3, 2014

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute Scholarship. We are very pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients:

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(in alphabetical order) Candice Baldwin, Elizabeth Boretz, Gaye Cooksey, Maria Fuentes-Martin, and Kristi Jovell.  Congratulations to all of you!

A reminder for those who will be attending the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, the deadline for early bird registration is November 4, 2014.  We look forward to seeing all of you there!

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  • October 28, 2014

SJG’s Valerie Szymkowicz will be speaking at the NASPA Region I Annual Conference as part of a panel program with Scott James and others, entitled “How to be young, experienced and in a leadership role on campus.” The panel presentation will feature individuals who have advanced quickly in their career and will address the challenges and opportunities faced by young individuals who have navigated the traditional career paths in higher education. Panelists will address career strategies that have been valuable to their professional growth and development and the first 90 days in leadership.

The program will take place on Tuesday, November 18 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. as part of the NASPA Region I Annual Conference in Newport, RI.  We hope you will be able to attend!

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  • October 13, 2014

On October 3, 2014, the NASPA Foundation and its Board of Directors selected Ellen Heffernan as its new member of the Class of 2015 Pillars of the Profession! The Pillars award is designed to honor members of the profession who:

  • Are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, as defined by donors and supporters;
  • Have served in leadership roles in NASPA, either regionally or nationally;
  • Are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service;
  • Have significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field.

The Foundation gave Ellen this award in recognition of her outstanding service and significant contributions to the profession. This new class of Pillars will be introduced at the 2015 Annual Conference on March 23, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As part of the Pillars program, the NASPA Foundation accepts gifts in the name of each honoree. These gifts come back to the student affairs profession as scholarships, research grants and awards. Please help us celebrate the 2015 Pillars with a donation in Ellen’s name to the NASPA Foundation. Your gifts ensure the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession and help answer the challenges we face as educators. You may donate online here.  To learn more about the Foundation’s Pillar class, go here.

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  • October 7, 2014

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group is delighted to be offering five scholarships to cover registration fees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held in Laguna Niguel, California from December 2-5, 2014. Scholarships are open to all those that wish to apply, however, there will be a preference given to women professionals from Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions. Ideally applicants should possess at least ten years experience in higher education administration in a mid- or senior-level position. There will be five awardees selected from applications received on or before October 17, 2014. To apply for a scholarship please email your resume and a brief two paragraph statement that outlines what you hope to gain professionally from attending this Institute to sjg@spelmanandjohnson.com with the subject line WLI.

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The Women’s Leadership Institute is the premier program for women leaders across campus. The program is designed for women who aspire to new or advanced leadership positions on campus. The Institute features a curriculum with an overall focus on building the next generation of leaders in higher education administration and will address such issues as leadership self-assessment, fiscal management, intercultural competencies, etc.

The Women’s Leadership Institute is co-produced by members of the Council for Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA) – ACPA, ACRL, ACUHO-I, ACUI, APPA, NACUBO, NAEP, NASPA, and NIRSA. The member registration fee will be extended to all members of these partnering associations. To register for the Institute, please visit http://www.acui.org/wli/

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  • September 25, 2014

As a new academic year begins, our friends in the fields of campus/student activities are facing several challenges. Some are fairly new challenges, while others seem to always be around.

How many offices have recently changed their name or are considering a name change? Many campus activities offices are moving toward names like the ‘Office of Student Engagement’ or ‘Campus Engagement’ to more accurately reflect the services and programs the office is now responsible for maintaining. These offices have never only been about activities – it has always been so much more. Perhaps a name change will allow the office to garner more respect from the campus community.

Campus activities offices are being asked to do much, much more. Many other offices and departments are now reaching out to the office of campus activities for co-sponsorship and collaborative programming opportunities. This is in addition to the usual offices that campus activities has traditionally partnered with throughout the year. When the rest of the campus discovers the reach and impact campus activities can have with students, these different offices want to work with campus activities. While this is a wonderful recognition of the work of student activities, finding ways to add programs/activities to an already packed schedule with no more hours in a day, adds to the stress of trying to “be everything to everyone,” that many offices feel today.

Share with us your experiences of these challenges. Are you being pulled in a hundred different directions? Are you thinking of changing your office’s name or have you done so recently? We would love to hear from you, and about the ways that you are managing the increased expectations of your office.

Continuing with the theme of challenges to campus activities offices, this month we are also discussing financial resources.

Resources, particularly financial, are always an issue. It does not matter what type of campus you work on, large, small, public, private — finances can impede progress and create obstacles for innovation. Many campus activities offices are funded through some type of student fee. Usually this is a fee charged to each student to help provide them with a vibrant on-campus community as part of their classroom experiences. Generally, fees not only supports programs and services, but sometimes staff and student salaries. Students paying this fee can enjoy most, if not all of the activities/services for free, or for an additional modest fee depending on the event. Most institutions give a portion of this fee back to student organizations through a funding process, thereby allowing students to pursue their own creative activities that further their interests and passions.

The days of thinking the student activity fee will always be a secure, protected source of funding are now in question. Institutions are beginning to question this revenue source and, in some cases, they have started to look at ways in which other departments/offices might use these funds. As budgets tighten, this fee represents some potential funding relief for larger institutional projects. However, repurposing these funds comes with its own problems, as many fees represent a negotiated contract between the students and the institution. There is a cost to all of these decisions as well as potential benefits.

Another aspect of the fee discussion entails the students who pay the fee, but may not ever access the associated services. This argument has been prevalent on campuses for years. At the University of Southern California, a system was created to allow graduate students to opt out of paying the fee. In doing so, they waived their access to any and all privileges associated with this fee, including travel grants to support their academic research. More recently, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has allowed its students to opt in to paying the fee for the first time. Those choosing to opt out of this program may not utilize the services/activities supported by the fee. Does this means that organizers of an event must now check to see which students have paid the fee and are allowed entry to the event? In addition, some students still pay this fee but if they do not opt in, the fee that would have gone to student-organized programming, will be re-allocated to other services for students. It is unclear if the student can select where that money will go.

Another topic for discussion at a later time would be fees and distance learners. At some institutions, these students do not pay the fee, yet they wish to access services supported by this fee or even other, more traditional on-campus services. How do we work with these students to create a positive college experience for them?

What are you experiencing on your campus? Are you concerned that your fee may be repurposed? We would love to hear from you.

 

This article was written by SJG Search Associate Heather Larabee. Comments or questions? Please feel free to add your comments! You can also reach out to us here or @sjgsearch!

 

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  • August 27, 2014

We wanted to share a great article from the July 2014 issue of Money Magazine by Kim Clark, entitled “What to Ask at Career Services: A college’s placement office is now one of the most important stops on the tour.”  The article covers important topics that students should discuss at their career services office, including staff, types of services, career preparation, and internships.

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To read the full article, follow the PDF link:  What to Ask At Career Services – Money Article

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  • July 1, 2014

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Greetings from SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group!

With the long days of summer ahead, it is time to consider grabbing a favorite cool beverage and a good book to nurture body and soul. In the spirit of the season, we thought we would share a few publications on our favorite topic of higher education that have proved especially insightful. Perhaps you will want to tuck a volume or two into your bag before heading off for a well-deserved summer retreat!

SJG’s suggested Summer 2014 Reading List includes:

Presidencies Derailed: Why University Presidents Fail and How to Prevent It
Authors:  Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, and E. Grady Bogue
Publisher:  Johns Hopkins University Press – July 2013

During 2009 and 2010 alone, 50 college and university leaders resigned, retired early, or were forced out. The authors of Presidencies Derailed set out to determine whether a pattern existed. The authors provide a thoroughly researched account of career incidents that led to the downfall of leaders in private institutions, public universities, and community colleges.

Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must
Author:  Paul L. Gaston
Publisher:  Stylus Publishing – December 2013

This book addresses this question head-on, asking whether accreditation is indeed in need of radical reform, and the agencies’ authority should be curtailed; or whether in fact, as accrediting agencies maintain, ensuring rigorous and consistent standards and degrees are a reliable gauge of student attainment.

Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Searches
Author:  Christopher D. Lee
Publisher:  Stylus Publishing – June 2014

Finding the right candidate for administrative, professional, and faculty positions is one of the most important tasks that any institution or enterprise undertakes. However, few higher education professionals receive training on the search committee process, but are expected to serve on, or lead, committees. This book provides advice, training, and a step-by-step guide for conducting a rigorous, thorough search.

We hope you enjoy these selections – they are available online and through your local independent bookseller or public library.

Have a terrific summer!

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  • May 15, 2014

Jeannette Cabrera Palacios was given the NAER 2014 Hall of Fame Award.  NAER sponsors the Recruiter’s Hall of Fame–an award that honors professionals in the executive search industry. Induction into the NAER Executive Recruiter’s Hall of Fame is restricted to those individuals that have demonstrated leadership in the profession of executive search and that possess a substantive and proven career history of superior contribution to the practice of executive search.  Congratulations Jeannette!

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  • May 1, 2014

SJG – The Spelman and Johnson Group would like to thank all of the speakers who contributed to this year’s Annual 2014 NAER (National Association of Executive Recruiters) Conference.  Shout outs go to David Campbell, President and Chief Operating Officer at Chernoff Newman, Peggy Binette, Assistant Director of News & International Communications at the University of South Carolina, Derry London, Manager for Social Media at CBS TV News WLTX, Rob Schaller, Director of Communications & Social Media at the University of South Carolina Law School, Tye Price, Vice President of Marketing Strategy at Chernoff Newman, Karen Luchka Wingo, Associate Attorney at Fisher & Phillips, and Adrianne Buckley, Chernoff Newman’s Public Relations specialist, who helped lead the presentation on crisis management.

 

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  • April 6, 2014

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group is proud to present our brand new website! The beautiful, original new artwork you see is by Sarah Knotz, a graphic artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah earned a 2006 BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design before pursuing her 2010 MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She draws inspiration for her work by exploring new cities, constant immersion in music, books, and films, and watching the seasons change in NYC. You can view her website at: http://www.sarahknotz.com/about/

We have also given our logo a bit of a facelift with a new color scheme, which you might have seen in our annual card, produced through a collaboration with a wonderful paper and mixed media artist Donna Beck from 230am Studio (http://www.230amstudio.com/) and an amazing, local letterpress printer Steve Nartowicz from Paper Stone Printing (www.paperstoneprinting.com).

Our new website is designed to more easily guide both institutions and job seekers to the information and resources they need. It also offers some new features, including:

For institutions considering using a search firm:

  • Details about our client institutions and the specific type of searches we have conducted
  • Information about SJG’s support and development of a leadership pipeline and talent identification
  • Details about SJG ‘s support and identification of professionals of color
  • A national perspective on higher education and the leadership requirements that institutions will need moving forward
  • Information on ways to make the search process more impactful and efficient—whether you use a firm or not

For professionals seeking some advice:

  • Lots of information for improving your professional brand
  • Details about professional development opportunities in higher education
  • Information about the job search process when you are working with a search firm

Thanks for visiting and we hope you enjoy our new home on the web!

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