Resource: National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs

Many departments in our division focus on supporting growth in leadership skills within our students at BSU.

We have an institutional membership to the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.  Their resource section includes some of the most current publications on the topic of leadership particularly focused on the college student population.

Their website is available here:

Should you be interested in access to some of the resources limited to members, please contact me at for login information.

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Free Resource: Assessment Systems that Succeed

This resource is from ACPA’s “Video on Demand” series and talks about the persuasiveness of numerical data.

Happy Annual Report writing!

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Free resource: Design Slides like a Champion

Over the course of the summer we will feature some great free resources that can help enhance our work as higher education professionals through posts on this blog.

Many of us give presentations, right? Today’s free resource is from Courtney O’Connell who shares her tips on how to “design slides like a champion”.

Enjoy the great information here!

-Cindy Kane

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Money money money…. MONEY!!!!

financial wellbeing

Our first Well-Being series was kicked off the morning of Tuesday 2/17/15 with Dr. Margaret Brooks discussing the ideology behind Financial Well-Being. Dr. Brooks shared some candid experiences growing up, her journey to where she is today, and some of the organizations she volunteers for in order to help spread financial literacy. It was inspiring to hear someone with a relatable background to myself as well as relatable to our student population.

Dr. Brooks brought up a Ted Talk, “Are We in Control of Our Decisions” which brought to light the concept of “decision illusions; understanding our cognitive limitations”. The Ted Talk presenter used the example of the amount of people willing to participate in the organ donation process through the DMV in Europe. Some countries had a low rate of participation while other countries had close to 100% participation. The answer for this was revealed in the way the question was asked on the DMV form. The question on the DMV form for the countries with 100% participation was designed that if the box wasn’t checked, you are enrolled into the organ donation program. Which meant that people who overlooked the question, or who didn’t understand it, did not check the box and therefore became an organ donor. The Ted Talk presenter used this example to discuss the need to understand our cognitive limitations.

Dr. Brooks brought this to light in our group discussion around Lottery Winners who resulted in bankruptcy or a failed end. We discussed what the reasons for these negative results were and shared several thoughts as to help us understand why. The need for financial literacy is especially important for our student population as well as our employees. The chapter offered the following tips for promoting financial well-being:

– Set up automatic defaults for bills and contributions to savings

– Give to others/donate

– Spend money on experiences

– Wealth = financial security + your happiness with your standard of living

– Identify you influences of financial decisions


Do you have a plan to become financially well?  How would you define your financial wellbeing?


George Marshall Jr is a Residence Director in Woodward Hall.

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I _______ my job!

How do you finish that statement?  Love? Hate? Like? Dislike? Of the five areas of wellbeing, Career/purpose is considered to be the most important. Think about the amount of time that we spend at our place of employment each day as opposed to our personal lives. For most, our jobs take up a significant part of our day and become part of our identity, but do we really enjoy what we do? Or is the best part of our day the final hour spent anticipating the minute we get to bolt?

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

This is the mantra of people with high career wellbeing.  Individuals in this group enjoy their work days almost as much as their weekends.  This carries over to their personal lives, relationships, and can actually have positive health benefits.

Or you may hate your job, think your boss is a jerk, and spend your entire weekend dreading Monday morning.  This too, carries over.  People with low career wellbeing are at higher risk for psychological and physiological problems.  And we thought it was just a job?

The career wellbeing session gave me a lot to ponder.  Prior to this session, I did not fully realize the effects of being engaged or disengaged at work or how much a supervisor can directly impact both.

Having spent several years climbing the corporate ladder at a well-known, monochromatic, package delivery company, I wholeheartedly agree that having low career wellbeing is physically and mentally exhausting.  I have found that work stressors generally do not punch a time clock.  They tend to travel home with you and become part of the family.  This benefits no one.

The good news is that we can change our membership in either group, as well as, our level of engagement and “never work” again.  By the way, I love my job! My boss is great. I get along with my coworkers. Life is good.


Cheryl Amaral is an Admin II in the BSU Wellness Center

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A Brief Lesson on the History of the Rainbow Flag


I was talking with a few lgbt students last week in the Bear’s Den and I was surprised to hear that they didn’t know about where the rainbow flag came from or its significance.  As an old timer I shared what I knew with the students. Surprisingly they were interested and did give me that look that some 18-22 year olds gives their parents when they are bored or uninterested. As we move in to the season of celebrating pride especially the BSU Annual Rainbow Keynote later this month, I thought it was fitting to also share this brief “history lesson” with my Student Affairs colleagues.

The rainbow flag was first used to symbolize gay pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and the original was hand-dyed. It first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The flag consisted of eight stripes and Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors: hot pink = sex, red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, turquoise = magic, blue = serenity, violet = spirit.

The flag currently consists of six colored stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow. The rainbow flag, sometimes called the freedom flag, has been used as a symbol of gay pride and gay rights since the 1980s.

 Mark Your Calendars:

March 31, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
BSU Rainbow Keynote


Brian Salvaggio is the Assistant Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs

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Wellbeing – Social

When thinking about the different aspects of one’s personal wellbeing, it is really important to remember our social wellbeing.  We are social beings and without connections to others it is difficult for us to thrive.  In our discussion about Social Wellbeing, Brian Salvaggio led us in a discussion exploring some different parts of how our connections with others can increase our happiness, reduce stress and help us through tough times.

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of social wellbeing is that our broader social network can impact our own happiness.  If your friend is happy, you are 15% more likely to be happy.  If a friend of that friend is happy, you are still 10% more likely to be happy!  To me it is like the butterfly effect, how our actions, our attitude and our approach to life can really make a much larger impact then we might realize.  You might say that 10% increase in likelihood isn’t a big deal, but an increase in salary of $10,000 only increases your likelihood of happiness by 2%.   Just shows how important it is to make connections and keep them strong to help improve your overall wellbeing.

Matt Miller is the Associate Director in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

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