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WHy THEy STAy

the people who come face-to-face with
students on a regular basis who provide
the positive growth experiences for
students that enable them to identify
their goals and talents and learn how to
put them to use. The caring attitude of
college personnel is viewed as the most
potent retention force on a campus.”
First-year college students seek an
educational environment where they
know they are valued and that people
care about them. The connection to
one caring person is all it takes to
accomplish this. We have all witnessed
students immediately uploading photos
from end-of-the-year banquets to
Facebook, sharing the experience with
others outside the group to proudly say,
“Look at me, I belong!” It is our job to
inspire all our students and to provide
the kind of experiences that will change
the lives of those we serve.

know they have become members
of a community that will make
sure that if they put in the required
academic efforts, every member of the
community will engage them socially
and will do everything possible to see
that each entering student completes
his or her bachelor’s degree. Our
challenge is to put into place the
support and intervention strategies
that will impact student success as
measured by persistence and degree
completion.
To borrow words from Margaret

Mead, never doubt that a single person
can change the life of a student; indeed
it’s the only thing that ever has. Let
your life speak. Within student affairs
we are called to aspire to inspire before
we expire. How will you and your staff
change the life of a single student? ts
Larry C.
Christenson

is the executive director of
university housing at Georgia
College in Milledgeville.
He is currently working on
his dissertation about peer
connection and student
retention.

Academic affairs and student affairs
have created successful partnerships at
many institutions to provide learning
opportunities for students both inside
and outside the classroom. Making a
real difference in retention rates may,
however, require the collaborative
efforts of the entire campus. In an
article in The Chronicle of Higher
Education about decreasing graduation
rates, Tinto is quoted as saying that
retention efforts are like getting “a
fleet of small boats all to sail in the
same direction” and that improvement
depends “not on how many programs a
university has, but how coherently they
are aligned in a consistent way.”
Imagine another scenario of an
opening convocation for the first-year
class where a president speaks the
following words: “Look to your left,
look to your right; one of the three of
you will not be here at the end of this
academic year unless all three bond to
support each other to ensure that all of
you are still here until graduation day.”
What an ideal setting where students,
faculty, staff, and administrators are all
committed to the promise that no one
will be left behind. What a powerful
message it would be for students to
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
New Member Highlight
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Facilities
Regroup
Calendar
A Fair Division of Space
Why They Stay
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 1
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 2
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Table of Contents
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - New Member Highlight
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 5
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Vision
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - 7
Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Just In
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Facilities
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Talking Stick - March/April 2013 - Regroup
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