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RES LIFE
and teams coordinate to volunteer their
time certainly reinforces the message
that such work is valued broadly across
campus," says Scott Mirabile, assistant
professor of psychology at St. Mary's.
Mirabile has been an integral player
in the success of the move-in crew. "I
do it because college can be scary for
some students; it's a huge transition,
and the sources of support they'd
previously relied on (parents, friends)
are usually no longer around." The
move-in crew showcases "a caring,
helpful community, and helping move
a student into a room is a small step
toward getting to know them as people,
not just as students in a classroom."
Getting volunteers prepared
for move-in is a big undertaking.
Goldwater takes great care to make sure
that first-time volunteers understand
how important their role is to building
community, but she also makes sure
they take time to care for themselves.

"Volunteers are expected to not overload
themselves, for their own safety and
the safety of the student's belongings,"
she says. "We tend to have so many
volunteers that they swoop in on a car
en masse, empty the car in about a
minute (families are instructed to move
the car to a parking lot as soon as the
car is unloaded), and then get the items
to the student's room within about five
minutes!" Mirabile describes the sight
as impressive. "The event has the spirit
and energy of a pep rally and the brute
efficiency of an ant-pile." And the work
involves much more than just moving
boxes; helping students move in allows
parents to begin their transition as well.
"Work like this allows families to spend
time in their room getting the student
set up, decorating, talking, getting ready
to say goodbye," Mirabile explains.
"By literally doing the heavy lifting for
them, we let families and students
better spend their time together and
remember those happy hours much

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more fondly than they would the time
spent hauling boxes up stairs."
Another way for student volunteers
to give back to their own campus, as
well as the surrounding community, is
to provide food for those in need. "We
have an active food pantry on campus.
Faculty and staff, as well as students,
donate non-perishable food to the food
pantry, and any member of the college
community can go in and take what
they need," says Goldwater. In 2013,
Stony Brook University in New York -
modeling a program at Oregon State
University in Corvallis - opened its own
pantry in the basement of a residence
hall. Community members not only
donate goods but also volunteer their
time to staff the center and educate the
community. Chad Nuttall notes that,
during his time at Ryerson University
in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, simple

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Talking Stick - November/December 2015
Contents
New Members
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business
Special Focus
Completing the Loop
Perfect Partners
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Cover2
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 1
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 2
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Contents
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 4
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 5
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - New Members
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 7
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Vision
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 9
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Just In
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 11
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Calendar
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 21
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Transitions
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 23
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 27
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Business
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 30
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Completing the Loop
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