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security for all residents. These include
lighting, walkways, bike routes, public
transportation, closed-circuit television
cameras, and so forth.

resources (i.e., community boards, etc.)
have proven most valuable in building
those relationships? Why do you think
that is?

Stockton: I believe the university has
shown it cares about student behavior
and is not just willing to allow students
to do whatever they want in town, and
that has been great for the relationship.
Also a more shared vision and
collaboration has grown for the city and
the university over the last few years
and has been positive. The majority
of people that live in Bloomington are
used to dealing with students and know
when it's best to leave town for the
weekend.

Leonard: The citizens of Lexington are
impressively patient with our students,
particularly in a neighborhood where
student and local resident housing is
interspersed throughout a four or five
block area. The fact that our students
are engaged in community watch
programs, local Habitat for Humanity
builds, the Bonner program, Campus
Kitchen, tutoring in the local schools,
coaching, and a multitude of other
endeavors surely enhances the towngown relationship.

Fox: Simply put, I think being good
neighbors is a shared value. Another
shared value is stepping up to
support one another during a crisis or
difficult moment. When my campus
is managing a crisis, it is typical for
our local leaders to be on site, by
our side or calling us to offer the full
resources of the village when needed.
There is a tremendous ethic of care
for the students here, and in my role
I appreciate having established good
partnerships in town.

Frost: We have teamed up on a number
of grant proposals which have been
helpful. We used to jointly fund a
police community support officer who
specifically focused on the university
community, which was very positive.
This stopped because the police pulled
their funding, unfortunately.
Talking Stick: What strategies or

Pierson: About five years ago, the
university developed a neighborhood
liaison program where full-time
university staff members live in
apartments in our three surrounding
neighborhoods and mediate student
and permanent neighbor relations.
In addition, Neighborhood CARE
(Connect, Advocate, Respect, Engage)
is a university-wide committee
consisting of members from across
the university who are responsible for
educating students on how to be good
neighbors, providing neighbors with
timely information regarding campus
events, and overseeing relationshipbuilding initiatives.

Stockton: The dean of students'
regular meeting with community
members has been really helpful to
alleviate fears of local residents.

Fox: We maintain a formal structure
for standing meetings between town/
gown such as our quarterly meetings
on campus. This has helped individuals
in key leadership roles get to know
each other better and talk openly about
opportunities and challenges. We
maintain informal check-ins, whether
it be an occasional coffee meeting
between the dean of students and the
village representative or attending an
athletic event together. And we pick up
the phone when something comes up
in between meetings.
We utilize technology to promote
community events. An example
would be our new TOWN & GOWN
informational newsletter, which
represents a partnership between
Denison University and the Chamber
of Commerce. It features events going
on at Denison and in the village. Our
campus calendar also promotes events
that are open to the public. Granville and
Denison also launched apps that provide
easy access to public information
relevant to students and residents.

Leonard: Primary strategies and
resources have been meetings to discuss
issues with top law enforcement officials
and student affairs officials and a robust
campus community coalition (CCC)
consisting of community members,
landlords, student affairs staff, students,
and law enforcement personnel.
Student leaders of the coalition are
co-advised by student affairs staff and
meet regularly to discuss topics such
as noise, trash, recycling, community
and law enforcement concerns, and
programs. The CCC hosts community
gatherings in the fall and winter to listen
to and address neighborhood concerns,
provide flyers and announcements to
neighborhoods prior to large student
social events, facilitate a fall and spring
roadside clean-up, provide community
members with cell phone numbers
of student leaders who live in houses
adjacent to subdivisions, and reach
out directly to neighbors to address
individual incidents of concern.

Frost: We have an established email
account which people can use to contact
the university with concerns, praise (I
wish!), or general queries. While this
has been around for a long time, it
used to switch every year in terms of
who was responsible for this, which led
to inconsistent approaches. In recent
years it has come under the purview
of the residence life office (lucky me!),
and we've spent a considerable time
building strong relationships within the
university and externally.
Additionally, registering students
to vote is always a good move for us.
We work with the elections office to
promote registrations at key points
throughout the year, and we host a
polling site on campus for elections.
This helps the local councilors
recognize our students as constituents.

Lubin: The district partnership allows
the city departments to work together
with the university and the citizens
of the district at a common table.
This is huge and allows for common
understanding and compromise toward
common values and goals. 
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016
Contents
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Special Focus
Regroup
ACUHO-I Awards
Thinking Ahead
Working Overtime
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Vision
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Just In
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Calendar
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Regroup
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Around Student Affairs
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