Arts Support and Management
Student Advisory Council
August 2016 - May 2018
The Student Advisory Council's mission is to ensure that student concerns have a platform to be anonymously put forward and discussed with the Theatre Department Head. Every year, each class elects two representatives. The Advisory Council meets bi-weekly to problem-solve concerns from the student population, and with the the Department Head about three times a semester to discuss problems "above our pay grade."
The Chair's responsibilities include: communicating directly with the Department Head; and with the Head of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; facilitating meetings; creating an agenda for each meeting that includes (among other things) checking on past ideas, discussing new student concerns, and clarifying action items that will be addressed during the two weeks between meetings.
As chair, I specifically make a point to ensure that all council members have a voice in creating solutions and to ask clarifying questions so that everyone stays on the same page.
Recruitment and Retention Committee
2016 - 2018
The Recruitment and Retention Committee is responsible for planning all theatre-related outreach efforts to recruit new students to Colorado State University. We also develop strategies and programs to enrich the learning environment of the department's current students. The Committee strives to ensure that CSU's highly motivated theatre students feel fulfilled, challenged, and at home here in the Rockies.
Theatre Department Mentoring Program
Founder and Mentor
April 2017 - May 2018
The Theatre Department Mentoring Program grew out of a need discovered through the Student Advisory Council for more one-on-one connectivity throughout the Colorado State University Theatre Department. Because Theatre is such an enormous time commitment in students' lives, most are unable to join traditional mentoring outlets available on campus such as an Academic Learning Community or Greek Life. Additionally, joining a learning community as tight-knit and complex as educational theatre proved confusing and isolating for our transfer students.
To address these concerns, we developed a peer mentoring program within the CSU Theatre Department. Mentors are interviewed during the last week of classes in the spring semester by our staff coordinator and at least two other current mentors. Mentors are paired together to form "families." Throughout the summer, mentors learn about stress management, conflict resolution, and sexual assault reporting from several CSU resource centers. Mentors are paired with Freshmen and Transfer students during the first few weeks of school based on an interest survey and ice-breaker events. Throughout the semester, Mentors meet with their Mentees about once a week, as well as meeting with their "family" groups once a month.
Liberal Arts Technology Fee Advisory Board
The College of Liberal Arts Technology Fee at Colorado State University pays for continuous services provided to students, such as printing and computer lab equipment. Additionally, one-time fees can be approved for the purchase of equipment relevant to a particular field of study. For example, the Theatre Department has been approved one-time fee allowances for 3D printers and a new washer and dryer. The student representative's job on the Advisory Board is to attend all meetings held during the semester to approve and sign off on approved fees. The goal is to give CLA students a voice in how their money is spent, as well as ensuring that the technology fee is being used for things that directly benefit students.
President's Leadership Program
The President's Leadership Program at Colorado State University is a selective three year leadership development experience for undergraduate students. Students learn the Social Change Model of Leadership which focuses on recognizing a person's leadership potential at an individual, group, and community level to enact positive change that aligns with the values of the group the change is affecting.
Students participate in retreats, internships, and service projects that give them the opportunity to apply the leadership theory learned in the classroom.
Each year of the President's Leadership Program is an independent learning experience. While the program curriculum is cohesive, students may choose to participate in one or more years of the program as all of the years have a different focus.