Graduating senior, was looking mainly for internships and lightly at GA options, curious how people's searches/plans are going with hiring freezes
Hello from sunny Miami!
How can we support and engage our staff with online zoom meetings, since we can't pay them to work. Supporting Graduating seniors as well.
Mark Garneau - University of Miss (Pro Staff)
What are other Universities and Campus Recs doing in response to Covid-19 crisis?
as students what kind of support, content, or connection are you looking for from your department? What is the best way for us to support?
Jules we’ve been using Netflix Party as well as I hold a weekly like “study hall” on Zoom for anyone who wants to hop in and catch up
I've heard of a few institutions doing open office hours. I think it's a good idea!
00:41:08Roberto Lopez Moreno
Over at UCSD Recreation we are holding student led community events. We are doing watch parties or board games and other things of the kind.
We technically are the students
I'm down for all the line dancing! haha
Those of you using Strava, are you joining challenges and/or clubs, or are you creating your own?
I have been calling down my contact list on a regular basis just to check in with students. not everyone answers but I leave a nice message so they know im here for them
Is there anyone on this call who is trying to prepare for dealing with the elevated stress levels that come with exams?
Most of our experiences/events do not lend themselves to a virtual format.
@Megan :I created my own club for our Competitive Sports Program. Still looking at how to get everyone to join (I just sent it out through Slack/GroupMe) and exploring how to create challenges and such.
@Tom you say you get sick of that weather now until you have to deal with a Minnesota winter.
Can you please drop the trivia link! Amazing!
Drew - can you send links for the trivia?
00:50:09Daniel Perdue - UNC-Pembroke
we pushed it across our students this week!
thank you greg
Thank you greg
and thank you tom
We’ve been doing a trivia night with our staff. It’s not too high participation but more come each week. And about half hang out after just to chat and laugh with each other
Region IV is putting together a e-Sports regional for the end of this month so there is another "end goal" for our campus intramural activities
I’ve been making brackets for various topics for my students to vote on throughout the week and then we crown a “champion” on Fridays/saturdays!
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone would like me to send you flyers and information
Hi all, I need to head out. Hang in there! Hit up Drew! Get your campus involved in trivia!
@ Bailey How are you having them vote on the brackets?
Drew can you put your info on the daily NIRSA news email.
if you esports, that is hot right now, league of leends, Doda, etc.
also for pro staff. if you are interested in giving away prizes here is the link to the google doc. Just drop your school and contact information in the sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vzt8t5cErHSV_0E7-ddanH7nScOQWXIbLssCWZKfwMo/edit?usp=sharing
Our quarter starts next week and we developed a cluster of weekly hashtags and challenges from Fort Friday to Tasty Tuesday. We are also opening an Open Gym of sorts on Thursday via zoom where students will be able to come in and just do their home workout. We plan to provide an at home workout they can do, but if they're already following a program they can just be in that virtual space with other people who are moving too!
00:54:15Daniel Perdue - UNC-Pembroke
cant lie, I’m going to use a bunch of these!!!! GREAT STUFF
Yes, all these suggestions are amazing
We are working on rolling out an Intramural Sports “TickTock-Off”
Ryan, you mentioned a watch party earlier, can you please elaborate?
do magic the Gathering
00:57:47Daniel Perdue - UNC-Pembroke
I’m trying to figure out what fortnite is. . .
Ryan - how are you doing MTG?
We had some issues with getting Netflix Party to go as well…tech issues that is...
I was totally thinking of tiger king watch party!
Stanford Aquatics has set up a group me account with our staff call COVID-Connections. Each day has a different theme. based on the votes that came in from our staff... pets & sunsets fish out of water let’s get lean, creativity crew, quarantine cuisine, stretch sesh etc
sure, we play video games, do yoga, etc., and create multiple means to view activity. Discord, twitch, IG, facebook and watch party is an option
yes lol :)
I'm scared to watch alone
nothing can prepare you
I like the Covid-Connections name!
My coordinator came up with the name I loved it! :)
Sort of change in topic. Is anyone doing a concentrated volunteer effort? Donating masks or food to food banks etc?
we do food bank once a month
We were able to donate all of our available PPE to healthcare facilities.
Stanford Aquatics donated masks and gloves to the hospitals
is anyone concerned with over saturation of social media with too many posts or challenges per day? our marketing staff are still limiting our online presence to one post per day, and
@ryan YES! Y'all are the lifeblood. we NEED you!
01:07:45Roberto Lopez Moreno
A lot of my professors assume we have more time now for schooling so they assign much more readings/work. While we do have more time, that doesn't mean we are able to spend 4 more hours on a computer every day. Difficult to minimize screen time in this new environment.
I'm having such a hard time staying focused in my Master's classes. More papers and projects means you have to budget your time personally, rather than having weekly assignments. I'd rather focus on my GA/NIRSA things!
Can any students speak to just how many emails you have been getting? I have had several employees say they are missing our emails because they are getting too many.
Non-urgent work related things wait til the next day if its outside of my office hours
have your professors been more empathic during this transition or are their expectations to perform at a high level still expected?
I know others have done this or something like it but I wanted still wanted to share… We have also made a concerted effort to check-in on the wellbeing of our student staff now that they are adjusting to a new situation In addition, we’ve heard that students have been overwhelmed by the amount of email and written communication they are now receiving. So, we put together a mini call script along with a long list of answers and contact information for possible student questions and then our professional staff made individual phone calls to all of the student staff members. The purpose was just to check-in on them, let them know we cared, and see if we could answer any questions or support them in any other way.
The interactions with our students have been really positive and ranged from happy to chat with someone and laugh at their stories of professors learning to be online along with allowing them to share concerns. So I encourage picking up the phone when it can be effective.
As a full time staff member and adjunct professor, my emails are a LOT right now. I set a start and end time to my work day and don't go back to it until the next day.
It's tough to condense info when EVERY email seems to be "urgent" or "high impact"
Does anyone use slack? or other Individualized messaging groups? Or even just a group chat straight to your phone!
We use slack!
I had learned yesterday one school was using a GroupMe with their student staff to be able to check in, they used the colored hearts emojis as a code, people can express simply what their mood for that day might be, low effort and still able to check in on the students and can them check in more deeply if needed
At Texas A&M university we use slack and it seems like it is a lot easier to communicate with our staff.
Stanford uses slack yes but only for full time staff we use GroupMe with our part time staff for updates
I use texting for my staff if it is super importment, email general stuff
One thing I learned a long time ago is that email is the last form of communication my students are going to check. They are going to check texts first, and then social media/group chats before they check their emails
Rt @ Tucker
collaborate with other departments on campus to cross-promote and partner to make events more successful. Weve worked with our programming and activities board to do trivia nights, movie nights and other things like that.
Had to Paden sorry..
Something I shared with my students recently is that there is a lot of pressure for programs/departments to "demonstrate value". So there's going to be a lot of duplicative programing until pro staff figure out how to get to this new normal.
I made a GA guide, too!
When I moved for grad school, I found facebook housing groups to join and that helped me find my apartment.
New Normal - NNormal
I just like the idea and I'm currently working on one
Any pro staff on here figuring out end of year awards?
I’m looking at trying to do virtual awards where each area can present an award
@Aaron I've seen a school say that they were offering to do an online dinner for graduating students and their families
Myself and two other GAs are meeting at 3:00 today to discuss how we're doing this. We are then bringing it to our weekly staff meeting tomorrow. I am more than happy to share any of the info we have with everyone
I’m not a senior but i think if i was a senior a zoom award ceremony would be cool
We are doing out student appreciation week virtually with a couple different things. We will be sending out hand written cards to our 450 something employees, doing and online battle ship bracket, sending gifts to graduating seniors
Stanford Aquatics is trying to surprise our staff by reaching out to emergency contacts of seniors to get videos and recognize our seniors on social media with those videos baby photos and senior picture we are also trying to create a virtual graduation and invite their family
Nice job Stanford
We’re getting seniors to send pictures or short testimonials in place of our usual fun senior video
I think it is a good idea Aaron, especially in times like this it's nice to feel real connection with people.
thank you, Cheyanne for dropping the Roundtable in there!!!!
I also think with virtual awards it would be a good idea to do them similar to how these are ran, offer them live for people that would like to attend and be a part, and have it recorded if anyone would rather or have to view in that regard