Julie Wong

Julie Wong Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 27, 2011) – University of South Florida St. Petersburg named Julie M. Wong as regional associate vice chancellor for student affairs, effective August 1. Wong currently serves as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a position she has held since 2008.

As associate vice chancellor for student affairs at USFSP, Wong will serve as the chief student affairs officer and will sit on the university’s leadership team. She will direct functions focused on creating and maintaining a university experience that promotes and celebrates student engagement. Wong will oversee areas such as student organizations, student government, multicultural affairs, recreation, civic engagement, leadership development, residence life, counseling, the career center, disability services, volunteer services, and financial aid.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Wong to the USF St. Petersburg community,” said Regional Chancellor Margaret Sullivan. “We are an institution on the move and Dr. Wong’s ideas, energy and background will be an incredible asset to the students, faculty and staff at USFSP.”

Wong’s arrival coincides with a transformational time in student life at USFSP with the construction of the University Student Center and renovation of the Student Life Center, both expected to be complete in August 2012. The center will add a second residence hall to USFSP, provide a dining facility and include a ballroom and meeting spaces.

Wong will report to Norine Noonan, regional vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“With the addition of the student center, we want to focus on strengthening the partnership between academic affairs and student affairs,” Noonan said. “Dr. Wong’s extensive experience in leading large student affairs operations at major institutions throughout the country will significantly benefit USFSP as we move forward.”

Prior to her work in Colorado, Wong served as associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Texas at El Paso (2004-2008). Wong served as dean of student affairs, Sixth College at the University of California, San Diego (2001-04) and as associate dean of students for campus life and director of student activities at Chapman University (1999-2001). She also served as assistant director of residence life at California State University, Los Angeles (1992-99).

“I am extremely impressed by the faculty, staff and students at USF St. Petersburg,” Wong said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the USFSP community and lead student affairs during such an exciting time for the university.”

Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies from San Jose State University, a Master of Arts in college and university administration from Michigan State University and a PhD in educational policy, planning and administration from the University of Southern California.

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Student Board Have Grant Awards Available for Local Nonprofits

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 8, 2011) – Tampa Bay area non-profits have the opportunity to apply for $5,000 in grant money to be awarded by Student Philanthropy Boards at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Nine boards led by six USF St. Petersburg professors have researched community needs and created corresponding grant proposals to address those needs. Each Student Philanthropy Board will award up to $5,000.

Students’ proposals, based upon their class research and discussions over the first two months of the semester, address needs from vocational training for children in foster care to supporting victims of domestic violence to redefining waste and efficiency.

“The issues the students researched are diverse, and each Student Philanthropy Board has the opportunity to have a real impact on our community,” said Charlie Justice, assistant director of leadership programs at USFSP.

The university received a Learn and Serve America grant of $395,000, one of only 36 grants awarded nationally to engage students in service-learning projects and promote community service while enhancing student academic and civic skills. The grant supports the Student Philanthropy Boards and the Lead Learn Serve program at USFSP.

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to respond to any or all of the Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Organizations will be limited to one grant award winner per semester.

Interested organizations can find the spring 2011 NOFOs at http://www.stpete.usf.edu/studentlife/grant

This year’s topics are:

• Preventing homelessness for those aging out of foster care
• Providing vocational training for homeless
• Helping hand to female victims of domestic violence
• Educating adolescents about drug & alcohol abuse
• Resource efficiency – redefining waste
• Restoration and sustainability of coastal areas
• Supporting caregivers and infant development from ages 0-3
• Education and training for coparenting families
• Bringing joy to terminally ill children and their families
• Recreation & educational awareness (READ) at Campbell Park

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2011.

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TRIO Student Support Services Enrolling Participants at USFSP

Story by Robert Baynard, ’12

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 1, 2011) – USF St. Petersburg received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the funding of TRIO Student Support Services. Participating students can receive free academic and personal support as of spring 2011, that will help them be successful in their educational and professional goals while at USF St. Petersburg.

“At the heart of the program is connecting TRIO Student Support Services with student mentors and university services to provide social and academic support,” said Diane McKinstry, director of the Student Achievement department at USF St. Petersburg. “We’re accepting applications for student mentors and participants in the program.”

TRIO SSS’s mission is to promote academic success, help students reach their academic potential, and to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income, first generation students. Counselors will work closely with students to develop an individualized success plan that can help guide students on their journey through USF St. Petersburg.

TRIO SSS assists students with academic tutoring, financial literacy workshops and a mentoring program. The program’s resource center provides a quiet study area with computer access, free printing and cultural activities. Students can receive assistance with finding financial aid, drop-in counseling and career advising.

“We work closely with all university student services, and we work in collaboration with the Career Center to support students’ career development while they are studying at USFSP,” McKinstry said.

The Career Center is open to all USF St. Petersburg students, but TRIO SSS can also assist participants with finding pre-graduation work experience, filling out applications for financial aid, and additional services based on individual needs.

According to federal guidelines, students are eligible to participate in TRIO SSS if they are U.S. citizens from low-income families and/or attending USF St. Petersburg as first-generation college students. Admission is based on students with the most need for academic assistance.

“Going forward, we hope that TRIO participants can become student mentors as they become seniors,” McKinstry said. “We’re connected closely to the Career Center. We want freshmen to build a resume, business etiquette, interview skills and learn how to network.”

Students interested in applying for the TRIO Student Support Services program, can visit the TRIO SSS office located at TER 302, or they can fill out an online application form on the program website, www.stpete.usf.edu/trio. For more information, please contact a counselor by calling (727) 873-4003 or emailing at trio@stpete.usf.edu.

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Safety Resources Available to the USFSP Community

Safety Resources at USF St. Petersburg:

USFSP Police Department
(727) 873-4140
The police department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Blue Light Emergency Phones throughout campus – press the button on these emergency phones to automatically reach USFSP Police

If you would like an escort to your vehicle on campus, call USFSP Police at (727) 873-4140

Visit the Crime Prevention Tips web page maintained by USFSP Police

MoBull Text Messages
Visit the MoBull web page for instructions on how to log in with your NetID to update or subscribe to this emergency communications service. The service is free; however, standard text messaging rates may apply. Check with your carrier for details on your plan. It is strongly recommended that all faculty, staff and students in the USF System subscribe to this important service.

(727) USF-INFO (873-4636)
This phone line is used to record emergency messages as needed for USF St. Petersburg. In the case of an emergency at the university, this phone line is updated with information.

USF St. Petersburg Homepage
Check the headlines under the “News and Events” section for university announcements.

The Center for Counseling, Health and Wellness
(727) 873-4422
Counseling and other services are available for students and employees.
Visit the Center for Counseling Health and Wellness web page to learn more about the center’s many services.