With CSSA Graduation coming up, please take a few minutes to honor a graduate by giving them a “Graduation Shout Out”! This opportunity is being organized by the always amazing CSSA-Student Association.

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CSSA Graduation Shout Outs! Blurb
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    Are you thinking about applying to the CSSA program, but have never visited the Oregon State University (OSU) campus before? We have a solution for you! The CSSA- Student Association created a virtual OSU Campus Tour for prospective students to get a taste of a typical day for a CSSA student. Thank you Kalya Kosaki (CSSA Cohort ’14) for creating this video, and for all the current CSSA cohorts for starring in it!

    YouTube Video Link: OSU Campus Tour



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      Deadline Approaching for OSU Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT)

      Applications for the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) are due April 15th, 2015. See the GCCUT website for more information and application materials. The GCCUT is an 18-credit graduate certificate that provides advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to graduate students from across campus that intend to pursue careers involving teaching in higher education settings, or fields requiring similar facilitation skills.

      Students complete the program in 1-2 years, and can either be pursued concurrently with other graduate degrees, or on its own as a standalone option. This is a great way to make the most of your time at OSU by investing in your professional development, preparing for your future career, and improving upon the quality of your instruction.

      All students in the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching are required to complete the following 18 credits:

      • Core coursework (6 credits)
        • GRAD 560: Theories of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3 credits)
        • GRAD 561: Course Design and Methods for College and University Teaching (3 credits)
      • Specialized coursework and experiences (6 credits), specific selection of which will be determined by students and may include approved discipline-specific teaching-related course(s) and/or approved workshops/symposia offered by OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) units
      • Supervised teaching internship (3 credits) [Prerequisite/Corequisite GRAD 560 and GRAD 561]
        • GRAD 610: Internship in College and University Teaching (3 credits)
      • Capstone teaching portfolio (3 credits) [Prerequisite GRAD 560 and GRAD 561]
        • GRAD 607: Capstone Seminar in College and University Teaching (3 credits)

      Core courses will focus on educational/learning theory and instructional strategies for working with adult learners. The specialized coursework will include student-selected coursework, workshops, and/or other approved experiences appropriate to the student’s field of study. The supervised teaching internship will allow students to engage in and reflect upon supervised teaching experiences to practice and refine instructional skills. The capstone teaching portfolio will provide a culminating professional development experience for students and include the development of a teaching portfolio.

      For questions about the program or application process, please contact Dr. Jessica White (jessica.white@oregonstate.edu).


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        Thank you everyone who participated in the Welcome to CSSA: Webinar 2015 presentations that occurred last week! Richard and I had a wonderful time meeting the incoming CSSA students virtually, and sharing our experiences with the CSSA program.

        For those of you who missed the webinars last week do not fear! The direct link to the webinar’s PowerPoint is embedded in the image below and will open in a new window:

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          Please save the date! The CSSA Student Association (CSSA-SA) will be hosting two webinars for incoming CSSA students this month. The dates of the webinars are below:

          Wednesday, March 25th from 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific Time

          Thursday, March 26th from 4:00-5:00 PM Pacific Time

          The webinars will both present the same information for incoming students. The webinars will both provide an overview of the CSSA program including academics, core classes and registration, thesis versus portfolio, and OSU email. The webinars will also include a brief summary of life in Corvallis, housing options ,OSU’s institutional culture, and OSU and Corvallis communities. Accepted students will be receiving more information about the webinars via email later this week.


          We look forward to chatting with you soon!


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            The CSSA program has a strong student association (CSSA-SA). CSSA-SA was established:

            “Fall Term of 2008 with the purpose of creating an environment that would foster positive relationship, teach and share learned experiences, provide support to all CSSA students before, during, and after the pursuit of [their degree], create awareness of the profession of student affairs and build relationships with the larger community of student affairs”.

            The current CSSA-SA is continuing this legacy.  The organization plans programs, meets with CSSA faculty, and coordinates with alumni and OSU undergraduate students interested in student affairs. All CSSA students are considered active members in the program, and are able to run for an Advisory Board position during elections Week 5 of Fall Term. For more information about CSSA-SA please contact Kyle Flowers, Administration Chair, at Kyle.Flowers@oregonstate.edu or Sophie Wilson, Faculty Advisor, at Sophie.Wilson@oregonstate.edu.

            For more information about the current CSSA-SA please take a moment to review the organization’s informational PowerPoint: CSSA-SA Presentation.

            CSSA-SA Presentation

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              As we in CSSA focus on the future of our Program, we are currently in the thick of the admissions process for the Fall 2015 Cohort. Our new application deadline of February 2nd has passed, and our admissions committee has begun the review of application materials. Applicants who have been selected to advance to the phone interview stage will be notified in approximately one week.Phone interviews will take place on February 25, 26, and 27th; they will be scheduled for one hour, and details on these will be shared with those candidates who are offered an interview. For those who are applying to CSSA and are seeking graduate assistantships (GTA positions), it is important to note that candidates would need to be admitted to the CSSA academic program prior to being offered a GTA position.


              Additional information about GTA positions and that interview process will be shared in the coming weeks as well. Questions? Please contact Laurie Brendle-Sleipness at: 541-737-4317


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                Greetings from Oregon State University! This is an exciting time at our University and in our CSSA Program. I just read this morning that OSU was named “One of the 50 most underrated colleges in America” by msn/money (http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/the-50-most-underrated-colleges-in-america/ss-AA8OSCd#image=5); our women’s basketball team leads the Pac-12 conference (I watched the OSU-UCLA game recently, and the Beavs were awesome!), and we have taken a big step toward securing our program’s future and strengthening the social justice focus of CSSA.

                Beginning this term and concluding in the summer, we are in the process of transitioning the CSSA program to the School of Language, Culture and Society (LCS) in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). CLA is one of the three OSU colleges (Education, Science and Liberal Arts) in the Division of Arts & Sciences, and one of the units recommended in our 10-year Graduate Program Review of 2014 as an academic home for CSSA. As with CSSA, social justice is a key focus for LCS; it will be a great place for CSSA to thrive and grow.

                CSSA has long enjoyed a strong relationship with our colleagues and the academic programs in LCS-CLA, as many of our students take courses in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, and several have minored in these programs as well. Our goal in forging this partnership is to build on the strength of CSSA and our nearly 50-year history of preparing students to work and lead in a wide variety of institutions as well as in a rich array of student and academic services and programs. At the same time, we are boldly exploring best practices and developing approaches to curriculum and scholarship that will strengthen CSSA’s capacity — to meet and shape future challenges and opportunities in higher education, as well as embrace and support the hopes and dreams of the students and communities we will serve in the decades ahead.

                Whether you are a current or prospective student, alum, colleague, or faculty member — we appreciate your interest in CSSA and look forward to sharing more news with you in the near future!

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                  Esther Kim is a first-year CSSA student with an assistantship with the CSSA Program in the Office of the Dean of Student Life. Next fall, she will be transitioning to the Dean of Student Life Central GTA.

                  Twitter: @estherehkim


                  The 2013 cohort #cohorties

                  (missing: Richard Arquette & Scott Brueck)


                  It’s unbelievable! We’re down to the last week of the school year and just days away, the class of 2014 will be graduating with their master’s degree from Oregon State University. As a first-year student, I admired many 2nd and 3rd year cohort members and looked to them for guidance, advice, and an a ear to talk to when school, work, and life got a bit hectic. Thank you to the class of 2014 and I wish you all the best in you future endeavors! Y’all are the best! #CSSAlove

                  It’s been a whirlwind of a ride and I’m still in shock that we, the first-year cohort, are half way through the program! There were many times when I doubted myself, wondered what I was doing in grad school, underestimated my work abilities, and struggled to maintain friendships and relationships from home. I’ve been learning that through this journey, going through these emotions and experiences is a lifelong process, and you have to invest time in what matters most to you. This past year has been quite the roller coaster ride but graduate school has taught me very valuable lessons that I will carry with me onto the next year.


                  1. Always ask yourself “why?”. Throughout this year, I have been challenged on multiple levels from my instructors, supervisor, and advisor on ways to further my education and learning in order to be the best professional and individual. At times, I was struggling to find the reason as to why they would had me do that extra hard assignment or why they had me read extra 40 pages when I thought I knew the material already. Why are they pushing me so hard? The professionals around you know exactly what your potential is and in order to reach your potential, some pushing and challenging has to be done. Reflecting on this year, I begin to recognize that everything is done intentionally and if it wasn’t for the professionals continue to challenge me, I wouldn’t be reflecting, thinking, processing the same way as I would have if they didn’t do so.

                  2. Make time for yourself. I can’t emphasize this point enough during your first term and year of grad school. The transition period can be rough regardless if you came straight from undergrad or have taken a few years off school. It can be overwhelming at times to balance your time with school, work, and other obligations. Regardless if it’s watching TV for one hour a day, working out, or traveling to Portland on weekends, make sure you make time for yourself and do something that you enjoy that will take your mind off of grad school. You have to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically in order to succeed and accomplish all that you wish to do. #selfcare

                  3. Make meaningful relationships. Student affairs is all about connecting and networking. During your time in the CSSA program, take time to get to know the individuals in your cohort as they will be a huge support system during your time at Oregon State. Set up meetings with professionals in a functional areas you would like to one day be in. Professionals are always willing to make time, get to know you personally and professionally, and they love a good coffee date. Many of the relationships with colleagues and professionals I have made this year have been impactful during my time at Oregon State, and I know that even after graduation, those relationships will be maintained.

                  4. Enjoy the ride! You picked Oregon State for a reason. You are in the program because you are competent and people believe you have a lot of potential to grow and learn. Enjoy the journey of grad school and experience as much as you can during your years in the program. Take time to intern at various departments, attend sporting events and cheer on the Beavers, and walk around downtown Corvallis to experience the uniqueness of the city. This journey goes by so fast so stop and smell the roses once in a while. Once again, your cohort members are your support system and will be along on this journey with you. Utilize the people around you that will bring you up and allow you to flourish.


                  To all the incoming CSSA students, remember to breathe, relax, and enjoy the journey for the next couple of years. We’re all thrilled to meet you, get to know you, and work with you during your time here at Oregon State.


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                    DJ Zissen is a second-year CSSA student graduating this June. DJ defended his thesis on “Policies and Practices of L.G.B.T.Q. Friendly Institutions to Support Students who are Attracted to More than One Gender”.

                    Twitter handle: @djzissen


                    When I joined the CSSA program, just about two years ago, I thought I had a good idea of what I was getting into. Graduate school was just like my undergraduate experience… right? I just had to pass classes and then I could finally get the job in student affairs that I’ve always wanted… right? This cohort I was joining was going to be nice but not needed because I was already secure with my support structure within OSU… right? I came to find out all three of those notions were wrong.

                    Now, I could fill pages about my first two assumptions were incorrect, in fact wrote about it in my demonstration of competencies for those who are interested, but I was most surprised how important my cohort has become to me. For those who don’t know, I attended OSU as an undergraduate student, began working for INTO OSU right after graduation, and then transitions to the CSSA program. Because of this, I felt that I already had the support structure built that would support me through the difficult two years of graduate school. Looking back on that support structure, people moved, roles changed, or couldn’t understand what I was going through. Thankfully, my cohort was more than able to fill the void that was left. They are my cheerleaders, classmates, colleagues, and most importantly my family. I can’t think of my CSSA experience without the amazing group of people that make up #cohortlove and I am humbled to count myself a part of this fantastic cohort.

                    I guess, for the sake of brevity, what I am trying to say is this. I know that I would not be graduating on June 14th without the amazing people who I have had the honor to learn from, be challenged by, and be accepted within. Out of all the experiences that I have had throughout my time within CSSA, I am most thankful that I have had the time to get to know the 2014 Cohort. I am excited that we are getting ready to graduate and head out into the field we have worked so hard to join. I also excited to see what amazing things we accomplish no matter if we are at the same institution or across the country! #cohortlove


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