The annual Welcome Celebration is an opportunity for the campus community, incoming students and their families to unite in celebrating the start of the academic year. This event continues to be a highlight each year. Approximately 3,000 attend and enjoy a variety of family activities, food and entertainment.
The Ask Me Campaign
The Ask Me Campaign provides a concierge-type booth staffed by campus volunteers during the first couple days of the fall semester to respond to informational and directional inquiries of students.
Be a Part from the Start
Be a Part from the Start is a 10-week campus-wide student retention program that consists of activities and events designed to help students engage in the University from the moment they arrive at CI. “Be a Part from the Start” provides a unified effort in welcoming students to CI, opportunities for students to connect with CI, opportunities for students to connect with other students, and enhances students’ knowledge of the nine Dimensions of Development through participation in activities and events.
Coordinated by Student Life, the following are CI’s contributors to “Be a Part from the Start”:
- Career Development Services
- Housing & Residential Education
- The John Spoor Broome Library
- Multicultural Programs
- Service Learning and Civic Engagement
- New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs
- Disability Resource Programs
- Campus Recreation
- Student Health Services
- Student Programming Board
- Student Government
- University 100
- The Advising Center
Grounded in Arthur Chickering’s (1993) Theory of Identity Development, CI’s Dimensions of Development serve as a guide for students as they embark upon their post-secondary educational journey. The Dimensions of Development assist students as they engage in self-reflection and continuous improvement over time. Progression, in and through the dimensions, can evolve at multiple rates and times.
Each student will travel their dimensional paths differently, choosing a variety of experiential vehicles and self-selected detours. Development, in the Dimensions listed below, will strengthen the student’s interpersonal competence and self-awareness, increase their transferable skills and knowledge, refine their beliefs, unearth their preferred vocation, and stimulate social conscientiousness. It is our hope that the Dimensions of Development will inspire CI faculty, administrators, student affairs professionals and, most importantly, the students to commit to the University mission while nurturing the mind, body and spirit.
Values & Integrity
- Exploring predetermined beliefs and clarifying personal values
- Values are reflected in socially responsible actions
- Being aware of different flavors and intensities of emotions and learning appropriate channels for expressing emotions
- Seeking out and savoring positive emotions of love, joy and hope
- Promoting physical wellness and healthy living
- Expanding subject matter knowledge and developing a collection of skills to comprehend, analyze and synthesize
- Being comfortable with body, appearance, gender, sexual orientation
- Achieving self-acceptance and self-esteem
- Determining what kind of person one wants to be and having a sense of balance and perspective
- Developing skills to effectively and sensitively communicate with others
- Demonstrating effective social behavior in a variety of settings/circumstances
- Choosing and contributing positively to healthy relationships
- Accepting the flaws and appreciating the assets of others
- Developing the ability to intentionally find a place in the larger whole and to preserve and enhance it for the next inhabitants by participating in civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism activities
- Appreciating and understanding art and artistic expression
- Recalling, embracing and appreciating one’s ability to think and act creatively
- Finding creative ways to express emotional energy
- Developing a sense of self in a social, historical, religious and cultural context
- Responding to people as individuals rather than as stereotypes
- Committing to reaching across barriers created by unfamiliarity and fear
- Recognizing, understanding and appreciating differences
Life & Career Planning
- Discovering what one loves to do by assessing and exploring interests and options
- Clarifying goals and making future life and career plans
- Devoting time and energy toward achieving goals
Chickering, A.W., Reisser, L. (1993). Education and Identity. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco
The Block Party committee is guided and inspired by the objectives of strengthening the sense of campus community over the weekend; increasing the number of students staying on campus over the weekend; creating a tradition that provides for cross-campus collaboration; providing a fun, safe and healthy weekend program; and increasing involvement in campus activities. Block parties are typically held on the second Friday of every month from 9 p.m. to midnight on Ventura Street between Santa Cruz and Anacapa villages. Each block party is based around a theme, resulting in activities and marketing in support of related thematic elements.
The purpose of Commuter Coffee is to assist commuter students with getting in touch with the campus community, discovering upcoming opportunities for student engagement, and hearing from students directly about specific needs and concerns. Student leaders from Student Government, New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs, Veterans Affairs Program, and other areas on campus reach out to this student population once a month at a booth set up in the A4 parking lot that provides resources, coffee and tea. Police and Parking Services co-hosts the event by providing donuts to encourage student participation before class. Through this event, we learn the needs of our students and how to best serve them.
Freshman Reunion is a time for students to get together with their orientation leaders and peers from orientation to reflect and assess their transition into CI. Students discuss what has been challenging in relation to the social adjustment to college, what has been rewarding thus far, and opportunities for involvement. The Freshman Reunion is also a time for students to reunite with their peers from their Island View Orientation Dimensional Color Group for a greater sense of social support.
Family Weekend has been a traditional CI event since 2002. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Family Weekend aims to enhance students’ educational experience, reconnect families, and further develop a relationship based on shared values with all members of the CI family. Family Weekend is designed to support the University mission and values and the goals of the Division of Student Affairs.
Sponsored by Associated Students Inc. and Student Life, the Dolphin Days program brings together a series of week-long events that demonstrate the CI community’s dedication to enhancing the quality of life for CI students by promoting academic success, personal development and CI Pride. Dolphin Days is designed to increase student pride for themselves and their University and to enhance and support the University mission.
Purpose of Transition Programs
As a programmatic element of New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs (NSOTP), Transition Programs consist of a series of large- and small-scale events designed to assist CI students with the on-going transition into the University, especially the first 10 weeks. Transition Programs events reflect the Student Affairs core value of collaboration, since various campus constituents come together and resonate the unique campus culture known as the CI Way.