Thursday, September 30, 2010

GenderBloc Kick-off Tonight @ 7PM, 519 Swift Hall

From our friends in GenderBloc:

Join us for our first meeting of the year, it's going to be AWESOME!!! We are celebrating K.D.'s birthday so there will be "mocktails" (non-alcoholic cocktails), snacks, games, prizes and much much more.  

Location: Swift Hall, Room 519 Time & Date: Thursday, September 30th at 7:00pm What to Bring: Yourself, a friend and enthusiasm  Attire: Classy/Casual/Whatever

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - This Saturday!

From the Facebook group:
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, The International Men's March to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence is coming to UC this fall!

Join us SATURDAY OCTOBER 2ND at 9:30AM on McMicken Commons as the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma work to raise funds for "Women Helping Women, a local crisis center which supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking."

Girls, grab your brother, boyfriend, cousin, friend or your dad and get him registered!

Guys, sign yourself up!!

Walk A Mile is open to any male willing to walk through Campus and down Clifton Avenue in high heels!

For more information, questions, or for registration forms, please contact:

Allison Youngs or Porschea Monnin
(440)465-0436 (read less)

BRIDGES Walk for a Just Community - October 23rd

Please join us for this year’s BRIDGES Walk for a Just Community on Saturday, October 23rd!

The BRIDGES Walk for a Just Community is an inspiring event promoting inclusion, equity and justice for all.  This celebration is truly a display of the rich ethnic and cultural compilation of our region.  All proceeds for the walk benefit the programs of BRIDGES for a Just Community.

The walk is 3.1 miles  - there is also 5K run.  This year’s walk begins at 10 AM  at Owl’s Nest Park and continue through the community of Evanston. 

UC is providing transportation to and from the walk for the UC community - running buses from the Dabney Circle beginning at 8:45 AM (last bus at 9:50 AM). 

After the walk, there will be entertainment including dancing and choirs.  There will also be food, drink and the opportunity to learn more about organizations in the area doing diversity and inclusion work - groups that represent our area's rich multi-ethnic composition. 

Buses will bring you back to campus (last bus at 1:00 PM).
RAPP & RAPPORT Members on the way to the 2010 BRIDGES Walk

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sunflower Festival this Saturday and Sunday

On October 2 and 3rd, Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale is putting on their annual Sunflower Festival! 
They can use people to help in volunteering for the event. 
On Saturday they will need people from 1pm to 4pm doing various things such as, admissions, selling popcorn, barnyard game host, pumpkin painting, selling sunflowers. On Sunday they need people from 10am to 1pm doing admissions, selling popcorn, and barn games. 
If any of this interests you and you would like to get involved please contact Kinsey Brown at 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Programs & Activities Council - Seeking New Members

The UC Programs & Activities Council - the group that brings awesome campus activities like comedians, lectures, movies, and the infamous spring concert - is accepting applications for new members.

PAC is hosting two informational meetings for prospective new members next week.  At the meeting, you can learn and ask questions about PAC, membership requirements, and the application process.  You can find more information about this on their "Join PAC" page.

The informational meetings (of which you need to only attend one) are at 6PM on Wednesday, October 6th and Thursday, October 7th.  The meetings will be held in 427 TUC.

EveryBODY is Beautiful - Fasion Show Model Call Tomorrow!

From our friends at the UC Women's Center:

Body Acceptance Week is coming up, and in preparation the Campus Recreation Center is hosting a Model Call for all shapes and sizes to be a part of a very unique fashion show to be held Friday, October 15th. Many organizations on campus including the Wellness Center and the Women's Center are teaming up for this great event and want your help!!!

You'll wear your own clothes!

Categories include:
-UC spirit wear
-Everyday/Business casual
-Professional/Job interview
-Dinner/Date night

There are 2 Model calls: 9-11 am and 3-5pm. ONLY COME TO ONE!!

See you there!!!

Find out more information on the Facebook event.

A Little About Akwaaba: Black Student Welcome 2010

Akwaaba 2010 - the Black Student Welcome - was organized by Ethnic Programs and Services and the African American Cultural and Resource Center.  It was HUGE!!!

I did a terrible job documenting in photo the event, so keep your eyes tuned to the AACRC website for photos.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Ohio Governor Ted Strickland kicked off the event with a rousing call to academic excellence and staying politically engaged.
  • Vice-President of Student Affairs & Services and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Mitchell Livingston gave a state of affairs of diversity at UC - particularly highlighting the many great things happening here at UC.
  • UC President Dr. Gregory Williams gave an official University welcome.
  • Several state officials and candidates spoke, including Congressperson Steve Driehaus.
  • All new students participated in break-out sessions that connected them with campus faculty and staff.
  • The Black Arts Collaborative gave an original performance that integrated several of the arts - singing, spoken word, and dance.
  • Several NPHC sororities and fraternities participated in a stroll session.
Here are a few of the RAPPers caught on camera:
There are so many RAPPers you can't see the RAPP table!  Back left to right: Kinsey (XXIII), Mieshia (XXIV), Zina (XXV), Marjorie (XXV), and Lane (XXV).  Front left to right: Dy'Mand (XXV) and Kristin (XXV).

 Chika (XXIV) and Asha (XXIV) helped welcome the first year students to UC!

Mieshia (XXIV) and Stephanie (XXIV) caught on camera during a performance.

Many thanks to all who came out and represented RAPP!  It was exciting to see "the official premier" of Jojo's great RAPP commercial.  It was also great to see the recruitment wunderkinds Mieshia and Zina work their magic on new students!  We got 26 applicants - most through those two!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Asian Student Welcome

The staff of Ethnic Programs & Services organized a wildly successful Asian Student Welcome 2010!  So many students came that we couldn't fit into the large multi-room space that is 400TUC!

We were able to set up a promotional table for RAPP.  We also were given the opportunity to speak to the attendees - Rachel (XXV) did an outstanding job talking about RAPP!

 Many of us sat together, but we made friends with leaders of the Japanese American Student Society!

Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Life Frank Bowen gave an official welcome from the University.

Our University's new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Santa Ono welcomed students new and returning to see him as a resource at UC.

Many thanks to all the RAPPers who came out for fun and to promote RAPP:  Brice (XXV), Rachel (XXV), Jojo (XXIV), and Jotale (XXV).

The Welcome ended with a performance from the UC Breakdance Club:

Un Poco of Hispanic Student Welcome

Last Thursday was the annual Hispanic Student Welcome organized by Ethnic Programs & Services.  By all accounts, it was a smashing success! Many students came out to celebrate UC, welcome new students, and share/learn about campus resources for Latino/a students.
Rather than a full table for each organization, we all collaborated to share the few tables available in Mick & Mack's Cafe.  There were resources from a dozen great organizations!

Student Body President Drew Smith, Student Body Vice-President Mark Rooney, and Special Interests Cabinet Director Ron Hart-Brown talked about how to get involved in Undergraduate Student Government and the First Year Experience internship program.

A representative of Alpha Psi Lambda co-ed Latino/a fraternity talked about the organization and how to get involved.

Dr. Mitchell Livingston, Vice-President of Student Affairs and Services and Chief Diversity Officer, gave an official welcome from the University and our president.

Leaders from Latinos en Accion spoke about the history of the organization and the many activities they have coming up this year.

Jojo (XXIV) spoke about what RAPP meant for him and why he encourages students to join.  You can't see it in this picture, but joining us at the mic were Lisa (XXIV), Krystal (XXIV), LaToya (XXIV), Jotale (XXV), and Kinsey (XXIII).

There were other speakers, but these are the only I caught on film.  Also not shown is the delicious meal we all shared and the fun times we had mingling with other attendees.

Many thanks to all who came out and represented organizations!  Even bigger thanks to the wonderful staff of Ethnic Programs and Services for organizing the event!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Meet the RAPP XXVI Peer Leaders!

We had many great RAPPers apply to be Peer Leaders with RAPP XXVI and it was a tough decision to select our five for the year.  The facilitation team and I are greatly looking forward to the year ahead with the amazing RAPPers!

Amber - Tuesday Peer Leader
Here's a quick intro to our RAPP XXVI Peer Leaders:

Amber - Tuesday
Amber was an active participant in RAPP XXV Wednesday group.  She's a post-graduate student preparing for medical school.
Brice - Tuesday Peer Leader
Brice - Tuesday

Brice was a great participant in RAPP XXV Wednesday group.  He's studying Information Technology in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  He's currently a recruitment leader and has told RAPP XXVI "I like to be involved and you should too!"

Jojo - Wednesday
Jojo - Wednesday Peer Leader

Jojo is a well-known graduate of RAPP XXIV Wednesday group and volunteered behind the scenes with RAPP XXV (to all who ate food at Spring Retreat - thank Jojo!).   He also helped pick the new RAPP logo through his work on the RAPP Rebranding Committee.
Jojo is a leader in UC's Japanese American Student Society and active in UC Alliance.

Marjorie - Wednesday
Marjorie - Wednesday Peer Leader

Marjorie was the Terence L Jones Diversity Award winner in RAPP XXV Tuesday.  Here's her Peer Leader bio:
I am 28, from rural Ohio, and an artist by trade. I’ve been a potter since I was 19, and for the past 5 years I have been teaching ceramics while attending college. I transferred to UC in 2009 from Hocking College where I studied the business of art and music. I am currently a junior in the DAAP fine arts program at UC, and hope to continue my education in a masters or doctoral program at UC. I am an eclectic person, and I love the diversity of the city. Attending UC and participating in the RAPP program has been an awakening experience for me. I now feel more confident in myself, and more understanding of the different perspectives we all have.
Rachel - Tuesday Peer Leader

Rachel - Tuesday

Rachel was a great member of RAPP XXV Wednesday.  Here's her Peer Leader Bio:
I'm a third-year Political Science and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies double major, Pre-law. I am very involved on campus, especially with McMicken Student Ambassadors and Model UN. I'm really interested in all things RAPP and I can't wait to be a Peer Leader with RAPP XXVI.

We've got a great year ahead with some outstanding Peer Leaders for our excellent new group of RAPPers!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Walk/Run with RAPP in the Homecoming 5K!

In support of another area of of our home office SALD, RAPP will have a team in the annual Homecoming 5K to Grant Wishes Today!

The Homecoming 5K takes place on UC's Main Campus the day before the big homecoming game and raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This year's walk is Friday, October 30th, 3:30PM-5:30PM.

To join the RAPP team, simply put "RAPP" in the "What is your walk team name?" portion of the registration form.  You can register on-line or in person by coming to the SALD office.

Adam of RAPP XXV participated in the 2009 5K with a friend!

RAPP T-Shirt Day & Info Tables

RAPP T-Shirt Day was the first day of classes and coincided with an informational table on MainStreet.

As always, Jojo came out with his RAPP shirt on for the RAPP shirt day!

Jotale (XXV) and Kinsey (XXIII) catch up with Asha (XXIV) and her pup companion at the RAPP info table.

The idea to have two info tables during the first week of classes and the work of filling the table with volunteers came from our recruitment team - Jojo & Brice. Jojo likened it to "a poster with people" - an interactive way to learn about the program.

In terms of connecting with people, it was a smashing success!  Some approached because they'd heard of RAPP before and were excited to meet people involved face-to-face.  Some had never heard of RAPP before and were able to learn about us from folks involved.

On Wednesday, we got 12 short applications filled out and gave out a dozen more for people to take and think about.  Many thanks to Jourdi (XXV), Jotale (XXV), Adam (XXV), and Kinsey (XXIII) for helping at the table!  

On Thursday, we got 17 short applications filled out and gave out a dozen more to folks who may contact us later.  Contacts were also made for future outreach workshops.  Many thanks to Kinsey for staffing the table the whole time, mostly by herself!

Looks like we might have a new recruiting tradition - stand-alone tables!

Friday, September 24, 2010

UC African American Alumni Weekend

From our friends at the UC Alumni Association:
African American Alumni Reunion
in conjunction with Homecoming
Thursday Oct. 28–30

Don’t miss your opportunity to RECONNECT to the university through a series of Homecoming weekend activities. The reunion will begin on Thursday, with a golf outing to benefit the Linda Bates Parker Scholarship, and close Saturday with a cookout at the African American Cultural and Research Center before the football game.

Click here to find out more about the schedule of activities.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 28
  • 9 am - 2 pm: Golf Outing at Avon Fields to benefit
    Linda Bates Parker Scholarship
Friday, October 29
  • 10 am - 3 pm: Registration and football ticket pick up, AACRC
  • 2 - 4 pm: Alumni – Student Roundtable, 320 University Pavilion
  • 4 - 5:30 pm: Linda Bates Parker Dedication, 1st floor University Pavilion
  • 5 - 10:30 pm: Happy Hour & Welcome Reception, Mick & Mack’s Café,
    3rd floor TUC
Saturday, October 30
  • Time TBD: Hospitality tent on McMicken Commons,
    Health and Wellness screenings sponsored by Walgreens
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Cookout, AACRC
  • UC vs. Syracuse Football Game

Click here to RSVP online now!

LGBTQ Meet 'n' Greet - Wednesday October 6th!

From our friends at the Women's Center:

The Women's Center
cordially invites you to the fifth annual
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning and/or Queer)
Meet and Greet

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6th Floor (Lounge Area) Steger Student Life

This is an opportunity for new students to meet other LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies on campus. The Meet and Greet is designed not only to introduce students to programs and services of interest but also gives students a chance to meet allies face to face. Students, faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to meet members from our LGBTQ centered student organizations GenderBloc and the Alliance.

Your attendance is important - in order to help keep students at the center, to provide a sense of place for LGBTQ students, increase LGBTQ visibility and help us create a safer, more just learning and social environment for all. Show your support!

Please join us for our fifth annual LGBTQ Meet and Greet.  Light appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday September 29, 2010 to Brittany Carbonara at or 556 – 4329.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

RAPP Table Tents in TUC

This fall Jojo encouraged us to try a new-to-RAPP promotional strategy:  Put out table tents in TUC!

Not only did he encourage it, he made it happen!  Jojo helped with the design, got folks to help fold-and-tape, and more to help put out the tents in TUC.  We put out 100 tents last Wednesday, most of which are still up this week as classes start.

Here's one of the tents in action on the east side of the TUC Food Court.

To give you an idea of how extensive the posting is, here's an animated GIF that points out the tents in the area.  Remember, this is taken a full week after the first 100 went out!

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We've gotten positive feedback on the tents from many around campus.  We also just received our first full applicant (who's got a RAPP interview scheduled later this week) who referenced these table tents as the first place they heard of RAPP!

Many thanks to Jojo for coordinating this effort and to Brice (XXV), Kinsey (XXIII), Chris (soon to be XXVI), and Deanna for helping fold, tape, and place these tents!

Emerging Ethnic Leaders Workshop

On Monday early evening, we did a workshop with the mentors of the new-again Emerging Ethnic Leaders program!
Emerging Ethnic Leaders is a program that helps first-year students of color develop their leadership skills to achieve their full potential as leaders at UC.  It provides a supportive learning community in which fosters students' interpersonal, social, ethical, and moral development while instilling values of social awareness and social responsibility.

The program helps students develop their leadership skills, builds a leadership community, and provides networking opportunities.  Participants participate in monthly meetings and an overnight retreat and organize service projects while also developing a relationship with an upperclass student mentor.

At Monday's workshop we explored our communication styles, explored the multicultural change process, and identified areas of social identity that impact our daily experiences.  The mentors were amazing in their deep, personal conversation and their support of each other throughout the journey ahead was already apparent.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15-10/15

The Office of Ethnic Programs & Services is sponsoring a variety of events to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month here at UC!  While the celebration lasts more than a month, the bulk of programs will be held October 12th-15th.

“Dia de laRaza” Celebration

DATE:                   October 12, 2010
TIME:                    12:30pm – 2:30pm
VENUE:                Tangeman University Center – FRONT STEPS

“Human Trafficking” in GreaterCincinnati

DATE:                  October 13, 2010
TIME:                   6:00pm – 8:00pm
VENUE:              427 Tangeman University Center

Is there a divide between Blacks and Latinos?

DATE:                   October 14, 2010
TIME:                    12:00am – 2:00pm
VENUE:                6thfloor Steger Student Life Center


DATE:                  October 14, 2010
TIME:                   2:00pm – 4:00pm
VENUE:                African American Cultural and Resource Center (300 Sanders) – next to Daniels Hall

SALSA: Latin Dance Workshop

DATE:                   October 15, 2010
TIME:                    7:00pm – 9:00pm
VENUE:                TangemanUniversity Center – GREAT HALL

Día de los Muertos Celebration: “Mask Painting”

DATE:                   October 29,2010
TIME:                    12:30pm – 2:30pm
VENUE:                555 StegerStudent Life Center (Ethnic Programs & Services office)

Asian Student Welcome This Friday!

The annual Asian Student Welcome, organized by the Office of Ethnic Programs & Services, is this Friday, September 24th!  The event is held 5-7PM in room 400 TUC.
The event features informational tables, lots of new friends, free food, and fun!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hispanic Student Welcome This Thursday!

The annual Hispanic Student Welcome, organized by the Office of Ethnic Programs & Services, is this Thursday, September 23rd!  The event is held 5-7PM in Mick & Mack's Contemporary Cafe in TUC.

The event features new friends, information, and free food!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

RAPP T-Shirt Day! Wednesday, September 22nd!

It's time for another RAPP T-Shirt Day!

Wearing your RAPP shirt is a great way to start conversations about RAPP.  With the RAPPlication process in full swing for getting RAPP XXVI together, it's a great way to get people interested and excited about joining RAPP!

Wednesday, September 22nd is RAPP T-Shirt Day!

If you're able, wear your shirt that day!

Don't be the odd one out!  Wear your RAPP t-shirt!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Learning Assistance Center Training

The UC Learning Assistance Center provides self-help resources for all UC students, faculty and staff.

Here's how they describe what they do on their website:

Students may download materials on anxiety, attitude, concentration, information processing, note taking, memorization, motivation, goal setting, self testing, selecting main ideas, study skills, time management, test taking strategies, researching and writing papers, and how to use the library.  In addition, both weekly and quarterly planning grids are also available for students who wish to prioritize and better manage their time.

Two of their many services involve students in helping other students:
We have the fortune of doing workshops with student workers in both Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Services this week.  On Saturday, we'll be exploring crosscultural communication strategies with the Supplemental Instruction leaders.  On Tuesday, we'll be doing similar work with the Tutoring Services tutors.

Convocation Welcomes New Students & Investitures President Williams

This Sunday, September 19th, marks the annual New Student Convocation.  This year's Convocation will also include the investiture of UC President Dr. Gregory Williams.

The doors open at 12:30PM for the audience.  Students who'd like to participate on the Fifth Third Arena floor have to line up in the Armory Fieldhouse by 1:15PM.

Convocation brings out the whole campus community - faculty, staff, alumni, upperclass students, and community members all come out to celebrate our new students beginning their Bearcat life.

This year's event - with the President's investiture - will also key us into overall Bearcat life.  Rumor is that President Williams will be unveiling the new UC|21 plan and UC's priorities for the next several years.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Theta Phi Alpha Workshop

This afternoon I was lucky to spend the afternoon with the wonderful women of the UC's Epsilon chapter of Theta Phi Alpha.

Over twenty-five women participated in a two hour workshop where we explored diversity at UC, multicultural resources here, and crosscultural communication strategies.  They proved to be a knowledgeable and thoughtful group of leaders here - as a group, they know a lot about multiculturalism at UC and take ownership of creating a welcoming environment within their chapter.

Working with them was a great way to start the 2010-2011 school year!


The way we take applications to RAPP - or RAPPlications as someone cleverly called them yesterday - is a multi-step process:
  • People contact us for information/application.  Last year we had over 170 people contact us for this.  The response is a somewhat long email that gives the person lots of information.  It covers the basics of what RAPP is and does, the commitment we ask for, and the application process.
  • People fill out a written application.  The application is attached to the informational email and takes people about five to ten minutes to complete.  People can return them several ways - by email, fax, mail, or in person.  We just ask that it's return before or at the interview.
  • People take an interview.  The word interview is a bit formal for what this is intended - it's really a time where the applicant gets to ask all the questions they can think of and we ask a few back to explore what they're interested in and get their thoughts on RAPP things like confidentiality and commitment.
  • RAPPers get a phone call!  Actually, all applicants get emails and phone calls on Friday, October 8th.  That's when we announce who got in, which group they're in, who's on the waiting list, and how the waiting list works.
We've got 70 spots for students between the two groups!  Last year we had over 170 people contact us for applications.  About 78 of them continued on in the application process and all but a few were placed.

We're accepting applications through October 1st!  Help us spread the word!  If you know someone who's interested, you can always send them to the "Join RAPP!" page online!

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    SALD Commercial for Akwaaba

    You know it's Akwaaba Black Student Welcome time when we're churning out commercials in SALD.  RAPP's commercial for Akwaaba premiered yesterday.

    Check out SALD's below.

    We'll be at Akwaaba - will you?!  Come out on Sunday, September 26th from 4PM to 7PM in the TUC Great Hall!

    It's one of the many places we'll be promoting RAPP with an information table!

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    RAPP @ International Student Welcome Coffee Hour

    Today was UC International's International Student Welcome Coffee Hour!  This fun annual event is for all UC students, staff, and faculty and is designed to welcome new people and returning people.

    This years event was held in Myers Alumni Center and took over most of the ground floor!  Many student groups and University offices tabled to provide information about the work we all do.  Of course, RAPP had a table!

    Jotale of RAPP XXV, Kinsey the RAPP Public Ally, and I had a lot of fun at our table today!  As a "time passes quickly!" note - one of our early posts when this blog first started was about last year's coffee hour.

    We had a new tabling experience today:  Being in the middle of the room.  The shaky, taken on a snapshot camera video below shows off our response in set-up.

    The "first table of the season" was tons of fun!  Join us for future fun during the rest of tabling seaon!

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    New RAPP Commercial 2010!

    Our illustrious recruitment leader, Jojo, filmed and produced a new commercial for RAPP for 2010.  This commercial is designed to be played at Akwaaba Black Student Welcome - but it's so great we want to show it everywhere!

    Many thanks to Jojo for his hard work producing this great commercial!
    Many thanks, also, to the folks who came out and made it possible:  Brice (XXV), Chris (XXVI), Deanna (friend), Eddie (XXIII), Jojo (XXIV), Kimmins (XXIII), Kinsey (XXIII), Krystal (XXIV), Rebecca (XXII).

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Community Service Fair on Monday, September 20th!

    Community Service Fair in Tangeman University Center (TUC)

    Over 50 community partners of the university will be at Tangeman University Center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, September 20.

    Community partners from art museums, schools, environmental organizations and other non-profits will be present to talk to students about volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. Student volunteer groups will also be present to talk about their mission and service involvement.

    Along with being a great resource for students receiving service scholarships, community partners will be able to provide faculty and staff with organization information and partnering opportunities.

    Faculty and staff are invited to come to the fair, especially from 10 – 11 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 p.m., when scholarship students will be in an orientation meeting and community partners will be readily available to talk.

    Where: TUC Atrium and Main Lobby (3rd and 4th floors)
    When: Monday, September 20, 2009, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    No registration is necessary.
    Contact the Center for Community Engagement with any questions at (513) 556-1559.

    Info Session for Spring Break Trip to Haiti

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Be a RAPP Star! Additional Filming Monday, September 13th

    As mentioned earlier today, our esteemed recruitment leader and budding director Jojo is recruiting RAPPers (and RAPP applicants) to be in a commercial for RAPP.

    This commercial is primarily being made for Akwaaba 2010 - the Black student welcome.  It'll also be on our website, this blog, and our YouTube channel.

    Another round of filming will take place on Monday, September 13th from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

    It takes five to ten minutes to do each person's recording.  Stop by the RAPP Office any time between 1:00PM and 3:00PM to do your take!

    If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Rebecca at 513.556.6119 or and she'll pass along to them along to Jojo!

    Homecoming 5K to Grant Wishes Today!

    It's coming up!  The annual Homecoming 5K to Grant Wishes Today is being held Friday, October 29, 2010!

    Each year, several University organizations come together to create this exciting event that promotes Bearcat spirit and philanthropy.  It is primarily organized by Fraternity and Sorority Life, but is successful with the help of groups such as Friday Night Live, Student Alumni Council, Student Government, the UC Alumni Association, and BANG.

    The walk is FREE to participate in - though participants are encouraged to try to raise $25 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    To learn more about the event, check out the 5K website or the Facebook group.

    Seeking Students for the Administrative Review Committee

    University Judicial Affairs is seeking student applicants - both undergraduate and graduate - for the Administrative Review Committee (ARC).

    The ARC is a group of faculty, staff, and students who are selected by Judicial Affairs to participate in the review process for individuals who have allegedly violated the Student Code of Conduct.  When an allegation against a student is made, the student is invited to meet with a Procedural Hearing Administrator  to resolve the allegation.  If found responsible, the student has the option of accepting responsibility for the action and the sanction determined by the Administrator, or the student may elect to have his or her case heard by the ARC.

    The role of the ARC is to listen actively and objectively to all the information presented by both the accused student and any witness or other statements.  The ARC is responsible for determining whether the accused student is responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct, if so, administering the appropriate sanction.  The main goals of the ARC are to uphold the University's rules and protect the University community while also promoting the educational growth and development of each student.

    Student members of the ARC play a very important role in shaping the University's response to student behavior, as there are twice as many students on the ARC as faculty or staff.  This creates a great opportunity for students, as peers, to understand and address and alleged violation from a similar perspective as the accused student, which ultimately makes the decisions of the ARC stronger and more influential.  
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    After training for the committee, the actual time commitment per quarter is considered minimal.

    If you are interested in applying for the ARC, please contact Daniel Cummins, Director of Univ. Judicial Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students at 513.556.6814 or check out the ARC website for an application.

    Be a RAPP Star! Commercial Filming Today!

    Sorry, for the sudden notice, but we just got word on a great thing:  Recruitment leader extraordinaire Jojo is filming today for a new RAPP commercial!

    Here's his message to RAPPers (or RAPP applicants if you're interested):

    We all love commercials, right?  Well, maybe not so much, but that's because you're not starring in them.  Here's your chance to gain UC fame while promoting RAPP:  We need folks to star in our wonderful 45 second commercial.
    You may speak a portion of the script or simply have your face featured.  Either way you'll be a star.
    Though this is very short notice, our first filming day will be Wednesday anytime between 1:00-3:00PM at the RAPP office (669 Steger).  If you're not able to come by on Wednesday but still wish to participate, contact us and I will provide other available days.

    Peace and Love,

    Below is last year's commercial.  It's alright, but this upgrade is much needed!

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Tip #5 Follow-Up: Tabling Details

    First, many thanks to our awesome recruitment leader Brice who'll be organizing RAPPers to volunteer at these tables.

    As mentioned in Spread the Word Tip #5, whether you'll be able to help out for a bit, just want to stop by and say hi, or can send some potential RAPP applicants our way, make sure to know about these events where we'll be out with information and usually a table:
    • International Student Welcome Coffee Hour - Wednesday, September 15, 4-6PM at the Myers Alumni Center
    • Arts & Sciences Welcome Day Festival - Tuesday, September 21, 12-1PM on McMicken Commons
    • RAPP Information Table on MainStreet - Wednesday, September 22, 12-2PM on MainStreet between TUC and the Steger Student Life building
    • RAPP Information Table on MainStreet - Thursday, September 23, 12-2PM on MainStreet between TUC and the Steger Student Life building
    • Hispanic Student Welcome - Thursday, September 23, 5-7PM in Mick and Mack's Cafe in TUC
    • Asian Student Welcome - Friday, September 24, 5-7PM in 400 TUC
    • Akwaaba Black Student Welcome - Sunday, September 26, 4-7PM in TUC's Great Hall
    • Darwin T. Turner Scholars Welcome - Monday, September 27, 6PM in TUC's Great Hall
    • LGBTQ Meet 'n' Greet - Wednesday, September 29, 4-6PM in the LGBTQ Center on the 6th floor of Steger Student Life Center

     If you have questions about these events, let me know.  If you're a RAPPer, keep an eye out for messages from Brice about volunteering at these events - it's fun and easy!  If you or someone you know is interested in RAPP, these are great times to interact with us to learn more about whether we're the right program for you.

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Art Academy Convocation

    Today I had the pleasure of having a conversation with incoming new students, returning students, faculty, and staff of the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

    Most of the first year class of students from the Art Academy participated in their Convocation, which involved welcomes and information from the Academy president and dean, information about involvement opportunities, and a speaker from ArtWorks.

    Following those speakers, I spent just over an hour with the group exploring the concepts of inclusion and exclusion.  In that, we explore how we define those concepts, how we ourselves have experienced inclusion and exclusion, and ways in which we can choose to make an inclusive environment for others.  The given topic was quite broad, but the students did an excellent job contextualizing it and identifying ways in which they participated in it.

    This workshop is hopefully the first of an ongoing relationship with the Art Academy.  We hope to connect again in the future on specific topics of social identity as well as specific aspects of awareness, leadership, and crosscultural communication.