October 3, 2017
Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge,
not the tree itself. – Albert Einstein
Our campus theme this month is Yellowjacket Success, appropriate to October as the month sees us reaching the mid-term semester milestone and working with students in advisement. It may be a time that students experience significant stress, both in relation to courses and life events.
Over 40% of our students qualify for Pell grants, which is related to income. Even while students receiving funding for attending courses, they may not have the resources available for housing, food, and other aspects of daily living. This is why many of our students work significant hours.
To help students meet their living needs while also engaging in learning, CETL has opened the Yellowjacket Pantry in collaboration with Student Affairs. The Pantry is open to any current student who is food insecure. Food insecurity is “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2017). Nicole Stodola worked with local food programs over the summer to develop the Pantry, and we hired two student employees, Audrey and Guilia, to assist this fall.
How might we know if a student is food insecure? A student might indicate this during advisement or when meeting about a class topic or concern. At CETL, we’re doing a simple assessment –if a student has a YU food plan, then they are not food insecure as those plans allow for regular meals. If a student does not know where their next meal is coming from and experiences hunger on a regular basis, we are generally defining that as food insecure. While we know that this is not perfect, it is a starting place.
As you work with students, please send those students who you assess to be food insecure to us. This may be based on what they share about their life situation and/or other aspects that you assess. The steps in receiving food assistance are:
- Refer the student (or walk them over) to the Center of Excellence on Teaching and Learning, Swenson 2076 (our sign is on our door). There is also a sign for the Yellowjacket Pantry. Any staff can provide assistance. Our office hours are from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- The student will be asked to read a brief statement of the Pantry’s purpose and process, then submit a food request form.
- The order will be filled within a day as appropriate to the food in stock and the student’s needs. Distribution will be daily (M – F) from 3 – 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise arranged (i.e. the student can arranged to pick the food up during office hours).
If you have questions, please contact Del Wright or I. Feel free to stop by and see our new Pantry! You can walk through the process to see what it is like and help refine our process.
If you would like to donate to the Pantry
We are in need of non-perishable food items and personal care products and would greatly appreciate your help stocking the Pantry. Ramen noodles, pasta, pasta sauce, canned veggies and fruits, and canned soup is what is needed, along with basic hygiene items (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, etc). Donations can be brought to the CETL Suite, Swenson Hall 2076, M-F, 8-4:30 p.m. Please – no expired products.
If you’re like me and grocery shopping is a challenge, feel free to provide financial support. Checks with a donation can be made out to the UW – Superior Foundation, with “food shelf” in the memo or you can go directly to the Foundation website at https://www.uwsuper.edu/give2uws/giving/index.cfm.
Events this week
- Supporting Growth in Non-traditional Students with Monte Stewart and students from the Vets and Non-traditional Student Center on Thursday, October 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the CETL conference room. Come hear the perspectives of students and brainstorm ideas to engage strengths and address challenges in learning.
Events coming up next week
- Gender Pronouns with Daniela Mansbach on Monday, October 9 from noon – 12:50 p.m. in the CETL conference room. Last winter, Daniela did a fantastic session discussion the Campus Pride index and talking about the concept of gender identity, including pronouns. This fall, we decided to continue this session with foundational and updated information.
- Global Awareness Community of Practice facilitated by Lynn Goerdt and Jerel Benton on Wednesday, October 11 from noon – 12:50 p.m. in the CETL conference room. This is an open session – new and returning members welcome!