Inside SNHU: One University
Welcome to the first university-wide issue of Inside SNHU! I’m excited that we’re expanding this resource to our colleagues on campus and Elm Street as we continue to stay connected as One University even while working apart. For those of you who are new to this email, Inside SNHU is a biweekly e-newsletter with information about university initiatives, department news, events, student highlights, facilities updates and more. Previously designed for Millyard, Portsmouth and Tucson staff, Inside SNHU now includes more campus news and university-wide information. I hope you find it useful and that it provides a broader view of what’s happening at the university. Watch this video for more. And we’d love to hear what you think.
Service Awards and Retirees
The annual Service Awards and Retiree Ceremony programs have been a longstanding springtime tradition at SNHU, celebrating our colleagues and their commitment to our mission. As we can’t gather and recognize their service in person this year, all are encouraged to view the service and retiree list and congratulate our colleagues for their accomplishments.
Excellence Awards Winners
Each year, thousands of students submit nominations to recognize outstanding work by faculty members and academic advisors with the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Advising Awards. Recipients will receive a plaque and will be celebrated at our rescheduled Commencement. Join us in celebrating the 2020 Excellence Awards winners and watch the winner slideshow.
Distinguished Scholar Awards
Global Campus recognized 2,214 graduates via mail with Distinguished Scholar Awards (formerly known as the Academic Honors Award). This award recognizes outstanding online undergraduate and graduate students who have earned the highest cumulative GPA in their degree programs, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7. Each mailing included a commemorative pin, a certificate of achievement and a congratulatory letter from Global Campus President Gregory Fowler.
The Writing Roles Incentive Training Experience (W.R.I.T.E.), an eight-week, not-for-credit writing challenge for students in liberal arts undergraduate programs, launched during the 20EW3 term with 33 participants. The winning article was selected for publication in The Penmen Review.
Participants were organized into small teams and collaborated virtually to develop a creative nonfiction article that offered substantive guidance for writers. They refined their journalism experience, conducted applicable research and honed their editing skills to align with journalistic standards.
Campus Enrollment Up
In the (almost) month since the announcement of the Innovation Scholarship and the re-envisioning of the campus experience, First-Year Admission has received 200 new applications for the FA20 term and more than 600 admitted students have paid their enrollment deposits. Comparatively, across the same dates in 2019, 40 applications and 220 deposits were received. The new first-year class currently totals 1,034 students; nearly 200 students more than the historic first-year class of 850 students that enrolled in the fall of 2018.
Excellence in Advising Awards
After we received more than 6,000 student responses to the Excellence in Advising Award survey, four individuals were named this year’s recipients of the award. Students spoke of their compassion, commitment, above-and-beyond customer service and vital role in the success of their academic journeys. Meghan Lussier, Jeffrey Hanlon, Joshua Demeule and Andrew Pogorzelski: Thank you for your passion and for helping to transform the lives of our students.
What Students Are Saying
“I wanted to take a few moments to recognize my advisor. I am so thankful to have her as my advisor! Since I started in the spring, she has reached out multiple times via email and follow-up calls. She has been extraordinarily helpful getting me registered into the appropriate classes throughout 2020. She has remained in constant communication during my transfer degree audit. Most importantly, she advocated for a change of class this term, empathizing with my situation.
“When I reach out to her, she treats me like I am the only student she has. She likely has a busy workload, but never makes me feel I am a burden. She replies to me very quickly, is empathetic and is a great advocate and representative for SNHU's core values and beliefs. My advisor is a gem and I am so happy to have her on my side throughout my SNHU academic journey!”
Meals for Manchester
SNHU is working with the Manchester School District to distribute meals to local k-12 students and their families who rely on schools for food, for the duration of this unprecedented time while schools are closed. As of May 16, through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations, SNHU has raised more than $275,000 and distributed 60,000 meals. The goal remains to continue the meals program until the end of the school year in June. Learn more and donate online.
Global Days of Service
Global Days of Service has been reimagined this year to emphasize DIY projects that can be completed while following physical distancing guidelines. Many organizations are serving vulnerable populations with needs that will continue over the coming weeks and months. We invite you to participate as you can from now through Homecoming (Oct. 16-18) and share your story with us. Learn more and make a difference.
Social Sciences HEART Challenge
The Higher Education and Real-world Training (HEaRT) experiential learning challenge is being expanded to include a social sciences challenge. Previously HEaRT challenges were focused on healthcare. The social sciences challenge will run for the first time June 29-Aug. 23 and will be offered each undergraduate term. Students have until June 12 to register for the first one, which will not be for academic credit.
Career will offer the following events for student-facing staff and students in June. Register with the links for each event:
The Pandemic Within Part II
Join the Diversity Council for The Pandemic Within Part II to discuss mental health needs that people are experiencing now – fear, anxiety, isolation, desires to go back to normal – and how they tie into neurodiversity and the hidden challenges people have faced for years in silence. The event will be held May 28, noon-1 p.m. ET. You can email questions in advance to email@example.com. Please use this link to access the session remotely.
Did You Know? Effects of COVID-19
Read about the effects of the pandemic on black Americans, women in the workforce and more:
Your Role in Creating Inclusive Culture
Learn about inclusion in a COVID-19 world, shifting gender norms in the workplace, mental health needs and more:
Inclusive Innovation Grants
Applications for the next round of the Inclusion Innovation Grants will be accepted June 1-July 1. These grants are aimed to amplify community learning and deepen a culture of belonging. This is your chance to get creative and be impactful by making a constructive difference in the SNHU community. Through these grants, we want to support your efforts to elevate the conversation and advance issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The link for submissions will be shared closer to June 1. Contact ODI@snhu.edu with questions.
Native American Veterans’ Day
Indigenous peoples have faced a long history of erasure in the United States. Despite this, many individuals from these neighboring nations have entered into military and other public service to uphold the ideals we seek to embody as a collective populace. At SNHU, we are acutely aware of the role veterans play in our society, in our community and in our school, and encourage the celebration of Native American Veterans’ Day on June 21.
This holiday, recognized officially only in the state of Maine, honors the sacrifices made by those who, despite generations of invisibility, marginalization and trauma, have given of themselves to serve the collective whole. We honor you and we thank you.
Afternoon Tea Series
Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on Thursdays at 4 p.m. ET for afternoon tea. Each week we will choose a theme/topic to share. Attendees can simply listen if they don’t wish to share. This space is intended to build community and be inclusive of different voices and experiences. All are welcome.
For questions, theme ideas and feedback, or to receive the meeting link, email ODI@snhu.edu.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has added new time slots for its virtual Lunch and Listen Circles — a space for up to 13 people to break bread, share stories and connect. Review the available slots on SignUpGenius and sign up for the session you would like to attend.
Circles have been used for millennia, and we think that bringing this ancient tradition right into the middle of our busy, modern days may be just what we need at the moment. Bring your lunch, an open mind and a personal trinket to use as your talking piece.
Keeping Private Info Safe
All of us are responsible for protecting the personal data in our control. Learn how to safeguard personal information at work by completing our training on Compass: Privacy Series – Keeping Private Information Safe.
Campus Faculty Q&As
The Newsroom regularly interviews campus faculty. Read some of their stories:
Celebrating the Class of 2020
Commencement Weekend may have looked completely different this year, but it sure didn’t stop the Class of 2020 from celebrating their achievements. More than 23,000 students worldwide received their diplomas, including 2,000-plus military-affiliated learners.
Q&A with Nursing’s Dr. Debra Murray
Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Debra Murray spent 16 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of nursing roles. During May’s National Nurses Week, we asked her about her career, the importance of education and more in this interview.
FAFSA Renewal Campaign
Student Financial Services kicked off its FAFSA renewal campaign for online students in January. Since adding targeted banner notifications in mySNHU for approximately 55,000 students, only 10,454 FAFSA renewal applications remain to be submitted. The campaign also includes a series of targeted emails, with heightened urgency as term starts approach. The combination banners and emails will help students submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA as soon as possible, ensuring a timely review of their financial aid eligibility and the enabling persistence through their programs of study.
What Students Are Saying
“I’ve found that staying on track is a lot easier for me during this pandemic. My hours were completely cut at work and I have a TON of free time. I’ve used this as a chance to perfect my schoolwork while I have the time. Starting early on the assignments is the best bet!
“I think the most helpful thing is just remind myself to get out and take a break while social distancing. Whether it’s a walk around the yard or a car drive to my favorite little city. Some normalcy in life provides a healthy balance for myself. And most importantly REACH OUT! If you’re feeling down, there’s resources available to help. Unsure of where to locate resources? I’m sure SNHU advising would be willing to provide resources to their students!”
Campus Clubs Highlights
Although the year was cut short, this recap video from the Office of Student Involvement highlights some of the great work our campus clubs did throughout the year. To learn more about the annual student and club/organization award winners, visit the Student Involvement Instagram and Facebook accounts for individual videos.
Upcoming Online Student Events
Students can attend the following upcoming webinars and events:
Join UC Assistant Professor Dr. Leila Samii for a series of guided mindfulness and meditation exercises designed to help inform and inspire you to find the calm in the chaos of our everyday lives, and to support your mental and physical health.
Live Virtual Events
Join the Alumni Engagement team for a series of upcoming live virtual opportunities, open to everyone in the SNHU community – alumni, employees and students. Learn more and register for any of these sessions:
Penmen Toastmasters Online
Penmen Toastmasters is now meeting online. Practice public speaking in a positive, supportive and encouraging space. All are welcome to come see what Toastmasters is about, and speaking is 100% voluntary. Upcoming meetings will be May 21, May 28 and June 4, noon-1 p.m. ET. Join here: RingCentral Meeting Link Penmen Toastmasters.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Contact PenmenToastmasters@snhu.edu with questions or join a meeting.
Welcome, New Readers
Cindy’s Corner, named after Vice President of SNHU Operations Cindy Migliori, is where you’ll find facilities and related operational updates for the Millyard location. You can also find great tips from Sodexo Campus/Millyard nutritionist Kristen Chaluda, plus information about shuttle service, Millyard/Portsmouth Public Safety and more.
Access to and within the Millyard and Portsmouth buildings continues to be significantly limited. Staff access card permissions have been adjusted based on this limited access, which is based on pre-approved schedules for those required to work onsite. This is for everyone’s safety and health as well as to allow us to best manage the facility, cleanliness and security. Contact Cindy Migliori or Norm St. Onge with questions.
The Millyard Green Team has temporarily paused the kitchenette composting project at the Millyard offices, but encourages those interested to continue the project at home. Compost will always be a wonderful alternative to hefty bags of garbage. Learn more about composting and get tips for starting a home compost system, and take a moment to complete the composting survey.