DIOPP01 Club Advisor Annual Update

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On 10/6/17 at 1:15pm, I attended the DIOPP01 Club Advisor Annual Update presented by Christy Shields at the Student Services Building on Wake Tech Community College’s South Campus in Raleigh, NC.


There were a lot of great questions at this session, and they gave me a lot to think about! For those who were unable to attend, they will be scheduling additional sessions on both the main and north campuses soon.


Below is the follow up information we discussed.



  • To access Engage (XTRA), go to:
  • Current portal owners: your portal has been moved to the new platform. You will continue to use your key account to log in.
  • If you use Chrome to go to XTRA, you may be taken to the old platform. If so, follow the attached directions to clear your cache. Once you clear your cache, close your browser and then reopen it.

To access forms (You must not be logged in.)


Christy Shields will be sending information on applying for portals and for training soon. We will also be having the following Facts & Snacks Dates:

Facts & Snacks Dates

  • September 21  11am – 1pm – Facts and Snacks – PLM Quad
  • September 22  11am – 1pm – Facts & Snacks – Building B – Student Activities Lounge
  • September 18  11am – 1pm – Clubs and Subs – HS2 1st Floor Lounge

Eagle Rewards

One important point covered in the meeting was the Eagle Rewards Program

This program is being soft-launched this semester and is only open by invitation to certain student groups. Please share this information with students in your clubs. If you’d like someone from Student Activities to present the information at one of your club meetings, please send a meeting request through Outlook to all of the following people: Christy Shields, Luanne Burns, Sandra Gibson, Treva Aiken, and Michael Schneider. The person that can attend will accept the request.


I have transcribed a sample email to send to students in your clubs.

Dear student:

You are invited to participate in a brand new program that offers you rewards for participating in particular Wake Tech events. The program is called Eagle Rewards and as you build points, you can turn them in for prizes! As a student leader, you will be the first to try this new program!

To participate, click here to register. You get a sign-up bonus and 50 points just for registering! Once you’ve registered, we will send you a calendar of events. When you go to the events, make sure that you check in at the Eagle Rewards table so that you receive credit for your participation.


It is important to note: The program is being tested and is available by invitation only to particular student groups. 

Club Reactivation

Christy will be reviewing applications next week and will be in touch if there’s anything missing. In the mean time, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or suggestions. 

Club Elite Status

Level 1 : Complete all for an additional $50

  • Return reactivation form by the deadline
  • Return proposed budget by the deadline
  • Return SGA Student Representative form by the deadline $50

Level 2 : Complete all for an additional $50

  • Complete all level 1 requirements
  • Attend Facts & Snacks
  • Complete Google Doc for club meeting schedule

Level 3 : Complete all for an additional $75

  • Complete all level 1 and level 2 requirements
  • Participate in a community service project through OVAL
  • Submit monthly attendance report for meetings and events

ELITE STATUS : Complete all for an additional $100

  • Complete all level 1, 2, and 3 requirements
  • Have a representative at every General Assembly meeting


Students Matter: How Organizational Culture Drives Student Success — League of Innovation Summit

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Students Matter: How Organizational Culture Drives Student Success — League of Innovation Summit</
Students Matter: How Organizational Culture Drives Student Success 

This session focuses on a culture transformation effort at Lone Star College. The presenters will introduce organizational culture as an underlying influence throughout the college and engage participants in a deeper discussion about culture transformation as an avenue to student success.

Debbra Esparza, Executive Director
Alicia Friday, Director
Melissa Hinshaw, Manager, Organizational Development, Lone Star College System, TX

How Organizational Culture Affects Student Success

Describe the culture at your college, and really write as many things about it as you can.
Student success is the major thrust at Wake Tech Community College. To that end, we have student organizations, numerous independent learning centers with free tutoring and it’s many different locations. Several open computer labs, free tutoring, faculty advising to work with our students. Office hour coverage seven days a week and evenings. Advising holds to help us know and help the students get along their degree in a timely manner. Our faculty has an open door policy. We have opportunities and job pushing out via email and Twitter feed as well as We have hands-on classes as well as expansion and enrichment classes. Our Compututor and 24/7 blackboard assistance for students in need. We have an IT help-line. We have capstone courses and capstone presentations that psych our students for self-promotion and getting ready for interviews. Our faculty each do a yearly benchmarking activities and applied benchmarking grants to improve our process. We have the E-learning initiative which students must complete prior to being able to enroll in our online classes — which helps assure we have completions. We have epic functionality being undertaken by faculty and full section 508 compliance in all classes. A 30-hour professional development requirement for all teachers ensures we stay on top of our game, and we have starfish, we have college algebra MOOK and many other things that I can’t think of.

Culture changes

The important thing about changing your culture is first to establish the values that you want, and then a way to evaluate those values. Is there a disconnect between the disciplinary culture and the college culture that is the students? Do the teachers feel and act one way and the students feel and act another?

What are the positives the change brings to culture

It’s easy to fall into altruisc statements about what we do and what the value of it is, but most of us actually say “what’s in it for me?”. What is student success? Is it grades, is it transfers, is it completions, is it success or failure? And, what exactly is a failure?

Cultural beliefs are used to create the attributes for new faculty. Start with your core values: include benchmarking. Dr. Scott is a man of action and he leads with initiative and then stands behind those initiatives. Are higher-ups wanting to assist what I do? Rachel Ruise at Austin community college notes that within their institution, compensation is based on completions. A question comes up: Are teachers giving completions to keep compensation high while overall quality is driving low? It’s a legitimate question.

How will this change impact student success? How does a healthy college hold improved student success and completions? Epic implementation at wake Tech is set to be 100% by spring of 2017. A question came up: “Where/what will the headline be five years from now about your institution?” many people had a great joke over the fact that I suggested that might be in the middle of the second Trump administration and then where would we be?

BFA Design from UNC-G!

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At 6pm On December 18th, 1998 I attended the 1998 Winter Commencement Ceremonies presented by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro at the Greensboro Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.

Received my BFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro!

Tyler Dockery attended UNC-G, receiving his BFA in Design in 1998
Tyler Dockery attended UNC-G, receiving his BFA in Design in 1998

Today I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design with a specialization in Graphic Design and Mutlimedia. Hooray!

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the highest undergraduate degree that you can receive in the arts, with the Bachelor of Arts as a lesser degree requiring no foreign language or upper-tier courses. In short:

How Fine Arts Degrees Stack Up

Here is the breakdown of visual arts to liberal arts credits that you will encounter in a BFA or BA program:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: A BFA requires that approximately two thirds of the course work focus on the creation and study of visual arts, and one third of the course work focus on liberal arts (history, literature, psychology, etc.).
  • Bachelor of Arts: For a BA, the course work ratios are flipped, with a two thirds focus on liberal arts and one third focus on visual arts.

These ratios hold true across all establishments of higher learning. The type of degree, not the institution, determines the amount of visual arts to liberal arts you will study.

Tyler Dockery Attended UNC-G (new logo shown) receiving a BFA in Design in 1998
Tyler Dockery Attended UNC-G (new logo shown) receiving a BFA in Design in 1998

I chose to take the BFA degree track in design because I want to teach graphic design at the collegiate or university level. To do this, I would have to really get into the field and get to know all facets of design. The BFA program at UNC-G  ( will open in another window) has a focus on both the traditional design methodologies such as drawing, sculpture, color theory, painting, etc., coupled with an emphasis on software and multimedia design. This dual-emphasis on the old and the new will really give me a boost in the workplace (hoping).


Software I learned in school

  • Adobe Photoshop 3.0
  • Adobe Illustrator 2.0
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Pagemaker
  • Quark XPress
  • Hypercard
  • Supercard
  • Aldus Freehand 5.0
  • Macromedia Flash 2.0
  • Macromedia Director
  • Some HTML

Where did you go to school, and what did you learn? Let me know in the comments area!