Stars on the Horizon: the ACUHO-I Stars College

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STARS College is a three-day experience for undergraduate students interested in learning more about Student Affairs and the Housing profession. Blending large group presentations, interactive activities, roleplay situations, self-evaluation, and small mentoring groups, STARS presents the world of Housing to those interested in the field. Each participant will be asked to have an "on-campus mentor," who will play a vital role in continued mentoring and exposure to the field after STARS.STARS College accommodates 40-55 current sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in housing. Participants must have at least one full year of undergraduate college left after August of 2012, and must have demonstrated significant interest in Housing / Residential Life / Student Affairs through their involvement and / or work experience during their time as an undergrad. DATES: STARS College, July 5-7LOCATION: Anaheim, CaliforniaFEES: $480For more information, see:

Text of Stars on the Horizon: the ACUHO-I Stars College

  • 1. STARS on the Horizon What to Expect Before, During & After STARS


  • A STARs light depends on brightness and distance from Earth.We have many shining STARS in Housing..while the light from one may seem small, with mentoring and teamwork, each can shine more brightly, bonding to create a superSTARS galaxy!

3. History of STARS College

  • STARS was started because of concerns of recruitment within our profession
    • Many students were in work mode, rather than graduate school mode
  • 1st year STARS was 2003 in Las Vegas
    • 36 Students, 10 faculty
  • After the success of the first year, it was determined STARS would always be held in conjunction with the annual conference

4. STARS Statistics

  • STARS college completed its 9 thyear in 2011
  • There are over 400 alumni of STARS College
  • Stars College Faculty have consisted of 40+ professionals, who are committed to working with students interested in Residence Life & Housing
  • Beginning in 2010, STARS College moved to being hosted on a college or University campus, exposing STARS to new housing facilities operations.

5. 2012:New Application

  • Changes in questions to better reflect students purpose in attending
  • Online application process requires the application to be downloaded, sent to on-campus mentor to download, complete his / her portion, and submit
  • Institutional support is requested (could be financial support, assistance in making travel arrangements, on-campus mentoring, or all of the above & more!)

6. Application and Timeline

  • Application Deadline:Friday, April 6, 2012
    • Applicants will be notified of status:Wednesday, May 2, 2012
    • Students selected must Accept or Decline:Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Alternate offers made until full:Friday, May 18, 2012
    • Alternates Must Accept or Decline:Wednesday, May 23, 2012

7. How are candidates selected?

  • Students must have a least one academic year left after completing STARS
    • Priority is given to those students who will not be given another chance to apply.
  • Selection Process- Written essay and application (55 student cap)
    • Selection committee considers quality of application, application responses, mentor feedback, regional mix, diversity within the applicant pool, housing background)
  • Students Must be willing to attend and fully participate in STARS College

8. Application & Timeline

  • Hotel Reservation Deadline:Monday, May 28, 2012
  • STARS Registration Fee due:Monday, May 28, 2012

9. Application & Timeline

  • Students arrive in Anaheim, California:Thursday, July 5, 2012, by 2:00 p.m
  • STARS College:Thursday, July 5 - Saturday, July 7, 2012
  • Student departure (Unless staying for Annual Conference):Morning, Sunday, July 8, 2012
  • Optional - ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition:Saturday, July 7 - Tuesday, July 10

10. What happens at STARS? The ACUHO-I STARS College is a three-day experience that blends large group presentations, interactive activities, roleplay situations, self-evaluation, and small mentoring groups. The networking and opportunities continue after the conference with the opportunity for participants to get involved in discussion lists, marketing of the program, and STARS College volunteerism, as well as continuation of newly cultivated relationships.Each STARS participant also has an on-campus mentor, who will play a vital role in continued mentoring and exposure to the field after the event. The entire experience is highly interactive and promotes student affairs and the college and university housing profession as a viable career option. 11. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum

  • Thursday
  • STARS College Registration
  • Welcome to STARS!
  • Cluster Group Team Building Exercise
  • Session 1:Your Professional Image
    • It is never too early to start thinking about, and start building your image as a professional.
  • Dinner with your Cluster
  • STARS Large Group Activity
    • Cluster Processing Time
  • Special Session:STARS staying for the ACUHO-I Conference
    • Learn more about ACE and sign up for volunteer hours at the conference.

12. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum

  • Friday:School Spirit Daywear your campus gear!
  • Continental Breakfast,Energizer
  • Session 2: Understanding Higher Education, Student Affairs, Housing Organizational Structures, Relationships, and Roles
  • Beverage Break
  • Session 3: Graduate Preparation Programs
  • Lunch
  • Session 4: Career Ladders & Opportunities
  • Break, Teambuilder
  • Session 5:Resume Development
    • Cluster Group Processing/Wrap-Up
  • Enjoy the night off--dinner on your own!

13. Fun in Sessions 14. 15. 16. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum

  • Saturday
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Session 6:Placement and Job Searching
  • Break
  • Session 7:Future Issues in the Profession
  • Final Cluster/Processing Time/ Evaluations
  • Clusters / Faculty Mentors
  • Well, what do you think?
    • Reflect upon the STARS experience and complete your STARS College evaluation.
  • Graduation and South of the Border Fiesta!
  • Group Photos & Opening Reception

17. 18. General ACUHO-I STARS College Curriculum

  • Sunday
  • Residence Hall Check-Out and Goodbyes
  • Those STARS staying on for ACE should move their belongings to their conference hotel.
  • STARS staying for ACE:Conference Welcome and Opening Awards, Convention Center

19. Why stay for ACE?

  • Attendees have the opportunity to attend theACUHO-I Annual Conference & Expositionat a reduced cost. This fee includes registration and conference meal package, and requires working some volunteer hours. However, it does not include lodging--conference hotel reservations must be made individually.
  • Why stay?You can be a part of more than 160 sessions and roundtables, the opening and closing events, and everything else that makes the annual conference the largest professional development opportunity for housing professionals.
    • I am extremely happy that I stayed. First, I was able to spend more time with some of the STARS so that was a definite plus. Second, It was great to be among so many professionals in the career we hope to be a part of. Everyone was so kind and welcoming towards us and they truly made us feel like STARS while we were there. Rena Gore, Rutgers University Newark
    • I really enjoyed attending and moderating the presentations. I found out about programs offered by Universities that I had never even considered before, and I learned about lots of great ideas for housing. Tamarah Dixon, University of Central Missouri
    • [Staying for the conference] allows for lots more opportunities to network with people who have already established themselves in the field.You might meet people at your volunteer hours, or at sessions, or you may be introduced to someone by a STARS faculty member.It doesn't matter how it happened but these people will just be more resources for you in the future. Scott Connerley, University of Northern Iowa
  • If you are considering staying for ACE, you are encouraged to solicit registration fee assistance from your campus housing department, student government, and other possible contributors.

20. Post-STARS Opportunities

  • STARS Participate will have opportunities in Post-STARS efforts including: future colleges, discussion lists, marketing, and possible STARS College staff involvement

21. Mentors:STARS Faculty & At Home

  • Mentoring is off line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking (Megginson & Clutterbuck, 1995, p. 13)
  • A mentor is someone who helps another person to become what that person aspires to be (Montreal CEGEP, 1988)

22. STARS Faculty Back Row:Kent Sampson,Oklahoma State University;Scott Francis , University of Florida;Nick Nicklaus,University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse;Tarome Alford,Springfield College;Patrick Bradley,University of Central Missouri;Edwin Toshio Hamada,Washington State University Front Row:Waz Miller,East Carolina University;Gisela P. Vega,Florida International University;Shana L. Meyer,Fort Hays State University;Stephanie Bannister,Kansas State University;Mary Janz , Marquette University;Lyn Redington,Northern Iowa University 23. On-Campus Mentors

  • Each STARS participant will have an "on-campus mentor,"