Updates For The Puget Sound Community

Monday, June 1: RISE - Students - Important RISE reminders
Friday, May 15: RISE - Students - Funded RISE project work and other news!
Monday, May 4: RISE - Students - RISE Check In & NEW PROJECTS!
Friday, April 17: RISE - Students - RISE Updates 
Monday, April 6: SFI - Community Partners - SFI selection - This Friday, April 10
Thursday, March 26: SFI - Community Partners - Summer Fellowship Updated Deadline
Thursday, March 26: SFI - SFI Students - Updated Deadline
Monday, March 23: Community Partners - CE Fellows Collective Connecting Virtually
Wednesday, March 17: RISE - Summer Opportunities, last class session, & "Drop-In" Hours
Tuesday, March 16: SFI - General Updates for SFI Applicants (Students)
Tuesday, March 16: SFI - General Updates for Community Partners
Sunday, March 8: ePortfolio - Continued ePortfolio Support for Courses
Sunday, March 8: RISE - RISE Updates


MONDAY, JUNE 1, 3:08 P.M: RISE - Students - Important RISE reminders
Dear RISE students,

As the summer unfolds, I’ve seen more opportunities opening up for internships and other career-related experiences. Please reach out to me, your RISE instructor, or CES if you would like support in finding a career-related experience this summer. If you have already secured a position for this summer, please let us know.

I am writing to remind you about the deadline for withdrawing from RISE (June 12, 2020) and to share your options again:

  • You can complete RISE this summer by engaging in a career-related experience that is at least 120 hours.
  • You can complete RISE in the fall, spring, or following summer by engaging in a career-related experience.
  • You can withdraw from RISE by June 12, 2020. If you would like to withdraw from RISE, please let me know by sending an email to nkendrick@pugetsound.edu

I also would like to remind you that limited funding opportunities are available for students who are working in unpaid positions for organizations that serve Tacoma/Pierce County. To apply for funding, please visit this link and complete the form no later than this Friday, June 5, by the end of the day.

As always, let me know if you have questions or need anything. I would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.

Warmly,
Nicole Kendrick, RISE Program Manager
Elize Hellam, RISE Program Instructor


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 4:59 P.M: RISE - Students - Funded RISE project work and other news!
Dear RISE students,

I want to wish you congratulations on your last day of finals! The Fall 2020 semester is concluding but I want you to know I am still here and ready to support you on your RISE journey. As you may have seen in President Crawford’s email sent on Wednesday and Associate Dean Houston’s email sent on Thursday, student’s whose internships can occur remotely, or those students who have secured internships Phase 1 essential work in face-to-face environments may begin their summer internships, if in Washington, the week of May 25th.

Do you want to work for a Tacoma organization this summer? We have new opportunities for RISE that may be funded!

  1. Check out and apply to these remote RISE projects.
  2. After you have secured a position in the local Tacoma community, apply here for funding.

I also wanted to remind you of the following resources that are available as you continue your search for RISE experiences this summer:

  • The Year that Summer turned Upside Down – Experiential Learning and CES have collaborated to offer a website full of resources for making the most of this summer, including information about project work, virtual work, self-development, and career exploration & development.
  • RISE Office Hours will continue! Each Thursday at 1pm, or by appointment, throughout the summer via Google Meet.

If you are planning to start a remote internship, I suggest you consider the following questions and connect with your site supervisor to ensure a smooth start to remote work:

  1. What is the organization’s telecommuting agreement and how will this internship provide you with IT support, should you need it?
  2. Does the organization plan to transition to in-person operations once restrictions have been lifted? What are the expectations for you to transition to an on-site internship?
  3. During scheduled hours, what is the expectation for staying connected?
  4. What resources/processes are in place to ensure you are connected with your team and colleagues while working?

If your internship requires on-site work or transitions to on-site work, please consult with your supervisor for your organizations specific protocols, as well as the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for optimizing healthy practices and social distancing in the age of COVID-19.

Please let me know what questions you have. Have a wonderful weekend!

Best,
Nicole Kendrick
Elize Hellam


MONDAY, MAY 4, 1:57 P.M: RISE - Students - RISE Check In & NEW PROJECTS!
Dear RISE students,

As the program manager for RISE, I wanted to pass along the following information. Please be in contact with me or your RISE instructor if you would like support finding and applying to summer experiences. We’re here for you! ☺

2020 Remote RISE Projects
I’m excited to share the good news that, so far, 6 of our local community partners have created remoteproject opportunities for RISE students this summer as your RISE experience. If you are interested in applying to any of these projects, please reach out to the contact email provided with your cover letter and resume. These organizations will fill positions as soon as they find the right fit, so it is in good interest to apply as soon as you are ready. Do not hesitate to let me know if you would like help or support with your application materials. Also, remember, you are welcome to cultivate your own RISE project. Let me know if you have questions about the process.
VIEW 2020 RISE PROJECTS HERE         PROPOSE YOUR OWN RISE PROJECT HERE
 
RISE Office Hours
I will continue to keep my virtual RISE “Office Hours” throughout the summer. You can drop by any Thursday from 1-2pm PST by using the link below. I’m also happy to chat with you one-on-one anytime that works for you. Send me a quick message to let me know what day/time is best for you and we’ll get something on the calendar. Our friends in CES are also here to support you!
JOIN ME VIA GOOGLE MEET THURSDAYS FROM 1-2          CONNECT WITH CES HERE
 
In-Progress Grading and Withdraw Date
Your grade for RISE will be IP (In-Progress) at the end of this semester and will remain IP until you complete your RISE experience. Your last day to choose to withdraw from RISE is June 12.

I hope you all are taking care and staying well. Our thoughts have been with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

Warmly,
Nicole Kendrick
Elize Hellam


FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 3:59 P.M: RISE - Students - RISE Updates 
Dear RISE Students,

I’m writing to check in with all of you and share a few updates. Buckle up – this is a long one! But it’s full of helpful information so hang in there!

Campus Housing for Local RISE Experiences
The latest news is that we are aiming to move forward with on-campus housing for eligible RISE students this summer. To qualify, you must have a local RISE experience secured. This can be an internship, volunteer opportunity, off-campus job, or project. Please let me know once you have an experience! Your next step will be to complete the Learning Agreement with your Site Supervisor. If you could, please also let me know if you anticipate needing summer housing, so we can start to have an idea of how much space we will need.
 
Completing Projects as your RISE Experience
As a reminder, your next best step in RISE may be a project that you complete. We are currently working with local community partners to find cultivated positions to match you to.  If you want to go this route, your first step is to find a mentor who will guide you through the learning process. If you would like to propose a project please complete the RISE Experience Project Proposal intake form.

Examples of possible projects:

  • Build and launch a website for a small business
  • Develop and implement a social media plan
  • Collect and analyze analytics for an organization
  • Conduct research
  • Commit to the creation of a work of art
  • Plan, write, and create a podcast
  • Develop an app

Flexible Timelines for completing RISE
As I mentioned in earlier emails to you, we are flexible in the timeline for completing your RISE experience.Please let me know as soon as you have a RISE experience secured! Below you’ll find final ePortfolio submission deadlines based on when you complete your experience:

  • For Summer 2020 experiences, final ePortfolios are due Monday, August 10, 2020
  • For Fall 2020 experiences, final ePortfolios are due Friday, December 4, 2020
  • For Spring 2021 experiences, final ePortfolios are due Friday, April 30, 2021
  • For Summer 2021 experiences, final ePortfolios are due Friday, August 6, 2021

Reminder about Support from M.Ed. Counseling Students
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you want support in planning and thinking about your next step? M.Ed. counseling students would love to work with you this semester. Click below to learn more and sign up!

M.Ed. counseling
 
Additional Support
Remember, if you’re currently looking for summer experiences and having trouble finding opportunities, I have some tips and resources I’ve collected for you, under the "RISE Tips for Finding Virtual Experiences" link below. Also, don’t forget about my virtual drop-in hours every Thursday from 1-2 pm.

RISE Tips for Finding Virtual Experiences       GOOGLE MEET w/ nicole

Whew, you made it! Congratulations! As always, let me know how I can support you.

Warmly,
Nicole Kendrick


MONDAY, APRIL 6 12:38 P.M: SFI selection - This Friday, April 10
Dear Community Partners,

I hope this finds you well. We continue to be thankful to all of you as you take time to consider how our SFI interns may be able to work with you this Summer. We remain hopeful that we will have the opportunity to offer our SFI program to students and look forward to hearing about who your organization has selected by the extended deadline of Friday, April 10.

Given the unfolding and quickly changing situation, we are committed to remaining flexible! We’re considering the possibility of shifting our program later into the summer – we have about a 4 week “buffer” time frame, we could end up starting in July and/or condensing the weeks students are at their sites. If we all do end up staying home through the summer months, we understand that many of our partners may not be able to host students or may only have the capacity to host students remotely or through virtual work. We’ve been thinking about offering a learning agreement specifically for those students who are going to engage in remote work.

Again, we are so appreciative for our flexible partners who we can plan on moving forward with, even if it is tentative. We will keep you up-to-date as our plans become more defined. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your planning at this point.

Best,
Nicole Kendrick


THURSDAY, March 26 12:59 P.M: SFI - Community Partners - Summer Fellowship Updated Deadline
Dear SFI Community Partners,
 
Originally we had planned on your organizations being able to make internship offers to SFI students by tomorrow, Friday, March 27th.  In the midst of the collective uncertainty we are all facing, we would like to give you an extended deadline for making those important decisions. For now, our hope is that you will be able to contact students with an offer by Friday, April 10. Please be in touch with us about any ways we can help support your process. Thank you for all you do to support Puget Sound student learning.

With gratitude,
Nicole Kendrick


MONDAY, MARCH 26, 1:09 P.M: SFI - SFI Students - Updated Deadline
Dear SFI Students,

I hope you’re all hanging in there! I am writing to let you know we do still plan on moving forward with the SFI program. Originally we had planned on our community partners being able to make internship offers to you by tomorrow, Friday, March 27th.  In the midst of the collective uncertainty we are all facing, we have offered an extended deadline for you and our community partners to make those important decisions. For now, we are asking organizations to contact students with a offers by Friday, April 10.

Please let me know if you have questions or need anything. I am available to meet with you remotely at your convenience.

With gratitude,
Nicole Kendrick


MONDAY, MARCH 23, 3:11 P.M: CE Fellows Collective Connecting Virtually
Dear Fellows,

During this time we know that connections are more important than ever. For us, this means we want to continue supporting each other and connecting in a meaningful way around the issues that are important to us all. 

Let's come together virtually to wrestle with the community-based questions that we're facing at this time. Using social learning tools here is one questions that the CE Fellows team felt was relevant to the time:

During the present moment, what does successful connection in our community look like?
Still, we recognize that other questions may be more relevant to the broader CE Fellows cohorts so please come prepared with other questions or ideas that the group could consider choosing for a modified design clinic. 
 
Our hope is both to come together as a community and to create space to address the concerns and challenges you may be facing in your work or personal life. Please join us during a special one-hour virtual CE Fellows meeting on Wednesday, March 25th from 2-3 p.m. or Friday, March 27th from 10-11 a.m. Join us for one or both meetings by using this meeting link or dial-in: (US) +1 413-276-7491 PIN: 503 503 220# 
 
Sincerely, 
The CE Fellows Team

Skylar Bihl
Renée Houston
Nicole Kendrick
Meadbh Koenigsberg


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 12:46 P.M: RISE - Summer Opportunities, last class session, & "Drop-In" Hours
Dear RISE students,

At this time of uncertainty for all of us, I wanted to take a moment to reach out and let you I am here to support you. I understand the current COVID-19 situation may present you with challenges in finding and securing summer opportunities. Once the semester resumes, look for more information from me about reaching out to organizations to propose innovative ways to get involved, including virtual engagement. Additionally, I’m exploring options that would allow for greater flexibility in our RISE policy.

As of now, I encourage to move forward with your experiences search, keeping in mind your grade will be recorded as IP (in-progress) at the end of the semester and will remain IP until all coursework and experience hours are completed. I am committed to supporting your success in RISE!

Our last class session of the semester will take place via Google Meet March 30-April 1. I’ll send a reminder with the information for joining your class. I look forward to hearing from all of you during this virtual session.

In the meantime, I am still available to meet with you remotely one-on-one any time or day, at your convenience. Just email me back and let me know if you would like to schedule something. I will also be available during my newly established RISE “Drop-In” hours on Thursdays from 1-2pm PST.  Below you’ll find the link to drop in and ask questions, share concerns, or just check in! I would absolutely  love to hear from you.

"Drop-In" Hours

This is such a unique and challenging time in history! I encourage you to take a moment to recognize how the challenges you face now, and how you navigate them, are becoming a part of your story. My hope is that you will find inspiration, creativity, and strength to move forward in all of this.

Be well,
Nicole Kendrick
Elize Hellam


TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 12:58 P.M: SFI - General Updates for SFI Applicants (Students)
Dear SFI applicants,

As this is a time of uncertainty for many of you, I wanted to take a moment to reach out and let you know that we are in the process of communicating with our community partners and developing plans for the Summer Fellowship Internship Program moving forward. For the moment, we are continuing on as planned. We will be in touch with you as soon as developments arise. Please know that I am here for you. Reach out if you have specific questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Nicole Kendrick


TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 12:52 P.M: SFI - General Updates for Community Partners
Dear SFI partners,

We are thankful to work with such incredible community organizations who partner with us to create rich and meaningful learning opportunities for University of Puget Sound students. In this time of uncertainty we want to let you know that we recognize your working arrangements and capacity to host student interns in-person this summer may be in flux. We are committed to partner with you to adjust to the ever-evolving circumstances and welcome the chance to explore innovative and new ideas for offering work projects.

At this time all Puget Sound students are completing coursework for the remainder of the semester online and many will not be returning to campus in the next few weeks. With that in mind, we encourage you to reach out to applicants to schedule phone or video conference interviews as you wish.

Please be in touch to let us know if you have questions or would like support in your planning process.

Sincerely,
Nicole Kendrick


SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 8:27 P.M: ePortfolio - Continued ePortfolio Support for Courses
Dear ePortfolio Faculty users,

On Saturday, March 7, President Crawford sent a message to the campus community announcing that classes will be held virtually Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13. I wanted to be in touch to let you know that I remain available to support your classes. Also, student program assistants remain available to support your students working on ePortfolio-based assignments.

I recognize that some of you have ePortfolio trainings or visits for your classes scheduled this week.  A program assistant or I will be in contact via email to touch base about delivering that content virtually or rescheduling those trainings to meet your needs and the needs of your students.

In the event students are not feeling well, or are unable to come to campus, we are offering virtual appointments via Google meet or other free platforms like Zoom. I can have someone in our office reach out directly to your students offering our support if that would be your preference.

Please continue to reach out with any questions you might have. We are available and remain dedicated to supporting the important work you do with your students. 

Be well,
Elize Hellam


SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 8:15 P.M: RISE - RISE Updates
Dear RISE students,

On Saturday, March 7, President Crawford sent a message to the campus community announcing that classes will be held virtually Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13. While we are not meeting in class now, I wanted to be in touch to let you know that I am still available to connect with you. 

During this time in the RISE break, I encourage you to continue exploring your options for finding the right summer experience for you. Keep me posted on where you’re at in your search and how I might be able to help. Campus remains open and operational, which means I am happy to meet with you in one-on-one meetings to support your search. 

In the event you are not feeling well, or are unable to come to campus, we can connect via Google meet or other free platforms like Zoom. If you would like to meet, please be in touch and we can work together to customize our meeting plan.

Be well,
Elize Hellam
Nicole Kendrick