Information Item # 4: Submitted by DeeAnne Crookham, Office of Campus Life (2013-2014/Oct)
UNF Traditions Project
The UNF Traditions Project is a University-wide effort to identify traditions that make up the heart of the UNF experience. The goal of the project is to help further develop a sense of connection and UNF pride for students, faculty, staff and alumni by highlighting and promoting the traditions that have the greatest meaning for us as a community. The Traditions Project is not an effort to create new traditions, but to elevate existing ones.
In February 2013, representatives from Academic Affairs, Admissions, Alumni Services, A&P Association, Athletics, Board of Trustees, Faculty Association, President's Office, Student Affairs, Student Government, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, USPA, and each College met to define "tradition" for UNF. Workshop participants are listed on the next page. The following definition developed from the workshop:
A UNF TRADITION IS…an experience that endures through generations, evokes a sense of shared
identity and loyalty, and is embraced by the community.
(Experience - an event, practice, behavior, place, and/or occurrence)
A month later, the workshop participants reconvened to set criteria that a tradition must meet in order to be included in the project.
Endures through generations:
- STAKEHOLDERS REPEATEDLY PARTICIPATE IN AND/OR DISSCUSS THE EXPERIENCE AS A SIGN OF AFFILIATION
- CREATES AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE IN ANY CONTEXT
- ADAPTABLE OVER TIME
Evokes a sense of shared identity and loyalty:
- FORGES A BOND AMONG STAKEHOLDERS
- CREATES A SENSE OF SOMETHING LARGER
- IS A RITE OF PASSAGE
Embraced by the community:
- HAS A FOLLOWING AND GENERAL AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY
- CARED FOR/MAINTAINED BY THE COMMUNITY
- BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS: IS WELCOMING ACROSS GROUPS
The next phase of the traditions project, currently in progress, is an effort to gather suggestions from the University community through a series of focus groups. Focus group participants are introduced to the project and asked to name the traditions they feel are most worthy of inclusion. Focus groups will continue through the end of the Fall 2014 semester.
When focus groups are complete, members of the traditions committee will review the suggestions and select a short list of traditions to be considered for inclusion. This list will be shared with the University community online and in an open forum during the public comment period in January.
The final list of core traditions will be introduced to the public during Homecoming 2014.
Spring 2013 Traditions Workshop Participants
Academic Affairs - Newton Jackson
Admissions/Orientation - Kate Chapman
Alumni Services - Faith Hall
Athletics - Josh Baker
A&P Association - Katie Chenard
Board of Trustees - Myron Pincomb
BCOH - Jeff Harrison
Campus Life - DeeAnne Crookham
COAS - Barbara Hetrick
CCOB - Lou Woods
COEHS - Jason Lee
CPDT - Kelly Harrison (Workshop Facilitator)
Faculty Association - Gordon Rakita
Housing & Res Life - Morgan Murray, E.J. Walicki
President's Office - Tom Serwatka
Public Relations - Cathy Cole
Student Affairs - Lucy Croft
Student Affairs Community Council - Debbie Johnson
Student Government - Michael Naughton
Thomas G. Carpenter Library - Lauren Newton
USPA - R. Elaine Poppell