Stetson University

Accomplishments

Personal Growth

  • MyStudentBody (an online, interactive, personalized wellness tool) pre-test to post-test score average improvement of 20.8 points of improved understanding of alcohol, drug and sexual violence prevention material (EOY 2011-2012)
  • National Peer Education Survey: Our Wellness Interns (student volunteers) show growth in all 6 of the key competency areas and are above national averages in 4 (EOY 2011-2012)
  • The Leadership Practices Inventory (development tool proven to cultivate and liberate leadership potential) was incorporated into the Hollis Center Manager in Training Program (Fall 2012).   
  • Strengths Finder (web-based assessment tool utilized to identify the natural, recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior) was incorporated into new hire training process. 
  • Group Exercise Schedule: Every hour that the Hollis Center was open we offered a group exercise class (EOY 2009-2010)
  • Wellness and Recreation offers between 20-30 group exercise classes a semester including cardio, strength, flexibility, and core workouts.   


  • Over 3,000 hours of participation in group exercise (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Fitness Incentive Programs saw a 20% increase in participation and 10% in completion (EOY 2010-2011)
  • 1858 total Intramural (recreational organized sports) participants; 539 unique participants (EOY 2011-2012)
  • AODIC (Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Coalition) created moderation messages to be used for future education (EOY 2011-2012)
  • National Assessments of Wellness and the Reality Campaign data continues to be lower than the national reference for alcohol and tobacco (EOY 2011-2012)
  • 92%  of respondents think BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students) is a good option for Stetson students (EOY 2011-2012)
  • 68% of BASICS participants feel they have been successful in cutting back on their drinking (EOY 2011-2012)
  • 50% of Tobacco Talk participants joined the cessation group following workshop (EOY 2011-2012)
  • 71% of participants reported quitting smoking after the completion of cessation program in Fall 2012 (WEAVE 2012-2013).  


  • 87% of students who participated in HIV Screening responded that they would return to another screening at Stetson University  (EOY 2011-2012)
  • 44% of respondent responders said they were safer on their birthday because of the 21st Birthday Program (offers some tips to help students on their way to becoming a well-educated, responsible drinker when they turn 21 years old)  (EOY 2011-2012)


  • Continuation of positive programs including workshops, 21st Birthday, fitness incentive, HIV screening, ext. (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Supported Living Learning Community (LLC) Wellness Housing (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Installation of new, state of the art cardio equipment in summer 2012. 
  • The Wellness Interns (student volunteers) present a variety of health topics of interest to Stetson Students and host monthly health huts on topics.
  • Increased responsibility of candidates in RA application process to include Portfolio creation for returning RAs  (including cover letter and resume)
  • RA special assignments-provide tailored experiences to gain professional skills
  • HRL customer service survey and symposium
  • Presented at Diversity Live-“Perceptions of People with Disabilities in Popular Media” (Social Justice/Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Continued Collaboration with Facilities and Public Safety and State Senate office to improve physical accessibility on campus-ramp to Allen Hall, accessible restrooms and entrances into Carson Hollis and Conrad Hall, audible alerts for cross walks on Amelia to residential halls, and Minnesota and Woodland-to come.  (Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Automated accommodations process (request and notification) to eliminate hoops for students with disabilities-Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Created campus-wide Success Coaching model in collaboration with Student Success (Academic Excellence)
  • Partnered and later took on GPS workshop series targeted at first year students (Academic Excellence, Exploration, Community Engagement, Professionalism, Wellness,
  • Launched GPS 2.0 workshop series for upperclassman (Academic Excellence, Professionalism, Exploration, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Launched Peer Success Coaching Program (Academic Excellence)
  • Launched Group Success Coaching Pilot Program (Academic Excellence)
  • Centralized processes and training for all Stetson tutors (Academic Excellence, professionalism)
  • Participated in Panel Discussion of Ann Marie Slaughter’s Article “Women Still Can’t Have it All.” (Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Participated in annual training of student leaders (Focus leaders, RAs, Greeks, and Hatter Production students) on equal access and inclusion particularly for students with disabilities (Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Instituted a volunteer note taker program (around 120 student volunteers each semester) for fulfilling the accommodation of class notes for students with disabilities (Social Justice, Community Engagement)
  • Collaborated with Athletics by making Academic Success Coordinator for Athletes a part of the Academic Success Center (Academic Excellence)
  • Provide Student Success Sessions each semester following mid-term grade reports (Academic Excellence)
  • Instituted entirely paperless internal and external processes and record keeping for Academic Success Center (Environmental Responsibility)
  • Collaborated with Facilities to create an accessible and quiet testing environment for students with testing accommodations (Academic Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Provided class presentations on academic skills and strategies for success (Academic Excellence)
  • Provided education to faculty and staff on equal access and inclusion through presentations and newsletters (Diversity and Inclusion, Social Justice, Academic Excellence)
  • Collaborated with Housing and Residential Life to create process for requesting accommodations for Housing (Diversity and Inclusion, Social Justice)
  • Collaborated with Career Services to provide career counseling for students with disabilities (Academic Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Collaborated with Career Services to connect student athletes with Employers (Professionalism)
  • Presented on academic strategies for success and resources during new student orientations (Academic Excellence)

Intellectual Growth

  • Wellness and Recreation collaborates with the Academic Success Center to provide a mid-term grade check-in between professional staff and the Hollis Center student employees (Fall 2012). 
  • Wellness and Recreation Professional Staff members participate in Success Coach Training, learning new ways to help students become more academically successful. 
  • 83 students participated in SOAR (Stetson Outdoor Adventure Recreation) sponsored outdoor recreation events (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Increase total number of Outdoor Aventure Recreation trips offered (Fall 2012)
  • Incorporation of adventure education into staff trainings and SOAR (Stetson Outdoor Adventure Recreation) program (Spring 2013). 
  • Increase in total workshop participants reached from 798 last year to 869 this year (EOY 2010-2011)
  • The REALITY campaign (an advertising campaign used to expose students to misconceptions about alcohol and drug usage by Stetson students) created 10 new images, including images focusing on marijuana use and prescription drug misuse prevention for the first time (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Merged Facebook pages, increased “likes” from 65 to 209, page became more of a resource to students about activities and options (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Hollis Center extended operating hours as part of university vibrant weekends programs and to better serve music students (EOY 2010-2011)
  • AODIC (Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Coalition) collaborated to get a red background on all student ID’s for those over 21 years of age, making it easier for public safety to identify those students (EOY 2010-2011)
  • The Clean Air student group promoting a tobacco free campus moved to Facebook and currently have over 200 members (EOY 2010-2011)
  • The Burnout Series (lifting competition testing muscular endurance) was implemented, providing education on lifting styles and muscular endurance training techniques (Fall 2012). 
  • 87% decrease in unsportsmanlike conduct and ejections following sportsmanship points system implementation within Intramurals (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Created the Intramural Supervisor In Training and Coordinator In Training (EOY 2009-2010)
  • Created of Hollis Center Manager In Training process (Fall 2012)
  • Wellness Intern Claire Armagnac was named “Florida Peer Educator of the Year” (EOY 2010-2011)
  • Offering more professional development opportunities for all student staff in leadership and management (EOY 2009-2010)
  • Stetson sent numerous student and professional staff representatives to the NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association) Conference over the years.  
  • The Wellness and Recreation Staff has grown to include 4 full-time professionals, 1 part-time coordinator, 4 graduate assistants, and over 150 student employees.  


  • Stetson group exercise instructors have received national certifications in their respective teaching areas. 
  • 2.5 GPA required for RA staff
  • Academic wellness included in RA programming model
  • Living learning communities
  • All RLCs are success coaches
  • Encourage students to become involved in new and different organizations/experiences
  • Sponsor programs that encourage questioning
  • Passive programming (bulletin boards, advertising etc.) require students to use creative programs
  • Encourage and respect self reporting
  • Medical amnesty policy
  • Report it campaign

Global Citizenship

  • SOAR (Stetson Outdoor Adventure Recreation) collaborated with Center for Community Engagement to offer an Alternative Spring Break opportunity that included whitewater rafting (Fall 2012)


  • Active member of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Volusia County, promoting overall health and well-being of residents and visitors by reducing and/or eliminating use of tobacco products. 
  • RLCs involved in outside departments (ASB, Greek, green feather)
  • Student lead programs for social and community events
  • Community service educational sanctions
  • Cosponsor  silent steps, safe zone, only love, passive programming,
  • Increased accessible spaces in the residence halls
  • Swift action to provide accommodation for students
  • Program approval process considers these topics
  • Departmental commitment to sustainability
  • No purchase of bottled water
  • Avoid individually packaged freebies/give aways
  • Work with FM to host energy conservation competition annually
  • Room checks to prevent vampire energy usage at Winter Break
  • Sustainable products (plates, cups, utensils, pens, recycled paper, reusable water bottles)
  • Departmental committee lead by students
  • RA training around this topic
  • Strive to use ethically sourced materials
  • Educational programming in this area
  • Intercultural competence
  • Training sessions about this for students and professional staff
  • RAs put on cultural credit events, and are required to attend one for departmental Inservice
  • Policies support educational mediation before room changes
  • Intentional hiring of a staff that represents the diversity in the student body.

Environmental Responsibility

  • Solar climate control system was installed for pool and extended hours for the pool began during early spring semester (EOY 2011-2012)
  • Developed a new tobacco butt campus clean-up program (EOY 2011-2012)
  • The Lynn Business Center is the first LEED Certified building in Florida. This is an excellent example of adaptive reuse. The building was built to house a Savings and Loan. By adapting the building to another use, millions of tons of solid waste were kept out of landfills. The Rinker Environmental Learning Center, McMahan Music Hall and the Hand Art Center all earned LEED Certification, with the Rinker Environmental Learning Center earning LEED Gold Status.
  • Volusia Sandhill Teaching Landscape with grants from Urban Foresters and Volusia County.
  • The university has adopted a native tree and plant policy. In excess of 900 native trees and 7,000 native shrubs have been planted on campus since May of 2010.
  • Tree Campus USA by Arbor Day Foundation including Campus Tree Care Plan and a Tree Advisory Committee.
  • Shift to organic best practices with integrated pest management
  • Reduced energy usage by 1.8 million kWh of electricity and natural gas consumption 21 percent annually. This has resulted in a 29 percent reduction in carbon emissions when the results of the Carbon Audit in 2007 are compared to the audit conducted by the students in 2011. The audit was completed by the students using the Clean Air Cool Planet Carbon Calculator. Our goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent when compared to 2007 by 2020 even with the addition of the Athletic Training Center and the Welcome/Admission Center.
  • Outstanding recycling program Earned number 1 position in the paper category and number 3 over all in the 2011 Recycle Mania Competition amongst 600 colleges and universities.
  • Completed the STARS Audit in 2012 achieving a Bronze Rating. STARS is the Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System used by many colleges and universities to track progress in the journey to be a sustainable campus.
  • Signatory of Talloires Declaration, and American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (member in good standing).
  • Host of 2012 Volusia County Green Symposium
  • Installed water efficient irrigation with 99.7 percent of campus being irrigated with reclaimed water. The use of reclaimed water reduces the volume of treated water being introduced into the St Johns River and assist in replenishing the aquifer.
  • Since 2000, Stetson students have planted at least 30,000 trees in Guatemala by hand with AIR
  • Hatter Harvest Organic Garden. Student-run experimental garden with educational outreach and monthly farmers' markets promoting organic farming and local produce
  • Native Plant Screen house and Plant Propagation Site, for ongoing faculty and student research
  • Gillespie Museum is the University's earth science museum. Its collection of 15,000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens--one of the oldest and largest in the southeast U.S--has developed in its fifty years into a center for environmental education, including geology exhibits and displays on native Florida ecosystems and native plant landscapes, minerals and mining, and fluorescent rocks. 9000 annual visitors to K-12 education programs, Science Saturdays, and other special events, including Stetson's annual Earth Day celebration.
  • Gillespie Museum Native Florida Plant Landscape. In its fifteenth year, an experiment in a native landscape without irrigation or chemicals; site of educational programming and undergraduate research.
  • Increased usage of LED lighting both in the buildings and in parking lots
  • Continue to work with our resident students to reduce electric consumption when res halls are closed for break. The consumption is down as the students, unplug, turn it off or turn it down.
  • Solar Thermal Technology was installed on the roof of the Rinker Field House to heat the swimming pool at the Hollis Center. With the solar panels we are able to provide comfortable water temperatures without using any electricity
  • Electric Charging Stations for use by electric cars and electric hybrid cars have been installed at two locations on campus, the Rinker Environmental Learning Center and Griffith Hall.
  • Purchased all electric automobile for Public Safety
  • Primary Use lawn mowers are powered with Compressed Natural Gas. Natural gas produces less CO2 than gasoline.
  • Increased number of bike racks by 40 percent when compared to 2010.
  • Installed solar thermal technology on the roof of Smith Hall to reduce consumption of natural gas used to heat domestic hot water.
  • Low Flow plumbing fixtures have been installed at Carson, Hollis and Conrad Residence Halls. During the summer of 2013 23 bathrooms in Emily Hall will have water efficient plumbing fixtures. The balance of the bathrooms in Emily Hall will have water efficient plumbing fixtures when the renovations are complete in 2015.
  • Converted the air conditioning system at the University Village Apartments from individual units for each apartment to the central cooling plant which will be more efficient and reduce consumption of electricity
  • Metal roofs have been installed on the Athletic Training Center, Allen Hall and the Allen Residence. Metal roofs have a useful life of approximately twice that of asphalt single roofs. When a metal roof has to be replaced the metal can be recycled. When an asphalt single roofs are replaced the material are put in to landfills. Asphalt single roofs are a petroleum based product hence we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce waste with a very long half-life from going into landfills.
  • As we replace floors or building new building we are using flooring products manufactured by firms committed to reducing CO2 emissions in their manufacturing process. Our standard for hard flooring is now either porcelain or ceramic which require no floor finishes, less water in cleaning operations and less electricity and emissions for maintenance. We have also been restoring the wood flooring in the older buildings on campus instead of covering them with either carpet or hard flooring.
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