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About the Campus Theme



Campus themes constitute one example of a high impact practice that provides students with common and collaborative educational experiences, opportunities to connect curricular and co-curricular learning, and explorations of disciplines through a common lens.  While participation is optional by students, faculty, and staff, we encourage the integration of our campus theme in your classes, events, and activities.

Campus Theme 2022-23: Mental Health and Wellness: Awareness, Support, and Community Care

This year’s campus theme seeks to engage the Catamount community in important conversations and experiences to increase our understanding of mental health and wellness. By exploring the broad impacts of mental health and wellness, we can help to create a community of support and care for students, staff, faculty, and the communities in our region.

Marketing Supported Events: These activities will receive marketing assistance, the use of the campus theme mark for digital and printed marketing materials, and the advertisement of the activity on the theme’s website via its calendar of events. 
Financially Supported Events: Funding for financially supported activities will vary between $100 and $2,500; the average amount of funding will be a few hundred dollars.

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2022-23 Members

Dr. Ericka Zimmerman – Director & Professor, School of Health Sciences

Dr. Carol Burton – Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Katy Allen – Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education, Social Work

Cassidy Campbell – Operations Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

Calista Colbert – Counselor, Health and Counseling Services

Dr. Aubrey Ray Dalana – Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Pamela Duncan – Associate Professor, English

Tammy Frizzell – Assistant Director, New Student Orientation

Dr. Kim Gorman – Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Maeve Kirby – Associate Director, Residential Living

Caroline LeBoeuf – Assistant Director of Student Retention; Student Transitions Coordinator

Jessica Mizzi - Social Media Manager, University Communications and Marketing

Jalin Montgomery – Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Tammy Pavey – Public Safety Officer, Office of University Police

Requests for support will be accepted on a rolling basis with the committee meeting in April 2022, July 2022 (if needed), September 2022, November 2022, and February 2023 to vote on submitted requests. Requests can be submitted through the end of January 2023.

Eligibility for Marketing & Funding Supported Events

Any WCU constituent, including faculty, staff, students, departments, offices, programs, and student organizations is eligible to submit requests for marketing and financial support for events.

Evaluation Criteria

Goals: The extent to which the proposed activity and its associated goals are consistent with the overall mission of the Campus Theme, Mental Health and Wellness: Awareness, Support, and Community Care. 

Novelty: The extent to which the activity or event will provide students with an experience not obtainable through current classes or campus programs.

Student Engagement: The extent, and manner in which, the event or activity will actively engage students in the campus theme. 

Student Learning: The extent to which students will learn more about Mental Health and Wellness through this event or activity, and whether some method is included to assess this learning. 

Budget: The size of the event budget and the extent to which the budget appears to be sufficient to support a successful event, and the presence of alternative funding sources to close any budget gap. 

Impact vs. Cost: The number of students that will be directly involved with, or impacted by, this event or activity as compared to the cost or expense of the event.

Likelihood of Success: The apparent ease, or difficulty, of achieving the event or activity’s stated goals.


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