NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 5 Issue 10 - October 3, 2008
Commentary
Bih-Ching Shu
Changing from Within: Follow Your Heart and You Can Move On
Yusin Lee
The 11th Transportation Summit Report
Article Digest
Shu-Chun Chu
Single-frequency Ince-Gaussian mode operations of laser-diode-pumped microchip solid-state lasers
Y. L. Lo
Analytical analysis of modulated signal in apertureless scanning near-field optical microscopy
C Gau
Growth of SWNTs Film and Pattern as FET Device with IC Compatible Process
Ching-Rong Wen
Soft X-Ray Photoreactions of CF3Cl Adsorbed on Si(111)-7×7 Studied by Continuous-Time Photon-Stimulated Desorption Spectroscopy Near F(1s) Edge
Article Digest
Kuo-Feng Ssu
Fault-Tolerant Topology with Variable-Range Transmission Power Control in Wireless Sensor Networks
News Release
News
E-mail Interview: Recipient of the 2008 Ta-You Wu Memorial Award, Dr. Po-See Chen, Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, NCKU Medical College and Hospital
News
ISCAS 2009 Taiwan Will Attract 1,200 Experts from 45 Countries, Estimated Chair Professor Jhing-Fa Wang, Department of Electrical Engineering, NCKU, General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2009
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
Changing from Within: Follow Your Heart and You Can Move On
Prof. Bih-Ching Shu

Vice President for Student Affairs

Knowledge economy, learning society and information technology result in a rapidly changing society where nothing can hold still. Our living and working environment, core values, political and economic circumstances are also deconstructed accordingly. “Busy, confused and blind” can best describe the modern way of living: busy at work and life, confused by the complex and inconstant environment, and blind of future prospects. The Student Affairs also face more multi-facet challenges. Student affairs require systematic, integrative, strategic and visionary work. Educational meanings, innovation, progress, and diversified logical thinking can only be achieved with breakthrough of convention. The key to a healthy state of student affairs relies on collaboration from our colleagues. Based on current knowledge and skills, plus a right attitude, self-awareness and self-efficacy, we will reach our goal and be role models for our students.

If the college is like a big machine, then the ability of the staff can affect her functioning. Serving the students at front line, OSA matters a lot. Therefore, to strengthen our performance, staff development is crucial. Since academic year 2007, related training has been held four times. Except for orthodox sessions, units presented summary reports, with discussions to facilitate future action plans. By doing so, colleagues could communicate more effectively. Furthermore, they brainstormed during the Q & A session and brewed better quality plans. By presenting training reports, others could relate to themselves and learn in the process.

This summer vacation, falling free from the conventional lecture format of on the job training, we adopt small group discussions to facilitate exchange and creative thinking. Staff then knows one another better. Moreover, we provide leisure classes, such as arts and movies to foster growth. The result: horizon broadened, love of life enhanced, and spirit changed. It becomes obvious that beauty is all around, life can be viewed from various perspectives, and participants feel illuminated. Revitalized, re-energized, relaxed, unwind, and starting anew, passion for work is just natural. Professional development is not another burden, but refreshing, re-charging, and renewing.

As what President Lai expressed to encourage us: “The goal of a university is to nourish outstanding people; students are essential to a university. NCKU aims to foster leaders and talents for tomorrow. IQ (knowledge), EQ (emotional management), MQ (morality) and AQ (adversity quotient—problem solving ability) are necessary for their success. Emphasis is especially important in EQ, MQ, and AQ. College period is sensitive and crucial, since people must learn to be semi-independent during this stage. The OSA, facing students directly, plays a crucial role. Facilitating students’ growth is something to be learned.” With this training, we hope to strengthen our morale and commitment to our roles and missions. Moving from “working hard” to “working smart”, we will enliven our professional and personal life. “Healthy workers create healthy work”, may our colleagues’ healthy lifestyle and work style lead to a healthy Office of Student Affairs!


This article is translated by Helen Chang
The Banyan Editorial Office
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