|STUDENT-ATHLETE WELFARE ENHANCEMENT|
The Student-Athlete Welfare component of the H.A.L.L. Program is broken down into two sub components, Student Life and Professional Development and Career Planning. It is important to educate the student-athletes on general life skills for college and beyond, as well as preparing them for life after graduation are considered valuable educational elements of the program.
Every year during the Fall semester every Seton Hall student-athlete will go through a drug and alcohol education session that will highlight the dangers of using drugs and drinking alcohol. It is important for them to understand that in order to perform at a peak level, they cannot use drugs and alcohol. They also are educated on the effects of illegal drugs and the negative impact they have on their bodies.
In addition, all student-athletes go through mandatory social media education through the H.A.L.L. Program. In the past Seton Hall Athletics has sponsored events for experts to come in and assess the current student-athletes’ profiles and provide feedback on content that could be considered inappropriate. This is important because social media has become such a powerful way to communicate a person’s views and actions, that properly filtering the content on one’s profile can be the difference between receiving or not receiving a job offer, for example.
Also, in an effort to live a complete and happy life, the H.A.L.L. Program has established an important relationship with the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS). The objective is to provide the student-athletes a confidential meeting with a psychologist if they choose to meet with one in an effort to overcome personal obstacles. These meetings can be used to discuss matters that the student-athletes are not comfortable discussing with anyone else. In conjunction with CAPS, fostering the health and well-being of our student-athletes in order to enable them to thrive, develop and achieve academic and athletic success is the ultimate goal.
It is important for the student-athletes to understand that college is a temporary stop that prepares them to continue their career journey. In partnership with Academic Support Services the H.A.L.L. Program also focuses on making the student-athletes as marketable as they can be in the real world by devoting resources to develop them professionally.
The H.A.L.L. Program has utilizes a very close relationship with The Seton Hall University Career Center to provide our student-athletes with as many resources as possible when it comes to preparing them for the professional world after graduation. The Career Center provides seminars and workshops for student-athletes ranging from resume writing and proper formatting of cover letters, to interviewing tips. The center also has a close relationship with many outside companies who are always looking to hire student-athletes, in particular.
Each of the student-athletes, depending on their majors, are assigned a specific advisor in the Career Center who will assist them in creating an online profile through a database where they can see available internships and job postings provided by prospective employers. Students can schedule appointments with their advisors as they feel needed.
The Department of Athletics has partnered with many successful and influential alumni to create the Seton Hall Student-Athlete Mentoring Program where current student-athletes are paired up with alumni mentors. In this program over 20 student-athletes are paired with alumni mentors in their given field of study to help them prepare the next generation of Pirates for professional success. The goals of the program are to:
- Leverage the expertise of successful alumni in order to benefit the current student-athletes
- Enhance the Seton Hall experience with an eye towards the future
- Provide the student-athletes with practical advice on career objectives, networking and how to leverage their athletic achievements in their careers
- Cultivate a sense of community between alumni and the student-athletes
|SOCIAL MEDIA EDUCATION|
In addition to the mentorship program, Seton Hall University educates all student-athletes on how to properly utilize all social media networks. The department focuses on what is acceptable usage of the websites and the importance of using the social media websites, such as LinkedIn, for networking and assistance in finding a job or internship.
Frequent guest speaker and alum, Jim DiPietropolo, is also the lead presenter for “The Athlete’s Advantage,” a guide for the student-athletes for applying their athletic experiences to their resumes, cover letters and job searches. The presentation focuses on the student-athletes identifying transferable skills that they have practiced athletically such as communication, time management, detail-orientation and analyzing and coming up with strategies/critical thinking, among others, and transferring these skills into the business field. Dipietropolo refers to these skills as “The Athlete’s Advantage.”
These examples are just some of the original educational programming that Seton Hall Athletics offers to its student-athletes.