Retirement reception for Kip Alishio March 1


Kip Alishio (image by Olivia Braude, The Miami Student)

The Miami University community is invited to a retirement reception in honor of Kip Alishio, director of Miami's student counseling service, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Shriver Center Heritage Room.

Alishio joined the student counseling service in 1985, becoming director in 1992. Over those years, the SCS has seen a tremendous expansion of the need for, and use of, mental health services by Miami students, growing from providing service to 3 percent of students annually in 1992 to 12 percent this year.

He has received several awards over the years, including the University's Distinguished Service Award in 2014. A nominator wrote then, “Certainly within the Division of Student Affairs, his footprint is ubiquitous … Our Miami families have come to know and trust him in their most challenging hours, as a voice of calm empathy in times of student death and emotional disintegration, when walls appear to crumble. Kip is so often their Superglue.”

Alishio trained faculty and staff in recognizing students in distress and knowing their resources for response. He worked toward SCS acquiring two electronic tools via a grant in 2013 – the Kognito and Just in Case programs – to help identify students in emotional distress.

Recognizing that good mental health requires a community effort, Alishio said he expresses deep appreciation to all in the Miami community who have contributed to helping to improve the mental health status of our students through their caring and generous efforts over the years. He is particularly gratified at the tremendous decline in stigmatized views that Miami students and the Miami community as a whole now express regarding mental illness and receiving mental health services.

Alishio’s last day in the office is March 2.