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Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center

  • This semester, we began offering tele-counseling appointments between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for students who face barriers to accessing the counseling center
  • Partnering with the Eating Recovery Center, our team launched an Intensive Outpatient Program for students requiring a higher level of treatment for eating disorders on Feb. 17.

Brandon Jones at Student Educator Forum

Brandon Jones (University Housing and Dining) gives the keynote address at the Student Educator Forum.

  • BeVocal partnered with the Sanger Learning Center to host the third annual Student Educator Forum on Feb. 22. Featured speakers included Brandon Jones (University Housing and Dining) and Tiffany Cunningham (SHIFT).
  • Longhorn Wellness Center, SHIFT and Center for Students in Recovery staff are hosting a Spring Break Oasis on March 11 to promote spring break safety. Staff are also working with University Housing and Dining and the Office of the Dean of Students to coordinate safety and health messaging before and during spring break.

New Student Services

  • Registration for summer orientation opens on March 4.
  • We held a retreat for our orientation advisors at the Recreational Sports Center on Feb. 29. These student leaders will help us welcome new Longhorns this summer.

New Student Services staff at their retreat

New Student Services staff at their retreat

  • Our staff discussed planning, goals and strategy at a retreat on Feb. 6­­ and 7.
  • As part of our aUsTinite initiative, staff hosted an Off-Campus Town Hall on Feb. 26 to gather student feedback on programming for students living off campus.

Office of the Dean of Students

Campus-wide election graphic

  • We would like to remind all our colleagues that Campus-wide Elections begin midnight on March 2 and end at 5 p.m., March 3. Results will be announced on March 6. 

Will Ross (right) speaks with a student at the UT Outpost Pop-up Shop.

  • The University Leadership Network team invited our team to host a UT Outpost Pop-up Shop in their space on Feb. 28. During our pop-ups, students can pick out professional clothing, ask questions about the program and what kind of outfit they should wear for their job interview or event, and they learn where they can get access to the full UT Outpost selection. We've collaborated on pop-up shops with Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Education, Law School, McCombs School of Business, Texas Blazers and University Housing and Dining.
  • Our Leadership and Ethics Institute team kicked-off the spring Leadership Education and Progress program Feb. 11-13 with 78 participants in four cohorts. They also received more than 500 applications for 30 positions for this summer’s Division of Student Affairs Internship Program.

Brandon Besses, Jenny Walker and Marilyn Russell at Elevate UT

Brandon Besses, Jenny Walker and Marilyn Russell at Elevate UT

  • Our Sorority and Fraternity Life team hosted 56 sorority and fraternity chapter officers for the Elevate UT leadership development retreat on Feb. 8.

Recreational Sports

  • Register today for Longhorn Run 2020. Before you lace up on April 18, be sure to take advantage of the training that’s included in registration.
  • Staff will join students at Texas THON on March 8 for their 12-hour Dance Marathon to wrap up a year of raising funds for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
  • We will host an open house at Gregory Gym on March 7 for Explore UT. Visitors will be able to tour the facility, climb the wall, shoot hoops and spike a volleyball.
  • Our RecSports Recess team and Outdoor Voices presented Rec Day on Feb. 27 to celebrate National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day with free playtime activities, chair massages and more. 

(Front row): Darci Doll, Lisa Sova, Bridget Lawrence, Kari Terry, Bridget Tasker, (middle row): Nicole Olmeda, Samantha Caufield, Caroline Coblar, Jennifer Speer, (back row): Justin Galicz, Randall Ford

  • Staff mingled with RecSports alumni during a happy hour on Feb. 27. See photos.

Adrienne MacKenzie, Jennifer Speer and CieCie Leonard at TexFit 2020

Adrienne MacKenzie, Jennifer Speer and CieCie Leonard at TexFit 2020

  • Staff participated in the annual TexFit conference on Feb. 8 at The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • We hosted an open house on Feb. 4 of our new Mind+Body and Pilates Reformer studios in Gregory Gym to introduce the new spaces and promote the classes and services. See photos.

Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents is hiring Family Orientation Student Leaders. Applications open on March 11.
  • Family Orientation registration and 2020–21 memberships open on March 4.
  • During the 2020 Texas Parents Brick Paver campaign, we sold 168 bricks. Brick pavers are laid in front of the Student Services Building before UT Remembers and the May 2020 Commencement. Our office will lay 13 memorial bricks honoring students who passed away during the academic year.

The Center for Students in Recovery

  • As a new addition to the center, we now offer yoga pop-up sessions to support students’ mental and physical health.
  • We are hosting the Seminar on Addiction & Recovery (SOAR) on March 19. Doctoral student John Moore will discuss his research on the benefits of social connection for students in recovery, campus support currently available and recommended improvements.
  • Our team will offer a week of events during spring break to engage students who aren’t headed out of town. See the schedule.
  • Our next Recovery Ally Training will take place March 13. This training helps students, staff and faculty support students who are in recovery. Sign up.
  • We are now gathering our community on Saturdays. Join us for a coffeehouse meetup at 2 p.m., Epoch Coffee on North Loop. Game nights will take place from 7–9 p.m., Bellmont 222.

University Health Services

Terrance Hines interviews with FOX7

Terrance Hines interviews with Texas News Channel.

  • Our team has been working closely with campus partners to keep the campus community updated on the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have communicated information about the virus and also general prevention tips for respiratory illness, including the flu. These messages have gone out via campus-wide email, news/media interviews and Healthyhorns social media.
  • Since thousands of students plan to study abroad in the coming months, we began offering Saturday clinics for Study Abroad physicals.

University Housing and Dining

  • We are participating in the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative to create menus that prioritize health, sustainability and food choices. Menus of Change is a group of universities that work to enhance campus dining.
  • Purchase fresh and sustainable food from campus gardens and local farms at UT Farm Stand, March 11, 25, April 8 and 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jester Plaza.
  • Jester City Limits, J2 and Kins Dining, and Cypress Bend Cafe are offering meal deals for Explore UT guests on March 7. We will have temporary changes in our schedules and menus.
  • We’ll have a grand opening for Jesta’ Pizza on March 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jester Center. Enjoy prize wheel, free samples and pizza-themed giveaways!
  • On Feb. 26 our residence life team began managing the front desk, mail, security, crisis response and programming for the 2400 Nueces apartment complex.

Monica Giraldo, Sherry Flint and Cony Lopez at the Mediterranean Dinner

Monica Giraldo, Sherry Flint and Cony Lopez at the Mediterranean Dinner

  • We highlighted heart-healthy dining options at the Mediterranean Dinner on Feb. 20 at J2 and Kins Dining on Feb. 20. Our staff served Spanish, Italian, Greek and Moroccan cuisine to 3,300 students.

Wanda White (Humane Society), Thomion Patton, David Rodriques and Carter Huff at the Plant-Based Recipe Sample training

Wanda White (Humane Society), Thomion Patton, David Rodriques and Carter Huff at the Plant-Based Recipe Sample training

  • Our dining team participated in plant-forward food training with Chef Wanda White from the Humane Society on Feb. 11 and 12. The teams made four new items each day and invited students to sample and provide feedback.

University Unions

  • The Texas Union Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom roof replacement project is on schedule and will be complete this month.
  • We’ll be offering free Tower Tours on March 7 for ExploreUT.
  • The Valentine’s Day Crushgrams tradition continued this year with 2,500 students picking up their gift from a special someone on Feb. 14.
  • Campus Events+Entertainment’s African American Culture Committee celebrated Black History Month with four events throughout February. The Asian American Culture Committee presented Lunar New Year on Feb. 6. And, the Mexican American Culture Committee presented Bailando! on Feb. 13.
  • Wesley Barnett, Dylan Smith and Sean Morrogh took home top honors in our First Annual Chili Cookoff on Feb. 13. James Buckley, Jim Adkins (Vice President for Student Affairs) and Campus Events+Entertainment President Mario Aparicio participated as judges.
  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly cut the ribbon at the new Steak N’ Shake in the Texas Union on Jan. 29.

Vice President for Student Affairs

  • You’re invited to the Ice Cream Social, March 18, 3-4:30 p.m., Gregory Outdoor Reception Garden (near Aquatic Complex). Enjoy ice cream and networking with your Division colleagues. Wear your Living the Longhorn Life t-shirt for a group photo at 4 p.m.
  • Save the date for Our Texas, the university’s annual giving campaign, on March 27­–April 2. Please email Alma Garcia about department participation in 40 Hours for the Forty Acres or Thanks Day.
  • Mark your calendars for the UT Austin NASPA Reception during the annual conference: March 30, 7–8:30 p.m., room 615AB, Hilton Austin.
  • Sign up for the March 26 screening of the National Association of Colleges and Employers webinar, "Examining Campus Employment Series."

US Census graphic

  • We’re helping the U.S. Census spread the word about the questionnaire to be distributed mid-March. Please share social media content from the Division accounts on March 12 and 26.
  • We co-hosted Dinner with 16 Longhorns with the Office of the University Ombuds on Feb. 26.
  • We trained 17 new Qualifying Administrators for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®) on Feb. 24-26.

President Gregory L. Fenves at Student Consultant Social

President Gregory L. Fenves at Student Consultants Social

Professor Charlee Garden speaks at Division Admins Group

Professor Charlee Garden speaks at Division Admins Group

  • Professor Charlee Garden shared expertise on leadership development at the Division Admins Group meeting on Feb. 18.


Dr. Lilly at Meet the Guides of Texas Meeting

Dr. Lilly (stage, left) at the Guides of Texas Meeting

Dr. Lilly spoke to the BreadwinnHER student organization about female empowerment on Feb. 3. She also provided opening remarks at the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Meet the Greeks on Feb. 11. And, she did a fireside chat with the Office of Admissions’ Guides of Texas at their Feb. 26 staff meeting.

Ashley Richardson (fourth from left, back row) with Cockrell School of Engineering staff

Ashley Richardson (fourth from left, back row) with Cockrell School of Engineering staff

Ashley Richardson, New Student Services, gave a presentation on the Longhorn TIES (Transition, Inclusion, Empower, Success) initiative at the Engineering Student Division Staff Meeting on Feb. 11. 

The Professional Development Day Conference, hosted by UT Austin's Academic Counselors Association, brings together academic advisors and student affairs professionals representing colleges, schools and units across campus. Below is a list of Division staff who helped provide perspectives on higher education and student life.

Alisha Barnebey and Nali Shah at Professional Development Day

Alisha Barnebey and Nali Shah at Professional Development Day

Alisha Barnebey and Nali Shah, Office of the Dean of Students: “Overcoming Impostor Syndrome and Leading with Confidence”

Cheryl LeGras, Office of the Dean of Students: “Using Sports, Games and Activities to Enhance Training”

Paige Muehlenkamp-McHorse, New Student Services, with Shannon Mann-Butler and Travis Hand, Office of the Associate Dean for Research: “College Life Without a Safety Net: Independent Students”

Shauna Sobers (University Housing and Dining) at Professional Development Day

Shauna Sobers (front center, University Housing and Dining) at Professional Development Day

Shauna Sobers, University Housing and Dining: “Resilience Tree: Growing Pathways to Senior Leadership for Women of Color”

“A Tip of the Hat to…”

Dan Brisley and Sean Morrogh, University Unions, who received a thank-you note for their outstanding customer service while supporting a recent Information Technology Services event.

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