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Division News

  • Division staff have helped our campus community during the recent water crisis by providing timely information about their services and hosting water stations in their facilities. 

Staff Holiday Celebration

  • Save the date for the annual Staff Holiday Celebration on Dec. 6, 9–11 a.m., Texas Union Quadrangle Room. Join your colleagues for a morning of great food, fun and festivities! Take part in our holiday photo booth and new activities this year including a best Texas boots and sweater contest. Read more about the contests. Also, please bring an item to donate to the UT Outpost.

Thanksgiving Challenge

  • Participate in the UT Austin Student Affairs Thanksgiving Challenge by donating food and clothing to UT Outpost.
  • Get ready to welcome NASPA to Austin in March 2020! We encourage you to take advantage of having a major higher education conference in your backyard by volunteering for a conference sub-committee. View the sub-committees and apply by Nov. 13.

Counseling and Mental Health Center

  • Voices Against Violence hosted events throughout October for Relationship Violence Prevention Month. These events educated the community about healthy relationships, relationship violence prevention and how to support survivors. See the photos. (photo?)
  • Our team joined the local community at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk, raising over $1,600 for the local organization.

New Student Services

  • We hosted six orientation advisor information sessions to recruit a new group of orientation advisors for the 2019 season.

Orientation staff

Shannon Cantlay, Dr. Desiree Alva, Dr. Celena Mondie-Milner and Kyle St. Nicholas and at the 2018 Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education Annual Conference

  • Dr. Celena Mondie-Milner, Dr. Desiree Alva, Kyle St. Nicholas and Shannon Cantlay, Texas Parents, attended the 2018 Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education Annual Conference (NODA). The organization provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention. 
  • Our office celebrated National Transfer Student Week by hosting two events for transfer students. We partnered with the Leadership and Ethics Institute in the Office of the Dean of Students to offer the Success Through Resilience workshop, and with the Transfer Year Experience to host a Moonlight Campus Tour. 

Office of the Dean of Students

  • Nominate a student for our brand-new fellowship program: Burnt Orange Professional Development. This initiative from our Leadership and Ethics Institute is designed to help students develop marketable skills based on six leadership competency areas. They will also implement a personal leadership development plan and receive mentoring from a faculty member. Students must apply to participate.
  • Throughout this semester, the Leadership and Ethics Institute is also hosting open workshops that any student can attend. Topics vary and include True Colors® and inclusive leadership. Students must RSVP.
  • On Nov. 6 student organizations can begin reserving outdoor spaces, general purpose classrooms and marketing spaces in the Student Activity Center, Texas Union, Student Services Building and 2609 University Ave. The process opens for staff and faculty organizations on Nov. 13. Staff and faculty can reserve outdoor space 364 days prior to the event date. Student Activities manages these requests in partnership with the University Unions.
  • Sorority and Fraternity Life invites staff and students to attend An Honest Conversation, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Hogg Memorial Auditorium. This event is part of the Horns Against Hazing Initiative and will feature parents from across the country who have lost their children to hazing. It will include tips on how to make a difference on campus.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Division staff at the Open House

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs staff at the Open House

  • Our team enjoyed getting to know Division staff at the Open House. Staff took the mic during karaoke, socialized with colleagues, sampled Wisconsin cheese and took a photo with a life-size cutout of Dr. Lilly. See who belted out the tunes and who else had some fun.

New Staff Welcome

New Staff Welcome

  • Our office hosted New Staff Welcome to introduce new staff to the Division’s nine departments. Dr. Lilly and Division leadership shared information about how we help students live the Longhorn life through cutting-edge programs, services and facilities. View the presentation. Check out the photos.
  • We will volunteer as a team at the Urban Roots Community Farm (Nov. 3 and Dec. 1) and Casa Marienella (Nov. 15). Student Affairs Leadership Team members can reach out to Chris Burnett if you’re interested in joining us. 

Multicultural Modes of Mentoring Presentation

Dr. Rich Reddick (center) at the workshop

  • Chris Burnett and Payton Anderson hosted the second workshop for Division graduate and graduate research assistants. Dr. Rich Reddick, College of Education, presented “Multicultural Modes of Mentoring” and how to apply cultural competency techniques when transitioning into professional roles. 
  • Edna Dominguez and Heather Guerrero met with friends of the Division in Dallas before and after the Texas-OU football game.

UT Thanks Day Nov. 7-8

  • Mark your calendar for UT Thanks Day, Nov. 7–8. This annual campus event hosted by Texas Development involves students in philanthropy by thanking university donors. 

Recreational Sports

Friends of RecSports Golf Tournament

Jennifer Speer and Randall Ford at NIRSA Meeting

Randal Ford and Jennifer Speer at The University of Notre Dame's Smith Center for Recreational Sports

Texas Parents

  • We gave 2,000+ families the opportunity to live the Longhorn life with their students during Family Weekend. The event, hosted in association with the Office of the President, featured more than 100 events on campus and within the Austin community. All nine departments in the Division of Student Affairs participated. 

Texas Parents Ambassadors Council meeting

Dr. Lilly at the Texas Parents Ambassadors Council meeting

  • President Gregory L. Fenves, Dr. Lilly and Executive Director of Admissions Miguel Wasielewski presented to the Texas Parents Ambassador Council. 
  • During the council meeting luncheon our office awarded $37,380 in Student Organization Grants to 38 organizations and $3,620 to Ready Set Go and $9,000 to the Student Emergency Fund. They also recognized Amie Jean as the 2018–19 Mike Wacker Award recipient. This award was established in 1985 to honor former Longhorn basketball player Mike Wacker, and has been a symbol of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Look out for her profile story on UT Austin Campus Life Update
  • Nominations open this month for the Staff Merit Award. Since 1998, Texas Parents has honored exceptional Division of Student Affairs staff members with this award.

The Center for Students in Recovery

Ofrenda de Muertos decorations

Decorations from Ofrenda de Muertos

  • Members of the community visited our Ofrenda de Muertos (Offering/Altar for the Dead) to remember lives lost to addiction or to reflect on their past life before recovery. We also hosted our annual Day of the Dead party with food, games, music and sugar skull-making workshop. 

Sober Tailgate

Chris Brownson (Counseling and Mental Health Center), Sierra Castedo, Stanton Corley (Baylor University) and John Harris at Sober Tailgate

  • We hosted our largest Sober Tailgate with University High School and Alpha 180. This event featured live music, a local food truck and a petting zoo. See the photos
  • Our department partnered with University High School to host a booth at Recovery in the Park to share information with the Austin community about our programs and services. 

Julie McElrath at the Seminar on Addiction and Recovery

Seminar on Addiction and Recovery participants with speaker Julie McElrath (fifth from left)

  • We welcomed Julie McElrath, executive director of University High School and director of the Central Texas Youth Recovery Network (YRN), to the Seminar on Addiction and Recovery. She presented “Building Integrated Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care for Adolescents and Emerging Adults: A Network Approach.” See the photos from this event.

Recovery Ally Training participants

Recovery Ally Training attendees

  • We launched a new training initiative for students, faculty and staff. The Recovery Ally Training will help make campus a more recovery-friendly place by educating community members on addiction, recovery and campus resources. Sign up for the Recovery Ally email list. 

University Health Services

  • Thanks to the hard work of our team and a collaboration with New Student Services, 97 percent of incoming students (10,000 first-year and transfer students) completed part one of both AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates modules.

Flu Shot Campaign

Mayda Cruz (Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost), Provost Maurie McInnis, Charlotte Katzin (University Health Services) and Dave Wolcott (Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost) at the flu shot clinic 

  • Our department administered 11,344 flu shots to staff, faculty and students during our annual outreach campaign. The clinics ran from Sept. 25­–Oct. 18. See the photos
  • Kathy Mosteller and Dr. Melinda McMichael represented UT Austin at the annual Big XII Health Center Director’s meeting. University health center leaders discussed best practices and trends, as well as shared solutions and achievements. 

University Housing and Dining

Fantastic Feasts dinner

Brad Agnew at Fantastic Feasts dinner

  • Our dining team hosted Fantastic Feasts, a Harry Potter-themed dinner featuring foods from the wizarding world, a scavenger hunt and trivia contest. We had a record attendance, serving over 2,800 guests during the evening event.

Residence life staff at conference

University Housing and Dining Life Team at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers Resident Assistant Conference

  • Residence Life hosted the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers Resident Assistant Conference for more than 330 resident assistants and staff from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Topics ranged from diversity, equity and inclusion to leadership development. The keynote speaker was Dr. Yulanda McCarty-Harris, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. 
  • They also hosted the Careers in Student Affairs panel with Dr. Marilyn Tyus, University Housing and Dining, Dr. Doug Garrard, Office of the Dean of Students, Dr. Rich Reddick, College of Education, and Rita Miller, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students attended to learn more about pursuing a career in student affairs. 

New Resident Orientation

Nije Lane and Melissa Garland at the New Resident Orientation

  • University Apartments hosted New Resident Orientation so new residents could meet apartment staff and their neighbors, as well as learn about rules and campus resources.

University Unions

SAC Patio Celebration

Mulu Ferede at the Student Activity Center Patio

  • Our team celebrated the opening of the new Student Activity Center Patio by handing out pizza and snow cones to students. The event showcased the new space and amenities such as hammocks, a fireplace, water feature, water bottle filler and additional seating. 
  • Tickets are on sale for the 38th Annual Madrigal Dinner — “The Road to Reilingard” — Nov.15–17.


Dr. Lilly at Terry Scholars Banquet

Dr. Lilly at the Terry Scholars Banquet

Dr. Lilly gave the welcome remarks at the Terry Scholars Banquet. Read how this scholarship program has helped make the Longhorn life a reality for more than 1,600 UT Austin students.

Residence Life team at conference

University Housing and Dining Residence Life team at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers Resident Assistant Conference

University Housing and Dining’s Residence Life team received the top honor for the Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH) Case Study. They also received the Top 8 Program and Spirit Pin Award at the Regional Leadership Conference.

Scott CookeUniversity Housing and Dining, completed his level one Advisor Resource Training.

Callie Langford and Jess Cybulski

Callie Langford (CASA of Travis County) and Jess Cybulski (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) at Preparing for Media Interviews

Jess CybulskiOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs, presented “Preparing for Media Interviews” to 40 volunteers of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County. The organization promotes and protects children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, schools and the community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.

Emily DoyleCounseling and Mental Health Center, participated in a panel discussion at Dell Medical School. The panel followed a screening of the film “Do No Harm” and focused on suicide prevention among physicians. 

Susan HochmanUniversity Health Services, gave opening remarks during the second day of the American College Health Association Leadership and Innovations Summit in Washington, DC. She also participated in a panel discussion addressing student homelessness.

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