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Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center

  • We have combined our business, prevention, assessment and communications units with those from University Health Services. Both teams have a long history of sharing common services, such as integrated health counselors, design work, information technology and website services.

Suicide Prevention Week

Kelsey Lammy, Michelle Emery, Shavonne Coleman and Sharon Hoefer at Suicide Prevention Week

  • Our Mental Health Promotion team held a week of events for Suicide Prevention Week that covered topics ranging from self-care to social connections.
  • To better align with their role, we now refer to our Diversity Coordinators as Diversity Counseling and Outreach Specialists.
  • Our Prevention Team is gearing up for Relationship Violence Prevention Month. Voices Against Violence will be hosting events throughout this month to educate about healthy relationships, preventing relationship violence and creating opportunities to support survivors. UT Austin students, staff and faculty are welcome at all events.

New Student Services

  • Our office partnered with Intercollegiate Athletics to take the official Class of 2022 photo before Horns Up Night, one of 12 signature events during Longhorn Welcome.
  • We hosted the Horns Helping Horns Welcome Reception to welcome 31 new and existing student members for this school year. Horns Helping Horns provides a network of support and resources to financially independent students.
  • We kicked off orientation advisor recruitment with a homecoming celebration. We debriefed the summer orientation season and discussed recruitment efforts.

New Student Services staff at the retreat

  • Our team held a staff retreat to plan for the coming year, establish goals and set department priorities. We reviewed the past year’s orientation metrics to applaud accomplishments and prepare for next summer’s programming.

Office of the Dean of Students

UT Marketplace

UT Marketplace on Speedway Plaza

  • Our Student Activities team co-hosted the largest UT Marketplace to date with thanks to our partner, Texas Student Media. UT Marketplace is held twice a year to allow outside vendors to market to students on campus.
  • Our Sorority and Fraternity Life team thanks the 24 volunteers from across the Division who participated in this year’s Panhellenic Recruitment.
  • Our Leadership and Ethics Institute team launched a new leadership program: Burnt Orange Professional Development. This initiative is designed to help students develop marketable skills based on six leadership competency areas. Students must apply to participate.
  • Throughout this semester, our Leadership and Ethics Institute team is also hosting open workshops that any student can attend. Topics vary and include True Colors® and inclusive leadership. Students need to RSVP.
  • In addition, they are accepting applications for Leadership Education and Progress (LEAP). This free, six-week leadership development program focuses on building an ethical and socially-responsible foundation of leadership. Encourage students to learn more and register.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

2018-2019 Kickoff

University Housing and Dining staff at the 2018-2019 Kickoff

  • VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly welcomed the Division team to the 2018-2019 Kickoff. We launched the Division’s Strategic Directions that illustrate how we will influence the Longhorn life. We also heard from Student Government and Graduate Student Assembly presidents and vice presidents. Check out the photos.  
  • We are also launching Living the Longhorn Life in connection to our Strategic Directions. Listen to our students as they explain there’s more than one way to be a Longhorn.

Open House

  • Division staff are invited to our office to socialize and check out our office during an Open House, Oct. 16, 9-11 a.m., Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 302.
  • Student Development Specialist Nali Shah is working with the Office of Financial Aid to improve access to information about Bevonomics, a financial literacy program for students.
  • Our office hosted the first of four Graduate Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant Workshops on the Intercultural Development Inventory to support a Division initiative launched by Dr. Lilly in November 2016. They will also host two workshops on other topics during the semester.

Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett shows the ConstitUTion Day contest prize goodie bags.

  • In celebration of the creation and signing of the Constitution (Sept. 17, 1787), we hosted a Twitter trivia contest to honor Constitution Day. It helped educate students on the rights of citizenship and civic engagement.

Holiday Card Contest

UT System Student Success Summit

Dr. Charlotte Canning (College of Fine Arts, College of Liberal Arts), Dr. Laura Gutierrez (College of Liberal Arts), Carolyn Connerat (Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost), Julie Schell (College of Fine Arts), Cassandre Alvarado (Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost) and Carol Longoria

  • Deputy to the Vice President Carol Longoria attended the UT System Student Success Summit.

Recreational Sports

Party on the Plaza

Adrienne MacKenzie and Mark Munguia at Party on the Plaza

  • Party on the Plaza 2018, a signature event of Longhorn Welcome, raised more than $12,000 for the Student Emergency Fund. The Counseling and Mental Health Center, Office of the Dean of Students, The Center for Students in Recovery, University Health Services, University Housing and Dining, and 350 student organizations tabled to share information with participants. Big thank you to our campus sponsors Office of the Dean of Students, Student Government and Senate of College Councils. See the photos.  
  • We’re looking forward to welcoming faculty and staff during Faculty/Staff Free Week, Oct. 1–7. They will enjoy free access to facilities, TeXercise classes and the Climbing Wall. Additionally, faculty/staff-only perks will be offered Oct. 1–4  at designated times which will include a free chair massage, a meeting with a certified personal training for a customized fitness program and more.

Friends of RecSports Golf Tournament

Texas Parents

  • We will announce the recipients of the Student Organization Grants and Mike Wacker Award at our Ambassadors Council meeting on Oct. 26. 
  • Our team is gearing up for Family Weekend, Oct. 27–29. We invite departments and campus organizations to sign up to host a table at the Great Texas Showcase. Registration opens Oct. 8.

The Center for Students in Recovery

  • Our annual Open House showcased our recovery support programming and services.
  • Our staff will engage with the Austin community during Recovery in the Park, Oct. 20, 2–7 p.m., Parque Zaragoza.
  • This year our office co-hosted a Sober Tailgate ahead of the Texas-TCU game on Sept. 22, offering food, non-alcoholic beverages, games and music for the campus and community. Next event is ahead of the Texas-Baylor game on Oct. 13.

Ofrenda de Muertos

  • We'll host events throughout the month in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. 

University Health Services

Tonya Richardson, Kien Crider (Human Resources), Terri Lundy, Melinda Garcia, Julienne Taylor and Patty Canfield (Human Resources) at a flu shot clinic in the Texas Union 

  • Our annual flu shot campaign runs through Oct. 18. Check out the flu clinic schedule.
  • We are asking staff to join us in the Alana Yaksich Memorial Foundation Colleges/Universities Flu Shot Competition. If you receive a flu shot in Austin, you are encouraged to take this survey and help UT Austin win with the highest number of students, staff and faculty immunized.
  • Our team gathered for a bi-annual Organizational Day. Staff heard from Associate Vice President Dr. Chris Brownson about structural changes at the organization (see Counseling and Mental Health Center section) and how to offer better care to students.
  • Dr. Vander Straten, department chief of Urgent Care, trained our General Medicine nursing staff on suture removal during Staff Development Day. Our Material Management team also learned how to use our new instrument sterilizers.

University Housing and Dining

  • Our Dining team is experiencing record attendance at Vegetarian Focus Group and University Residence Hall Association Food Committee meetings, with at least 70 students at each meeting. Our staff uses this time to listen and discuss feedback on how we can improve our food service.
  • Our nutrition services team hosted two “Bread Around the World” pop-up sampling events to celebrate National Whole Grain Month.

GoTX Health and Fitness Fair

Sotear Kuy and Lindsay Wilson at GoTX Health and Fitness Fair

  • They also co-hosted the annual GoTX Health and Fitness Fair with Recreational Sports. Students learned about wellness resources on campus, enjoyed healthy food and tried out TeXercise classes.
  • Our sustainability team hosted the first UT Farm Stands of the semester. Mark your calendar for this month’s events on Oct. 10. 
  • Our Residence Life team kicked off Longhorns for a Culturally Competent Campus. This 10-week workshop series helps students in residence halls interact more effectively with people of different cultures in respectful and responsive ways. They also hosted resident assistant information sessions to recruit applicants.

University Unions

  • Our team will celebrate the opening of the new Student Activity Center Patio on Oct. 3. Join us for ice cream and festivities.
  • Our student programming organization, Campus Events+Entertainment, hosted Back to School Bash for 3,300 students on the new patio. The Asian American Culture Committee partnered with the Multicultural Engagement Center on the You Bring Out the Asian in Me annual event, which was attended by 650 students.
  • Tickets for the 38th annual Madrigal Dinner go on sale Oct. 15 on Ticketmaster. The Renaissance-themed dinner theater show takes place Nov. 15–17.
  • We reupholstered the furniture in the Sinclair Suite and Lonestar Room in the Texas Union to better serve students, faculty and staff.  

Standouts

Senate of College Councils Lunch

Dr. Lilly at the Senate of College Councils Welcome Luncheon

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly gave remarks during the Senate of College Councils Welcome Luncheon.

Texas Parents Ambassadors Exec Committee

Dr. Lilly at the Texas Parents Ambassadors Council Executive Committee meeting

Dr. Lilly also gave a Division update to the Texas Parents Ambassadors Council Executive Committee.

Ryan Becerra

Ryan Becerra at the Los Angeles Marathon in 2015

Ryan Becerra, Recreational Sports, shared his story as a cancer survivor in a Livestrong Voices blog article.

 Susan Hochman

Susan Hochman at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Susan Hochman, Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services, visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at its Atlanta headquarters with leadership from the American College Health Association board.

Black Faculty Staff Association

Tepera Holman (McCombs School of Business), Cierra Campbell-Bridges (McCombs School of Business), Gerard Smithwrick (University Housing and Dining), Morgan Burgess (Information Technology Services), Desere Cross (Office of the President), Alexis George (Steve Hicks School of Social Work) and Brandon Jones (University Housing and Dining) at the Black Faculty Staff Association meeting

Dr. Brandon Jones, University Housing and Dining, will continue his service as co-president for UT Austin’s Black Faculty Staff Association. Gerard Smithwrick is also a member of the association's leadership team.

University Communicators Meeting

Cynthia Lew presents at the University Communicators Meeting.

Cynthia LewUniversity Housing and Dining, presented an overview of University Housing and Dining conference and meeting services during the monthly University Communicators meeting.

Dympha Roman

Dympna Roman at the Certified Executive Chef exam

Dympna Roman, University Housing and Dining, received Certified Executive Chef status, and Armando Flores, Carter Huff and James Mignault received Certified Chefs de Cuisine status.


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