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Center for Students in Recovery 

  • Sign up for one of our upcoming Recovery Ally Trainings and presentations on our new Training and Presentation webpage.
  • This fall, we’ll have some in-person weekly meetings and activities, as well as some virtual options – check out the schedule. Staff is available for one-on-one office hours appointments.
  • We’ve also launched a new FAQ page to get more information about the center.

Counseling and Mental Health Center 

  • We are partnering on the university's Mental Health Assistance and Response Team (MHART), a new pilot program announced by the president. Starting this fall, mental health professionals will join specially trained UTPD officers when they respond to members of our community experiencing a mental health crisis. The Office of the Dean of Student is also a Division partner in this university effort.
  • Look out for student-focused videos from our Counselors in Academic Residence set to be published later this month.
  • Mark your calendar for the Longhorn Welcome Center's Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 20-24.
  • We will soon be launching a new online training program that will help students, faculty and staff have important conversations about mental health. Stay tuned for more details.
  • In accordance with state law, we notified all incoming first-year and transfer students that they must complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention (SAPU) modules Part 2 by Oct. 22.

New Student Services

Aimee Huard (University Housing and Dining), and Katie Sullivan, Desiree Alva, Kyle St. Nicholas and Kayleigh Damphousse (New Student Services) at the Multicultural Mixer

  • Incoming students got a Texas-sized introduction to campus life during Longhorn Welcome, Aug. 20-28! Our office hosted Find Your Way on Aug. 22 and the Multicultural Mixer on Aug. 26. President Jay Hartzell also extended an invitation on video to incoming students.

Callie Smith, Emmy Edwards and Kyle St. Nicholas at orientation

  • During this summer’s Freshman and Transfer Orientation programs, we welcomed 10,740 new Longhorns. For June and July sessions, students had the chance to choose between a hybrid program (in-person and virtual components) and a virtual program (100% online). August Orientation took place 100% online. Check out the photos.
  • President Hartzell visited with new students during Freshman Orientation Session 7 on July 19.
  • Longhorn TIES raised $1,110 during a HornRaiser campaign in June/July to benefit students who identify as being on the autism spectrum or neurodiverse.

Rachel Cohen-Ford (Office of the Dean of Students), Robert Valdez (University Housing and Dining) and Kayleigh Damphousse (New Student Services) at the end-of-semester graduation celebration

  • We hosted an end-of-semester event on May 10 to celebrate our Horns Helping Horns, Longhorn TIES and First Generation Living Learning Community students. 

Office of the Dean of Students

  • UT Marketplace on Sept. 22 is the only time businesses can advertise their products and services on campus to students, faculty, and staff. Our Student Activities team partners with Texas Student Media to host it in the fall and spring semesters.
  • The Leadership and Ethics Institute in the Office of the Dean of Students is now Texas Leadership Education and Development (Texas LEAD). Renamed programs include: Spark Leadership (formerly LEAP), Project Advance Austin (formerly Project LEAD), Pathways to Leadership (formerly LEAD Texas).
  • Follow new @UTOutpost channels on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Sorority and Fraternity Life staff supported University Panhellenic Council recruitment Aug. 16-23.

Recreational Sports

  • Join us at Party on the Plaza, Sept. 1, noon–6 p.m. on Speedway Plaza and the East Mall. This year’s event is presented by American Campus Communities and will feature a student organization fair, Scholarship Shootout contest, live music, games, free food, and giveaways.
  • In partnership with University Housing and Dining, on-campus residents are invited to redeem a RecSports coupon at Gregory Gym for a special welcome to campus gift pack, while supplies last.
  • RecSports hosted RecSports Warm-Up on Aug. 24, a signature event of Longhorn Welcome, for students to explore all that RecSports has to offer.
  • We had a department-wide student-staff training Aug. 21-22 ahead of the fall semester.
  • Our team was busy this summer welcoming freshmen to campus during orientation. We offered weekly programming as an introduction to RecSports programs and services.

Texas Parents

  • Stay tuned for more details on Family Weekend in early 2022. The event will now take place in April 2022, instead of in the fall semester as in years past.
  • More than 4,300 new freshman and transfer families registered for Online Family Orientation this summer. They had access to 100 pre-recorded video presentations and downloadable handouts over four weeks. Videos received 44,000 views.
  • Please spread the word about  Texas Parents Association memberships. There are two types of memberships with multiple levels. All parents/families of enrolled undergraduate students are members of the association, but families must sign up to begin receiving membership benefits.
  • Our Student Organization Grants and Mike Wacker Award are currently under review. More details to come soon.

University Health Services

  • Our team provided guidance for pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for students. Students coming to campus for the fall semester had to get a viral test in their local community within 72 hours (three days) prior to arrival in Austin for their move-in. They uploaded their results to the UHS portal by Aug. 27.

  • In partnership with other campus health entities, we announced the #IGotTheVax campaign and vaccine incentives program. Students, faculty, and staff can visit the new, convenient pop-up testing location in the Texas Union, as well as three other testing locations on campus. Vaccinated individuals are invited to submit proof of vaccination to be entered into a prize drawing.
  • Our Proactive Community Testing team has expanded testing to the UT community Aug. 23-27 by hiring an outside provider. The program will also be hosting testing clinics in multiple locations on campus this fall. Appointments are required.

University Housing and Dining

University Unions Dining Venues

Erich Geiger, Mynor Rivera and Leonard Tham (University Housing and Dining) in the Texas Union 

  • We’re teaming up with University Unions on new dining venues – see more information below in University Unions. 

Mooov-in Staff Welcomes New Students

JD Castro and Jason Skidmore at Mooov-In

  • Our team welcomed 7,300 new residents to 14 on-campus residence halls during the 27th annual Mooov-In, Aug. 20-22. The team also helped 600 residents move into 2400 Nueces apartments in West Campus Aug. 14-24. Mooov-In is the official kickoff of Longhorn Welcome.
  • Living in the university-owned residence halls is conditional upon receiving a COVID-19 test prior to move-in, regardless of vaccination status. Students showed proof of a negative test result at check-in, prior to receiving their keys.
  • Our Student Learning and Engagement team hosted the Leadership City Limits Conference Aug. 16–18 for 257 residents. Attendees volunteer during Mooov-In and are able to move in early starting Aug. 16. 
  • Our Building Services and Maintenance staff met with the resident assistants in Duren and Whitis Court residence halls on Aug. 17 to review how to take care of the building. 

Housing Complex Coordinators

(Front) Andrew Bradley, Naomi Semb-Lovejoy, Connie Rodriguez; (back) Max Witeof, Jason Skidmore, Allison Johnson, Cody Queen, Jordan Moncivaiz at Resident Assistant Training

  • Our Residence Life staff trained 172 resident assistants Aug. 5-13 on building community, managing situations, navigating professional behavior, diversity, equity and inclusion, and our standard operating procedures and policies.

University Unions

  • Our team is busy welcoming students as we kick off the semester. We hosted Beat the Heat, a Longhorn Welcome signature event, on Aug. 21, and the Back to School Bash and Freshman Pool Party on Aug. 25.

Cheesburger from Tower Burgers and Fries

Cheeseburger from Tower Burgers and Fries

  • Check out these new dining concepts at the Texas Union Building and the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center. Read how University Housing and Dining and University Unions are teaming up on this exciting new Longhorn Hospitality initiative.

Vice President for Student Affairs

  • The Development team is gearing up for the public launch of the What Starts Here university fundraising campaign on March 4-5. More information to come.
  • They are also preparing for the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres online fundraising campaign Sept. 22-23. The campaign will be held again in the spring.
  • Join us for a Division-wide Welcome Back Brunch on Sept. 8, 9-11 a.m., at the Tower Memorial Garden (Turtle Pond)!
  • Applications for the Sharon. H Justice Leadership Scholarship and the Bonfire Unity Endowed Presidential Scholarship will be open Sept. 8-29. Encourage students to apply.

Programming staff at Silent Disco

(Front) Miranda Larralde and Callie Smith (New Student Services); (back) Alex Katz, Luz Martinez Aburto and Sarah Remelius (Vice President for Student Affairs) at Silent Disco

Staff Standouts

Doug Garrard and Jenny Walker, Office of the Dean of Students, presented on hazing prevention during the “Taking Action: Campus Commitment to Hazing Prevention” webinar hosted by the Clery Center and StopHazing.

Brandon Jones (right) at Leadership City Limits

Brandon Jones, University Housing and Dining, gave the keynote remarks at the Leadership City Limits conference.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly provided welcome remarks via video at the University Panhellenic Council’s Bid Day.

Carol Longoria, Vice President for Student Affairs office, presented at the virtual New Faculty Symposium.

Katie McGee, Office of the Dean of Students, was a webinar panelist at the North American Interfraternity Conference talking about strategies for engaging Interfraternity Council leadership in chapter accountability systems, and the benefits and barriers to peer accountability. Other panelists included representatives from Purdue University, Emory University and Pi Kappa Alpha.

Ashley Richardson-Minnitt, New Student Services, shared tips and strategies for working with neurodiverse students on campus at an Autism and Neurodiversity Awareness Training for Sanger Learning Center staff.

Kathy Mosteller Recieves E. Dean Lovett Award

Kathy Mosteller, University Health Services, was awarded the American College Health Association’s E. Dean Lovett Award

Niche.com ranked UT No. 14 in the country and No. 2 in Texas for the best student life. Read more on the outlet’s college rankings.

Katy Redd (bottom) with Susan Harnden (Human Resources, top) at the Staff Council General Meeting

Katy Redd, University Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Center, presented “Nature and Health” with Susan Harnden, Human Resources, at UT Staff Council General Meeting.

Jennifer Zamora, University Unions, received the North American Interfraternity Conference’s Advisor Award of Distinction. One of three people across the country to receive this award, she was nominated by Beta Theta Pi fraternity’s headquarters for her work advising UT Austin’s chapter.


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