Center for Students in Recovery 

Counseling and Mental Health Center 

New Student Services 

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Office of the Dean of Students 

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Recreational Sports 

Randall Ford participating in Longhorn Run.

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Texas Parents 

University Health Services 

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University Housing and Dining 

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University Unions 

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Vice President for Student Affairs 

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Staff Standouts

Rachel Cohen-Ford and Robert Valdez, University Housing and Dining, presented “Keeping it Safe: Ways to Successfully Host Large-Scale Outdoor Programming with Campus Partners” at Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International (ACCED-I) Virtual Annual Conference on March 23.

Valdez also presented “Navigating the Journey to a Ph.D. as a Minority” at the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference on March 23.  

Kayleigh Damphousse, New Student Services, came in second in the “Check My Story Challenge” during the university’s annual online fundraising campaign, 40 Hours for Forty Acres, March 30-31. She raised XXX for the First-Generation Living Learning Community.

Lisa Kappil, University Unions, received the 2021 Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community Pre-Conference Award at the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference. (check this information)

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Sotear Kuy, University Housing and Dining, provided tips for stir fry cooking during a virtual cooking class at the HealthPoint Recharge event on April 15. 

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Paige Muehlenkamp, New Student Servicestestified at the Texas Capitol during a higher education session on House Bill 214. The bill pertains to students enrolled at public institutions of higher education who are homeless or who are/were in foster care. She oversees the Horns Helping Horns program. (edit photo and add)

On April 14, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly shared welcome remarks at the annual Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards. She was also the featured guest at the Leadership and Ethics Institute’s Longhorn Leadership Chats on the Office of the Dean of Students Instagram channel. In May, Dr. Lilly will support graduating seniors, including participation in First-Gen Graduation, add any others that apply. (photo added to Box, please crop and brighten)

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Kate Lower, University Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Center, presented “A Year of Resilience and Transition” at the April 21 Texas Talks event. The Vice President for Student Affairs and the Multicultural Engagement Center hosted this speaker series.

Division staff who presented during the UT Wellness Network’s Powering Past the Pandemic: Reconnecting to Wellness on April 30.

Staff Shoutouts

Please coordinate with your department communicator if you would like to submit a staff member to be featured.

Wesley Barnett and David Martinez, University Unions, worked long hours with the Texas Union maintenance team to replace a water tank and make other plumbing repairs.

Sahtiya Hammell, Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services, and Amy Tao-Foster, Counseling and Mental Health Center, coordinated with campus and Austin-area partners on anti-Asian racism events. They continue to provide support and education through ongoing conversations and workshops.

The President's Staff Awards and Staff Service Awards

President Jay Hartzell will honor the 60th Annual President’s Staff Awards recipients with a congratulatory video on May 12. The university is also celebrating 61 Division staff members for their combined 1,105 years of service to The University of Texas at Austin. Congratulate your Division colleagues below!

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