Center for Students in Recovery 

Counseling and Mental Health Center 

Fuel Up for Finals

New Student Services 

Longhorn Welcome, Tradition Starts Here

Busting Myths Panelists: (top row) Lisa Sigafoos, Laura Rojeski and Marcos Canihuante (College of Education); (bottom row) Ashley Richardson (New Student Services) and Andrew Dell’Antonio (College of Fine Arts)

Office of the Dean of Students 

Students shop at the UT Outpost sidewalk sale.

Students shop at the UT Outpost sidewalk sale.

Recreational Sports 

Randall Ford participating in Longhorn Run.

Randall Ford participating in Longhorn Run.

Kari Terry, Cecilia Lopez Cardenas and President Hartzell at Carothers Residence Hall

Kari Terry, Cecilia Lopez Cardenas and President Hartzell at Carothers Residence Hall

Texas Parents 

University Health Services

Terrance Hines, Daiva Velez, Genna Niemann and Stephanie Quiroz at the Gregory Gym vaccination site

Terrance Hines, Daiva Velez, Genna Niemann and Stephanie Quiroz at the Gregory Gym vaccination site

Grace Bova and Arianna McArdle (Office of the Dean of Students) at Gregory Gym

Grace Bova and Arianna McArdle (Office of the Dean of Students) at Gregory Gym

Public Information Team Retreat

Public Information Team Retreat

University Housing and Dining 

Jester West Single Room 3D Room Tour

Jester West Single Room 3D Room Tour

uanita Trevino at Jester City Limits

Juanita Trevino at Jester City Limits

Shauna Sobers at the Residence Life Leadership Team Retreat

Shauna Sobers at the Residence Life Leadership Team Retreat

University Unions 

Alex Katz, Sarah Remelius, Marissa Gutierrez and Luz Martinez Aburto (Vice President for Student Affairs) at Forty Acres Fest

Alex Katz, Sarah Remelius, Marissa Gutierrez and Luz Martinez Aburto (Vice President for Student Affairs) at Forty Acres Fest

Vice President for Student Affairs 

Longhorn Family Leadership Council Meeting

Longhorn Family Leadership Council Meeting

COVID-19 Vaccinces

Student Affairs Leadership Team Panelists: (top row) Daniel Pugh (Texas A&M University) and Soncia Reagins-Lilly; (bottom row) Tammara Durham (The University of Kansas) and Kevin Jackson (Baylor University)

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 fundraised 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

Sotear Kuy (University Housing and Dining) at HealthPoint Recharge

Sotear Kuy (University Housing and Dining) at HealthPoint Recharge

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. 

Paige Muehlenkamp at the Texas Capitol

Paige Muehlenkamp at the Texas Capitol

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. 

Soncia Reagins-Lilly (left) at the Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards

Soncia Reagins-Lilly (left) at the Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards

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 and Black Graduation.

Alexis George (top) and Kate Lower at Texas Talks

Alexis George (top) and Kate Lower at Texas Talks

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.

Becky Carreon, Office of the Dean of Students, will retire from the university on May 31 after more than 34 years of service. Carreon has had a profound impact on students and Legislative Student Organization members, and is appreciated by so many students who have had the pleasure of working with her. Marrisa Candela-Maldonado will transition into her role, joining the Office of the Dean of Students from University Health Services.

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.

Cheryl Pyle, Office of the Dean of Students, will retire from the university on June 2 after nearly 50 years of service – nine years in University Housing and Dining and the past 41 years in the Office of the Dean of Students. Pyle has touched the lives of all her colleagues, not only through her vast knowledge and expertise, but also through her care, friendship and heart.

The President's Staff Awards and Staff Service Awards

President Jay Hartzell will honor The President’s Staff Awards recipients with a congratulatory video on May 12. The university is also celebrating 60 Division staff members for their combined 1,075 years of service to The University of Texas at Austin. Congratulate your Division colleagues below!

Staff Service Awards

Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services
Adebanke Adepoju, 15 years
Tanya Betak, 30 years
Neeta Bhakta, 20 years
Chris Brownson, 20 years
Estrellita “Star” Carlos, 10 years
Marla Craig, 15 years
Alicia Garces, 45 years
Paul Gentle, 15 years
Susan Hochman, 10 years
Kathryn Hotrum, 15 years
Joan Long, 10 years
Julie Newton, 30 years
Dian Peavey, 15 years (retired)
Suzanne Ramirez, 20 years
Mary Rhodes, 20 years
Ronnie Ruiz, 10 years
Gerardo Ungo, 10 years
Lee Warren, 15 years

Alicia Garces

“I love working with college-age students so much, and I love working with my colleagues because of their dedication and commitment to serve the students. Influencing the Longhorn Life means helping students learn how to believe in themselves – it’s a skill. I feel very lucky to get paid to do what I love to do.” -Alicia Garces, 45 years

Office of the Dean of Students
Joanna Pope, 15 years

Recreational Sports
Rhonda Cox, 20 years
E.J. Patterson, 15 years
Manuel Torrez, 15 years

University Housing and Dining
Gilberto Acosta, 20 years
Eva Barba, 45 years (retired)
Marc Chandler, 20 years
Jennifer Cole, 15 years
Yolanda Esquivel, 25 years
Michael Farrell, 25 years
George “Tony” Fuquay, 15 years (retired)
Melanie Grice, 10 years
Erica Guerra, 20 years
Treina Jackson, 10 years
Gregory Jenkins, 15 years
Charles Kerrigan, 10 years
Florentino Lopez-Rivera, 10 years
Rudy Martinez, 40 years
Cesar Ramirez, 20 years
Alexander Rapp, 15 years
Oralia Rodriguez, 30 years
David Rodriguez, 15 years
Karina Rodriguez, 15 years
Sehila Rodriguez-Suarez, 10 years
Chris Starche, 10 years
Sarah Webb, 10 years
Lela Williams, 25 years
Lindsay Wilson, 10 years
Robert Yenelavage, Jr., 30 years (retired)
Jonathan Yeo, 20 years
Jessica Yu, 15 years
Gabino Zarate, Jr., 20 years

Eva Barba

“The team is a close-knit family that I miss very much now that I’m retired. I would do anything for them, and they would do anything for me. I enjoyed seeing the different halls, meeting students from all over the world and being able to help them out.” -Eva Barba, 45 years (retired)

University Unions
Erick Conde, 10 years
Ural Dewitty, 15 years
Dwayne Galimore, 25 years
Saray Lago, 15 years
Steve Monroe, 20 years
Wade Raquet, 10 years
Kevin Ray, 20 years
Sylvia Torres, 10 years

Vice President for Student Affairs
Aurora Munoz, 20 years
Soncia Reagins-Lilly, 15 years