Current Events: Race Discussion – Friday 9/29

I wanted to remind everyone about a discussion we’re having in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work this Friday, September 29th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in our Utopia Theatre. This is the first in a series of discussions where we’ll be having dialogue around current events and issues/themes of importance. This is part of a new initiative from our department’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, where we ask students to send us suggestions for topics of interest they would like to discuss with other students, faculty, and staff that they feel they don’t have an adequate amount of time and space to discuss in the classroom.

We invite students, faculty, and staff from all over campus to join us in our discussion this Friday. Please feel free to circulate the attached flyer to your students and networks. Hope to see some of you there!

Energy Management Certificate application open through November 1st!

The Energy Management Program’s fall application is currently open through Wednesday, November 1st.  If you have any students who may be interested in a career in oil and gas, please share this opportunity with them via email or in your appointments.  I am happy to meet one-on-one with any students who may be interested.  Many thanks!

Isabel Comeau

Isabel Comeau, M.Ed. |Senior Administrative Associate
512.232.7077 |2110 Speedway, Stop B6600, Austin, TX 78712

Resources for Spring 2018 Registration

Resources for Spring 2018 Registration

UT Student page:

When is registration?  Oct. 30-Nov. 10

Academic calendar:

When can I actually register?  RIS updated on Oct. 19th

RIS (Registration Info. Sheet):

  • Look for any registrations bars to be cleared in order for you to register

What classes do I register for?

  • Make an advising appointment NOW with your academic advisor! Meeting with an academic advisor in your current college is strongly encouraged and required for some colleges and schools. Discuss your interests in the major/minor/certificate you are pursuing or considering, even if one of these is housed in another college, school, or department.
  • Additional advising resources: any undergraduate can meet with a Vick Center Advisor to discuss major exploration and internal transfer questions:
  • Check your IDA (interactive degree audit) to view your degree progress:
  • Course Schedule: updated on Oct. 18th by 5pm
    • Click on the course unique number to view the course description and any pre-requisites
    • Open/close/waitlist and flags listed to the right
    • Video: How to register for classes

Other tools to evaluate courses and faculty:

Tuition payment due to secure spring 2018 registration: Thurs., January 4, 2018 @ 5pm

Next Registration Access Period:

  • Mon., January 8th and Wed., Jan. 10th, 2018 for continuing students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, pay tuition by 5pm on Friday, January 12, 2018.
  • Thurs., Jan. 11 – Friday, January 12th, 2018 is add/drop for students who registered and paid their tuition by Thursday, January 4th.

MLK Holiday: University closed on Monday, January 15, 2018

Classes Begin: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Conflict Mediation Services for Students

Dear UT faculty and staff,
This is an email to inform you about the UT Project on Conflict Resolution.  We provide conflict mediations on campus between students, professors, staff, or community members. We also provide consultations for individuals facing a conflict, facilitations for meetings and student groups (including class project groups),and trainings for conflict mediators. Additionally, we host an annual research conference and a summer camp for high school students, as well as administer a Graduate Portfolio Interdisciplinary Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Our mediators are undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff who have taken 100 hours of training while enrolled in CMS 371K Practicum in Conflict Mediation. Participants join the Society of Professional Mediators and may continue to mediate upon completion of their training.  I am the professor for the class, have a background in conflict mediation, and direct the services provided.

We are emailing you to ask that you refer individuals and groups who may benefit from our services to us.

This is a terrific time for conflict mediation and other support services at UT. If conflict mediation is not quite what you need, staff, faculty, and students also have official ombuds services provided by the university. There is also at least one student-run conflict mediation club on campus. We encourage any and all people who are interested in conflict mediation to get involved in promoting these helpful ideas for society but please note that campus clubs that do not have “UTPCR” or “Society of Professional Mediators” in their name are not affiliated with the UTPCR and their mediators have not taken our 100 hours of training. Our mediators are professionally trained in a UT course and supervised by UT Faculty and our mediations are free and confidential. If your students need conflict services, we ask that you direct them to us.

We can be contacted by responding to this email or calling us at 512-471-1950.

Madeline M. Maxwell
Professor of Communication Studies
Director, UT Project on Conflict Resolution

Government Major Internal Transfer Info Sessions for Fall 2017

Attached is a list of upcoming internal transfer info sessions for the Government Major. If you have students who are interested in attending, PLEASE refer them to our website to RSVP. Students must RSVP in order to attend an info session.

Our website will be updated regularly, so students will not be able to see all upcoming info session dates/times. If none of the dates on the website work for them, they can check back later for more opportunities.

Thanks, and have a great semester!

Government Major

Internal Transfer Information Sessions

 Interested in becoming a GOV Major? Please attend one of the following MANDATORY Internal Transfer Information Sessions.

Thursday, October 5th from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in BAT 5.108

Tuesday, October 10th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in BAT 5.108

Friday, October 20th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in BAT 5.108

Wednesday, October 25th from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in BAT 5.108

Monday, November 6th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in BAT 5.108

Monday, November 20th from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in BAT 5.108

Tuesday, December 12th from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in BAT 5.108

NOTE: You must RSVP for one of these sessions in order to attend. Sign up via this link to make your reservation:

(RSVP’s must be made by 5 p.m. the day before the info. session)

MEGAN MCKAY, Associate Academic Advisor
The University of Texas at Austin | Department of Government | BAT 2.102 | 512-232-7283

Psychology Internal Transfer Information Sessions

We have finally scheduled our information sessions for the fall.  Attendance at an information session is mandatory for admission (attendance in a previous semester does suffice but we still suggest attending one in current semester for updated deadlines and information).  The full schedule is attached and will soon be posted to the Department of Psychology’s internal transfer website.


For Spring 2018 Admission


September 26 2-3 pm

BUR 214

Monday October 2 1-2 pm

BUR 214

Friday October 13 3-4 pm

BUR 214

Tuesday October 17 3:30-4:30 pm

BUR 214

Thursday October 26 8:30-9:30 am BUR 214
Wednesday November 1 4-5 pm BUR 214

Vick Center Events for September and October

Here is a list of our upcoming events for September and October. We will be hosting several Archer Fellowship Program Information Sessions, as well as a Graduate School Planning Workshop. Please send students you may feel are interested our way.

Archer Fellowship Program Information Session
Tuesday, October 3rd • 3-4 p.m. • FAC 328
Thursday, October 12th • 3:30-4:30 p.m. • FAC 328
Tuesday, October 24th • 4-5 p.m. • CLA 0.112
Learn more about the Archer Fellowship Program where students can live, learn, and intern in Washington D.C. All majors are welcome.

Graduate School Planning
Monday, October 2nd • 12-1 p.m. • CLA 1.106
Thinking about applying to graduate school? Learn about the application process and how to select graduate programs.

Thank you again for your help in promoting our events to your students. Please encourage your students to RSVP through MyUGS for all events as space is limited!


EMILY CALLINAN, M.A., Career Counselor
The University of Texas at Austin
School of Undergraduate Studies | JES A115
Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling | 512-232-8400

2017 Liz Carpenter Lectureship Featuring Dan Rather – Wed. October 4

The Liz Carpenter Lectureship, presented by the Plan II Honors Program
Featuring Dan Rather
Wednesday, October 4 | 7:00 PM
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium

Liz Carpenter, who served in the White House as press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, was a Distinguished Alumna of UT Austin. The Liz Carpenter Lectureship was established in 1984 by a group of her friends and is dedicated to bringing some of the world’s most interesting and engaging people to the UT campus.

This year’s speaker will be Dan Rather, President and CEO of News and Guts. With a famed and storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and, over that time, personally covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world.

Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality non-fiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.

The Liz Carpenter Lectureship is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Tickets are required. Each attendee must register individually for a ticket.

Register at:

Texas Student Research Showdown — 2017 submissions open

Dear students,

All undergraduate student researchers are invited to compete for $1,500 in the Texas Student Research Showdown, the annual research communication competition at The University of Texas at Austin.

In the first round of the Showdown, entrants create 2-minute videos about their research, which are voted on by UT students and judged by an expert panel. The judges’ top three videos, along with the three videos that receive the most votes, continue to a final round in which students give six-minute research presentations to a live audience and judging panel. The first-round winner receives an iPad, and the top three final-round winners receive $1,500, $750, and $250 in scholarships to recognize their excellence in research communication. A series of workshops offers support at every step of the process. The 2017 Texas Student Research Showdown Final Round is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302).

Why enter?
We want to help UT’s top students sell their ideas—and their stories as researchers—to a general audience. All entrants will walk away with a 2-minute video that explains their work to friends, family, grad schools, and future employers. Scholarship prizes will be awarded based on communication skill and the merit of the research.

Why short videos and mini-presentations?
Short videos are ideal for communicating on social media, and mini-presentations of a style similar to short TED talks are perfect for telling the narrative of your work without overwhelming a general audience. If you’ve never communicated in these formats before, that’s okay—we’ll help you learn how. Attend one of our workshops on making a knockout video and talk.

Who can enter?
The Showdown is open to any current UT undergraduate involved in research or creative activity in any major. Your work can be an independent project, or a collaboration with a professor to which you have made substantive contributions.

What are the deadlines?
First Round: Video submissions are due Oct. 10. Voting will take place Oct. 12-25.
Final Round: The live competition will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

For more details, visit

Info sessions and workshops
Information sessions for undergraduates seeking research opportunities have been scheduled for the fall semester. You can view the schedule and sign up, or schedule an advising appointment if you cannot attend or need more help. This semester the OUR is also offering workshops to help students improve at communicating their work to a general audience. Session topics include making research videos, packaging and “selling” research, and speaking to different audiences.

Introducing Free Rides From Campus With SURE Ride

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce a program called SURE Ride that offers university faculty members, staff members and students a Lyft home from the main campus. The program is designed to give late-night Longhorns a safe and convenient transportation option. Users who participate in the program will request a ride from campus and will be dropped off at residential locations only including: homes, apartments, condos and private dorms located off campus.

Lyft, a rideshare company, will provide rides home from the main campus to faculty members, staff members and students between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., seven nights a week at no charge, thanks to PTS.

Service begins Monday, Sept. 11, but you can sign up today!

If you would like to participate in the free SURE Ride program from PTS and Lyft, please opt in here: and you’ll receive an invitation.

Lyft rides will be provided to residential areas that are served by the following shuttle bus routes: West Campus (642), Lake Austin (663), Crossing Place (670), North Riverside (671), Lake Shore (672), Red River (653), Intramural Fields (656) and Far West (661).

For more information on getting started, visit

Be Safe, Longhorns!