Division News

Latest News from the Division

Winter may be approaching but there’s no sign of things slowing down anywhere across the Division. Check out our team updates from just the past month:

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CHMC)

  • Announced the creation of our CMHC Brief Assessment and Referral Team (BART) of counselors who immediately assess student concerns and determine the optimal referral from the moment they call or walk into the offices for the first time. Streamlined the intake process to ensure students get the help they need in the most efficient way possible.
  • Received 168 applications for CMHC’s pre-doctoral Psychology Training Program, recognizing CMHC as one of the most sought-after sites in the nation.
  • Hosted CMHC’s “Get Sexy. Get Consent” program on Nov. 26 and 28.
  • Placed print and online advertising in The Daily Texan to promote the services of Voices Against Violence and CMHC.
  • Asking staff to spread the word that help is available for survivors of interpersonal violence. Created a PDF of our new poster available via email to post in Division departments to inform survivors. Thanks to UHS for posting it in all exam rooms and restrooms.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)

  • Transitioning oversight of Housing and Food Service to Associate Vice President Tom Dison effective Jan 1. Read the announcement.


  • Launched the  new UTree Gallery, the fourth and newest Learning Gallery. Collaborating with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, UTree helps students, faculty, staff and visitors learn more about the native Texas trees and plants around them.
  • Floyd Hoelting in Longhorn Network Interview

    Filmed a vignette with Dr. Floyd Hoelting for the Longhorn Network about our Residence Hall Learning Galleries which should air next spring. Providing tours for individuals or groups interested learning more about these transformative learning environments. Email us to schedule.

  • Beginning renovations in the Jester East lobby this month projected completion in May 2013.
  • Anticipating strong representation from the Division at the annual American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) conferences this spring, including the following presentation selected from nearly 1,000 proposals
    • ACPA:
      • “Designing Student Employment Documents: Laying a Framework for Student Learning” presented by Sam Siner
      • “The Intersection of Student Affairs and Federal Legislation: Ethical Responsibilities” presented by Dr. Hemlata Jhaveri with colleagues from California State University, Sacramento and University of Oregon
    • NASPA:
      • “Transformative Learning in a Campus Residence Hall Museum” presented by Dr. Gale Stuart & Dr. Hemlata Jhaveri
      • “From Crisis to Commencement: Reaching Out Beyond Boundaries” presented by Dr. LaToya Hill, Dr. Hemlata Jhaveri, Coree Newman Coronado, and Justin Jaskowiak
      • “Supervision 201: Legal and Ethical Considerations on Providing References” presented by Dr. Hemlata Jhaveri and Coree Newman Coronado, with colleagues from California State University, Chico and Washington State University

Food Service

  • Representing The University of Texas at Austin in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored Food Recovery Challenge, a national endeavor to better the environment by reducing food waste and feeding hungry people. Will set a new goal to decrease food waste as a continued effort to become a more sustainable operation, while also providing more hungry people with prepared food and bringing more awareness to current composting practices. Hoping the involvement will help further support UT’s Office of Sustainability and future work in composting, food donation and general food waste reduction.
  • Hosting an annual Holiday Dinner at Kinsolving on Dec. 6, featuring cultural dishes including green chile and cheese tamales, roast beef and salmon. Inviting all of the UT community and encouraging the use of faculty and staff dine-in-dollars.
  • Entering Phase 4 of Jester Second Floor Dining (J2) renovations. Will offer reduced price grab ‘n go meals including a vegetarian option from Nov. 26 – Dec. 14. Upgrading the new grill and pizza oven area, ovens for fresh baked cookies, additional display cooking and rotating spice bar. Scheduling a grand opening celebration in spring 2013.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Mary Avila, Jeff Mayo & Jennifer Hammat on the move.

    Moved the vice president’s office and staff to FAC 302 after 35+ years in the tower. Check out the photos from our move.

  • Conducting interview process for an Associate Vice President for strategic initiatives whose duties will include oversight of Division assessment, communications and development.
  • Organized the second meeting of the Student Affairs Leadership Team to continue work on reshaping the Division’s vision and mission statements. See the photos.
  • Celebrated $24,485.08 in donations from across the Division of Student Affairs as part of the Hearts of Texas campaign.
  • Hosted two additional “What’s On Your Mind?” social media campaign events, inviting students to sit down for a casual conversation with Gage Paine, vice president of Student Affairs. See the photos.
  • Organizing a “Social Media Brown Bag” for Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. where university Digital Content Coordinator Drew Carls will answer questions about various social media platforms, strategies and campaigns. RSVP to attend.
  • Planned the Staff Holiday Celebration scheduled for Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m. in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room. Here’s your invitation.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Hosted the 31st annual Early Birds Breakfast for alumni who were part of an informal exercise group beginning in 1961 and maintained the tradition for three decades.
  • Supported the men’s and women’s soccer clubs as they competed in the National Campus Championship Series in Memphis, Tenn. Accompanying the clubs were Associate Director Randall Ford and Graduate Assistant Kelsey Edge.
  • Represented UT at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Service Corporation mid-year meeting in Memphis, Tenn. and at its School of Management mid-year faculty meeting in Portland, Ore.
  • Sent Senior Graphic Designer Jess Moss and Publicity/Promotions Coordinator Sylvia Ramirez to a Social Media Marketing for Non-Profits Workshop.
  • Preparing to close the Recreational Sports Center (RSC) for December Break on Dec. 8 to begin and ensure completion of some crucial infrastructure projects. Re-opening the RSC on Jan. 14, the first day of spring semester.
  • Collection for Austin Resource Center for the Homeless

    Developed a year-end special for UT faculty/staff to purchase a December/January membership that includes a TeXercise/Cycling Pass and Towel Service for a flat fee of $60.

  • Supported the Outdoor Rental Center student staff in their efforts to collect contributions of money for food and warm hats/jackets to provide to Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.

Texas Parents

  • Celebrated the 2012 Texas Parents Outstanding Student, Staff Merit and Mike Wacker Awards at the Nov. 9 Celebration of Leadership Dinner program. Congrats to Staff Merit Award winners Alicia Garces, CMHC; Sherry Guyton, UHS; and Gaylee Horton, DHFS. See the photos.
  • Launched a Facebook “closed group” for Texas Parents members as a means for parent-to-parent conversations.
  • Organizing the Spring 2013 Texas Parents Student Services Endowment Brick Paver campaign that encourages parents to make a gift to the endowment while honoring their students with a brick paver laid at the Student Services Building entry.
  • Preparing materials and structuring timeline for student organization submissions for the Spring 2013 Student Enrichment Awards.

Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Jalah Goette

    Welcomed Jalah Goette as the new director of Texas Student Media on Nov. 12 following her dual roles as interim director and assistant director of TSM business and advertising.

  • Celebrated Thanksgiving and Longhorn football with the help of our sponsors at The Daily Texan Kickoff Countdown Tailgate Party on Nov. 22.
  • Cheered for KVRX which received the Best Community Resource Award at the annual CMJ College Radio Awards.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Engaging with other campuses following the UT System announced expansion of The Center for Students in Recovery program across the system. Aiming to support students who want to explore, experience and understand recovery while in college.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • Held our beloved annual staff Halloween party on Oct. 31. Entertained partygoers with games, snacks and a haunted house. Awarded prizes for best costume, ghoulish food and department decorations. Offering special thanks to our frightfully fabulous planning committee:
    • Bethany Dario
    • Sonia Perez
    • Stephanie Quiroz-Elliott
    • Monica Reyes
    • Hilda Guevara
    • Luisa Gutierrez
    • Susan Winebarger
    • Robert Jones
    • Tracy Brzozowski (chair)
  • Took part in the Hands Up for Health Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Committee  on Nov. 1. Discussion centered on how UHS serves students, using insurance at UHS, the Affordable Care Act, health advocacy and the academic impact of health issues. Included the following panelists:
    • Jamie Shutter, MSEd, UHS Director
    • Theresa Spalding, MD, UHS Associate Director
    • Kathy Mosteller, RN, UHS Assistant Director
    • LeAnn Gutierrez, UHS Associate Director
    • Guli Fager, MPH, UHS Health Education Coordinator
    • Matt Haviland, student and President of the Texas Public Health student org.
  • UHS Hearts of Texas baskets

    Contributed $6,672  to the 2012 UT Hearts of Texas Campaign. Continued the tradition of teams assembling themed gift baskets for raffle at one ticket per $2 contribution (one-time or recurring) to the charities of their choice. Generates excitement, boosts morale and encourages participation in this powerful philanthropic effort.

University Unions

  • Gage Paine with University Unions Council

    Hosted the University Unions Advisory Council on Nov. 9 for its fall 2012 meeting. Included featured speaker Dr. Gage Paine and a luncheon that provided current student leaders the opportunity to meet and mingle with prominent university alumni.

  • Preparing for the holiday season with both the Texas Union and Student Activity Center (SAC) decorating their holiday trees. Hosting Santa Claus from the North Pole on Dec. 4 in the Texas Union from noon–4 p.m. and the SAC from 5–9 p.m. for university students, faculty, staff and their families.
  • Adjusting building hours for both the Texas Union and Student Activity Center for the month of December.

Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • Hosted the Longhorn Singers Shades of Broadway fall show, the Undergraduate Business Council’s VIP Speaker Series presenting Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, the Indian Cultural Association’s Jhalak, and the Graduate Business Council’s Mr. McCombs Pageant.

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • Hosting Study Cram on Dec. 10 and 11 in the Student Activity Center, which will provide students access to all rooms for studying, snacks, study supplies and a midnight breakfast in preparation for final exams.

Student Events Center (SEC)

  • Traveled to the QuickSAND Conference at Texas Christian University on Nov. 17.  Organized a presentation given by SEC President Carissa Kelly on ways in which the SEC has utilized social media and technology to build their brand this semester.

Texas Union (TXUN)