Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Collaborating with the UT School of Nursing, created a clinical placement for UT graduate students in the Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.
  • Introducing several new biofeedback devices designed to help students learn new tools for managing stress in a self-paced environment at our MindBody Lab.
  • Julie Osofsky

    Julie Osofsky

    Discussed the development of a campus-wide program to address high-risk student behavior through bystander intervention, training and messaging via the Bystander Intervention Work Group of the Wellness Network. Contact Erin Burrows or Marilyn Russell for more information.

  • Celebrating the one-year anniversary of collaboration between CMHC and Seton Mind Institute that allows the Epoch Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), facilitated by Julie Osofsky, to focus on improving UT students’ emotional health and assisting with academic success for students at high risk for dropping out of school.
  • Chris Brownson and Ben Locke at January Org Day

    Chris Brownson and Ben Locke at January Org Day

    Hosted a January Organization Day that included a visit to the newly opened CMHC POWER (Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, Resources) House on the ground floor of the Student Services Building (SSB) and two CMHC prevention programs—Voices Against Violence and Be That One-Suicide Prevention. See the photos.

  • Making Get Sexy. Get Consent., a highly interactive, one-hour program that examines how we negotiate sex and consent, boundaries and safety, available for booking by student groups, organizations, classes or events. Contact Voices Against Violence for details.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)

Residence Life Team Day

Residence Life Team Day


  • Expanded e-waste recycling availability to residence halls and sponsored the E-waste Rebound Challenge to generate  enthusiasm and awareness with help from the Lady Longhorns.
  • Visited the Mexic-Arte Museum and The Goodnight for Residence Life Team Day. See the photos.
  • Completed many construction projects over Winter Break, including Phase 2 of Jester Java, repairs to showers in Andrews, refinishing wood floors in Andrews, several projects in the Jester basement and much of the “noisy” work in the ongoing Jester East lobby remodel.
  • Offering Bicycle Safety Training online for staff members who would like to use their personal bikes for work purposes.
  • Preparing for guests in our dining centers during Explore UT. Currently have 2,265 registered guests and expect that number to double.

Food Service

  • EwasteMonitor2Completed J2 renovations and reopened with grand re-opening celebration. Includes new grill and pizza oven area, ovens for fresh baked desserts, additional display cooking and rotating spice bar in Phase 4 renovations.
  • Partnered with Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) on e-waste recycling program to encourage recycling of electronics (cell phones, batteries, printer cartridges, etc.). Placing e-waste receptacles at residence hall front desks.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Announcing a new online chat service through Student Emergency Services (SES) that allows students, staff, faculty and families to ask questions and discuss issues immediately with SES staff via the Web.
  • Academic Integrity Bulletin Board

    Academic Integrity Bulletin Board

    Encouraging students interested in campaigning for campus-wide elected office to file by Feb. 12. Reminding everyone that the 2013 Campus-wide Student Election will be held online, with polls opening Feb. 27 at 8 a.m. and closing Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

  • Facilitated a competition among DHFS resident assistants to creatively educate students on their floors about academic integrity using the Academic Integrity Bulletin Boards. Honored the top three winners: Marissa Medina (Kinsolving South), Tushar Gard (Creekside) and Paul Joohyung (Creekside). 

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

Cupcakes & Conversation: January

Cupcakes & Conversation: January

  • Hosting a Division-wide meeting for all Student Affairs staff on Feb. 20 entitled “How Does ‘What’s Happening’ in the Texas Legislature Affect Me?” Asking staff to join a panel discussion to learn more about legislative issues that could impact our work.
  • Kicked off “Cupcakes and Conversation” where each month Division staff with birthdays in that month will be invited to an informal get-together to chat with Student Affairs colleagues and share what’s on their mind with Dr. Gage Paine. Look for an invitation during your birthday month. See the January photos.
  • Organized a UT System wide training event for 66 Title IX coordinators with trainer W. Scott Lewis, J.D., a partner with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management Group (NCHERM) and president of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA). See the photos.
  • Hosted a Social Media Brown Bag for the Division with UT Social Media Coordinator Drew Carls to explore the changing social media landscape and uncover new avenues to get engaged with students online.
  • Held the first What’s On Your Mind? social media event of the spring semester at the SSB in partnership with UHS. See the photos.
  • Encouraging applications for UT Green Fee grants through March 9, open to students, staff and faculty with ideas to make the Forty Acres more environmentally sustainable.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

Texas Parents

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  • Reminding Division staff that departments may apply for the 2013 Student Enrichment Awards by the Feb. 11 deadline. Asking staff to also remind registered student organizations about this opportunity as well. Awarding grants to successful applicants who are working to enhance and enrich The University of Texas at Austin student experience.

Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Hosted Dr. Gage Paine at our monthly staff meeting where she facilitated a session on “True Colors,” a model of personality identification that helps to foster healthy, productive relationships. Hoping to utilize the experience to foster a productive working environment for staff and students alike.

Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Chris Brownson, Ivana Grahovic, Stephanie Person and Cary Tucker

    Chris Brownson, Ivana Grahovic, Stephanie Person and Cary Tucker

    Toured the region to work on expanding the CSR to UT-Tyler, UT-Dallas, and UT-Arlington. Offering thanks for the positive responses received from each school and looking forward to growing with the other schools in their journey to build collegiate recovery programs.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • Stephanie Quiroz-Elliott, Julie Newton, Susan Van der Voort; Sue Ramirez, and Nina Trejo

    Stephanie Quiroz-Elliott, Julie Newton, Susan Van der Voort; Sue Ramirez, and Nina Trejo

    Launched a new tradition, the UHS Chili Cook-Off. Enjoyed sampling the entries while chilling out with lemonade, cool music, corn chips, and plenty of sour cream. See the photos. Winners:

    • Best Beef – Gail Blythe
    • Best Chicken – Joyce Fleming
    • Best Pork – Sherry Bell
    • Best Turkey – Tara Cutler
    • Best Vegetarian – Robert Jones
    • Most Gas-Producing – Robert Jones
    • Spiciest – Shelley Fisher
    • People’s Choice – Sherry Bell
    • Best Overall – Gail Blythe
  • Hosted Mike Frisch, Ph.D., senior building energy and water conservation project manager for UT Facilities Services, to discuss UT Building Energy and Resource Conservation at our January 2013 Organizational Day. See the photos.
  • KnowYourLine_5350Organized Safety Day, a new and interactive way to provide the training required to maintain our accreditation with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) while promoting teambuilding and having fun.
  • Earned a grant renewal from the National Social Norms Institute to continue funding the high-risk drinking prevention social marketing campaign, “Know Your Line.”
  • Tobacco Free bannerVolunteered to cook breakfast for the families at the Dell Children’s Ronald McDonald House during the UHS Cashier/Insurance Office January staff retreat.
  • Reminding staff that UT Austin is a tobacco free campus and that temporary smoking areas will be removed on Feb. 28. Offering solutions to stop smoking that include cessation classes through the UT HealthPoint Wellness Program and the Quitters Mobile .

University Unions

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • Installing new projectors in SAC 1.118 and SAC 1.116 designed for spaces with high levels of natural lighting since these two event rooms feature wall-to-wall glass windows.
  • Hosted a New Student Staff Retreat for 13 new students, led by returning student employees.

Student Events Center (SEC)

  • Collaborated with the UT Leadership and Ethics Institute to merge Texas Union Leadership Weekend with the Leadership Summit this February in an effort to share resources and work together to better serve our students.

Texas Union (TXUN)

  • Renovated the Texas Union Underground, Showroom and Quiznos seating area with all new dining room furniture.