Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • We celebrated our awesome administrative support team with an Administrative Support Staff Appreciation Breakfast and hosted a luncheon acknowledging the invaluable contributions of our student staff.
  • Photo of CMHC Staff on Denim Day

    Denim Day

    We and other Student Affairs staff celebrated Denim Day, an international event where people wear denim to confront victim blaming and support survivors of sexual assault and rape.

  • Thanks to input on a wide range of CMHC and mental health issues from our 2012-13 Student Advisory Committee, we look forward to utilizing the group’s feedback to improve CMHC services.
  • Photo of CMHC Org Day

    CMHC Org Day

    We paid tribute to this year’s Social Work interns with a fabulous potluck, awards and celebration.

  • Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Social Work, gave an informative and dynamic summary of his research on May 2 to CMHC staff. His presentation, entitled “Latina Teens and Their Suicide Attempts: A Review and Implications for Practice,” significantly added to the staff’s understanding of factors that lead to increased risk of suicide for young Latina women. It also provided useful guidance in terms of how to better meet the needs of these students.
  • Work was combined with an end-of-year celebration at our May 16 Organizational Day.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Jester West renovations will take place on the top three floors (12, 13 and 14) this summer. Renovations in Jester West will occur every summer for the next few years until the entire building is complete.
  • Summer Conferences and Summer Special Groups have begun coming to campus. We are able to offer accommodations to university-sponsored groups and we will be hosting them in San Jacinto, Moore-Hill, Brackenridge, Roberts and Prather residence halls.
  • Photo and link to residence hall video tours

    Residence Hall video tours

    Take a tour of the residence halls! We have created video tours for most of our residence halls.

Food Service

  • We hosted the Harvest Dinner, our semi-annual salute to local, organic and sustainable food sources. All the dishes were made with local, organic or sustainable ingredients in order to represent UT’s sustainability efforts. More than 750 patrons came through Kinsolving and 803 visited J2.
  • We hosted a Kinsolving Garden work day that was open to staff and students. Attendees were given the chance to learn the basics of gardening with Environmental Specialist Hunter Mangrum and Executive Chef Robert Mayberry. The crew planted several new additions, laid mulch, composted soil and built a trellis.
  • Littlefield Patio Cafe marked the end of the spring semester with Customer Appreciation Day patronage. Customers, faculty and staff were treated to free slices of cake and fountain drinks.
  • More than 47,331 meals have been served in Eco2Go containers so far this year.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • We are launching Earn Your Orange this month! In addition to providing a way for students explore and track their out-of-classroom involvement, this Web-based tool will offer a blend of opportunities in eight Domains of Achievement. Encourage your students to create a profile and Interest Inventory at www.HornsLink.org. To post your department’s events and activities, please contact the University of Texas Leadership and Ethics Institute at 512-232-5163 or via e-mail at earnyourorange@austin.utexas.edu.
  • At this year’s NASPA Region III Summer Symposium on June 10 in Austin, Christa Lopez will present on the positive impact of Student Emergency Services (SES) and the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) on the UT Austin community.
  • Photo of Dean of Students office Poker Walk team, Geek In The Heart of Texas

    Geek In The Heart of Texas Poker Walk team

    The “Geek in the Heart of Texas” team entertained fellow colleagues with a DoS rendition of the cupid shuffle and won Most Spirited Student Affairs Department at the 2013 Poker Walk.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Dr. Gage E. Paine emceed the annual UT Remembers ceremony on May 3, honoring members of at the UT Austin community who died in the past year.
  • Progress on the Strategic Plan was presented to the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT) on May 8. The group gave feedback on draft Strategic Goals One and Two. At the June 12 meeting, the group will give feedback on draft Strategic Goals Three, Four and Five.
  • Gale Stuart and Brooke Bulow made presentations at the Food Service Supervisors Retreat on May 20. Brooke also made a presentation about teamwork to the maintenance and building services staff meeting on May 16.
  • Joining the fun at RecSports’ 22nd Annual Poker Walk, the VPSA staff hoofed around campus under the name “No Paine, No Gain.” See the photos.
  • The final “What’s On Your Mind?” event for the spring semester was held on April 30. We’re already looking forward to starting the casual meet-ups with students again in the fall.
  • Photo of May Cupcakes and Conversation attendees

    May Cupcakes and Conversation

    Thanks to all those with May birthdays who attended the pre-Memorial Day weekend Cupcakes and Conversation event in the Texas Union. Check out the photos. If you have a June birthday, keep an eye out for your invitation coming soon.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Photo of Splash Bash Study Break committee

    Splash Bash Study Break committee

    Assistant Director Erin Erford headed a staff committee that planned the Splash Bash Study Break held at the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex. Hundreds of students enjoyed pizza, chair massages, meditation sessions and exercise classes. We send a special thanks to University Unions and University Health Services for tabling at the event.

  • Photo of RecSports Poker Walk committee

    Poker Walk committee

    Senior Assistant Director Betsy Baker oversaw the 22nd Annual Poker Walk, which celebrated National Employee Health and Fitness Day on May 8.

  • RecSports thanked student staff with an afternoon of BBQ and games, and honored May graduates at a poolside party on May 4.
  • Associate Director Randall Ford is preparing for the Youth Camps to be held at Whitaker Fields beginning June 10. Boys and girls can choose from Soccer, Lacrosse, Ultimate Disc and Triathlon camps.
  • RecSports and the Sport Clubs’ staff reveled in the success of three sport clubs that won national championships recently: Longhorn Powerlifting, Texas Rock Climbing and Texas Quidditch.

Texas Parents

  • The New Parent Guide from Texas Parents went out to 7,200 freshman families.
  • Texas Parents memberships are now available for the 2013-14 year.
  • Adrienne MacKenzie and the Texas Parents staff are working very hard to plan Family Orientation. The six sessions conducted for parents and family members of incoming freshmen. Sessions are held on the first day of each student orientation session and have a separate agenda from the students’ program. Family Orientation will take place on June 5, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1 and July 8.
  • We are developing the Next Steps e-Newsletter specifically for incoming freshman parents/families that provides helpful information leading up to their students’ arrival to campus in August. Distribution dates will be the third Saturday of June, July and August.
  • We are working on Family Weekend 2013 communications and marketing. The Family Weekend website is now live.

Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Doug Warren and Dan Knight, advisers of The Daily Texan and TSTV & KVRX respectively, will be departing TSM in June. We appreciate all their service and wish them the best. Michael Brick, an alum of The Daily Texan, will fill in as the temporary media advisor.

 The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Ivana Grahovac, director of CSR, presented on welcoming, inclusive collegiate recovery programs at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals preconference in San Antonio on May 17.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • On May 3, we honored our volunteers and presented Outstanding Student Health Leadership Awards to 12 students for their contributions to the well being of UT Austin students.
  • For National Nurses Week, UHS nursing staff enjoyed a special picnic on May 8.
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    Tonya Richardson, Deepika Modali & LeAnn Gutierrez at Taste of the World potluck

    In our first Taste the World potluck, staff shared and sampled cuisines and grooved to tunes from across the globe.

  • We are looking forward to working with the 22 new members of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) accepted during spring recruitment. SHAC serves as a liaison between the student body and UHS administration.
  • Photo of UHS Org Day

    Kevin Jones & Ben Lara at UHS Org Day

    The entire UHS staff gathered on May 16 for Organization Day to share updates, present service awards and wish our nine-month employees a good summer. Presentations by the Office of Sustainability, Human Resource Services and SHAC rounded out the day.

  • Each May, the UHS medical staff serves breakfast to our entire organization to acknowledge their hard work and support all year. On May 17, we celebrated the close of two busy long semesters over breakfast.
  • After a competitive application process, we selected 39 new Healthyhorns Peer Educators. This program trains students to be health leaders on campus by empowering fellow UT Austin students to make well-informed decisions and positively influence a healthy campus culture.

University Unions

  • The Student Services Building achieved a greater power reduction than any other building targeted on campus during Longhorn Lights Out.
  • The University Unions facilities will have adjusted hours over the May break and summer semesters. Visit our website for details.

Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • We hosted convocation ceremonies for the Plan II Honors Program and School of Architecture.
  • During freshman orientation, we will host several key events for incoming students including the opening session, campus issues session and social identities program. We will also host a program for transfer orientation later this summer.

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • Photo of SAC staff at Midnight Pancake Breakfast

    Midnight Pancake Breakfast

    We hosted “Study 4 Finals,” offering students open study rooms during final exams, free breakfast tacos on May 6 and a midnight pancake breakfast on May 7, in which approximately 500 students participated.

Student Events Center (SEC)

  • After a year-long self study, the Student Events Center has undergone restructuring to better serve the campus community. The SEC also changed its name to “Campus Events and Entertainment.”
  • Foam Sword Friday, a continuation of the tradition, took place in the Honors Quad on May 3 with the support of SEC staff.  More than 300 students attended.
  • As a recap to the year, the SEC produced 130 events with 37,782 participants.

 Texas Union

  • The Texas Union participated in finals week by handing out snacks such as kolaches, fruit, breakfast tacos, yogurt, water and coffee on May 9-11.