Division News

Latest News from the Division

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Alicia Garces, Alicia Enciso & Brandy Pino-Watson at Adelante

    Alicia Garces, Alicia Enciso & Brandy Pino-Watson at Adelante

    Alicia Garces, Alicia Enciso and Brandy Pino-Watson represented CMHC at Adelante, an event welcoming new Latino students to campus. The welcome event gave students an opportunity to meet with student organizations and campus resources to support their college experience.

  • We are collaborating with the School of Nursing on clinical placement for UT Austin graduate students in the Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Lindsey Warren Davis, RN, will provide psychiatric-mental health care under the supervision of a CMHC psychiatrist.
  • Voices Against Violence hosts Relationship Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Under the theme “Riding the Waves of Relationships,” the month features one key event per week to highlight healthy relationships, red flags of abusive behavior and a speak-out for survivors of relationship violence. VAV also launches “Be an Anchor,” a fundraising drive for the Survivors Emergency Fund. Student organizations are invited to register to participate in the campaign and will be honored during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
  • Suicide Prevention Week was another great success. Coordinator Marian Trattner worked with a graduate student from the Department of Radio Television and Film to produce the video “Be An Every Day Hero” to help promote this year’s message.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • We have wrapped up our summer renovation project on Jester West floors 12, 13 and 14 as well as the Jester Mail and Service Center. Floor tile was replaced in Kinsolving Dining and Unisex bathrooms in Kinsolving’s 2.5 floor. The garden projects are also well underway.
  • In a partnership with Texas Parents, 1,500+ postcards were filled out during Mooov-In Weekend and then distributed to residents on campus.
  • The DHFS Wellness Team launched the Know Your Numbers Initiative, which provides health screenings for all full-time DHFS staff during September and October. This initiative is a collaboration with the Department of Kinesiology and Health and the College of Pharmacy.
  • This year we have 34 faculty members in our residence hall faculty mentor program. This program has grown exponentially from four faculty mentors in 2010. LT Robinson, Jane Marie Agnew and Hemlata Jhaveri hosted two orientation sessions. Dr. Gage Paine welcomed the faculty mentors, thanking them for their work.
  • The General Education Development (General Educational Development (GED) Program began for the fall semester on Sept. 4 with nine staff members enrolled. The GED Program is a collaboration between Facilities Services and the Division of Housing and Food Service.

 Food Service

  • Hunter Mangrum

    Hunter Mangrum

    Hunter Mangrum, DHFS Environmental Specialist, presented on Meatless Mondays at On-Campus Dining locations at the Sustainability Symposium.

  • We hosted the UT Football Team for a quick and healthy cooking class held at J2. Chefs Robert Mayberry and Michael Colom collaborated with Texas Athletics dietitian Amy Culp and football players to create guacamole, pico de gallo and an Asian noodle dish. The goal was to prepare recipes that they can also easily make at home. Watch the video.
  • We invite all Student Affairs staff to join us at the Native American Cultural Dinner to be held Oct. 30 at Jester Spanish Oaks Terrace. Held in conjunction with the opening of the “Texas Indians” gallery, Native American inspired food will be served and “American Indian” tribes will perform dances.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Staff is invited to participate in the inaugural Longhorn Traditions Week celebrating UT Austin’s traditions, history and facts during the week of Oct. 7-11, culminating with the Texas-OU football game. We have put together a great week of events in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs. This new initiative is part of the 360 Connections program aimed at connecting first-year students with the campus and community.
  • Student Judicial Services is partnering with the Student Conduct Advisory Committee in its outreach efforts to students, faculty, staff and student organizations to promote academic integrity, positive student conduct on- and off-campus and the new Student Honor Code.
  • Legal Services for Students issued the first of three pre-game “Booze Rules” reminders to students to raise awareness about how easy it is to break the law. The first focused on underage drinking laws and public intoxication. The second goes out in mid-October before the University of Oklahoma game and will focus on Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Under the Influence. The third is slated for March and will focus on study drugs and marijuana laws.
  • We’re asking departments and advisors to encourage registered and sponsored student organizations interested in being recognized for their accomplishments to enroll in Pillars of the Forty Acres, which recognizes organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of The University of Texas at Austin.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • We’re looking forward to the inaugural Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair on Oct. 23-24. Every department in the Division is participating. The Division employs more than 21,000 students with 900+ student volunteers
  • Krystyna Davenport-Brown, Kristina Bachman & Gage Paine

    Krystyna Davenport-Brown, Kristina Bachman & Gage Paine

    Dr. Gage Paine unveiled the Division’s new five-year strategic plan at two Division-wide meetings. We’re grateful for the input received from staff at every level across the Division. Now we look forward to accomplishing our new goals.

  • Director of Assessment Gale Stuart will co-host the workshop “Assessment for Student Support Professionals” with Linda Dickens, director of the Office of Institutional Accreditation and Program Assessment, on Oct. 11 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Visit TXClass and register for SA 100. Contact Gale Stuart for more information.
  • Julie Lucas, assistant director of development for Students Hooked on Texas, will be moving from New Student Services to our office. She will continue her work as a joint member of Central Development’s Annual Giving Team.
  • We launched the new Faculty Campus Life Update, a newsletter focused on university faculty to inform them about the incredible programs, facilities and services provided by the Division of Student Affairs and how we’re all here to help them and their students succeed.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • RecSports participated in University Health Services’ annual Healthyhorns Fest on Sept. 18 by offering sport club and fitness demonstrations and information.
Chris Burnett, Jenn Speer & Ross Rodriguez at reFresh

Chris Burnett, Jenn Speer & Ross Rodriguez at reFresh

  • In cooperation with New Student Services’ reFresh initiative, freshmen and new students were invited to Refresh with RecSports on Sept. 18, to enjoy a variety of free offerings including fitness classes, climbing and chair massages.
  • Gregory Gym Plaza and Gregory Gym Arena respectively will serve as the sites for the Great Texas Showcase and Texas Parents Barbecue during Family Weekend, to be held Oct. 18–20. Additionally, as part of Family Weekend, RecSports will host an Open House at Gregory Gym on Oct. 19.
  • Full-time staff members are rallying in support of the Hearts of Texas Campaign with their generous contributions.
  • RecSports will participate in the Division of Student Affairs’ Student Job and Volunteer Fair on Oct. 23-24, to recruit for over 70 types of student jobs.
  • National Safety Week, co-sponsored by Student Government, the UT Police Department and RecSports, featured a campus-wide National Night Out event on Oct. 1 on Gregory Gym Plaza that offered a cook-out, games, safety related activities and displays.

Texas Parents

  • Our office is preparing for Family Weekend activities and events taking place on Oct. 18-20. Registration opened on Sept. 16 and will continue until Oct. 11. Visit the Family Weekend website for more information.
  • We are completing the final phase of our annual membership renewal drive.
  • Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Community Service Awards until the deadline of Oct. 2. The application period for the Outstanding Student and Mike Wacker Awards has closed.
  • The 2nd annual Texas Parents Book Club was held on Sept. 24 and members participated both in-person in the Avaya Auditorium and online via a webcast.

 Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Texas Student Media Advertising, KVRX, TSTV, Texas Travesty and Cactus are participating in the Division of Student Affairs Student Job & Volunteer Fair on Oct. 23-24.
  • On Sept. 13, Texas Student Media held a training session for its new and returning Board of Operating Trustees members.

 The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • The Center for Students in Recovery has successfully assisted its year one schools of the UT System-wide collegiate recovery program expansion in getting up and running. The UTSA Center for Collegiate Recovery, UT-Arlington Center for Students in Recovery and UT-Tyler Center for Students in Recovery are open and serving students in recovery. Please help spread the word to your colleagues and friends so the message of recovery may be carried throughout Texas to the students who would benefit from learning about this valuable and lifesaving resource.

 University Health Services (UHS)

  • Hundreds of students turned out Sept. 18 for this year’s Healthyhorns Fest on Gregory Plaza. UHS hosted a photo booth, games and activities, and healthcare professionals to meet students in a fun setting. Check out the photos.
  • Physical Therapy booth at Healthyhorns Fest

    Julie Clouse & Gina Wagner

    The UHS Physical Therapy Clinic Faculty/Staff Open House on Sept. 26 was a terrific success! We are so proud to introduce our renovated facility and incredibly skilled physical therapist.

  • The 2013 UHS Flu Shot Campaign is well underway. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot each year as soon as the vaccine becomes available unless you have a medical reason not to. Bring a co-worker or your students to get your flu shot quick and easy on campus. There is no charge for students with most insurance plans and no charge for faculty/staff with UT Select Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. Check for schedule for details. See the photos from Dr. Gage Paine’s visit.
  • UHS re-launches nutrition services this semester. Students with nutrition-related health concerns can schedule an appointment with Annie Mahon, PhD, MS, RDN. Annie addresses eating disorders, weight management, vegetarian diets, sports nutrition and food allergies, as well as other nutrition-related topics and conditions, in order to support the health and academic performance of our students.

University Unions

  • As part of our partnership with the Human Resources Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program, the first of four sessions presented by the University Unions took place last month.

 Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • This month’s Hogg events include the University Lecture Series hosted by the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Business Council VIP Speaker Series hosting the CEO of eBay.

 Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • On the first day of school, we hosted a P.O.D. (Provisions on Demand) Express Grand Opening Party for students with product giveaways, t-shirts, and music. View photos from the event here.
  • One of our six hydration stations alone has saved 100,000 plastic bottles since their installation in August of 2012.
  • The grand opening of The Color Inside, A Skyspace by James Turrell, is scheduled for Oct. 19. An event with James Turrell is scheduled for Oct. 18 and is open to the public.

 Campus Events and Entertainment (E+E, formerly Student Events Center)

  • As of mid-September, E+E held 14 events with 3,518 total participants.
  • We received 32 applications for our 360 Connection FL!P (Freshman Leaders In Progress).
  • Our Events CoSponsorship Board has funded 10 student organization events so far this year.

 Texas Union (TXUN)

  • We debuted the new Field of Greens food option. The market uses locally grown and sustainably produced food when available.