Division News

Latest News from the Division

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Look for registration info coming soon for “An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others,” an event co-hosted by the Division of Student Affairs, the Counseling & Mental Health Center and the Laverne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing. Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, a trauma social worker and educator, will be presenting this professional development event on campus on Jan. 9, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the Shirley Bird Perry (Texas Union) Ballroom.
  • Chris Brownson, Donna Bellinghausen, Jennifer Hammat & Erin Burrows at the Rally for Healthy Relationships

    Chris Brownson, Donna Bellinghausen, Jennifer Hammat & Erin Burrows at the Rally for Healthy Relationships

    Voices Against Violence (VAV) successfully hosted Riding the Waves of Relationships: Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) 2013. Events included Stand Up for Safe Families, a paddle parade on Lady Bird Lake in collaboration with community partners; a Rally for Healthy Relationships on the West Mall; Breaking the Silence Speak Out with Sigma Phi Omega; a screening of the documentary Crime After Crime with the Domestic Violence Clinic at the UT School of Law; and the National Young Women’s Day of Action Luncheon with guest speaker Lindy West, co-hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center. VAV also launched Be an Anchor, a student fundraising drive to support the VAV Survivor’s Emergency Fund.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • We celebrated the opening of the American Indians in Texas Learning Gallery in Jester on Oct. 30 with a traditional blessing and smudging with tribal elders. It was followed by an evening’s festivities and cultural event in J2 with dance, music and lots of new friends among the 10 American Indian tribes who attended to share their culture with our campus community. Check out the photos here and here.
  • Chef Robert Mayberry

    Chef Robert Mayberry at the American Indians in Texas Learning Gallery blessing

    More than 175 staff members participated in the Know Your Numbers event put on by the DHFS Wellness Team. The program offered employees free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, stress, back strength and cholesterol. They also measured Body Mass Index and body fat percentage.

  • DHFS hosted two panel discussions on careers in student affairs. Panelists from the Division included Gage Paine, Tom Dison, Doug Garrard, Floyd Hoelting, Jennifer Zamora, Hemlata Jhaveri, Sam Siner, Kyle Clark, Eric Stoutner and Alex Kappus, as well as Dr. Victor Saenz and Dr. Richard Reddick from the College of Education. Take a look at the photos.

 Food Service

  • This fall, we rebranded marketing collateral for the Eco2Go sustainable to-go container to include streamlined design and easy-to-follow steps. From January to September 2013, we have sold 2,365 new Eco2Go memberships and 76,311 container uses, a 39-percent increase from 2012 memberships. Members receive five-percent off their purchase when they use the container.
  • We launched the Clean Plate Club, a sustainability campaign with the goal of bringing awareness to the amount of food waste customers directly impact and educating them on the meaning of ending meals with a clean plate. An estimated 56.25 tons of edible food is wasted between Kinsolving and J2 dining halls each year.
  • DHFS Dietitian Lindsay (Gaydos) Wilson and our food service marketing team led Whole Grains month to promote eating whole grains through dining specials including carnival games, trivia, and arts and crafts.
  • Executive Chef Robert Mayberry presented a cooking demonstration at Cedar Park Farmers Market.

Office of the Dean of Students(DoS)

  • Hundreds of students took part in the inaugural Longhorn Traditions Week, organized by the Office of the Dean of Students in cooperation with the Provost’s office. Almost 400 students turned out for the BBQ and Tower concert. We had 75 entries in our “Where’s Hook ‘Em” social media campaign to win a class ring.
  • Smita Ruzicka on a Tower Tour

    Smita Ruzicka on a Tower Tour during Longhorn Traditions Week

    The DoS Research Institute hosted the Higher Education Student Veteran Symposium on Nov. 1. This year’s theme, “College Veteran Success: Creating Connections that Count,” was geared towards veterans and the professionals who support them in a university setting.

  • The Office of the Dean of Students hosted a symposium on “Substance Abuse and the College Student” organized by a committee of Division staff members, faculty and alumni. The educational opportunity for the campus community included presentations by several staff members, faculty, students and community guests on topics including national and local substance abuse data, prevention strategies, addiction and support services.
  • The Division has 4,742 students participating in one of the Student Affairs 360 Connections with approximately 65 peer mentors. Campus-wide, the 360 Connections program has reached 95-percent of our freshman class.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Make sure you are in the Division-wide staff photo scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8:15-8:30 a.m. Please make arrangements to come by and be a part of the big moment.
  • Kyle St. Nicholas, Lewis Hall & Jaden Felix at the Student Job and Volunteer Fair

    Kyle St. Nicholas, Lewis Hall & Jaden Felix at the Student Job and Volunteer Fair

    The inaugural Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair was a great success and wonderful opportunity to tell students about the innovative programs, facilities and services we provide. Thank you to our Division staff who helped staff the tables at Gregory Gym and a special thanks to the planning committee that brought all this together. Check out some of the great photos. The next Student Job and Volunteer Fair is scheduled for April.

  • Gage Paine and Jim Vick

    Gage Paine and Jim Vick. Photo Credit: Trent Lesikar, School of Undergraduate Studies

    We helped honor one of our most unforgettable leaders. The James W. Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling was dedicated in honor of former Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Vick on Oct. 25.

  • Gage Paine held two more “What’s On Your Mind” events, including a special stop by the  Jester West lobby. Take a look at the photos.
  • Dr.Paine celebrated October staff birthdays at the monthly “Cupcakes and Conversation”get together. Check out the photos.
  • Save the date: our Division-wide holiday celebration will be Dec. 10. Keep an eye out for an invitation coming your way via email in the coming weeks.
  • A special thanks to everyone who supported Hearts of Texas in October. Division-wide, we donated $26,425.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Our facility staff worked closely with Texas Parents to prepare Gregory Gym Plaza for the Great Texas Showcase and Gregory Gym Arena for the Texas Parents Barbecue during Family Weekend in October. RecSports also welcomed visitors to Gregory Gym for a very successful Open House.
  • RecSports will be following up with the 229 students who expressed an interest in working for the Division during the Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair.
  • October was a busy travel month for RecSports staff as several professional staff participated in conferences hosted by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), including the Big XII and Friends Conference in Manhattan, Kan.; the Region IV Conference in Little Rock, Ark.; the Recreational Facilities Institute and Fitness/Wellness Institute in Denver, Colo.; and the NIRSA Services Corporation Board of Directors’ mid-year meeting in Dallas.
  • Development staff members are working diligently on two upcoming events: the Bob Childress Classic Golf Tournament slated for Friday, Nov. 15, as a fundraiser for the RecSports Excellence Fund as well as a free and festive RecSports Tailgate set for three hours prior to the UT vs. OSU game on Saturday, Nov. 16.
  • The fall 2013 edition of the Friends of RecSports newsletter is now available online.

Texas Parents

  • Each fall, Texas Parents recognizes and honors outstanding university students, faculty and staff. This year’s award winners are:
    • Outstanding Student Award Recipients:
      • Alexandra Arambula
      • Clark Plost
    • Staff Merit Award Recipients:
      • Darlene Mitchell, DOS
      • Judith Mitchell, CMHC
      • Laurie Alvarado, DHFS
      • Jennifer Cole, DHFS
    • Community Service Awards:
      • A total of $3,000 was awarded to ten registered student organizations whose project goals will create a meaningful, safe and rewarding service experience for UT Austin students in the university or Austin community.
  • We hosted the Celebration of Leadership Dinner on Friday, Nov. 1 to celebrate these award winners and finalists. The Outstanding Students were presented on the Joe Jamail Field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during the game against Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 2.
  • The Texas Parents Advisory Board met on Oct. 18 to welcome new board members, discuss the state of the association and brainstorm strategies for improvement. Dr. Gage Paine presented the Division’s Strategic Plan.
  • Gage Paine

    Gage Paine presents the 2013-18 Division Strategic Plan to Texas Parents

    Family Weekend events were held Oct. 18-20 with an estimated 1,300 families participating.

  • Texas Parents and Recreational Sports will host a tailgate at the RecSports Aquatic Complex on Saturday, Nov. 16, for Texas Parents members and RecSports guests.

 Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • We’re working with the Cactus Yearbook staff on yearbook portraits taking place from Nov. 11-16.
  • The next “Kickoff Countdown” Tailgate Party with The Daily Texan takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16, on the corner of MLK and Brazos. Join us four hours before the start of the game.
  • We helped support the Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair with printing and advertising services, including a special feature in the Friday, Oct. 18 edition of Longhorn Life.

 The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Carolyn Tucker, Stephenie Purnell & Ivana Grahovac

    Carolyn Tucker, Stephenie Person & Ivana Grahovac visit UT System campuses

    The collegiate recovery expansion team traveled to UT El Paso and UT Permian Basin in Odessa to help each school develop collegiate recovery programming on campus. Since the expansion effort began in January 2013, collegiate recovery programs have been established at UT Tyler, UT San Antonio and UT Arlington. UT Dallas will begin efforts to build programming in January 2014. The UT System is the only system in the nation that is expanding collegiate recovery programming throughout all its academic institutions.

 University Health Services (UHS)

  • Kate Czar, Tonya Richardson, Rob Jones, Luisa Gutierrez & Tracy Brzozowski

    Kate Czar, Tonya Richardson, Rob Jones, Luisa Gutierrez & Tracy Brzozowski celebrate Halloween

    UHS vaccinated 8,950 students, faculty and staff against the flu during the 2013 UHS Flu Shot Campaign.

  • UHS arranged clinics especially for pre-participation physical exams for athletes in September and October. We saw men and women from a huge variety of sport programs, including Texas 4,000 cyclists.
  • Oct. 31 marked the annual UHS staff Halloween breakfast. Prizes were awarded for best costumes, ghoulish food, pumpkin carving, candy corn guessing and department decorations. Special thanks to our planning committee: Kate Czar, Luisa Gutierrez, Robert Jones and committee chair Tracy Brzozowski. Take a look at these great costumes.
  • Brandy Whitten

    Brandy Whitten supports the Hearts of Texas campaign

    UHS wallets opened wide to raise $6,762 for the 2013 Hearts of Texas Campaign. Teams assembled themed gift baskets to raffle to Hearts of Texas Campaign contributors.

  • Health Promotion staff administered the National College Health Assessment survey. Data gathered will help UHS assess the health-related needs and behaviors of our students and identify health-related barriers to academic performance.
  • UHS provided the opportunity for 160 clinic volunteers, Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) members and peer educators to engage in meaningful volunteer and learning experiences, totaling 9,520 hours in 2012-13.
  • UHS co-sponsored a conference with the Dell Medical School on Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Best Practices for Clinical Care and Medical Education in the 21st Century.

  University Unions

 Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • This month, we’re hosting events that include the Longhorn Singers Fall Show, the Oscar Franco Artistic Company Edges: The Musical, the Indian Cultural Association’s Jhalak and Campus Events + Entertainment’s Culture Shock.
  • We launched the Hogg Blogg, featuring recaps from events held at Hogg as well as reflective entries on how Hogg student employees are making the connection between their employment and academic experience. All content is generated by our student staff.

Student Activity Center (SAC)UnivUnions-Turrell_Skyscape

  • The James Turrell Skyspace The Color Inside – commissioned by UT Austin Landmarks – opened on the rooftop garden of the SAC on Saturday, Oct. 19. Make a reservation to experience the lighting configuration.
  • We hosted a series of Halloween-themed activities including painting and a photo booth. Check out the photos.


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

 Texas Union (TXUN)

  • In conjunction with the President’s office, we announced the naming of the Texas Union Ballroom last month to the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in honor of the late senior vice president and former Texas Union Director Shirley Bird Perry. See the photos from the renaming event.