Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Marian Trattner is recruiting students to help start CMHC’s brand new student organization to promote mental health issues on campus. Please direct interested students to Marian.
  • Katy Redd is recruiting students for her new Peer Health Leadership in Mental Health Promotion Course. The course will examine public health principles along with positive psychology. Students enrolled will be trained to lead Emotional Fitness workshops. Contact Katy to learn more.
  • Lynn Hoare is recruiting students for a year-long academic course that trains students to use theatre as a tool for social change and education. This course is offered for academic credit through Social Work, Theatre and Dance or Women’s and Gender Studies. An application and interview are required to register for the class. More info here.
  • Jane Bost and Chris Brownson are recruiting students to apply for the 2014–15 CMHC Student Advisory Committee. Information about the committee and application process can be found here.
  • CMHC is inviting students, faculty and staff to reconnect with those around them by pledging to “unplug” from technology on April 10. Click here to learn more.
  • The CMHC Wellness Committee’s latest activity is a stair climbing challenge with the goal of collectively climbing the equivalent of Mount McKinley.

    CMHC Wellness Committee- Keith Arrington, Katy Redd, Jane Bost, Laura Dannenmaier, Terri Bohuslav and Chris Brownson

    CMHC Wellness Committee- Keith Arrington, Katy Redd, Jane Bost, Laura Dannenmaier, Terri Bohuslav and Chris Brownson

  • Erin Burrows is coordinating CMHC’s Voices Against Violence Sexual Violence Prevention month events. A full calendar of events can be found online.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Facilities staff is now self-performing all pest control in the residence halls. A pest control team consisting of a pest control supervisor and a pest control technician was established for this service. Jennifer Duiker-Walker is the new pest control supervisor.
  • DHFS and Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS) have successfully negotiated a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) from Flintco Construction for the project to renovate Jester West floors 9, 10 and 11. 
  • The 2014-15 resident assistant (RA) recruitment process is now complete. Staff have hired 100 current RAs to return next year including 16 Senior RAs. After reviewing over 500 written applications and completing approximately 200 interviews, staff also hired 61 new RAs for next year. Congratulations to the entire Selection Committee, chaired by Stacey Bennett and advised by Aaron Voyles, for making this process happen.

Food Service

  • DHFS honored Black History Month with the African Diaspora Dinner, a meal made to celebrate African history from around the globe. Check out the photos.
  • Photo from African Diaspora Dinner

    Reyna Rangel, Adrian Reynoso & Sarah Webb at African Diaspora Dinner

    Housing and Food Service locations served over 11,000 meals during Explore UT.

  • J2 and Kinsolving invite everyone to the Sustainable Seafood Dinner on April 24. All dishes served will be sustainable and most produce will be harvested from Jester and Kinsolving Gardens as well as other local sources.
  • DHFS Partnered with Recreational Sports and University Health Services to provide a Healthy Living Info Fair during National Nutrition Month. The partnership allowed students to learn about living a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, fitness/exercise and general health.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • New Student Services continues to work closely with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management to create a truly exceptional orientation experience for the Class of 2018 and transfer students. The Strategic Committee on Orientation has provided great direction to help us prepare for 7,200 freshman and 2,000 transfer students this summer.
  • Longhorn State of Mind will be the overall theme for orientation. NSS will be connecting that theme with the university core values to welcome new students and prepare them for their next four years. Departments are encouraged to incorporate this theme into communications with new students.
  • The Orientation Logistics Committee has ironed out plans to introduce college cohorts for the wing meetings during orientation. This will allow students to connect with other students in their same college and major to begin building rapport. This will be a good introduction to the 360 Connections students will join in the fall.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Student Activities is finalizing an exciting list of events for Countdown to Graduation, starting April 7, in partnership with areas across Student Affairs.
  • DoS hosted UT Systems Student Regent and UT Austin senior Nash Horne for his official visit with 19 student leaders from across campus to discuss issues important to local students.
  • Student Veteran Services Director Ben Armstrong will participate in the Provost Council on Student Advocacy, working with Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management Dr. David Laude on a variety of issues that impact student success.
  • Student Activities organized another successful UT Marketplace even on March 19, inviting companies and organizations to come on campus and interact with hundreds of student, faculty and staff. Check out this year’s photos.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

VPSA Streaming NASPA's Virtual Conference

VPSA Streaming NASPA’s Virtual Conference

  • The Division provided a live stream of the inaugural Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Virtual Conference on March 17–18 for interested staff who were unable to attend the national conference in Baltimore. The virtual sessions included “Ready to Face the Media: Strategies to Employ during a Crisis,” a presentation by Gage Paine, Brooke Bulow, LaToya Hill with the Office of the Dean of Students and Hemlata Jhaveri with Housing and Food Service.
  • The 96th Annual NASPA Conference in Baltimore had strong representation from the Division of Student Affairs. Several staff members gave presentations on wide variety of topics. Find out who in the Standouts section and check out the pictures.
  • The True Colors® initiative is wrapping up. As of April 1, the Division’s True Colors® team has facilitated 24 sessions with 660 participants.
  • Final preparations are underway for two major events: the Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair on April 2–3 and the Vice President for Student Affairs Reunion on April 12.
  • On March 26, Division staff with three-to-six years of state service joined Gage Paine for a “Celebration of Service” and conversation to share what’s on their minds. Take a look at the photos.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents is hosting the 2014 Spring Advisory Board meeting where we recognize retiring board members and board members’ students who are spring graduates. University administration, including President Bill Powers and Vice President Dr. Gage Paine, will be in attendance to give a university update, as well as to assist the board in congratulating the 2014 Student Enrichment Award recipients.
  • Texas Parents is planning Family Orientation 2014. This parent-focused day of programming will take place on the first day of each new student orientation session this summer.
  • Sixty-two diverse registered student organizations applied for funding from the 2014 Student Enrichment Awards for programs and events enhancing the university community. A total of $35,000 was awarded to 33 applicants for their contributions to strengthen the UT community. Click here to see the list of award recipients.

Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Texas Student Media is conducting The Daily Texan Audience Survey. TSM needs student, staff and faculty input. Please take a moment to complete the survey.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Photo of Ivana Grahovac and Gage Paine at CSR Luncheon.

    Ivana Grahovac & Gage Paine

    The Center for Students in Recovery held its 10-year anniversary Spring Luncheon on March 29 in the Texas Union Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom. Students, staff, alumni and supporters from across the state celebrated a decade of helping students recover from addiction.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • Nearly every member of the UHS staff is helping to prepare for a re-accreditation inspection on April 14–15. Surveyors will inspect facilities, examine documents and interview staff members to confirm they have met a comprehensive and rigorous set of standards. UHS has maintained accreditation since 1957. Since 1999, UHS has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and has earned three-year accreditation, the highest possible, at each AAAHC inspection.
  • Starting this fall, UHS Clinic Volunteer Program participants will earn course credit through a partnership with the College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.
  • As part of the sustainability initiatives funded by a Green Fee Grant, UHS has installed a new recycling bin in each clinical exam room. Staff weighs trash first and will weigh it again in the future to measure how much recycling will reduce the volume of medical waste. UHS is also looking at options for composting certain supplies and obtaining recyclable medical gloves.

University Unions

Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • The Through Our Eyes Photography Contest is currently accepting submissions through April 30. The theme for this submission period is Longhorn Traditions. The top 15 entries will be displayed in the Student Activity Center during the fall semester.

Campus Events and Entertainment (E+E)

  • Campus E+E staff have moved back to their space on the fourth floor of the Texas Union. The grand reopening will be on April 17; everyone is invited to come check out the new space.

Texas Union (TXUN)

  • The Texas Union staff and maintenance team is busy making small changes and updates throughout the building this spring, including moving the 75th anniversary model of the Texas Union to its new home.