Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • UT System Regents unanimously approved $2.5+ million to fund a bystander intervention program and a suicide prevention initiative that includes a System-wide, after-hours crisis intervention hotline. Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa designated Chris Brownson, Associate Vice President and Director of CMHC, as a chancellor’s health fellow to implement this initiative. Read more.
  • CMHC’s annual Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 22­–­26 focusing on raising awareness about suicide and engaging the campus in suicide prevention. Highlights include a kickball tournament to raise funds for suicide prevention and the first ever SpeakOut! featuring students who have attempted suicide and want to share their stories of hope and recovery. For more info, visit the CMHC website.
  • Starting this fall, placards on shuttle buses will promote the CMHC Crisis Line during the 2014­–15 academic year.
  • CMHC partnered with the University of Texas Police Department, University Health Services, the Behavior Concerns Advice Line and the ID Center to add a list of health and safety resources to the backs and sleeves of new student ID cards.
  • CMHC hosted an open house last month in the POWER House (Student Services Building room G1.400H) as part of Longhorn Welcome. Students learned about ways to get involved with CMHC.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


Housing-President Bill Powers and Gage Paine at Mooov-In

President Bill Powers & Gage Paine at Mooov-In

  • Mooov-In is still going strong in its 21st year with 7,300+ students from 42 states, 35 countries and five continents getting settled into residence halls. Mooov-In was the kick off for Longhorn Welcome. President Powers, Dr. Gage Paine and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly welcomed students. Mooov-In also received excellent media coverage, which you can see in our In the News section. Check out the photos for day one and day two.
  • Staff wrapped up three major capital projects by Mooov-In: renovations on Jester West floors 9, 10 and 11; Blanton bathrooms; and Moore-Hill rooms and air conditioning.


  • After crunching some numbers and evaluating statistics, Environmental Specialist Hunter Mangrum and Assistant Director/Purchasing Darla Stewart found that the 2013­–14 school year was a big one for Eco2Go, UT Austin’s to-go tray program. Eco2Go users kept 3.15 tons of service ware out of compost during the year, saving $19,170. These statistics show great promise for Eco2Go, as the university is bound to save more as the program continues.
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DHFS Chefs at UTexas Chefs Symposium

  • Food Service’s chefs received professional development training at the third annual UTexas Chefs Symposium: Back to Basics. Staff chefs were educated by noted chefs Jack Gillmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen; Mark Miller of Coyote Café; Iliana de la Vega, Oaxacan cuisine expert and owner of El Naranjo; Alexis Chong of Sway; and Mike Erickson, a high school culinary arts instructor who stars in the upcoming film, “True Beef.” Participants earned 21 hours of continuing education from the American Culinary Foundation. Take a look at the photos.
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Justin Jaskowiak & Floyd Hoelting at the Resident Assistant Fall Kickoff luncheon

  • Food Service staff hosted the Resident Assistant Fall Kickoff luncheon and presented about offerings at dining venues as well as marketing, nutrition and sustainability.


New Student Services (NSS)

  • Staff hosted August Orientation for freshmen and transfer students from Aug. 19–22.
  • NSS coordinated Longhorn Welcome, a campus-wide initiative to welcome students featuring 10 signature events. It launched on Aug. 22 with Mooov-In and will wrap up on Sept. 3 with Party on the Plaza. The goal is to connect and integrate new students into the Longhorn community.
  • The two NSS signature events for Longhorn Welcome were the Make Austin Yours Festival and Horns Up Night, which included the Class of 2018 photo. Staff also organized the well-attended Start Fresh Student Organization Fair.
  • NSS hosted receptions for out-of-state and transfer students on Aug. 24.
  • NSS published and distributedBevo Is Not a Cow,” a book of resources and #UTWisdom, to all new students.
  • NSS assisted in the organization of Gone To Texas with University Events.


Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

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  • The Student Organization Center and Student Activities are open in their new space at 2609 University Ave., Suite 2.112. Join them in celebrating this move and visit Student Activities in their new space.
  • Panhellenic recruitment volunteers Phil Butler, Gerry Ruffino, Sara Lestragne and Vicki Wooten

    Panhellenic recruitment volunteers Phil Butler, Gerry Ruffino, Sara Lestragne & Vicki Wooten

    Thanks to the 23 Division staff who volunteered with Sorority and Fraternity Life to help with this year’s Panhellenic Recruitment and assist more than 1,200 potential new members through the recruitment process.

  • Two of the most requested services from Student Emergency Services are now available online. Let students know they can now go online to request professor notification of absence for family, medical or other emergencies, and financial assistance from the Student Emergency Fund.

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Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Gone to Texas 2014

    Gone to Texas

    Dr. Gage Paine welcomed 8,000 incoming students including freshmen, transfer, graduate and law students to campus at the Gone to Texas celebration. The event introduces these newest Longhorns to the traditions of the institution and its core purpose, values and honor code that embody the “Longhorn State of Mind.” Dr. Paine also judged the student video contest. Gone to Texas was one of 10 signature events for Longhorn Welcome. See the photos.

  • Division staff collaborated closely with the Provost’s office and Athletics to organize this year’s Longhorn Welcome.
  • Division staff are reminded to save the date for our upcoming Division-wide meetings: Sept. 18 from 9–11 a.m. or 2–4 p.m. Staff should work with their supervisors on scheduling to attend one of these meetings. More details are coming soon.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • The Recreational Sport Center (RSC) weight room re-opened on Aug. 23 with new and expanded weight/cardio machines, new flooring and expanded hours.
  • The Fitness/Wellness staff hosted Ask a Trainer in the Gregory Gym weight room on Aug. 27 and 28, giving patrons the opportunity to meet with a certified personal trainer concerning their fitness questions.

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  • Party on the Plaza, the final event of Longhorn Welcome, takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Gregory Gym Plaza. The event is expected to draw over 22,000 participants to celebrate the start of the new fall semester. The Zumba Dance Fest on Clark Field was also a signature event of Longhorn Welcome.


  • Plans are underway to host the annual Friends of RecSports Golf Tournament on Oct. 3 at Avery Ranch Golf Club. This fundraiser, which benefits the RecSports Excellence Fund, is open to the entire campus community. Friends of RecSports Golf Tournament registration is available online.
  • A group of Facility Operations staff attended the Texas Facilities Summit hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. The staff welcomed the opportunity to share ideas and resources with colleagues from other Texas campuses.


Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents will host its third annual Book Club on Sept. 23 for four-year members to discuss the book “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money.” The event will include a panel with Dr. Chris Brownson of CMHC, Dr. LaToya Hill of DoS, parents and students and will be moderated by Dr. John Daly form the Department of Advertising. The event will be live and a virtual webcast for members not located in Austin.
  • Family Weekend registration for all UT families will open on Monday, Sept. 22 and will remain open until Friday, Oct. 17.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Staff hosted a free Sober Tailgate at the first UT Austin football home game. Austin’s new recovery high school, University High School, and the collegiate recovery community at the University of North Texas, also joined the festivities. The tailgate featured free food and sodas across the street from Littlefield Fountain.
  • CSR held a public viewing of The Anonymous People, a documentary raising awareness about the recovery community.
  • CSR hosted recovery messaging training for students and interested community members. Recovery messaging training teaches people in recovery how to speak effectively about recovery while reducing stigma and still telling their truth.


University Health Services (UHS)

  • UHS staff gathered on Aug. 19 for its organization day to kick off the semester. The team explored privacy and confidentiality on social media, celebrated accomplishments and reviewed goals for 2014–15. Dr. Chris Brownson presented an overview and update of CMHC services.
  • On Aug. 20–21, medical and health promotion staff gathered for a two-day intensive introduction to motivational interviewing. This technique can improve health outcomes by boosting patient compliance.
  • Two clinics and the UHS lab piloted an initiative to recycle the nitrile gloves clinicians and technicians use. The new gloves cost the same as the previous brand and Green Fee funds paid for special collection receptacles. During the pilot, UHS diverted 50 pounds of gloves from the landfill. UHS will implement the program throughout the organization this fall.
  • UHS staff held special immunization and TB screening clinics for approximately 1,000 new international students. This collaborative effort with International Student and Scholar Services ensures that students from every corner of the globe meet UT Austin health requirements.
  • UHS has moved into its newly renovated space on the second floor of the Student Services Building. The General Medicine and Allergy/Immunization Clinics, Laboratory, and IT/Records Department are now arranged more efficiently and students love the new waiting rooms.


University Unions


University of Kentucky Student Center Director John Herbst with Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly & University Unions Executive Director Mulu Ferede

  • University Unions hosted a group of professionals from the University of Kentucky with tours of our facilities and a luncheon as they research top student unions in the country for their upcoming expansion.
  • The Texas Union Wendy’s has undergone a facelift and renovation. Come by for a meal and see the new seating and improved space.
  • The University Unions held a successful kickoff event for the Student Activity Center (SAC) Legacy Lounge on Aug. 29 in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs development staff for all registered student organizations. Dr. Gage Paine and the Texas Lonestars spoke at the event, hoping to spread the word on how registered student organizations can participate and leave their Legacy. Check out the photos.
  • Campus Events + Entertainment welcomed students back to campus with its annual Back 2 School Bash event at the SAC. Take a look at the photos.
  • The Texas Union loggia was featured in the Alcalde as one of the “Best Things about Life at UT.”