Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center


  • This month, Voices Against Violence (VAV) is hosting Relationship Violence Prevention Month. A series of events and campaigns will highlight healthy relationships, red flags of dating violence and honor the experiences of survivors. Among key events, VAV will host a Rally for Healthy Relationships as well as “Breaking the Silence,” a speak-out for student survivors of dating violence. “Breaking the Silence” is co-sponsored by Services for Students with Disabilities and will address the connection between people with disabilities and the experience of relationship violence. VAV will also host the second annual Be an Anchor student fundraiser for the VAV Survivors Emergency Fund. A full schedule of events is available online.
  • VAV is excited to unveil a newly re-designed website with new content.
Longhorn Welcome at POWER House

Longhorn Welcome at the POWER House

  • In partnership with Longhorn Welcome, CMHC had its first open house for students. Marian Trattner, Katy Redd, Erin Burrows and Lynn Hoare organized this event and welcomed 40 students from across campus. Students were given an overview of all the volunteer opportunities and student organizations within CMHC. Students were treated to pictures with Hook ‘Em and Tiff’s Treats.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Executive Director Floyd Hoelting has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 31, 2015. Please join us in celebrating his work and congratulating him on his next adventure.
  • A new book entitled  “Creating Multicultural Change on Campus” by Raechele Pope, Amy Reynolds and John Mueller includes an entire chapter on DHFS and its Organizational Diversity Model. The model promotes residential and workplace environments which acknowledge, affirm and activate our commitment to diversity on a daily basis.
  • In partnership with the Office of Admissions, the Jester show room is now shown and is included in all potential student tours given by Admissions. DHFS is thrilled to be included in these tours, which bring hundreds of potential Longhorns into Jester every week.
  • Since the first day of school, the Jester Mail and Service Center has already processed over 5,000 packages for residents. On a single day, the center processed 1,700 packages from the U.S. Postal Service alone.

Food Service

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Kathy Phan, Chrystina Wyatt & Lindsay Gaydos Wilson

  • DHFS partnered with Recreational Sports for the GoTX Health and Fitness Fair. Attendees enjoyed a buffet of fresh veggies, fruit and DHFS’ infamous roasted red pepper hummus. DHFS Nutrition Services offered educational materials about healthy campus dining, food allergies and the Vegetarian Focus Group, while the UHS dietitian and Health Promotion Resource Center were on hand to answer questions. Attendees also enjoyed a free group Triple Threat workout taught by Recreational Sports TeXercise instructors. Nearly 200 students and staff attended.
Mexican American Cultural Dinner

Mexican American Cultural Dinner

  • J2 and Kinsolving resident dining halls hosted the Mexican American Cultural Dinner in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Students enjoyed Mexican food while being serenaded by mariachis and answered cultural trivia for t-shirts.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • The Strategic Planning Committee met in September and made decisions regarding orientation for the summer of 2015. Dates have been set and will be released shortly. Longhorn State of Mind will remain the theme for orientation.
  • New Student Services launched its Campus Partner Orientation Planning and Evaluation Meetings last month, visiting with key stakeholders to strengthen relationships across campus. To request a presentation, email Kyle Clark.
  • The Orientation Advisor recruitment process has launched. Students must attend an Information Session on Oct. 7, 8, 12 or 16, or set up a meeting with NSS staff in order to receive an application. Applications are due Oct. 22. More information is available online.
  • NSS began accepting nominations from campus partners for students recommended to be Orientation Advisors. Nominations will be received through Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. and can be submitted online.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Student Activities held a student staff retreat to inspire and educate student staff. The retreat included a conversation with Dr. Gage Paine.

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Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • The Division of Student Affairs has released its first annual Impact Report, highlighting all the work our Division staff does to help students succeed at UT Austin.
2013 Division Staff Photo

2013 Division staff photo

  • The annual Division staff photo will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29 on the South Mall (rain location is the Student Activity Center Ballroom). Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. and wear burnt orange and/or white. The photograph will be taken at 8:30 a.m.
  • The fall 2014 Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair takes place Oct. 15–­16. The event brings the entire Division together to both recruit talented students workers and educate our campus community about the innovative programs, facilities and services provided by Student Affairs. The Division employs nearly 2,200 students and works with 670+ student volunteers. Staff also works with 91 students from the University Leadership Network.
  • Gale Stuart will lead an Assessment 101 workshop on Oct. 3 to help staff discover new ways to improve their programs and better serve students.
Division-wide Meeting

Full house at fall 2014 Division-wide meeting

  • The Division-wide meeting on Sept. 18 brought staff from across all nine departments together for an update on progress during year one of the Strategic Plan. Take a look at the photos.
  • Dr. Gage Paine sat down with students at Kinsolving Residence Hall for the latest installment of her What’s on Your Mind series of casual chats. Thanks to DHFS’ Nicole Burke and Tania Lindberg for helping to organize the event.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Recreational Sports’ Party on the Plaza 2014, a signature event of Longhorn Welcome, attracted over 23,000 participants and raised over $8,000 for the UT Austin Student Emergency Fund. Check out the photos.

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Tom Dison at the fall kickoff

  • Recreational Sports staff welcomed new and returning student employees to the annual Fall Kickoff on the day before classes began. A total of 380 students attended the staff orientation/training session.
  • Recreational Sports awarded 13 student staff with endowed scholarships totaling $25,500 during an Aug. 29 reception. The funds were made possible by contributions from various Friends of RecSports.

Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents staff are preparing for Family Weekend activities and events taking place on Oct. 24–26. Registration opened on Monday, Sept. 22, and will continue until Friday, Oct. 17. Visit the Family Weekend website for more information.
  • Texas Parents is completing the final phase of the annual membership renewal drive.
  • The 3rd annual Texas Parents Book Club was held on Sept. 23, and members participated both in person in the Avaya Auditorium and online via a webcast.
  • Departments and student organizations are invited to participate in the Great Texas Showcase at Family Weekend, a student organization and department fair on Saturday, Oct. 25. Please sign up here by Monday, Oct. 6.
  • Applications for the 2014 Texas Parents Student Organizations Grants are being reviewed and processed. Previously known as the Community Service Awards and the Student Enrichment Awards, the awards have been combined into one application and selection process in hopes of assisting student organizations in planning events for the entire academic year. Organizations will receive notice of their status by Friday, Oct. 24.
  • Applications for the Staff Merit Awards will open in November.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

CSR Sober Tailgate

Greg Liotta & Sierra Castedo with Sober Tailgate collaborators from the University of North Texas and University High School

  • Last month’s Sober Tailgate in partnership with the University of North Texas recovery program and University High School was a big success with great turnout.
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Cary Tucker, Sierra Castedo-Rodgers & Greg Liotta at the Blue Hawaii Recovery Dance

  • September was national Recovery Month. CSR’s Sierra Castedo-Rodgers and Greg Liotta joined some of our students headed to the Big Texas Rally for Recovery at the Capitol on Sept. 13. That night CSR staff attended the Blue Hawaii Recovery Dance organized by CSR students.
  • There are a lot of pathways for recovery and Choices is a new program at CSR this fall semester dedicated to exploring those pathways to lasting recovery. Topics will include SMART Recovery, LifeRing, yoga as a recovery program, The Four Agreements and others.
  • CSR took part in a documentary about youth recovery support called Generation Found. It focuses on the cutting-edge services offered in Texas.
  • CSR hosted a viewing party for the Recovery at the White House televised celebration and panel discussion on Sept. 17. Viewers were encouraged to tweet comments and questions during the event, and the panelists drew topics from those tweets.

University Health Services (UHS)

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Andrea Armstrong, Donna Valdez & Joyce Fleming at Healthyhorns Fest

  • Healthyhorns Fest was celebrated at Gregory Gym on Sept. 17. Staff and volunteers from UHS and partners across campus introduced students to the many university resources that help them stay healthy and fit. Take a look at the photos.
  • You don’t have to leave campus to get your flu shot. Visit Healthyhorns for updated schedules, locations and details.
  • In the wake of reports of an off-campus food service worker with Hepatitis A, UHS provided public health outreach, information and vaccine access but saw no related illnesses.
  • UHS has created a new program for pre-Physical Therapy studies student observers. Of the 80 required hours of observation, 40 hours can now be performed on campus. Within a few days of its launch, the program was filled along with a waiting list.
  • UHS staff, in partnership with DHFS, distributed 10,000 Healthyhorns calendars to incoming students during Mooov-In and the first week of class. These calendars promote behaviors shown to improve academic outcomes and engage new students in campus activities, opportunities, and resources.

University Unions

  • The Texas Union has opened three group study rooms on the 4th level of the building. These rooms are equipped with technology for students to work on group projects and can be reserved through the hospitality desk on the ground level.
  • The Student Activity Center (SAC) opened the student workroom to all students for group study. The room is located on the second level.
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Jennifer Zamora at Back 2 School Bash

  • Campus Events + Entertainment hosted over 4,000 students at the annual Back 2 School Bash with a variety of activities from a petting zoo to a photo booth.
  • The Texas Union continues to improve the lounge spaces throughout the facility. Updates include powered pub-style seating in the dining areas, a new storefront and seating for Wendy’s, new seating options in the Presidential lobby and 4th level corridor, and new seating in the 5th level student office space.
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Wade Raquet & Kyle Anderson hand out cookies on the first day of class

  • SAC staff welcomed back over 16,000 visitors a day. Breakfast tacos and warm cookies were given to freshman students as a welcome to campus.
  • Furthering sustainability efforts, the University Unions are proud to announce that the SAC is now single-stream recycling.