Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • CMHC staff members Mark Zentner, Mona Ghosheh, Matthew Olsen and Javier Ungo organized and hosted the annual Texas University and College Counseling Center Conference (TUCCCC) in early February.
  • Chris Brownson recently spoke to the UT System Board of Regents to support system-wide funding of alcohol prevention and education programs. The Board of Regents authorized $2.4 million across all UT System academic campuses. Read about the announcement.
  • Join BeVocal on March 4–5 for SoGrow, the Social Growth Festival. It’s two days of cultivating social responsibility through recognizing harm, choosing to respond and taking action. The program includes an outdoor festival, Cuisines Around The World dinner at Kinsolving Dining Hall and Blooming Performances in the Texas Union Ballroom featuring several student organizations.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Invitations have gone out for the Res Life Reunion, taking place on Saturday, April 11. The event will feature a reception in J2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • University Apartments is partnering with the Moody School of Communication by providing class projects for three groups of students this semester. The projects include 2015 survey analysis and reporting, improving communication and customer service to residents, and new resident orientation redesign.
  • DHFS is testing a solar powered patio umbrella in the courtyard of San Jacinto Hall. The Powersol umbrella is designed to charge portable devices and features three USB charging stations on an innovative solar charged power tower and an LED battery display.

Food Service

  • All division staff are invited to celebrate National Nutrition Month at the Delectable Vegetables and Fruit Festival events on March 11 and 26 at J2 and Kinsolving Dining Halls during lunch. A delicious bounty of fresh fruits and veggies will be available.
GoTX Health and Fitness Fair

GoTX Health and Fitness Fair

  • DHFS Nutrition Services partnered with Recreational Sports, University Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health Center and the Fitness Institute of Texas on the GoTX Health and Fitness Fair. Attendees were encouraged to learn about various UT Austin wellness-related resources followed by a 60-minute Triple Threat (TurboKick/Nike Training Club/Yoga) fitness class taught by Recreational Sports Texercise instructors.
Armando Flores at Fromage Fest

Armando Flores at Fromage Fest

  • Food Service hosted a Cheese Week including Fromage Fest at J2 and Kinsolving with a hand-stretched mozzarella demo, samplings of local Dos Lunas cheese and a week of special grilled cheeses at JCL, Cypress Bend and Littlefield Patio Café.
  • Kinsolving Dining hosted a Valentine’s themed Saturday Dinner Buffet with steak, grilled veggie kabobs, Fettuccini Alfredo, Mexican corn soup and cheesecakes.
  • J2 VIP hosted a special Valentine Dinner featuring surf ‘n turf, duchesse potatoes, asparagus and black forest cake. Students enjoyed a fine dining experience with fancy tablecloths and both a rose and truffle for each guest. Check out the photos.
  • Food service hosted two cultural dinners in February including the African American Cultural Dinner in J2 and Kinsolving. A Feast from the Middle East at J2 featured foods from North Africa, The Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • Orientation registration for freshman and transfer orientation opens on March 4 at 10 a.m.
  • Campus visits for the final three New Student Services (NSS) director candidates were held Feb. 9, 16 and 18.
Alex Kappus, Doug Garrard & Esmer Bedia at Orientation Advisor Retreat

Alex Kappus, Doug Garrard & Esmer Bedia at Orientation Advisor Retreat

  • The new class of orientation advisors, along with the returning advisors, attended a two-day retreat on Jan. 30-31. Take a look at the photos.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

DoS-2609 Grand Opening

2609 Grand Opening

  • Student Activities thanks everyone who attended the Grand Opening for 2609 University Avenue. The new spaces are available for use Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday Noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon – 8 p.m. Take a look at the Grand Opening photos.
  • DoS has been working with Legislative Student Organizations to prepare for Campus-wide elections. Elections begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 and end at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5.
DoS-Judicial Services

Kellie Bennet, Jason Thibadeaux & Rob Richardson presenting at Academic Integrity and the Millennial Generation

  • Student Judicial Services hosted the inaugural Academic Integrity and the Millennial Generation on Jan. 30. Over 130 faculty members attended this successful event. Thanks go to the Offices of the President, Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning for their partnership and support hosting.


  • The Office of the Dean of Students is again offering Legends of China: Silk Road to the Future. This cultural and educational exchange program offers a variety of real-world opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. Trips are open to all UT Austin students, faculty and staff, as well as family members if accompanied by an individual affiliated with the university. Attend an information session to learn more about the trips and how you can begin your journey to China.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Paine rolled out the Strategic Plan Year One Progress Report last month, now available on the Student Affairs Staff Resources Wiki. The update highlights how much the Division has accomplished in reaching its five-year strategic goals.
True Colors Communication Workshop

True Colors® Communication Workshop

  • The new True Colors® Communication workshops kicked off Feb. 19 (see the photos). There is still space to register for the March 17 session. True Colors® resources are also available here.
  • Director of Assessment Gale Stuart helped coordinate the 2015 Assessment Dialogue on Feb. 11, which included poster presentations and a panel featuring some Division staff. Look at the photos.

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  • The Division will host its Spring 2015 Student Job and Volunteer Fair, March 25-26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Gregory Gym Concourse. Staff will be recruiting for open positions and future opportunities. Departments will also share internships available for students in the University Leadership Network.
  • Student organizations were encouraged to post group selfies from their meetings throughout February using #PickUsGP for a chance to win lunch with Dr. Gage Paine. Take a look at the 22 student entries on Storify and check back next month for the winner.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)


Cecilia Lopez Cardenas & Rhonda Cox at the Nike+ Service Bar

  • The Victory at Gregory Gym retail store introduced a Nike+ Service Bar as a student concierge for Nike+ members. Nike Training Club instructors are staffing the service bar to help students maximize Nike+ technology and provide support during weekly group runs.
  • Outdoor Recreation trip guides are leading two exciting trips during spring break. Canoeing the Lower Canyons offers participants a true desert experience in an undeveloped area near Big Bend National Park. The Mission: Wolf trip will visit a remote wolf sanctuary in Colorado where participants will help restore the native habitat and feed baby wolves.
  • Senior Assistant Director Darci Doll will travel to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) NIRSA Region IV Basketball ChampionshipsRegion IV Basketball Championships in Fort Worth. She’ll serve as one of the guest speakers and instructors for referee development.
  • RecSports_game_plan_marchRecreational Sports has launched a monthly email newsletter called The Game Plan to alert students to programs, activities and events. The initial newsletter was sent to students who previously registered for any Recreational Sports activity. Opt in by enrolling online.

Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents is hiring for two student summer positions, the Family Orientation Student Leader and the Membership Recruitment Student Leader. Visit the Texas Parents Jobs website for more information.
  • Family Orientation registration will open on Wednesday, March 4.
  • Texas Parents memberships for the 2015-2016 year will open on Wednesday, March 4.
  • The 2015 Texas Parents Brick Paver campaign was wrapped up with 100 bricks purchased. Production and installation is now in full swing. Bricks will be laid in front of the Student Services Building in time for UT Remembers and the May 2015 Commencement. Texas Parents will also lay 12 memorial bricks honoring students who were lost this year.
  • Texas Parents and the Counseling and Mental Health Center have partnered to offer a webinar titles “Bouncing Back: Helping your Student Navigate Failure and Rejection” to Texas Parents members on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30–6:30 pm.. The webinar will explain resilience and address how parents can best support students experiencing failure. You’re invited to join the live webinar or watch a recording at your convenience.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • The CSR Annual Spring Luncheon is approaching. The luncheon celebrates all parts of the CSR community: the students, staff, donors and community supporters. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 28, from Noon to 2 p.m. Please contact Sierra Castedo if you would like to attend or like more information.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • Charlotte Katzin reports that her staff is already providing travel health services and vaccines to staff and faculty who plan to travel abroad during spring break. UT Austin students, faculty and staff can schedule now for immunizations in preparation for spring and summer travel at 512-475-8301.
  • The UHS Physical Therapy Clinic will be open regular hours (7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) during spring break so that UT Austin students, faculty and staff can get physical therapy year-around without leaving campus or losing their parking spot.
  • As part of a UT System initiative to become the national model for alcohol prevention and education programs, UHS recently received funding to continue online risk-reduction education, population-based prevention initiatives and early intervention screening programs.
  • After commiserating over holiday weight gain in January, UHS Cashier/Insurance Office staff engaged in a Step Challenge. Department manager John Valdez supplied participants with pedometers and everyone logs their daily steps. Team members say that the friendly competition and taking walks together makes them feel energized and connected.

University Unions

  • LEGO DKR Memorial Stadium assembly

    LEGO DKR Memorial Stadium assembly

    The Student Activity Center (SAC) was chosen as the location for the amazing display of the Lego DKR Memorial Stadium by alumnus Drew Finkel. Photos can be seen here and a video of the set up was captured by The Daily Texan.

  • The SAC replaced three sets of automatic doors to assist with energy conservation and temperature control. The new doors will also soon feature Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved push buttons.
  • Feb. 10 marked the grand opening of the newest union space, 2609. The University Unions manages the building and space on the first level that includes lounge space, meeting areas, eating area, dance studio and other student focused spaces. Check out the photos.
  • This spring, Campus Events + Entertainment hosted a variety of extremely successful events, including Crushgrams, Black to Business, Masquerade in the Park and the Asian Culture Committee’s Lunar New Year in the SAC with over 600 students in attendance.