Student Affairs Standouts

Charli Bryan and Sam Siner, Housing and Food Service (DHFS), joined Gale Stuart, the Division’s Director of Assessment, in a presentation at the 15th Annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference. They presented the process and results of an evaluation of Bryan’s resident assistant (RA) retreat that took place during fall RA training.

Sierra Castedo, The Center for Students in Recovery, earned a spot in Project LIFT, a leadership development program for young behavioral health professionals, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Center for Students in Recovery received a shout out from UT System Chancellor William McRaven in his March 6 newsletter.

Housing-women of excellence

Housing and Food Service staff honored at Women of Excellence Banquet


Melanie Grice, Christina Bomar, Deni Zwiener, Courtney Howard, Christine Jenner, Claudia Ashlock, Sarah Downing, Leigh McKinnon, Sharon McMullen, Beverly Sutton, Lindsay Wilson and Darla Stewart, DHFS, were honored at a recent Women of Excellence Honorary Staff Banquet. Check out the photos.

Lynn Hoare, Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), presented at the 2015 Annual Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Conference on March 2. Hoare and the theater for dialogue students gave a performance of “Get Sexy. Get Consent.”

Standouts-Justin Samuel and Ohio State University's Terrell Strayhorn

Justin Samuel & Ohio State University’s Terrell Strayhorn


Justin Samuel, DHFS, was awarded the Ohio State Emerging Professional Award presented by the Ohio State University Higher Education and Student Affairs programs.

Marian Trattner and Katy Redd, CMHC, presented at the 10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 11. They presented a three-hour workshop titled, “The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program: An Overview and Case Study.”

Jennifer Walker, DHFS, was presented the Bob Cooke Distinguished Service Award at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) conference for her dedicated service to the university and the students she serves daily.

Division Presenters at the 2015 Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Annual Conference

David Chambers presenting at NASPA

David Chambers presenting at NASPA

Krista Anderson and David Chambers, Office of the Dean of Students (DoS): “Navigating Student Advocacy: Giving Students the Courage to Move from Crisis to Commencement.”

Stacey Bennett and Aaron Voyles, DHFS: “What Are We Not Seeing? Mitigating Bias in Student Staff Selection.”

Charli Bryan and Justin Samuel, DHFS: “Navigating with Confidence: A Toolkit for New Professionals.”

Doug Garrard, DoS: “BITs Big & Small: Differences in Behavioral Intervention at Small and Large Institutions” (with colleagues from LeGrange College and the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association).

Smita Ruzicka, DoS: “The Other Brown Voices: Experiences of South Asian American Administrators on College Campuses.”

Audrey Sorrells and Kathleen Glynn, DoS: “Student Veteran Success in Higher Education: A Strengths-Based Holistic Model of Support.”

Aaron Voyles, DHFS: “Privilege and Advocacy: Examining the Role of the Men and Masculinities Movement in Student Affairs” (with colleagues from Georgia Southern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Appalachian State University). Voyles also presented “Courageous Mentorship: A New Lens for Creating and Sustaining Mentoring Programs” (with colleagues from Oregon State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Appalachian State University).