Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • "First Year Fears" booth during UT Orientation

    “First Year Fears” booth during UT Orientation

    CMHC staff members helped welcome incoming student at multiple tabling and outreach events during UT Orientation. At one event, staff asked students to share their “First Year Fears” by writing them on a poster display. This helped staff facilitate a conversation about how CMHC can help students with their fears. Staff then brought the poster display to a family tabling event to talk with parents about some of their students’ fears and how to support them. Student fears ranged from getting lost on campus, making new friends, stress to lizards.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • In collaboration with the University Residence Hall Association and Student Government, the hours in J2 will now be extended. Beginning this fall, J2 will be open from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for lunch and 5–8 p.m. for dinner.
  • New Directors Michael Edwards & Mylon Kirksey

    New Directors Michael Edwards & Mylon Kirksey

    Mylon Kirksy is the new Director of Residence Life and comes to DHFS from Georgia State University.

  • Michael Edwards is the new Director of Business Services and comes to DHFS from Recreational Sports.
  • DHFS once again partnered with the Summer Bridge Program to house around 250 participants in San Jacinto Residence Hall.
  • The housing staff is busy getting ready for Mooov-In, a signature event and official kick-off to Longhorn Welcome starting Aug. 21.
Housing--DHFS Business Services Team

Housing–DHFS Business Services Team

  • The DHFS Business Services team enjoyed a fun (and delicious) Team Day event with Chef Robert Mayberry doing cooking demos with food straight from the Kinsolving Garden.
  • Chefs Tia McLeroy, Michael Colom & Dympna Roman

    Chefs Tia McLeroy, Michael Colom & Dympna Roman

    DHFS Chefs attended a culinary development workshop July 27. Attendees expanded their knowledge about various cuts of beef, food photography on mobile devices and participated in Rouxbe training courses. Check out the photos.

Food Service

  • Food Service is hosting in-house FoodPro food management system training through August. Claudia Ashlock, Alma Reynoso, Doug Clary, Chef Shannon Whelan, Chef Robert Mayberry, Lindsay Wilson and Darla Stewart are teaching sessions ranging from inventory management to recipes and menus.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • New Student Services successfully executed six sessions of Freshman Orientation and three sessions of Transfer Orientation from June 8 – July 17. A total of 9,164 students attended orientation (7,295 freshman and 1,869 transfer students).
  • Registration for August Orientation (for students who were unable to attend a June or July session) is underway. So far, 371 freshman and 328 transfer students have signed up. August Orientation is Aug. 18–21. The transfer program runs Aug. 18-20, the freshman program Aug. 19-21 and all students register for classes on Aug. 21.
  • UT News highlighted UT Orientation in “Incoming Students Find Their Longhorn State of Mind at Orientation,” an article featuring social media posts from orientation.
Alex Kappus, Esmer Bedia, and Kyle Clark at the OA Banquet

Alex Kappus, Esmer Bedia, & Kyle Clark at the OA Banquet

  • New Student Services staff celebrated the 2015 orientation season at the annual Orientation Advisor (OA) Banquet, held at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on July 12. Read about the OA award winners here and check out the photos here.
  • Thanks to everyone who submitted events on HornsLink for Longhorn Welcome coming up Aug. 21-Sept. 5. Longhorn Welcome assets, including the poster with a list of all Signature Events, are at bit.ly/longhornwelcome. The full schedule of events will be available on longhornwelcome.com and the Longhorn Welcome guide in the UT Orientation app.
  • New Student Services will host From Austin With Love, a signature event of Longhorn Welcome, on Aug. 23.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Legal Services for Students will host colleagues from institutions across the state for their Continuing Legal Education Conference at the AT&T Conference Center on August 17.
  • Legal Services for Students’ 46 years of supporting students was featured in the university’s UT Countdown campaign.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • “Celebrate Your Anniversary Month,” a new monthly series of casual staff conversations and refreshments with Vice President Gage Paine, kicks off this month. Staff will receive invitations based on the month they joined the Longhorn Family to start working on the Forty Acres.
  • The office hosted the third and final staff multimedia workshop for the summer on Video Production Basics. The three summer workshops were aimed at helping Division staff better tell the story of their work in Student Affairs.
  • Save the date for the fall Division-wide Staff Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Sessions will be held at 8:30–10 a.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. Please coordinate with your supervisor to attend.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Rhonda Cox at the Health & Lifestyle Expo

    Rhonda Cox at the Health & Lifestyle Expo

    RecSports’ annual Health and Lifestyle Expo in July was a great success with hundreds of current and retired UT faculty and staff in attendance. See the photos.

  • The semester arrived early at RecSports with fall registration opening Monday, Aug. 3, for group exercise and instructional classes, adventure trips and the Gregory Gym Climbing Wall. Participants may register online or in person in Gregory Gym 2.204, weekdays 8 a.m.–5 p.m

RecSports Warm Up

  • RecSports is participating in Longhorn Welcome by sponsoring a signature event called RecSports Warm Up on Monday, Aug. 24, from 2–6 p.m. in Gregory Gym. Featured events include free fitness classes, intramural activities, chair massages, sport club exhibitions, door prizes and more. Party on the Plaza, another signature event, takes place Sept. 2.
  • Full-time professional staff will conduct a student staff orientation and training session on Friday, Aug. 21. RecSports facilities will delay opening until noon.
  • The Recreational Sports Center will have a new dance studio this month as part of a renovation project to increase and improve recreational activity space.
  • RecSports sponsored the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association’s 4th Annual Texas Facilities Summit on July 30. Facility operations staff from various universities throughout the state shared ideas and discussed facility renovation and building projects.
  • Darci Doll participated in the Texas Intramural Summit at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Texas Parents

  • Over 3,900 freshmen families (6,800+ attendees) participated in six Family Orientation sessions. Almost 500 transfer families (900 attendees) attended the three inaugural Transfer Family Welcome sessions.
  • Texas Parents has had a successful membership season so far, with over 2,700 families joining the association.
  • Staff is attending various Texas Exes Send-Offs in Texas to welcome the freshman class and their parents to the university community.
Texas Parents writing postcards at Mooov-In

Texas Parents writing postcards at Mooov-In

  • Texas Parents will assist DHFS at Mooov-In, helping parents write postcards that will be delivered to residence hall mailboxes.
  • Texas Parents will host the second annual Texas Parents Mooov-In Parent Mixer on the Saturday evening of Mooov-In.
  • Two issues of the Next Steps newsletter were sent to incoming freshmen and transfer parents, with a final issue going out in August.
  • Preparations are underway for Family Weekend and will include on-campus marketing during Mooov-In and the beginning of the semester.
  • Texas Parents launched a month-long Facebook discussion on the book “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money.” Discussions about the transition to college and major parent concerns about the first semester are moderated by volunteers, encouraging communication between members.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

Sierra Castedo at the Association of Recovery School conference

Sierra Castedo at the Association of Recovery Schools conference

  • Sierra Castedo represented The Center for Students in Recovery at the Association of Recovery Schools – the national association representing recovery high schools – conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Save the date for CSR’s Sober Tailgate on Sept. 12 from 3–9 p.m.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • UHS Health Promotion professionals, in collaboration with Texas Parents and the Counseling and Mental Health Center, are building a webinar for parents to help them talk with their students about alcohol.
  • UHS is now offering nutrition consultations for employees of University Health Services as well as faculty and staff who are members of RecSports. Seeing a dietitian can be very helpful for people who have a medical diagnosis with significant nutrition implications such as celiac disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, or a nutritional deficiency. Dietitians can also help with things like vegetarian or vegan diets, digestive problems, weight management and boosting the nutrients in your diet. To schedule an appointment with a dietitian, call 512-475-8242. It can be helpful to have a referral from a healthcare provider or counselor, but it isn’t necessary. Charges apply. For this pilot program, UT Select Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only insurance UHS accepts for faculty/staff appointments with the dietitian.

University Unions

  • Claudette Campbell, James Buckley, Lisa Dela Cruz & Jennifer Zamora at the UT Orientation fanfare initiative

    Claudette Campbell, James Buckley, Lisa Dela Cruz & Jennifer Zamora at the UT Orientation fanfare initiative

    University Unions staff and students participated in the fanfare initiative at each UT Orientation session by providing a spirited greeting for new students during check-in. Check out some of the photos.

  • The Texas Union will host Beat the Heat, a signature event during Longhorn Welcome, on Aug. 22 with air hockey, billiards, bowling, movies, trivia and snacks.
  • The University Unions partnered with the Office of the Dean of Students to host the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) webinars “Student Employee Trainings – Best Practices” and “Student Employee Learning: Virtual Roundtable Discussion.”
  • The restrooms on the third floor of the Texas Union by the Quadrangle Room and the Santa Rita Suite will be closed through August until construction is complete.
  • The University Unions is now accepting orders from departments for the 2015-2016 University Unions Calendars.