Sierra Castedo, The Center for Students in Recovery, presented “Collaborating with Collegiate Recovery” during the 2016 Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) Conference. She also led a breakout session about collaboration between collegiate recovery programs and recovery high schools. CSR staff organized and hosted the conference at UT Austin.
Jaden Felix, Office of the Dean of Students, was selected to attend the NASPA Mid-Level Managers’ Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly nominated Felix to be the UT Austin staff member in attendance.
Jaden Felix, Office of the Dean of Students, gave a presentation about the Terry Foundation Scholarship program to UT Austin’s Academic Counselors Association. He serves as the Terry Scholars coordinator.
Katy Redd, Counseling and Mental Health Center, gave two presentations at the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO) Conference at Ohio State University. Redd presented breakout sessions titled “Steering the Ship: How to Move Your Outreach Efforts ‘Upstream,’” and “A Pinch of Grit and a Dash of Resilience: The Spices of Student Success.” Redd partnered with Stefani Hathaway (Bowling Green State University), Margaret Marks (University of Kentucky) and Viviane Ephraimson-Abt (Colorado State University) on the second breakout session.
Justin Samuel, Housing and Food Service, received the RAISE (Recognizing Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Instilling Strength and Excellence) Excellence Award for his commitment to the Asian and Asian American community. The Office of the President and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement hosted the event at the City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center on June 8.
Kyle St. Nicholas, Office of the Dean of Students, presented “Rise to Respond: Supporting Student Activism on Campus” at the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
Several University Health Services staff members presented and participated in the American College Health Association (ACHA) 2016 annual meeting.
- Susan Kirtz mentored Student Health Advisory Committee members in preparation for their poster presentations.
- Susan Hochman of University Health Services co-presented “Framework for a Comprehensive College Health Program” at the ACHA 2016 annual meeting. She also entered her second year as member at large on the ACHA board of directors and began her term as the Program Planning chair for the 2017 annual meeting which will be held in Austin.
- Kathy Mosteller and Debbie Nichols teamed up with Texas A&M colleagues to present the findings of a collaborative Quality Improvement Study.
- Jamie Shutter began her term as the ACHA Administration Section Chair.
“A Tip of the Hat to…”
…Jaden Felix, Office of the Dean of Students, who received the following praise from the Terry Foundation’s Yvonne R. Moody for his work with Terry Scholars on campus:
“I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for your continued support of the Terry Scholars at UT Austin, and in particular recognize the work of Jaden Felix. I received a great report from our Scholar Relations Coordinator for UT, Javier Carmona, regarding his recent joint presentation with Jaden to the Academic Counselors Association on campus. It sounds like valuable time well spent for all parties, and we thank Jaden for the opportunity to participate. We have always appreciated our strong partnership with UT, but I can certainly say with confidence that we are better positioned now than we have been for many years, to have a tangible, positive impact on our mutual Scholars. We know it takes effort, resources, and support from the top to enable this kind of partnership, and I want to be sure that you know that the efforts are recognized and very much appreciated.”
…Sylvia Holmes, Office of the Dean of Students, who was the subject of this email sent to Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly. The student also mentions Audrey Sorrells in her thank-you message:
“…This is a shout out for Attorney Sylvia Holmes and her team! Last December my apartment complex (off campus housing) presented me with charges that were questionable, that necessitated me to seek legal counsel. As I spoke with my advisor, the ever resourceful Dr. Sorrells, she recommended Attorney Sylvia Holmes. My experience with Sylvia and her team was highly professional and truly made me proud to be part of the UT community. She was so personable and efficient. After months of her advocacy, the apartment manager and I were able to have a conversation. What great staff you have! I moved to UT housing a month ago and what a reprieve!”
…Texas Parents staff, who received this note from a Class of 2020 parent after Family Orientation on June 13:
“My husband and I are thrilled to have joined Texas Parents! I was at this past Monday’s Family Orientation. I want to thank you for such a helpful and inspiring, and well organized day.”
…Elisa Ramos, Office of the Dean of Students, who received this thank you note from Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Liz Elsen for being the master of ceremonies at Lavender Graduation:
“I am reviewing the evaluations for Lavender Graduation this year, and I wanted to share with you and your team that several of the participants mentioned both your role, and you specifically as being one of the best parts of the ceremony this year! They said that you were funny, and also that did a good job of being heartfelt and keeping the program flowing. I cannot thank you enough for the amazing job that you did for the GSC (Gender and Sexuality Center) and for LGBTQ students for helping us out with this event. You were a superstar! One of the thank you notes we got was also touching, and I wanted to share what a student said: ‘Thank you for having this. Many students don’t have families to celebrate with them, or families who will embrace them fully as LGBTQ, so it was great to be recognized as a complete, complex person in my achievements.’ We are so lucky to have you at UT and as a partner in the work we do!”
…Raymond Schiflett, Office of the Dean of Students, who received a signed card as a thank-you from the members of Texas 4000 after meeting with the group. The Legal Services for Students team explained how to get medical power of attorney, provided the forms and offered notary services.