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Chris Brownson (far right, Counseling and Mental Health Center) welcomes UT System colleagues to the Forty Acres.

Chris Brownson, Counseling and Mental Health Center, Susan Hochman and William Mupo, University Health Services, facilitated a two-day Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS) training for UT System colleagues. The high-risk drinking prevention program originated on the UT Austin campus and is now being implemented system-wide. These staff members were selected to provide the training because of their expertise.

Brooke Bulow, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, presented strategic communications tips to student leaders at Student Government’s communication orientation.

Sierra Castedo, The Center for Students in Recovery, and Julie McElrath, University High School, co-presented at the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) State Conference on Addiction Studies. They spoke about student mentoring opportunities between educational recovery programs.

Sara Kennedy, Office of the Dean of Students, presented on social media best practices and advocacy to Advise Texas on Aug. 12. The presentation focused on communicating with young professionals working in high schools, providing strategies to engage with the students striving to go to college.

Katie O’Malley, Office of the Dean of Students, presented “LEAPing into Assessment: Developing an Assessment Model to Capture Student Leadership Development” at the 7th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium.

Alyssa Ray, Office of the Dean of Students, was chosen to serve as a small group facilitator at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®). I-LEAD promotes college students’ personal growth and skill development by emphasizing leadership, community development and change. Ray shared expertise with colleagues from 72 institutions at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.

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Marian Trattner and Kelsey Lammy (Counseling and Mental Health Center) at the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium

Marian Trattner, Counseling and Mental Health Center, was part of the “Injury Prevention and Suicide Prevention in K-12 and Colleges” panel at the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium in San Marcos on Aug. 4.

“A Tip of the Hat to…”

Tonya Richardson, University Health Services, who received this feedback from a student:

“On several occasions, I have had to visit the cashier’s office to pay a medical debt. I am always greeted by Tonya Richardson’s welcoming smile. She always asks me how my semester is going even if she is not assisting me. Mrs. Richardson has a warm demeanor and I truly enjoy visiting the office during her shift.”