Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Staff partnered with the University Unions’ Campus Events+Entertainment to host a screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight.” Staff from CMHC’s Voices Against Violence helped facilitate a Q&A with actor and UT Austin alum Trevante Rhodes. See the photos.
  • CMHC prevention and outreach staff Katy Redd and Kelsey Lammy hosted three students from Hansung University in South Korea. The students reached out to learn about CMHC’s programs, facilities and services. CMHC’s Voices Against Violence staff are also tele-conferencing with students in India to share expertise. Read more about why global partners are reaching out to Division professionals.
  • Staff are preparing the first annual Texas Mental Health Monologues on April 11. Student participants who will share their stories at the event are currently rehearsing for the production.
  • Staff will select students to participate in Interpersonal Violence Peer Support — a partnership between Voices Against Violence, Office of the Dean of Students and Title IX Office. This program trains students to be confidential advocates for student survivors of interpersonal violence.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


Justin Jaskowiak

Justin Jaskowiak presents to students during Longhorns for a Culturally Competent Campus.

  • Gloria Allen, MJ Huard, Justin Jaskowiak, Mylon Kirksy, Tiana Lindberg, LT Robinson, Chelsie Ruffino and Aaron Voyles hosted the Longhorns for a Culturally Competent Campus on Feb. 7. These staff members are certified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) facilitators. They are training thirty-three residents during weekly workshops from Jan. 31-April 4.
  • Staff kicked off the Leadership Institute on Feb. 2. The institute provides development opportunities in leadership, employee engagement and conflict resolution. The next session is slated for March 7.
Alicia De La Cruz, Susie Garza (gray sweater), Dulce De La Cruz (Dark Blue polo), Ana Vazquez, Irma Del Rio, Nahel Villeda (Black jacket), Gregory Dominguez, Nydia Rodriguez (orange shirt), Maria Acosta (standing behind Nydia) and Angela Carbajal at the UT Heart Walk

Alicia De La Cruz, Dulce De La Cruz, Susie Garza, Ana Vazquez, Irma Del Rio, Nahel Villeda, Nydia Rodriguez, Maria Acosta, Gregory Dominguez and Angela Carvajal outside Cypress Bend for the UT Heart Walk

  • DHFS staff joined university colleagues to participate in the UT Heart Walk on Feb. 10. Cypress Bend and Littlefield Patio cafes were the starting points for the walk.

Food Service

  • Staff hosted the first UT Farm Stand of the semester on Feb. 23. Check out the photos. The next event will be on March 23.
  • Kins and J2 Dining staff plan to serve 8,000 visitors during Explore UT on March 4. DHFS provides discounted meals to Texas students during this annual university event.

DHFS Foodies

  • Staff will support the DHFS Foodies, a student group promoting healthy eating habits, during National Nutrition Month. They will host events focusing on protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

New Student Services (NSS)

Shiloh Modisett and Desiree Alva at UT Marketplace at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus

Shiloh Modisett and Desiree Alva at UT Marketplace at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus

  • NSS staff tabled at the UT Marketplace event at the Austin Community College Highland Campus on Feb. 13. Staff connected with students interested in transferring to UT Austin. This is the office’s second year attending the event.
  • The 2017 Freshman Orientation schedule was distributed to stakeholders on Feb. 16.
  • Registration for Freshman and Transfer Orientation opens March 8.
  • Staff are gearing up for the upcoming orientation season by training the new class of orientation advisors. They attended a two-day retreat Feb. 3-4. Returning orientation advisors also attended. They’ll attend another retreat this month. Check out the photos from last month’s event.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

Student Conduct staff

Andel Fils-Aime, Cynthia Aranda, Derek Bell, Emily LaPlaca, Melissa Womack-Jones, Adalyn Berger, Brittany Williamson, Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley, Kia Hill and Robert Leary at the stadium

  • Student Conduct and Academic Integrity staff held a team retreat at the Darrell K. Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium.
  • Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) staff coach and assess students throughout the year to enhance their development and prepare them for the workforce. Encourage students to apply for a Student Leadership Team on HornsLink through March 29.
  • LEI Staff are also gearing up for ProjectLEAD 2017–18, a program for students to continue their leadership curriculum and gain practical skills. Students can apply through HornsLink until March 29.
  • The LEI team is also preparing for The CHANGE Institute. The CHANGE Institute experience provides a transformative opportunity for students to explore issues related to leadership, diversity and social justice by engaging in intentional dialogue with peers. Students can apply for the free conference on HornsLink.
  • Staff are also offering two valuable workshops as stand-alone sessions; these are open for any student to attend. The two workshops are Become an Inclusive Leader and Practice The Art of Dialogue. Check out the Events section for details.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

Vice President's Office of Student Affairs Staff

College to Career Task Force members Carol Longoria, Rita Thornton and Andrew Clark

  • VPSA’s Andrew Clark, Carol Longoria and Rita Thornton, and Dave Dessauer, Office of the Dean of Students, are members of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost’s College to Career Task Force. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly is on the executive committee. This group will help students achieve skills, experiences and extracurricular knowledge to prepare them for life after graduation.
  • New Division staff, graduate and graduate research assistants and interns can register for True Colors®: Keys to Personal Success with keywords VS 101, True Colors on UTLearn. Dates are in the Events section.
Through Our Eyes photos

Through Our Eyes photos displayed in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs conference room.

  • Cathy Kinsey partnered with University Unions to display the Through Our Eyes photos in the VPSA conference room. Stop by Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 302 to check it out.

Let Us Know

  • Thank you for completing Let Us Know. Staff are compiling data for the initiative’s next phase.
  • The Division is co-hosting the Texas Tradition Friends & Alumni Reception with the College of Education’s Program in Higher Education Leadership during the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference. See details in the Events section.
  • Division staff supported Student Government’s Improve UT Challenge on Feb. 11. Virginia Luehrsen, Amissa Miller, Counseling and Mental Health Center, and Karen Pfeiffer, University Unions, participated as judges.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

Centennial Celebration

  • RecSports staff invite Division colleagues to the Centennial Celebration & Reunion on April 22 at Gregory Gym. “100 Years, One Night” will begin at 6 p.m. featuring food samplings from local eateries, live music, dancing, a historical exhibit and the dedication of the Hall of Honor. Staff will induct 16 individuals and four groups into the inaugural class as a tribute to their contributions to the formation and success of RecSports. Tickets, priced at $100 per person, are available online through April 1.

Longhorn Run

TExFIT Conference

Adrienne MacKenzie and Chrystina Wyatt at the TexFIT & Friends Conference

  • Chrystina Wyatt hosted the 20th Annual TexFIT & Friends Conference held at the Recreational Sports Center on Feb. 11. The conference provided an opportunity for fitness directors, instructors and personal trainers to share ideas and enhance their fitness services. Check out the photos.
Rec Sports Staff

Xiaomin Xue and Chad Zimmerman show their Longhorn pride at National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day.

Texas Parents

Susie Smith and Jeff Mayo (School of Undergraduate Studies) conduct a webinar in the Gregory Gym board room.

Susie Smith and Jeff Mayo (School of Undergraduate Studies) conduct a webinar in the Gregory Gym board room.

  • Texas Parents partnered with the School of Undergraduate Studies’ Transfer-Year Experience Office to host “Supporting Your Transfer Student.” This webinar gave tips to parents and families on how to support their transfer students’ transition to UT Austin. Viewers learned about challenges this group faces and resources for them. The webinar has been viewed 200 times.
  • Texas Parents is hiring for two student summer positions: Family Orientation Student Leader and Membership Recruitment Student Leader. Encourage students to apply by March 3.
  • Family Orientation registration opens March 8, as well as Texas Parents memberships for 2017–18.
  • The 2017 Texas Parents Brick Paver Campaign wrapped up with more than 130 bricks purchased. Bricks will be laid in front of the Student Services Building (SSB) before commencement in May.
  • In addition to purchased bricks, Texas Parents will lay 16 memorial bricks honoring students who were lost this year.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • CSR hosted Dr. Jeremy Goldfarb from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work during the Seminar on Addiction and Recovery (SOAR) on Feb. 22. He presented research on substance use among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) youth and the impact of stress on minority populations. 
  • CSR staff attended the Texas Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Summit on Feb. 2-3. They joined faculty and students from the School of Social Work and College of Pharmacy.
  • Staff welcomed Dr. Kleine for a Valentine’s Day workshop on honesty, self-value, personal responsibility, self-love, gratitude, humility and achieving individual goals on Feb. 7. Dr. Kleine is a board-certified sexologist and life coach, specializing in the fields of drug and alcohol addiction, intimacy and relationship health.
  • A popular addition to CSR programming, Lane Ingram returned to the center to share his technique of stand-up comedy counseling and therapeutic approach on Feb. 28. Ingram uses humor to reach students who struggle with anxiety or feel blocked in their own creative or academic pursuits.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • The Office of Health Promotion sent the spring 2017 National College Health Assessment to a sample of 8,000 students. The survey collects information about alcohol, tobacco and drug use; sexual and mental health; weight and nutrition; personal safety and violence; and how health impacts academic performance. UHS plans programs and services based on the results in order to meet the needs of UT Austin students. View last year’s results.
  • Health promotion staff and student volunteers will host the annual Spring Break Kit giveaway on March 1–2 and 7–8. Water bottles, sun screen, campus resource information and other items will be placed in backpacks for students. Last year the team gave out 3,000 kits.
  • Earlier this semester, colleagues from Arizona State University visited UHS and CMHC. ASU staff toured UT Austin facilities and learned about Division programs. These visits are important tools to share expertise and learn from one another to improve the student experience.
  • Susan Hochman met with college health professionals at the American College Health Association’s national office in Baltimore, Md., to begin developing a national data warehouse for college health. Hochman is leading the Population Health team, a branch of the larger taskforce.
  • Staff will participate in Explore UT with students from the Clinic Volunteers Program. They will offer healthy snacks outside of the Sanchez Building from noon-3:30 p.m.

University Unions

  • The University Unions Aramark dining locations launched a partnership with mobile dining app Tapingo. Customers can use the app to order food, skip the line when they arrive at the dining venue and proceed directly to the cashier to pick up.
  • Campus Events+Entertainment hosted several high-profile events last month including a conversation with former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt and a screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight.” The Counseling and Mental Health Center partnered to host the “Moonlight” event that also featured actor Trevante Rhodes.

Brittany Woods, Kevin Ray, Tim Kennedy, Lisa Dela Cruz, Jennifer Zamora, Ruben Mercado and Bill Welford stay healthy with group activities.

  • University Unions staff are promoting health and wellness through a HealthPoint Wellness Grant awarded last year. Staff can attend weekly fitness activities and classes.