Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Staff were busy this month responding to students’ needs following the May 1 tragedy. They also supported students during finals season. CMHC staff spent time reflecting on the academic year during a retreat on May 19. 
Amissa Miller Hoppy Hour

Amissa Miller at Hoppy Hour

  • The POWER (Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Response) House team honored student staff and volunteers at the annual Hoppy Hour. They enjoyed petting chickens, rabbits and other animals at the petting zoo event.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Staff have distributed 6,400 housing contracts. More than 19,000 students applied for on-campus housing for fall 2017.
  • Staff are excited to unveil the new Living Learning Communities (LLCs) this fall. Approximately 25% of all contracted students prefer to live in one of the LLCs.
Res Life Summer Social

The Residence Life team gather for their summer social.

  • The Residence Life team celebrated the school year with a summer social on May 11.
  • The DHFS Recognition Committee hosted three ice cream socials in May. Staff enjoyed ice cream and recognized colleagues honored at the President’s Staff Awards for their years of service. 

DHFS’ Human Resources staff visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

Food Service

Commuter Meal Plan

  • Food Service launched a new Commuter Meal Plan on May 8. The plan is available to non-resident students, faculty and staff.
  • After a successful trial period, Eco2Go will continue to be offered at J2 and Kinsolving Dining.
Food Service Team Day

Food Service staff learn how to drum during Team Day.

  • Food Service staff held Team Day on May 18 to present awards to staff. Drum Café, a company that hosts corporate team-building events, led an exercise where staff played drums and learned how to work in harmony with one another.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • Freshman Orientation sessions begin on June 5 and Transfer Orientation sessions begin June 22. All students will check in at Jester Center and will be housed in Jester West.
  • Check out the final orientation guides and other orientation resources. Download the UT Orientation app (iPhone/Android) by searching “UT Orientation” in the app store.
Shiloh Modisett Horns Helping Horns

Shiloh Modisett at Horns Helping Horns Luncheon

  • Staff celebrated the Horns Helping Horns students at an annual luncheon in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room on May 9.
  • Orientation advisors attended Workshop May 23-June 4 to rehearse shows for orientation. They also heard presentations from campus partners and completed final preparations for orientation sessions.
  • The NSS team will officially move into Jester West this month. Staff will work from a satellite office there over the summer.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Staff will promote services and student opportunities during orientation. The office will hold two Discover UT sessions at Freshman and Transfer Orientation: “Add a Chapter to Your Life!”, “Develop Your Leadership Skills on the Forty Acres” and “Find Your Fit: Connect with Campus Clubs.”
  • Student Activities staff are coordinating two student organization fairs and two nights of evening programming hosted by student organizations at each Freshman Orientation session. There will also be a student organization fair during Transfer Orientation.
  • Student Veteran Services staff will host Student Veteran Pre-Orientation during Transfer Orientation sessions.
  • Student Activities supports student organizations as they fundraise and recruit by tabling on campus. If your department works with a student organization, please remind them that students can table only on the east side of Speedway Mall. The west side of the thoroughfare must be clear for pedestrians and emergency access.
Jaden Felix

Jaden Felix at Iowa State University for the Big 12 Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Summer Meeting

  • Jaden Felix represented Sorority and Fraternity Life at the Big 12 Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Summer Meeting May 23-24. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss trends, topics and best practices in advising sororities and fraternities.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

VPSA staff retreat

VPSA staff at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

VPSA Farewell Lunch

VPSA celebrated graduating student assistants with cake.

  • Staff held a farewell lunch for senior student employees on May 5 to celebrate members of the team who graduated.
  • Division communicators have begun work on the 2017-18 Messaging Document and the 2017–18 Impact Report. Check out last year’s report to see how the Division is supporting the student experience.
  • Dr. Lilly attended the Big 12 Chief Student Affairs Officers Meeting May 22-24 and the Texas Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (TCCSAO) meeting May 30-June 1.

Edna Dominguez speaks to students on the Main Mall.

  • VPSA staff partnered with State Sen. Jose Menendez’s office to host more than 100 fourth-grade students and chaperones from San Antonio’s IDEA Monterrey Park on campus on May 31. Staff led a two-hour tour, showing the students Housing and Food Service, Recreational Sports and University Unions facilities.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

Rec City Limits

Rec City Limits Committee: (clockwise) Chris Stewart, Devon Dorn, Dixon Hankins, Chrystina Wyatt and Jennifer Morris

  • Staff celebrated student staff at Rec City Limits on May 5. The team gathered at the newly-renovated Charles Alan Wright Fields at the Berry M. Whitaker Sports Complex. See photos of the event which featured food, games, live music and a tribute to 2017 graduates.
  • Students enjoyed free food and giveaways at Splash Bash–Take a Bite Out of Exams on May 9. See the photos.
Recreational Sports Poker Walk

Randall Ford, Derek Knight, Van Nguyen, Eric Thomas and Chrystina Wyatt at the Poker Walk

  • Approximately 1,000 faculty and staff participated in the 26th Annual RecSports Poker Walk on May 10 celebrating National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Many teams came in costume based on this year’s theme: Poker Walk Through Time, a nod to RecSports’ 100th See the photos and check out the contest winners.
  • Facility Operations staff facilitated eight convocations in Gregory Gym May 18-20: College of Education and Liberal Arts (Government, Psychology and Economics); Latino Community Affairs’ Latinx Graduation; Master in Professional Accounting and Business Administration; and School of Law.
  • Mark your calendar for the annual Faculty/Staff Health and Lifestyle Expo in Gregory Gym on July 25.

Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents continues to prepare for Family Orientation, a day-long program to introduce families to the university and its resources. Sessions are held on the first day of each student orientation and have a separate agenda from the students’ program. Over 2,500 families have registered to attend the program. See the Events section for dates.
  • Texas Parents will also facilitate Transfer Family Orientation to welcome the families of incoming transfer This day-long program informs them about resources available to support their student’s transition to UT Austin.
  • Texas Parents has hired 35 Family Orientation Student Staff to assist during Family Orientation and help with Texas Parents membership sales this summer.
  • All families have access to a new complimentary Texas Parents Association membership called U-Touch. This membership keeps families “in touch” with the university through multiple communication platforms. Families can also choose to sign up for a supporting membership with a gift to Texas Parents. Supporting members receive the same communication as U-Touch members, as well as additional benefits.
Unions staff bowling

Morgane Le Marchand, Shannon Cantlay, Laurie Alvarado and Ashley Lawrence at the Union Underground

  • Texas Parents celebrated Morgane Le Marchand at a going-away-party on May 19. They also welcomed Shannon Cantlay to the team as assistant director of communication with bowling at the Union Underground.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Staff held the CSR Council meeting on May 12. The council includes staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors and community stakeholders. The group helps CSR grow in the areas of outreach, programming and development. Division partners include Maureen Brown and Teryl McFerrin, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Cary Tucker, Counseling and Mental Health Center. David Ivey, Office of Sponsored Projects, also serves on the council.

University Health Services (UHS)

UHS staff

UHS staff at the breakfast

  • On May 17 UHS medical providers thanked their colleagues with breakfast. The event showed appreciation for staff’s hard work and support in providing the highest-quality service for our students. Check out the photos.
Trish Bullock Retirement

Trish Bullock celebrated her retirement from University Health Services.

  • Staff hosted Mini-organizational Day where they heard updates from UHS departments and honored the President’s Staff Award recipients for their years of service. UHS also took time to celebrate Trish Bullock’s 19 years of service at UHS before her retirement on May 31.
UHS Getting to Know You

Danielle Williams shared information at Getting to Know You.

  • The UHS diversity committee held their second annual “Getting to Know You” event in conjunction with CMHC on May 8. During this event staff members from both organizations were invited to share part of their identity by creating a display, making a dish or dressing up.
  • UHS celebrated the contributions of student employees at the Student Appreciation Party on May 5. They also recognized the Outstanding Student Health Leadership Award recipients.

University Unions

  • Renovations on the Texas Union food court began on May 18. During the renovation, Chick-fil-A, Field of Greens and Smokehouse BBQ will be closed. These vendors will reopen in August. Smokehouse BBQ will be converted to Revolución Taco, a Mexican food concept from the owners of ZEN Japanese Food Fast.

Kevin Ray, Megan McMillin, Brittany Woods, John Cantu and Lisa Diaz at Finals Fair

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