Maureen Brown and Teryl McFerrin, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, presented “Best Practices for Student Affairs Fundraising” on May 23 to Texas State University’s Division of Student Affairs staff.
Tracy Brzozowski, University Health Services, was voted co-chair of UT Austin’s Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA) for the remainder of the 2016–18 term.
Andrew Clark, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, presented an update on the 85th Legislative Session to UT Austin academic advisors at the Academic Counselors Association on May 10.
Susan Hochman, University Health Services, was elected vice president of the American College Health Association (ACHA), the national organization devoted to advancing student health in higher education.
Neil Kaufman, Housing and Food Service, and his team received a Gold Award for UT Farm Stand in the 2017 National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) Sustainability Awards. UT Farm Stand won for outreach and education.
Shannon Price, New Student Services, gave an overview of UT Orientation at University Communications’ campus-wide communicators meeting on May 9.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly gave the opening remarks at Lavender Graduation on May 17 and emceed Black Graduation on May 18.
Marisol Sanchez, Housing and Food Service, facilitated the Customer Service Fundamentals Part 1 session on May 11 for the department’s staff. Participants learned about the value of outstanding customer service and building rapport.
“A Tip of the Hat to…”
…Maureen Brown and Teryl McFerrin, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, who received kind words from Mary Jane Flores, who worked with alumni to have a lawn named after her daughter Stephanie at the newly-renovated Wright Whitaker Sports Complex. She shared this about their assistance on the fundraising campaign:
“I couldn’t have done any of this without Maureen and Teryl. They held our hand, step by step and helped us achieve this goal. I’m amazed at the staff the university has. We as parents need that.”
…Rachel Cohen-Ford, Mike Farrell, Andrew Hunt, Michael Munoz and Robert Valdez, Housing and Food Service, who received a thank-you note from the College of Liberal Arts’ Center for European Studies staff after they hosted their summit on May 10 in the San Jacinto Residence Hall:
“The event went SO well and everything was set up perfectly! This was, by far, the best year and the least stressful for us because you guys were so amazing.”
…Counseling and Mental Health Center staff, who received this note from Jacqueline Woolley in the College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Psychology:
“As our students wrap up another semester, I want to thank you all, our unsung heroes … Like every other semester, the end is usually marked with added stress for our students. Unlike every other semester, our campus was met with a significant tragedy and loss during one of the busiest times of the year.
When I see emails from President Fenves and Dean Reagins-Lilly mention CMHC in the wake of an emergency, I think of all the added hours and the incredible support the clinicians and staff members pull to be there for each and every one of our students. We — the faculty, students and staff of the Psychology Department — are incredibly grateful for all that you do, and continue to do to support the campus.”
…Counseling and Mental Health Center staff, who received this note following the May 1 tragedy:
“[Thank you] to all the clinicians who stayed late several days in a row and sat with students in their grief during the immediate aftermath of an unthinkable campus tragedy.”
…Office of the Dean of Students staff, who received this note from members of the Access Christian Fellowship (student organization) about their services:
“We just wanted to say thank you so much for being extremely accommodating and understanding with our organization this year. There were numerous times we were unsure if we would have our room requests processed in time, but your staff was always quick, prompt and timely in your responses. We truly appreciate all the work you put in to keeping all the reservations in order, and we are always grateful for the amazing customer service we receive. Thank you again for helping us make our events happen, and we are hoping that you all get a well-deserved break soon!”
…Texas Parents staff who received these notes from Texas Parents Association members:
“As an out of state parent, please know how much I appreciate all that you and your team do during such a tragic time. Just hearing from you has meant a lot to me, and knowing that my freshman daughter has a great resource available should she need it is very comforting. Many thanks to all the Texas Parents team for their good work.”
“Through your newsletter, without overwhelming us, monthly we are kept informed about all sorts of important things. While I am sure that students get the information, sometimes they are thinking about classes, social things, etc. and it is great that I can remind them of UT’s services they may have forgotten about or deadlines that probably seemed so far away when they first heard them they have been forgotten. I can read short well written articles that really help us put things we parents worry about in perspective, sometimes they actually bring tears to my eyes as I can so completely relate to them.”