Latest News from the Division

Students are back and the fall semester is in full gear. Our many departments and talented staff are busy making sure students are feeling right at home. Below are the latest team updates:

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

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    • Planning the CMHC’s 4th Annual “Be That One. Suicide Prevention Week” from Sept. 24-28. Focused on raising awareness about suicide and suicidal behaviors among our students. Represents a call to action and involvement by university faculty, staff and students to support suicide prevention. Open to the public with free, interactive programs and t-shirts at all events (while they last!). “Be That One” who recognizes when your student is thinking about suicide and learn how to help. Visit our website for info about the week’s events.
      • “Get Sexy. Get Consent.” Examines how we negotiate sex and consent, boundaries and safety. Contact Lynn Hoare to request this highly interactive one-hour program.
      • “Dynamics of Interpersonal Violence.” Defines relationship violence, sexual violence and stalking and explores the power dynamic that links these three issues. Contact Erin Burrows to request this facilitated one-hour workshop program.
  • Introduce your students to CHMC’s MindBody Lab to alleviate stress. Provides a self-paced environment designed to help students explore various resources for improving their emotional and physical health. Will introduce several new biofeedback devices this fall designed to help students learn new tools for managing stress.

Housing and Food Service

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    • Moooved-In 7,500+ students to on-campus residence halls in late August. Coordinated 400 volunteers (students, faculty and staff) to help welcome and move students including University President Bill Powers, Vice President for Student Affairs Gage Paine and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly. Thanks to the 250+ Housing and Food Service employees who worked to make the Mooov-In process a success. See the check-in and moving photos along with the video.
    • Produced the Bevo Is Not A Cow guide to freshman success. Given to all students who live on-campus and are also available free for other freshmen at the main Housing and Food Service lobby in Kinsolving. Created the guide in partnership with Division of Student Affairs with the goal of providing information every student needs to know to get them off to a good start.

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    • Welcomed 113 food service professionals from 35 colleges and universities to the San Jacinto Conference Center from July 22-25 for the 2012 FoodPro® Users Conference, where they could “Be a FoodPro® Star Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Utilized the conference to educate, promote and encourage the effective use of the FoodPro® system among Housing and Food Service employees, along with all institutions that use the Aurora Information Systems automated food management system, through the sharing of information and cooperation. Welcomed a surprise appearance by Bevo, too!
    • scott meyers welcomes RAs Hosted Resident Assistant (RA) Luncheon with Director of Food Service Scott Meyer and Registered Dietitian Lindsay Wilson presenting information on collaboration with the Sustainable Food Center, dining renovations, food identification icon system, online menu and nutritional information centers. Check out the photos.
  • jester java Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Jester Java, a new coffee shop inside Jester Center. Enjoy coffee, sample fresh baked goods, and freebies from Sept. 10-13.

Office of Assessment

    • Recently completed a new study that shows that the Gallery of Texas Cultures, a residence hall museum located in Jester West, has a positive impact on the students who use the space. Not only do students enjoy the room as a place to study and play music, but the colorful artifacts and exhibits impact students’ perspectives about their schooling, their families’ histories and how they would persevere in life. Student testimonials:
      • “You learn more by stepping into the room. I learned more than in my history class. You can see pictures of what people look like, what area they’re from. They give you specific timelines about the kinds of people that were in Texas. It’s something that you can really share.
    • “I looked at the Texan Filipino, and I’m half Filipino. So that was really interesting. They have pictures of people dancing, and it motivated me to get involved in a cultural night in FSA [Filipino Students Association]. I try to get involved and do some of the dances. I recognize some of the pictures now, and it was cool to be able to say ‘Oh, hey that’s that dance.’ “

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Submit any exciting, innovative leadership opportunities offered by your department to Horns Leading Horns, a centralized database and blog for students interested in expanding their co-curricular engagement on campus.
  • Attend a free Threat Assessment Conference on Sept. 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. here on campus. Participate in topics that include defining threatening behaviors, managing poor behavior, situational awareness and threat assessment at UT Austin. Find details and registration information online (breakfast and lunch provided).
  • Learn about best practice recommendations for faculty and staff who work with student veterans at the DoS Research Institute’s first annual Student Veteran Symposium on Nov. 9. Participate in topics including transition/acclimation, psychological distress, leadership development, academic success, women veterans and campus involvement. For more information and to participate in a brief, confidential planning survey, contact Dr. Audrey Sorrells.
  • student veteran orientation Tell your student employees about the brand new Student Employee Excellence Development Program (SEED). Launching the certificate program this fall to offer student employees opportunities to enhance their professional and leadership skills to better succeed as student workers and in future careers.
  •  Hosted a Student Veterans Services transfer orientation and open house. See the photos.

Office of the VP for Student Affairs

    • kick off event Hosted three great employee kick off events with our new Vice President Gage Paine. Check out the photos from sessions one, two and three.
    • Produced first student video from “Research Advantage” study featured on UT home page and also the @Texas enewsletter (sent to 240,000 people). Tells the story of how academics, research and out-of-classroom activities go hand-in-hand.
    • Worked throughout the summer with student Helen Tau on a vignette we submitted to be profiled on “How Our Students Changed the World this Summer.” Created profile on Tau (a Jester West RA who spent the summer in Alaska) that was published on the UT home page last month.
    • Organizing Constitution Day on Sept. 17. Will give away voter registration forms, mini constitutions, t-shirts and pizza on the West Mall, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Please direct students who think that they have been subjected to sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct by another student, faculty or staff member, or campus visitor to report that action immediately. Read more here.

Recreational Sports

    • Sponsored “Fall Kickoff” on Aug. 28, the day before fall classes began, for the 1,000+ students who are working for RecSports this fall. Gave students news and information about the upcoming semester, visited with full-time staff members and listened to remarks from Gage Paine.
    • Awarded $16,000 in endowed scholarships at “Fall Kickoff” to 13 outstanding RecSports student staff members, made possible through the generous contributions of Friends of RecSports. Look for profiles of student scholarship winners in next month’s newsletter.
    • Began offering patrons the option to schedule Massage Service appointments online, rather than in person or by telephone.
    • Began offering students the ability to purchase locker rentals online.

Texas Parents

    • Supported Housing and Food Service last month August with a “go-to” email list of west campus housing options for students without UT housing contracts. Sent 120+ emails and fielded an equal amount of calls fielded over three weeks.
    • Mailed approximately 1,900 membership cards to incoming Texas Parents members.
    • Attended Texas Exes Send-Offs in Dallas (July 26) and Brownsville (Aug. 14).
    • Coordinated member recognition program that encouraged all Texas Parents members to wear their “Texas Parents… Texas Proud” t-shirts during Mooov-In as a way to identify with fellow members, show support of Texas Parents and the University and to receive goodies at check-in. Provided postcards for parents to fill out that were delivered to their student’s rooms.
    • Implementing 2012 membership renewal campaign to approximately 850 expiring members with mailing from Texas Parents co-chairs that includes renewal form and stamped return envelope. Will launch an email campaign for second phase to those who did not respond to the first phase touch.
    • Hosting the Texas Parents Book Club Sept. 27 on campus and as a live webcast for approximately 1,300 new four-year members to discuss the book they received as part of their membership benefits, Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years.
    • Will open Family Weekend registration on Sept. 10 for Texas Parents members only and then for all other university families on Sept. 24.
  • Allowed Texas Parents members to ship students’ belongings to the Texas Parents office, which was ideal for those flying in or without space to travel with boxes.

Texas Student Media

    • Send interested students to The Daily Texan tryouts for student positions through Sept. 14. Looking for reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, web producers, designers, columnists, illustrators and a comic artist. Pick up an application in the newly renovated Daily Texan newsroom (in the basement of the HSM building). Questions? Contact Managing Editor Aleks Chan.
  • Start your pre-game by coming out to our football tailgate two hours before kickoff on Sept. 8 at The Daily Texan’s Kickoff Countdown Tailgate tent on Lot 7 in front of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Show your spirit while enjoying food and drinks.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Became a stand-alone program in the Division last month (no longer part of UHS). Enables UHS to focus on its core mission and programs while allowing CSR to expand on its goals and programs. Congrats to Ivana Grahovec and her team as they embark on this new chapter for CSR and continue their growth as a premier collegiate recovery program.

University Health Services (UHS)

    • Will offer flu shots to students, faculty and staff at various, convenient campus locations Sept. 25 – Oct. 18 or while supplies last. Bring your UT ID and UT Select insurance cards to get the shot at no cost. Uninsured or have non-UT Select insurance? Bring your UT ID and pay only $10 (cash or check). Click here for a schedule and other details, including student payment information.
    • Hosting Healthyhorns Fest, on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Gregory Gym Plaza to connect students with the health-related campus resources they need to stay healthy while they’re in school.

University Unions

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • Participated in the second annual all-student staff leadership program, a two and a half day training and leadership development program that engages students in a variety of sessions for their successful experience at the SAC.

Student Events Center (SEC)

  • Held our annual leadership retreat for the executive cabinet and committee chairs to (1) plan for the coming school year, (2) familiarize themselves with the best way to utilize campus resources and (3) learn more about leading and following by learning how to merengue in Dr. Paine’s Leadership Dance! Check out the photos.

Texas Union (TXUN)

  • texas union grand openingCelebrated a successful grand reopening of the building with a party, reception and tour for campus event planners. Invited major event planners from across campus to sample University Unions catering, experience the new audio-visual equipment and building upgrades which includes new furniture, floors, carpet, landscaping, signage, banners and seating options. See the photos.
  • Relocated and renovated the Reflection Space. Expanded size and added a ledge for personal items as well as separate entry and exit doors so that those who use the room do not disturb others in the space.