Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CHMC)

  • Organizing Take Back the Night, hosted by Voices Against Violence, an annual community event for survivors and their allies to gather and speak-out about sexual violence. Asking people to save the date for the event on April 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Mall. Offering free food, performances, t-shirts and resources from on and off-campus organizations.

    2-4-13 Trauma Recovery Workshop

    CMHC at Trauma Recovery Workshop

  • Attended a Trauma Recovery workshop at the Thompson Center on Feb. 5. Visited with the internationally known presenter and author, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, who discussed caring for self while caring for others.
  • Promoting recycling and sustainability on the 5th floor of the SSB and beyond with the CMHC Green Team, which promotes recycling and sustainability. Applauding recent initiatives that include adding a glass recycling bin to the CMHC lunch room, collecting batteries to be recycled, and collecting and returning used silverware from the Littlefield Patio and Café.
  • CMHC168x168_stressfest3Planning CMHC’s 16th Annual Stressfest, a fun, interactive event for the university community. Offering to take those attending Stressfest on a festive virtual cruise, which sets sail on April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Partnering with other departments and organizations to help members of the university community learn a variety of techniques to reduce their stress.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Welcomed Lee Mun Wah to campus, along with nine other sponsors including University Residence Hall Association, Moore-Hill Residence Hall Council, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students-Support,Training & Enrichment for Professionals (S.T.E.P.), Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Diversity Education Initiatives (DEI), Students for Equity and Diversity, Gender and Sexuality Center, and the Student Events Center. Thanks to the 215+ individuals who participated in sessions on diversity and inclusion.
  • Registered 8,156 guests to eat at J2 and Kinsolving Dining for the Explore UT lunch on March 2.
  • Updating residence hall website pages and adding a video tour to make the process of visiting residence halls more accessible to those that cannot visit campus. Check out the first video.

Food Service

  • Supported Office Supply Swap with the UT Office of Sustainability, Campus Environmental Center and Today’s Business Solutions. Facilitated donation of old office supplies not currently in use for trade among other university employees.
  • Hosting an annual, fully Vegetarian Dinner at Kinsolving and J2 on March 6.
  • Finalizing the menu, décor, education, and entertainment for the Mediterranean Cultural Dinner on March 27 in J2 Dining.
  • Collaborated with the College of Natural Sciences to provide students from Dr. David Eaton’s Environmental Health class the chance to participate in weekly health inspections hosted by DHFS culinary personnel.
  • Participated in the “Food, The City & Innovation Conference” hosted by the UT Food Lab where Campus Executive Chef Robert Mayberry joined five industry experts for a panel discussion on food systems.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Mission: As educators, we support students throughout their university experience by providing the best and most innovative programs, facilities and services. Vision: To be a leader in the creation of a campus culture that engages all students and inspires them to change the world.Launched the Division’s new Mission, Vision and Values statements after getting input from all of our departments. Contact Joshua Cook for files to print posters for your offices.
  • Hosted the first Division wide meeting of 2013 to discuss what’s happening in the state legislature and how it could impact Student Affairs. See the photos.
  • Planning the upcoming Vice President for Student Affairs Reunion event for April 13.
  • Let loose with our Division-wide version of the popular Harlem Shake viral video craze. Thanks to everyone who took part. See the photos.
  • Inviting benefits eligible staff with March birthdays to join Dr. Gage Paine for “Cupcakes and Conversation”  March 27. Keep an eye on your email for the invitation. See last month’s photos.
  • Helped plan a panel discussion for student leaders on Feb. 27 about affordability and transparency in higher education with Dr. David Laude and US Assistant Secretary of Education David Bergeron.
  • Participated in a panel discussion after the screening of “The Invisible War” on Feb. 20, with Jennifer Hammat discussing how to help prevent sexual violence. Sponsored in part by Voices Against Violence and Student Veteran Services.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Hosted 12 orphaned children from the Helping Hand Home for Children on a caving adventure with the help of students from the Outdoor Recreation program and the Orange Jackets.
  • Eric Stoutner, Chris Burnett, Allison Van Leeuwen & Randall Ford at climbing wall opening

    RecSports staff Eric Stoutner, Chris Burnett, Allison Van Leeuwen & Randall Ford at climbing wall opening

    Re-opened the Climbing Wall at Gregory Gym on Feb. 25 following an extensive remodel and expansion project. Hosted an open house on Feb. 28 featuring bouldering games, top rope climbing and giveaways.

  • Participating in Explore UT  on March 2 by offering kid-friendly activities including basketball, climbing wall and fitness classes.
  • Hosting Volleyball Play Day on March 2 for 1,200 fifth-graders from the Austin Independent School District. Helping students participate in clinics and team play while family members cheer them on.
  • Announcing the start of the Student Affairs Coed Softball League on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Whitaker Fields. Contact Intramural Senior Assistant Director Darci Doll if you are a team captain.
  • Representing the university at the 2013 annual conference of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, March 4–7 in Las Vegas. Proudly sending RecSports staff to serve as presenters and participants.
  • Hosted 350 fitness instructors at TexFit 2013, a one-day fitness conference held at the Recreational Sports Center.
  • Sponsoring a Spring Job Fair on March 20 – 21 to recruit for part-time positions within RecSports during summer and fall.

Texas Parents

  • Completing final phases of interviews for the vacant Events Coordinator and Membership Coordinator positions.
  • Attended the Big XII Parents’ Associations conference Feb. 20-22 at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth.
  • Wrapped up 2013 Texas Parents Brick Paver campaign with plans to lay the bricks in time for May 2013 Commencement.
  • Selected the 2013 Student Enrichment Awards recipient. Posting a list of selected programs and events on the Texas Parents website in mid-March.
  • Preparing for the upcoming Advisory Board spring meeting.

Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Organized the 2013 KVRX pledge drive raising over $5,000 and helping students gain invaluable fundraising experience. Connected students, faculty and staff with the student run radio station of The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Hosted the annual Texas Student Media Housing Fair to help connect students with off campus housing. See the photos.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • CSR lunches with Kim Heilbrun

    CSR lunches with Kim Heilbrun

    Shot a video with students from the Center for Students in Recovery in partnership with Texas Exes filmmaker John Fitch to talk about their personal stories of hope, transformation, and recovery from drugs and alcohol.

  • Participated in a luncheon hosted by Kim Heilbrun, wife of UT Austin President Bill Powers, with CSR students on Feb. 11. Shared how CSR impacts the lives of the students in recovery it serves.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • Giving away 3,000 Healthyhorns Safe Spring Break kits to students to help them stay safe over the break. Will include sunglasses, sunscreen, protective lip balm, band-aids, a snack bar and more all packed in a stylish water bottle to remind students to stay hydrated. Making sure that safety tips in the kit cover sun exposure, the importance of friends looking out for each other and handling alcohol-related emergencies.
  • Distributing free hand sanitizer to students to prevent the spread of colds and flu across campus.
  • Charlotte Katzin, RN administers a flu shot

    Charlotte Katzin, RN administers a flu shot

    Held a special flu shot clinic for students, faculty and staff on Jan. 23 in response to a spike in demand for the vaccine. Thanks to volunteers from the School of Nursing, HealthPoint and the UHS Student Health Advisory Committee who helped us vaccinate 876 more members of our community against influenza.

  • Posted a job opening for a physical therapist in anticipation of reopening our physical therapy (PT) clinic to allow students, faculty and staff who need PT to rehab right here on campus, one of a few services that UHS provides to UT staff and faculty.  Reminding staff and faculty they can also come to UHS for travel health immunizations and medications.

University Unions

  • Announcing the hire of Robert Moddrell as the Centers for Student Life’s Assistant Director of Facilities who will be responsible for maintaining the viability and longevity of each of the University Unions’ building structures.
  • Preparing to judge applications for the 2013 J. J. “Jake” Pickle Citizenship Award and The 2013 Pal-Make A Difference Award.

Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • Served as the location for the American Shakespeare Center’s fourth annual visit to the campus performing “Twelfth Night” and the “Duchess of Malfi.”

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • SAC staff John Morgan, Sarah Odion-Esene & Wade Raquet celebrate SAC's second birthday.

    SAC staff John Morgan, Sarah Odion-Esene & Wade Raquet celebrate SAC’s second birthday.

    Celebrated its second birthday on Feb. 7 with free cake balls for students.  See pictures of the event here.

Student Events Center (SEC)

  • Distributed 2,700 “Crush” Grams to students from the SEC office for Valentine’s Day. Invited students to send a “Crush” gram, a Crush soda and personal message, to their valentine.
  • Hosted a very successful Lunar New Year celebration with over 450 students in attendance. See the photos here.