Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

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  • Hosted our 16th annual Stressfest at the Gregory Gym Concourse. Enjoyed great turnout with many campus partners participating. Featured lots of fun ways of handling stress in healthy ways, including biofeedback, massages, acupuncture, pet therapy, positive body messaging and much more. Kudos to Laura Ebady for coordinating another successful event.
  • Sundaes on Thursday

    Sundaes on Thursday

    Packed the Recreational Sports Center Games Room for the annual Take Back the Night event dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault. Led by Erin Burrows, VAV prevention specialist, who worked with many campus and community partners to draw 300+ students to this event.

  • Serving ice cream in a staff spring event called “Sundaes on Thursday,”  CMHC administrators treated all CMHC staff to ice cream and a myriad of delicious toppings in appreciation for all that they do for students.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • BINAC GoldEarned a Gold Award and Best in Show at the 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards for our Bevo is Not a Cow book, created and given to all residents and off-campus freshmen to encourage student success.
  • Met with Patrice Reisen, the Emergency Management Coordinator from UT Systems, on April 4 after she learned about the DHFS assessment and new training model for emergency planning from their Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) presentation published by Inside Higher Ed. Addressed an interest in assessing the DHFS model more and the possibility of hosting a webinar for all UT System campuses based off the work being done at DHFS.
  • Hosted UT’s first Women’s Leadership Summit in conjunction with the Gender and Sexuality Center. Included a conference-style program with keynote speaker Kaja Tretjak, an attorney and social justice scholar, who shared her knowledge with attendees on how to turn their grass-roots initiatives into successful non-profit organizations. Kudos to Hall Coordinator Jamillah Stewart who took the lead on this partnership.
  • Marked a great collaborative effort between DHFS and the Office of Sustainability, joining together to host the 2013 Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit.

Food Service

  • Selected by The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) to present at national conference in Minneapolis, Minn., July 10-13, 2013. Will highlight renovation of J2, reviewing project goals, master plan and phased construction. Also detailing server areas that offer meal upgrades, dining concepts with action stations spread  throughout seating areas, energy efficiencies of equipment, waste reduction and project challenges.  Congratulating Rene Rodriguez, Lance Brooks of Foodservice Design Professionals and Scott Beardslee of Pfluger Associates Architects for being selected.
  • Honored by Princeton Review for helping make UT Austin one of the Best Green Colleges.
  • Served 11,000 meals during Explore UT. Increased total number of special group meals at lunch in J2 and Kinsolving Dining over last year.
  • Unveiling the music video for “One Swipe,” the Jam for Bevo Bucks song contest winner.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • Dean Soncia Reagins-Lilly at Gates Millennium Scholarship Leadership Academy Welcome

    Dean Soncia Reagins-Lilly at Gates Millennium Scholarship Leadership Academy

    Working with faculty on strategies to reduce cheating in the classroom. Presented “How I Stopped Cheating in My Class,” co-sponsored by Student Judicial Services and the Center for Teaching and facilitated by DoS Faculty-in-Residence, Mihran Aroian.

  • Participated in the President’s Office welcome to the Gates Millennium Scholarship Leadership Academy, an organization DoS advises. Emceed by Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly and included a special workshop presented by Smita Ruzicka.
  • Helped present rings at the Texas Exes Ring Ceremony where Dean Lilly had the special treat of presenting Vince Young with his college ring. Featured in the Alcalde.
  • Providing undergraduate students with training in higher education research and hands-on experience through the Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas at Austin (OUR UT) program organized by Audrey Sorrells with one participant featured on the UT homepage as part of the School of Undergraduate Studies’ Research Week 2013.
  • DoS promo_40 Days to GraduationHosting 40 Days ‘til Graduation, a series of activities around campus to honor the success and tremendous achievements of UT Austin’s graduating seniors.
  • Co-hosted the third annual Case Study Competition on Ethical Leadership in partnership with DHFS and congratulating the winners, the Waller Creek RA team.
  • Reminding staff to direct students and parents interested in joining UT Austin’s vibrant sorority and fraternity community to the great folks in Sorority and Fraternity Life.
  • Coordinating with the University of Texas Police Department to add a full time coordinator position within the Student Emergency Services team to assist with UTPD victim services.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Sharon Justice & Gage Paine

    Sharon Justice & Gage Paine

    Honored former Dean of Students Sharon Justice with a Leadership Scholarship Endowment in her name during the VPSA Reunion on April 13. Thanks to all of our alumni who came out as well as our committee staff who made it all possible. View photos from the awards ceremony, official photo booth or roving camera.

  • Participated in the Endowed Presidential Scholarships award ceremony with Gage Paine as emcee. See the photos.
  • Coordinated with Human Resource Services to honor student workers across the 40 Acres during National Student Employee Appreciation Week, including the creation of a special video presentation for the 2013 Student Employee of the Year. See the photos.
  • Working with representatives across the Division to draft our new Strategic Plan.
  • Dixon Hankins, Allison Van Leeuwen & Mitzi Henry at Cupcakes and Conversation

    Dixon Hankins, Allison Van Leeuwen & Mitzi Henry at Cupcakes and Conversation

    Participated in the 2013 Assessment Dialogue organized by the Office of Institutional Accreditation and Program Assessment along with the Assessment Coordinators Network where Gale Stuart was the only non-faculty panel member.

  • Celebrated staff with April birthdays during Cupcakes and Conversation.
  • Participated in two Texas Exes Ring Ceremonies with Gage Paine handing out out class rings. Featured in the Alcalde.
  • Held two additional “What’s On Your Mind” social media events allowing Gage Paine to chat with small groups of students around campus.


Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Darci Doll at The Longhorn Run

    Darci Doll at The Longhorn Run

    Co-sponsored the Longhorn Run with Student Government on April 13, attracting 2,020 runners. Providing all proceeds (still being tallied) to benefit students through the Student Government and RecSports Excellence Funds.

  • Assisted Texas Round Table with the Pancakes for Parkinson’s Fundraiser held on Gregory Gym Plaza on April 24 to benefit  the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
  • Pancakes for Parkinson's committee Allison Van Leeuwen, Rhonda Cox and Jon Hager

    Pancakes for Parkinson’s committee Allison Van Leeuwen, Rhonda Cox and Jon Hager

    Organizing the Splash Bash Study Break event for May 7 at the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex featuring music, food, fun and tabling by RecSports and other Student Affairs agencies promoting stress-relieving options for students.

  • Anticipating 1,000-plus faculty and staff to participate in the annual Poker Walk on May 8 celebrating National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
  • Planning the annual Student Staff Appreciation event for May 3, featuring a poolside BBQ, games and special recognition for graduating seniors.
  • Hosting seven Convocations for the Class of 2013 at Gregory Gym, four on Friday, May 17 and three on Saturday, May 18.
  • WeightRoom_SAnewsletter_5_13Finalizing plans for a major renovation of the Gregory Gym weight room to take place July 15–Aug. 15. Developing a communications plan to announce temporary closure of the weight room during this time and to highlight the improvements.

Texas Parents

  • Hosted a successful spring Texas Parents Advisory Board meeting April 5 where President Bill Powers provided a university update and Dr. Gage Paine gave a Division update, plus introduced our mission and vision statements to the board.
  • Introduced representatives from the 26 groups who received 2013 Student Enrichment Award Recipients to the Texas Parents Advisory Board.
  • Continuing to plan 2013 Family Orientation with six one-day sessions conducted for parents and family members of incoming freshmen. Holding sessions on the first day of each student orientation session and having a separate agenda from the students’ program.
  • Developing an e-Newsletter specifically for incoming freshmen parents/families that provides helpful information leading up to their students’ arrival to campus in August. Plan to distribute the third Saturday of June, July and August.
  • Mailed the “New Parent Guide” to over 7,000 incoming freshmen families.
  • Installed 87 brick pavers at the Student Services Building Plaza, including 73 bricks purchased by UT Austin parents and 14 bricks laid by the Texas Parents Association to honor students who passed away during the 2012-2013 academic year.

 Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • Held a successful Fashion Alley event in partnership with UT Department of Textiles and Apparel for their annual fashion show hosting numerous vendors. Included production of a special edition of Longhorn Life and a program for the fashion show titled “Transcend.”
  • Reminding departments that Texas Student Media is a media solutions based organization able to customize services, including design and printing of promotional programs, production of online or compliance videos or editing services for existing projects.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • Hosted the Center for Students in Recovery Spring Brunch on April 6 at the Mansion at Judges’ Hill.
  • Gage Paine, Ivana Grahovac & Peter Gaumond at CSR Spring Brunch

    Gage Paine, Ivana Grahovac & Peter Gaumond at CSR Spring Brunch

    Congratulating Ivana Grahovac, director of The Center for Students in Recovery, who delivered the keynote speech at the Southern College Health Association Conference, held by the University of Alabama, in Destin, Fla.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • Banke Johnson during National Laboratory Week

    Banke Johnson during National Laboratory Week

    Presented at the McCombs Healthcare Symposium where Jessica Hughes Wagner and academic partners from the Department of Advertising & Public Relations shared resultsfrom a study that looked at how visual elements in health promotion materials influenced student behavioral intentions around sleeping and napping.

  • Celebrated National Laboratory Week April 22-26, where professional medical laboratory staff perform and interpret medical tests to aid healthcare practitioners in providing accurate diagnoses and effective treatments. Processed 46,753 lab tests at the UHS medical laboratory from 2011-12, including over 22,000 tests performed in-house.
  • Kicked off Spring Break with a thorough spring cleaning. Collected items for surplus, cleaned out files, updated training manuals and spruced up work areas.UHS Sutures softball
  • Won our first softball game of the season, UHS Sutures versus the Registroyers.
  • Recognized our student employees during National Student Employee Appreciation Week. Emphasized that students who work for UHS gain valuable experience in health care and public health practice while we rely on them for their work and insight.

University Unions

  • Awarded two campus-wide student awards, the J.J. “Jake” Pickle Citizenship Award and the Pal – Make a Difference Award, to the outstanding recipients Leslie Tisdale and Mandy Stein at the spring Advisory Council Luncheon.
  • Andy Smith & Gage Paine

    Andy Smith & Gage Paine

    Honored Andy Smith with a reception for the Advisory Council and other alumni, where they announced the creation of the Wm. Andrew Smith, Jr. GRasp Award endowment to rename the GRasp Award for students active in Union committees.

  • Organized on-campus interviews with four prospective candidates for the executive director position.
  • Celebrated our student employees during National Student Employee Appreciation Week with an appreciation dinner, acknowledgment of our graduating seniors and building banners recognizing our 120 student employees across our facilities.

Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • Served as  the location for Texas Revue, Taal, Longhorn Singers Spring Show, Ransom Notes Spring Concert, Student Events Center InspirAsian and Biz Stone lecture and UT Dance Team Spring Show among other events in the month of April.

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • Hosting Study Cram during academic dead days on May 6 and 7, the SAC’s annual program providing students with access to event rooms for studying and other activities to prepare for final exams. Stay tuned to our social media for details!
  • Celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by providing LEED Tours and launching the LEED Educational Videos created by the SAC Media Partners student staff.  

Student Events Center (SEC)

  • Helped students host several successful events including the Forty Acres Fest on the Main Mall and Texas Revue, the largest and most diverse student-run talent show, filling the 1,200 seat Hogg Memorial Auditorium.
  • Worked with students to select the new cabinet (vice presidents and chairs) for the committees for the upcoming academic year.