Division News

Latest News from the Division

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Voices Against Violence collaborated with the UT Police Department and Student Emergency Services to host, “I’ve Got Your Back: Sexual Assault Risk Reduction for UT Students” on July 30. The program covered strategies to increase self-protection and how to intervene safely should students notice something that bothers them. Staff addressed self-defense, creating a safety plan with friends, tactics for intervention and resources available on campus. KXAN-TV covered the event.
  • Dr. Marla Craig, CMHC clinical director, has developed a 360 Connections group for entering freshmen and will be co-leading it in the fall with two students. This group, I’m Here!  Now What? Navigating a Successful Freshman Year,” will provide a supportive environment for students to explore strategies for college success, including ways to create connections within the university community. It will meet on Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Student Services Building.
  • Marian Trattner, CMHC’s suicide prevention coordinator, is organizing our fifth annual Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 23-27. Suicide is a leading cause of death for college students the week is dedicated to raising awareness about suicide and a call to action for all staff, faculty and students to support suicide prevention. Many university departments and organizations will sponsor interactive programs and other resources. For more information about the week’s events, visit our website.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • We moved 7,400+ residents onto campus during Mooov-In week. Centralized check-in at Disch-Falk field allowed students and their families to spend less time waiting in lines and more time to actually get settled in their rooms. Centralized check-in is a huge undertaking that involves nearly 250 DHFS employees and 600+ volunteers over two days. Check out the photos.
  • Leadership Week provided 200+ returning and emerging student leaders with the skills they need to be successful and engaged members of their residence hall communities. See the photos.
  • Photo of Residence Life, Student Emergency Services and Student Judicial Services meet and greet

    Residence Life, Student Emergency Services & Student Judicial Services meet & greet

    LaToya Hill and Hemlata Jhaveri hosted a meet and greet for Residence Life, Student Emergency Services and Student Judicial Services staff at the AT&T Conference Center. This allowed new and returning staff from all three areas to connect and kickoff a new semester.

  • Lee Walters, associate director of Occupational and Environmental Safety, and four DHFS Safety Committee members attended the American Society of Safety Engineers Conference in San Marcos. The conference allowed staff to learn new safety techniques and network with safety professionals.

Food Service

  • Lindsay Gaydos Wilson, Hunter Mangrum and Chefs Robert Mayberry, Rudiger Bernard and Shannon Whelan tabled at Human Resource Service and RecSports’ Health and Lifestyle Expo in Gregory Gym. Food Service employees educated faculty and staff on the Farm to Work program, on-campus dining and healthy eating. Visitors enjoyed tasty samples, too. Check out the photos.
  • Photo of Dining staff at UTexas Chef Symposium

    UTexas Chef Symposium

    The second annual UTexas Chef Symposium was held July 29-31. Chefs from UT Austin, Texas Tech and the University of Oklahoma attended four days of presentations and cooking demos from a number of outstanding presenters, including Chef Mark Eggerding, USFOODS; Chef Dave Mulholland, USFOODS; Chef David Brillhart, USFOODS; Chef Todd Pearson, USFOODS; Chef Mark R. Schneider; Russell Woodward, Texas Beef Council; Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman; Chef Sonya Cote, Austin’s Hillside Farmacy; David Barrow, film producer of the documentary “Farm-City, State;” and special guest Chef Jet Tila.

  • Photo from J2 Dining Open House

    J2 Dining Open House

    We hosted a well attended faculty and staff open house at J2 on Aug. 8. University faculty and staff were invited to try the updated dining facility complete with customizable stir fry, breakfast all day, pizza and dessert stations. Guests were encouraged to sign up for faculty and staff Dine-In Dollars.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • HornsLink, the new online portal for students to discover new ways to get engaged on campus, officially launched Aug. 19. Departments  can post and promote their programs and events on HornsLink along with our 1,100+ student organizations.
  • The Student Affairs 360 CONNECTIONS Web page is now available to help our first-year students navigate their course to completion.
  • We’re accepting applications for UT Austin’s inaugural Student Conduct Board until 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. Successful applicants will serve on a panel that hears academic integrity cases.
  • We invite Student Affairs staff to our third annual Student Veteran Welcome Banquet, to be held Sept. 11. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail Student Veteran Services by Sept. 6.
  • We hope you will join us for a Game Day Tailgate on Aug. 31 on the East Mall, three hours prior to kickoff. Contact Student Activities for more information.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • We coordinated presentations from each department with updates on their plans and projects for the coming academic year at the August meeting of the Student Affairs Leadership Team. See the photos.
  • photo of Marcia Gibbs & Soncia Reagins-Lilly at the Leadership Dance

    Marcia Gibbs & Soncia Reagins-Lilly at the Leadership Dance

    Dr. Gage Paine led the Office of the Dean of Students staff and the new Campus Events + Entertainment student staff in the Leadership Dance, exploring the vital roles both leaders and followers play in success. View the photos from the DoS and CE+E sessions.

  • We’re hosting Constitution Day on the Flawn Academic Center patio on Sept. 17 where we’ll register students to vote and hand out free t-shirts and pocket-sized US Constitutions. Check out the fun we had last year.
  • We collaborated with Admissions to distribute promotional materials from our units to regional university admissions offices around the state. That included a new Division fact sheet highlighting the contributions we all make to the campus community and student success. If you would like copies of the fact sheet for your use, email Joshua Cook.
  • Staff with August birthdays joined Dr. Gage Paine for another great installment of Cupcakes and Conversation. See the photos.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • We launched our newly revised website, utrecsports.org, on Aug. 16.
  • RecSports Weight Room Renovation

    Pete Schaack, Brian Stillman, Allison Van Leeuwen & Travis Hilterbran

    The main weight room at Gregory Gym reopened on Aug. 16 after a month-long major renovation project that resulted in new and expanded weight/cardio machines, new flooring and expanded weight room hours.

  • Full-time RecSports staff attended the annual Director’s luncheon on Aug. 15 to review the Division’s accomplishments for 2012–13 and to look ahead at the goals set for the new academic year.
  • Photo of Rhonda Cox, Betsy Baker, Chrystina Wyatt, Jennifer Boss Rodriguez

    Rhonda Cox, Betsy Baker, Chrystina Wyatt & Jennifer Boss Rodriguez

    RecSports hosted its annual Fall Kickoff on Aug. 27 at Gregory Gym for its more than 600 student employees. The program included breakfast, announcements, staff training and the announcement of the 2013 Endowed Scholarship recipients.

  • The annual Party on the Plaza was held on Sept. 4 as a welcome event for new and returning students. This campus-wide event is co-sponsored by RecSports, Student Government, Texas Student Media, Senate of College Councils and Student Activities.
  • RecSports will offer three Freshman 360 CONNECTION classes beginning Sept. 3 to support the social integration of new students to campus. The classes will provide an orientation to RecSports facilities, programs and services.

Texas Parents

  • Texas Parents will host the second annual Book Club on Sept. 24 for four-year members to discuss the book “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money.” The event includes a panel moderated by Dr. John Daly and a virtual webcast for members not located in Austin.
  • Family Weekend registration for all UT Austin families opens on Sept. 16 and will remain open until Oct. 11.
  • Texas Parents is growing by leaps and bounds! Kate Morehead, our administrative assistant, started on Aug. 12. Haley Broussard, our program coordinator for memberships, will begin on Sept. 16.

Texas Student Media (TSM)

  • We’ve worked with the students of Texas Student Media to launch The Daily Digest, an email distributed on weekdays featuring the top headlines and content from all of TSM’s media groups. Sign up here and contact TSM if you would like your department to be featured in the email.
  • We kicked off the football tailgating season with The Daily Texan’s Kickoff Countdown Aug. 31. The next Kickoff Countdown is Sept. 14 and starts four hours before kickoff at the corner of MLK and Brazos.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • We’ll be hosting a series of events in September for National Recovery Month. Please check the CSR website for regular updates regarding the annual campus-wide sober dance and a special showing of the recovery documentary “Anonymous People” in the School of Social Work at its Utopia Theatre.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • UHS staff gathered to kick off the semester at our Aug. 20 Organization Day. Raj Raghunathan, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business, presented “The Seven Deadly Happiness Sins.”
  • UT Austin’s newest international students attended UHS special clinics in August where we documented their compliance with medical requirements, administered needed tests and vaccines and welcomed them to Texas with chilled water and warm smiles.
  • To address high-risk drinking on campus, the UHS Health Promotion staff is implementing BASICS, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. Students will be referred to BASICS by Student Judicial Services, UHS healthcare providers and other designated campus professionals. Through classes, one-on-one sessions and other tools, BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce alcohol use in order to decrease the negative consequences of drinking.
  • UHS Health Promotion staff launched AlcoholEdu, an evidenced-based online alcohol education and prevention program, for the fifth consecutive year. All incoming first year and transfer students under the age of 21 must complete AlcoholEdu before classes start.

University Unions

  • We completed our all-student staff three-day training for our group of approximately 120 student employees. It included collaboration with colleagues across the Division, including the Counseling and Mental Health Center and the Leadership and Ethics Institute in providing three of our training workshops.

Hogg Auditorium (HMA)

  • We were the location for University Panhellenic Council’s Recruitment Convocation and Bid Day as well as New Student Services Late Summer Orientation sessions for freshman and transfer students.

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • We are putting the finishing touches on our new food service option, P.O.D. Express (Provisions On Demand). We worked with various Student Government representatives to provide students with a late night dining option in the SAC, stocked with a mixture of grab-and-go sandwiches, snacks and healthy options. Initial operation hours will be 7:00 a.m. – midnight (M-F).
  • We welcomed students with classes in the SAC Auditorium with breakfast tacos on the first day of class.
  • We have installed USB charging ports in selected outlets around the building to conveniently charge a phone or tablet.

Texas Union (TXUN)

  • Our art collection has expanded to include original sketches by alumnus and noted San Antonio architect Joe Stubblefield. These pieces are now on display in the third floor Presidential Lobby Lounge.