Student Affairs Standouts

Laurie Alvarado, Darlene Mitchell and Judith Mitchell with Gage Paine

Laurie Alvarado, Darlene Mitchell and Judith Mitchell with Gage Paine

Laurie Alvarado and Jennifer Cole, Housing and Food Service; Darlene Mitchell, Office of the Dean of Students; and Judith Mitchell, Counseling and Mental Health Center; all received the Texas Parents Staff Merit Award.

Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong, Office of the Dean of Students, was awarded The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award. The anonymous student group award recognizes outstanding contributions to student life at The University of Texas at Austin.  Ben received a shout out in a Tweet by The Eyes of Texas saying, “Congrats to Ben Armstrong for his service to UT and our country. Your dedication to student veterans is truly remarkable.”

Don Ates and Chuy Reza, Housing and Food Service, completed Management Essentials through the UT Human Resources Career Smart Professional Development Program.

Rich Bredahl, Housing and Food Service, presented at the ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers – International) Business Conference on mobile technology.

Susan Buckenmeyer, Office of the Dean of Students, received the Chi Chapter Distinguished Alumna Award at the Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Chapter Centennial.

Chris Burnett, Recreational Sports, was also awarded The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award. Chris received a shout out in a Tweet by The Eyes of Texas, saying “Give it up for Chris Burnett of @UTRecSports. We’re impressed with your dedication to the students and the university.”

Floyd Hoelting and Joshua Cook

Floyd Hoelting presents Joshua Cook with the Hoelting Team Player Award

Joshua Cook, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, is the most recent recipient of the “Hoelting Team Player Award” which is generally awarded only to Housing and Food Service staff.

Melissa Eshelman, Counseling and Mental Health Center, was named president of the Austin Psychiatric Society (APS) for 2013—2014. APS is the local chapter for the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.

Alison Kothe, Housing and Food Service, presented at the ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers – International) Business Conference on social media metrics and management.

Laurie Mackey and Courtney Howard, Housing and Food Services, presented at the ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers – International) Business Conference on the centralized check-in process during Mooov-In.

Hunter Mangrum

Hunter Mangrum planning the world record breaking cardboard box fort

Hunter Mangrum, Housing and Food Service, worked with the Green Corps to help build a world record breaking cardboard box fort in the shape of a Longhorn. The project celebrated America Recycles Day and was in cooperation with The Office of Sustainability and Campus Environmental Center.

Jamie Shutter and Susan Hochman, University Health Services, participated in the American College Health Association’s Program Planning Committee meeting Nov. 12—13. This committee selects programming for the 2014 ACHA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, May 27—31.

Jamie Shutter, University Health Services, addressed the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association Leadership Development Committee on Nov. 21 on the five traits of wildly successful people, based on a recent article in The Washington Post and her experience as a leader and a health educator.

Theresa Spalding, University Health Services, participated in the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure with her sister on Nov. 10. Dr. Spalding is the UHS medical director and a breast cancer survivor.

Jessica Hughes Wagner, University Health Services, recently presented to the Plan II Pre-med Honors organization and HOPE Austin about public health and the initiatives and services offered by the UHS Health Promotion team.

 

 “A Tip of the Hat to…”

Recreational Sports which received a glowing letter from the Austin Parks Foundation’s Volunteer Manager and Environmental Educator, Bill Stout. The compliments followed a recent service learning project in which 46 UT Austin students and RecSports staff members volunteered on the park’s Champions Tract Plant Rescue. Under the direction of Outdoor Recreation and Community Outreach Coordinator Chris Burnett, the students and staff helped rescue and transplant over 300 Texas native plants. In his letter, Stout noted, “…it would not have been the unprecedented success without the hands, energy and conscientious community service provided by your staff and students!”

Chef Robert Mayberry, Housing and Food Service, who received this compliment from Roger Chan who attended the American Indians of Texas cultural dinner: “Given the history of American Indians in Texas makes this event all the more special and extra ordinary and it did not fail to deliver. Chef Robert made a special tribute dinner for the event for all to share. The various drum teams and dance groups were absolutely fabulous. Thank you UT for putting this program together and for the ongoing cultural programs as well. My son is a UT grad and is now an engineer for Ford Motor Company but this evening made me particularly proud of our connection to UT. Thank you.”

… University Health Services staff who received this note from a patient: “I had a wonderful experience here, despite my urgent health circumstance. I was promptly taken in, welcomed with smiles from everyone and made as comfortable as possible. … UHS and the Urgent Care office particularly, make students like me want to come here, not for the convenience, but for the experience of being loved and cared for. You make us all feel like we’re home, so thank you all.”

… University Health Services staff who received this note from a patient: “Thank you for the great service. I am very impressed with UHS and am completely satisfied with my treatment. It means a lot that you checked up on me, and thanks to all who helped me.”