- The name of CMHC’s Telephone Counseling Service changed to CMHC Crisis Line as of March 3.
- Mark Zentner coordinated the Texas University and College Counseling Centers Conference (TUCCC) at UT Austin last month. Members of the planning committee included CMHC staff Mona Ghosheh, Javier Ungo and Matthew Olson.
- CMHC is partnering with The Center for Recovering Families – Austin (CRF-Austin), a Division of Austin Recovery and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, to provide a Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program within CMHC. Coordinated by Cary Tucker, the program will provide outpatient treatment to enrolled students who may be struggling with a mental health disorder and co-occurring substance abuse/dependence.
- Voices Against Violence (VAV) is gearing up for Sexual Violence Prevention Month in April. A full calendar of events will be released this month including a partnership with the Native American Indigenous Council to bring Andrea Smith to campus, co-founder of Incite: Women of Color Against Violence, performances by VAV’s Theatre for Dialogue and Denim Day 2014. Take Back the Night, VAV’s largest annual event, is a gender-inclusive program to illuminate the movement to end sexual violence and provides a safe space for survivors and allies to express themselves and connect with support.
Housing and Food Service (DHFS)
- Tutoring from the Cockrell School of Engineering returned to Kinsolving last fall after taking a few years off. The ongoing program had a successful first semester with over 400 visits.
- DHFS is a partner with Environmental Health and Safety’s program to assess campus maintenance shops and make safety recommendations to reduce injuries. As part of the program, DHFS Safety and Facilities staff attended a campus-wide machine shop workshop focused on machine guarding and included a tabletop discussion on equipment safety.
- The Housing Reservations Team has adopted a new name, Occupancy Management & Communications, which better aligns the area name with the work that is done.
- Jester City Limits (JCL), Jester City Market, Cypress Bend Café, Kin’s Market and Littlefield Patio Café now offer fresh sushi rolled daily in house. Sushi flavors include BBQ eel roll, Cajun crawfish roll, chicken spring roll, deluxe California roll, dynamite shrimp roll and vegetable hosomaki.
- DHFS invites you to participate in National Nutrition Month at all DHFS food service locations in March. Replace a combo meal side item with a piece of fruit free of charge at Cypress Bend Café, JCL or Littlefield Patio Café. J2 and Kinsolving will host a Mediterranean dinner, Strawberry Festival and Chobani cooking demonstration leading up to a student chef competition on March 27.
- DoS is proud to offer the Silk Road to the Future: Legends of China educational and cultural exchange opportunity to UT Austin staff, faculty, students and alumni in 2014. The deadline to submit an application to start the registration process is March 17.
- The Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) held the 3rd annual Texas Leadership Summit, attended by over 200 students and coordinated by Ilana Goren, coordinator of leadership development. See the photos.
- Sorority and Fraternity Life (SFL) received a $2,000 Zeta Tau Alpha Explore AFLV Institutional Scholarship to send Jaden Felix and a group of students to the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values West Conference.
- Sorority and Fraternity Life (SFL) hosted the first-ever Roster Day event to encourage chapter presidents to submit their rosters in person and learn more about Student Affairs services. See the photos.
- Student Veteran Services (SVS) Director Ben Armstrong announced joint orientation sessions with the Office of the Registrar to more than double the number of SVS orientations held annually and to serve four times as many students.
- As part of an ongoing commitment to the professional development of our staff to their fullest potential, the Division of Student Affairs is providing three opportunities to take part in upcoming NASPA conferences. Click here to learn more.
- The Division-wide True Colors® initiative got off to an incredible start last month. So far, more than 300 employees have completed the training and feedback has been positive. The program aligns with the Division’s Strategic Plan to develop staff to their fullest potential. Take a look at the photos from the first session on Feb. 11. Staff is also encouraged to continue the conversation beyond their training and take advantage of the some additional resources here.
- Planning has begun for the second Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair slated for April 2–3, 11 a.m. –5 p.m. at the Gregory Gym Concourse. The two-day event is a valuable way to communicate with students not just available jobs and volunteer opportunities but also the Division’s innovative programs, facilities and services. It is a great way to recruit students for future jobs. Keep an eye out for an upcoming promotional video that showcases some of the opportunities the Division offers student employees.
- Staff with one to three years of service at the university enjoyed refreshments and conversation with Vice President Gage Paine at February’s “Celebration of Service” event. Check out the photos from last month’s event.
New Student Services (NSS)
- The university gathered together to celebrate the life of long-time Division employee Cristi Biggs on Feb. 26. At the event, it was announced that her legacy would be honored through the dedication of a Texas Revue Award and the naming of the Cristi Biggs Orientation Leadership Endowment. The Annual Horns Helping Horns Golf Tournament will be named in Cristi’s honor and Student Government unanimously passed a resolution entitled “Honoring the Life and Service of Christi Biggs, Assistant Dean of Students.” Cristi was instrumental in founding the Horns Helping Horns program in New Student Services.
- The Summer Orientation registration system went live early in the month of February. The system will remain active throughout the spring and summer months. View the Summer Orientation dates.
- As part of branding efforts, New Student Services and other departments are directing incoming students to visit a new webpage to learn more about next steps to becoming a Longhorn. Feel free to refer new students and family members to the Be A Longhorn Texas 18 page.
- New Student Services continues to welcome new admits this spring, making use of social media as a key tool. Follow @UTAustin2018 on Twitter, the official account for the Class of 2018, and use the hashtags, #GoneToTexas and #UT18.
Recreational Sports (RecSports)
- RecSports celebrated National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day on Feb. 19 with free access to group exercise classes and a special event in Gregory Gym.
- The Division participated in Explore UT March 1 with an open house at Gregory Gym featuring tours and free activities including basketball, table tennis, group exercise classes and indoor climbing.
- RecSports hosted the Austin Independent School District’s annual Volleyball Play Day March 1 at the Recreational Sports Center. Approximately 1,200 fifth-graders participated in volleyball clinics and team play.
- Assistant Director Rhonda Cox served as advisor to the student-run Texas Thon 2014, which was held at Gregory Gym March 2 to raise money for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Check out the photos.
- Senior Assistant Director Chris Burnett is mentoring Graduate Assistant Emily Abrams to lead a service learning trip to Grand Canyon National Park during spring break. Participants will remove invasive weeds from the park, thus helping to preserve this natural wonder of the world.
- Communications staffers Jennifer Boss Rodriguez and Sylvia Ramirez will participate in the College of Communication Job and Internship Fair March 5. They will be recruiting student graphic designers to work during summer and/or fall.
- The 2014 Texas Parents Brick Paver campaign has wrapped up. Brick paver production and installation is now in full swing. The bricks will be laid in front of the Student Services Building in time for UT Remembers and the May 2014 Commencement. In addition to the 99 of bricks that were purchased, Texas Parents will lay 13 memorial bricks to honor the students who passed away this year.
- The 2014 Student Enrichment Awards recipients were selected and a list of award recipients will be posted on the Texas Parents website in mid-March.
- Susie Smith attended the Big XII Parents’ Associations conference Feb. 19–21 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
- Texas Parents hosted the Texas Parents Executive Committee meeting on Friday, Feb. 28, and is preparing for the spring Advisory Board meeting to be held on Friday, April 4.
- Texas Parents is hiring for two student summer positions, the Family Orientation Student Leader and the Membership Recruitment Student Leader. Visit the Texas Parents Jobs website for more information.
- The Family Orientation website and registration are now live.
Texas Student Media (TSM)
- On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Texas Student Media hosted the Annual Housing Fair on Gregory Plaza. More than 4,000 students participated in the event, which featured giveaways and information on the housing options available on-and-off campus. TSM’s Carter Goss, Lindsey Hollingsworth and CJ Salgado have developed the event over the years to be an essential student experience, both for the students who help plan the event and those who attend. Check out the photos.
- On Friday, Feb. 21, CSR welcomed supporters for a grand opening celebration for its move into new facilities in Bellmont Hall. The move comes as CSR is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The open house gave CSR supporters an opportunity to take in the new space and to see what their support has accomplished. Take a look at all the photos on our Facebook page.
- UHS staff shared breakfast with students on Feb. 25 at the annual “Bagels and Lox with Nurses and Docs” event. Staff welcomed the opportunity to talk with students about career options in healthcare and life after college in a non-clinical setting.
- At their recent retreat, the UHS Cashier/Insurance team volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.
- Jamie Shutter and LeAnn Gutierrez represented UT Austin at last month’s meeting of the Lookout Mountain Group, a study group that considers the needs of the college student population under various healthcare reform models.
- UHS hosted professionals from the University of Kansas Watkins Memorial Health Center to share and explore best practices in health promotion, strategic communication and clinical administration.
Gina Wagner framed and hung a world map in the physical therapy clinic and started adding pins for the hometowns of our patients to show that what starts here really does change the world.
- UHS staff and volunteers distributed 3,000 Safe Spring Break Kits to students. The kits consist of water bottles, to remind students to stay hydrated, stuffed with health-related freebies and safe spring break tips on sun safety, handling alcohol-related emergencies and more. Check out their photos on Instagram.
- Laurie Langston’s and Jeff Sladcik’s work was recognized by the Association of College Unions International’s (ACUI) “Steal this Idea” competition. The Events Co-sponsorship Board Funding Series ad received honorable mention in the poster category and “A Night in Vegas” came in third place in the digital campaign category. Both ads will be featured in the winner’s gallery at the ACUI 100th Anniversary Conference in Orlando this April.
Hogg Auditorium (HMA)
- Hogg had an active February with student events including the UT Jazz Orchestra, China Care’s Fifth Annual Benefit Night, Sigma Lambda Beta’s Seventh Annual Purple and White Stroll Off and Every Nation Campus Ministries’ MAZE Magic.
Student Activity Center (SAC)
- The SAC celebrated its third birthday on Feb. 7. Despite the winter weather closure, staff distributed 52 dozen cupcakes to students who were in the building and kept the celebration going on social media using #utsacbday. Check out this Storify story to view students’ birthday wishes and favorite memories of the SAC.
- On Feb. 14, E+E held its second Crushgram giveaway, giving 2,667 orange crush sodas and messages to valentines.
Texas Union (TXUN)
- Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed Friday, Feb. 12, as “Cactus Café Day.” This recognition also marked the beginning of a year-long celebration at the Cactus for their 35th anniversary. You can read more here.