Latest News from the Division
- CMHC’s Voices Against Violence program was listed as one of the nation’s promising sexual assault prevention programs on the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault’s website, notalone.gov.
- Alicia Garces, director of Social Work Training, and other CMHC staff hosted a luncheon celebration and farewell for our 2013–14 social work interns.
- CMHC staff enjoyed a picnic and fun together as part of May’s annual Organizational Day. There was much to celebrate after an academic year packed with many wonderful accomplishments.
Housing and Food Service (DHFS)
- DHFS is proud to announce that 229 employees have completed the Know Your Numbers wellness screenings. A total of 186 have completed the educational training sessions associated with the initiative. The 2014 Wellness Challenge was designed to provide opportunities for participants to improve their respective health screening numbers identified through the Know Your Numbers initiative.
- Beginning May 19, the Whitis area office began operating out of Duren Hall. This will remain in effect through Friday, July 18, and will help streamline services since there will be conference participants in Whitis Court and Kinsolving over the summer. It will not affect phone numbers. Please direct questions to Justin Jaskowiak or Emily Nelson.
- LT Robinson, Courtney McElroy, Sam Siner, Gerry Ruffino and Denice Vazquez organized a successful Residence Life Leadership Banquet, and Food Service provided a delicious dinner. Over 300 students attended the banquet, which highlighted outstanding student and professional staff leadership, exceptional social and educational programming, with a special nod to our graduating seniors.
- Hunter Mangrum worked with the student-run Green Corps to host its first annual picnic at the Jester Garden. The team provided information about involvement as well as prepared and served a menu of campus/locally grown produce, house-made dips and campus herb-infused tea.
- To educate customers about DHFS’ commitment to provide quality, Marine Steward Council (MSC) certified seafood from Alaskan sources or from local/sustainable sources in the Gulf of Mexico, resident dining facilities hosted Fresh from the Sea: Sustainable Dinner. Every dish served included local, Texas, sustainable and/or organic ingredients. Take a look at the pictures from the photo booth.
- DHFS collaborated with the UT Libraries on their Therapy Dog Study Break event on May 5. Dogs from Austin Dog Alliance provided anxiety relief during finals while DHFS provided an infographic flyer with a coupon for a free apple.
- To educate and encourage customers to not waste food, DHFS created the “Clean Plate Club” campaign. Hunter Mangrum worked with the Green Corps and used trivia to educate students on food waste at J2 and Kinsolving. Since 2008, DHFS has made major strides to reduce food waste by half.
- Food Service staff celebrated the school year at Team Day with grilled burgers, hot dogs and a series of Minute to Win It games. Updated food handler certifications were also recognized.
New Student Services (NSS)
- The New Student Services staff moved much of their office operation to Jester Residence Hall on May 19. Orientation Advisor staff convened from May 20–31 for “Workshop,” where staff made final preparations and conducted rehearsals for all orientation shows.
- To provide space for all admitted students during the June and July orientation sessions, New Student Services is collaborating with University Unions, Housing and Food Services, and respective academic colleges to make accommodations.
- The pre-orientation modules are now available for new students to complete. Students are required to complete the modules prior to attending orientation.
- In an attempt to help reach students in creative ways, New Student Services launched its first-ever Buzzfeed article and recently moved toward using Constant Contact to send “smart” emails to all new students.
- New Student Services staff presented to the Academic Counselors Association (ACA) about orientation on May 14. The partnership between New Student Services and ACA is long-standing and valued.
- The Leadership and Ethics Institute is offering staff presentations this summer to help your team use HornsLink and connect with the new Burnt Orange Society launching during orientation. Presentations include how adding events to the Burnt Orange Society curriculum can benefit university departments. Contact Smita Ruzicka to schedule a presentation.
- Student Affairs 360 Connections is now called Campus Life 360 Connections in order to better communicate the types of programs offered to students. Please encourage students you interact with during orientation to explore the Campus Life 360 Connections.
- The Office of the Dean of Students was proud to have increased participation in this year’s Poker Walk. For the first time, DoS had enough participation for three teams.
- Building upon the Division-wide True Colors® initiative this spring, trained facilitators will be sharing stories in each month’s staff newsletter about how they utilize True Colors® within their departments. They’ll also share ideas for others looking for ways to build on that training. Take a look at the first article by the Office of the Dean of Students’ Smita Ruzicka.
- Edna Domínguez and Elaine Cosme-Petersen facilitated two True Colors® workshops for Housing and Food Service staff. The first was at the May 6 DHFS Staff Appreciation Day and the second was at the May 16 DHFS Retreat at US Foods in Buda, Texas.
Staff with 10–13 years of state service joined Gage Paine for treats and conversation during May’s Celebration of Service event. Check out the photos and keep an eye out for your invite via email.
Recreational Sports (RecSports)
- The Student Affairs and Friends intramural softball tournament ended with the International Office Globallers capturing the championship against Green Lightning from Housing and Food Service. The final score was 13–7.
- The 23rd annual Poker Walk survived the rain with a total of 1,189 individuals registering, 69 percent of whom registered on a team. The three Best Poker Hands went to Helen Anderson–McCombs School of Business; Cassidy Browning–Department of Theatre and Dance; and Lauren Constant–Computational Engineering & Science. Best Team Name goes to Holy Walkamolies–Provost Office. Best Team Costume goes to Farm to Work–Human Resources. And the nod for Most Energetic Team goes to BBA Career Services. Check out the team photos.
- Facility Operations staff worked tirelessly to facilitate seven convocation ceremonies in Gregory Gym on May 16 and 17. Ceremonies were held for the departments of Government, Education, Economics, English and Psychology, as well as the McCombs School of Business MPA and MBA programs.
- The New Parent Guide was mailed to 7,600 freshman families, including Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE) students. This magazine is designed to introduce new UT families to university resources and policies. An electronic copy is available for staff. Please email TexasParents@austin.utexas.edu for the link.
- Texas Parents memberships for the 2014–15 year are in effect. Staff are welcoming many new UT families to the association and are educating them about their membership benefits.
- Planning for Family Orientation continues as staff prepares for six one-day sessions conducted for parents and family members of incoming freshmen. Sessions are held on the first day of each student orientation session and have a separate agenda from the students’ program.
- Texas Parents hired 26 Family Orientation Student Leaders and 20 Membership Recruitment Student Leaders to help throughout the summer. These student employees will play a crucial role in facilitating Family Orientation and Texas Parents membership sales, respectively.
- Texas Parents is developing the Next Steps e-Newsletter specifically for incoming freshman parents/families to provide helpful information leading up to their students’ arrival to campus in August. Distribution dates will be July 18 and Aug. 15.
- The Family Weekend website is now live and Family Weekend 2014 communications and marketing work is underway.
Texas Student Media (TSM)
- TSM staff are kicking off the summer by training new student advertising team members.
- TSM staff will be handing out 3,000 goody bags during orientation sessions this summer and mailing The Daily Texan Orientation Edition to the homes of incoming students.
- CSR continues to support students throughout the summer with a modified schedule. All 12-step programs will continue to meet.
- Firm Roots Yoga continues through the summer every Wednesday at 6 p.m. This is an ongoing collaboration with the UT Micro Farm and the KIND Bar Corporation.
- UHS has started summer-long renovations of the Student Services Building second floor clinics, medical lab and some offices. This project will help improve clinical efficiency and keep pace with technological innovations. UHS will remain open but some services will be temporarily relocated.
- Following the survey performed in mid-April, UHS successfully earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) through May 2017. This is a milestone on the journey toward excellence and demonstrates UHS’ commitment to constant improvement.
- UHS observed National Nurses Week. Each year, National Nurses Week is held May 6 through May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
- In our second Taste the World event, UHS staff shared and sampled cuisines representing cultures and ethnicities from around the globe.
- UHS staff presented Outstanding Student Health Leadership Awards to 14 students on May 2 for their contributions to the well-being of UT students.
- On May 16, the medical staff served breakfast to celebrate the semester’s close and acknowledge the hard work and support of UHS staff throughout the year.
- The entire UHS staff gathered for Organization Day on May 15 to share updates, present service awards and bid nine-month employees farewell for the summer.
- On May 5 and 6, the University Unions staff offered free Tower Tours to all graduating seniors and distributed free H2Orange water bottles and Tower Tour buttons. In all, 92 seniors took the trip to the top of the tower. Take a look at the photos.
- Hungry students started lining up at 10 p.m. for the Student Activity Center’s (SAC) semi-annual midnight pancake breakfast. SAC staff, Executive Director Mulu Ferede, and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly, all pulled a long day to help serve over 500 students before final exams kicked off. Check out the photos.
- The SAC was very active this spring semester with over 2,900 events in the building, a 15-percent increase from spring 2013.
- The committee has met to select the winning student photography that will be installed in the SAC this fall. The theme for the Through Our Eyes contest was “Longhorn Traditions, Past & Present.” The next theme for spring 2015 will be “Changing the World.”