Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

  • Lynn Hoare, Theatre for Dialogue specialist with Voices Against Violence, brought the Get Sexy. Get Consent. program to freshman football players as part of their orientation. Get Sexy. Get Consent. uses interactive theatre to encourage dialogue about negotiating consent around sexual decision-making. Three student actor-facilitators perform under Lynn’s direction.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • Bevo Bucks are now accepted at three University Co-op locations. The Co-op has been the most requested merchant by Longhorns for the past 14 years. Students can now use their Bevo Bucks at the main store on Guadalupe, the art store and the east store on Medical Arts. Click here for a full listing of Bevo Bucks merchants.
  • During New Student Orientation and Family Orientation, DHFS housed 7,500+ students in the residence halls; presented about “Living on Campus” to 3,600 parents; prepared 6,000 sack lunches; and provided 16,000 handouts about Housing, Nutrition, Sustainability and Bevo Bucks.
  • On July 21, room assignments for first-time freshmen residents began rolling out via email in housing application date order.
  • All Division staff are invited to sign up as volunteers during Mooov-In Weekend, Aug. 22­–23. Thousands of students will be moving into their new residence hall rooms. Volunteers will direct traffic, answer questions and help the new Longhorns during their first days on campus. Interested in volunteering? Please submit this form by Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Food Service

  • Lindsay Gaydos Wilson checking out gluten-free food prep at Cypress Bend Cafe

    Lindsay Gaydos Wilson checking out gluten-free food prep at Cypress Bend Cafe

    Food Service Nutrition Services staff just earned the university a #8 spot on a 2014 list of Top 10 Gluten Free Accommodating Colleges. The work of Registered Dietitian Lindsay Wilson was cited as a main reason for the ranking, along with UT Austin’s potential specialized living spaces for students with gluten allergies. Lindsay’s work with gluten-free students to create healthy dining plans helped to set UT Austin apart and show our commitment to gluten-free friendly living. Udis, which created the list, is a maker of gluten free products.

  • J2, Jester City Limits and Cypress Bend hosted a number of summer camps and groups including Intro to Engineering Summer Camp; Institute of Leadership & Texas Politics; UT History Department; Gilder Lehrman Institute; Mexican American Studies; DKG Leadership; and the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • Freshman and Transfer Summer Orientation wrapped up mid-July. The 9,000+ freshmen and transfer students who participated can provide feedback through an online assessment.
  • After 15 years of service with New Student Services, KJ Harris is pursuing a new opportunity in the College of Liberal Arts. Her legacy will remain with the orientation program for years to come. KJ developed incredible partnerships all over campus and worked hard to educate students about campus safety and interpersonal violence.
  • The New Student Services office moved out of its summer location in Jester East Residence Hall and back to its space in the Student Services Building.
  • The Division, Office of the Provost and Athletics have joined forces to plan Longhorn Welcome, a series of free events for incoming first-year and transfer students. It kicks off Aug. 22 with Mooov-In and continues with 10 signature events including Make Austin Yours Fest, Gone to Texas and Horns Up Night. The celebration wraps up on Sept. 3 with Party on the Plaza. Dozens of other Longhorn Welcome events are also taking place to celebrate UT Austin’s core values and traditions. For a full schedule, visit the Longhorn Welcome website.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

  • HornsLink participation continues to grow with 11,700 active users, 1,125 organizations (including student organizations and university departments) and 2,000+ events. DoS expects participation to grow during the upcoming academic year. Division staff is encouraged to utilize HornsLink to promote events, publish forms and poll the campus.
  • The Burnt Orange Society launch is officially underway. Many Division departments are hosting events and activities associated with the Burnt Orange Society curriculum. If you’d like to find out how your area can connect with students through the Burnt Orange Society, email earnyourorange@austin.utexas.edu.
  • DoS is pleased to announce new office and reservation space at 2609 University Avenue. While renovations are still in progress, staff is invited to stop by to see the new space. Additional announcements will follow as renovations progress.
  • Student Activities organized and facilitated successful Student Organization and Resource Fairs for all six summer orientation sessions, providing fantastic outreach opportunities to new students. Staff managed three different tables at each session to connect with students and their families.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • The Division is moving ahead with plans to expand True Colors® training opportunities for staff. In the meantime, individual departments are discovering new ways to bring the True Colors® experience to life. Hemlata Jhaveri with Housing and Food Service writes about a recent experience its leadership team had in this month’s True Colors® Tips feature. If your department has found an interesting way to utilize True Colors®, please contact Joshua Cook to share your story with others in the Division.
Phil Butler & Kellie Bennett

Phil Butler & Kellie Bennett

  • Phil Butler and Kellie Bennett with the Office of the Dean of Students led a Division social media workshop entitled “Encountering Hazing and Other Concerns on Social Media” on July 24. It was the second of two summer workshops held to better prepare Division social media account managers to support students they encounter online.
  • Division communications staff conducted eight summer media training sessions to date for Housing and Food Service, the Office of the Dean of Students, The Center for Students in Recovery, New Student Services and new student leaders.
  • Planning has begun for the next Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair scheduled for Oct. 15–16.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

  • Building BellmontThe Recreational Sports Center weight room, currently closed for renovation, is expected to re-open Aug. 23 with new and expanded weight/cardio machines, new flooring and expanded hours. The Bellmont renovation project is focused on transforming underutilized locker room spaces to function as new and additional recreational activity space.
HealthFair Crowd

Health and Lifestyle Expo Crowd

  • Recreational Sports’ annual Faculty/Staff Health and Lifestyle Expo on July 17 was a huge success, drawing an estimated 2,000 participants.
  • Fall semester arrives early at Recreational Sports with fall registration opening Monday, Aug. 4, for group exercise and instructional classes, adventure trips and the Gregory Gym Climbing Wall. Participants may register online or in person in Gregory Gym 2.204, weekdays, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • The Recreational Sports Youth Programs concluded another successful summer season with 200 boys and girls participating in sports camps including lacrosse, ultimate disc, soccer, triathlon, swim lessons and lifeguard prep.
  • Recreational Sports is participating in Longhorn Welcome with a series of fun, leisure-time opportunities for incoming freshmen and returning students.
  • Full-time professional staff will conduct a student staff orientation and training session on Aug. 26 at an event called Fall Kick-Off. All Recreational Sports facilities will delay opening until 11:45 a.m. on this day.

Texas Parents

  • The Family Orientation program successfully hosted six weekly sessions, welcoming over 2,700 families (4,500+ attendees) to campus.
  • Texas Parents implemented an enhanced training and development program for Family Orientation and Membership Recruitment student leaders who assist during Family Orientation. Training included True Colors®, the Fish Philosophy on customer service and communication through conflict.
  • Texas Parents had a successful membership season throughout the summer, with over 2,000 (and counting) families joining the association.
  • Texas Parents is attending various Texas Exes Send-Offs throughout the state to help welcome the freshman class and their parents to the UT Austin community.
  • Texas Parents will assist at Mooov-In by having parents write postcards that will be delivered to residence hall mailboxes.
  • The Next Steps newsletter was sent out to incoming parents with another issue scheduled for August.
  • Texas Parents is preparing for Family Weekend and will have marketing on and around campus during Mooov-In and at the beginning of the semester.
  • Texas Parents has launched a month-long Facebook discussion about the first four chapters of the book, “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money.” Chapters cover the transition to college and major concerns parents have about the first semester.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

Sierra Castedo-Rodgers, Chris Brownson & Cary Tucker

Sierra Castedo-Rodgers, Chris Brownson & Cary Tucker

  • Chris Brownson, Cary Tucker and Sierra Castedo-Rodgers visited UT Pan American and UT Brownsville as part of the UT System expansion of collegiate recovery programs.
  • CSR hosted administrators from UT El Paso and presented a day-long workshop to support the expansion of collegiate recovery throughout the UT System.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • UHS received funding from the Student Services Budget Committee to help international students better understand how to access health care in the United States and the resources available to them as students.
  • UHS is preparing to offer diagnostic ultrasound services to patients starting Sept. 1.
  • In partnership with the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education, UHS is now able to offer course credit to students who participate in the highly competitive UHS Clinic Volunteer Program. The academic component will provide a more intensive experience and clinical knowledge base in support of participants’ healthcare-related academic studies and exploration of potential career paths in healthcare. UHS staff and experienced student assistants will teach the classes.
  • UHS is excited to offer an improved online education program called Think About It. This program was chosen to replace AlcoholEdu because of its engaging format and focus on minimizing risks–not only of high-risk drinking–but also other vital, interrelated health topics such as drugs, sex and sexual violence, and relationships. All new incoming students must finish part one by Aug. 22 and part two by Oct. 24.

University Unions

  • Changes are coming to the Texas Union. Stop by to check out new seating options and pub-style seating in the Showroom dining area and stay tuned for more updates to come.
  • On Aug. 29 the University Unions will hold a kickoff event for the Student Activity Center (SAC) Legacy Lounge. The event will be held in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs development staff for all registered student organizations and will feature ways for the registered student organizations to become involved in the Legacy Lounge Project.
  • The James Turrell Skyspace at the SAC made the Austin Culture Map list of “10 quintessentially Austin things to do this summer that are totally free.”