Division News

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)

Crunch Time

Terri Bohuslav, Jennifer Gordon, Ziqui Li, Rachel Nitzarim, Cindy Baker, Katerina Psarropoulou & Kory Schruben at Crunch Time

  • Each fall and spring, CMHC staff takes a lunch break called “Crunch Time.” It’s a way for staff to pause, catch their breath and celebrate their hard work in the midst of each busy semester. CMHC hosted this special break on Nov. 19 and provided a variety of yummy sandwich makings while staff brought “crunchies” like veggies, chips, fruit and cookies. Lots of laughter, conversation and fun were had by all.

Housing and Food Service (DHFS)


  • DHFS is offering priority consideration for summer conference reservations. Groups are being asked to complete the Reservation Request Form no later than Jan. 15. This process will allow staff to confirm space with groups by early February. Requests can still be made after the priority deadline but will be subject to availability.
  • Information Technology Services’ contractor is installing additional antennas in all of the residence halls to accommodate the wireless demand from residents.
Artist Sandra Stevens & Floyd Hoelting

Artist Sandra Stevens & Floyd Hoelting

  • The 25th painting in the Longhorn Arts Series is now up, featured in Brackenridge Residence Hall. The painting is entitled “Little Milk Thief” and was painted by artist Sandra Stevens. Check out the photos.
  • Faculty and Staff Dine-In-Dollars are now accepted at UTPrint locations on-campus.

Food Service

  • Food Service staff partnered with University Communications to highlight their farm-to-table produce ahead of Thanksgiving. The story was part of the HiddenUT series and featured 200 pounds of sweet potatoes picked in UT Austin’s very own Micro Farm and served at the campus Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 20. Take a moment to read the story and enjoy the sweet potato harvest photos.
  • Food Service staff received onsite training from Aurora’s FoodPro®, a comprehensive computerized food management system. The training focused on educating new users, reinforcing best practices with seasoned users and effectively using new modules, such as a commissary feature for centralized production in the Jester production kitchen.
  • Dietitian Lindsay Wilson and Associate Director of Resident Dining Claudia Ashlock provided feedback on the UT Dietetics internship program at the Dell Pediatric Research Institute. Wilson also shared her insights and experiences regarding both the Coordinated Program and Didactic Program in Dietetics with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) members. They were visiting the campus for reaccreditation review of the programs.
  • DHFS invites Division staff to celebrate the holidays a little early at J2 and Kinsolving Dining on Thursday, Dec. 4. Enjoy carved round roast beef, vegan tamales, chocolate bread pudding, cheesecake and more.

New Student Services (NSS)

  • NSS staff met with Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly to discuss potential changes to the Summer Orientation Program schedule, with the goal of improving the program’s overall flow and organization.

Alex Kappus, Kyle Clark & Esmer Bedia at Selection Day

  • NSS staff reviewed applications for the New Orientation Advisor position and hosted their annual Selection Day on Nov. 9. With the help of former Orientation Advisors, staff interviewed nearly 150 candidates. Several campus stakeholders from academic units and Student Affairs partners also participated in Selection Day.
  • NSS staff interviewed candidates for additional Summer Orientation staff positions, including Returning Orientation Advisors and Orientation Coordinators.
  • The Spelman & Johnson Group is assisting the University in identifying candidates for the NSS Director position. Please send any feedback or recommendations to Mark Hall.

Office of the Dean of Students (DoS)

DoS-Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day display on the East Mall

  • Student Veteran Services thanks its campus partners for another great Veterans Week. On Veterans Day students showed their support for student veterans by filling a Longhorn silhouette with American flags. Take a look at the photos.
  • Student Emergency Services has received incredible support for the Student Emergency Fund. A Texas Parents Association grant helped fund gift cards to help students faced with emergencies, Party on the Plaza raised more funds than ever before for the Student Emergency Fund and Austin Energy pledged $20,000 to help students struggling to pay their energy bills.
  • Student Judicial Services has four new positions open for Title IX Investigators and invites staff to share this opportunity with your network.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

  • Division staff members are invited to celebrate another great year at the Staff Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9–11 a.m. in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room. Come enjoy some delicious treats and take part in the holiday photo booth.
  • Save the date for the next Division-wide staff meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 9–11 a.m. As part of the program, Dr. Gage Paine will announce the Texas Parents Staff Merit Award winners.
  • Nine True Colors® facilitators led three True Colors® Personal Success workshops for 71 new staff members in November. They taught two sessions in English and one in Spanish.
Frances Nguyen & Edna Dominguez

Adrienne MacKenzie, Frances Nguyen & Edna Dominguez facilitate new True Colors® Communication workshop

  • In late November, 26 people participated in the pilot session of the True Colors® Communication workshop. Adrienne MacKenzie, Frances Nguyen and Edna Dominguez facilitated the workshop. Several Division staff members received certification in True Colors® Communication to meet staff requests for more True Colors® programming to enhance their A pilot session for the True Colors® Team Building workshop will be held on Dec. 3. Next semester the facilitators will be excited to offer both workshops to all benefits-eligible Division staff as non-mandatory professional development opportunities. Read this month’s True Colors® Tips column for more information.

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

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Adrienne MacKenzie, Dixon Hankins, Jonathan Elliott, Chris Burnett & Rachel Dybala promote sport clubs food drive

  • Recreational Sports sport clubs competed against the Aggies’ sport clubs in a campus-wide canned food drive to benefit their local food banks. The winner will be announced in the next newsletter.
  • Chris Burnett, senior assistant director of outdoor recreation and community outreach, managed several service projects. Volunteers planted trees in fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park, and collected warm clothes and prepared tacos for the homeless. On Dec. 6, volunteers will help beautify the campus by mulching trees on the Forty Acres and undertaking another project to help the homeless on Dec. 9.
  • Recreational Sports will keep the Lone Star Intramural Flag Football Trophy for winning the best of three games (2–1) against the Aggies. The results of the  Lone Star Showdown matches were as follows: Men won 27–0, Coed won 24–0, Women lost 14–7. Check out the photos.

Texas Parents

  • Nominations for the 2014–15 Staff Merit Awards will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 10. This award recognizes Division employees who support student success, strengthen services provided by the Division and inspire fellow staff to make a habit of seeking excellence in their own work. Winners will be recognized at the Division-wide meeting on Jan. 28. They will receive a plaque and $1,500 award.
  • On Nov. 18, Texas Parents and CMHC partnered to present a webinar to Texas Parents members. Over 50 people tuned in for the webinar, “How to Recognize When Your Student is in Distress,” which helped parents understand the differences between healthy stress and distress and ways to support their students. You can view the recorded webinar here.
  • An assessment report has been completed for Family Orientation 2014 in partnership with Gale Stuart. The feedback and data will help Texas Parents improve orientation programming and logistics for 2015.

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR)

  • CSR held a Sober Halloween House Party for students and recovery community members at Communities for Recovery on Oct. 31.
  • Twelve-step meetings (Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) are held all year round, regardless of holidays or campus closures. CSR’s 12-step meetings will continue during winter break.
  • CSR’s dedicated meditation room is now fully outfitted and ready for you to drop by and get a moment of Zen.
  • To finish off its 10-year anniversary, CSR is holding raising $10,000 in the month of December to establish an alumni endowment.

University Health Services (UHS)

  • UHS clinics are piloting point-of-care laboratory testing with rapid strep and pregnancy tests. To reduce patient waiting times, certain diagnostic tests will be performed in the clinic during the appointment instead of in the lab before or after the visit.
  • UHS is continuing to help coordinate university preparedness for Ebola with campus partners. Dian Peavey, Charlotte Katzin and Kathy Mosteller attended a panel discussion, “Infectious Diseases and Ebola: An Interprofessional Perspective,” hosted by the School of Nursing.
  • UHS vaccinated 9,180 students, faculty and staff members against influenza at 14 clinics held across campus during the 2014 UHS Flu Shot Campaign. UHS continues to offer vaccines to students by appointment. President Powers was among those who stopped by to get vaccinated. Check out the photos.
  • UHS Public Information Team members have completed the 2013–14 Impact Statement, a popular infographic detailing the benefits of our comprehensive campus-based health service.
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Kathy Mosteller, Debbie Nichols & Tara Cutler at Bagels and Lox with Students and Docs

  • Many UHS staff members came out on a rainy day to meet and mingle with students at Bagels and Lox with Students and Docs, hosted by the Student Health Advisory Committee. Check out the photos.
  • Members of the UHS senior administrative team represented the university last month at the Big XII & Friends Health Center Director’s Meeting and the UT System Health Center Director’s Meeting. Women’s Health staff represented UHS at a conference on the annual exam.

University Unions

UT School of Architecture lighting workshop

Mulu Ferede, Keith Simon (School of Architecture) & Claudette Campbell with Cindy Limauro & Christopher Popowich, design partners at C&C Lighting

  • On Nov. 12, the University Unions partnered with the School of Architecture for a lighting workshop where they lit the facade of the Texas Union in a variety of lighting schemes. See the photos and a video of the lighting on Facebook.
  • The Student Activity Center (SAC) participated in a Food Forum with Aramark to get valuable feedback from almost 200 students on dining options, service, areas for improvement and possible additions.
  • The Texas Union now joins the Student Activity Center in being a location for single stream recycling. This initiative is a collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, Campus Environmental Center, Students for a Sustainable Campus, and Housing and Food Service.
  • The University Unions will be supporting and feeding our students for their finals study period. The SAC will host Finals, Finals, Finals Fest Dec. 8–9 with the highlight being the midnight pancake breakfast. The Texas Union will provide healthy snacks and food Dec. 8–11.
  • Santa visits the SAC on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and the Texas Union on Dec. 4 from noon–9 p.m.