Student Affairs Standouts

Student Affairs Standouts

LeAnn Gutierrez, Tara Cutler and Katherine Green enjoy the UHS Staff Chili Cook-Off.

Chili cook off winner LeAnn Gutierrez with Tara Cutler & Katherine Green

Adriana Basurto and LeAnn Gutierrez, University Health Services (UHS), took home top prizes at the 3rd Annual UHS Staff Chili Cook-Off. Basurto won People’s Choice for her Flame Engulfed Chili and Gutierrez won Judge’s Choice for her Nerf Blaster Chili.

Staff Merit Award Winners Sherry Bell, Chris Burnett, Joanna Pope & Mark Zentner with Gage Paine

Staff Merit Award Winners Sherry Bell, Chris Burnett, Joanna Pope & Mark Zentner with Gage Paine

Sherry Bell, University Health Services; Chris Burnett, Recreational Sports; Joanna Pope, Office of the Dean of Students; and Mark Zentner, Counseling and Mental Health Center; were the recipients of the 2014-15 Texas Parents Staff Merit Awards. The award criteria are based on how nominees embody the Division of Student Affairs excellence model, captured by these four words: Participate, Partner, Progress and Purpose.

Melissa Eshelman, Counseling and Mental Health Center, has been elected to the status of Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession and is the highest membership honor the APA bestows.

Sylvia Holmes and Raymond Schiflett, Office of the Dean of Students, organized the very successful 21st Annual University Student Legal Services Association (ULSLSA)-Western Region Legal Education Conference in January in New Orleans. Holmes was also reelected as president of the association.

Gale Stuart, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Leslie Kavanaugh, New Student Services, co-facilitated campus-wide assessment training for student services professionals. They partnered with representatives from the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Institutional Accreditation and Effectiveness.

Hunter Mangrum, Housing and Food Service (DHFS), presented at the US Compost Council national conference where he discussed DHFS’ composting program and how it has helped promote a positive culture change across the university.

“A Tip of the Hat to…”

Alex Kappus and New Student Services, who received the following note from a transfer student praising Spring Transition Week:

I just wanted to send you this quick email thanking you and all of your volunteers for this service you provide. Being a transfer student isn’t easy at all, and me personally, I came from such a small university that I feel in a totally different world here at UT.”

“This Transition Week really helped to desensitize the anxious feelings I was having about coming here and turn those into productive, excited feelings about coming here. The information this service provides is one thing, but the contact with staff and students is, I believe, the most valuable thing about this experience.”

“All in all, it was a phenomenal experience that I will definitely recommend to anyone I know transferring into UT. Thank you and thanks to all your volunteers for the opportunity for transfer students to really become immersed at UT and thank you for showing me and the fellow transfer students some of the many resources this college offers.”