Student Affairs Standouts

Chris Brownson, Counseling and Mental Health Center, and Susan Hochman, University Health Services, participated on a panel at the 2015 UT Austin Assessment Dialogue, an event focusing on assessment of co-curricular activities.

Charli Bryan & Samuel Siner

Charli Bryan & Samuel Siner

Charli Bryan, Samuel Siner and Justin Samuel, Housing and Food Service, presented posters at the UT Austin Assessment Dialogue event. Bryan and Siner presented on group cohesion for the Brackenridge, Roberts and Moore-Hill Halls staff. Samuel presented on his resident assistant staff diversity curriculum.

Darci Doll

Darci Doll

Darci Doll, Recreational Sports, has been awarded The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award. The organization Tweeted, “If you’ve played an IM sport, you’ve witnessed the hard work of Darci Doll @UTRecSports. She more than deserves her Excellence Award.”

Alicia Garces, Counseling and Mental Health Center, received the School of Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Award.

Jared Hopper, Office of the Dean of Students, presented a poster, Case Study Something Something, at the 2015 UT Austin Assessment Dialogue Assessment Coordinators Network Assessment Showcase.

Hemlata Jhaveri, Housing and Food Service, completed the Leadership in Educational Facilities (APPA) Institute for Facilities Management curriculum which is composed of four core areas: General Administration and Management; Maintenance and Operations; Energy and Utilities; and Planning, Design and Construction. 

William Mupo, University Health Services, presented a poster at the 2015 UT Austin Assessment Dialogue, an event focusing on assessment of co-curricular activities.

Gage Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs, was honored as a guest coach of the Texas Women’s Basketball Team in their game against Kansas State. Texas won 76 to 58.

Recreational Sports was recognized as one of the best rec centers in the country by College Raptor, an online college planning service.

Smita Ruzicka, Office of the Dean of Students, was selected to attend the 2016 NASPA Institute for Aspiring Chief Student Affairs Officers, as well as the 2015 class for Leadership America.

Samuel Siner, Housing and Food Service, authored “The Evolution of Spiritual and Faith Development Theories.” It’s the second chapter in the soon to be available book “Making Meaning: Embracing Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Life Purpose in Student Affairs.”

Audrey Sorrells, Office of the Dean of Students, was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Evaluation of the Supplemental Social Income (SSI) Disability Program for Children with Speech Disorders and Language Disorders.

Gale Stuart, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs; Megan McMillin, University Unions; Susie Smith, Texas Parents; Jennifer Speer, Recreational Sports; and Mark Zentner, Counseling and Mental Health Center, completed the Division’s Strategic Plan First Year Progress Report. The update measures our progress toward the five-year plan. 

Marian Trattner, Abby Simpson and Katy Redd, Counseling and Mental Health Center, each presented at the UT Austin Academic Counselors Association’s Professional Development Day Conference. Trattner presented “Making Connections for a Safer Campus: Bystander Intervention and the BeVocal Initiative.” Simpson presented “Are You Okay? Tools to Help You Feel More Comfortable Talking to Students about Depression.” And Redd presented “Bouncing Back: Helping Your Students Navigate Failure and Rejection.”

 

“A Tip of the Hat to…”

The Conversation

“The Conversation”

Jeffrey Moe, Office of the Dean of Students, received this note from the School of Social Work Director of Development Laura Turner Wells for his work creating “The Conversation,” an open discussion with veterans, faculty and administrators: “I knew Jeff was doing cool stuff but I had a minimal grasp on what it looked like. What an amazing group and great opportunity for the School of Social Work to start ‘The Conversation.’ I can’t wait to share this work with the broader University.”

Jester Residence Hall. The #ThemeThursday Jester Pride program takes place every Thursday during the semester. On one Thursday, residents were asked to #GiveJesterAHand and let staff know about things for which they are thankful. Here’s a sampling:

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