Joshua Cook, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, was honored with the Outstanding Campus Partner award at the University Leadership Network’s Celebration of Leadership event.
Krystyna Davenport-Brown and Kristina Bachman, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, presented “I do give back… I pay tuition” at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Region IV Conference in Austin. The presentation focused on the importance of student philanthropy and how to creatively engage students as life-long donors.
Marguerite Elliott, University Unions, was one of four people granted Emeritus status at the 2015 Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Annual Conference in San Antonio. She was recognized for her 21 years of faithful service to the University Unions. All Emeritus Awards are conferred by the ACUI Board of Trustees and are given to those individuals who have made a significant impact both on their campus and to the Association.
Floyd Hoelting, Housing and Food Service, was celebrated for his 20 years of exemplary service to the university at the DHFS Student Leadership Awards Banquet where the University Residence Hall Association renamed the local chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary in his honor.
Leslie Kavanaugh, New Student Services, is one of the co-authors of “Signature Course Stories,” published by University of Texas Press this April. The book explores the history and successes of the UT Austin freshman Signature Course.
Sara LeStrange, Office of Dean of Students, presented in the panel program, “You Have Your Degree, Now What? Planning and Pursuing a Rewarding Career” at the Texas Library Association 2015 Annual Conference.
Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Dean of Students, presented “Enhancing Gateway Courses through Curricular and Co-Curricular Integration,” at the John Gardner Institute, with Irma Van Scoy of The University of South Carolina – Columbia.
Sam Siner, Housing and Food Service, was honored as the Outstanding Hall Coordinator of the Year at the DHFS Student Leadership Awards Banquet.
Recreational Sports was awarded the third place Creative Excellence Award in the website category at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) annual conference.
Audrey Sorrells, Office of the Dean of Students, has been awarded a 2015 PLUS (Peer-Led Undergraduate Studies) Sustainability Course Award from the School of Undergraduate Studies for OUR UT Research Methods. Sorrells has also been invited to serve as Reviewer to the 2015 Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group on Small Projects in Rehabilitation Research (SPiRE), in the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Office of Research & Development.
Audrey M. Sorrells and Raymond Ostendorf, Office of the Dean of Students, presented “Special Education Preservice Teachers’ Perceived Changes in Self-Efficacy to Serve Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students” at the 2015 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo in San Diego, California.
Audrey M. Sorrells, Soncia Reagins-Lilly and Jeffrey Moe, Office of the Dean of Students, along with published “Chapter 9: Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership: A Collaborative University–U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Program” in Supporting Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty, and Advisors in collaboration with Chris Cate of Student Veterans of America and Sharon Wills of the Texas A&M HSC School of Medicine.
Jessica Hughes Wagner, University Health Services, received an American College Health Association (ACHA) Affiliate New Professional Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the university and to the college health field.
The following Recreational Sports staff presented at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association’s (NIRSA) Annual Conference in April:
Tom Dison (who also serves on the NIRSA Services Corporation Board of Directors): “Amazon…Nike…Who’s Next? Seven Figure Partnership Deals.”
Darci Doll: “Officiating Panel–What the Experts Say.”
Erin Erford: “Long Course Learning: Student Learning Outcomes for Your Aquatics Staff” and “The Most Challenging Thing You Were Never Prepared to Do (Supervising Professional Staff).”
Aaron Kroth: “Articulating the Value of Campus Recreation through Research and Assessment.”
Nicole Olmeda and Aaron Kroth: Research and Assessment Roundtable.
“A Tip of the Hat to…”
… New Student Services who received this note from Class of 2014 alum Ali Raza during the 40 for 40 campaign: “I am supporting the Division of Student Affairs, and specifically the Cristi Biggs Orientation Leadership Fund. My undergraduate experience at The University of Texas at Austin would not have been the same without the leadership and mentorship Cristi Biggs and the rest of the New Student Services staff provided. The program and people associated with this program change lives and prepare you for the future. I know Cristi’s legacy will continue to live on through the work New Student Services does. Thank you so much.”