- The Avon Foundation awarded a grant to CMHC’s Voices Against Violence (VAV) program. Staff will use the funds to hire student facilitators who will deliver workshops to their peers on VAV issues.
- Staff are preparing for Relationship Violence Prevention Month this month. Events will include a Rally for Healthy Relationships, a Survivor Speak-Out and a National Young Women’s Day of Action Luncheon.
- For the 6th year, CMHC hosted Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 20–25. The initiative is an annual campus-wide event focused on raising awareness and providing education about suicide prevention. Events and programming included a kickball tournament; social media campaign; speakers and workshops for students, faculty and staff; a film screening and discussion; and photo project.
Housing and Food Service (DHFS)
- As of the official 12th class day, 7,433 residents are living on-campus; 96.3% of first-time freshmen students that lived on-campus in fall 2014 returned for fall 2015 as a student versus 92.4% for those that lived off-campus.
- J2 and Kinsolving Dining Halls celebrated Mexican Independence Day last month with the Mexican American Cultural Dinner. Chefs and staff prepared chicken mole, elotes calabracitas, nopalitos and horchata. The Food Service Marketing Team designed t-shirts as giveaways for students and styled festive Frida Kahlo-inspired photo booths to capture the spirit of the dinner. See the photos.
New Student Services (NSS)
- Dates will be released shortly for Spring and Summer School Orientation 2016. Dates for summer 2016 sessions (Freshman, Transfer and August Orientation) are still being decided. Longhorn State of Mind will remain the theme for orientation.
- NSS launched the Orientation Advisor (OA) recruitment process. Staff members can nominate students to be an OA. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. and they can be submitted online. Students must attend an information session on Oct. 13, 14, 18 or 22, or set up a meeting with NSS staff in order to receive an application. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Oct. 28. More information is available online.
- NSS hosted an OA Homecoming event on Sept. 16 for OAs from 2013–15 to reunite and learn about OA recruitment efforts.
- NSS has begun meeting with key stakeholders across campus to evaluate the 2015 orientation program and begin planning for the 2016 program.
- The fall 2015 cohort for Horns Helping Horns is the largest yet with 10 students, including two transfer students (a first for the program). There are now 29 students in the program.
- Student Veteran Services will host StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative during Veterans’ Week in November to record the stories and experiences of student veterans that will archived in the Library of Congress for future generations.
- Student Veteran Services held its first Advisor Trainings over the last three weeks of September, successfully educating academic advisors to better serve students using military education benefits.
- DoS published the fall semester Hazing Memo on Monday, Sept. 14. All students will receive a copy via email each short and long semester. The Hazing Memo is a valuable resource for staff to understand hazing and work to help prevent hazing on campus.
- DoS staff kicked off rally duty for the Longhorn football season at the Rice game. At home games, the staff supports student spirit organizations on the field and are present to respond to potential disturbances.
- The Division has unveiled its second annual Impact Report, showcasing its commitment to excellence and student success.
- The annual Division staff photo will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Gregory Gym. Staff should arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. The photo will be taken at 8:30 a.m. Wear burnt orange and/or white. Please coordinate with your supervisor to participate.
- Staff is gearing up for the fall 2015 Division of Student Affairs Student Job and Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gregory Gym Concourse. The goals are to recruit students and educate our campus community about the Division’s innovative programs, facilities and services.
- Gage Paine hosted two Division-wide staff meetings last month focusing on Division excellence. See the photos.
- Staff facilitators led three True Colors® introductory sessions including one in Spanish late last month. Staff who completed the session are eligible to enroll in the True Colors® Communications program which will be offered later this fall. See the photos.
Recreational Sports (RecSports)
- Party on the Plaza, a signature event of Longhorn Welcome, took place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, on Gregory Gym Plaza. Check out the photos.
- RecSports staff paid tribute to 14 student employees for their outstanding dedication, awarding $27,000 in endowed scholarships during a special ceremony.
- Whitaker Fields and Tennis Complex closes in mid-October to launch the Whitaker Fields Renovation Project. Construction of the facility, home to intramural sports and many sport clubs, will continue for a full year. Campaign contributions are still needed.
- RecSports will host the Division of Student Affairs Job and Volunteer Fair at Gregory Gym on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and will be recruiting for several student positions.
- Additional renovations of the recreational activity spaces at Bellmont Hall are now complete. Users are now enjoying an updated weight/cardio room on a different floor, new locker rooms and fresh, new spaces for dancing, fencing, wrestling, indoor soccer and dodgeball, squash, volleyball, badminton and martial arts.
- There’s still time to register for the annual Friends of RecSports Golf Tournament set for Friday, Oct. 23 at Avery Ranch Golf Club. Open to the entire campus community, proceeds benefit the RecSports Excellence Fund.
- Texas Parents partnered with University Health Services and the Counseling and Mental Health Center late last month to offer a webinar to Texas Parents members. “How to Talk to Your Longhorn About Alcohol, Part 2” gave parents an understanding of alcohol on campus and effective strategies to have conversations about alcohol with their students. Part I of the webinar series is available here.
- Texas Parents is preparing for Family Weekend activities and events taking place on October 16-18. Registration opened on Monday, Sept. 21 and will continue until Friday, Oct. 9. Visit the Family Weekend website for more information.
- CSR had a successful month-long celebration of National Recovery Month in September. Events ranged from a Sober Tailgate at the season’s first home football game, co-hosting the two-day Recovery Capital Conference, to organizing a nation-wide remote dance party on social media.
- CSR is attending the Unite to Face Addiction (UTFA) rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 4. More than 600 organizations from around the world will gather in a show of solidarity. Major artists performing at the rally will include Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Jason Isbell.
- UHS is privileged to contract with the School of Nursing to help redevelop their business operations at the Family Wellness Clinic and the Children’s Wellness Clinic since the school’s longstanding contract with the community agency has ended. This partnership involves patient check in/check out, insurance filing, billing, implementing an electronic health record (EHR) software system and other operational tasks.
- Implementation of the ICD-10 Procedural Coding System is underway. This change affects electronic medical records, insurance claims and many other aspects of healthcare. Everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) is required to transition to ICD-10 by Thursday, Oct. 1.
- In late August, the UHS Green Fee Program participated in the Community Science Fair to promote their clinical composting program. The fair was hosted by the UT Environmental Science Institute as part of Hot Science Cool Talks: “If It’s Unsustainable, Why Does It Feel So Good?”
- The annual Healthyhorns Fest took place on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Gregory Gym Plaza. UHS staff from nearly every clinic and department staffed activities and tabled alongside many campus and community partners to engage students in building a culture of health and wellness at UT Austin. See the event photos and photo booth shots.
- The University Unions food partner Aramark is in final negotiations with a vendor for space within the Texas Union. More information will be available soon.
- Staff assisted Campus Events + Entertainment with a premiere and screening for the film My All American in the Texas Union Theater. The film was shot on location around campus and used parts of the Texas Union for staging in the summer of 2014.
- The University Unions and Campus Events + Entertainment had two tables at Party on the Plaza. They joined other Division departments in greeting the students and talking about all our organization has to offer.