Kyle Anderson, University Unions, gave the gift of life to his friend and pastor by donating his kidney. Read more about this touching Alcalde story, check out our “In the News” section.


Greg Vincent, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Edna Dominguez and Mario Espinoza

Edna Dominguez, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, helped kick off UT Austin Night at the Trail of Lights on Dec. 11. She joined Dr. Greg Vincent, vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Mario Espinoza, Trail of Lights Foundation, to welcome the crowd. The second annual event showcased talented UT Austin student performance groups. See the photos here.

Dr. Melissa Eshelman, Counseling and Mental Health Center, made the 2015 Texas Monthly Super Doctors® list. She is also named in the Guide To America’s Top Psychiatrists, a list compiled by the Consumers Research Council of America.

Sorority:Frat Conference

Jaden Felix and Marilyn Russell (Office of the Dean of Students), Gage Paine (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) and Cameron Walker (UT Austin Alum)

Jaden Felix and Marilyn Russell, Office of the Dean of Students, presented at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting. Russell presented “Behind the Headlines: Advising Student Organizations in Times of Media Crisis” and Felix participated in a Pecha Kucha style presentation in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. This was called “Ignite Fraternity.”

Stepping Stones Graduation

Melanie Grice (Housing and Food Service) (fourth from right) celebrates with other graduates.

Melanie Grice, Housing and Food Service, graduated from the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership program. She was one of nine local Human Resources (HR) professionals who attended the graduation. The nine-month program provides professional development and HR recertification credit, as well as helps employers improve employee engagement and retention and creates a pipeline of leaders for AHRMA’s Board of Directors succession planning.

William Mupo, University Health Services, went the extra mile to foster his student assistants’ professional development. He arranged for his students to meet with the Medical Director and team at the Dell Children’s Hospital Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES) Clinic. The group toured the facility and discussed best practices in behavior change. They also attended Grand Rounds, a standard practice in medical facilities where recent cases are presented as an educational opportunity for doctors, residents and medical students.

Gage Paine, vice president for Student Affairs, was one of three senior student affairs administrators on a panel at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting. The panel was called “Our Relevance in the Ever-Changing Higher Education Landscape.”

Dr. Sam Shapiro, Counseling and Mental Health Center, passed the board certification exam in forensic psychiatry. This subspecialty of psychiatry focuses on the relationships between psychiatry and civil and criminal law.

“A Tip of the Hat to…”

…Guadalupe Banda, Housing and Food Service, received these kind words: My name is Eshan Dabak and I live on the third floor of Andrews [residence hall]. I just wanted to say how Ms. Lupe, the cleaning lady assigned to my floor, is wonderful. She always has a wide smile and greets everyone personally. She also does a great job; the restrooms and shower areas as well as the hallways are very clean. For that matter, actually, all of the cleaning staff that I have encountered is very friendly and courteous. Thank you!”

Sheril Smith and Julie Lekstutis, Housing and Food Service, who received this email from Marianne, a University Apartments resident: “I just wanted to thank you and the responsible people for bringing in a counselor and for facilitating the vigil in honor of Santiago after his passing away. It helped me a lot to spend time with other people who loved him. And it deeply strengthened my feeling of belonging to this community here at the apartments.”

Kyle St. Nicholas, Office of the Dean of Students, for being recognized for meeting with faculty and staff before a protest at the College of Fine Arts to discuss protocols and work with the involved parties. Dr. Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said in email, “Kyle from the Dean of Students Office was extraordinarily helpful, informative, competent, considerate of T&D’s [Department of Theatre and Dance] community values, and during the protest event, so discreet as to be nearly invisible. A great move to have him involved.”