- Staff are celebrating the 50-year anniversary of CMHC’s psychology training program. CMHC is the training site with the longest history of accreditation in the United States. Psychology Training Director Mark Zentner has been diligent in ensuring full accreditation of this program.
- Voices Against Violence’s (VAV) Amissa Miller is partnering with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) by participating in the Black Student-Athlete Summit 4–6. Miller will discuss her work in interpersonal violence prevention and VAV’s interactive theater program.
- CMHC is teaming up with UT Austin’s Title IX office for It’s On Us, a national campaign to prevent sexual assault and support survivors. More details to come in the February newsletter.
Housing and Food Service (DHFS)
- Staff celebrated at the DHFS Staff Holiday Lunch on Dec. 15. The group recognized outstanding staff, decorated cookies, and competed in a dessert bake-off and a crazy sock contest. Check out the photos.
- Residence Life staff held their annual holiday party on Dec. 1, celebrating with a white elephant gift exchange.
- Kinsolving staff partnered with CMHC’s Voices Against Violence (VAV) to educate nearly 70 residents about relationship violence.
- Staff made donations to Orange Santa in Jester, Kinsolving and the University Apartments.
- J2 and Kinsolving Dining staff held the annual Holiday Sips and Sweets event on Dec. 1. Check out the photos.
- UT Farm Stand will return in spring 2017. Stay tuned for the spring dates. Staff held the final event of the semester on Dec. 1. See the photos.
- Staff implemented a new initiative allowing students to use Eco2Go containers to take food out of J2 and Kinsolving dining halls. They made this change based on feedback from the University Residence Hall Association (URHA) and vegetarian student focus groups.
New Student Services (NSS)
- Staff will welcome new students at Spring Orientation on Jan. 9. Read more about the program.
- Following orientation, staff will host Spring Transition Week from Jan. 10–13. This series of events helps students transition to UT Austin, learn about campus resources and meet other new students. Check out the schedule.
- New Student Services is partnering with the Senate of College Councils to host RISE 2017, a one-day summit for first-year students. RISE (Reflect, Inspire, Surpass, Emerge) is designed to reinforce the orientation program. Staff can encourage students to register.
- Staff will begin training for the new class of orientation advisors (OAs) this month and returning OAs will attend Leadership Training Jan. 12–13. The semester-long peer leadership course begins Jan. 17 and the entire group will attend a retreat in February.
- New Student Services was certified as a gold Green Office by the Campus Environmental Center. Jennifer Carter led the application process. This points-based certification program is designed to advance the University’s sustainability goals.
- The Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) is accepting applications for Leadership Education and Progress (LEAP). This free, leadership development program is open to all first-year and transfer students. Encourage students to apply by Jan. 17.
- LEI staff are looking for people to host breakout sessions during the Texas Leadership Summit on Feb. 11. The one-day summit teaches students ethical and socially-responsible leadership practices. These breakout sessions help students bolster their adaptability, authenticity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, multicultural competence and self-efficacy. Submit a proposal here by Jan. 11.
- Hundreds of Division staff members enjoyed food, friends and festivities at the annual Staff Holiday Celebration hosted by VPSA. See the photos from the party and the photo booth.
- Join us for the Division-wide Staff Meeting on Jan. 25. Soncia Reagins-Lilly will announce the recipients of the 19th Annual Staff Merit Awards. This award goes to employees who personify the Division’s culture of excellence: participate, partner, purpose and progress. She will also share details about Let Us Know, an initiative that will include a staff survey.
- Maureen Brown and Teryl McFerrin attended the UT System Seminar about the upcoming legislative session on Dec. 5. Development officers from across the state attended.
- Departments have submitted Strategic Plan updates for the Third Year Progress Report. Staff are currently working on the report, which will be shared in the February newsletter.
- VPSA is hosting a professional development program about Snapchat on Jan. 19 for communicators and social media managers. University Communications will share best practices to tell compelling stories. Staff and students can register by Jan. 13.
Recreational Sports (RecSports)
- Gregory Gym visitors are reminded of RecSports’ ongoing Centennial Celebration as they encounter the evolving historical exhibit in the lobby. The display has been updated to spotlight the evolution of the Fitness/Wellness and Adventure Trip Programs. Staff are encouraged to check it out.
- RecSports’ sport clubs won the #BeatHunger, #BeatAM food drive by collecting nearly 57,000 ounces of food — 20,000 ounces more than the Aggies collected. Both schools donated the food to their local food banks.
- Assistant Director Dixon Hankins headed the RecSports Staff Holiday Social committee, which planned an off-site staff party featuring food, games and prizes on Dec. 9.
- Hankins also led a committee of full-time staff who organized a lunch and finals gift bag for student employees who graduated in December.
- Cyber Monday at Amazon@UTexas attracted over 500 students and other patrons who enjoyed demos, coffee and cookies.
- Assistant Director Cecilia Lopez Cardenas is overseeing a committee of 15 students who are organizing the annual Longhorn Run. The event is set for April 8. Registration opens Feb. 1.
- Texas Parents launched the spring 2017 Texas Parents Brick Paver campaign, encouraging parents to make a gift while honoring their students with a brick paver. The pavers are showcased at the entry of the Student Services Building (SSB).
- Staff will welcome the parents and families of incoming transfer students at the Spring Family Orientation on Jan. 9.
- Thanks to staff who nominated their colleagues for the 19th Annual Texas Parents Staff Merit Award. The winners will be recognized at the Division-wide Staff Meeting on Jan. 25. The award goes to employees who personify the Division’s culture of excellence: participate, partner, purpose and progress.
- Encourage staff to nominate students for the 2016-17 Outstanding Student Award and the 2016-17 Mike Wacker Award. Nominations are open Jan. 9–Feb. 6. The Outstanding Student Award is given to one male and one female senior student who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service. The Mike Wacker Award is given to a student who shows courage in the face of adversity and exemplifies the qualities of personal sacrifice, dedication, esteem, conviction and faith.
- The CSR community continued their tradition of participating in the Polar Bear Plunge at Barton Springs Pool on Jan. 1. Staff and students who were not in Austin for the holiday showed solidarity by participating in other locations across the country.
- LaToya Smith and Roxanne King from UT Austin’s Title IX office gave clinical staff an update on Title IX, Clery reporting and staff roles at Staff Development Day on on Dec. 15. Clinicians trained on tools to screen alcohol use, gauge readiness for change and offer appropriate resources based on their professional assessment.
- The Health Promotion Resource Center was certified as a platinum Green Office by the Campus Environmental Center. This points-based certification program is designed to advance the University’s sustainability goals.
- As an end-of-year thank you to staff, UHS gave out passes to the Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park. Sherry Guyton, Shannon Hanby, Corey Mladenka, Debbie Nichols, Mary Rhodes and Elisa Spradlin won passes.
- Staff hosted Finals Fest: Be Fun, Be Fed, Beat Finals in the Texas Union and Student Activity Center (SAC). More than 700 students attended the Finals Fair at the Texas Union on Dec. 5 and over 500 attended the Pancake Party at the SAC on Dec. 7. Staff handed out free coffee, breakfast tacos and study supplies. They organized yoga sessions in both facilities as well.
- The Texas Union hospitality office was certified as a platinum Green Office by the Campus Environmental Center. The hospitality team worked together to make changes to move the office to be more sustainable. This points-based certification program is designed to advance the University’s sustainability goals.
- Staff hosted their annual holiday gathering in the Texas Union’s Santa Rita Room on Dec. 14. They enjoyed food, games and socializing with colleagues. Check out the photos.