Latest News from the Division
Voices Against Violence (VAV) is offering Get Sexy. Get Consent. as an optional program during Freshman Orientation. This program explores consent and boundaries around sex, and includes dialogue about negotiating choices around abstinence, relationships and one night hook-ups. Feel free to visit us during this program on July 2 and July 9 at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center’s Black Box Theatre. Transfer Orientation programs will be at 9 p.m. on July 12 and 15 in the same space.
- VAV is also performing Get Sexy. Get Consent. for the university football players as part of their orientation. If you are interested in bringing Get Sexy. Get Consent. to your program, class or student group, contact Lynn Hoare.
- Dr. Diana Damer was honored for her nine years of service as she transitions to full-time private practice.
Housing and Food Services (DHFS)
As part of the Kinsolving Garden’s mission to be used to teach as well as provide fresh produce, DHFS partnered with students in Dr. Tom Krueger’s civil engineering class who recently undertook a project to determine the size and capacity needed for a new water tank for the garden.
- Hunter Mangrum and the Res-Life team worked together this past semester to host DHFS’ second participation with Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), a national competition that challenges universities all across the US to reduce energy consumption in campus residence halls. For the second year in a row, Moore-Hill Hall won with a full one percent reduction over the three-week competition, which is the equivalent to keeping one average Texas home off the grid for 16 days.
- All staff are invited to sign up as volunteers during Mooov-In Weekend. During Mooov-In Weekend Aug. 23-24, thousands of students will be moving into their new residence hall rooms. Volunteers direct traffic, answer questions and help the new Longhorns during their first days on campus. Interested in volunteering? Please email LT Robinson.
- All Food Service Supervisors met at USFoods in Buda recently for their annual retreat. The supervisors heard presentations from Brooke Bulow, Dr. Gale Stuart and Dr. Alyssa Gilden from the Division of Student Affairs as well as Registered Dietitian Lindsay Gaydos Wilson and Sustainability Coordinator Hunter Mangrum.
- The Food Service Marketing Department unveiled a new dining booklet for freshman orientation, highlighting the huge variety of meal options at each DHFS dining venue and descriptions of dining with DHFS. Along with acting as a reference guide to the university’s dining venues, the booklet also details DHFS’ sustainability initiatives, nutrition services and frequently hosted special events to let students know that we offer more than just your typical dining hall. Laura Brown designed the booklet with copy from student interns.
Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly kicked off this year’s Black Faculty and Staff Association Juneteenth Celebration on the steps of the MLK Statue on the East Mall. Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth originated in Texas and commemorates Emancipation Day.
- The Office of the Dean of Students is excited to announce the launch of HornsLink, a centralized Web portal that makes it easy for students to find out about student organizations, campus resources, events, activities and enrichment experiences that foster a culture of engagement. Individual students, student organizations and academic and administrative departments can use HornsLink to create a profile; promote events, involvement activities, programs and resources; send invitations and integrate any number of social media tools. To get started with promoting fall 2013 events, all Student Affairs departments are encouraged to create and customize their HornsLink page. Learn more by visiting www.hornslink.com or email us with questions.
- Members of the Strategic Plan writing group brought draft goals three, four and five to the Student Affairs Leadership Team on June 12 for feedback. See the photos.
- Dr. Gage E. Paine delivered the closing keynote address during the #SAtechTX Unconference held at Concordia University, which focused on social media and Women in Technology. Check out the photos.
The Alcalde sat down with Dr. Gage E. Paine for an interview and podcast about the value of Student Affairs and how we, as educators, help students succeed. Keep an eye out for their upcoming issue and The Alcalde website for the podcasts coming soon.
- With thousands of incoming freshmen visiting campus for summer orientation, we coordinated a social media campaign to help them get acquainted with the wide array of resources available from the Division of Student Affairs. That campaign also included a video where we asked members of the incoming Class of ’17 how they’re going to change the world. View the video here.
- On the first day of each freshman orientation session, Dr. Gage Paine has welcomed parents to Family Orientation. See the photos.
- Staff with June birthdays joined Dr. Gage E. Paine for Cupcakes and Conversation on June 26. View the photos.
Recreational Sports (RecSports)
- The main weight room at Gregory Gym (GRE) will be closed July 15–Aug. 15, for a month-long major renovation project that will result in new and expanded weight/cardio machines, new flooring and expanded weight room hours.
- Membership and Guest Services will host its annual Health and Lifestyle Expo for UT Austin faculty and staff on July 18 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the GRE Arena.
- The Outdoor Adventure Program is leading a trip to New Mexico for whitewater rafting and mountain biking July 10–14.
- The Outdoor Adventure Program is promoting its Fall 2013 Guide School. Registration opens Aug. 1 for this rugged curriculum, which includes classroom training, a swift water rescue workshop and an eight-day, seven-night expedition to Big Bend National Park.
- The Fitness/Wellness Program hosted a Piloxing Instructor Training workshop on June 29.
- RecSports is participating in Honors Colloquium, a UT-sponsored program that showcases the university to academically talented high school students. RecSports will host the students on July 19 from 6–10 p.m. at Gregory Gym, by offering a range of recreational options, including basketball, volleyball, swimming, dance classes, racquetball, tennis, wallyball and squash.
- Texas Parents memberships are now available for the 2013-14 year.
- The final Family Orientation session is July 8. Sessions have been conducted for parents and family members of incoming freshmen and are held on the first day of each student orientation session. There will be a Family Orientation on Aug. 21 to accompany the late Student Orientation.
- The June Next Steps e-Newsletter was sent to the parents/families of incoming freshmen. This newsletter provides helpful information leading up to their students’ arrival to campus in August. Next Steps will also be sent out in mid-July and August.
- The Family Weekend website is now live.
Texas Student Media (TSM)
- Texas Student Media re-launched the Daily Digest email. Sign up now to get the latest student-produced headlines and media content.
- Texas Student Media has published the fall 2013 calendar for the student-produced print publications. Organizations interested in advertising can check for dates and deadlines here.
- Director Ivana Grahovac and CSR students attended the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award on June 5 where UT Austin benefactor Red McCombs received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He lauded CSR, its students and staff during his acceptance speech.
- Each year, UHS administers the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) and uses the data gathered to inform our practice. The NCHA focuses on habits and behaviors, perceptions and how physical and mental health impact academic performance. UHS has made the executive summary of the fall 2012 survey available online.
- The newest members of the UHS Ambassador Team received their orientation in June. With in-depth knowledge of our organization and mission, UHS Ambassadors participate in outreach events, help orient new employees and bring a broader understanding of UHS and our students to their teams.
- UHS applied for and won a grant to study ways to reduce the volume of waste produced in the medical clinics. Watch for a job posting for a graduate student to audit waste, research options, propose solutions and implement a program. The award comes from the Green Fee Committee, part of the UT Office of Sustainability.
- The University Unions would like to wish Ms. Crystal King, our associate executive director, the best of luck as she moves to North Carolina to become the director of the Carolina Union at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Crystal has been with the Unions for 10 years and will be missed as she moves on to this next step in her career.
Hogg Auditorium (HMA)
- This summer, we are the location for Summer Orientation’s Longhorn State of Mind Opening Session, Longhorn Diaries and Longhorns: Who We Really Are.
Student Activity Center (SAC)
- The SAC is the location for the Family Orientation program hosted by Texas Parents.
- This summer, E+E is participating in orientation with tabling at events.
- With the name change to Campus Events and Entertainment, E+E has a new Twitter handle and a new logo.