Division Update – April 19, 2017

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS

  • Don and Ellie Knauss provided a gift to fund additional veteran scholarships, bringing their total to 15 scholarships for this upcoming fall semester.
  • Cathy and William “Bill” Davis ’75 provided a gift to name the Selfless Service entrance in the MSC and created an endowment to support the MSC Fall Leadership Conference.
  • A planned gift was established by Shelby McDougall ’61 creating an endowed scholarship to benefit members of the Corps of Cadets

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Congratulations to Ms. Corie Depue! A Senior Academic Peer Mentor in Residence Life, Corie (one of 43 nominees overall) was named the recipient of the Class of 1956 Student Employee Endowed Award, established to support students working on campus.
  • This prestigious award is accompanied by a scholarship. Students are nominated by their supervisors and are within 2-3 semesters of graduation.
  • Craig Rotter was an invited speaker at the Diversity & Leadership on Campus event as an important voice on campus for the Diversity, Leadership & Cultural Explorations Class (ALED 223).
  • Done in TEDx format, Dr. Rotter spoke to inclusion, empowerment, bias, programming & stereotyping here at A&M. Students are seeking ways to embrace these values & strengthen their capacities for leadership in a diverse world.
  • The U Challenge Banquet was held April 18th in the MSC’s Bethancourt Ballroom where after research and preparation, the two final teams presented their competition proposals on utilities profiles for Mosher and Davis-Gary residence halls with recommendations for student engagement & utility conservation. This is a pilot initiative sponsored by Johnson Controls & Siemens in partnership with Utilities & Energy Services.
  • For the first time ever, new to housing freshmen who have applied to live on campus and be part of one of our Living Learning Communities (LLP) in the Residence Halls and White Creek Apartments can self-select their hall/apartment/room for next fall.
  • Twenty different LLPs and approximately 3,050 students have been notified that they can start picking their on campus living space for next fall.
  • The Dan Mizer Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) would like to recognize our Of The Month (OTM) winners:
  • American Sign Language & Deaf Culture and A Day in the Life of a Service Dog.
  • White Creek RA Bianca Rabelo
  • Lechner-McFadden Community
  • Social OTM winners: Ping Pong Tourney, Appelt
  • OTM student winner: Katie Brokovich

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Muster and its corresponding events are being held on Friday, April 21st. Join us as we remember our fallen Aggies and celebrate with this year’s 50th class reunion.
  • Reflections of this year’s honored families will be on display in the MSC Flagroom beginning on Monday, April 17th.
  • Muster BBQ on will be on April 21st in Kyle Field Plaza from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
  • Muster ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. in Reed arena.
  • Join our Aggie Greeks on Wednesday, April 26th for two exciting events!
  • At 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Theater, our National Pan-Hellenic and Collegiate Panhellenic Council organizations will show off their “stepping” skills at Stompfest 2017 (tickets available at MSC Box Office).
  • At 8:00 p.m., join our Multicultural Greek Council on Rudder Plaza to experience a “Taste of Asia” featuring unique dishes from across the continent!
  • We are proud to announce the 2017 Margaret Rudder Community Service Award recipients! The Margaret Rudder Community Service Award seeks to recognize and award those who significantly impact their community and, as a result, are themselves impacted by that contribution.
  • Pranav Kannan ’18, Madison Miller ’18, Kathleen Seunsom ’17, Shelby Kilpatrick ’17, and Ashley Adair ’17
  • On behalf of The Maroon & White Leadership Society, we are happy to announce that we will be inducting our largest cohort! These students have proven themselves dedicated to their own development and the improvement of those around them by demonstrating strong leadership.
  • The Maroon & White Leadership Society Induction Ceremony will take place Thursday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (SCS)

  • The Student Counseling Service will be providing an online counseling resource for all students at Texas A&M University. WellTrack.com provides an online resource that addresses stress, anxiety and depression. The program provides information about various relaxation techniques and a resource to track moods. WellTrack will be available through the SCS website in the next week.
  • The Student Counseling Service will host the 15th Annual Social Justice in College Counseling Conference. Ethical Implications of Racial Disparity and Our Role will be addressed by four different presenters over a two day period on May 8th and 19th.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • From May 30th – June 3rd, Student Health Services staff and students will be attending the American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
  • SHS staff members and student employees have a total of 11 presentations at this conference. The ACHA Annual Meeting allows attendees to earn continuing education credits/contact hours, network with professionals from across the country, and more.
  • In honor of Lab Professionals Week, SHS will be offering FREE lab testing to students at the A.P. Beutel Health Center from April 24th – April 28th. Students must redeem each lab test on its assigned day and a limited quantity of tests are available.
  • Testing schedule: Monday (HIV); Tuesday (RPR-Syphilis); Wednesday (Blood Type); Thursday (Cholesterol); Friday (Chlamydia/Gonorrhea). For questions call (979) 458-8333.
  • SHS will be participating in the Student Counseling Service De-Stress Fest for students on Wednesday, May 3rd in the MSC Gates Ballroom from 1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
  • SHS will be allowing students to make and take their own trail mix at the event and learn about healthy snacking. Questions regarding the event can be directed towards Student Counseling Service.
  • SHS will be starting a new podcast featuring SHS healthcare professionals and relevant health topics related to college students. The podcast will kick-off during the upcoming Fall semester.
  • SHS will be participating in a Culture Cook-Off hosted by Aggies United on Thursday, April 27th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Rudder Plaza. At the cook-off, SHS will be a resource for students and will provide students with the opportunity to sample trail mix and learn about healthy snacking.

STUDENT LIFE STUDIES

  • Registration for the Second Annual Assessment Boot Camp is still open. The day-long workshop on June 8th is open to any Division of Student Affairs staff interested in developing their assessment skills and knowledge. For more information, see http://studentlifestudies.tamu.edu/Bootcamp

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

  • The J. Wayne Stark and Forsyth Galleries are now offering Free Parking Thursdays!
  • Visit both galleries on any Thursday and receive two hours of validated parking on campus.Thanks to the Association of Former Students for their support of this program!
  • Planning a special event? The Stark Galleries and the Forsyth Galleries offer beautiful spaces for lectures, symposiums, and University–related events of all kinds. We’re here to help you put together the perfect event!
  • Call us at 845-8501 to schedule a tour/consultation.
  • New Exhibition coming soon, Echoes of the East: Exoticism in the Decorative Arts will be opening on April 28th.
  • Divine Works: Mythology in the Arts will be closing soon. If you have not made it make sure you do by this weekend.

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS

  • UCEN project manager, Jana Corley, has created an educational online training for UCEN staff about the campus carry law. This new training will be required of all students and staff employed within the department. This is the first of several online trainings to be developed for the department.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • The VRSC is excited to partner with the TAMU Athletic Department to offer free tickets for Veterans during Military Appreciation Days: TAMU Softball vs. Georgia on April 23rd at 12:00 p.m.
  • Get the tickets at com/MilitaryDay Promo Code: “ThankYou”
  • Join us May 10th from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Stark Gallery to present RED, WHITE, and BLUE Cords to our student veterans who are Graduating in May ‘17. These cords signify Texas A&M University’s appreciation for the service & sacrifice of our Aggie Veteran/Military students

CORPS OF CADETS

  • It was a great weekend for parents and their cadets as we celebrated Family Weekend 2017. Friday evening, a Corps Review was held on Simpson Drill Field where the following units were recognized for their performance:
  • Commandant’s Flag (Outfit Involvement in Activities Both on and off the Quad):  Squadron 2
  • Robert Gates Flag (Public Service):  Squadron 6
  • JJ Sanchez Flag (Recruiting and Retention):  B Company
  • George P.F. Jouine Flag (Academic Excellence):  A Company
  • Bruno Hochmuth Flag (Military Proficiency):  Squadron 21
  • Taylor Gillespie Flag (Most Improved Outfit):  Company C-2
  • President’s Flag (Outstanding Major Unit):  Combined Band
  • General George F. Moore Flag (Outstanding Unit):  B Company
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Corps of Cadets is supporting SAAM and the university’s Step In-Stand Up campaign by wearing the teal ribbons. Many campus visitors have noticed the ribbons, giving the cadets an opportunity to talk about the effort Texas A&M is making to bring awareness to this serious issue.
  • Members of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football Team dined with the Corps on April 6th at Duncan Dining Hall. The players were divided among the outfits, participated in formation, and then enjoyed the evening meal with the cadets.
  • This is the sixth year the football team has had dinner with the Corps, and it’s a great opportunity for cadets and players to get to know each other and establish friendships.

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Disability Services is in need of volunteers as we partner with faculty in administering over 1,500 exams on April 27th and throughout finals week (May 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th.)
  • Please consider signing up for a two-hour shift to serve as a proctor or hallway monitor in our MSC testing location. For questions or more information, please contact Joe Hartsoe at joeh@disability.tamu.edu by April 24th.
  • Disability Services partnered with the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center on Disability and Development, Instructional Technology Services and the College of Liberal Arts to present the inaugural Educating Every Aggie workshop on Thursday, April 20th. This workshop will educate faculty on providing universal, accessible design for teaching and learning. For more information, contact Kristie Orr kristieorr@tamu.edu

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • Recently, the applications team completed 9 software enhancements for 5 DoIT customers:
  • Big Event, Department of Multicultural Services, SGA Election Commission, Student Activities, University Center & Special Events
  • Big Event saw big support from DoIT this year with the deployment of a number of custom features to the online application and also trained the Big Event staff on how to use it.
  • Service Desk built and deployed a custom laptop image to support Big Event operations
  • Systems coordinated communications with central IT networking
  • On the day of the event, DoIT had 10 staff members onsite by 5:30am to help setup and troubleshoot
  • John Schmitz received his ITIL v3 Foundations certification last week
  • DoIT welcomes Donald St. Martin who will start on May 1st.
  • Donald is an experienced programmer and web developer who comes to us from Engineering

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • MSC FISH will host Kyle Field Day from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on April 22nd.
  • Kyle Field Day is designed to provide the students of Texas A&M a chance to actively engage in service and seek continued involvement in the community. By providing a wide variety of service opportunities, MSC FISH seeks to engage both individuals and organizations.
  • MSC ALOT presents TEDxTAMU, “Horizons,” on April 22nd.
  • Horizons are known not for what they are, but for what they lead to. From penitentiary teachers to introverted public speakers, they have one thing in common; they do not let the status quo stand unquestioned.
  • Click here to live stream https://livestream.com/TEDx/TEDxTAMU. Tickets available from the MSC Box Office.
  • MSC Town Hall will host comedian, Daniel Tosh for Tosh.Show on April, 28th. He will host and perform an evening of standup comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0.” The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. Tickets available from the MSC Box Office.
  • MSC Aggie Cinema presents Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on April 28th. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.
  • The MSC is calling all former student officers for the May 5th – 6th Former Student Officers Reunion. Registration and information can be found online at http://msc.tamu.edu/reunion/

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • Multicultural Services continues to join with the Asian Presidents’ Council in celebration of Asian Heritage Month in Aggieland.
  • This year’s theme is “Find Your Voice” and a list of events can be found at tamuapc.org. Please Contact Diana Lee at dlee@dms.tamu.edu for more information.
  • Congratulations to the 2017 ACE Award winners. The DMS appreciates the support of the Division of Student Affairs, and those who supported the event by attending, volunteering, and nominating peers.
  • For a list of winners, and pictures from the event, please visit http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/ace-awards/previous-awards-recipients/
  • The DMS is excited to host its second DMS Student Success Banquet on Tuesday, April 25th.
  • We will be honoring the graduation milestones and academic achievements of over 60 DMS student leaders and celebrating their contributions to advancing the climate at Texas A&M. Contact Mara Schaffler at mschaffler@tamu.edu for more information.
  • Aggies to Aggies (A2A) peer diversity educators are offering a diversity training session on Thursday, April 20th from 7:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Hullabaloo room 117A.
  • The topic is “Power and Privilege.” Visit com/DMSMaroonLink for details contact A2A at tamua2a@gmail.com or Dear Aunaetitrakul at Deara@tamu.edu

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • Howdy Week is August 20th – 27th, 2017. General Event submissions are available at: http://tx.ag/generalevent until 5:00 pm on May 15th.
  • Showcase your office, department, or organization by hosting an event and welcoming students back to campus!
  • On April 26th at 12:00 p.m., Sarah Jaks and Melanie McKoin will present “Cultivating the Relationship: Deferred Adjudication for College Students” via the monthly TACUSPA webinar. Join in to learn more about how cultivating town gown relationships can assist with educating students.
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council recently elected new officers, and selected a new Grad Camp Director. Please help us in welcoming:
  • Matthew Etchells – President, Chris Nygren – Executive VP, Molika Sinha – VP of Finance, Tyler Raszick – VP of University Affairs, Kerry Kennedy – VP of Information, and Shelby Lautner – Grad Camp Director.
  • Lavender Graduation Celebration is still accepting RSVPs for students graduating in Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters of 2017! Please RSVP at tamu.edu/LGCRSVP.
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