Division Update – April 21, 2016

BECKY GATES CHILDREN’S CENTER

  • Our classrooms are doing a unit of study on healthy bodies and have had several speakers come to share their knowledge.
  • A teaching assistant shared her knowledge of germs with a few classes and a parent did a hand washing experiment with our two year olds, just to name a few.
    • Dr. Wilson from the USDA talked with the preschool and pre-kindergarten classes. In the process they got to hold cockroaches, watch popcorn pop and cover their ears for mild explosions.
    • On May 6th our pre-kindergarten children will be graduating. The graduation ceremony will be held in the Gates Ballroom in the MSC. It is a very exciting time for the children and their families.
  • All of the lead teachers have been busy holding parent conferences. Parent conferences are scheduled twice a year to share information with each parent about their child.

CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Corps of Cadets is supporting Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the university’s Step In. Stand Up. campaign by wearing the SAAM teal ribbons the first two weeks of April.
  • Congratulations to our Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team for finishing 1st among ROTC teams at the prestigious and grueling Sandhurst Competition at West Point, New York.
  • Texas A&M was the only ROTC team to win the coveted Gold Patch at the Sandhurst Competition, a competition that includes teams from around the world, including England and Canada.
  • The Corps of Cadets recently hosted the 13th annual Nichols Rising Leaders Conference at Camp Lone Star in LaGrange, Texas. The 62 selected sophomore cadets were given presentations on the responsibilities of a leader, being ethical as a leader, and working to improve as a leader.
  • On Saturday, April 2nd the Corps inducted 12 new members into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in Duncan Dining Hall. Over 400 former inductees, family members, friends, and current cadets celebrated the event.
  • This year’s inductees were: Colonel Thomas Dooley ’35, Bill Huffman ’53, Donald Zale ’55, Dwain Mayfield ’59, Charles Gregory ’64, Congressman Greg Laughlin ’64, Jerome Rektorik ’65, Rick Graham ’66, Dr. Stephen Holditch ’69, Rick Rickman ’70, Maj. Gen. (TXSG) Jake Betty ’73, and Keith Williams ’78

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Several staff members organized and presented at the 24th annual conference for the state affiliate of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD in Texas) in Austin on April 13th – 15th.
  • Paul Harwell (President) and Stephanie Bullick (Director of Membership and Communication) worked to plan and facilitate the conference for over 100 attendees across the state.
  • Joe Hartsoe presented a half-day pre-conference on serving individuals with mental health disabilities.
  • Justin Romack and Paul Harwell presented sessions on supervising student employees in disability services, as well as supporting students with disabilities using technology.
  • Disability Services staff will administer over 1,200 finals on May 5th – 6th and May 9th – 10th, and we still are in need of several volunteers to serve as exam proctors, and hallway/restroom monitors in the MSC. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joe Hartsoe at joeh@disability.tamu.edu.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • Projects completed in the last two weeks:
  • Big Event feature requests (Student Activities)
  • Summer and interim housing apps (Residence Life)
  • Marketing package phase 3 (Student Life)
  • Active Directory domain upgrades (DSA)
  • Evaluate automatic data import tools (DoIT)
  • Varidesk deployments (DSA)
  • Muster reporting (Student Activities)
  • A graduate assistant accepted a business analyst internship this summer at IBM as a result of the work they have been doing for us.
  • Partnered with Student Life Studies to develop new post-project survey to go out to Stakeholders following project completion. The new initiative will enable DoIT to continuously improve processes and service levels.
  • Facilitated Military Property Warehouse (Corps Apptricity Project) session for courses of action to meet proposed timeline to re-chip more than 50,000 inventory items with new UHF chips; resulting in options offered to sponsor for decision.

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • On Friday, April 22th Star Wars: The Force Awakens (MSC Aggie Cinema) will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • Kyle Field Day will return to Kyle Field on Saturday, April 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • The movie, Remember the Titans will be shown on the field after the event.
  • MSC LEAD will be hosting a Sexual Assault Awareness Week display from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from April 25th through April 29th at various location on campus
  • On Tuesday, April 26th, Tony Bennett will appear in concert (MSC OPAS) at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • The exhibit “Natural Forms & Figures: Alia El-Bermani” (MSC Visual Arts Committee) will be in the MSC Reynolds Gallery from April 27th through June 18th.
  • Regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • On Thursday, April 28th Carlos Machuca & The Blue Smokes will be the performing at the MSC Town Hall Lunchbox Series from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Rudder Plaza
  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (MSC Aggie Cinema) will be shown on Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder 601
  • On Saturday, April 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the 12th Jam Music Festival (MSC Town Hall) will be held at the Liberal Arts Building Field
  • The final Lost and Found Auction (MSC Hospitality) will occur on Monday, May 2nd

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • C.L.U.E.S (Culture Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores) Fellows Applications are due April 25th.
  • C.L.U.E.S, a sophomore learning community, is a collaboration between the Department of Multicultural Services and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications.  This a one year course (three hours in the fall and three hours in the spring) focuses on multiculturalism, diversity/cultural sensitivity, and inclusive leadership.
  • To apply to become a C.L.U.E.S Fellow visit http://dms.tamu.edu/clues-fellowship-application-2016-2017/
  • Multicultural Services will host its first Student Success Banquet on Tuesday, April 19th.  The event will recognize and celebrate graduating seniors who have been involved with department organizations and groups, as well as students who have a GPA of 3.5 and above.
  • The 2016 Accountability, Climate and Equity (ACE) Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 13th.
  • The awards were sponsored by Division of Student Affairs, Office for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Disability Services, Women’s Resource Center, Aggie Allies, Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships Office and Student Government Association Diversity Commission.  The ACE Awards center award criteria on the three overarching goals of the Diversity Plan: Accountability, Climate, and Equity.
  • For a list of this year’s winners, go to http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/ace-awards/previous-awards-recipients/

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • Upcoming concert performances will be held in Rudder Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the MSC Box Office in person or online
  • Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. – Texas A&M Women’s Chorus, Dr. Eric Posada, Conductor
  • Friday , April 29th at 7:30 p.m. – Texas A&M Century Singers & Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Eric Posada & Dr. Paul Sikes, Conductors
  • Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m. – Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert & Symphonic Bands, Travis Almany & Dr. Paul Sikes, Conductors
  • Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. – Wind Symphony & Symphonic Winds, Dr. Timothy Rhea & Travis Almany Conductors/Dr. David Waybright, University of Florida & Professor Thomas Leslie, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Guest Conductors
  • The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will perform in the Battle of the Flowers Parade in San Antonio on April 22nd.
  • The Singing Cadets will be performing for the Jefferson Awards on April 26th.
  • Dr. Paul Sikes adjudicated the South Coast Music Festival April 14th-16th and will adjudicating the Gulf Coast Showcase of Music in Brownsville.
  • Travis Almany adjudicated Region X Band UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest.
  • Dr. Timothy Rhea conducted the Tennessee All-State Band in Nashville April 14th through April 16th.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE

  • The GLBT Resource Center coordinated the annual GLBT Awareness Week on April 4th – 16th, in conjunction with student groups and community organizations
  • Lavender Graduation Celebration was held on Wednesday, April 20th. This was an opportunity for TAMU LGBTQ+ students, their friends, and families to join and celebrate the academic achievements of LGBTQ+ students and their contributions to TAMU.
  • During Parents’ Weekend the new Parents’ of the Year for 2016-17 were named.
  • Dean and Glenda Schneider— both are class of ’82 and they have six Aggie children Joshua ’05, Bethany ’07, Raechel ’10, Thomas ’12, Peter ’14, and Hannah ’16.
  • The ACE Awards were presented on Wednesday, April 13th. The Women’s Progress Awards winners are:
  • Women’s Progress Award Student – Ms. Emily Parrish, Graduating senior in the Department of Economics
  • Women’s Progress Award Staff – Samantha Huge, Sr. Associate Director for the Department of Athletics
  • Women’s Progress Award Faculty – Dr. Adreinne Carter-Sowell, Department of Psychology and the Africana Studies Program

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • Student events:
  • Lifeguard “Guard Games” will be finishing up this weekend.
  • Lifeguard Certification courses will be held on May 15th – 18th and May 19th – 22nd.
  • TISCA State Water Polo Championship will be held April 29th – 30th.
  • Region 4 USA Diving Championship will be held May 5th – 8th.
  • Facility Supervisor/Head Guard combined training will be held on April 24th.
  • The CSBA Annual Workshop will be held on May 23rd. Arranna Bennett is currently serving as the Chair of CSBA and is working with the conference planning committee to bring a top notch conference by targeting all business, human resource as well as administrative staff to participate.
  • There will be break-out sessions, catered lunch provided and Dr. Kevin Elko and Dr. Beverly Chiodo as featured speakers.  The Division of Student Affairs is providing all the space to hold this conference in the MSC.  All Division business administrative staff are encouraged to register.  Registration is in Train Traq.
  • The Best in Business Award will be presented at the CSBA Annual Workshop on May 23rd. You can contact Arranna Bennett for nomination information abennett@rec.tamu.edu or Cari Tawney at c-tawney@tamu.edu.
  • On April 22nd the Annual Rec Sports Student Banquet – An evening of Masquerade Magic will celebrate the best performing student workers in each of 14 program and service areas of Rec Sports.
  • 45 former student staff and former professional staff along with current Rec Sports staff attended the Development Dinner at the Little New Orleans Restaurant in Kissimmee, Florida.
  • The Walk of Champions Brick Campaign broke the number of bricks ordered in one semester with a total of 258.  It also broke the record for income with a total of $27,500.
  • Thirty spring graduates from Rec Sports attended the Graduate Dinner on April 18th
  • Nine current student staff will receive $1,000 scholarship from Rec Sports as selected by the scholarship committee.
  • Five current Men’s Soccer members will receive scholarship funds for fall 2016 and spring 2017 from the Men’s Soccer Club Daniel C. Kenney Memorial Endowment Fund.
  • On April 22nd – 24th, Will Steward, student worker for Intramural Sports, will be representing Texas A&M University and our department as 1 of 57 student intramural officials from across the country chosen to officiate the 2016 NIRSA National Basketball Championships at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Will received this honor by ranking as one of the top 4 officials back in March at the NIRSA Region IV Basketball Championships which was hosted by the University of Houston.
  • Additionally, Jamie Mineart, Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports, will be serving at the NIRSA National Basketball Championships after being selected to be on staff for the event.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • The Aggie Eco-Reps, a sustainability oriented student organization within Residence Life, will be sponsoring:
  • Clean plate program along with Chartwells Dining is aiming to raise consciousness about food waste in an all you can eat facility. The program will be April 19th – 21st at Sbisa. Students will be asked to scrape and weigh the food remaining on their plate before it goes onto the dish cart. The daily weights from lunch hours are shared. It is based on a national program by Chartwells. It began in the fall during the Sustainability Challenge and is intended to be held each semester as an ongoing reminder to eat all you want, but take only what you can eat
  • Chill & Charge is an opportunity to visit about making sustainability an Aggie tradition while using solar power to recharge your electronic devices. The event will be held on April 21st,11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Hullabaloo Courtyard
  • Resource tables will be at Earth Day in Rudder Plaza on Friday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Solid Waste Minimization is the theme for the week. This event will be zero-waste.
  • A 5k fun run entitled, “Ready, Set, Go Green!” to culminate Earth Week activities on Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m. To register, visit: https://goo.gl/mY3Rrw
  • For a listing of all of the activities being sponsored at Texas A&M for Earth Week, follow #EarthDay2016
  • Women’s and Gender Studies, Arcus Foundation and Residence Life hosted a Social Justice Living Learning Program Student Forum on April 18th to aid in the development of the program components for a fall 2017 launch.
  • E.R.A.S.E. (Encouraging Respect Acceptance & Support through Education), a specially trained group of Residence Advisors, is hosting “Taste of the World” a dinner program to celebrate the Indian culture in Hullabaloo 117A on April 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • 55 exceptional student leaders were honored with The Buck Weirus Spirit Award on April 7th at the Association of Former Students. A special tribute was also made to Rusty Thompson as an honorary recipient.
  • On Friday, April 5th, 60 undergraduate and 2 graduate students were selected as Who’s Who recipients. Students who receive this award are honored due to their contributions in leadership, service, campus activities, and academic achievements.
  • The Maroon & White Leadership Fellows program will be inducting their second class of Leadership Fellows into The Maroon & White Leadership Society on April 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. These 18 students have diligently worked alongside a leadership coach to deeply reflect on their in and out of classroom experiences.
  • To learn more about the program please visit our website.
  • Despite the early morning thunder, lightning and rain on April 19th, SGA Traditions Council’s Run for the Ring 5K event was still a big success for the five lucky winners of a shiny Aggie Ring scholarship and those that won over $10,000 worth of door prizes!
  • While the actual run was cancelled, the Yell Leaders and Traditions Council members held an impromptu yell practice and videotaped the ring-scholarship and prize drawing so that those who invested their time and donation could find out the results on the same day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaOHNBGM1Co).
  • Congratulations to the list of winners of the 5 Aggie Ring scholarships sponsored by Association of Former Students and Traditions Council: Shea Mackey (U3), Ally Samaniego (U4), Amit Dhoot (G7/G8), Rashard Harris (U4), and Rebeca Cabrera (U3)

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

  • Student Counseling Service, along with co-sponsors Student Health Services and Theta Chi Fraternity, will be hosting the annual DE-STRESS Fest on Monday, April 25th from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m., in Koldus rooms 110/111.
  • The event will feature: free massages, coloring, Legos, crafts, samples of Northgate Juice Joint and fun and relaxation for all students!  Contact the Student Counseling Service at 979-845-4427 for more information.
  • Student Counseling Service offers advanced practicum training experiences for both masters-level trainees and doctoral-level trainees.  The emphasis is upon learning through the practical application of evidence-based interventions within a university counseling center context.
  • We are accepting applications for both levels at this time.  Additionally, our current trainees will be showcasing their skills in a 45-minute case presentation in the next couple weeks to our staff.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • During the Corps Health Fair, hosted on Friday, April 15th, over 350 Cadets attended the event and interacted with SHS volunteers for a fun, informative event.
  • For Student Employment Appreciation Week, SHS provided cake and pizza to its student workers to thank them for their hard work.
  • Maggie Webb, SHS Business Coordinator, successfully received her certification in ambulance coding.
  • Buddy Bell, Patient Services Student Worker, was nominated for Student Employee of the Year.
  • Edward Davila, Business Office Student Worker, accepted the Stand Up Award – Student Organization for CARPOOL.
  • SHS Radiology performed 2,273 X-Rays during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Radiology is staffed by two Radiology Technologists and a board-certified Radiologist.

STUDENT LIFE STUDIES

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

  • In the 19 days that the Shakespeare First Folio was on display at the Stark Galleries over 3,100 people have visited.
  • In partnership with the Benz School of Floral Design, the Stark Galleries will be hosting a Far East Fusion floral design workshop on Wednesday, April 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Forsyth Galleries is partnering with the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas a reciprocal exhibition exchange.  Nineteen paintings from the Forsyth Collection have been lent to that museum and in the fall of 2016, Forsyth will borrow a number of pieces for an exhibition of western art here.

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS (UCEN)

  • On Friday, April 15th five finalists for the UCEN Student Employee of the Year Award were named.
  • Included in this group are Caroline Lopez, Hannah King, Jamie Veazy, Michael Klosterboer and Fritz Kocher.  The winner will be announced on May 4th at the UCEN department awards luncheon.
  • Two University Center & Special Events staff members from  Rudder Theatre Complex, Moises Cruz and Blake Biediger, will attend INFOCOMM this coming June.
  • INFOCOMM provides classes and exhibits in the latest audiovisual technology.
  • University Center & Special Events Director, Bill Bielamowicz, will attend the SEC Union Directors Conference at the University of Florida this coming June.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • Texas A&M University was chosen as a 2016 Inaugural ASEE Veterans Award winner.
  • The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) based their selection on Texas A&M’s ranking from both “Best for Vets” and “Military Friendly” for Engineering Schools. Three private and seven public universities were chosen.
  • The VRSC Supports Veteran Research through a veterans narrative project, “After Combat”.
  • The goal is to contribute to the public record of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from the perspective of veterans by conducting anonymous interviews with combat veterans who have agreed to allow their stories to be included in a book of oral narratives.
  • The military appreciation baseball game will be held at Olsen Field on April 24th.
  • The tailgate starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • Aggie Military/Veteran Cord Reception will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 11th in the Stark Gallery on the 1st floor of the Memorial Student Center (MSC).
  • Texas A&M student veterans receive a Red, White, and Blue cord to wear at their graduation ceremony. These cords signify Texas A&M University’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Aggie Veteran/Military students.
  • Aggie Veteran Awareness Support
  • In 1949, the A&M College of Texas opened the Veterans Advisory Service to support the World War II student veterans. Aggie student veterans comprise nearly 75% of the 12th man.

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