Division Update – August 18, 2016

BECKY GATES CHILDREN’S CENTER

  • Five staff members recently attended a training at St. Ambrose University in Iowa on the Project Approach. It was a week of intensive training focused on implementing the Project Approach in early childhood classrooms conducted by the leading experts on Project Approach.
  • Preparation of the classrooms for a new year is underway. Our new semester begins August 22nd. The current children enrolled will move into new classrooms and new children will begin. Enrollment is full at 165 children.
  • Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd. This is a night for parents of the enrolled children to visit with their child’s teacher to learn more about the classroom and our curriculum.
  • An orientation for parents of new children enrolled in the center is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st.
  • The first unit of study for the new year will be “Getting to Know You/All About Me.” The children will focus on themselves, their new friends and their classrooms.

CORPS OF CADETS

  • This past weekend Corps Senior Key Leadership, members of the Commandant’s staff and ROTCs attended an offsite in Austin to review policies and plan for the upcoming school year.
  • Approximately 600 cadets are back on the quad with the arrival of Key Leaders and Cadre last Saturday.  They are training and preparing to accept over 850 freshmen for Freshman Orientation Week on Wednesday, August 17th.
  • Wednesday, August 17th marks the first day of Freshman Orientation Week (FOW) for the Corps of Cadets.
  • We are thrilled to see the class of 2020 become part of the Aggie family and the Corps of Cadets. To stay updated with FOW activities please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AggieCorps
  • Company G-1, “The Ramblin’ Rogues,” and Squadron 5, “The Filthy Fifth,” will once again be a part of the Corps of Cadets and reactivation ceremonies will take place on Friday, August 26th.
  • Squadron 5 will begin at 10:00 a.m. and Company G-1 will begin at 2:00 p.m., both in front of the Sanders Corps Center.

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Disability Services will host a new workshop this fall called Aggie Ability Awareness in collaboration with the Center on Disability and Development, Center for Teaching Excellence and Instructional Technology Services.
  • The program features a curriculum geared at promoting awareness about disability as a social justice matter, Universal Design for Instruction, and working with students with disabilities in the classroom
  • The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • The workshop is currently designed for faculty. We hope to expand the program in future semesters. For more information, contact Joe Hartsoe at joeh@disability.tamu.edu.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • As 2016-Q4 draws to a close, numerous projects have been completed. Here’s a list of projects completed in the last two weeks:
  • (UCSE) DSA Event Management System – Significant version upgrade that interfaces with DSA digital signs, UCEN building controls, FMO
  • (BEUT) DR Test Exercise – Beutel Health Center IT Resiliency – Simulated building fiber cut (isolated Beutel from campus network) and tested the resiliency of local building services.
  • Tested EMS’s P25 radio related system
  • Tested SHS’s workstations and medical applications
  • Tested DoIT’s IT infrastructure
  • (DRLH) Move SAO Staff from Hart Hall to Legget Hall after the completion of the Legget Hall construction work.
  • (DRLH) Annual PC deployment – deployed more than 40 workstations
  • (OOC) Summer Quad move – relocation of OOC staff into the new LLCs and new CTO offices in the newly renovated dorms
  • (DSA) SQLSRV2 Decommissioning – migration of databases from older database servers to newer ones
  • (DOIT) Applications Review Phase 4 – Alignment of application functions to customer business needs and technologies to more streamlined and modern standards
  • (DSA) Robust ID Management (Exploratory) – Secured a bid for integrating DSA authentication credentials to university-level authentication system
  • (DSA) Student Officer Eligibility API – A program interface that calculates eligibility of students to serve in various membership capacities for multiple departments
  • (SACT) Student Activities Website Theme Evaluation (Phase 1) – Planning phase for upgrading department’s WordPress Theme
  • (RSPO) Migrate Legacy RSPO Websites – Decommission old RSPO web server and migrate services to newer platform
  • (DSA) Upgrade Student Data API – The “DoIT API” is the common repository for all student data used by dozens of departmental IT services. This is an upgrade of that system.

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • MSC Open House, scheduled for September 4th is sold out at 457 organizational tables and a few on the waiting list!
  • There may be a few outdoor slots still available if student organizations are willing to brave the expected heat.
  • Party on the Plaza, MSC’s contribution to Gig ‘Em Week activities, is on Wednesday, August 24th.
  • MSC Aggie Cinema will show Captain America: Civil War at 6:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium, general activities, free food, and student performances begin in Rudder Plaza at 7:00 p.m.
  • The band Emerald City All-Stars presented by MSC OPAS hit the stage in Rudder Plaza at 8:30 p.m. These events are being coordinated by the MSC Party on the Plaza Committee.
  • Welcome to our new graduate assistants, Kayla Flott and Elba Morales, who’ll be working with MSC LEAD/ MSC FISH and MSC CAMAC respectively, and welcome back to Carly Rice and Nicole Gabler working with MSC FLI/MSC Jordan and MSC Development, respectively.
  • MSC Fall Leadership Conference is set for August 23rd – 25th, and will bring together 100 student leaders from across campus to help enhance their leadership skills and provide valuable networking opportunities.
  • MSC Hospitality will be giving Bonfire Memorial Tours on August 22nd from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • We are excited to welcome Diana Lee to our department!
  • She will focus on student engagement opportunities for our Asian population by advising the Asian Presidents’ Council (APC) and the Institute for the Development and Education of Asian American Leaders (IDEAAL).
  • Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and leadership (ExCEL) is a freshman involvement program and student organization designed to help incoming students transition from high school to college as well as foster a community where they can culturally identify while at Texas A&M. It is a semester program with activities consisting of cultural community events, a seminar series focusing on topics relevant to underrepresented students, and mentor engagement activities.
    • ExCEL launches with a one-day conference the weekend before classes start. There is a one-time fee of $50 which covers the conference and semester activities. Interested incoming students can register at www.excel.tamu.edu.
  • The department is pleased to host our free annual “Welcome Social” on Friday, August 26th from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Zone Club at Kyle Field. This is an opportunity for incoming Aggies to interact with other new Aggies, student leaders, staff, and faculty.
  • Go to www.dms.tamu.edu to RSVP. The deadline to register is Monday, August 22nd.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. The Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC) will host “Bienvenidos a Aggieland” for new students to meet and learn about different Hispanic organizations on campus. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with their Texas A&M Familia.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • The GLBT Resource Center is currently recruiting mentors for the newly revamped mentorship programs.
  • The Rainbow Resource Fair will be held Sept 13th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in MSC 2300D.
  • During Fish Camp, Aggie Transition Camp, and Grad Camp, the Office of CLEAR has been providing Green Dot Bystander Intervention Overviews.
  • Gig ‘Em Week is next week, August 21st – 28th! The schedule is online at gigemweek.tamu.edu and also available on the Gig ‘Em Week Mobile App, which can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play.
  • New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) is soliciting staff volunteers for Howdy Tables the first day of class! Assist students in navigating campus and answer any questions they have.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • The 2nd Annual Rec-A-Palooza will be held on August 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Student Rec Center.
  • Fall Fitness Kickoff will be held September 2nd from 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and offer 24 free group fitness classes.
  • Recreational Sports hired 5 new graduate assistants in August. They are:
  • Matt Holmquist, Graduate Assistant – Intramurals from University of Arkansas
  • Carl John Stancheski, Graduate Assistant- Aquatics from University of Central Florida
  • Charles Jason, Graduate Assistant – Facilities from Virginia Tech University
  • Dhalston Cage, Graduate Assistant – Sports Clubs from Texas A&M University
  • Ashley Heriot, Graduate Assistant – Strength & Conditioning from University of Georgia

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Sunday, August 21st is officially Move-In Assistance Day and we are expecting approximately 4,000 students (along with 1-3 members of their family/friends) to be arriving with their belongings. More than 400 volunteers from among the faculty, staff and student body, as well as the community, will be on hand to assist.
  • Arriving early are those attending the last sessions of Fish Camp to drop off their stuff and head to Camp. Approximately 2,300 students including Corps of Cadets signed up for Early Move-In. There is a fee for early arrival per night (leases start on the 21st) and students must apply via http://www.reslife.tamu.edu, so that staff can be ready and security issues are addressed.
  • University Apartment Residents at White Creek and the Gardens were allowed to begin move in this past Monday, August 15th. Under their lease, there is no additional charge, but they must schedule an appointment for staff to be available to check them in and provide keys.
  • We anticipate that by Sunday evening, 80% of residents will be moved in. Occupancy is anticipated to be 99% across the residence halls and 98% at White Creek Apartments. There are some vacancies available in the Gardens in the double room/one bath apartments.
  • The Tour Program will resume providing student-led tours on Friday, September 2nd at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with tours leaving every hour; just in time for the first football weekend.
  • Northside Residence Hall Tours originate from the Northside Commons (Hullabaloo Hall). On the tour, you will see most types of buildings.
  • Southside Residence Hall Tours will be available in summer 2017.
  • White Creek Apartment Tours are available Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., leaving on the hour and ½ hour.
  • To register for a residence hall tour visit http://reslife.tamu.edu/tour/ or call 979-845-0557.
  • National research says, and Texas A&M University data supports that living on campus is an advantage for students. GPR’s and retention rates are higher than their off-campus peers. Graduation rates and numbers of those going on to graduate and professional schools is also higher for students who have lived on campus for at least one year.
  • These labs are open to all students, but because of their proximity to students’ apartments and residence halls, on campus residents are the primary users. The Department of Residence Life’s vision is to offer Texas A&M University students a world-class on-campus student living and learning experience.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Congratulations to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) and Melissa Williams! CPC received the College Panhellenic Excellence Award from the National Panhellenic Conference for the second year in a row.
  • They are one of 27 councils in the nation to receive this honor. Whoop to our amazing Aggie women!
  • The Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) and Interfraternity Council (IFC) will be kicking off their recruitment initiatives starting August 20th – 27th. We are expecting over 1,200 women and over 350 men to go through the recruitment process.
  • Dr. Melissa Shehane co-authored an article entitled Exploring the Language of Leadership Learning and Education and Tearney Woodruff co-authored an article entitled Developing a Comprehensive Assessment Plan.
  • Hensel Park will undergo several changes over the next few weeks as the demolition of several park structures, which have been continuously plagued by aging issues and recurring vandalism, will be demolished in order to make way for park improvements.
  • Local residents will still able to enjoy the green space that Hensel Park provides, including the historic dome and playground equipment, while we work with our campus and city partners to determine a more viable future for the park and the surrounding area.
  • On Aug. 25th we will host our annual Gig ‘Em Week signature event, StuAct Block Party, where students can find information on how to get involved in our 1,000+ student organizations and enjoy free food, live entertainment, games, fun giveaways, and visiting with some of our in-house student organizations about how to start their involvement experience at A&M.
  • Over 1,000 students are expected to attend this event which will be held on the Koldus and Kyle Field Plazas.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (SCS)

  • Several workshops will be offered at the Student Counseling Service this Fall including:

 

  • Academic Presentation for International Students Workshop
  • Is English not your first language? Have a presentation for your class or a job interview?  Need to present at a conference, or have an oral thesis or dissertation defense coming up?  Come and learn tips on how to get yourself ready for an academic presentation.  All students are welcome.  *Date and Time do not fit but need help – such as learn how to manage your anxiety, or get feedback on your oral speaking skills?* Contact Dr. Gisela Lin at Gisela@scs.tamu.edu with subject title: “Help for Academic Presentations” or call (979) 845-4427 to schedule a personal meeting.
  • Career Assessment Workshop: Using the Strong Interest Inventory to Help Identify Career Interests
  • Learn how to match interests with academic majors and occupations. Registration and completion of the interest inventory are needed three business days prior to the workshop.
  • This workshop will be available Oct. 6th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Oct. 26th 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Nov. 3rd 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Nov. 15th 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., & Dec. 7th 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Career Assessment Workshop: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to Help Identify Personality Characteristics
  • Learn how to match interests with academic majors and occupations. Registration and completion of the interest inventory are needed three business days prior to the workshop.
  • This workshop will be available on Oct. 11th 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 9th 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Understanding Worthiness Workshop
  • This 50 minutes workshop is designed to help participants begin to understand the concept of worthiness. We will explore this by looking at the areas of self-esteem, self-compassion and perfectionism. Pre-registration is required and the facilitators will be Bethany Smith & Megan Culpepper.
  • This workshop will be available on Sept. 15th 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Oct. 4th 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., Oct. 26th 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m., and Nov. 15th 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • SHS will be hosting its annual Flu Shot Campaign on October 5th and 6th from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
  • This Campaign will be hosted in four locations on campus: Emerging Technologies Building (ETB), Evans Library, Memorial Student Center, and Wehner.
  • During the Flu Shot Campaign, SHS distributes approximately 5,500 free flu shots to currently enrolled TAMU students. For additional information, please contact Alyssa at abarigian@shs.tamu.edu.
  • SHS has received accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation term lasts for three years. SHS will undergo another accreditation site visit in 2019.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • Vet Camp will be held on August 24th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Bethancourt Ballroom of the Memorial Student Center.
    • Vet Camp is an in-depth orientation program designed to prepare current and former military for academic success at Texas A&M University. It connects new Student Veterans with the vast resources available to them at Texas A&M and in the community.
    • Event Includes: Academic Advisor Panel; Mentoring Resources; Community Resources; Military Service Credit; Student Services; Aggie Traditions; and many more.
  • Dog Tags to Degrees will be held on September 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Complex.
    • Dog Tags to Degrees is a social mixer that provides all Aggie Student Veterans a unique opportunity to connect and socialize with University Professionals, Faculty, Staff, and Local Community Leaders.
    • Vincent “Rocco” Vargas, COO of Article 15 Clothing, will be our guest speaker.
  • 938 Student veterans have graduated Texas A&M University since the VRSC opened its doors in 2012.

 

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