Division Update – January 18, 2017

CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Corps of Cadets had 59 new members join for the spring semester, which includes 6 out of state students and 8 international students. With the addition of these new freshmen the Corps started the spring semester with 2,405 cadets.
  • The Corps of Cadets will host a grand opening ceremony of the Dorothy and Arthur McFerrin ’65 Parsons Mounted Cavalry Headquarters facility on Friday, January 20th at Fiddler’s Green, located at the corner of FM 2818 and F&B Road in College Station.
  • The event begins at 5:30 p.m. A reception will be followed by a short dedication program and the firing of the Spirit of ’02 to officially open the facility.

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • During the fall 2016 semester 2,034 students requested services from Disability Services (an increase of 15% from fall 2015.) Of those students, 576 students were requesting services for the first time.
  • The department also administered 7,121 exams throughout the semester, with 1,401 exams being administered during finals week alone.
  • You can view current and previous semester data by visiting: http://disability.tamu.edu/Statistics

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • Registration is open for the following MSC events:
  • The 62nd Student Conference on National Affairs, Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: Securing The Homeland, February 16-18th https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/form/start/113348
  • The 29th Annual Student Conference on Latino Affairs, ¡Con Ganas!: Building a Legacy, March 3-5, 2017. https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=773&SINGLESTORE=true
  • Tickets for following events are available for purchase from the MSC Box Office.
  • The 10th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, January 19, beginning at 9:30 A.M. in Bethancourt Ballroom.
  • The Ahn Trio beginning at 7:30 P.M in Rudder Theatre.
  • Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard, January 29-30th in Rudder Theatre.
  • MSC VAC presents Sculptural Canvases by David Chapman Lindsay, Jan. 18th – Feb. 25th in Reynolds Gallery. The committee will host an open reception featuring Lindsay on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Gallery.
  • MSC Hospitality will host MSC Spring Open House on Sunday, January 22nd from 1 – 5 p.m. For information visit http://mscopenhouse.tamu.edu

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • The 29th annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) will be held January 19th-21st. This year’s theme is “Activating the Vision.”  Please visit http://sbslc.tamu.edu or contact Varselles Cummings at vcummings@dms.tamu.edu.
  • The conference was formed as a yearly forum where African-American students from across the country engage in meaningful personal and professional development opportunities while addressing concerns that affect the Black community.
  • The DMS free peer tutoring services will resume Sunday, January 29th for the spring semester. Students may begin scheduling appointments Wednesday, January 25th at http://tutor.tamu.edu.
  • This service provides course-specific tutoring for students in undergraduate math and science courses. Personalized academic assistance is offered for homework assignments, course work, and exams. Tutoring services are available four days a week, Sunday through Wednesday; 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Aggies to Aggies (A2A), peer diversity education program, is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 A2A Peer Diversity Education student facilitators.
  • The application may be found on Maroonlink at https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/form/start/117553 & are due Monday, February 20th.
  • Interested students are encouraged to attend one informational session and dates are listed at http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/a2a/. For more information, please contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at Deara@tamu.edu.
  • The TAMU Race, Identity & Social Equity (TAMU RISE) Fellowship program is a yearlong initiative that provides participants a better understanding of race, identity and social equity in higher education through attendance at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) and TAMU RISE conferences. Selected fellows will receive a full scholarship to attend NCORE 2017 and later present their research at the TAMU RISE Conference in spring 2018. Email dms-info@dms.tamu.edu for more information.
  • ACE Award nominations for 2017 open Wednesday, February 1st. For more information visit tamu.edu/diversity/ace-awards/
  • The Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Awards acknowledge and honor students, faculty and staff for their demonstrated commitment to the Texas A&M core value of RESPECT by promoting respectful treatment of others, affirming and encouraging individuals to take pride in their social and cultural identities, and defining what it means to be part of the “Aggie Family.”

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • Orientation Leader Applications for 2017 are available and due by 5 p.m. January 24th. Apply online at tamu.edu
  • New Student & Family Programs welcomed 1,200 new students and their families to Texas A&M! Thank you to everyone who helped during New Student Conferences!
  • Student Conduct Panel Member training will be held on Friday February 24th from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Please contact Alyssa Leffall at alyssa_leffall@studentlife.tamu.edu or 979.847.7272 for more information.
  • ODSL Personnel Risa Bierman and Alyssa Leffall from the Student Conduct Office and Student Assistance Services will be presenting various topics at the upcoming Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) 2017 Annual Conference.
  • The Green Dot Bystander Prevention Program reached a total of 8,246 people for the Fall 2016 Semester. This total includes 290 newly trained students, faculty and staff.
  • Student Research Week will take place at the Memorial Student Center March 27th-30th. Registration for competitors, judges and volunteers closes March 1st. Please visit tamu.edu for more information.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • The Student Recreation Center has officially opened the newly expanded/renovated Strength & Conditioning Room, increasing the space from 14,500 square feet to just over 30,000 square feet.
  • For photos and updates on all areas of the expansion/renovation, please visit: http://www.recsports4u.com
  • Fitness Program Highlights/Events:
  • Group RecXercise FREE WEEK of classes begins Tuesday, Jan.17th – Sunday, Jan. 22nd
  • Specialty “Try Before You Buy” Runs from Sunday, Jan. 22nd – Thursday, Jan. 26th
  • FREE “Try Before You Buy” NEW Boxing Bootcamp on Tuesday, Jan. 24th & Thursday, Jan. 26th at 5:30 p.m.
  • FREE Bootcamp on Wednesday, Jan. 25th & Friday, Jan. 27th at 6 a.m.!
  • To see all of Rec Sports’ highlights/events happening this month, please visit http://tx.ag/RecHighlights012017
  • Over the break, 24 students and staff of Outdoor Adventures explored Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande in two expeditions. Participants honed their leadership, cooked fireside, and slept under the stars. Participants paddled three days down river and enjoyed both deep canyon and wide vistas views of the Texas-Mexican border in Big Bend National Park.
  • For more details about what Outdoor Adventures is offering this spring, visit: http://bit.ly/TAMUOAPrograms
  • Mike Waldron, Associate Director, Rec Sports has been elected to serve a two year term on the NIRSA Member Network as the Past President’s Representative.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Academic Support Initiatives are programs, staff, facilities, and learning environments that contribute to student learning and success on-campus. The initiatives include study spaces, faculty engagement and involvement, academic achievement events, and interventions that support residents. http://reslife.tamu.edu/asi-breakdown/
  • Encourage Students to Apply to be Academic Peer Mentors, an important part of Residence Life’s mission to offer Texas A&M students a world-class on-campus student living-learning experience.
  • This dynamic student worker position supports students’ academic development by connecting students with resources and programs to enhance student learning. For more information regarding the position, a full position description, details and application instructions go to http://reslife.tamu.edu/apm
  • Congratulations to Steve Laube, Residence Life Facilities & Construction Project Manager, who was selected as a Fish Camp 2017 Namesake!
  • The Dan Mizer Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) would like to recognize our Of The Months (OTMs) Winners for November.
  • At the campus level, First Year Student: Rohan Manickam in Appelt Hall
  • Spotlight: Mosher Hall Intramural Soccer Team
  • Regional Winner is Social Program: Comfort Food & Coloring in Mosher Hall’s kitchen.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • While record cold temperatures accompanied the first day of Howdy Camp 2017, Aggie Transition Camps (ATC) provided a warm welcome to just over 132 new students. Along with information about Aggie Traditions, the weekend also featured breakout sessions for each academic major, presentations from CARPOOL, Rec Sports, Libraries, and Association of Former Students.
  • The Extended Orientation Leaders Institute Part II, a two day training and development workshop, was held the second week of January for the executive leadership of Aggie Transition Camps (ATC) and Fish Camp. During this time students were exposed to programs on risk management, fundraising/development strategies, assessment approaches and heard from former students about their experiences as student leaders.
  • The Interfraternity Council (IFC) will be hosting their annual Spring Bid Day this Saturday January 21st. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Texas A&M Administration Building.
  • Every semester IFC hosts Bid Day to welcome new members to the IFC community. This semester more than 200 men are expected to join the community.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Week is underway! Visit tamu.edu for more information.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (SCS)

  • The SCS is excited to announce Elizabeth Eaton, LCSW, as the new embedded counselor for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Elizabeth works with our professional DVM students through both individual counseling and wellness outreach presentations.
  • The use of Biofeedback DOUBLED last semester!! Please remember it as an option for students who are looking for stress management.  Biofeedback is a proven resource to help students manage their stress levels.
  • The Student Counseling Service Stress Reduction Center has two Biofeedback labs, one of which houses a massage chair for student’s use.
  • A NEW group is being offered this semester: Alcohol and Other Drug Use Group (NEW) Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • GROUPS are a great way for students to learn about themselves through their fellow students. For a complete list of groups and workshops offered at the SCS, please refer to our web-page: http://scs.tamu.edu/?q=events
  • The Helpline is currently conducting training and interviews for new members. We are thrilled with the size of the class and excited by the interest.
  • We are also interviewing Psychology Interns for next year. The process is very competitive and we have applicants from all over the country.  The quality of applicants is outstanding.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior exhibit will be open January 19th – March 12th, 2017 in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries
  • Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art exhbit will be open January 26th – March 15th, 2017 in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries
  • An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab exhibit will be open January 17th – July 23rd, 2017 in the Forsyth Galleries
  • Divine Works: Mythology in the Arts exhibit will open January 17th – April 23rd, 2017 in the Forsyth Galleries

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS

  • UCEN hosted an all student training day on Sunday, January 15th. Staff from the May’s School of Business Communication Lab presented to the 81 student employees in attendance.
  • The replacement of the Rudder Theatre Complex HVAC system is completed.
  • During the fall semester UCEN provided space and/or staff services in support of over 9,000 events.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • January 12th, the VRSC helped welcome 60 new student veterans to Texas A&M during our Spring Vet Camp.
  • The men’s basketball military appreciation game will be on Wednesday, February 8th against Mizzou. Free tickets will be available for veterans and active duty.
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