Division Update – July 22, 2016

CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Corps of Cadets will host the grand opening ceremony for the Stephen C. Ash ’87 Leadership Learning Center and the Susan & Michael J. Plank ’83 Leadership Learning Center on Friday, Aug. 5th on the Texas A&M University campus.
    • The event will begin with a reception at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center followed by a short dedication program with brief remarks and ribbon cutting ceremonies. After the ceremony both Leadership Learning Centers will be open for cadet-guided tours.
  • Office of the Commandant says goodbye this month to Sergeant Major John Moser US Army (Retired) who retires after 13 years of faithful service to the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University which was preceded by 30 years of service in the United States Army.
  • For the last decade, SGM Moser has been the Cadet Training Officer for the Fightin Texas Aggie Band providing an instrumental hand in the development of countless cadets who upon graduation have become exceptional military and civilian leaders for our nation.
  • SGM Moser leaves behind a legacy not soon to be forgotten or surpassed.  He will be missed as he now moves on to the hills of California to truly enjoy retirement.

 DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Several Disability Services staff members presented during the Association on Higher Education and Disability national conference on July 11th -16th in Indianapolis:
    • “Running a DS Office: It is YOUR Business! Taking the Lead on the Path to Access: Ways to Make a Difference on Your Campus” by Kristie Orr (Director) in collaboration with Adam Meyer, University of Central Florida. Preconference session.
    • “Relaxation Station: Unique and Effective Methods for Coping with Postsecondary Stress” by Kristie Orr (Director) in collaboration with Terra Beethe of Bellevue University, Katheryne Staeger-Wilson of Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council and Chester Goad of Tennessee Technological University.
    • “Working with Parents of Students with Disabilities: Building Bridges Instead of Fences” by Kristie Orr (Director) and Paul Harwell (Access Coordinator).
    • “Collaborating with Career Services” by Tracey Forman (Assistant Director).
    • “Establishing a Campus-Wide Approach for Addressing Food Allergies and Celiac Disease in Higher Education” by Kristie Orr (Director) in collaboration with Linda Temple of Food Allergy Research and Education.
  • Diana North (Sign Language Interpreter) presented a workshop titled “Growing an Interpreter’s Garden: The Tao of Professionalism” at the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf conference for college students in interpreting training programs from across the state.
  • Justin Romack (Assistive Technology Coordinator) recently completed a two-week training program through Guide Dogs for the Blind in Oregon with his new yellow lab, Carlisle.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • Assisted Residence Life in going live with StarRez, a complete student housing software solution.
  • Completed transitioning all Division server storage to new storage clusters (Approximately 440 TB).
  • So far this summer, the Department of IT has deployed approximately 100 new workstations across the Division.

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • Congratulations to MSC Graduate Student, Nicole Gabbler, who was selected as a Texas Civic Ambassador for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • This is a program through the University of Texas Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.
  • Catharine West, MSC Development Relations Coordinator, along with colleagues from Qatar and the LAUNCH are leading a delegation of 34 freshman on a 19 day program in Italy and will return on August 31st.
  • This non-credit course is part of the MSC Champe Fitzhugh Jr. International Honors Leadership Seminar.

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • Architect interviews for the Music Activities Center are being conducted on July 21st.
  • Contractor selection will follow during the first weeks of August.  The first kickoff meeting for the project is currently scheduled for September.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) will be hosting a retreat on July 26th  for the AggieUp committee, which is a partnership between Texas A&M University and the Cities of Bryan and College Station to help integrate students into community and neighborhood living in a respectful and safe manner so their Aggie experience will be positive both on and off-campus.
  • We hope to continue to improve programs like our Walk and Talks and Noise Abatement Class to educate students who live off campus.
  • New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) has wrapped up 18 New Student Conferences, welcoming 11,400 new students and 16,600 family members to Texas A&M!
  • Thanks to everyone who has assisted our newest Aggies in their transition! The last two NSCs will occur August 18th -19th and 22nd – 23rd.
  • New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) is preparing for Gig ‘Em Week, August 21st – 28th.
  • The schedule will be posted online in August and also available via mobile app.

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS (OVPSA)

  • The OVPSA is sending 6 student leaders from various student groups to the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) beginning July 19th  – 22nd at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
  • The SJTI provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioner to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community. To learn more about the SJTI please visit http://www.sjti.org/
  • The students attending the Social Justice Training Institute are:
  • Ambrosia Voss – Vice Present of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (Residential Housing Association)
  • Robert Brooks – EVP of Diversity and Committee Development (Memorial Student Center)
  • Victoria Glass – President (Graduate and Professional Student Council)
  • Jonah Chen – Diversity Commissioner (Student Government Association)
  • Landon Woods – EVP of Administration (Student Government Association)

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • Venture Base Camp: Bravo session started Monday, July 13th with 20 incoming students, 2 student mentors, 3 Outdoor Adventures Student staff and 2 professional staff from Rec Sports and Student Activities.
  • The group with their load including 16 canoes, 27 helmets, 4 climbing ropes, 27 harnesses, 15 foam pads, coolers, pots and so much more headed to University Camp in Wimberley, TX for a 6-day extended orientation program built around challenging outdoor experiences including paddling the San Marcos river, Climbing at Reimer’s Ranch and hiking at Enchanted Rock.
  • The group returns to campus on Friday for an afternoon with ChallengeWorks and a night in the dorms. Throughout, campers and student leaders will discuss transition issues, college life, and all they can about being an Aggie in Aggieland.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Summer Session II started on Tuesday, July 5th and Residence Life welcomed 375 new to housing students from the Gateway Program to Texas A&M.
  • We currently have little over 800 students staying on-campus living in our Residence Halls, White Creek Apartments, and Gardens Apartments for the 2nd summer session.
  • Residence Life hosted the last New & Transfer Student Conference housing for the summer.
  • We are finalizing our actual numbers now, but last year, we housed 3,200 students & guests and we are on-track to exceed those numbers for summer 2016.
  • Sara Hazel Harrison McCoy, Coordinator for Academic Support Initiatives in Residence Life will attend T-Camp as a 2016 Namesake.
  • T-Camp will held August 8th – 10th and helps to welcome transfer students into the Aggie Family.
  • TAMU IT has just completed installation of Wi-Fi which covers the exterior ‘quad’ of FHK (Fowler, Hughes & Keathley), the north side of Clements, and the south side of Moses and Walton halls.
  • This technology enhancement will facilitate outdoor study, reading and wireless connection. Currently, all of the halls have Wi-Fi and several areas have connectivity in the outside areas adjacent to the halls and university apartments. As Residence Life moves forward, the establishment of additional exterior Wi-Fi coverage will be a priority.
  • In an effort to make a positive, welcoming impression on incoming students and their parents, teams of volunteers are being formed to assist students and their parents in moving personal belongings into the residence halls.
  • All members of the University community – faculty, staff, and especially student organizations – are encouraged to volunteer time on Sunday, August 21st to help.
  • Shifts are two hours and all kinds of roles are available. Volunteer application forms are available at: http://reslife.tamu.edu.
  • Please consider taking time to volunteer for this important effort to show new students and their parents our Aggie Hospitality. If you have questions, please call the Department of Residence Life at 862-3158, or e-mail housing@tamu.edu.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Venture Camp: Base Camp session Bravo left this week at capacity (20 campers)!
  • Fish Camp registration ended last week. While the final numbers will adjust slightly over the month of August, our registration is currently at 5,943 students.
  • 544 students are on FULL scholarship from Fish Camp, 414 students are from annual sponsorships, fundraisers, and profit shares, 85 from endowed scholarships, and 45 from one time annual gifts.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (SCS)

  • The Student Counseling Service is happy to be able to provide treatment for anxiety and depression through the use of Therapist Assisted Online (TAO).
  • TAO is a 7- 8 week program utilizing modules that teach students about topics such as cognitive distortions, mindfulness and relaxation strategies.
  • After completing each module in TAO, students meet with their counselor thorough a HIPAA compliant video conferencing tool for 5 -10 minutes.
  • Research is showing that TAO outcomes are at least as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy, but have the advantage of saving valuable time for both the student and the clinician.

 

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • Dr. Martha Dannenbaum, Dr. James Fish, and Judd Moody attended the Sunbelt Directors and Administrators meeting in Charleston, SC. The meeting focused on current and future interest items in college health and included the representation of 40 other universities.
  • Beginning July 30th, SHS will be attending Fish Camp to present to incoming students and educate them on services offered at the health center.
  • SHS will be providing “Class of 2020” shirts to a limited number of freshman during Fish Camp.
  • The SHS Laboratory underwent a College of American Pathologist (CAP) survey.
  • During this survey, three peer surveyors representing CAP verified SHS compliance with a comprehensive set of medical laboratory standards.
  • The CAP surveyors found no deficiencies or recommendations noted from any of the sections that were surveyed.
  • SHS recently hired a new LVN, Olga Valdez, and 15 new student worker nurse aids to assist the nursing staff throughout the coming academic year.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • Texas A&M student veterans will receive a Red, White, and Blue cord to wear at their graduation ceremony. Students will be able to receive their cords during August 9th – 12th in Koldus 112 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • These cords signify Texas A&M University’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Aggie Veteran/Military students.
  • The VRSC hosted Dr. Listen Bailey from US ARMY Training and Doctrine Command to discuss future opportunities and efforts being examined in higher education and Ralph Devaul from Texas Veterans Commission (Higher Education Representative) to discuss data collection initiatives being explored at other colleges and universities in Texas.

 

 

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