Division Update – July 7, 2016

BECKY GATES CHILDREN’S CENTER

  • The Children’s Center is in the process of continuing our summer learning units. Topics include: Oceans, Camping, Summer Fun, All About Zoos, Ice Cream, Dinosaurs
  • Families participated in our Annual July 4th Parade and Barbecue lunch.
  • The children wore red, white and blue and decorated costumes and banners. Close to 200 parents participated and joined their child for lunch with the staff.

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • Congratulations to Amanda Flores on her promotion from SDS II to SDS III.
  • Amanda works with the Committee for the Awareness of Mexican American Culture (CAMAC) and with MSC Diversity efforts.
  • Welcome to Lydell Perry, our newest MSC advisor!
  • Lydell will be working with the Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC) and Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT).
  • Welcome also to Mary Ellen Ford, who has been hired as an office associate in the Student Programs Office.
  • Program Advisor Caitlin Hoover attended the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service held in Detroit, Michigan from June 27th to 29th.
  • Fall Open House is sold out! Scheduled for September 4th, all 438 student organization tables are sold.
  • A student/staff team from MSC and LAUNCH will lead 29 incoming National Merit/Hispanic scholars and 5 TAMU-Qatar scholars on the MSC Champe Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar.
  • Based at the Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, the seminar will begin on July 13th.
  • MSC OPAS Season Tickets are still available! Check out the MSC Box Office website at boxoffice.tamu.edu for details.
  • Registrations are still being accepted for MSC Fall Leadership Conference on August 23rd – 25th.
  • Students can register at flc.tamu.edu for $100 by July 15th.
  • The “Diane Feissel: Women Painting Women, Part II” exhibit is currently in the MSC Reynolds Gallery and runs through August 27th.

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • Registration is open for Excellence uniting Culture, Education and Leadership (ExCEL).
  • ExCEL is a student organization and first-year program that has assisted incoming freshmen in making a smooth transition to Texas A&M University since 1987.  ExCEL fosters community, belonging, connection, and development through peer mentors, intentional campus connections and other program activities.
  • The August 26th conference kicks-off the year-long experience with a theme of ExCEL 2016: Around the World. For information visit http://excel.tamu.edu.
  • C.L.U.E.S (Culture Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores) Fellow opportunities are still available.
  • CLUES, a sophomore learning community, is a collaboration between the Department of Multicultural Services and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications.  This one year course (three hours in the fall and three hours in the spring) focuses on multiculturalism, diversity/cultural sensitivity, and inclusive leadership.
  • Visit http://dms.tamu.edu/academics/clues/ for information.

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • Susan Haven will be attending the Double Reed Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire on July 18th – 22nd, on a Division of Student Affairs Staff Development Grant.
  • Russell Tipton will join Music Activities as Associate Director of Bands beginning July 18th.
  • The summer ensemble placement process for incoming freshmen is being finalized.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • The final Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for students will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Rudder 302.
  • Candice Lott has joined the department as a Student Conduct Investigator.
  • Candice has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee. Candice has worked in a variety of positions within Residence Life and most recently served as a Resident Director at Florida Gulf Coast where she was responsible for the Residence Life student conduct process.
  • New Student and Family Programs have welcomed approximately 1,320 students and family members at this week’s New Student Conferences.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • Texas A&M Archery won the 2016 USA Archery Collegiate National Championship hosted in East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Texas A&M Club Baseball qualified for the 2016 National Club Baseball Association World Series held in Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Aggie Venture Camps will host 20 students July 18th – 23rd for the Bravo session of Base Camp.
  • This extended orientation program is a collaboration between Outdoor Adventures of Recreational Sports and Extended Orientation of Student Activities.
  • Alpha session had 9 campers, 2 Mentors, 3 student staff and was a great success.
  • Dr. Pugh joined Alpha on Wednesday and returned commenting “… how impressed I was with the thoroughness of instruction, management of risk, and educational focus of this trip. It was abundantly clear the students enjoyed their experience and learned more about being an Aggie!”
  • See more at http://venturecamps.tamu.eduor FB/VentureCampsTAMU
  • Arranna Bennett was elected to chair the Spring 2017 CSBA workshop
  • We are pleased to welcome Anna Taggart to our department.
  • Anna started on June 27th, and will be working as our fitness coordinator.
  • Facilities hired 21 new student employees
  • Keith Joseph and Jessica Konetski served as the program committee chairs and presented at the 2016 Texas Sport Clubs Forum held at TCU on June 9th.
  • Jerrod Jackson, Intramural Sports Director, recently attended the NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and co-presented on Evaluations: Who is Benefiting and How?

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Association of College & University Housing Officers-International’s largest event, the Annual Conference & Exposition will be held in Seattle, Washington on July 9th – 12th. It brings together campus housing professionals from around the globe for four days of invigorating speakers, engaging educational sessions, and invaluable networking opportunities.
  • Director Chareny Rydl will head the delegation attending and present a session on “New Evidence Informs Future Living-Learning Center Design” along with Treanor Architects that will share the results of the Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Hullabaloo Hall.
  • Maggie Guzman, Coordinator for Risk Management in Residence Life will present “Relay: Guns On Campus” sharing the perspectives from institutions in three states with new legislation about concealed carry on college and university campuses.
  • Brandon Carlson, Coordinator of Residence Life is presenting “Relay: Sustainability in Residential Facilities” focusing on how student initiatives can impact residential programs and bridge the gap between sustainability education and residence education.
  • Brent Cockrell, Coordinator of Residence Life is presenting “Crisis Aftermath: Managing Live-In Staff Member Responsibilities” focusing on reported higher levels of stress and struggle with managing responsibilities given the vastly increased number of students of concern.
  • Christine Thoorsell, Associate Director for Residence Education is in her sixth year serving as a member of the ACUHO-I programming committee to peer-select educational sessions designed to educate and inform conference participants on the most pressing topics and issues they face in residence life work.
  • Kyle McCracken, Coordinator of Residence Life serves as a member of the ACUHO-I Summer Internship committee working to provide students invaluable real-world work experience that can be applied to their current coursework.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Class Councils began the 2016 Maroon Out t-shirt sales!  On campus sales begin when school is back in session; however, if you like to get your shirt early, feel free to find your shirt at any Aggieland Outfitters location.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

  • Texas A&M Student Counseling Service’s Facebook, www.facebook.com/scstamu, page has 359 likes and continues to increase in the reach and engagement of posts.
  • The Student Counseling Service is also on Twitter @tamuSCS.
  • Our goal is to promote our services such as biofeedback, group counseling and QPR trainings, in additional to promoting other campus resources.
  • Our website has a page dedicated to answering frequently asked questions about counseling and what to expect at a first appointment (https://scs.tamu.edu/?q=students).

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • SHS underwent an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) site visit on June 20th – 21st.
  • Achieving AAAHC Accreditation shows that the organization participates in on-going self-evaluation, peer review and education to continuously improve its care and services.
  • A certificate of accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards. Results from this site visit will be released in the coming weeks.
  • 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 freshmen during Fish Camp.
  • SHS will be launching its new website within the next week.
  • Visit the new website at shs.tamu.edu!

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

  • The University Art Galleries is hosting a Young Artist Workshop series.  Hands-on art making activities will be offered for ages 4-15 and include experimenting with textiles, collage, dip dyed-paper and more!
  • Workshops are offered by age level and will take place on July 24th, 31st and August 7th.
  • Please visit uart.tamu.edu for more details and to register. 

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS (UCEN)

  • UCEN staff are preparing for the 1,500 registrants who will attend the 62nd annual Beef Cattle Short Course on July 31st – August 2nd.

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.

 

 

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