Division Update – June 2, 2016

BECKY GATES CHILDREN’S CENTER

  • The Children’s Center will be involved in study and investigation units on the beach, animals found in water, dinosaurs and a study of bees.
  • Our monthly picnics and “fun with water” splash activities will also begin this month.
  • We have a group of returning kindergarten “Little Aggies”
  • and two children enrolled whose parents are visiting scholars to the university over the summer.

CORPS OF CADETS

  • Corps of Cadets posted an overall Grade Point Average of 3.06 this semester!
  • This is the highest GPA the Corps of Cadets has ever posted, and marks the 7th consecutive semester that the Corps has posted an overall GPA above 2.9
  • Cadets have returned from Corps Excursions to Japan, Mexico and Israel. These trips produce an incredible high impact educational experiences for our cadets.
  • A great season has come to an end for the Corps Baseball team after an 8-2 loss to San Diego in College World Series.
  • Out of 151 NCBA Div II teams, the Corps of Cadets were among the last five teams standing this year.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • Q3 for 2016 has drawn to a close. DoIT resolved 2,823 incidents during this quarter.
  • Projects completed since the last DoIT update:
  • (ODSL) AOLPOnline Updates and Features, (DRL) Office Move from Leggett to Hart Hall, (ODSL) Maxient Feed Relocation, (SACT) Fish Camp registration performance improvements, (OOC) MPW Inventory System Implementation (Phase 2), (OOC) Migrate Corps Joomla Sites to WordPress, (REC) Improved Scripting of Fusion Data Import, (VPSA) Stophate Mobile Responsive Website, (ODSL) ODSL PC Replacement, (SACT) Aggie Muster Database, (OOC) Corps CMS Enhancements (Phase 2), (DOIT) Disaster Recovery Planning and Scheduling, (DSA) Windows 10 Planning, (ODSL) Grad Camp Website, (MSC) MSC Business Processes Analysis (Phase 2), (DSA) Document Windows Server 2008 Resources to Upgrade, (DSA) Applications Review (Phase 3), (VPSA) Upgrade Clery Act Online Reporting, (REC) Sport Clubs Application Design and Schema Development (Phase 2), (SACT) Aggie Wranglers Online Services Changes, (DRL) StarRez (Phase 3).

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • The Community of Respect program was launched last week for new freshmen and transfer students during New Student Conferences.
  • Students learned about Texas A&M’s core value of respect and their responsibility to respect others in the Aggie community
  • Excellence uniting Culture, Education and Leadership (ExCEL) will launch member registration this week.
  • ExCEL, a student organization, has assisted incoming freshmen of various ethnic backgrounds in making a smooth transition to Texas A&M University since 1987. For decades, ExCEL has been seen as a tradition by underrepresented students as it fostered 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 more information visit http://excel.tamu.edu.

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • The Singing Cadets just returned from a twelve day Eastern Europe concert tour with concerts in the Czech Republic at Karlovy Vary, Prague, and Tesselin, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest, Hungary.
  • A part of the mission of Choral Activities is to give every student an international experience of music. Plans are under way for the Century Singers to tour Italy in May 2017 with the Women’s Chorus following in May 2018.
  • Aggie Band auditions for current incoming students are complete, and 118 freshmen students have been offered positions in the Fall 2016 Aggie Band.
  • Dr. Timothy Rhea served as an adjudicator on May 28th & 30th for the University Interscholastic League State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin.
  • More than 20,000 high school student musicians from across the state of Texas participated in the event.
  • Summer placement auditions are ongoing for Music Activities performing ensembles.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • The Offices of the Dean of Student Life is pleased to share that Jamie Wangler joined the department on June 1st, to serve as the advisor to the Graduate and Professional Student Council.
  • New Student and Family Programs has kicked off conference season and plans to welcome just over 10,000 new freshmen and approximately 2,400 transfer students at the New Student Conferences which began last week!
  • Health Promotion and CLEAR are collaboratively presenting at New Student Conferences in a presentation entitled “Step In & Step Up in Aggieland”.
  • A major component of this presentation includes active peer educators sharing information about power based personal violence with incoming freshman.
  • Health Promotion provided over 20 presentations between January and April, with the predominant topics being sexual health and alcohol education.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • Ellen Shannon was awarded the “Hometown Hero” award by the Convention and Visitors Bureau in recognition of her collaborative work to bring swimming and diving events to the Bryan and College Station area.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • The 12th Can reports collecting 435lbs of donated food from students’ contributions to receptacles they placed around on campus housing communities during May 2nd – 12th during the Move-Out: Donate, Don’t Dump initiative.
  • It is just one more way Residence Life is collaborating to “make sustainability an Aggie tradition.”
  • This is an ongoing partnership with the 12th Can, a student-run food pantry at Texas A&M to serve all students, faculty and staff in need of assistance. They open their doors in November 2013 and thus far have served over 24,000lbs of food.
  • Residence Life presentations have been accepted for the Association of Texas College & University Facilities Professionals Conference, which will be held on September 28th – 30th in Houston.
  • The theme for the conference is “Houston We Have an Opportunity – The Millennials Have Landed.”
  • Director of Residence Life, Chareny Rydl, will present “Revitalizing a Campus Icon for the Next Generation” and Dr. Craig Rotter for Academic Support Initiatives in the Department of Residence Life will co-present with Treanor Architects “Fusion Facilities for Millennials; Housing that’s Not Just Housing.”.
  • Housing Assignments Office will be releasing All Residence Life (non-Corps) on-campus housing assignments this week.
  • 8,000 students (all new to housing freshmen and returning students) will be notified of their fall 2016 housing assignment, roommates, and suitemates for our 25 residence halls and 13 apartment buildings.
  • The Northside Community Learning Center, located in Hullabaloo Hall, had a total of 23,023 contacts for the spring 2016 semester.
  • The number one reason students visited the CLC was to utilize the Open Access Lab and printers available, while also utilizing the space to study.
  • Residential Tutoring, a partnership with the Academic Success Center, had a total of 933 contacts for the spring 2016 semester in their Hullabaloo Hall and White Creek locations.
  • Academic Support Initiatives with Residence Life sponsored Study Spectacular in Hullabaloo Hall, White Creek, and The Gardens.
  • Study Spectacular offers a study space for all on-campus students that’s available 24/7 beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Reading Day and continuing through until 5:00 p.m. on the last day of finals. Coffee, snacks, and a quiet atmosphere are provided.
  • Over 700 students took advantage of Study Spectacular this spring 2016 finals season!
  • Academic Support Initiatives is planning a Living Learning Program (LLP) Training Institute for fall 2016. This will be an opportunity for our Residence Life staff who work with LLPs to better collaborate with our LLP campus partners.
  • Attendees will also work on developing learning outcomes and goals for their respective programs for the upcoming year.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Student Activities hosted their annual May retreat. Dr. Jacqueline M. Stavros, consultant and co-author of The Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-Based Strategy, served as the facilitator.
  • The retreat brought our staff together to enjoy collaborative conversations gathering ideas to create a vision identifying strategic initiatives to lead us into our 2017 Critical Program Review.
  • We also learned about appreciative inquiry, how to apply the SOAR framework, and how to build a positive organization.
  • Fish Camp registration opened on Monday, May 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at http://fishcamp.tamu.edu/. Scholarship applications to attend Fish Camp also opened at this time.
  • Please help spread the word to incoming freshmen so they can take advantage of this awesome opportunity to start their Aggie journey with this great tradition!
  • Any questions can be addressed by calling the Fish Camp Office at 979-845-1627 or by emailing to Jason Berry at fcamp-ir@studentaffairs.tamu.edu.
  • Registration for T-Camp, a 3-day, 2-night extended orientation experience designed welcome new incoming students into the Aggie Family, opened on Monday, May 23rd at http://t-camp.tamu.edu/.
  • The dates for T-Camp 2016 are August 8th – 10th (Session 1) and August 12th -14th (Session 2).  Any questions can be directed to Cheyenne Gold at atc-pr@studentaffairs.tamu.edu.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. The Student Counseling Service is committed to providing quality suicide prevention programming for the Texas A&M University campus. This summer we will be providing QPR trainings, which will be open to any faculty, staff or student. Dates for the summer 2016 trainings are as follows:
  • Monday, June 6th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 20th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 28th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 6th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 11th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 13 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • All trainings will take place at Student Services at White Creek, Building 063. Groups who would like to schedule a specific training date are encouraged to contact Jenny Kenley at qpr@scs.tamu.edu.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • A number of Student Health Services staff and students will be traveling to the American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco from May 30th to June 3rd.
  • SHS has 14 staff members, three student workers, and six Texas A&M University students attending this year’s conference.
  • The ACHA Annual Meeting allows attendees to earn continuing education credits/contact hours as well as network with professionals from across the country.
  • SHS would like to welcome Tiffany Skaggs, MD, as a new member of the medical staff! Dr. Skaggs begins her employment with Student Health Services on June 2nd.
  • SHS will undergo an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) site visit beginning 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.

STUDENT LIFE STUDIES

  • Student Life Studies hosted over 50 staff members for the 1st Annual Assessment Boot Camp.

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS (UCEN)

  • The History of Texas A&M Wood Carvings by professor Rodney Hill, located in the MSC, will be incased in glass later this week to prevent future wear and damage.
  • New furnishings for all three floors of Rudder Theatre Complex have been selected and ordered.  Installation is expected to take place prior to the fall semester.
  • Due to the inclement weather this past Friday, Navasota High School was left without a venue to host the Class of 2016 graduation ceremony.  University Center & Special Events was happy to provide use of Rudder Auditorium so the 185 graduates and their families could celebrate the occasion.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • Representatives from the VRSC, Student Health Services, and TAMU student veterans will present “Vet Camp & Boots to Backpacks: Enhancing the Success of the Student Veteran” at the American College Health Association annual meeting held in San Francisco on June 2nd.
  • Women Veterans Summer Programming 2016 continues at Evans Library (posted on the scrolling marquee).
  • The purpose of the 2016 Women Veterans Program is to raise the profile of women veterans on the Texas A&M University campus and to provide women student veterans with an opportunity and a venue to share their experiences with the campus and the larger community.
  • The number of women veterans in the United States is over 2 million, and it’s projected to steadily increase.  Texas has the largest share of women veterans in the nation, with over 177,000 women veterans in 2014.
  • Women veterans tend to be more likely to pursue higher education than their non-veteran counterparts, and women veterans are heavy users of veteran’s educational benefits, but the number of women veterans enrolled in studies at Texas A&M is low.
  • In order to effectively engage the women veterans currently studying at Texas A&M and improve recruitment of women veterans to the campus, the Veteran Resource and Support Center, with the support of other campus entities, is developing programming and outreach to specifically target women veterans as a unique subpopulation within the larger veteran community.  Such outreach will acknowledge the unique background and experiences of women veterans and explicitly welcome them and recognize their contributions in the military and to the campus and the broader community.
  • In 2012, the new Veteran Resource & Support Center opened under the Division of Student Affairs to better support the increasing military affiliated student enrollment.

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