Division Update – June 30, 2016

CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Corps of Cadets has been busy supporting this year’s New Student Conferences and we currently have over 600 incoming freshman signed up to join, helping us reach the goal to recruit 900 total freshman.
  • We expect to start the school year with over 2,600 cadets, the largest corps since 1970.

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Kristie Orr attended the SEC Disability Services Directors annual meeting June 27th – 29th at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
  • Disability Services has been working with Career Services to develop and improve resources for students with disabilities who are planning for their careers and employment opportunities.  Most recently the departments have:
    • Hosted webinars on disability disclosure and how to request job accommodations in the workplace.
    • Created a web page on the Career Center website with specific information and resources for students with disabilities

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • Dr. Timothy Rhea & Travis Almany will be presenting a professional development clinic for the membership of the Texas Bandmasters Association on July 22nd in San Antonio.
  • Dr. Paul Sikes has resigned his position on July 15th as Director of Orchestras/Associate Director of Bands to become Director of Instrumental Studies at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.
  • Auditions and ensemble placement for incoming freshman continues.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • Health Promotion has earned its first HIP approved program for the Sex in the Dark Facilitator Training program.
  • New student conduct investigator training will take place on Tuesday, July 26th.
  • If you are interested in being trained, please verify with you supervisor/director and contact Jennifer Ford at Jennifer-ford@tamu.edu.
  • Additional training dates will be held on October 18th, 2016 & February 28th, 2017.
  • As of June 23rd, NSFP has welcomed 7,085 new Aggies and 10,725 of their family members during New Student Conference.
  • The GLBT Resource Center showcased #AggiePride while tabling at the Houston Pride Festival for the first time in its history.
  • Alumni from the Class of ’75 through to the current incoming Class of 2020 stopped by to ask questions, share stories, support the work of the GLBT Resource Center and participate in the largest War Hymn at a Pride Festival on record.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Approximately 90 students have joined the Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C) in Krueger Hall this year.
  • Aaron Smith ’20, has shared an article about the community which is appearing in the Houston Style magazine & the Fort Bend Independent newspaper.
  • The L3C celebrated 10 years of supporting first year students with a class each semester for academic credit with a number of field experiences/trips including the Houston Holocaust Museum, while also having upper-class mentors living among them in the residence hall.
  • One of the benefits to on campus living is the academic support provided to students right where they live. For example, the Open Access Computer Labs supported by TAMU IT are located in:
  • Both apartment communities (Gardens and White Creek)
  • In the Community Learning Centers on the north side in Hullabaloo and on the south side in the Commons (under renovation re-opening in 2017
  • On the Corps Quad in the Living Learning Centers newly constructed connectors to the dorms.
  • These labs host the software that students in special curricula need access to, as well as printing capabilities, access to e-Learning, and general connection through the internet. They are open to all students and provide added convenience in addition to the Student Computing Center which is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • A comprehensive survey was administered in December 2015 to residential students, most of whom were involved in a living learning program.
  • Students were asked about their experience associated with staff (Resident Advisor) programming (residential curriculum).
  • Although participation in the programming is relatively low, students reported: gaining friendships, tips about safety, studying and time management, a better understanding of the university, how to become more involved, and how to adapt to their new environment, as well as how to help others and to accept different opinions, which is consonant with the programming themes.
  • To gain more breadth and depth in understanding the residential experience in an effort to greater serve student needs, additional questions were asked in the December 2015 survey for those in Living Learning Programs. Some noteworthy results are:
  • 67% shared they had made friends beyond their roommate(s) in the residence hall/apartment complex
  • 83% knew their RA by name
  • 50% shared academic workload was a generally difficult part of their transition to college; 32% was health and diet, and 28% was career goals was the most difficult part of their transition.
  • 77% were familiar with their degree requirements
  • 68% anticipated making a 3.0 or higher for the semester
  • 61% shared their studying time increased greatly (5 hours per week) compared to high school
  • 32% reported studying 6-10 hours per week outside of class; 28% reported 11-15 hours and 17% reported studying 16-20 hours.
  • 43% shared they felt their residence hall/apartment complex was supportive of their academic success.
  • These results are utilized in staff training, program planning, and facilities’ renovations in an effort to maximize academic support for students “living at the heart of the Aggie experience.”

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • David Sweeney and Ann Goodman presented at the Campus Labs Connect Conference on June 16th in Dallas.
  • Ann and Davis shared their expertise with Collegiate Link’s products, branded as MaroonLink.
  • Tearney Woodruff represented the Division of Student Affairs at the NASPA New Professional’s Institute in San Antonio last week.
  • Tearney was able to engage in professional development sessions with colleagues from across Region III.
  • The Student Government Association (SGA) will be participating in the SEC Exchange in July at the University of Florida.
  • Amy Loyd and Kenneth Johnson will be taking 5 SGA student leaders to engage in networking, leadership development, and student learning.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

  • The Student Counseling Service Stress Reduction Center has two Biofeedback labs and one Relaxation room with a massage chair for student use.
  • Students are able to self-refer or may be referred by a service provider at the Student Counseling Service to use the Biofeedback labs and Relaxation room.
  • The Student Counseling Service recently updated the Biofeedback equipment. This new equipment allows for students to track their progress and continually build on the skills they are learning. The equipment offers an orientation and various workshops and activities to help them master the stress management techniques they are learning.

 

 

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS (UCEN)

  • General James Earl Rudder’s military history display is currently under renovation.
  • The newly refreshed display will be in place for viewing by the end of August.
  • Plans for new wayfinding in Rudder Theatre Complex have been approved and installation will take place towards the end of July.

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.
  • Nearly half of our student veteran population is married.

 

 

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