CORPS OF CADETS

  • On May 7th the Corps of Cadets conducted Final Review at Simpson Drill Field where the Corps formally bid farewell to the class of ‘16.
  • The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M University selected twelve Aggies to receive the highest honor bestowed upon a former student, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Of the twelve former students, nine were also former members of the Corps of Cadets: Jarvis Miller ’50, Charley Wootan ’50, Charles ‘Doc’ Graham ’53, Robert Walker ’58, David Eller ’59, William Barnes ’64, Patrick Gamble ’67, Otway Denny ’71, Van Taylor ’71
  • Saturday evening, May 7th, nearly 500 cadets from the Class of 2017 and their dates danced the night away at the Boot Dance, an annual tradition celebrating the Rising Seniors’ ability to finally wear their senior boots!
  • Thanks to the Corps of Cadets Association (CCA) for sponsoring this event, and for ensuring that all the cadets had a great time.
  • The Corps of Cadets baseball team went undefeated in Amarillo to capture the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Regional Championship the weekend of May 7th.
  • With the victories, the team is headed back to the NCBA College World Series this weekend in Pittsburg, Kansas.
  • On Friday, May 13th commissioning ceremonies were held on the Texas A&M University campus. The Corps commissioned 111 young men and women into the armed forces.
  • We want to wish them the best of luck with their future endeavors, and thank them for making the choice to serve our country.

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Disability Services hosted a small group training with Aggie Allies on May 12th.
  • Eight staff members participated and affirmed their continued commitment to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus community for all at Texas A&M University.

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • MSC OPAS Season 44 will be announced at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th at www.mscopas.org
  • Registration for MSC Fall Open House, September 4th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., continues for all student organizations through the MSC Box Office in Rudder Tower. Tables are filling up fast, so get your student organizations signed up while there’s still space!
  • Early Bird Registration for students for Fall Leadership Conference (August 23rd – 25th) ends at the end of the day on May 19th.  Regular rates apply after that date.
  • Go to flc.tamu.edu for more information.

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • The department is gearing up for the Community of Respect program, as part of the New Student Conferences.
  • The program introduces and concentrates on the university’s core value of Respect and the contributes to student understandings of why diversity is important, the university’s commitment to diversity, ways students can create a community of respect, students’ right to be respected and expectation to respect others, and campus resources for report and support in response to hate and bias incidents.
  • Excellence uniting Culture, Education and Leadership (ExCEL) will launch member registration on June 1st.
  • 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 information visit http://excel.tamu.edu

MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • During the summer months Music Activities will be conducting auditions for many of the incoming freshman for ensemble placement

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Residence Life sponsored student organizations gave out awards at Banquets Residential Housing Association. This year’s recipients are:
  • John J. Koldus Service to RHA Award – Lydell Perry, Moses Community Director
  • Ron Sasse Student leader Award – Ashley Pharr, Legett Hall Council President
  • Craig Rotter Commitment to Community Award – Bryan McBride, RHA President
  • RHA Community of the Year – Walton Hall
  • RHA Council President of the Year – Joseph Havez, Walton Hall
  • RHA Outstanding Freshman of the Year – Sarah Kruse, RHA Secretary
  • RHA Executive officer of the Year Isabelle “Izzy” Antes, RHA VP for Internal Affairs
  • Residence Hall Community Advisor of the Year – Carlos Pinkerton, CD for Hobby/Neeley & Travel Roberts, CD for Walton/Legett
  • Residence Hall Staff Council:
  • Community Director of the Year – Travis Roberts
  • Graduate Hall Director of the Year – De’Ronnius Young
  • First Year Resident Advisor of the Year – Michelle Alvarez
  • First Year Resident Advisor of the Year Honorable Mention – Connor O’Brien
  • Returning Resident Advisor of the Year – Adam Burkhard
  • Program of the Year – Hullabaloo’s Haunted House
  • Community of the Year – Davis-Gary
  • Unsung Hero – CD’s, GHD’s & RA’s of Lydell Perry
  • ResLife Innovator – Blanca Flores
  • Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Masters’ Degree students who served as staff in Residence Life have graduated.
  • Alyssa Raymond
  • Audrey Winking
  • Carter Burks
  • Darrian Slater
  • De’Ronnius Yong
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Kelly Gilton
  • Lisa Bowker
  • Monika Weber
  • Congratulations to Residence Life Scholarship Winners for 2016-2017. These independent endowments create scholarships to support students living on campus with awards of $1,000 ($500 each semester).
  • MJ Neeley Scholarship (Neeley Hall Resident) – Ambrosia McCurry Voss
  • Jerry Hajek III Memorial Scholarship (Hart Hall) – William Hamilton, Paul Fantegrossi & Pablo Loredo
  • Residence Hall Staff Council Scholarship (Resident Advisor) – Michelle Alvarez

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

  • Helpline was founded in January 1995 and celebrated its 21st Anniversary this year.
  • Past, present, and future HelpLiners are indebted to the Houston Aggie Moms’ Club for their creation of an endowment to support the HelpLine.
  • Some calls to HelpLine are 1 minute or less and some callers talk more than 2 hours.
  • HelpLine handles a wide array of caller concerns from non-crisis to crisis.  One concern we’ve heard much more frequently in the last decade is anxiety.
  • HelpLine volunteers come from all walks of life and are very diverse in many areas including major of study, age, sexual orientation, race, life experiences, and more.
  • In the fall & spring semesters, HelpLine has 44 shifts per week with 20 of those on the weekend.  There are typically 35-40 HelpLine volunteers who keep these 44 shifts covered.  HelpLine maintains its same operational hours in the summer semester but typically has less than 20 volunteers during those months due to many being home for the summer or doing internships or study abroad experiences that take them out of Aggieland.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • During the summer months, SHS seeks to build relationships with outside healthcare providers & educate these providers and supporting staff on services offered at Texas A&M University.
  • During these visits SHS representatives provide an overview of services and distribute SHS materials
  • The SHS Laboratory will be undergoing an inspection for College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accreditation.
  • This unannounced visit is scheduled to occur between May 15th – August 15th. CAP is a regulating body that oversees laboratories to ensure accuracy of results.
  • SHS had approximately 14 student employees graduate during the Spring 2016 semester.
  • SHS loves providing employment opportunities to students and always strives to hire student employees to help their fellow students stay well and do well at Texas A&M University.
  • During the Spring 2016 semester, SHS employed over 100 student employees throughout its clinic.

STUDENT LIFE STUDIES

  • On May 18th Darby Roberts was featured in a High Ed Live webcast for her work in student affairs assessment.

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS (UCEN)

  • On May 4th, Jamie Veazey was named as the University Center & Special Events Student Employee of the Year.
  • Jamie serves as a student lead in the Events Services area of UCEN and is a wonderful asset to our department.
  • The 12th Man Hall of the MSC is now hosting 9 new banners depicting our Aggie Core Values and other Aggie moments.  The new banners can be interchanged with the previous block ATM banners adding versatility to the look and feel of the space.
  • University Center & Special Events staff provided services for 9,342 events this spring semester.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • On May 23rd the Military Order of the Purple Heart Run travels from San Antonio to College Station and onto Houston. (Approximately 270 miles)
  • On May 25th the Gratitude Initiative and Texas Roadhouse will host a free lunch to first 100 guests who register to attend, as well as a rally to welcome the Carry The Load West Coast Relay to Bryan/College Station as they pass through on their 4,300-mile walk/bike relay to help restore the true meaning of Memorial Day and honor our military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and rescue personnel.
  • The lunch will be held in the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • On May 25th the Women Veterans Summer Programming 2016 Evans Library Scrolling Marquee will begin
  • 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.
  • Aggie Veteran Awareness Support – In 2008, Texas A&M University became a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges “Military-Friendly” Consortium and established the campus Troops to College Committee.

Marketing & Communications

  • The new DSA Editorial, Serving Those Who Have Served, has been posted on the Division website.
  • The article highlights the work the Veteran Resource & Support Center is doing to help student veteran’s transition and adjust to life in a university setting.
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