CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Corps of Cadets will conduct a Corps main campus march-in on Saturday, October 8 at 1:00 pm. The Corps will pass in review through campus on October 8th, before the Tennessee game.
    • To view the map for the March-in on Campusclick here.
  • The Corps of Cadets celebrated its 140th birthday with the premier of “The Corps: Keepers of the Spirit.  The documentary is the story of one of our nation’s proudest institutions and one of A&M’s greatest traditions.  It provides insight on cadet life from the first days of Freshman Orientation Week to their final days as seniors in the Corps.
    • This film truly captures the Aggies spirit, and life in the Corps of Cadets.  The video is available atcom, get your copy today!

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • This fall, Disability Services has seen a 48% increase in the number of requests for accessible textbooks:
    • There are currently a total of 199 active textbook requests through the sixth week of classes this semester, compared to 135 requests received throughout the entire fall 2015 semester.
    • Students receive accessible electronic versions of their textbooks for use with text-to-speech and screen reading software as an accommodation for a visual or reading disability.
    • When a publisher is unable to provide accessible files, Disability Services can obtain physical copies of textbooks to produce in electronic formats thanks to generous support from the Association of Former Students and the Barnes & Noble located in the Memorial Student Center.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • Since the last update, DoIT has completed:
    • (UART) Mimsy mWeb Website Integration
  • We have also started our Division email migrations to the university’s Exchange system. For more information, including the migration schedule, refer to http://doit.tamu.edu/email-migration/

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • October 6th is a busy day for the MSC:
    • MSC Town Hall Lunchbox Concert Series features local band, The Cover Letter, in Rudder Plaza from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m
    • MSC SCONA will present, “13 Hours: The Inside Story of the Benghazi Attacks,” at 6 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, former U.S. Army Ranger, 2nd BN, 75th Regiment will discuss his experiences as a member of the security team who responded to the terrorists attacks on the U.S. special mission in Benghazi, Libya.
    • MSC CAMAC will present, “Mi Cultura, Mi Voz: A Latinx Showcase” in MSC 2405. The event is designed for Latino students to share the Latino experience through poetry and song.
  • MSC Aggie Cinema will host a free screening of, “The Secret Life of Pets,” on Friday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder 601.
  • MSC Town Hall will host Ben Rector’s, “The Biggest Tour I’ve Done Far,” on Sunday, October 9th at 8:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. SOLD OUT!
  • MSC Lost and Sale will be hosted on October 10th, 10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m. in Rudder Plaza. Sponsored by MSC Hospitality.
  • The MSC Town Hall Lunchbox Concert Series on October 13th features local band NeonNoah in Rudder Plaza from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • MSC OPAS will host several events throughout the next few weeks. Visit http://mscopas.org for ticket information.
    • The Capitol Steps – October 13th at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre
    • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! – October 15th in Rudder Auditorium at 1:00 p.m.
    • The Illusionists: Live from Broadway –  October 18th & 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

  • Aggies to Aggies (A2A) is a peer diversity education program under the Department of Multicultural Services.  We are hosting a variety of workshops for the Texas A&M community.
  • The Cultural Explorations (formerly Cultural Day Trips) program is a unique collaborative initiative in which a faculty member with expertise in a specific area of study works with the DMS to coordinate and implement a trip across Texas.  The first Cultural Exploration destination is scheduled for the African American Museum and the State Fair in Dallas, TX on Saturday, October 15th.
    • Phia Salter from the Department of Psychology along with DMS staff member, Mark Dawson will guide participants to align culture with scholarship by learning about various contributions of the African American community in Dallas. In addition to the museum, participants will experience Texas culture at the State Fair and take part in the sights, sounds, and food of the 130 year old fair.  The $21 fee covers admission into the museum and State Fair, and transportation.
    • Please RSVP at http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/cultural-explorations/ before 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 7th.
    • For more information contact Mark Dawson at mdawson@dms.tamu.edu.
  • The Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC) kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with Opening Ceremony on September 15th. Over 150 students, faculty, staff and community members attended. HPC collaborated with the Council for Minority Student Affairs (CMSA) and the Hispanic/Latino Graduate Student Association (HLGSA) to get over 40 students registered to vote.
  • The 2017 Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) registration is now open.  Please visit http://sbslc.tamu.edu or contact Varselles Cummings at vcummings@dms.tamu.edu.
  • We are recruiting applicants for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) initiative with the intent to diversify the pool of individuals entering the Student Affairs profession.  Through on-campus mentorship and professional development events, NUFP fellows learn about the profession as a career path.
    • The NUFP Application Workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 pm in MSC 2200 for students interested in submitting an application.
    • Please contact Theresa Survillion at tsurvillion@tamu.edu for more information.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL) 

  • The first Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop of the 2016-2017 school year will be held on Friday, October 7thfrom 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Rudder Tower, Room 404.
  • Last week the Student Conduct Office trained 15 new Panel Members to assist with hearing separable student conduct cases. If you are interested in becoming panel trained, please contact Alyssa Leffall at (979) 847- 7272 or Alyssa_Leffall@studentlife.tamu.edu.
  • Student Media helped the journalism degree program host the Former Journalism Students Association Alumni Day on Thursday, September 29th.
    • The event included seven sessions with six former students during class meetings and an interactive lunch with about 50 journalism students, the six speakers and 10-15 other former students.
    • Former Student Presenters included Anthony Andro ’92 (covers Texas Rangers for TV/print/web outlets), Jay Janner ’91 (Austin American-Statesman photographer), Fernando Palomo ’95 (ESPN International & Deportes announcer), Michael Peters ’93 (Tulsa World sports editor), Loren Steffy ’86 (writer at large for Texas Monthly and author), and Matthew Watkins ’07 (Texas Tribune higher education reporter).
  • The GLBT Resource Center will be hosting Coming Out Week from October 10th – 14th, The events during the week are:
    • October 10th – Sex in the Dark in MSC 2405 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • October 11th – Diversi-tea in MSC 2405 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Identity Crafts in MSC 2405 from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
    • October 12th – Transcend Open Mic Night in MSC 1400 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • October 13th – Annise Parker at Texas A&M in Evans 204E beginning at 7:00 p.m., reception beforehand in Cushing Memorial Library
    • October 14th – Come hang out at center in Bizzell Hall 158 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • The GLBT Resource Center is pleased to report that Texas A&M University was not listed on the Princeton Review’s 2016 Top 20 Least LGBTQ+ Friendly Universities!

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • The Fearless Fitness Friday event in collaboration with HR to promote employee wellness is this Friday, October 7th from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Rec.
    • Faculty/Staff are welcome and encouraged to participate in tours, fitness or strength and conditioning classes, climb the rockwall, walk the track, and just MOVE! There will be a wellgate (tailgate style) out on the new Rec Plaza from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with food as well.
  • Wilderness First Aid is a course for everyone. If you want to know how to assess and treat injuries and illnesses when other help is 2 hours or more away, this 16-hour course will get you hands-on practice with splinting, patient assessment, wound care, bandaging, managing spinal injuries, treating common illnesses, and more.
    • Taught by instructors from Longleaf Wilderness Medicine this course meets the SOP guidelines and is recognized nationally including recognition from the American Camp Association.
    • Registration open now at the Outdoor Adventures Resource Desk in the Rec or call for more information: 979-845-4511. Check out the event on Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBWFAFall2016
  • On September 14th Jerod Wilson, Josh Adams, and Ashley Heriot instructed a workshop on using the TRX at the Administration Building for the School of Public Health for their faculty, staff, and dean.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Congratulations to Jessica Lennerton, Business Coordinator III in the Department of Residence Life for chairing the Brazos Valley Society for Human Resource Management (BV-SHRM) Annual Business Seminar on September 13th.
    • The one day seminar boasted seven industry experts that presented on topics such as social media as the foundation for your organization, “Compliance in the Affordable Care Act Era”, “Overcoming Workforce Development Challenges”, an inter-generational survival guide, and others.
    • The seminar hosted over ninety attendees including HR professionals and local and regional small business owners and managers.
  • The National Residence Hall Honorary would like to recognize and congratulate our campus August OTM (Of the Month) winners.
    • The purpose of the Texas A&M University Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary is to provide recognition of individuals who have provided leadership and service to the residence hall system of Texas A&M University, and to provide leadership development for its members and for other residents.
    • Katie Brokovich is the 2016-2017 President of the Dan Mizer Chapter. Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work!
    • Campus Winners are:
      • Resident Assistant: Joseph Hernandez (Appelt Hall), Nominated by: Branden Becknell
      • Social Program: Welcome Week, White Creek Apartments, Nominated by: Jesse Turner
      • Spotlight: White Creek Apartments RA Staff, Nominated by: Aaron Harbaugh
      • Resident Assistant: Darla Loyola (Fowler Hall), Nominated by: Maritza Pancorbo
    • September nominations for recognition OTMs are due by 11:00 p.m. October 1st. You can submit them through the NACURH website: http://otms.nrhh.org/ or email at: tamunrhh@gmail.com
  • Congratulations to Residence Life award recipients: Graduate Hall Director Leticia (Tish) Alilionwu, Community Director Carlos Pinkerton, and Academic Peer Mentors Winston Johnson-Savoy, Ahmaya Mustafa, and Krystal Parks who were recognized this past Tuesday, September 27th by the Department of Africana Studies and the Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee with a Black Excellence Award.
  • Sue (Davis) and John Morrison came to campus, along with their son Andy to visit Davis-Gary hall. Resident advisors, Sarah Trevino and Blanca Estrada, provided a tour and took photos with the family.  The students are planning a display about the namesakes (Major Clarence Reid Davis and 2nd LT Arthur Edward Gary) for “Dia de las Muertas” in November, so were able to ask the family for details about hobbies and favorite foods.  The family was visiting Texas from their home in the Kansas City area for their reunion at Lamar University.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • The Department of Student Activities is excited to welcome Christine Gravelle, our new Director.
    • Christine will be joining us on Wednesday, October 12th. Please give her a warm Aggie welcome when you see her.
  • Congratulations to the Leadership and Service Center team for coordinating the university’s application process for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
    • The honor roll recognizes institutions for their commitment to civic engagement, service-learning, and community and is the highest honor awarded at the federal level.
    • It was just announced that for 2015, Texas A&M University received honor roll recognition for its service efforts in 2 categories, General Community Service & Economic Opportunity, and honor roll with distinction recognition for its service efforts in the Education Category. Whoop!
  • Howdy Camp Namesake Nominations will be closing on Sunday, October 2nd.   Please take a moment to nominate someone who you believe exemplifies what it means to be an Aggie and who would be willing to be a part of positively impacting the lives of incoming campers as well as their chairs and counselors.
  • This year on October 15th Aggie Replant will be hosting their 25th annual Replant Day. Replant Day is a day in which Aggie Replant plants trees around the College Station/Bryan area.
    • This year, Replant will be planting 470+ trees with the help of 850+ volunteers!
    • Please pass this opportunity along to the organizations and programs you work with who would be interested in volunteering to help make Replant Day 2016 a success. Please encourage students to sign up at http://replantonline.tamu.edu/

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (SCS)

  • SCS has three types of services:
    • Routine appointments are typically available the same or the following week as requested.  Occasionally, time-to-appointment will approach three weeks, but it never goes beyond that.  These appointments are for issues that are not crisis nor urgent, but rather for events that are causing mild to moderate discomfort for the student.
    • Urgent appointments are typically available the same week as requested and often the same day as requested.  They are created from cancelled appointments, so there are usually 2 – 3 available each day.  These appointments do not involve a crisis, but the student’s issues are such that an appointment the same week would be indicated.
    • Crisis appointments are available the same day as requested.  They are appointments that require immediate help—we tell the students that they need to be “life or death” kinds of things.
  • Students may register for their first appointment online at http://scs.tamu.edu by clicking the Register for Services At the end of the process, the student will be able to make an appointment that fits his/her schedule.   If the student has registered for services within the last four months and wants to make another or a different appointment, s/he will need to call us at 845-4427.
    • The Student Counseling Service is located at Student Services at White Creek and is on bus route #3.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • SHS will be hosting its annual Flu Shot Campaign on October 5th & 6th from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. This Campaign will be hosted at four locations on campus: Emerging Technologies Building (ETB – First Floor Lobby), Evans Library (Main Entry near Starbucks), Memorial Student Center (Respect Lounge), and Wehner (Main Lobby).
    • During the Flu Shot Campaign, SHS distributes approximately 5,500 free flu shots to currently enrolled TAMU students. Flu shots are also available to Texas A&M faculty and staff for $24.
    • For additional information, please contact Alyssa at abarigian@shs.tamu.edu.
  • SHS will be hosting a Corps of Cadets Health Fair on Friday, October 21st from 4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m. in Duncan Dining Hall.
    • During this Health Fair, SHS will educate Corps members regarding its services in a fun, interactive way. SHS expects to reach over 800 Corps members during this event.
  • SHS recently completed its new Impact Statement for the 2015-2016 academic year. Click here for a downloadable copy: SHS Impact Statement 2015-2016. If you would like more information on the SHS Impact Statement, please contact Alyssa at abarigian@shs.tamu.edu.

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Branding elements for the university initiative “Fearless on Every Front” have been installed throughout the Memorial Student Center in celebration of Texas A&M’s 140 birthday.
  • Two employees in University Center & Special Events attended training and received certification in Flame Effects Operations.
  • UCEN will host an SECC hamburger lunch on Friday, October 14th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in Bethancourt Ballroom.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by contacting Joani Groce at 845-8902.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • 64% of our undergraduate Student Veterans are transfer students.
  • The VRSC and our Peer Advising for Veteran Education (PAVE) student veterans will host a Navy Birthday Breakfast on October 13th, 7:30-10:00 AM. Come, Socialize, and Go.
  • Join us for the Aggie Military/Veteran Cord Reception on December 14th, 3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m., in the Stark Gallery on the 1st floor of the Memorial Student Center (MSC). RSVP to Debbie Pack debbiep@tamu.edu no later than December 9th.
  • Texas A&M student veterans receive a Red, White, and Blue cord to wear at their graduation ceremony. These cords signify Texas A&M University’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Aggie Veteran/Military students.