BECKY GATES CHILDREN’S CENTER

  • The Children’s Center will celebrate Grandparent’s and Significant Persons Day on Friday, September 9th with a continental breakfast, visits, and activities in the children’s classrooms.
  • Grandparent’s will share breakfast, story reading, arts and crafts and other activities in the classrooms to honor the important place they have in the children’s lives.
  • We have offered a lead teacher position to a candidate and she has accepted as the Blue Jay classroom teacher.
  • Interviews have begun for a full-time assistant teacher and a part-time assistant teacher for our two younger age groups (12-24 months old).
  • The teachers are looking forward to two days of professional development in Dallas at the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children early childhood regional conference on September 23rd and 24th.

CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Corps of Cadets will once again conduct its Annual Corps Trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Athletic Department has worked to get tickets for the Corps at a GREATLY reduced price of $85.
  • You can sponsor a cadet to attend the game with a small donation of $50.  Cadets will pay the remaining $35 for their ticket.  Your generosity will ensure that our Corps can attend the A&M – Arkansas game and yell loudly as the 12th Man to spur our team onto victory over the Hogs.
  • If you wish to sponsor a cadet to attend the A&M – Arkansas game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington ‪on September 24th, please click here: https://www.12thmanfoundation.com/join/Corps-Trip-To-Fort-Worth.aspx
  • The Corps is excited to announce the release of the final trailer for “The Corps: Keepers of the Spirit” —a documentary about the Corps of Cadets.
  • The DVD will be available for order on October 4th, 2016, the 140th anniversary of the opening of Texas A&M. We will provide more information concerning the video later this month, including where you can purchase a copy of the DVD.
  • To view the trailer click here: https://vimeo.com/181191435
  • What a great way to start the 2016-2017 football season than to watch a flawless performance by the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band at halftime of the Texas A&M – UCLA football game last Saturday. An awesome performance by the Aggie Band, and a wonderful tribute to the former Director of the Aggie Band from 1973-1989, COL Joe T. Haney.
  • A great halftime performance, and one that I’m sure the Aggie Band fish will remember the rest of their lives! To view the performance visit the Commandants Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/tamucommandant/

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • Disability Services will host a career seminar on September 29th in collaboration with Career Services, featuring an informational session and discussion panel for students with disabilities searching for jobs.
  • Staff members from Disability Services, Career Services and several employers (including Shell, TAMU Human Resources and Accenture) will answer questions on disability disclosure, requesting accommodations in the workplace, resources for job searches and more.
  • For more information, please contact Tracey Forman at traceyf@disability.tamu.edu.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DoIT)

  • The following four projects have been completed in the last week:
  • (DSA) FiberTown and Teague Data Center SAN Replacement
  • (OOC) Dorm Renovation August 2016 Moves
  • (DOIT) ServiceNow Upgrade to Geneva/Helsinki
  • (DSA) Email to Campus Exchange Transition (Planning)
  • The department will host their quarterly “We Did IT!” meeting this coming Friday. This meeting is a celebration of work completed within the last quarter.
  • The Department of Information Technology has created a program of professional IT experiences for students who may be considering a career in IT. The SPRITE program is designed to provide student workers with a multi-year experience of professional IT competencies tailored to fit the student’s area of interest.
  • Students who participate will receive a co-curricular transcript detailing the various training and experiences they received during their tenure. Students accepted into the program work as paid student workers within the department while learning how a professional IT organization works.
  • For further information, see http://doit.tamu.edu/sprite/

MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER (MSC)

  • The MSC Box Office has been nominated for the 2017 INTIX Outstanding Box Office Award for demonstrating exceptional qualities of leadership.
  • MSC Open House sold out this year, featuring 458 student organization tables. As determined by analytics and technology, MSC Open House gathered more than 18,000 people to learn about student engagement and involvement opportunities.
  • Reaching out to incoming students of the Class of 2020, MSC CAMAC will host Hola Day, an event designed to introduce new students to programming opportunities provided by the student-led committee.
  • Hola Day begins at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7th in MSC 2406B.
  • Applications for most MSC committees are due this Friday, September 9th. Nearly 1,000 applications are expected, and interview processes start immediately following the application deadline.
  • Aggie Cinema will host a free screening of, “Finding Dory,” this Friday, September 9th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in MSC 2400.
  • Beginning Wednesday, September 14th, over 40 works from Linda Vallejo’s “Make ‘Em All Mexican,” and “The Brown Dot Project,” will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Reynolds Gallery. The exhibition was curated by the Visual Arts Committee(VAC), Mary Compton, VAC advisor, and the College of Architecture and Department of Visualization faculty.

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE (ODSL)

  • If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the GLBT Resource Center at glbt@tamu.edu or 979-862-8920.
  • The Offices of the Dean of Student Life hosted a resource table during the first week of classes. Students who stopped by our Resource PokeStop Table caught rare Pokemon, learned more information about the services offered by ODSL, and received free ODSL swag.

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • With funding from the Division of Student Affairs, an initiative to support African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino students living on campus specifically has been launched with the primary goal to improve academic performance and increase retention. Following from the Aggie Family ideal, this initiatives has been named “AFAM” and “Aggie Familia” respectively.
  • The initiative consists of programming and mentoring components, each focused in identity consciousness.  Opening receptions this past week, hosted more than 150 students and were supported by faculty, staff and former students.
  • On campus students may join the initiative at any time during the year. The upcoming mentoring session will be held on September 21st & 22nd and is designed for students to gather by College (major) and learn from academic administrators about paths to success, support services and resources, as well as to meet faculty and staff from their colleges.
  • We welcome your questions and appreciate your support.  Inquires can be directed to Dr. Carol Binzer at CarolB@tamu.edu or 979-862-3158.
  • The Encouraging Respect, Acceptance and Support through Education (ERASE) Program was created in the fall of 2003 by the Department of Residence Life’s Diversity Committee as a collaborative with the Department of Multicultural Services to establish a self-sustaining peer diversity education system in the residential communities and to allow on campus student leaders to take an active role in diversity education and outreach.
  • With the increasing interest across residential communities, ERASE is exploring opportunities to expand membership beyond Resident Advisors. To request a program or for more information, go to www.erase.tamu.edu.
  • The Community Learning Center in Hullabaloo hosted its 2nd Annual Open House during Gig ‘Em Week on Monday, August 22nd.
  • Over 1,500 students attended, learning about the resources available within the space and from Academic Support Initiatives. Residence Life provided attendees with a scantron and blue book, as well as refreshments!
  • The Community Learning Center (CLC) has had over 2,100 contacts with students thus far this semester! The hours of operation for the CLC, located in Hullabaloo Hall Room 126, are as follows:
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00a.m.-2:00a.m.
  • Friday: 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00p.m.-12:00a.m.
  • Residence Life is pleased to host the inaugural Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Faculty Fellow.
  • Dr. Lori Moore, Associate Professor within the TAMU Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications will be the Division’s first fellow. Dr. Moore began her appointment on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016.
  • The DSA Fellows Program highlights the Division’s commitment to enhancing student learning through the creation of seamless academic partnerships and integrated curricular and co‐curricular transformational, high impact learning experiences.
  • Follow the link below to learn more! http://reslife.tamu.edu/faculty-fellow/

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • On August 31st one of Aggieland’s newest students, Emma-Leigh Coffman ’20, received the exciting news that she had an Aggie Ring reserved just for her once she hits her official hour requirement!
  • Emma was an active participant in the Department of Student Activities and Association of Former Students Gig’em Week bracelet promotion that focused on students getting involved and becoming a part of the Aggie Network.
  • Just over 400 students utilized their student ID to swipe in at the AFS GatheRing and Student Activities Block Party events to become eligible for the Ring scholarship drawing. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped make the Get Involved/ Aggie Network promotion a big success.
  • The Maroon and White Leadership Fellows hosted their annual kick-off where they welcomed new participants, provided an overview of the program, and had an engaging speaker, Dr. Ruben May (a.k.a. rapper Reginald Stuckey). It is going to be a great year focused on leadership learning.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE (SCS)

  • Please welcome the new staff joining Student Counseling Service:
  • Taylor Holloman, B.S.
  • Marianela (Mari) Dornhecker, Ph.D.
  • Ambika Kasbekar, M.S.
  • Tonya Woelfel, B.S.
  • Sandra Olshak, M.S.W.
  • Santana Simple, M.S.
  • Erika Epps, Psy.D.
  • Please welcome our new psychology intern class:
  • Megan Callahan – Iowa State University
  • Lauren Craig – University of Oklahoma
  • Kevin Tarlow – Texas A&M University
  • Steven Zuniga – Oklahoma State University
  • The first Suicide Awareness Walk is being sponsored by Student Counseling Service, on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Plaza.  This event was created by the Aggies for Living Team whose focus is to raise awareness about suicide.  Many of the students have been personally touched by suicide.
  • Every day between 1 and 3 college students complete suicide in the United States.  We are hoping that through this event, Texas A&M Students will have an increased awareness about this important issue and become more knowledgeable about the resources available to them at Texas A&M.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)

  • SHS will be hosting its annual Flu Shot Campaign on October 5th and 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.
  • On the first day of the Fall 2016 semester, SHS reached its highest August single day total for distinct patients seen, totaling 452 students. In previous years, SHS had only seen between 300-380 distinct patients on the first day of classes.

 

STUDENT LIFE STUDIES

  • Did you know the department posts results of assessment projects on their website? Recent survey results indicate that students like to hear about campus events through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat), Division staff gained skills in writing outcomes and using various assessment methods from the Student Life Studies’ Assessment Boot Camp, and Division staff are satisfied with the professionalism, support, and knowledge from the Department of IT’s Service Desk representatives.

UNIVERSITY CENTER & SPECIAL EVENTS

  • University Center & Special Events hosted over 100 UCEN student employee’s at the UCEN all student training day on Sunday, August 28th.
  • Special guest speaker Dear Aunaetitrakul from the Department of Multicultural Services provided an interactive presentation promoting group discussion on different viewpoints regarding diversity and inclusion.
  • Renovations to the MSC Box Office will began on September 7th, 2016.  This project is anticipated to be completed by December of 2016.
  • University Center & Special Events saw a 15% increase in services provided in FY16 as compared to FY15,  supporting and/or providing space for 28,642 events from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016.

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER (VRSC)

  • Dog Tags to Degrees will be held on September 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Complex.
  • Dog Tags to Degrees is a social mixer that provides all Aggie Student Veterans a unique opportunity to connect and socialize with University professionals, faculty, staff, and local community leaders.
  • Vincent “Rocco” Vargas, COO of Article 15 Clothing, will be our guest speaker.
  • The lending library supported by Aggie Shields and located in the VRSC had 170 students use the library this semester: 93 veterans, 77 dependents.  This is compared to just 38 veterans last semester.
  • A total of 326 textbooks have been checked out: 207 by veterans, 119 by dependents.  Last semester, 76 textbooks were checked out.
  • In total, $36,000 worth of textbooks were checked out: $21,000 by veterans, $15,000 by dependents.  The total for last semester was $10,000 worth of textbooks.
  • Aggie Shields provides textbooks free of charge to Aggie veterans and their families. By providing textbooks, they help to alleviate the financial burden and stress that veterans too often experience when furthering their education.”

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