Division Update – April 6, 2016


  • The ACE Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 13th. The Disability Services’ award winners are:
    • Dr. Cris Heaps Professor and Assistant Department Head from the Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology Department. He won the Partners in Learning of Excellence Award. This award recognizes a staff member, faculty member, or administrator who has actively removed barriers for students with disabilities on campus
    • Kaitlyn Kellermeyer is recipient of Gary Gray Recognition Award. This award recognizes a student or student group who promotes an inclusive environment at Texas A&M University by removing barriers for students with disabilities through education or inclusive activities. For more information on Kaitlyn’s contributions to Texas A&M, please visit  http://today.tamu.edu/2016/01/21/initiative-calls-for-students-to-chime-in/
  • For more stories about students with disabilities making a difference on our campus and beyond, please visit http://disability.tamu.edu/studentstories
  • Alicia Guevara will be co-presenting with Irene Scott from the Study Abroad Programs Office at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) conference in San Antonio on April 7th. The presentation is titled, “Practical Approaches to Accommodating Study Abroad Students with Disabilities”


  • DoIT recently completed technology support for Big Event. More than 22,000 students used the Big Event application to sign-up and sign-out
  • Many DoIT employees (Chrissie Cordray, David Swanson, Devang Mehta, Michael Brodigan, Carl Ivey, Cameron Baker, Celenia Sosa, Rigo Cisneros) attended the event to setup and support this important student committee
  • David Sweeney was just named to the Campus Labs Administrative Steering Committee to help guide the consolidation of CollegiateLink and OrgSync software platforms
  • David was selected as one of ten committee members from a large population of Campus Labs and OrgSync member institutions


  • Kindergarten Book Tour (MSC Hospitality) will be distributing books and reading to children at 22 local elementary schools from April 4th to April 7th
  • On Thursday, April 7th  “Lunchbox Series: Migrant Kids” (MSC Town Hall) will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Rudder Plaza
  • On Thursday, April 7th “Think Like a Freak: The Hidden Side of Everything” featuring Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner (MSC Bethancourt) will be presented at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • On Saturday, April 9th Black Aggie Parent BBQ (MSC WBAC) will be held at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Center
  • MSC Student Programs Open house will be held on April 9th at 1:00 p.m. in MSC 2240
  • On Sunday, April 10th Dodgin’ Color, dodgeball activity (MSC LEAD) will be held at Spence Park from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy in International Security (MSC SCONA) will be held on April 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the MSC Gates Ballroom
  • In Pursuit of Peace: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue (MSC Wiley) will be held on April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rudder Auditorium
  • Mr. FLO Contest (MSC Aggie Leaders Of Tomorrow) will be held on April 14th from 7:00 p.m. to10:00 p.m. in the Rudder Auditorium
  • Mi Casa Es Su Casa Closing Ceremony (MSC CAMAC) will occur on April 14th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in MSC 2406
  • On Saturday, April 16th TEDxTAMU (MSC ALOT) will be held in Geren Auditorium of Langford Architecture Building B
  • On Saturday, April 16th, Run the Ramps (MSC FISH) will be hosted at Kyle Field
  • The Annual MSC Awards Ceremony will be held on April 18th to recognize the best programs of the year and outstanding student leaders
  • On April 19th at 7:00 p.m., the program Breaking Stereotypes (MSC L.T. Jordan) will be challenging misguided Muslim stereotypes with artist and comedian Azhar Usman in Rudder Theater through funny and relatable storytelling and student stories about their experiences
  • On Wednesday, April 20th Fiesta 505 (MSC CAMAC) will occur in Rudder Plaza at 7:00 p.m.


  • The Texas A&M Jazz Ensembles will be headlining the 2nd Annual College Station Noon Lions Club Jazz Festival
  • The performance will be on Saturday, April 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Bryan
  • The Aggie band will be performing in the stands during the Maroon & White football game on Saturday, April 9th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Kyle Field
  • Texas A&M’s Women’s Chorus Dallas tour dates are as follows:
  • April 15th – Flower Mound Lamb of God Lutheran Church at 8:00 p.m.
  • April 16th – Frisco First United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 17th – Richardson First United Methodist Church at the 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services


  • Student Media received 34 honors at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association on March 31st – April 2nd
    • The Battalion, earned 17 honors overall including nine first place honors, and runner up in Best of Show. Mark Dore, Class of ’15 and a current University of Texas law school student, and current student Aimee Breaux were the editors-in-chief of The Batt during this time
    • The 2015 Aggieland yearbook earned General Excellence honors as the best yearbook among the state’s largest universities, won four other first-place honors and also garnered 17 honors total. Current student Hannah Fenske was the editor of the 2015 Aggieland
  • 145 students were served at the free HIV/Syphilis testing event sponsored by Health Promotion in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Student Health Services, and student organization, The Sex Project, on Wednesday, March 30th
  • The Graduate and Professional Student Council elected new leadership for 2016-17:
  • President Paul Taele, PhD Student Computer Science
  • Executive Vice President Chris Nygren, PhD Student Oceanography
  • VP University Affairs Daniel Vecellio, PhD Student Geography
  • VP Information Qi Wang, PhD Student Chemistry
  • VP Finance Michael Kalan, Master’s Student Mechanical Engineering


  • Fitness will be hosting the 2nd Annual Spring Dance Party: Show Your Glow event on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The event is free to all and attendees can come experience glow in the dark, calorie-blasting, high energy workout featuring dances from Zumba, BodyWERK, Dance Cardio Party, and Zoombox


  • Residence Life has selected 58 student staff members to serve as Summer Conference Assistants & Summer Resident Advisors. These staff members will serve approximately 9,000 summer guests & 500 summer school students during the upcoming summer months
  • The Aggie Eco-Reps, a sustainability oriented student organization within Residence Life, will be sponsoring a 5k fun run entitled, “Ready, Set, Go Green!” to culminate Earth Week activities on Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m. To register, visit: https://goo.gl/mY3Rrw
  • The Department of Residence Life has participated in the Walk Across Texas sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension annually for the last 5 years. This year, led by our Director Chareny Rydl, 19 staff members ‘walked’ more than 3,300 miles over 8 weeks as “ResLifers”, “ResLifers II” and “ResLifers III”
  • It is a time for us to encourage one another to be more active and gain health. Teams of up to eight endeavor to cross the 830 miles across Texas over the course of eight weeks by walking or activity equivalencies
  • Working from a 5 year plan, this summer over $36 million will be spent in addressing deferred maintenance and facility needs in the residence halls (replacement of HVAC systems, new flooring, fire alarms systems, remodeling, new finishes, etc)
  • Employment offers have gone out to just under 100 new Resident Advisor candidates. These new RAs will join our team (of almost 200) for the 2016-2017 academic year


  • On Thursday, April 21st, Aggies from all over the world will gather to reflect on their days at A&M and answer “Here” for fellow Aggies who are no longer with us.  While Muster takes place in over 300 places worldwide, the largest ceremony occurs on the Texas A&M campus.  This year’s ceremony will feature R.C. Slocum as the Muster Speaker and will honor both the Class of 1966 as they celebrate their 50th reunion, as well as the 70th anniversary of the Corregidor Muster Ceremony of 1946.  This year’s Muster events include:
    • Reflections Display in the MSC Flag Room – April 18th – 21st
    • Flag raising ceremony in Academic Plaza – April 21st at 7:00 a.m.
    • Camaraderie Barbecue on Kyle Field Plaza – April 21st at 11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
    • Campus Muster Ceremony at Reed Arena – April 21st at 7:00 p.m.
  • Each year, the Department of Student Activities facilitates the annual recognition of over 1000 student organizations.  On April 15th almost 700 of those organizations will start their annual recognition cycle for 2016-17 which includes the completion of trainings, officer selections, updates to governing documents, and the transition of important financial and operational resources
  • The Student Organization Development and Administration team coordinates this process and is ready to assist student leaders and advisors with any questions or concerns!  Contact recognition@stuact.tamu.edu or (979)-458-4371 for more information
  • This past weekend the Texas A&M Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) received two awards at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference. They were recognized for outstanding Panhellenic Relations and outstanding programming in Women’s Issues
  • The Panhellenic Relations award is given to the Collegiate Panhellenic councils who promote Panhellenic spirit within the council through their programs. CPC does this through their annual Progressing Panhellenic event
  • The Women’s Issues award is given to Panhellenic councils whose programs promote a healthier lifestyle for Panhellenic Women. CPC hosts Redefiniton Week every September to promote confidence in collegiate women.  Over 50 schools attended the conference this year.  Texas A&M Panhellenic was one of the 10 schools chosen for these honors
  • Want to Win an Aggie Ring Scholarship? Sponsored by SGA Traditions Council and the Association of Former Students the Run for the Ring 5K event provides participants the opportunity to win one of FIVE Aggie Ring Scholarships (2 men’s, 2 women’s, and 1 more that will be determined on the day)
  • Run for the Ring begins at 9:00 a.m. on April 17th race day with the Yell Leaders kicking off the race along with Bus 12 loudly booming the War Hymn to motivate runners as they make their way through campus
  • Several student organizations will perform immediately prior to the door-prize drawings and the main drawing for the FIVE Aggie Ring scholarships. To register to run or walk in the event please visit: http://tx.ag/RingRunRegistration. Make sure to register early (by April 3rd) to ensure your t-shirt size. Walk-up registrations will be accepted! * You do not have to win the race to be eligible to win a scholarship. Anyone can enter to win on behalf of a currently enrolled student!


  • One of the most popular groups offered by the Student Counseling Service is the Thesis/Dissertation Support Group. This group is for graduate students struggling with the process of writing a thesis or dissertation. Group topics include issues of competence, procrastination, anxiety, goal-setting, and bureaucratic struggles
  • This group is offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. While the group is available to interested graduate students, a screening appointment with Dr. Brian Williams is required to participate
  • The Mature Aggie Women Support & Personal Growth Group provides a safe and supportive environment for female students to explore and work on academic and personal Issues. Topics are determined by group members, but often include adjustment to A&M, personal, romantic, peer and professor relationships, self-confidence and self-esteem, stress management, and finding balance and perspective in the complex personal and academic life experienced by graduate and undergraduate women who are older than the typical undergraduate
  • A screening appointment with Dr. Nancy Welch is required to participate in this group.


  • During The Big Event Kick-Off Ceremony, SHS distributed thousands of bandage kits and hand wipes to student participants
  • On Friday, April 15th, SHS will be hosting a Health Fair for the Corps of Cadets
  • SHS will be giving away free shirts, gift cards, and more to students who attend the event and learn more about SHS services
  • Hilary Park, RN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, was chosen as the recipient of the “Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award” for her service to the University
  • This award is presented as part of the Accountability, Climate and Equity (ACE) Awards
  • The Preventive Medicine unit at SHS offers travels consultations, immunizations, allergy injections, and more. Students traveling abroad should seek to make a travel consultation appointment months prior to traveling out of the country
  • Flu season still remains a concern whether you are traveling or not. Take the time to make an appointment to receive a flu vaccination at SHS prior to leaving town.
  • Flu shots are available at SHS for $20. Appointments can be made online at shs.tamu.edu or by phone at (979)-458-8250. For questions, please contact Patient Services at (979)-458-8310
  • The SHS Laboratory staff will be travelling to the Vet School on April 20th to collect samples for rabies titers on 100+ vet students
  • Collections will take place after 5:00 p.m. so daily Lab operations will not be impacted
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (a national organization) has asked Meghan Windham (SHS Dietitian) to serve on their Committee for Lifelong Learning
  • During her 3-year term, she will work with other dietitians around the country to review educational sessions and core programming for their annual conference


  • Student Life Studies analyzed over 5,000 answers to the question, “What is the single, most important thing that your campus could realistically do to create a better undergraduate experience for students like you? ” Find out what students said at http://studentlifestudies.tamu.edu/sites/studentlifestudies.tamu.edu/files/results/full/289-full.pdf
  • Student Life Studies is planning the first “Assessment Boot Camp” for May 24th to help staff get their assessment in shape, serve students better, and create positive change


  • The UCEN Public Displays Committee approved the installment of a large Step In Stand Up display in the Memorial Student Center by the Loyalty entrance.  This display will remain in place until April 31st
  • UCEN is happy to celebrate Student Employee Appreciation Week next Friday by supplying our student staff with lunch from Freebirds
  • Phase I of the replacement of the Auditorium Fly System is complete


  • The VRSC Supports Veteran Research through the Veterans Narrative Project. After Combat: Soldiers Return Home From the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • The Veterans narrative Project is building a website where veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq can anonymously record stories of deployment and return home.
  • The goal is to contribute to the public record of this war from the perspective of veterans by conducting interviews with combat veterans who have agreed to allow their stories to be included in a book of oral narratives concerning the war
  • Vet Connect is a program designed to support student veterans in their transition to college, their continuous success as students and connect them with future opportunities after graduation
  • Upcoming Vet Connect event will be a Veterans Picnic hosted by MSC FISH on April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sue Haswell Park
  • In addition to Vet Camp and the Peer mentoring programs, other Vet Connect programs include: Student Veteran & Faculty/Staff Breakfast/Lunch meetings, Rec Sports Wounded Warrior Engagement, Employment Opportunities, Dependent Student (Support) Organization, and Military/Veteran Spouse (Support) Organizations.
  • Military appreciation baseball game will be held at Olsen Field on April 24th beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • Aggie Veteran Awareness Support
  • After Combat, Aggie Veterans return home and Texas A&M begins formally supporting veterans as the first two wounded service members arrive for special training at the direction of the Vocational Training Board of the War Department. The year is 1919. Although the year has changed, the unwavering support and commitment to our student veterans remains the same