Division Update – February 1, 2017


  • Insightful Connections, a student organization focused on blindness advocacy and awareness, will host a discussion panel on February 6th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45p.m. in MSC 2501.
  • Several students and Disability Services staff members will facilitate the panel, which will pose questions about living life, attending classes and engaging our campus community with a visual disability.
  • For more information, please contact Justin Romack at jromack@tamu.edu


  • Tickets are available from the MSC Box Office http://boxoffice.tamu.edu/ for the following MSC OPAS events:
  • Russian National Ballet Theatre, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • MSC Aggie Cinema will present the following film series showings:
  • Arthouse Film Series – Midnight in Paris on February 3rd, at 7 p.m. in MSC 2406
  • Blockbuster Series – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder 601
  • MSC Hospitality, on February 2nd, presents Howdy Health: An Aggie Guide to BTHO New Year’s Resolutions, featuring Former Student and Fed and Fit’s Cassy Joy Garcia.
  • 10 a.m. –  Morning Presentation in Bethancourt Ballroom A
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. –  Book signing in TAMU Bookstore Café
  • 2 p.m. – Afternoon Presentation in Bethancourt Ballroom A
  • MSC Wiley will present A New Era: US/Cuba Relations on February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in MSC 2404.
  • MSC SCONA will host the following events:
  • Domestic Crisis Strategic Response Exercise on February 14th -15th
  • 62nd Student Conference on National Affairs, “Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: Securing the Homeland,” February 16th -18th.


  • TAMU Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) will host an informational on Thursday, February 9th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in MSC 2248.
  • The application may be found on Maroonlink at https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/form/start/115565 & is due Friday, February 17th.
  • Email dms-info@dms.tamu.edu for more information.
  • Nominations for the 2017 Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Awards, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Office for Diversity are now open.
  • To nominate students, faculty, staff and/or administrators, visit tamu.edu/diversity/ace-awards/. For more information, please contact us at dms-info@dms.tamu.edu.
  • The peer diversity education program Aggies to Aggies (A2A) is hosting an informational on Wednesday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. in Rudder 502.
  • A2A student facilitator applications may be found on Maroonlink at https://maroonlink.tamu.edu/form/start/117553 and are due Monday, February 20th.
  • Contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at Deara@tamu.edu for more information.
  • The SBSLC Executive Leadership team would like to thank the Division of Student Affairs for supporting our conference. Over 500 college students from across the country engaged in dialogue, lectures, and a competition focused on leadership and community. Preparation is underway for our 30th anniversary.


  • The Texas A&M Women’s Chorus is once again sponsoring “Singing Valentines” as a fundraiser for ongoing activities for the Women’s Chorus. Valentines are available February 11th – 14th and are available both on and off campus.
  • Reservations are available now by calling Choral Activities at 979.845.5974.
  • The University Bands & Orchestras, in cooperation with the Department of Performance Studies, will welcome renowned composer David Maslanka to campus for a series of student experiences, concluding with concerts on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th.
  • Directors of MUSA Bands, Choirs & Orchestras will travel to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the annual Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, February 8th – 11th.
  • Aggie Band auditions from incoming freshmen have begun and will continue throughout the semester.


  • Housing Fair 2017 will occur on Wednesday, February 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in MSC 2300 Bethancourt Ballroom.
  • Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) annually produces this event in order to provide our students, particularly those who live off campus, with a variety of information and resources about living in the Bryan/College Station community!
  • The Dallas Morning News digital editor, Frank Smith, Class of ’87, led a copy editing seminar for editors of The Battalion. The session was part of a spring semester training program for The Batt’s editorial board.
  • The GLBT Resource Center will be hosting Lea Delaria from Orange is the New Black for her talk “Lea Delaria: A Man for All Seasons” on March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Rudder Auditorium.
  • The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be obtained at the Rudder Box Office beginning February 1st.


  • Between Wednesday, January 18th and Tuesday, February 24th, the Student Recreation Center had an average of 7,316 swiped visits per day
  • With opening of new spaces in the Student Rec Center, Engineering, Alpha Omicron Pi & Admissions took advantage of the new spaces to show case research, career fairs, academic initiatives, and recruitment.
  • To find out everything that Texas A&M Rec Sports has to offer in February, please visit http://recsports.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Rec_Sports_February_News_and_Events.pdf
  • The Strength & Conditioning area staff, including a large number of our student employees, worked tirelessly to get the recently renovated and expanded Strength & Conditioning Room open for operation by the first day of Spring semester classes.
  • Since opening, the room has had record attendance numbers with 700+ people per hour several hours per day.
  • Texas A&M Rec Sports’ expansion/renovation reached substantial completion in December 2016 and was able to open all new, renovated, and expanded areas to Rec Sports members and guests by the first day of the spring 2017 semester.
  • For photos and updates of all areas of the expansion/renovation please visit http://recsports4u.com.


  • The Southside Commons will be open for a sneak peek for current students, staff and faculty from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10th.
  • It will be open for viewing for prospective students and their families during Aggieland Saturday on February 11th as well. The Grand Opening will be later in Spring semester and the Commons will remain open after that. The patio is open for use already.
  • Last week, the announcement was made that this coming fall Walton Hall will become an all new to housing co-ed residence hall. Current Walton residents who want to stay living on campus will need to change to another hall.
  • Housing Contract Renewal 2017 began yesterday and goes through February 17th. This is an online process for current residents in residence halls, White Creek Apartments, Gardens Apartments or Corps of Cadets Halls at http://reslife.tamu.edu/contractrenewal/ Students may also apply for summer housing at tamu.edu.
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Committee within Residence Life is hosting a ‘Chat & Chew’ about the current issues relating to immigration and refugees for department staff at noon on Friday, February 2nd in Hullabaloo Hall.
  • These ‘Chat & Chews’ are hosted periodically throughout the year to provide a forum for sharing concerns and feeling; professional self-care to allow us to serve our students even better.


  • The Big Event is hosting 130+ participants from 23+ universities – including Florida State, Baylor, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech – on campus February 3rd – 5th for their 11th Annual One Big Thanks Conference.
  • The students of The Big Event committee host this conference as an opportunity for schools to come together and discuss how each of their Big Events, or other one day service projects, operate.
  • The final year of the Replant Lost Pines Recovery Campaign is less than a month away, and Replant needs your assistance in recruiting students to serve the weekend of February 18th & 19th.
  • Sign-ups are now live and there are a limited number of spots. Please have your students sign-up here: http://replantonline.tamu.edu/.
  • The Maroon & White Leadership Fellows are accepting nominations for students who are seeking to grow and develop as leaders through purposeful mentorship and intensive reflection on their leadership experiences.
  • Nominate an up-and-coming student leader today! http://maroonandwhite.tamu.edu/content/fellows-nomination-form
  • Consider nominating a student for the 2016-2017 Margaret Rudder Community Service Award! The MRCSA seeks to recognize and award students who significantly impact their community and, as a result, are themselves impacted by that contribution. Dollar awards of up to $500 are given by the Margaret Rudder Endowment Program at Texas A&M University.
  • Email nominations (including student phone/email) to SMiculka@stuact.tamu.edu.


  • The 14th Annual Social Justice in College Counseling Conference (previously known as the Multicultural Conference) will be held in May with a the focus on “Ethical Implications of Racial Disparity and Our Role”. Participants have historically been from across the state and country.
  • The Student Counseling Service information and resources for stress/anxiety and crisis have been shared by the International Student Office for international students impacted by the recent immigration ban.
  • Question Persuade Refer (Suicide Prevention Program) workshops will be held:
  • Wednesday, February 1st 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 13th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


  • SHS recently hosted four TAMU Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy students at its clinic. Over the course of a week, these students did an IPPE mini-experience for an ambulatory care learning environment.
  • Both the Student Health Services Physical Therapy Department and Laboratory have been designated as High Impact Practices (HIP). This is part of Texas A&M Quality Enhancement Plan, Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime, that is dedicated to challenging opportunities for the students while assessing the learning outcome.
  • The SHS Dietitian will be hosting monthly grocery store tours for currently enrolled TAMU students. For only $5, students will receive a tour, reusable grocery tote, coupons, and the opportunity to sample tasty recipes.
  • All sign-ups will be located at http://calendar.tamu.edu/shs.
  • The SHS Pharmacy is still being renovated, yet still remains accessible to students in need of pharmaceutical items. The Pharmacy renovation includes: adding additional space for patients, five times its current stock of OTC products, additional pharmaceutical items, an increase from one to four receiving windows, and a beautifully designed layout.
  • TAMU EMS will be partnering with the TAMU College of Medicine on February 11th for their Texas Two Step Campaign to train individuals on Hands-Only CPR. Also, EMS will be visiting the GSC in April to train over 50 individuals.
  • For more info regarding how to request EMS for Hands-Only CPR training, visit http://ems.tamu.edu/cpr-education/.



  • The Stark Galleries welcome Dr. Anat Geva, Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University and author of “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form and Building Technology.” Dr. Geva will give a lecture on the sacred architecture found in Frank Lloyd Wright’s interior spaces. Admission is free, so please join us!
  • February 8th: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sacred Architecture: Interiors at 5:30 p.m. in the Stark Galleries
  • Join the Forsyth Galleries for a FREE screening of Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief in conjunction with our exhibitions featuring Greek Mythology. Movie snacks will be served, so bring a blanket and a friend. Brought to you with the help of the MSC Aggie Cinema!
  • To RSVP, visit: https://uart.tamu.edu/event/picnic-in-the-galleries/
  • February 16th: Picnic in the Galleries: Percy Jackson at 7:30 p.m. in the Forsyth Galleries
  • Please join us for a children’s art workshop on Sunday, February 19th! We will be transforming everyday objects into art with your children using materials inspired by our current exhibition featuring artwork made from recycled hubcaps. For details and to register, please visit https://uart.tamu.edu/event/transforming-everyday-objects-into-art/
  • February 19th: Transforming Everyday Objects into ART at 2:00 p.m. in the Stark Galleries


  • University Center & Special Events Assistant Director Mr. Neil Peltier was named as a recipient for a 2017 Presidential Meritorious Service Award.
  • Neil serves in many roles on campus, some of which include overseeing tailgating and UCEN facility project coordination. Please congratulate Neil on this outstanding achievement the next time you see him.
  • Art displays were added to the 4th and 5th floors of Rudder Tower. The displays showcase pictures and their associated descriptions of Texas A&M’s history.
  • The Veterans Lounge, located in the Memorial Student Center, has been outfitted with new furnishings.


  • Aggie Shields Textbook Lending Library, housed in the VRSC, was able to lend more than $44,000 of textbooks to our military affiliated students attending Texas A&M University this semester.
  • The men’s basketball military appreciation game will be on Wednesday, February 8th against Mizzou. Free tickets will be available for veterans and active duty.


  • On Friday, January 20th the Corps of Cadets hosted the grand opening ceremony of the Dorothy and Arthur McFerrin ‘65 Parsons Mounted Cavalry Headquarters facility at Fiddler’s Green, the Cavalry’s longstanding location.
  • It was an outstanding evening with a great turn out, and we would like to thank everyone who attended.
  • Don’t miss out on getting your own copy of the Corps documentary, “The Corps: Keepers of the Spirit.” This hour long documentary is the story of one of our nation’s proudest institutions, and the men and women who have gone on to make a big difference in our communities, our state and our nation after their time in the Corps.
  • The video is now available to order online http://corps.tamu.edu/corps-documentary/
  • Congratulations to the 53 new inductees into the O.R. Simpson Honor Society last week. This prestigious organization recognizes those cadets who have excelled academically in their chosen academic major.