Division Update – February 17, 2016

BANDS & MUSIC ACTIVITIES

  • Texas A&M University Wind Symphony Concert will be held on Saturday, February 20th beginning at 2:00pm in the College Station High School Auditorium
  • The Aggie Band will be preforming in the Houston Livestock Show Parade on Saturday, February 27th
  • Singing Cadets concert tour dates for the Dallas/Waco area are February 19th – 21st
  • Dr. Tim Rhea served as a guest conductor and presented band director clinics at Iowa State University (Feb. 4-6) and University of Kentucky (Feb. 12 – 14)
  • Dr. Paul Sikes presented a workshop on orchestral rehearsal issues at the February 13th Texas Music Educators Association Clinic in San Antonio

CORPS OF CADETS

  • The Fish Drill Team Takes National Championship–Congratulations to the Class of ’19 Fish Drill Team for once again capturing the National Championship for precision drill teams at the Tulane Invitational Drill Meet this past Friday, 5 February in New Orleans!
  • The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU)—The CMMU hosted and won the fourth annual Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) Southwest Winter Regional Championship on Saturday, 6 February at the Cathon Cartridge Club in Millican, Texas.
  • The Corps of Cadets men’s and women’s basketball teams finished second at the annual Flying Irish Invitational Basketball Tournament at the University of Notre Dame on 5-6 February.
  • The Ross Volunteer Company participated in this year’s Rex Parade at Mardi Gras on 6 February in New Orleans.
  • Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges selected 28 cadets of the 62 total undergraduate students from Texas A&M, 45% of the total were cadets in the Corps

OFFICES OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE

  • Risa Bierman (Student Assistance Services) & Rick Powell (Student Legal Services) are recipients of the 2016 President’s Meritorious Service Award
  • Emily Ivey (New Student & Family Programs) was selected to serve on the NODA – Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education Board
  • Off-Campus Housing Fair will be held Wednesday, February 17th in the MSC Ballroom
  • Representatives from 57 off-campus properties will be in attendance and an estimated 2,000 students are expected to attend

RESIDENCE LIFE

  • Aggieland Saturday was held on Saturday, February 13th Residence Life hosted:
  • 12 Housing overview presentations, which were approximately 5.5 hours long and hosted 2,736 participants
  • 1,191 bus tour rides were given to showcase White Creek Apartments
  • Presented “Living at the Heart of the Aggie Experience” to Aggieland visitors
  • Participated in a webinar sponsored by New Student & Family Programs about living on campus, housing decisions and contract renewals. Additionally a presentation was made by Off-Campus Student Services
  • Approximately 100 participants signed onto the presentation
  • Staff were available to live chat with participants and respond to individual questions
  • Approximately 7,500 students applied to live on campus for Fall 2016, with exceptions for Regent Scholars and Corps of Cadet applicants for whom spaces are held
  • Last year, every student who was on the waitlist was offered space on campus. Corps of Cadet hosing does not close and is always an option
  • Throughout March, a sampling of on campus residents (4,500 of 11,000 students) will have an opportunity to complete the EBI Resident Satisfaction Survey.
  • results will be shared in early summer and utilized in staff training and program planning.

RECREATION SPORTS

  • Megan Normansell selected as NIRSA Region Student Leader
  • Jerrod Jackson:
    • selected as Editorial Board Member for NIRSA Flag Football Rules Book & Officials’ Manual
    • selected as Program chair for 2015 NIRSA Region IV Conference and Student Lead On
    • selected as Committee Member for 2016 NIRSA National Flag Football Championships
    • appointed as Consultant for 2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute
    • presented Evaluations: Who is Benefiting and How at the 2015 NIRSA Region IV Conference and Student Lead On
    • recipient of 2016 NIRSA Steve Kintigh Professional Staff Scholarship

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

  • “Understanding Worthiness” workshop will be held March 2, 2016 from 3:00pm to 3:50pm
  • This workshop is designed to help participants explore areas of self-esteem, self-compassion and perfectionism. Pre-registration is required
  • Career assessment workshop will be held March 8, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.
  • This workshop will interpret Strong Interest Inventory results and help utilize those results for career exploration. Pre-registration is required
  • Focus 2 – an online self-help career program that provides career assessment and exploration tools. Currently enrolled students may go to scs.tamu.edu/focus to create an account to use the program

STUDENT LIFE STUDIES

  • “Sharing Assessment Data and Marketing Results” – April 5th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in Koldus 146
  • “Turning Findings into Action Plans: How to use Assessment Results” – May 18th from 8:30am to 9:30am in Koldus 146
  • “Student Affairs Assessment Bootcamp” –  May 24th
  • Keynote Speaker – Gavin Henning, President of ACPA College Student Educators International and co-author of Student Affairs Assessment: Theory to Practice. (More information and registration will be announced soon)
  • Dr. Darby Roberts was recently selected to serve a two year term on the editorial board for the College Student Affairs Journal

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

  • Jennifer Korolenko was honored with an Award of Excellence from the Texas Art Education Association for her work during Youth Art Month
  • Stark Galleries was selected to participate in the inaugural American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Small Museum Accreditation Academy
  • Stark Galleries was one of only ten organizations selected from across the United States
  • Amanda Dyer was selected to participate in the 2016 Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education Program for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

UNIVERSITY CENTER AND SPECIAL EVENTS

  • UCEN Student Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, February 25th to work on student training materials
  • University Center & Special Events Rudder Theater Complex Theatrical Team won a team PSA award
  • Members of this team are: Blake Biediger, Robb Bush, Moises Cruz, Roy Eubanks, Arthur Kaml, Ben Leonido, Al Minde, Rocky Peyton, Owen Smith Noteworthy
  • Updates being made to Rudder Theater Complex’s HVAC system will result in an estimated 11% cost saving for FY17 utilities for UCEN

VETERAN RESOURCE & SUPPORT CENTER

  • VetConnect Programming is a group of programs designed to support student veterans in their transition to college, their continued success as a student and connecting them with future opportunities after graduation.
    • These events are typically informal and are designed to connect students with people (faculty/staff/advisors/potential employers) and other resources.  Our next two Vet Connect opportunities will be February 17th – Eli Lilly in Rudder 301 from 11:30am to 1:30pm & March 9th – Accenture in Koldus 110 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
  • Women Veterans Programming 2016 is to raise the profile of women veterans on the Texas A&M campus and to provide women student veterans with an opportunity and venue to share their experiences with the campus and larger community.
    • February 29th – March 12th: Pictures and bios of women veterans will be displayed in the MSC, Koldus and Rudder Tower. The mark their success in service, our university archivist, Greg Bailey, is interested in collecting the bios and photos as additions to the library collection
    • March 9th – Women Veterans Panel will be held in Evans Library from 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • “Building Bridges & Foundations: The Art of Military Admissions” Program was selected as the Bronze Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Excellence Award Winner
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