Division Update – June 16, 2016


  • Next fall, Company G-1, “The Ramblin’ Rogues,” and Squadron 5, “The Filthy Fifth,” will once again be a part of our Corps of Cadets. These will be the tenth and eleventh outfits we have reactivated in the last 5 years.
  • Both Reactivation Ceremonies will take place on Friday, August 26th, just before the start of the school year.


  • Kristie Orr has been elected President-Elect for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
  • AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
  • Dr. Orr will serve a two year term as President-Elect beginning in July 2016, followed by a two year term as President.



  • Luke Altendorf, Rick Greig, Deryle Richmond and Doug Sweet, along with Billy Bielamowicz from University Center and Special Events, attended the SEC Union Director’s Meeting at the newly renovated Reitz Union at the University of Florida.
  • Raye Leigh Stone attended the NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Managers Institute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville which was held on June 5th – 10th.
  • Amanda Flores attended NASPA’s “Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education” conference from June 8th – 11th, where she presented a session entitled, “A Latino Programming Board: The Story, The Programs, The Results”.
  • She spoke about assessments done with the CAMAC Executives and the Mi Casa Es Su Casa program experience.
  • The LT Jordan Institute currently has 15 students in England, Spain, China, and Costa Rica.  Additional students will travel to Singapore and Chile in mid-July.
  • The students are participating in internships and service programs focused on their major areas of study. Internships range from work with the Red Cross in Costa Rica to Cyber Security in England, and Refugee work in Spain, to name a few.
  • In addition to gaining hands on work experience, the students have an opportunity to engage with the local culture and to explore their host country.
  • Cory Arcak was recently in England and Spain to introduce the students to the city, transit methods, local history, and meet with employers.


  • Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC) and Latino Males United (LMU) are developing partnerships with a local school district for the upcoming year.
  • Planning is underway for the 29th annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC), which will take place in January of 2017.
  • Last weekend, students on SBSLC Executive Staff traveled to campus from various locations across the state of Texas to participate in a full day of planning and development for the 2017 Conference.
  • To stay up to date on SBSLC as plans are finalized, visit http://sbslc.tamu.edu/


  • Assistant Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Eric Posada, will be attending the Choral Conducting Symposium at the University of Michigan on June 20th through June 24th.
  • Summer placement auditions are ongoing for Music Activities performing ensembles.


  • The GLBT Professional Network, Pride Community Center, Queer Aggies, Shades of Queer, and the GLBT Resource Center invite you to join us for Pride + Peace + Prayers for Orlando candlelight vigil https://www.facebook.com/events/217704025289781/
  • The community is invited to gather at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Friends Congregation Church, 2200 Southwood Drive. Those who wish to attend who need disability accommodations for the event can contact Joe Hartsoe at 979-217-2818 or joeh@disability.tamu.edu. There will be restrooms available, including a gender inclusive one.
  • The largest New Student Conferences of the summer are this week. During this week alone, New Student and Family Programs will welcome more than 2,200 new students!
  • Last week, 34 new Green Dot Facilitators were trained to give Green Dot Bystander Intervention presentations and trainings on the Texas A&M Campus.
  • Student Legal Services met with 1,119 students this past academic year.


  • Recreational Sports has several upcoming programs:
  • Aggieland Long Course Swim Meet will be held June 17th through June 19th.
  • Aggie Venture Camps will host 10 students beginning June 20th through June 25th for the Alpha session of Base Camp. This extended orientation program is a collaboration between Recreational Sports’ Outdoor Adventures and Student Activities’ Extended Orientation. Registration remains open for Bravo session which will be held on July 18th – 23rd. To learn more visit: http://venturecamps.tamu.edu
  • Zach Ganger, Graduate Assistant for Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training from August 2014 – May 2016, began his full time position as the Fitness Program Manager at the University of Denver, Department of Campus Recreation the week of June 6th.
  • Bethany Tolar, Graduate Assistant for Facilities from August 2014 – May 2016 started a full time position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as the Coordinator of Reservations and Events with the Office of Campus Recreation the week of May 21st.
  • Chris Stewart, Graduate Assistant for Facilities from August 2014 – May 2016 started a full time position at the University of Texas at Austin as the Assistant Director for Satellite Facilities with the Division of Recreational Sports the week of June 13th.
  • Matt Dantism, Graduate Assistant for Aquatics from August 2014-May 2016, will begin his full time position as the Aquatics Coordinator at Louisiana State University Department of University Recreation the week of July 11th.
  • Ashley Donaldson and Jerrod Jackson presented on student staff evaluations at the Summer Advisor and Supervisor Symposium on June 6th.


  • During the summertime, the Department of Residence Life hosts a number of University sponsored guests. This summer, approximately 1,500  will stay in on-campus housing. A few of the guests are:
  • Current students staying for summer school
  • Incoming students and their parents for New Student Conferences
  • Men’s & Women’s Basketball Camps
  • Fire School – Municipal, Spanish & Industrial
  • Institute of International Education Interns – these students come from all over the world to do research with professors at Texas A&M University.
  • Based out of Hullabaloo Hall and White Creek Apartments, student tour guides provide the opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour model rooms in different styles of on campus housing.
  • Tours resumed after the close of the spring semester in May 2016 and served 170 more people than in May of 2015. By this time in 2015, T ours had served 9,880 people (2014-2015); this year we’ve served 11,549 to date (2015-2016).
  • Visitors who have completed our tour survey show at least a 90% satisfaction rate in 6 out of 7 survey questions about their tour experience.
  • Kyle McCracken, Coordinator of Residence Life presented on June 10th at the University of Houston Summer Assessment Symposium on Assessing Student Learning in the Resident Advisor and Graduate Hall Director Roles,” both areas he conducted research on over the past year for the Department of Residence Life.
  • The assessment shows clear positive contributions to: 1) communication, collaborative work, and career preparedness for Resident Advisors and 2) communication, collaborative work and integrative learning for Graduate Hall Directors. These student employment roles are classified as high impact practices.
  • Dustin Grabsch, Program Coordinator for Academic Support Initiatives and Assessment, presented on June 4th at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on “Increasing Intentionality of Policy Internships: Shaping a Student’s Experience”.
  • The session discussed the integration of AAC&U Values Rubrics for assessments of student learning. This presentation was a co-presentation with Stephanie McMillen, Director of the Policy Internship Programs Office at Texas A&M University.
  • As the last class to know Mr. & Mrs. Terry personally, the Terry Scholars Class of 2011, commissioned fellow 2010 Terry Scholar, Noelle M. Brooks ’15, to create a portrait of the couple in oils. The framed painting was presented at the Terry Scholars’ banquet and has been hung in Hobby Hall’s Lounge where the Terry Scholars at Texas A&M University have lived as a learning community for the last several years.


  • Greek and non-Greek students left for a two-week study abroad experience to Greece. This program is a partnership between the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Department.
  • The focus of the experience is on personal leadership development in the context of Greek culture. Students will have an opportunity to explore the evolution of leadership theory. Learn more about the experience from past participants here.
  • Venture Camp Alpha Session will be held June 20th – 25th at Texas A&M University and in the Hill Country.
  • Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Pugh, will be joining the group to experience fun and exciting activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, cycling, and a challenge course. We look forward to welcoming these new Aggies who will be joining us as a part of the Class of 2020.
  • Thank you to the generous gifts of donors and supporters of Fish Camp, 540 incoming freshmen will receive a FULL scholarship from the organization to cover the $225 registration fee.
  • This is an increase from last year when the organization was able to offer a combined 528 full and partial scholarships.
  • We congratulate the Fish Camp Directors and Advisors on their development efforts that are helping to make a difference in lives of our new Aggies!


  • The Student Counseling Service is offering several summer groups to students
  • Embracing Your Self-Worth Group will be offered on Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The group facilitators are Megan Culpepper and Nina Quintana.
  • This 8-week semi-structured process group is designed for those who struggle with feeling worthy, accepting themselves, and understanding what it means to care for themselves. Topics that will be explored include self-esteem, self-compassion, shame/vulnerability and authenticity. Members will be asked to participate in structured exercises such as journaling and mindfulness.  A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.


  • Mature Aggie Women Support and Personal Growth Group will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The group facilitator is Nancy Welch.
  • This group provides a safe and supportive environment for female students to explore and work on academic and personal issues. Issues and 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 or undergraduate women who are older than the typical undergraduate age. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.
  • Thesis/ Dissertation Support Group will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The group facilitator is Brian Williams.
  • 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. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.


  • The SHS Laboratory will be undergoing an inspection for College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accreditation. This unannounced visit is scheduled to occur between May 15th and August 15th.
  • CAP is a regulating body that oversees laboratories to ensure accuracy of results.
  • SHS will undergo an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) site visit beginning on June 20th – 21st.
  • Achieving AAAHC Accreditation shows that the organization participates in on-going self-evaluation, peer review and education to continuously improve its care and services. A certificate of accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.


  • At University of Houston’s Student Affairs Assessment Symposium, Kelly Cox presented “Assessing Student Learning through Employment”. Darby Roberts and Kelly Cox also presented, ”Reflections on Student Involvement: A Comprehensive Co-Curricular Approach.”
  • Almost 100 staff across the University attended the 4th annual DSA Summer Advisor and Supervisor Symposium.


  • A new exhibition at the Forsyth Galleries titled And Then There Was Light: A Short History of Fueling the Flame opens on June 18th and will run through December 16th.
  • Digging Deeper: True Stories from the Permanent Collection also opens at the Forsyth Galleries on June 18th and will run through August 16th.
  • The University Art Galleries will be hosting a Young Artist Workshop series this summer.  Hands-on art making activities will be offered for ages 4-15 years old and include experimenting with textiles, collage, dip dyed-paper and more!
  • Workshops are offered by age level and will take place on July 24th, July 31st and August 7th.
  • Ben Couse Lujan and Children by E. Irving Couse, part of the Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection, recently underwent conservation treatment by Dennis Baltuskonis of Fine Art Conservation Services of San Antonio.
  • Treatment included removal of surface bulges, relining of the canvas, surface cleaning, re-stretching and application of archival surface varnish. The work will be included in an upcoming exhibition featuring works by artists of the Taos Society of Artists.


  • Construction of a new roof for Rudder Tower is underway.  This project is expected to be completed by July 30th.
  • Director Bill Bielamowicz presented a departmental update when he attended the SEC Union Directors conference on June 8th -10th.
  • University Center & Special Events assisted with another successful 4-H Round Up last week when Texas A&M University hosted 2,000 youth from across the state.


  • Current graduate student veteran enrollment is at 50%, which is a 7% increase.
  • During the 2014-2015 school year, Texas A&M University was recognized as a top- ranking school for veterans in 7 national surveys.

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