Division Update – March 15, 2017


  • Encourage students to sign up for a Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop! Participants learn about the gender pay gap; to quantify the market value of their education and experience; to conduct objective market research; determine a fair target salary; and to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers.
  • Register at: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/wrc.startsmart. Workshops are available on Friday, March 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Chevall Pryce, The Battalion’s editor-in-chief for the summer of 2016 and current news editor, has been selected to take part in the Buster Haas Minority Internship Program by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
  • Pryce, who is scheduled to graduate in May, will work this summer at the Amarillo Globe-News. The Program aims to increase the number of minority journalists working in newsrooms across Texas.
  • New Student & Family Programs’ Megan Higgenbotham received the Outstanding Orientation, Transition, and Retention Professional for NODA Region IV – this includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field, enhancement of a model orientation, transition, and retention program that meets the varied needs of students.
  • Health Promotion and 11 other campus and community stakeholders, including local law enforcement agencies, interacted with over 200 students in our annual Safe Spring Break event held February 28th.
  • Health Promotion, along with Student Health Services, GLBT Resource Center, and The Sex Project, will be hosting free HIV/Syphilis for student testing on Tuesday, April 4th in the MSC. Testing is provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services – no appointments necessary!


  • Facility hours for Spring Break 2017 are as follows and are subject to change:
  • Monday, March 13th – Wednesday, March 15th: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16th – Saturday, March 18th: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19th: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • The South Entrance will be closed Monday March 3rd through Thursday March 16th. Access to the Rec Center will only be available through the main entrance during this period.
  • During Spring Break, the following Group RecXercise classes WILL be held:
  • Wednesday, March 15th: Cardio Step, 12:15 p.m.
  • All Classes resume Monday, March 20th
  • Spring Dance Party will be held Wednesday, March 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Rec Center Room 2229 A & B
  • Come enjoy the calorie-blasting, high energy workout that is also a fun, explosive dance party! Make your move into spring with Zumba, Hip Hop, and Dance Cardio Party! Free to everyone and open to non-members.
  • For more details about what Rec Sports is offering in March visit ag/March2017
  • Rec Sports hired 30 new student employees as Strength & Condition Attendants. All were recently taken through our Strength & Conditioning areas 5 step, 25+ hour training process.
  • We also recently hired 3 new Certified Personal Trainers to join our Personal Training team. All are currently completing the training/orientation process and should be accepting clients within the next few weeks.
  • Fund raising efforts have resulted in the establishment of two new endowments. One endowment is for Archery Club and the other Endowment is for Women’s Water Polo


  • SWACUHO—South West Association of College & University Housing Officers held their conference hosted by U of Arkansas at Little Rock & Arkansas State -Beebe in Little Rock on March 4th – 7th.
  • Maggie Guzman, Program Coordinator for Risk Management, was elected Secretary for the Association.
  • Dan Mizer, Senior Associate Director, rotated off of the Board of Directors as Historian after 19 years of service on the Executive Board.
  • Southside Commons re-opens April 12th after being off-line almost 2 years, undergoing a $49M renovation
  • The newly renovated Commons features a spacious lobby, community learning center (OAL), Game Room, 5 Multi-Purpose & Conference rooms, student leadership suite, area housing office, 4 music practice rooms, mail boxes, service desk and patios with wifi.
  • Food options will be available in the Fall and will include grab n go, C Store & residential dining.
  • March’s Dinner with a Prof, featuring certified archivist Dr. Rebecca Hankins speaking on Leadership as a Public Good, drew a crowd of 95 students! They were eager to hear her speak, learn about her experiences, and learn about how their leadership can impact the good of the world. The crowd enjoyed a halal meal from Babylon Café.
  • Student Leaders (Residential Housing Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Resident Advisor Staff Council, Encouraging Respect, Acceptance and Support thru Education, Aggie Eco Reps and Freshmen Leaders On Campus, & University Apartment Community Council) hosted a Halal Texas BBQ for 14 students from Texas A&M Qatar on Tuesday March 7th at the University Club as part of an Annual Student Leadership Exchange.
  • White Creek Apartment residents hosted Ol’ Ags from the Brazos County A&M Club, including a former Yell Leader from Class of ’68 for a reception prior to Silver Taps on March 7th and then the group boarded a bus for main campus to attend Taps together.


  • SHS recently hired two new clinical staff members: Kimberly Patton, APRN, FNP-C and Megan Cullers, APRN, FNP-C. Welcome to SHS!
  • SHS will be participating in The Big Event on March 25th! SHS will host its Aggie Health Hut on-site at Kyle Field Plaza and will be passing out packs of sunscreen and bandage kits to volunteers.
  • This is the fourth year SHS has participated in The Big Event and is looking forward to interacting with students and giving them health information on the morning of the event.
  • The SHS Dietitian will be hosting a Cooking Class for TAMU students on March 29th from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Sbisa Dining Hall. Students are encouraged to participate and learn proper cooking techniques while sampling tasty recipes. Sign-ups are available at http://calendar.tamu.edu/shs.
  • On April 4th, SHS is partnering with TAMU Health Promotion during their free HIV/Syphilis Testing event on 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in MSC 2505.
  • SHS will be passing out free Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing coupons to the students that participate in the event. For more info regarding this event, visit http://hp.tamu.edu.
  • TAMU EMS recently got a brand new ambulance! To see a photo of the ambulance, visit the SHS Facebook or Twitter page: https://www.facebook.com/TAMUhealth; https://twitter.com/TAMUhealth.


  • The 10th College of Architecture Faculty Biennial Opening Reception with be held on March 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries.
  • We have been proud to host this exhibition since 1999, and this year, 22 artists from the Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty will be featured.
  • Some of the work on display will include everything from painting to hi-tech interactive clothing. The exhibition will be available March 21st – May 14th.
  • Join us in welcoming exhibiting artist Dr. Katherine A. Schwab as she discusses her exhibition, An Archaeologist’s Eye on March 23rd at 5:30 p.m. The lecture will be in MSC 2406, the reception will take place in the Forsyth Galleries. Admission is free, however space is limited, for more info and to RSVP please visit http://uart.tamu.edu/
  • Opening Reception for “Kite Tales” will be held on March 29th at 5:30 pm in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries.
  • Kite Tales combines two art forms: storytelling and artistic design. Each student exhibitor was tasked with telling a tale and then interpreting with a tail. The stories told here range from tributes to favorite childhood fiction, poetry, and historical figures.
  • The J. Wayne Stark and Forsyth Galleries are now offering Free Parking Thursdays! Visit both galleries on any Thursday and receive two hours of validated parking on campus. Thanks to the Association of Former Students for their support of this program!


  • Krissie Day and Owen Smith from our Special Events unit attended the 57th Annual United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in St. Louis from March 7th-12th.
  • This conference promotes dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology which will contribute to the growth and success in Rudder Theatre Complex for the upcoming year.
  • Stephen Senkel and Robert Bailey from our Event Services unit will be attending the 2017 Association of College Unions International (ACUI) conference on March 19th-23rd in Philadelphia. This conference brings college union and student activities professionals together for the mission to build campus communities.


  • Congratulations to the cadets selected for Company/Squadron/Battery Commander and First Sergeant positions in the Corps of Cadets for the 2017-2018 school year!
  • We are very proud of the cadets selected for these key leader positions in our Corps, and look forward to seeing them lead at the Company/Squadron/Battery level next year.
  • To see complete list go here: https://corps.tamu.edu/2017-2018-key-leaders/
  • The Corps of Cadets Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams competed in the 31st annual Flyin’ Irish Basketball Invitational at Notre Dame University. The Corps men’s team finished 7-0 and won the tournament championship for the ninth time in the past 12 years. The Corps women’s team took third place in the tournament. Both teams represented Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets extremely well on and off the court.
  • Congratulations to the National Champion Class of 2020 Fish Drill Team! Our cadets once again dominated the Tulane Invitational Drill Meet in New Orleans, and returned with the National Championship trophy!
  • Thanks also to all of the FDT Advisors and cadre who trained, coached, and mentored our Class of ’20 FDT cadets to another National Championship in a methodical, disciplined, and professional manner. Well done by all!


  • On March 8th, Disability Services co-hosted a panel with the Career Center, which focused on resources, rights and responsibilities when job searching as a person with a disability.
  • Panelists including TAMU HR, Texas Workforce Commission, Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living, and Union Pacific Railroad, spoke on topics such as disability disclosure, workplace accommodations and resources to start the job search.


  • Nominations for the 2017 Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Awards, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Diversity have closed.
  • To those who nominated, thank you for taking time to acknowledge students, faculty, and staff who are committed to an inclusive campus environment.
  • Please join us for the ACE Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. in the Bethancourt Ballroom (MSC 2300 A&B). To RSVP your attendance, visit http://dms.tamu.edu/ace-rsvp/.
  • Beginning March 23rd through April 4th, Aggies to Aggies (A2A) Peer Diversity Educators will offer training workshops without formal request.
  • The first workshop is “Intent vs. Impact: Understanding Microaggressions” on Thursday, March 23rd at 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in MSC 2405.
  • For a list of the remaining workshops, go to http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/a2a/. Contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at deara@dms.tamu.edu with questions.