Division Update – March 2, 2017


  • Final nominations for the 2017 Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Awards, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Office for Diversity will be accepted through March 6th.
  • 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 DMS will host a Courageous Conversation on Monday, March 6th at 11:00 a.m. on “Self-Care.”
  • Courageous Conversations is program designed to positively impact the collegiate experiences of undergraduate women who identify as Asian American, Black and Latina through themed dialogues. Students may RSVP at http://dms.tamu.edu/courageous-conversations/ For more information, please email us at dms-info@dms.tamu.edu.
  • Now that it’s midterm exams time, please encourage students to make an appointment with a DMS peer tutor. The DMS offers free course-specific tutoring for students having difficulty in certain undergraduate math and science courses.
  • Services are available Sunday-Wednesday; 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Go to http://tutor.tamu.edu to make an appointment. Contact Theresa Survillion at tsurvillion@tamu.edu for more information.
  • The Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC) Week runs through March 2nd and events include a public speaking forum and lecture on systematic racism, outdoor activities at Spence Park, and roundtable discussions .
  • The purpose of BSAC is to unify the Black community while making the Texas A&M community aware of the accomplishments and needs of the black student body. Contact advisor Varselles Cummings at vcummings@dms.tamu.edu 


  • The University Bands & Orchestras recently hosted American composer David Maslanka for an on-campus residency.
  • Maslanka worked with various instrumental ensembles during his stay and was present at concerts this past weekend in Rudder Theater that featured his compositions. Music Activities partnered with the Department of Performance Studies related to this residency.
  • All three of Texas A&M’s Jazz Ensembles will be headlining at the annual Noon Lions Club Jazz Festival in Downtown Bryan on April 7th and 8th.
  • The Aggieland Orchestra will be performing some of the best charts from their wonderful collection of dance book standards Friday night at 8:00 p.m. followed by the Jazz II ensemble at 9:00 p.m. Jazz Ensemble I will close out the festival on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.
  • Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands & Music Activities, will preside as President during the upcoming convention of The American Bandmasters Association to be held March 7th – 12th in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Rhea will also guest conduct “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band during their convention performance.
  • The Texas A&M Singing Cadets recently completed the first of three spring tours in the Dallas area, performing in Sulphur Springs, Dallas, and Hilltop Lakes. They sang 12 concerts on a 10-day tour to the Valley area of Texas during the Winter Break.


  • Nominations for the Women’s Progress Awards close on Monday, March 6th. The Awards honor students, staff, faculty, and administrators who encourage and promote sensitivity and awareness of issues related to women.
  • Nominations may be submitted online at http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/ace-awards/.
  • The GLBT Resource Center is partnering with the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture to offer “A Conversation with Dr. Henry Abelove” on March 8th from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in 453 LAAH.
  • Lea DeLaria: A Man for All Seasons will be on March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are free and available through the MSC Box Office.


  • Grace Grindstaff presented on “Student Grit” at the ERSL Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Rec Sports proudly represented TAMU at the NIRSA 2017 Conference in Washington DC!
  • Oscee Wheatfall presented on the “NIRSA Championship Series” at the NIRSA 2017 Conference.
  • Jerod Jackson won this years Region IV NIRSA Annual Service Award for his outstanding dedication and passion as the program chair of the 2015 NIRSA Region IV Conference.


  • NRHH is hosting a blood drive Thursday, March 2nd in Hullaballoo 117 from Noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sign up to donate at the link below. You do not need a Donor ID to register. Appointments encouraged & walkins welcome. Donors receive a free T-Shirt. Please eat, drink water, and bring a picture ID. https://www.commitforlife.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/251331
  • The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) of the Month (OTM) January Winners:
  • 1st Year Student: Lincoln Abbott; RA: Sterling Laboo, for valuing those who may feel invisible; Student Staff: Ahmaya Mustafa, an Academic Peer Mentor; and Spotlight: Texas A&M Hillel for hosting Thomas Gabor, an Aggie & Holocaust survivor. Mr. Gabor was a resident of Walton Hall for four years.
  • Residence Life is pleased to welcome Mr. Christian Jensen on March 2nd as the new Creative Manager responsible for working with the department & across campus to create engaging multimedia components to enhance the goals of the department including website, social media & establishing brand standards.
  • Dinner with a Prof will be held Tuesday, March 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the fireplace in Hullabaloo
  • Rebecca Hankins, University Archivist, will be guest for March’s Dinner with a Prof. with a halal meal from Babylon Café. Sponsored by Academic Support Initiatives, different faculty meet monthly with students to have dinner & conversation, share research or other interests, to help students develop stronger relationships with faculty.
  • The U-Challenge provides students an opportunity to research the utility systems of campus residence halls & create recommendations about improving building efficiencies. Teams of 4-6 students are diving into this project with the help of experts from Utility & Energy Services to create presentations. A panel of faculty, staff & experts will judge the teams and award recognition.


  • Aggie Replant hosted its last trip of 137 volunteers to Bastrop State Park, planting 3,549 seedlings, as part of the Lost Pines Recovery Campaign. A grand total of 50,000+ saplings have been planted at Bastrop State Park during the 5 years of the campaign.
  • SGA is has wrapped up its 36th Annual Conference on Student Government Associations (COSGA).
  • Hosting 287 student government delegates from around the country and the globe, COSGA held speaker sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and advisor trainings in order to foster understanding and growth on all issues pertaining to Student Government.
  • The department leadership team hosted the City of College Station in discussions regarding community relations, good citizenship habits among students, and police outreach and education.
  • Student organizations such as CARPOOL, The Big Event, and our fraternity/sorority community have long-standing relationships with the city, and this conversation allowed us to further those relationships at the department level.


  • So far this year the SCS has seen about the same number of clients for crisis—just a small increase of 6 students (381 to 387); however, the number of hours devoted to students in crisis has increased from 451.5 to 467.42, a trend that probably indicates the increasing severity of those students presenting in crisis.
  • Each year the SCS serves about 10 – 12% of our students through direct counseling services.


  • SHS recently published a new blog post in honor of National Nutrition Month! Enjoy some tips for healthy eating while you’re dining out. Read the blog post here: http://shs.tamu.edu/dining-out/.
  • March is National Nutrition Month and its theme is to “Put your Best Fork Forward”! During this month, the SHS Dieititan will be hosting four grocery store tours as well as a cooking class.
  • These events are available to currently enrolled TAMU students. Sign-ups are available at http://calendar.tamu.edu/shs.
  • The SHS Pharmacy is 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.
  • SHS recently hired three new employees in various clinical areas: Danielle Williams (Nursing Assistant), Beckie Yarbrough (Medical Technologist III), and Hannah Benavides (Medical Office Assistant).
  • During March, SHS will hire three new medical staff members, two Nurse Practitioners and one Physician Assistant!
  • Richard Darnell, former Assistant Director at Student Health Services, was recently promoted to Associate Director of Medical Facilities and Support at Student Health Services.


  • Family History Community Art Project: Part Two will be held at Arsenal Tattoo in Downtown Bryan (307 W 26th St) on Mar 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bring your family photographs from your grandparents and beyond. It is free to participate!
  • For more information: http://uart.tamu.edu/event/family-history-community-art-project-part-two/?instance_id=1590
  • “The Power of Limits” – The Translation from Geometry to Architectural Space
    Reception at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries will be held March 7th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please join us for a wonderful evening.
  • The show runs until March 21st. For more information: http://uart.tamu.edu/event/the-power-of-limits-reception/?instance_id=1587
  • Storytelling Workshop & Tour for Kidswill be held at Forsyth Galleries on March 11th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Stop by to hear and create tales of adventure inspired by our Greek Mythology exhibit. Tour the exhibition & listen to tales of adventure! Craft a bold tale of your very own with pictures. The event is free, however space is limited.
  • For more info & to RSVP go to http://uart.tamu.edu/event/13980/?instance_id=1583


  • University Center & Special Events student employee of the year award nominations for opened on February 22nd and will close on March 31st.
  • If you have had an outstanding experience with one of our wonderful student staff members now is the time to share it by contacting the UCEN Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Caroline Lopez.
  • University Center & Special Events hosted a booth this past Sunday, February 26th, at the Brazos Valley Bridal Fair. Staff members provided information about UCEN facilities and services to future brides and grooms.


  • The VRSC is hosting veteran, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato on March 2nd, 4:40 p.m. -6:40 p.m. in Rudder 502 for “Personal Branding for Military Veterans”, a highly interactive workshop for student veterans at universities. Student Veterans will learn to draw from their service experiences to communicate in a compelling, memorable and differentiated way, creating powerful, written, story-like introductions for themselves.
  • The VRSC and Travelers insurance are hosting a Vet Connect event on March 9th at 1:00 p.m. in Koldus 112 and 5:30 p.m. in Rudder 504. These events are designed to support student veterans in their transition to college, their continued success as a student and connect them with future opportunities after graduation.
  • The VRSC in cooperation with Evans Library is hosting Women Veterans Programming 2017. The purpose of the 2017 Women Veterans Program is to raise the profile of women veterans on the Texas A&M campus and to provide them an opportunity and a venue to share their experiences with the campus and the larger community. From March 6th -10th: Pictures and Bios of Women Veterans will be displayed in the MSC, Rudder Tower, and Evans Library.


  • Disability Services was a challenger for the Diversity and Accessibility Hackathon sponsored by several colleges and campus entities on February 17th & 18th.
  • Over 80 students participated in the 24-hour event, which challenged interdisciplinary teams to build and create solutions to common access and inclusion concerns.
  • Insightful Connections will host an Orientation & Mobility demonstration on March 6th at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 2501. The demonstration will discuss and showcase several techniques and tools individuals with visual disabilities use to navigate their environment, including the white cane, monocular and guide dog.
  • For more information, please contact Justin Romack at jromack@tamu.edu.
  • In partnership with the Association of Former Students, Disability Services sponsored 24 students to attend the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living’s 5th annual Dining in the Dark event on February 18th.
  • This unique disability awareness event gives participants the chance to learn more about blindness and participate in an entire meal in darkness. Several Disability Services staff members served as volunteers.


  • The second quarter of FY17 ended on February 28th. 24 projects were completed between December 1st and February 28th, such as:
  • Email to Campus Exchange Transition
  • VariDesk Deployment Summer/Fall 2016
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council Website
  • EverFi Haven
  • Propharm Application and Database Upgrade
  • Student Rules WordPress Site
  • TechSummit, a System IT symposium, was held last week in Galveston. Chrissie Cordray and Carl Ivey served as track chairs. Various IT staff also presented:
  • “Project Management Essentials: Skills for Success” – David Sweeney, Chrissie Cordray and Carl Ivey
  • “Strategic Planning for an IT Service” – Anthony Schneider
  • “Rethinking Resource Allocation: Managing in the Real World” – David Swanson
  • “Does Your Scope creep?” – Chrissie Cordray


  • MSC Bethancourt invites the campus community to The Signal and the Noise: An Evening with Nate Silver on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium.
  • Silver is the founder of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight and author of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t. Tickets are available from the MSC Box Office http://boxoffice.tamu.edu/event/6630bff248f56d347ad8c6c569ba3401.
  • MSC VAC is hosting ARTFEST 2017, March 1st to April 8th . ARTFEST is an annual student art competition and exhibition. Winners will be exhibited in Reynolds Gallery.
  • Join MSC CAMAC for the 29th Student Conference on Latino Affairs, ¡Con Ganas!: Building a Legacy, March 3rd – 5th. The conference will take place in the Thomas G Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex.
  • MSC FISH will host MSC WAVES on March 4th. The workshop strives to produce and develop servant leaders from Texas A&M through the explanation and application of the Aggie core value of selfless service. View MSC Waves information online tamu.edu/waves
  • Amanda Flores, program advisor to MSC CAMAC, was recently named a recipient of the President’s Meritorious Service Award for demonstrating her commitment to Aggie core values.