Division Update – March 30, 2016


  • The Children’s Center was re-accredited for another five years through SACS AdvancED Early Learning Accreditation
  • The strengths noted were the curriculum, the developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom, the interactions among the staff with children, and the connections with families through parent participation in the program and center events
  • The team met with Center administrators, a group of teachers and a group of parent stakeholders as well as the review of evidence for 378 indicators
  • Six teachers will attend an all-day diversity conference in San Antonio on April 1st sponsored by the Barshop Jewish Community Center and Childcare Center
  • Topics will include communication with families, working with children with challenging behaviors, working with children with special needs and classroom management strategies
  • One popular highlight will be the interdenominational panel of religious leaders who share the similarities and differences represented in their specific faiths and how this is relevant to early childhood professionals working with families with young children
  • The Center is currently investigating a study on Community Helpers
  • Invited community experts include the University Police Department (UPD), an Aggie bus, the fire department, and a dentist. The Pre-K classes identified 20 community helpers at the beginning of the study
  • The Center will be hosting an online book fair from April 4th to 8th
  • A percentage of the proceeds will help us to purchase new books for the center. Online sales would be great gifts for children of all ages:  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/beckygateschildrenscenter1


  • On Saturday March 12th, 17 members of the Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU) competed in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program’s (SASP) National Championship in Talladega, Alabama
  • The CCMU’s four squads performed extremely well against stiff competition, winning the Team, Individual, and High Lady categories in both the Centerfire and Rimfire divisions
  • The Corps Triathlon Team excelled at the Luck of the Irish Triathlon in Colony, Texas
  • Team captain Garrett Mayeaux won the race (1st Place Overall)
  • Camelia Barney took 1st Place in Age Group (Women)
  • Clayton Shriver, Cullen Martin, and James Shifflet took 2nd, 3rd and 4th Place in Age Group, respectively (Men)
  • Company/Squadron Commander and First Sergeants for the 2016-2017 school year were announced
  • To see the complete list of cadet key leaders click here http://corps.tamu.edu/16-17commanders/
  • Saturday, March 26th the Corps Baseball team went 2-0 against University of Houston’s D1 club team
  • The Corps Baseball team’s next weekend series will be against TCU on April 2nd & 3rd at Mumford High School in Mumford, Texas. Both games will begin at 12:00 p.m.
  • The men’s soccer team won 3-1 last week’s game
  • The team remains undefeated in Bryan/College Station league



  • New MSC Officers were selected
  • President – Brian O’Hara ’17, Political Science major from Austin
  • Executive Vice President (EVP) of Programs –  Dakota Plesa ’18 Engineering major from Arlington
  • EVP of Business and Committee Development – Patrick Glaze ’17, Business major from San Antonio
  • EVP of Diversity and Committee Development – Bobby Brooks ’18, Economics major from Belton
  • On Friday, April 1st “Blockbuster Series: Sisters” (MSC Aggie Cinema) will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in MSC 2300
  • On Friday, April 1st “Incorporating Hip-Hop in the Classroom and Beyond” (MSC WBAC) will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder 301
  • On Sunday, April 3rd “Miss Nelson Is Missing” (MSC OPAS) will be performed at 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. in Rudder Theatre
  • On Sunday, April 3rd “One in 5K: The Run Against Sexual Assault” (MSC LEAD) will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Lot 50
  • Kindergarten Book Tour (MSC Hospitality) will be distributing books and reading to children at 22 local elementary schools from April 4th to April 7th
  • On Thursday, April 7th “Lunchbox Series: Migrant Kids” (MSC Town Hall) will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Rudder Plaza
  • On Thursday, April 7th “Think Like a Freak: The Hidden Side of Everything” featuring Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner (MSC Bethancourt) will be presented at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • On Saturday, April 9th Black Aggie Parent BBQ (MSC WBAC) will be held at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Center
  • MSC Student Programs Open house will be held on April 9th at 1:00 p.m.
  • On Sunday, April 10th Dodgin’ Color, dodgeball activity (MSC LEAD) will be held at Spence Park from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy in International Security (MSC SCONA) will be held on April 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the MSC Gates Ballroom
  • In Pursuit of Peace: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue (MSC Wiley) will be held on April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rudder Auditorium
  • FLO Contest (MSC Aggie Leaders Of Tomorrow) will be held on April 14th from 7:00 p.m. to10:00 p.m. in the Rudder Auditorium
  • Mi Casa Es Su Casa Closing Ceremony (MSC CAMAC) will occur on April 14th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in MSC 2406
  • On Saturday, April 16th TEDxTAMU (MSC ALOT) will be held in Geren Auditorium of Langford Architecture Building B
  • Mary Compton and 2 Aggie Cinema students attended the SXSW film conference
  • Mary Compton attended over 20 panel presentations with film screenings, including “A Conversation with Leonard Maltin and Louis Black”, “Law and Policy Fundamentals of the Sharing Economy”, “Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates”, “A Conversation with Sarah Green”, and “Through Our Eye: Female Filmmakers Tell All”
  • Mary Compton’s focus was on discussions about diversity, the future of film viewership, and marketing
  • 37,152 meals were packaged by the 145 Aggies that participated in the four-hour Kids Against Hunger Packing Project event (MSC ) FISH


  • The Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) Trending Session: Civility in Crisis will take place on Wednesday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. and will be facilitated by Dr. C.J. Woods and Mr. Kenneth Johnson
  • Trending Session: Civility in Crisis is a conversation about how choices students make can lead to deep learning experiences when civility is central to how they address acts of insensitivity and microagressions
  • Aggies to Aggies applications are due Friday, April 1st
  • Interviews will take place the week of April 4th – 8th and be followed by training of the facilitators which will be concluded by April 29th
  • The ACE Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 13th at 11:30 a.m. in MSC 2300 A & B of the Bethancourt Ballroom
  • Those desiring to attend the ceremony should RSVP at http://dms.tamu.edu/ace-rsvp/


  • Timothy Rhea, MUSA Director & Director of Bands, assumed the Presidency of The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) during the March meeting of the organization, which was held in San Luis Obispo, California
  • Membership in the ABA represents the highest honor an individual can achieve in the band profession
  • Upcoming Singing Cadets spring tour #3 will be in the Houston Area and directed by David Kipp. Performance dates are:
  • April 1st – The Woodlands United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 2nd – Clear Lake United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 3rd – Lone Star College at 3:00 p.m.
  • Singing Cadets Annual Parent’s Weekend Concert will be held on Saturday, April 9th in the Rudder Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Texas A&M University Wind Symphony will complete the production of new recording sessions in Rudder Auditorium on April 3rd and 4th with Mark Morette Recordings of New York
  • The recording will be released internationally this summer
  • The Century Singers, under the direction of Eric Posada, traveled to New York in March, where the ensemble presented a concert in Carnegie Hall


  • Chad Mandala has joined the Offices of the Dean of Student Life as the Program Coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Resource Center
  • Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships (CLEAR) is hosting Dr. David Lisak to kickoff Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) from March 31st -April 1st
  • CLEAR will also be hosting the first annual “Our Masculinity Matters” on April 15th -16th. It is a summit for the men of Texas A&M to come together and create a dialogue on what masculinity means in today’s society and how it impacts the Texas A&M community
  • For more information about these programs visit: http://clear.tamu.edu.
  • The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) is hosting the 19th annual Student Research Week from March 29th to 31st
  • There will be 724 student competitors, 291 student volunteers, and 162 faculty and staff judges
  • The Battalion, Texas A&M’s student newspaper, won an Apple Award from the College Media Association for being named the best college newspaper among four-year schools with an enrollment of more than 10,000
  • The award was given at the CMA spring convention in New York City over spring break
  • Several ODSL staff members attended the NASPA Annual Conference
  • Krista Bailey and Melanie McKoin each presented a session at NASPA with colleagues


  • Fitness will be hosting the 2nd Annual Spring Dance Party: Show Your Glow event on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The event is free to all and attendees can come experience glow in the dark, calorie-blasting, high energy workout featuring dances from Zumba, BodyWERK, Dance Cardio Party, and Zoombox
  • Aquatics will be offering lifeguard classes throughout the rest of the semester and will start hiring lifeguards for summer starting April 1st
  • The next lifeguard class will be April 10th – 14th
  • Lifeguards will be competing against each other in a “Guard Games” competition that will test knowledge, skills, and fitness
  • Fitness will be starting its Fitness Instructor Training Program on April 3rd
  • Jeff Fountain participated in a panel discussion and TTVN Webcast on March 23rd held for the Texas A&M Community of Business Professionals to share best practices and problem solving issues with the Buy A&M e-procurement system
  • The panel was one of a series of business learning events organized by the Committee of Senior Business Administrators


  • Cole Lyle, a veteran, Texas A&M student and resident advisor at White Creek Apartments has been working to attain legislation for veterans and service dogs.  http://video.foxnews.com/v/4805196559001/paws-act-would-provide-wounded-warriors-with-service-dogs/?playlist_id=930909787001#sp=show-clips
  • PAWS Act would provide wounded warriors with service dogs
  • Over the last several years, the number of service, emotional support and service animals in training living in on campus residential communities have increased. Currently, Patriot Paws and Aggie Guide & Service Dogs have 12 puppies living with their student trainers.  These dogs go on to become service dogs.  In Texas, they have the same rights as do service animals to be in public spaces that otherwise prohibit animals.  The presence of these animals in our communities broadens awareness for the role of these service animals and their support of fellow students
  • Academic Support Initiatives within Residence Life was recognized for having the Top Programming Display at the 2016 Annual SWACUHO (Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers) Conference held in Waco this March
  • Residence Life presented three poster sessions at the 2016 TAMU Climate Matters conference
  • Posters included: “Creating a social justice living learning community: Ideas and opportunities for collaboration”, “Integrating demographic questions to better understand campus climate within residential life”, and “Moving toward gender inclusive on campus housing”
  • The monthly Dinner with a Prof event will take place on Tuesday, April 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the fireplace in Hullabaloo Hall
  • The featured professor will be Dr. Pamela Plotkin from the Texas Sea Grant Program. She will be talking about “How the Sea Turtle Got a Straw up Its Nose”
  • Fuego will be served for dinner
  • The Community Learning Center (CLC) in Hullabaloo Hall has had over 13,000 contacts so far this semester
  • Freshmen in the Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C), now in its 11th year, traveled to Houston for a private tour of the Holocaust Museum – Houston on March 23rd
  • Museum docents provided these first year students with the opportunity to directly link classroom leadership lessons on inclusivity, empowerment, ethics, and greater purpose to the on-going grand challenge of resolving human conflict at a global level
  • Hart Hall Council hosted a picnic on Saturday, March 26th to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Hajek and share with them the plaque reflecting the names of Hart residents who have received scholarships from the generosity of the Hajeks in memory of their son Jerry Hajek, III who though not an Aggie enjoyed participating in the Hart Hall community


  • TAMU Career Closet, the newest SGA committee, celebrated serving its 100th customer in 2 months of operation by allowing several students across campus to make a good first impression while launching their careers
  • The 34th annual Big Event will be held on Saturday, April 2nd
  • 22,500 students will blanket the Brazos Valley in the name of selfless service
  • Aggies will be completing 2,420 jobs in the local community fulfilling their mission of saying Thank You to the Brazos Valley
  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will host the 15th Annual Aggieland Stompfest on April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium
  • Aggieland Stompfest is a unique step show which teams a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organization with a Collegiate Pan-Hellenic Council (CPC) Organization.  The NPHC group will educate the CPC chapter on the art and history of stepping and ultimately aid the group in choreographing and performing a step routine
  • All proceeds from this event go to fund the numerous leadership and development programs hosted by NPHC. Tickets may be purchased at the MSC Box Office for $13.00 pre-sale or $16.00 on day of the event
  • The Maroon & White Leadership Fellows program is now accepting nominations for Leadership Fellows and Intent to Coach Forms.
  • This program is an opportunity for faculty and staff to serve in a mentorship capacity as they support a student’s integration and synthesis of academic and leadership learning through in-depth reflection
  • For more information, please visit http://maroonandwhite.tamu.edu/ or email maroonandwhite@tamu.edu.


  • The Student Counseling Service’s 13th Annual College Counseling in a Multicultural World Conference will take place on May 19th & 20th in the Memorial Student Center
  • Carmen Cruz & Dr. Ellen Greenwald will provide training on “Women’s Issues in College Counseling”
  • Carmen Cruz is a Licensed Psychologist and Diversity/Social Justice Consultant in the Denton/DFW area. She is currently Assistant Director and Director of Training at Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center and has been with the University for over 18 years
  • Ellen Greenwald is a licensed psychologist in Texas and Assistant Director at the University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center (UTD-SCC). She is the Practicum Training Coordinator and was formerly the Diversity Training Coordinator, a position she created to enhance and formalize diversity training for the APA accredited doctoral internship program at the UTD-SCC
  • The College Counseling in a Multicultural World Conference will over 12 CEU’s for psychologists and counselors. These hours will include mandatory ethics and diversity training required by both regulatory boards


  • On Friday, April 15th SHS will be hosting a Health Fair for the Corps of Cadets
  • This Health Fair will educate students regarding services available at SHS & will allow students to chance to play games and win prizes
  • SHS will be hosting the Aggie Health Hut at The Big Event Kick-Off Ceremony
  • During this ceremony SHS will be giving away free bandage kits and hand wipes to participants
  • On March 23rd, the SHS Physical Therapy Department gave away over 100 Therabands to students during an Aggie Health Hut event focused on Theraband stretching and proper use
  • The SHS Pharmacy has over 70 over-the-counter (OTC) products available for students
  • The OTC products are highly affordable and can be purchased by currently enrolled TAMU students
  • Last year the SHS Preventive Medicine Department had over 6,300 clinic visits ranging from travel consultations to allergy injections


  • Darby Roberts presented “Teaching Student Affairs Assessment: What Should New Professionals Know”, at the recent Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) national conference


  • The Memorial Student Center’s 2016 birthday theme will be a Baja Beach Bash
  • The birthday celebration will be held on April 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Rudder Plaza
  • Chuck Klafka, UCEN’s team members, has begun the scheduling and installation of the 91 Varidesks that have been provided to DSA staff by the DSA Vice President’s Office.
  • All new desks should be installed by the end of next week
  • Weldon Krueger, class of 53’, and his wife have gifted their Chickering Grand Piano to UCEN for use in the All Faiths Chapel
  • The piano arrive on February 23, 2016 and has already been of benefit to the facility and its patrons


  • The VRSC Supports Veteran Research through the Veterans Narrative Project. After Combat: Soldiers Return Home From the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • The Veterans narrative Project is building a website where veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq can anonymously record stories of deployment and return home.
  • The goal is to contribute to the public record of this war from the perspective of veterans by conducting interviews with combat veterans who have agreed to allow their stories to be included in a book of oral narratives concerning the war
  • Vet Connect is a program designed to support student veterans in their transition to college, their continuous success as students and connect them with future opportunities after graduation
  • Upcoming Vet Connect event will be a Veterans Picnic hosted by MSC FISH on April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sue Haswell Park
  • In addition to Vet Camp and the Peer mentoring programs, other Vet Connect programs include: Student Veteran & Faculty/Staff Breakfast/Lunch meetings, Rec Sports Wounded Warrior Engagement, Employment Opportunities, Dependent Student (Support) Organization, and Military/Veteran Spouse (Support) Organizations.
  • Military appreciation baseball game will be held at Olsen Field on April 23rd beginning at 10:00 a.m.