Division Update – May 19, 2017


  • Find out what’s going on at Rec Sports this month by visit http://tx.ag/RecMay2017 for more details.
  • The May 2017 Interim Group RecXercise Schedule will be in effect May 3rd through May 26th learn more at http://tx.ag/GroupFitInterim
  • Yoga for Warriors will have a two day certification which will be held at the Rec Center on June 3rd and 4th.
  • Women’s Club Volleyball finished 5th in the country at the NCVF Collegiate National Tournament in Kansas City.
  • Blake Lehew, Sarah Davis, and Vivana Flores – won USAPL Collegiate Powerlifting National Championships in their respective weight classes


  • Study Spectacular is in the books! This event occurs at the end of the semester from Wednesday, May 3rd through Tuesday, May 9th. Meeting rooms are open 24/7 to provide on-campus residents a quiet environment conducive to studying, including rooms in Hullabaloo, the Commons, and White Creek, and the Community Center at the Gardens Apartments. Free coffee & snacks. Learn more at https://reslife.tamu.edu/academics/programs
  • Fall 2017 Residence Life (non-Corps) housing assignments will be released in mid-to-late May. 7,700 freshmen will be assigned over a two to three week period into the largest on campus housing operation in Texas (and the largest in the SEC) based on students self-selection in StarRez. We have already assigned over 1,500 upperclassmen returning students for next fall.
  • Congratulations to Christine Thoorsell & Heidi O’Neal! Christine received one of the Division of Student Affairs Distinguished Achievement awards, and Heidi received the 2017 CSBA Best in Business Individual Award presented on May 15th. Both were surprised by their nominations by colleagues, much less their winning the awards. They are exemplar staff members. We are proud of their most deserved recognition.


  • We are pleased to announce that Sade Dawson has been selected for the NASPA New Professionals Institute, and Sarah Edwards has been selected NASPA Mid-Managers Institute. Congratulations to both!
  • It is with great excitement that we announce our new Assistant Director for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Shanté Hearst currently serves as the Associate Director of Student Life at Eastern Kentucky University and will be joining the Student Activities family on June 26th.


  • The Student Counseling Service now has a link to Welltrack on its main homepage. Welltrack online platform for self-help resource that provides tools and resources to help cope with stress, anxiety and depression.
  • The SCS will be providing two programs during New Student Conferences:
  • “Backpack to Briefcase” is presented by the Career Center, Transition Academic Programs, and the Student Counseling Service that addresses how first semester affects career options.
  • “Partners in Success” focuses on challenges facing new students during their transition to college.


  • In an effort to increase outreach for the SHS Laboratory, SHS partnered with the TAMU Vet School in order to offer rabies titers for students to keep them safe and healthy. During April, SHS provided over 110 rabies titers for students!
  • In honor of Lab Professionals Week hosted April 24th – 28th, SHS provided students with free self-referral testing throughout the entire week. Many students utilized this free testing event and SHS provided over 280 tests for students!
  • Free self-referral tests included: HIV, Syphilis (RPR), Blood Type, Cholesterol, and Chlamydia/Gonorrhea.
  • From May 30th to June 3rd, SHS staff and students will be attending the American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
  • SHS staff members and student employees have a total of 11 presentations at this conference. The ACHA Annual Meeting allows attendees to earn continuing education credits/contact hours, network with professionals from across the country, and more.
  • SHS will be starting a new podcast featuring SHS healthcare professionals and relevant health topics related to college students. The podcast will kick-off during the Fall semester. Be sure to follow SHS on social media (@TAMUhealth) or visit our website http://shs.tamu.edu/ to see our new podcasts!
  • On the SHS website is currently featuring a blog written by healthcare professionals that focuses on various health topics! Be sure to check out our blog on the SHS website at http://shs.tamu.edu/.
  • If you have any comments or questions about the blog? Let us know at http://shs.tamu.edu/comment/.


  • On May 16th, Darby Roberts and Kelly Cox presented “Assessment Techniques in Student Affairs: Documenting Your Effectiveness” to over 400 people in a webinar sponsored by WEAVEonline.


  • TPS 26: The International Competition Exhibition and Opening Reception at J. Wayne Stark Galleries will be held May 18th through August 16th.
  • Juried by Alison Nordström, this exhibition will feature 50 images by 40 photographers from around the wide. The show opened with a reception on May 18th in the Stark Galleries in the MSC.
  • Lone Star Visions: Selections from the Barrett Collection of Contemporary Texas Art opens in the Stark Galleries on May 25th.
  • Stop by the University Art Galleries this summer with your little one for stories, art making and FREE parking. We’ll be offering a series of story times for you and your tot (recommended for ages 3-6) every other Thursday starting June 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
  • 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!
  • Don’t Miss It! Kite Tales: an exhibition by the students of the Benz School of Floral Design. Be sure you come in and take a look by this weekend.


  • The MSC Birthday Celebration took place on April 19th in Rudder Plaza reaching a record total number of 2,570 student and staff attendees. We appreciate everyone who came out to celebrate with us!
  • UCEN provided a celebration lunch for all of our May graduating student employees on Tuesday, May 2nd. UCEN congratulates these 14 students on their hard earned diplomas!
  • Judy Marrs, Associate Director, attended the 2017 Accounts Payable and Procure-to-Pay Conference in Florida the week of May 7th.
  • This conference offers the best practices and tested solutions in accounting from experienced practitioners and strategists to provide an in-depth learning experience.


  • The Corps of Cadets conducted Final Review on Simpson Drill Field with over 2,300 cadets, officially ending the 2016-2017 school year for the Corps. Outgoing Corps Commander, Cecille Sorio, passed the Corps Commanders saber to next year’s Corps Commander, Brad Sauer, shortly before the second pass in review. Best wishes to the members of the Class of 2017 as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
  • Congratulations to the Corps baseball team for winning the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Region VII Championship in Amarillo, TX! Out of 150 Division II club teams throughout the nation, eight advance to the CWS each year. This is the fourth CWS appearance for the Corps team, which won a National Championship in 2014.
  • Friday, May 12th three commissioning ceremonies were held on the Texas A&M campus. A total of 112 young men and women were commissioned into the armed forces.


  • Disability Services administered 1,409 exams during finals this spring, a 13% increase over the number of exams given last spring.
  • Overall, The Testing Administration Center administered 6,874 exams during the spring 2017 semester, which is an 8% increase over the spring semester last year.
  • Thank you to the 87 campus partners who volunteered as proctors, readers, scribes and hallway monitors during finals this semester, many of whom took several shifts throughout the week. Disability Services would not be able to serve the growing demand during finals without your service and support!


  • Registration for MSC Fall 2017 Open House is officially open. MSC Open House will take place on Sunday, September 3rd from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Visit http://mscopenhouse.tamu.edu/registration to view the updated registration process. Early registration ends May 31st at 4:30 p.m.
  • Calling all student leaders, register now for MSC Fall Leadership Conference: “Equipping Leaders to Serve Today for Tomorrow.”
  • Visit http://flc.tamu.edu or email flc@gmail.com for MSC FLC information.
  • Luke Altendorf, MSC director, and Catharine West, MSC development relations coordinator, were recently honored by LAUNCH with the Director’s Award to Outstanding Service to the University Honors Program for their work on the MSC Champe Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar.
  • The MSC welcomes graphic designer, Jessie Ayers ’15 to the MSC staff. She comes to the University from the Downtown Bryan Association, bringing seven years of graphic design experience to her new role.


  • The Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Multicultural Services are providing a charter bus to the 2017 NCORE Conference in Ft. Worth, TX in support of TAMU RISE. The bus will leave Monday, May 29th and return Saturday, June 3rd. Division of Student Affairs affiliates can reserve a seat for $35 roundtrip. To reserve your seat, go to https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=584.
  • Join us in congratulating Ms. Mara Schaffler for receiving the 2017 DSA Graduate Assistant Award and Mr. Varselles Cummings for being part of a team that received the 2017 DSA Assessment of Student Learning Award. We are very proud!


  • The Singing Cadets will be on a 4 day tour to the Northeastern United States from May 19th – 22nd.
  • On May 19th, the Singing Cadets will perform on the set of Fox & Friends in New York City.
  • May 20th, they will be a part of a special concert in Kennebunkport, Maine for former President George H.W. Bush, Mrs. Bush, and former British Prime Minister John Major
  • May 21st & 22nd, the group will travel to Boston and will have performances in the Old North Church and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.


  • The GLBT Resource Center will be representing Texas A&M University at Pride Houston’s festival and parade on June 24th.
  • This will be the second time we have represented the university at the festival and the inaugural official university presence in the parade. Contact glbt@tamu.edu if you are interested in joining us!
  • New Student & Family Programs is excited to start the New Student Conference season on Wednesday, May 24th! We will welcome over 11,400 freshmen and an estimated 2,000 transfer students to Texas A&M. Thank you in advance to everyone involved in welcoming our newest students to Aggieland!
  • ODSL would like to congratulate the Class of 2017 for all their hard work and accomplishments! Congratulations Megan Buck, Jessica Balderas, Ellen Goetz, Sara Hazen, Lucy Hill, Rory Herterich, Laine Huebner, Madison Nobles, Taiwo Odetunde, Jennifer Pecina, Courtney Sager, Keionna Sanders, Eva Simms, Jessica Vargas, and Kirthan Vasudevan!


  • Two scholarship endowments were created for Aggie veterans; the first was given by Brenda and Glenn Dresner ’69 and the other by the Class of 1961.
  • This is the third veteran scholarship given by the Class of 1961.
  • Kelly Boatright ’92 established the Big Event Membership Endowment which will help in assisting students with financial need and membership dues.
  • A Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship was given by COL (Ret) Roy D. Lewis ’69 and Susan R. Lewis.
  • The Gonzales County A&M Club established a scholarship benefiting students from their area for years to come.