Division Update – May 5, 2016

2016 Division of Student Affairs Awards Recipient

Randy Matson ’67 Association of Former Students Award

  • Raye Leigh Stone – Memorial Student Center
  • Judy Marrs – University Center & Special Event
  • Risa Bierman – Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Awards of Distinction – Individual

  • Amanda Flores, Memorial Student Center
  • Cory Arcak, Memorial Student Center
  • Jerod Wilson, Recreational Sports
  • Shanna Wright, Memorial Student Center
  • Stephanie Bullick, Disability Services

Award of Distinction, Graduate Assistant

  • Zach Ganger – Recreational Sports
  • Award of Distinction, Team
  • Dayna Ford – Student Conduct Office
  • Alyssa Leffall – Student Conduct Office
  • Deb Griffin – Student Conduct Office
  • Lori White – Student Conduct Office
  • Joshua Isringhausen – Student Conduct Office
  • Markisha Motton – Student Conduct Office
  • Leslie Lowry – Student Conduct Office

Assessment of Student Learning Award

  • Katy King – Memorial Student Center
  • J. Malon Southerland Award
  • Emily Ivey – Offices of the Dean of Student Life

John J. Koldus III Faculty and Staff Award

  • Kristi L. Hosea – University Police Department

Advisors of the Year

  • Andrew Carruth – Carpool, Sponsored Advisor of the Year
  • Ben Welch – Aggie Men’s Club, Affiliated Advisor of the Year
  • Amy Thompson – Progressively Reaching Excellence in Professionalism, Registered Advisor of the Year

New Advisors of the Year

  • Funlola Fagbohun – Carpool, Sponsored New Advisor of the Year
  • Brooke Wilson – Gilbert Leadership Conference, Affiliated New Advisor of the Year
  • Penny Riggs – Aggies in Science, Technology and Engineering Policy, Registered New Advisor of the Year



  • The Children’s Center will host their annual Preschool Graduation on Friday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Gates’ Ballroom, MSC 2400.  There will be 36 graduates heading to kindergarten in the fall. All are welcome.
  • Classrooms welcomed experts for their investigations. These included:
    • Dr. Damnjanovic from the Civil Engineering Department shared with the children the mechanics of building structures, weight distribution, durability and strength using common materials such as the classroom blocks and coins for their investigation on construction.
    • Dr. Craig Wilson from the Future Scientist’s program at the USDA shared with the Jaguars and Tigers classroom various insects that the children could handle, and created an explosion out of common household materials for their Healthy Bodies study. He shared the USDA’s role in the school lunch program as well as their role in keeping food safe through regulations and inspections. He presented different types of corn kernels and made fresh popcorn for the children.
    • Mr. Ganir from Gold’s Gym ran a 45 minute boot camp for the Tigers and Jaguar classrooms for their Healthy Bodies study. He talked about moving their bodies, showed them exercises they could do with their families and discussed healthy food choices.
  • The Children’s Center is celebrating Teacher Appreciation this week to honor the hard work and dedication of the teaching staff. Parents will donate food, drinks and sweets all week and treat them to breakfast tacos, lunches, sweet and salty treats, and desserts. They will also receive small gifts and other tokens of appreciation from the parents as well as massages.


  • The Aggie Band, Ross Volunteers, Fish Drill Team, and Parsons Mounted Cavalry participated in the Battle of Flowers Parade in San Antonio on Friday, April 22nd.
  • A crowd of over 500,000 people saw the Corps of Cadets showcase some of their very best in one of the state’s largest parades.
  • The 18th Annual Senior Dining Out was held on April 23rd.  The event recognized the Class of 2016 for their accomplishments during their time in the Corps of Cadets.  Three Cadets received special recognition for going above and beyond during their time in the Corps:
    • Ol’ Army Award recipient—Jacob Zerr ’16
    • Cadet Spirit Award recipient—Kyle Cook ’16
    • James Earl Rudder Outstanding Senior Award—Dan Stevenson ’16
  • On the morning of April 30th, Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets conducted the 40th Annual March to the Brazos in support of the March of Dimes’ efforts to aid children and families in the Brazos Valley. The Corps of Cadets raised $132,000 this year.  With this year’s contributions the overall total exceeds the $3 million mark.
  • Final Review, which marks the end of the 2015-2016 school year, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th at the O. R. Simpson Drill Field. For the first time in a number of years, the seniors of Parsons Mounted Cavalry will pass in review as part of the Corps of Cadets on the First Pass.
  • Debuting during the Second Pass will be Squadron 5 and Company G-1, two units that will be “officially” reactivated next fall.


  • Disability Services will be administering over 1,300 exams during finals week, May 5th – 10th.
  • Thank you to the approximately 100 staff, instructors, and graduate students who volunteer their time in two-hour time blocks to provide accommodations for students with disabilities in the MSC!
  • In April, Disability Services donated 20 textbooks to the Aggie Shields program, which features a growing library of textbooks for use by veterans.
  • Disability Services routinely purchases textbooks to produce in alternative formats for students with disabilities (such as visual, learning and physical disabilities) and we look forward to partnering with this program in future semesters.


  • Registration for MSC Fall Open House, September 4th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., is now open to all student organizations through the MSC Box Office in Rudder Tower. We always sell out in the fall, so get your student organizations signed up while there’s still space!
  • Students can register for Fall Leadership Conference, August 23rd – 25th, at flc.tamu.edu. Early registration goes through May 20th, when regular rates kick in.
  • OPAS will announce their new season offerings at a media party on May 19th, with the website going live at 7:00 p.m.
  • The MSC Jordan Institute for International Awareness will be sending students to England, Spain, Chile, China, and Singapore through the Internship and Living Abroad Program (ILAP) beginning in mid-May.


  • Students completed requirements to obtain their Diversity Certificate through a collaboration between the Department of Multicultural Services and the Colleges of Architecture, Geosciences and Liberal Arts.
  • The Diversity Certificate is a program that draws from existing courses and programs, enabling students to synthesize and integrate academic coursework, co-curricular experiences, and service learning to demonstrate their preparedness for today’s global world.
  • This is the first academic year for the College of Architecture cohort.  For information about the Diversity Certificate program visit http://dms.tamu.edu/academics/diversity-certificate/.
  • The Asian Presidents’ Council closed Asian Heritage Month programming with the APC Games.  Students representing a vast array of student groups competed in teams in this community engaging event.  Although Asian Heritage Month is nationally celebrated in May, Asian Heritage Month is celebrated in April at Texas A&M to allow students the opportunity to engage in festivities and educational programs before the end of the semester.
  • Other highlights for the month were the kick-off celebration, Mr. & Mrs. Asia Pageant, Hindu Student Association HOLI festival and Ni-Howdy cultural showcase.
  • Applications for Multicultural Services peer tutors opened for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Peer Tutoring program is a free service that facilitates student academic success by providing personalized academic assistance and course-specific peer tutoring to support students in the development of positive study habits.


  • Dr. Paul Sikes and the University Orchestra will tour Ireland May 16th – 24th.
  • David Kipp and the Singing Cadets will tour Europe the week of May 16th – 24th.
  • They will perform in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.
  • Dr. Timothy Rhea will be an adjudicator and clinician at the UIL State Wind Ensemble Festival on May 7th.
  • Dr. Paul Sikes will be judging at the Peak Music Festival at the University of North Texas the weekend of May 7th and he will also judge the Alamo Showcase of Music the weekend of May 14th.
  • Col. Jay Brewer was a judge for the Sandy Lake Funfest/School Music Competition on April 25th – May 4th.


  • The GLBT Resource Center recognized 23 students at the 3rd annual Lavender Graduation Celebration where students’ achievements during their academic careers were honored along with reflections provided by keynote speaker Mike Holloman ’94.
  • Samantha King, editor for The Battalion for 2016-2017, received $6,000 from the Headliners Foundation of Texas Founders’ Scholarship for the upcoming school year. King is the first Texas A&M Student Media member to do so since 2010.
  • The Student Conduct Office trained 5 additional Panel Members, 5 additional Investigators, and 19 additional Alcohol and Other Drug Exit Interviewers. 


  • The Annual Rec Sports Student Banquet “An evening of Masquerade Magic” was held on April 22nd.
  • 300 student and professional staff and their guests donned finery and masks and gathered at the Student Rec Center to celebrate the best performing student workers in each of 14 program and service areas of Rec Sports.
  • The event featured a “stand and mingle” dinner hour while magician Ben Jackson performed sleight of hand tricks for guests.  Dinner was followed by an awards presentation ceremony in which each of the area managers revealed their winners and spoke to their virtues.  The event wrapped with an amazing performance that was “More than Magic” by Aggie magician Ben Jackson.
  • Venture: Base Camp registration opens May 9th. Venture: Base Camp is an extended orientation camp for incoming students using outdoor activities as the backdrop for conversations about Aggie Traditions, transition to college, and forging strong relationships.
  • Alpha session is June 20th – 25th and Bravo session is July 18th – 23rd. Please see our Facebook page or webpage for more information.
  • The CSBA Annual Workshop will be held on May 23rd. Arranna Bennett is currently serving as the Chair of CSBA and is working with the conference planning committee to bring a top notch conference by targeting all business, human resource and administrative staff to participate.
    • There will be break-out sessions, catered lunch will be provided and Dr. Kevin Elko and Dr. Beverly Chiodo as featured speakers.  The Division of Student Affairs is providing all the space to hold this conference in the MSC.  All Division business administrative staff are encouraged to register.  Registration is available inTrain Traq.
    • The Best in Business Award will be presented at the CSBA Annual Workshop on May 23rd. You can contact Arranna Bennett for nomination information at abennett@rec.tamu.edu or Cari Tawney at c-tawney@tamu.edu.
  • Achievements/recognitions:
  • Texas A&M Paintball Club won the 2016 NCPA (National Collegiate Paintball Assoc.) National Championship hosted in Kissimmee, FL.
  • Texas A&M Trap & Skeet Club won the 2016 ACUI (Assoc. of College Union International) D2 National Championship hosted in San Antonio.
  • TJ Bayer of the Texas A&M Trap & Skeet club won the ACUI Individual Overall National Championship in San Antonio.
  • Texas A&M Men’s Polo team won the 2016 USPA (United States Polo Assoc.) Collegiate National Championship hosted in Storrs, CT.
  • Patricia Randal of Texas A&M Judo club won the 78+kg National Championship at the NCJA (National Collegiate Judo Assoc.) hosted in San Jose, CA
  • The Department of Recreational Sports and Health & Kinesiology co-sponsored a luncheon for students from Life School Oak Cliff elementary school.  The intent was to try to impress upon these 4th graders that college is attainable regardless of your personal circumstance.
  • As one of the lowest income schools in Dallas, it is important to try to reach this age group and perhaps make a difference in their lives.


  • Residence Life is working diligently to ‘make Sustainability an Aggie tradition.’ This year, the focus for new initiatives will be utilities (electricity) conservation. Residence Life has seen an overall decrease in energy use, while the amount of residential space has increased. So continuing those efforts, the Aggie Green Fund has provided grant funding for the following three projects
  • Occupancy sensors pilot is a partnership with Siemens and Residence Life to purchase and install 50 occupancy sensors for common rooms—laundry, study and TV lounges—in the 10 modular halls. Currently, those rooms have lights on 24/7. The sensors will turn the lights off after a period without movement in the room. Because it is only 5 rooms across 10 buildings, the savings will be modest, but may remind residents to conserve and switch the lights out.
  • Funding for 7,500 light switch stickers will provide stickers to be placed on light switch plates reminding people, ‘ lights go out if no one is home’ throughout the residential housing communities; debunking the myth that it takes more energy to flip the switches on/off. Students developing sustainable habits will be well served beyond on campus housing and the University.
  • Environmental Health & Safety regulations specify the types of extension cords and power strips that may be used in residential housing on campus. This grant will allow a pilot project to purchase programmable power strips allowing several of the items plugged into the strip to be on timers and off when not in use; reducing phantom power. These will become part of the students’ room inventory like other furnishings.
  • Jamin Goecker, Graduate Assistant for Sustainability in Residence Life has had a proposed presentation accepted for AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).
  • The international conference will take place on October 9th -12th in Baltimore, Maryland. His student workshop will be Diplomacy in Sustainability: Putting the “Ability” in Sustainability.” Jamin is a student at the Bush School pursuing International Affairs with a specialty in Diplomacy and National Security.
  • Move Out—Donate, Don’t Dump Event will be held on May 2nd through May 12th in Northside, Southside, Gardens & White Creek
  • Goodwill trucks will be staffed and available May 2nd through May 12th from 8:30am-4:30pm daily in Lot 32 by Haas Hall/across from Sbisa, along the lane behind Southside Garage, and outside of the Activity Center at the Gardens Apartments. At White Creek Apartments, a bin will be in the Activity Center. 12th Can collection containers will go along with each drop off location as well as at the Hullabaloo 24/7 Service Desk.
  • Residence Life is partnering with Goodwill and the 12th Can to provide students moving out an opportunity to practice sustainability and donate items rather than place them in the dumpsters and move along any remaining food to the 12th Can food pantry aiding members of this community.
  • The partnership with Goodwill is more than 15+ years old. Hopefully, this makes move-out easier on students and benefits the community with items taking on a 2nd life. Respect, Protect, Preserve. Making sustainability an Aggie tradition.
  • The 6th Kyle Field Day was a huge success and successfully completed 3 picnic tables for Residence Life. Those tables will be located in residence hall courtyards, improving outdoor space for on campus residents.
  • On Thursday, April 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Northside on-campus residents were invited to the 3rd annual Hullabalooza.
  • Food, Games, Fun and Reveille in the Courtyard including a scavenger hunt, popcorn, cotton candy, a dunk tank, painting with a twist by COPS (Community Oriented Police) –imagine painting with beer goggles on; academic support initiatives hosting Wheel of Fortune game with blue books and scantrons as prizes, Hullabaloo HangOut sponsoring related activities, and Aggie Eco Reps hosted sustainable crafting utilizing plastic water bottles. CARPOOL and Pets with a Purpose also participated.
  • This week is the culmination of data collection on a post occupancy evaluation study by Treanor Architects of Hullabaloo Hall which opened in Fall 2013.
  • Treanor Architects were the design team, so they are surveying residents as the users, meeting with University stakeholders who programmed the building and staff managing the building to determine the degree to which the building which is part Commons for northside residents (@3,500) and upper floors residence hall to replace the bed count of the three buildings (Crocker, Moore & McInnis) for student occupancy, as well as lessons learned. Their report will be shared by midsummer.
  • Housing assignments for approximately 1,200 students who were on the Wait List for on-campus housing have been offered a “guaranteed space” on campus.  Currently, for the 2016-2017 academic year, approximately 7,000 students who are new to housing, plan to live on campus for next fall.


  • Venture Camp: Base Camp is the premiere outdoor extended orientation experience set to take place both on the Texas A&M main campus and in the Texas Hill Country. This nationally recognized program is a partnership between the Department of Student Activities and Department of Recreational Sports.
  • The Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) is the coordinating body of the twelve National Panhellenic Conference sororities represented at Texas A&M University. CPC recently held their annual Progressing Panhellenic program to recognize excellence in the community. Each year the program focuses on an Aggie Core Value.
  • Watch this year’s video to learn about how these Aggie women Selflessly Serve others.
  • The following have been elected as student leaders for the upcoming year. It is going to be another great year of student leadership in Aggieland!
  • Student Body President – Hannah Wimberly
  • Speaker of the Senate – Joseph Hood
  • Chief Justice of the Judicial Court – Shelby James
  • Fish Aides Chair – Daniel Hulse
  • COSGA Chair – Krystal Moczygemba
  • Aggie Transition Camps – Elizabeth Duggan
  • Fish Camp – Jacob Rice
  • Aggie Replant – Jason Sandoval
  • The Big Event – Dalton Harris
  • Freshman Leadership Advisory Council – Harrison Dawley
  • Gilbert Leadership Conference – Katherine Mavergeorge
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council – Gregory Chin
  • Multicultural Greek Council – Salvador Gonzalez
  • Interfraternity Council – Colton Wayne
  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council – Sydney Minor
  • Traditions Council – Julia Graham
  • Muster – Marikit Tomlinson
  • Aggie Recruitment Committee – Crystal Bradley
  • 12th Can – Alison Thomas & Olivia Brown


  • The Student Counseling Service will be hosting the 13th Annual College Counseling in a Multicultural World Conference:  “Women’s Issues in College Counseling” presented by Dr. Ellen Greenwald (University of Texas at Dallas) and Dr. Carmen Cruz (Texas Woman’s University).
  • It will be held May 19th and 20th in the TAMU Memorial Student Center
  • The Learning Objectives of the College Counseling in a Multicultural World Conference will be:
  • Discussion on the impact of gender socialization on women and girls.
  • Explore intersectionality of gender with other salient identity variables such as ability status, sexuality, social class, race/ethnicity, and age.
  • Address ethical considerations in therapy with women, particularly women seeking higher education.
  • Engage participants in self-awareness exercises to explore gender biases.
  • Review common topics and presenting concerns of women in therapy, such as: Sexuality/gender expression, professional/career attainment, body image/eating disorders, social media images/messages, power dynamics in romantic sexual relationships, motherhood/parenting, fertility/reproductive issues, feminist identity, role conflict/strain, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and human trafficking.
  • Currently there are over 65 people registered from approximately 8 different universities. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Covey at mcovey@tamu.edu.


  • SHS participated in the De-Stress Fest on Monday, April 25th and was able to interact with many students.
  • The De-Stress Fest is hosted by the Student Counseling Service and allows students to receive free massages, learn about campus and community resources, and participate in a number of activities before finals week.
  • SHS hosted its Aggie Health Hut on Wednesday, April 27th and Thursday, April 28th.
  • April’s Aggie Health Hut focused on travel health and provided students with the opportunity to win a beach bag full of various beach items, as well as learn about travel health and the SHS Preventive Medicine department.
  • To help students BTHO stress, SHS hosted its Aggie Health Hut on Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd.
  • May’s Aggie Health Hut focused on stress and SHS partnered with Aggieland Pets with a Purpose for this events. Students received valued tips on how to handle stress as finals approach, and were able to play with puppies during the event.
  • The SHS Laboratory completed 27,680 lab tests during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • The SHS Lab offers lab test services, including over 15 self-referral tests for students.


  • Student Life Studies is presenting, “Turning Findings into Action Plans: How to Use Assessment Results” on May 18th at 8:30 a.m. to Division Staff


  • University Center & Special Events hosted 2,271 students and staff on Friday, April 22nd for the annual Memorial Student Center birthday celebration making this year’s event the most attended ever.
  • University Center & Special Events Associate Director, Judy Marrs, will attend the annual National Association of College and University Business Officers meeting in July 2016.
  • Plans have been approved for the installation of the final core value, Selfless Service, to the remaining entrance of the MSC.
  • The University has provided the following words to define Selfless Service on the plaque which will hang in the interior of the entry: “Selfless service comes from a desire to benefit others without expectation of reward or recognition. Helping others comes naturally to Aggies.”


  • Aggie Military/Veteran Cord Reception will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 11th in the Stark Gallery on the 1st floor of the Memorial Student Center (MSC).
  • Texas A&M student veterans receive a Red, White, and Blue cord to wear at their graduation ceremony. These cords signify Texas A&M University’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Aggie Veteran/Military students.
  • The Student Vet of the Year and the Faculty and Staff of the Year will receive their Awards during the ceremony.
  • Aggie Veteran Awareness Support
  • In 1990, Aggie student veteran support moved under Scholarships & Financial Aid in the newly renamed Veteran Services Office.

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