Monday, July 21, 2014

ACA July 2014 General Meeting

Welcome back for another thrilling recap of our ACA General Meeting! The July 2014 General Meeting, otherwise known as the End-of-Year Athletics and Awards Extravaganza was held Wednesday, July 16th in the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium T-Lounge. 

Extra special thanks to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for hosting the meeting, which included delish breakfast tacos (because TEXAS) and all the Athletics swag we could possibly dream of. 

Full meeting minutes will be made available on the ACA website. 

ACA members braved the unseasonable downpour for the start of the meeting. We'll do just about anything for free breakfast, amirite?
Pre-meeting, good social and brekkie time was had by all:

Then we kicked things off with a good old fashioned awards ceremony, recognizing the 2014 ACA Advising Award winners:

Jess, our new fearless chairwoman of the Awards and Recognition Committee, totally rocks the ceremony!

Congratulations to Sarah Arnold, Associate Academic Advisor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for winning the Dedication to Students Award! 

Congratulations to Phaedra White Abbott, Senior Program Coordinator for the Discovery Scholars Program, for winning the Taking Initiative to Create Positive Change Award!
The committee and some of Phaedra's nominators, initially accepting her award  on her behalf. 
Congratulations to Matthew Haynes, Senior Academic Advisor in the Department of Government, for winning the Dedication to Advising Profession Award!

Multitasking Awards and Recognition Committee and Historian duties means taking selfies during the awards ceremony. No big deal.

We then had our changing of the guard, from old (read: "experienced") ACA Executive Board members:

To swearing in the new ACA Executive Board members!

Dream Team.

Our new Madame President is VERY SERIOUS. 

I then stopped taking selfies and focused on taking awkward photos of our new ACA members/announcements:

And then we heard from the Athletics Student Services team:

Words of experience directly from a student athlete!

 And finally, we queued up for a tour of the Athletics Student Services facilities:

I know, I've really captured the hustle and bustle of a building tour. 

Thanks to all for another fabulous academic year! We'll start all over again in September. Until then, enjoy this penguin (and the rest of the summer):

Monday, June 16, 2014

30 for 30 Member Spotlight: Doug Haake

Hometown: Galva, Iowa
College attended: I received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a master’s degree in Athletic Administration, both from the University of Iowa

Job title(s) and department(s) past and present: After grad school, I interned at Roger Dean Stadium, the spring training complex for the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins.  I was an academic advisor at Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College) for 3 years and most recently served in the same role at Texas State University from 2011-2013.  Currently, I advise Public Relations majors in the Moody College of Communication.

What is your favorite part of being a part of ACA?  Meeting advisors in the other colleges is extremely helpful in making me feel more connected to campus.  Being social, exchanging ideas, and the professional development opportunities are great perks.

What advice would you give to new advisors or new staff members at UT?  
Since I have only been at UT since September 2013, I respect the challenges that new staff members face.  My advice would be to develop a good working relationship with your students. Also, new advisors should embrace their position as academic advisors.  It’s a rewarding profession at a top-notch institution.

What legacy would you like to leave behind at UT? 
I value the day-to-day interactions with students.  I would hope students feel that I’m approachable and that I’m here to help them turn their dreams into a plan.

Friday, June 13, 2014

ACA June 2014 General Meeting

Hello all you wonderful ACA members! Sarah McKay here, taking over Historian duties for the 2014-2015 year. GET EXCITED.

My first attempt at capturing the magic of our June ACA meeting taught me a lot...mostly that photos of people listening in a meeting are NOT EXCITING. So get ready for that. I promise I'll get better. But for now, onward!

The June 2014 General Meeting was held on Thursday, 6/12/2014 in the SAC Ballroom North. Special thanks to the College of Liberal Arts for sponsoring the fantastic breakfast tacos; I ate mine faster than I could snap a photo of them. Let's assume this speaks more to the high quality of the tacos rather than my inclination to stuff my face with breakfast food (seriously, though, they were awesome!!).

Full meeting minutes will be made available on the ACA website.

Our fabulous ACA President-Elect, Julia Chinnock, kicks off the meeting with a warm welcome. 

Helen Mayhew with LAITS briefs us on the New Reporting Toolkit capabilities. 

We all "ooh" and "ahh" over the fancy new features on Reporting Toolkit! 
Next up: William Mupo from University Health Services outlines the changes from last year's "AlcoholEdu" to this year's "Think About It" student modules. 

Then we heard updates from Lorraine Pangle about the Jefferson Scholars and CTI Freshman Program. 

And THEN I took some THRILLING photos of our membership listening to speakers. Can't you just feel the excitement?

Another riveting action shot. On a side note, I'll be offering event photography lessons for anyone who wants to learn from my mad skills.  
But THEN! The excitement really happens! Alexia Apollo introduces a new UGS advisor to finish out the meeting!

Welcome to our UT advising community, Lisa Winston!
And thanks to all our wonderful members for attending this month's meeting!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

30 for 30 Member Spotlight: Andrea Gonzalez

Hometown: Royal Oak area of Michigan, St. Charles, Missouri and Killeen, TX
College(s) attended: Central Tx Comm College, Central Michigan Univ., UT Austin
Job title(s) and department(s) past and present: Past: Undergraduate Academic Advisor at McCombs School of Business / Present: 360 Program Coordinator in the First-Year Experience Office in UGS
How did you end up at UT in the first place? I was interested in leaving my position at Ford Motor Company and working in higher education in some way and some McCombs Academic Advisors  (Cole Holmes, Cindy Bippert, Michael Schuetz, Jeff Jackson) I worked with when I was an undergraduate business student and Peer Advisor suggested I consider applying to an Academic Advisor I position that was posted.
What is your favorite part or being a part of ACA? The people who participate in ACA meeting and events are people who care about what happens to students as they navigate their undergraduate degrees. Because of this common interest, no matter what ACA event or meeting I attend, I know that I will have something in common with someone there. Being around other ACA members makes me feel like I am with "my people". :-)   
Here's where we'd like an anecdote about a favorite ACA memory or a memory that includes another ACA member. I cannot name one single favorite memory of time spent with another ACA member, but here are some that come to mind: walking through the old, original "strip" in Vegas (I don't remember what that area is called!) during one evening of a NACADA conference with Lovelys Powell, Theresa Thomas, Cindy Bippert, Melva Harbin, and so many other members who were able to attend. Getting to visit with and meet advisors and ACA members around campus through Advising Expo days as we all staffed tables around West Mall, FAC patio, South Mall, or Speedway. Answering random questions of students registering during the last day of new student orientation each summer, in whatever computer lab students are able to register in, alongside other advisors and ACA members. We are all delirious and tired by this time in the week of orientation, but we are wired on energy and one time I accidentally fell out of a chair I was sitting in, in the McCombs reading room and Andi Poag laughed so hard which started us both laughing uncontrollably.
What advice would you give to new advisors or new staff members at UT? Go to any event on campus you see that you are able to fit into your schedule and your supervisor allows you to attend. This allows you to explore campus and get to know not only your surroundings, but people who work in different capacities that you will inevitably interact with at some point. If you really want to build a network, join a professional organization, like ACA, and join a committee.  By working on a committee to bring an event to life, faces in a room turn into acquaintances, and very quickly, these acquaintances evolve into friendships or enriching professional relationships. UT Austin is a campus rich with heart and this heart is revealed through relationships made with colleagues.
What legacy would you like to leave behind at UT? I would like leave a legacy of having heart. In whatever way I have engaged on this campus as an undergraduate, professional, and graduate student, I have engaged fully and devoted as much of my heart as possible to every endeavor. Completing a task is something that people do all day long and what I work to do is always complete a task with heart. I suppose I would define "heart" with these characteristics: passion, compassion, and strength. 

Anything else you want to tell us?  Even when I am not at a meeting, conference or event with other ACA members, I am supporting you all. I believe in the mission of the organization and value the work each member does on this campus. We all work in varying, unique capacities and that is what I find amazing. Together, the members of ACA are wealth of expertise and an incredible force. Thank you for the work you do to enrich the experiences of the students on this campus!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

30 for 30 Member Spotlight: Mike Dean

My name is Michael Dean and I am originally from Anderson, IN.  I graduated in 2006 with a BA degree in Social Science with an Emphasis in Social Studies Education.  I am currently the Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor in the College of Education, and in the past I was an Admissions Counselor at National American University, and I taught for three years.  My journey at UT Austin started in 2012 when I was hired as the Administrative Associate in Career Services at the College of Education, and now I have branched out into academics.  My favorite thing about ACA is sharing experiences and best practices with other advisors across campus.  The best advice I could give a new advisor is to network and ask a lot of questions.  Do not be afraid to approach another advisor with a question, because (more than likely) they will know the best person to connect you with.  I would like my legacy at UT Austin to include my passion for higher education and to provide great service for our outstanding students.  I've lived in north Austin for eight years with my wife Amanda and our Golden-Retreiver, Brinkley.

ACA May 2014 General Meeting

The May General Meeting of ACA was held Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in WEL 3.502 and was sponsored by New Student Services.

NSS brought us ice cream from Amy's and it was delicious! 

Esmer and Kyle setting up to present. 

ACA Exec Board doing important things

Ice cream!

The lovely folks from NSS telling us all about orientation

Dr. Lilly kicked off the presentation with inspirational words.


Alana kicking off the election speeches. 

 Election speeches!
Lovelys made us all cry. 


Finally, Sarah McKay filling us in about the final awards for the year.