Monday, January 5, 2015

ACA November 2014 General Meeting



The final ACA meeting of the Fall 2014 semester was held on Tuesday, November 18th in the SAC Ballroom. Full meeting minutes can be found on the ACA website: http://www.utexas.edu/staff/aca/minutes/2014/11/18

Generously hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the meeting boasted a refreshing twist: integration of sustainable breakfast and waste management with reusable utensils and recycling and compost bins available. We learned...by doing! Pretty awesome. Check out the bee-U-tee-ful spread they provided us!






As per usual, we kicked things off with a welcome and announcements from our esteemed President.
She updated us on changes to the Course-Load Reduction options for international students.



We then heard from the Office of Sustainability and got schooled on the amazing variety of initiatives they're working on.




Zero Waste Coordinator Jennifer Hobson
Karen Blaney, with an overview of sustainability initiatives (and JAZZ HANDS).
Any presentation that includes an XKCD comic has my heart forever.


#truth

I know you all love photos of presentation slides. Why else would I continue to insist on taking and posting them?!

Claire Moore presented on the HealthPoint Wellness Program on campus, discussing Farm to Work, the Tobacco-Free Campus initiative, and being Wellness Champions:


Much to the delight of the ACA members:

No one has EVER been this happy at a meeting before.
It was probably because prizes were being offered. 



Yep, that's a mustache mug prize.


Grace Hsieh then presented on the Energy and Water Conservation Program:


Sustainability folks have the best puns: 
I mean, I can barely handle how cute this is. THANKS A WATT for ensuring I'll never look at an electrical outlet without seeing a hilarious sidekick again. 

The Office of Sustainability wrapped it up with updates on the Sustainability Directory: 



Next up was a Bridging Disciplines Program update from Emily Watson: 





And then a presentation from the Wellness Network: 

Frances Nguyen and Katy Redd. I love that this photo totally embodies the loving exasperation we sometimes experience with our teammates. 
Justin Brady and Kayla Ford gave a final plug for the rebranded ACA Pod Program: 

Kayla Ford, reporting for duty!
And finally (whew, this was a full meeting, y'all!), Rob Reichle offered some updates on the Office of Undergraduate Research: 

Which included this gem of a photo in his presentation:

Send that kid back to the early '90s, because I cannot EVEN handle how fly he is!


And now, everybody's favorite blog post segment: Announcements, Introductions, and General Photos of the Crowd.

The APSA PDD Coordinators have reached the highest level of cohesion, as evidenced by their choreographed announcement:





Announcement from the "Guy's Table" (I'm pretty sure 3/4 of the ACA men are sitting at that table):
Triumphantly pointing at something/one important!

New ACA additions!






Josh Barham, getting us pumped about...SOMETHING (sorry, I was still distracted by the hilarity of the sustainability puns and stopped taking notes): 

"Hey, I'm a nice guy."
"Now let's go get 'em!"

And FINALLY, real evidence that of our special composting after the meeting!

Yeah, I ended the post on a photo of trash and compost bins. 


Thanks a watt, everybody! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

New ACA Member Spotlight: Isabel Anheier


Hometown: Olathe, KS

College(s) attended: University of Kansas and Portland State University

Degree(s) earned: BS in Environmental Science and M.Ed. and Curriculum & Instruction, science education

Current job title and department at UT, date started: Assistant Academic Advisor, Center for First Year Advising, College of Natural Sciences, June 2014

Past job titles/companies:
-Academic Advisor in IRG at UT
-Program Coordinator at UC Denver School of Medicine
-Administrative Assistant at Portland State University, Biology Department
-Program Coordinator at the University of Kansas, Graduate Writing Program
-Administrative Assistant at the University of Kansas, Environmental Studies Department

How did you wind up working for UT? Moved to Austin after graduate school and wanted to continue working in higher ed.

How did you find out about ACA and what made you want to join? From my supervisor when I first joined UT.  It sounded like a great community to be a part of, especially as someone new to UT.  I have enjoyed attending ACA meetings ever since!

UT is a pretty unique place, especially when you first start working here. What’s the strangest thing you’ve discovered about UT so far?  That courses don’t always go in numerical order in terms of course progression.  It drives me nuts!!!

When you’re not rocking out as an advising professional, what do you like to do for fun?  Anything active and outdoors- hiking, biking, climbing, camping, swimming, etc.  


What’s your favorite Austin-centric thing to do?  I could answer this in so many ways, but I’m going to have to go with eating breakfast tacos.  I had never even heard of them before moving here (I’d only had breakfast burritos).  Viva la breakfast taco!

Monday, November 17, 2014

ACA October 2014 General Meeting

Hosted by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (I know, fancy!), the 2014 October General Meeting was held on October 15th in the ENTIRE SAC Ballroom. Temporary walls were removed to make space for all of our wonderful members. It was serious business.

It was a jam-packed meeting, so you'll definitely want to head over to the ACA website to see full meeting minutes courtesy of ACA Secretary, Lovelys Powell: http://www.utexas.edu/staff/aca/minutes/2014/10/15

First, a warm welcome from President Julia Chinnock:



See, it even says it on the PowerPoint, so you know it actually happened!

Next up, Carolyn Connerat from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (very fancy!) introduced a number of new campus initiatives: 


A very blurry agenda, thanks to your Historian. You didn't actually want to read it, did you?



We heard from a number of representatives from said initiatives, including Dr. Leonard Moore and Caroline Enriquez discussing Texas Advance:








A bold stance from a bold, enigmatic man!

Then Laura Dannenmaier, discussing the CARE program developments:









And Emily Johnson, with updates on this year's CNS Major Switch initiative:
Hey, I must have gotten up to get more coffee at this point. Hurray for different camera angles!






The UGS representatives conferring very seriously. "Good question, PowerPoint slide: What IS Major Switch?"


Followed by an exciting sneak peek at the soon-to-come brand new UT homepage design. VERY FANCY. 






Cue collective "oohs and ahhs."



And finally, Rose Potter with UTeach Liberal Arts - ESL wrapped things up like a pro (condensing her 45 minute talk into 5 minutes. Impressive!). She was so animated, I'll post a series of her action shots just for fun. I call this "Super Teacher Mode."












Ta da!!


































We ended with some announcements on PDD and new ACA member additions, and left with our brains completely full.











On behalf of the ACA Executive Committee, I want to wish you all a safe and deliriously happy Thanksgiving holiday, and remind you to bust out your best pair of Thanksgiving pants on the big day: