Friday, February 20, 2015

ACA January 2015 General Meeting

Happy 2015, everyone! New year, new ACA

Er, by "new ACA," I mean "same old fabulous ACA." That was clear, right?

The first general meeting of 2015 was hosted by the School of Information on Wednesday, January 14th in the SAC Ballroom North. Breakfast tacos and coffee were provided to make sure everyone kept their new year's resolutions to eat more breakfast tacos and drink more coffee. Mission accomplished!

The shiniest tacos in town.



Breakfast was had! Awkward photos were taken!





Gina is either using the most intense air quotes in the history of the world or is pretending to be a snake. I'm going to assume it's the latter, for the sake of whimsy. 








A warm welcome from our Madame President:

Always blurry. Sorry Julia. :(

The School of Information had their dean, career counselor and a program alumnus on hand to present on their graduate programs:

They schooled us with all of their information. Get it?
I'm sorry. 












The crowd, as always, was FASCINATED:













Then Rachel Watson came to advertise the Fitness Institute of Texas and the Get Fit programs:






We got this hilarious photo stock image of a baby, which is fantastic:





And then an update on live online courses from Dr. Henson:


Dr. James Henson. AKA Dr. Jim Henson. AKA Jim Henson.
What I'm trying to say is, why weren't there more Muppets in this presentation?



Er, that's supposed to be "ECO 304K." Love, The Economics Advising Team



And finally, your ACA Historian wants to make sure you don't forget to go to last week's Professional Development Day. 
Mark your calendars and fire up your DeLorean!

We hope to see you all at the March ACA meeting!

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!