Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 2012 ACA General Meeting

A big thanks to the Business Foundations Program for sponsoring the ACA November meeting!

Social time.

Farewell, Lauren! 
Tool time, courtesy of Business Foundations.
Dr. Mark Bernstein was the November recipient of the ACA "Appreciating Campus Administrators" award.  Dr. Bernstein could not be at the meeting, so ACA President Nathan Vickers accepted the award on his behalf.  

Lovelys Powell and Julia Chinnock promoted he FUNdraising committee and the Mentor Program.
Dr. Regina Hughes (top), Dr. Kristie Loescher (middle), and Dr. Janet Riekenberg (bottom) joined our meeting to discuss the Halliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute.  The summer Institute is an intensive program that allows students to fulfill most of the requirements of the Business Foundations Certificate in a few short weeks.
Dr. Gage Paine has rejoined the UT community as Vice President for Student Affairs.  Dr. Paine noted that one thing that has not changed at the University is the "passion for excellence."  She took direct questions and discussed her use of social media to reach students directly and her goal of meeting every student on campus.  She is located in FAC.
Representing the Office of Undergraduate Research was Rebecca Wilcox.  Ms. Wilcox outlined the services her office provides, including connecting students to research opportunities of all kinds, doing information sessions several times per week to talk about student research, hosting the Longhorn Research Bazaar during Research Week, and offering course credit for research (UGS 310 and 320).  Research week this academic year will be April 15-19.

Shelby Stanfield, Vice Provost and Registrar, and Brenda Schumann, Associate Registrar, addressed ACA about proposed changes to the University's Zap/Cancellation policy.  The goal is to give students who do not pay their tuition by the deadline an opportunity to restore their schedules more quickly than is currently possible.  This led to a lively discussion.

The meeting adjourned thereafter. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 2012 ACA General Meeting

Thank you to the Texas Parents for sponsoring breakfast!
Social time.

Appreciating Campus Administrators: ACA honored Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter for her service to students and to advising on campus.
ACA President Nathan Vickers presented Dr. Ritter with her certificate of appreciation.
Susie Smith (left) and Holly Gardovsky represented Texas Parents.  Texas Parents, in one form or another, has quietly been helping parents help their students cope with campus life since 1948.  Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, Texas Parents provides parents with information to pass on to their students, publishes a monthly newsletter, and participates in such activities as Family Weekend and Family Orientation.  

Samuel Moore and Vicki Keller spoke about the Certificate in Scientific Computation.  It is an 18-hour certificate that prepares students to use "high-end computing resources in applications research and development."  The program has drawn interest from prospective employers.

Ben Armstrong and Dr. Jay Morrison joined us in order to discuss Student Veteran Services.  Dr. Morrison is a psychologist who works on campus specifically with military veterans.  Given the growing number of veterans at UT, Mr. Armstrong wanted to emphasize the care that should be taken with this high-achieving group of students, and he elaborated on the services available to them on campus, and the complications they must navigate in order to make sure they comply with federal requirements so that they receive their financial support.  Always feel free to refer them to SVS (475-9771 for Mr. Armstrong, and 232-2677 for UTVA Outreach).  Dr. Morrison suggested that advisors may be able to help identify student veterans with problems or issues and made useful suggestions on how to work with veterans.

Our final speaker of the day was Bianca Cusimano ( from Longhorn Internship Connection.  The "Connection" is a tool to help students find internships appropriate to their interests.  The majority are summer internships, but the database does include some long-semester possibilities as well.  The site provides information not only on internships available, but it also includes feedback from students who have held these positions.  Eventually, the program will be student-run and move from Dean of Students to Student Government.

After brief announcements from Lisa Valdez on FIG updates and Sarah McKay of the Awards and Recognition Committee on this year's NACADA award nominations, the meeting adjourned.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 2012 General ACA Meeting

The first ACA meeting of academic year 2012-2013 began with social time, and breakfast was sponsored by the Undergraduate Real Estate Certificate Program.  Thanks!

The meeting opened with remarks from ACA President Nathan Vickers.  Our theme for the year is "Appreciate (our history), Engage (our present), and Shape (our future)."  As Nathan pointed out, ACA is 28 years old this year, 200 members strong, with seats on many university-wide committees.  "We have a voice."

Our program for September began with a presentation by Rachel Allen and Will Way of the Undergraduate Real Estate Certificate Program (Texas URE).  Rachel and Will discussed the history of the program, the fact that it was once a major, and its reestablishment as a certificate program in 2012.  For more information, please visit Texas URE.    

Patty Micks presented on MAP-Works, a tool that aids faculty and staff in the effort to improve student retention.  MAP-Works has developed a survey that identifies at-risk students, diagnoses their problems, and alerts staff and faculty in a more timely fashion so they can offer resources and solutions.  It also provides feedback to students on their own behaviors and attitudes that may get in the way of success.  Undergraduate Studies has already begun to use the system, and, eventually, other colleges can expect to follow suit.

Jason Bentley, Director of the First-Year Experience Office and Assistant Director of Residence Life at Central Michigan University, elaborated on the uses and virtues of MAP-Works.

The September meeting concluded with announcements, including committee sign ups, and the introduction of a number of new advisors.  Welcome!

Friday, July 20, 2012

July 2012 ACA General Meeting

The June 19, 2012 ACA General Meeting, sponsored by UT Athletcis Academic and Student Services featured presentations from their staff, as well as a presentation of awards and recognition for our membership.

A huge THANKS to UT Athletics Academic and Student Services for sponsoring our meeting and providing a feast of breakfast treats.

The team from UT Athletics Academic and Student Services describe their various program.

Former Student/Athlete discusses his experience at UT and thanks the Academic Advising community for their support Student/Athletes.

2012-2014 ACA Executive Officers take their Oath of Office.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 2012 ACA General Meeting

The June 12, 2012 ACA General Meeting, sponsored by The School of Undergraduate Studies Center for Strategic Advising and featured presentations from the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program, the AlcoholEdu Program, Student Financial Services Summer Withdrawal Process, and the Campus Climate Response Team.

A huge THANKS to The School of Undergraduate Studies Center for Strategic Advising for sponsoring our meeting.  They featured fruit, Taco Deli tacos, Round Rock Donuts, Jason's Deli Coffee, and a variety of juices. 

Dr. Rupert Snell and Selina Keilani presented on the Hindi Urdu Flagship undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts. It is the first and only Hindi Urdu program of its kind, combining an intensive four-year curriculum with individual attention and mentoring by Flagship instructors and native-speaker teaching assistants. 
Dr. Rupert Snell - Professor

Selina Keilani - Asst. Director

Dr. KP Prince, Coordinator of the AlcoholEdu Program, gave ACA an update on how the program is structured and feedback on working with students who have not completed the on-line education module.

Dr. KP Prince - Coordinator of the AlcoholEdu Program

Office of Student Financial Services
Reanna Addison, Financial Aid Officer, presented on how the new federal guidelines that govern financial aid has impacted teh summer withdrawal process. 
Reanna Addison - Office of Student Financial Services
The Campus Climate Response Team, which was formed by President Powers in 2011, is a coordinated efforty by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs, to serve as a university-wide strategy resource team that will develop and facilitate the implementation of appropriate responses to campus climate incidents impacting the UT Austin community. Three members of the team - Ryan Miller, Katherine Antwi Green, and Brooke Bulow, informed ACA of the CCRTs purpose.
CCRT Members:  Katherine Antwi Green (Asst. Vice President), Brook Bulow (Director of Communications), & Ryan Miller (Senior Program Coordinator)
Angela Mirabito & Evelyn Meisell - Advisors in the McCombs School of Business. This meeting marks Evelyn's last meeting before her departure to Montenegro (we'll miss you Evelyn)
At the end of the meeting, several new ACA members were introduced.  See you in July for the final meeting of the academic year and the induction of our new ACA Executive Officers.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May 2012 ACA General Meeting

The May 8, 2012 ACA General Meeting, sponsored by New Student Services, featured updates from New Student Services, updates from The School of Undergraduate Studies, the presentation of our ACA Studnet and Professional Development Scholarships, and speeches from the nominees for ACA Executive Officers for the 2012-2013 academic year.


A huge THANKS to New Student Services for sponsoring and presenting at our meeting.  They featured treats at the meeting was Amy's Ice Cream!

As usual, members began the meeting by eating and mingling.

Our ACA Bobcat Crew

New Student Services
The staff from New Student Services discussed the changes happening to orientation for summer 2012.

Marc Musick - Associate Dean in Liberal Arts who has a special appointment by President Faulkner to oversee New Student Services.

Cristi Biggs, Assistant Dean of Students

Cristi Biggs, K.J. Harris, Esmer Bedia, & Kyle Clark - members of the New Student Services Team.

Undergraduate Studies
David Spight discussed the reorganization of the Sanger Career Counseling Services (which happened in March) and the office transitions occuring within the School of Undergraduate Studies during the month of May. 

ACA Professional Development & Student Scholarships
Sarah McKay and Janice Williams, members of hte ACA Awards & Recognition Committee, announced the winners of each of the $250 Professional Development and Student Scholarships.

Student Scholarships

Kayla Freeman - Radio/Television/Film senior.

Nancy Cardenas - Government & International Relations/Global Studies senior

Staff Professional Develoment Scholarships

Patty Micks - Senior Program Coodinator in The School of Undergraduate Studies First Year Experience

Kristen Kessel - Academic Advisor in the School of Social Work

ACA Executive Officer Nominee Speeches for 2012-2013
The nomination process was coordinated by Jennifer Jordan, ACA Secretary and Academic Advisor in the Biological Sciences Advising Center.  Jennifer announced nominations in the April meeting and collected nominees throughout the month of May.  Candidates for ACA Excecutive Officer positions were asked to give their nomination speeches.

ACA Co-Vice Presidents/Program Co-ChairNominees - Kayla Ford & Kristin Tommey

ACA Co-Secretary Nominees - Julia Chinnock & Cynthia Sullivan

ACA Co-Historian Nominees - Cynthia Gladstone (look between the fingers) & Angela Mirabito (as played by Lovelys Powell)

ACA Public Relations/Communication Coordinator Nominee - Mathew Haynes

The Candidates for President Elect were not able to make the ACA Meeting, but each asked an ACA Member to deliver a speech on their behalf.  JoAnne Huber read Kelly Strait's speech and Lovelys Powell read Rob Poyner's speech. 
Past Presidnet JoAnne Huber reads Kelly Strait's President-Elect speech

At the conclusion of the meeting, all uncontested nominees were voted in by the membership, leaving ACA President-Elect as the sole office to be elected by ballot.  Jennifer Jordan, ACA Secretary, announced the process for the election and the deadline for casting votes. 

The current ACA Executive Officers take a picture as they anticipate the election of their replacements.