UT Dallas Student Affairs

Sept. 6, 2016

Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Congratulations to Kacey Sebeniecher on her appointment to director of the Student Wellness Center. Her appointment was effective Sept. 1.
  • Dr. Amanda Smith is co-author of the article, "New Approach to School Health Initiatives: Using Fitness Measures Instead of Body Mass Index to Evaluate Outcomes." The article appears in the August 2016 edition of Journal of Extension.
  • The HOP Committee recently approved a proposal creating administrative graduate assistant positions. This allows our division to now look at creative ways to provide experiences for graduate students that previously did not exist. Please consult with your supervisor to further explore these opportunities.
  • The Regents have voted to remove the UT System from the process used to approve institution policies. Policies will now be approved at the campus level by the president with input from University counsel and the Office of General Counsel as appropriate. This should expedite the process and improve efficiencies.
  • David Crain, VP/CIO, has accepted a position with UT System. Brian Dourty has been appointed interim vice president and chief information officer. A national search will begin after the Labor Day holiday.


  • Sept. 9: Women's soccer vs. Carroll College (WI), 7 p.m., Soccer Field.
  • Sept. 10: Women's soccer vs. Chapman University (CA), 1 p.m., Soccer Field.
  • Sept. 13: Volleyball vs. Austin College, 7 p.m., Activity Center. Help "Gold Out" the gym as the Comets raise awareness for childhood cancer. Wear your gold or buy a gold shirt at the door. Free gold ribbons for all in attendance.
  • Sept. 18: Men's soccer vs. California-Santa Cruz, 7 p.m., Soccer Field. Free cheeseburgers for all students in attendance for National Cheeseburger Day, while supplies last.

Dean of Students

Community Standards and Conduct

  • New cases for the week of Aug. 22: Academic dishonesty (15), misconduct (8).

Health and Wellness Initiatives

Counseling Center

  • Clinical services/sessions for the week of Aug. 22: Intakes, consultation and counseling (59), crisis services (19), psychiatric evaluations and treatment (23), group, couples (6), mind/body lab (3), outreach (1).
  • Center for Students in Recovery services for the week of Aug. 22: Individual recovery support (3), other contacts (32). Group meetings: 12-step, all addictions (1), Nourish eating disorder support group (2), COR/group (1), SMART (1).
  • Healthy U: Coping Skills Workshops are scheduled weekdays throughout the semester. No pre-registration necessary. Contact the center for details.
  • Several process groups are available, including the International Student Conversation Group, Healthy Relationships Group, Expressive Arts Therapy, Mindfulness Group, Personal Growth Group for Men, and the Sexual Identity and Expression Group. For information, contact Archandria Owens.

Health Center

  • Sept. 14: Free dental screening, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Galaxy Room C.

Student Engagement Initiatives

Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Sept. 6: IFC chapter run-down, 6 p.m., Visitor Center Atrium.
  • Sept. 7: CPC potential-new-member orientation, 12 p.m. (Davidson Auditorium), 5 p.m. (Libra Room), 7 p.m. (Ritual Room).
  • Sept. 7: IFC NFL kick-off event, 7 p.m., Phase 8 pool.

Student Union

  • The Faculty/Staff Dining Room is open for seating 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • "Carnival at the Symphony" tickets for Sept. 9-10, as well as tickets for "An Evening with Megan Hilty" on Sept. 10 and 11 are available. Visit the Comet Center for details.

Student Volunteerism

  • Sept. 9: Freshmen Engaged in Service Together: Hygiene Care Kits benefiting homeless veterans in Dallas, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (two volunteer shifts), Residence Hall Southwest 2.002.
  • Sept. 15: iFriend Kick-Off and Matching Mixer, 3-5 p.m., Galaxy Rooms.
  • Sept. 15: Bone Marrow Donor Drive Volunteer Orientation, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Gemini Room. For more information, contact Monalisa Amidar or email [email protected].
  • Sept. 22: Bone Marrow Donor Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Galaxy Rooms.
  • Sept. 30: OSV Student Leader Fall Retreat, 1-4 p.m., Libra Room.
  • Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25: Viva Volunteer leadership trainings for responsible university officials (RUOs) and site leaders, 10-11 a.m., Galaxy Room C.
  • Oct. 22: Viva Volunteer. Group registration is now closed. Individual registrations will be available first week of October for students not already registered with their organization.
  • Administrative assistant II position is posted.
  • Search is ongoing for a program coordinator.

Student Transition Initiatives

Career Center

  • Sept. 6: Resume Workshop-Think like a Resume Editor, 12:30 p.m., SSB 3.107. Sign up in CometCareers.
  • Sept. 8: NXP Information Session, 5:30 p.m., TI Auditorium. Sign up in CometCareers.

New Student Programs

  • Sept. 13: Road Warriors: Commuter Night Volleyball Game, 7 p.m., Activity Center Main Gym.

Student Transition Programs

  • Sept. 7: Welcome Wednesday Fall 2016, 5-7 p.m., Free event for new transfer students who missed fall 2016 transfer orientation.
  • A search for undergraduate transfer student workers is ongoing. Students may apply to CometCareers job posting #84615.
  • Spring 2017 transfer orientation dates are: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov.19 and Dec. 9.

Veteran Services Center


Finance and Administrative Services

  • FLSA training sessions for managers and employees are available for sign-up. Register through LEO by searching for class titles, including: "Managers Guide to Managing a Non-Exempt Employee" on Sept. 8, 15 and "Employee Transition to FLSA," on Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6.

Housing Operations and Residential Life

Housing Operations

  • Occupancy at University Village apartments is at 98.3 percent. Occupancy at University Commons Residence Halls is at 98 percent.

Residential Life/LLC

  • LLC September events are online. Events are open to all freshmen students unless otherwise noted.

International Center

Intercultural Programs

  • Registration for iFriend is open now through Sept. 11.
  • The Texas Party website is live. New attractions this year include armadillo races and a Mariachi band.

International Student Services

  • Beginning fall 2016, international students must complete an eLearning or in-person OPT workshop in order to apply.

Leadership, Risk/Safety, Partnerships

  • Director of Global Engagement interviews are scheduled for the week of Sept. 12.

Marketing and Student Media


  • Sept. 6: Headshots for new Student Affairs staff, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., SSB lobby.

Student Media

  • Sept. 6: New issue of AMP on newsstands.
  • Sept. 6: New issue of The Mercury on newsstands.
  • Sept. 9: UTD TV hosts the finale of Comets Got Talent, 7-9 p.m., The Plinth.

Galerstein Women’s Center


Multicultural Center

  • Sept. 10: Operation I Am: Black student leadership weekend, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration is open.
  • Sept. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month kick off, 7 p.m., The Plinth. Contact Bruce August for information.
  • The Diversity Education Module is now available for all student employees through eLearning. The module also is being used as a part of the LLC Diversity Certificate and in conjunction with transfer student orientation.