April 2017 DSA Newsletter

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:54 | Written for: Division of Student Affairs

Message from Dr. With

Only four more weeks until spring final exams…this semester is really flying by! Perhaps the time is going so quickly because our days are filled with exceptional programming, activities, and support services facilitated by all of you. Our largest event of the spring, University Day, occurred last Friday and was a resounding success. Thanks to Student Activities, Dining Services and all of the areas that participated to ensure it went well. Good job!

The month of March provided an opportunity for the University and for the Division of Student Affairs specifically, to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication to serving our students. We hope that you enjoyed the activities sponsored by the University and by the DSA Staff Development Committee, which included the UNT Staff Appreciation Awards Luncheon, Staff Appreciation Breakfast, and Dodgeball Tournament. Thanks to all of the departments who participated in the Dodgeball Tournament: “Dynamic Dining” (Dining); “Don’t Stop Ballieving” (Student Activities); “Rec You” (Rec Sports); “The Collard Deans” (DOS); “The Mixed Nuts” (CTS) and for everyone who came out to support them.
I want to take a moment to highlight a couple of departments and staff who have recently won awards.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Teresa McKinney for receiving the President’s Community Award at the Staff Appreciation Awards Luncheon.
  • Congratulations to Sean McNamara for receiving the President’s Student Success Award at the Staff Appreciation Awards Luncheon.
  • Congratulations to the Student Money Management Center for their distinguished honor of being ranked 2nd out of 50 nationally, for the Lend EDU top financial literacy college programs.
  • Congratulations to the University Union for winning 2017 ACUI Facility Design Award of Excellence and the “Steal this Idea” Best of Show Award.
  • Congratulations to Housing staff for receiving honors at the most recent SWACUHO conference:
    • Dr. Tomas Sanchez received the Individual Contributions to Diversity Award
    • Jasmine Turner received the Bob Huss Outstanding Graduate Student award
    • Two teams received recognition for presenting a ‘top five program’ – Tiffany Bromfield and Wendy Wells; Russell Bouyer and Tiffany Bromfield
  • Congratulations to Coleman Sulak, Brittany Dooley, and Brittany Landau for winning NASPA’s Case Study Competition for 2nd year students.

Clearly, we have a lot to celebrate and I hope to acknowledge these and others at our Division Awards Luncheon scheduled for May 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The semester is not slowing down a bit, but I hope that you will find the time to support the UNT We Care, We Count, faculty and staff giving campaign.  As an added incentive, if a Division staff member donates, to any area at UNT (other than a budget for which they oversee):

  • At least $25 – s/he can wear jeans to work for the day (as agreed upon with supervisor)
  • At least $100 – s/he will receive $20 in credit to UNT retail outlets in the Union
  • At least $250 -  s/he will receive a UNT Division windbreaker

If you have any questions about this campaign, you can visit the website, http://giving.unt.edu/faculty-and-staff or you can contact Schuyler Fatherree, our Student Affairs Advancement Associate at Schuyler.Fatheree@unt.edu

April is also the time that supervisors can select their FY17 Star performers. The deadline to turn your nominations in to my office is April 27. The Star Performer nomination form may be found at https://www.untsystem.edu/sites/default/files/forms/human-resources/unt-star-performer-nomination-2016.pdf.

As announced by the President in early February and discussed at our division staff meeting, we remain on a temporary hiring freeze mandated by the governor.  This freeze is ONLY for positions funded with appropriated funds (not fee or auxiliary funds). The majority of positions within the division are not affected but for those areas that are, it is a true hardship. I appreciate the work everyone is doing to pull together in these areas to ensure that services and support of our students remains at the highest quality and service level.  On a related topic, the University has been engaged in the Job Evaluation and Grading Project for Staff, for some time now as we conducted a thorough review of our staff job titles, job descriptions and pay structures. We planned to implement any changes that resulted from the project March 1. However, the hiring freeze has required the University to re-evaluate the implementation and we are now expecting to execute any changes in the next fiscal year. As I learn more about where the study stands and when we believe implementation will occur, I will be sure to update you.

April is an especially busy month with many events, programs and end-of-the-year banquets. Let’s keep up the momentum and finish this semester as strong as it began! Please know how much I appreciate each and every one of you and the work you do to support our students. 

Elizabeth With, Ed.D.


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Division of Student Affairs Events

Flight Memorial
Wednesday, April 12
Library Mall

Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: Diane Guerrero
Wednesday, April 26
8 p.m.

DSA Annual Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 4
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Union Ballroom

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Suit Up

Thank you to all of our Student Affairs partners who spread the word, volunteered and/or donated professional clothing to our students for the Spring 2017 Suit Up! We had 752 students attend, and gave away 1,094 items! If you’re interested in donating to the next UNT Career Center event, take items to one of our three campus locations. Learn more: http://bit.ly/SuitUp_Spring17

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North Texas Cheer Earns 3rd Place at Nationals

North Texas Cheer competed in the National Cheerleaders Association’s Collegiate Cheer Championship April 6-7, 2017 in Daytona, Florida. They represented UNT in the Small Coed I Intermediate category and received 3rd place. We are so proud of what they accomplished and cannot wait to see what it’s store for them next year!

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

UNT and Denton County Friends of the Family are partnering together to support Sexual Assault Awareness month by hosting a variety of educational events during the month of April. These programs provide opportunities for those passionate about advocating against sexual assault to stand in solidarity and educate the community. You can take the It’s On Us Pledge to show your support to ending sexual violence by visiting http://www.itsonus.org/.

The final event of April will be Take Back the Night on Thursday, April 27 from 5 - 8:00 pm.  This is an annual event is designed to commemorate survivors of sexual assault and educate the community about the prevalence of sexual assault. During this event, we will have various organizations tabling with activities/resources, a donation collection for the Denton County Friends of the Family, live performances, speeches, a march around campus, and a candlelight vigil.

Other events scheduled for the month include:

  • Resource Fairs
  • Fem Flicks presents Brave Miss World
  • Gender Fair
  • Pinky Promise Pledge
  • The Rising Phoenix Ft. Kyla Lacey

You can view the calendar of events here. Please email Renee.McNamara@unt.edu if you have any questions.

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Rec Sports and the Pohl Recreation Center

The Rec Center is far more than just a place to work out! April is going to be quite a month, packed with 11 FREE events including our Fitness Moonlight Yoga class (4/12), Outdoor Pursuits Geocaching clinic (4/24), and our 3rd Annual Rec Sports Movie Under the Stars (4/20)!

Come check out what Rec Sports has to offer. Visit our website, stop by the Member Services Desk in the Rec Center, or call 940-565-2275 for more information.

Summer Memberships Available May 1

Just a reminder that you can purchase your summer memberships beginning May 1. Why join? Being a member of the Rec Center gives you access to our weight room, indoor track, pool and hot tub, and any of our special fitness programs, group exercise classes, or indoor climbing wall (with Family Climb offered every weekend). We also have lockers and towel service to help make working out even easier for you. For a list of benefits and more information about lockers and towel service you can click here.

You can also use payroll deduction to have your membership taken out of your paycheck as a low monthly installment. You can find a copy of our payroll deduction forms for the summer months here.

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Housing & Residence Life Staff Members Win Awards at Annual Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers Meeting 

I am proud to announce that staff members in the department of housing and residence life were recently awarded recognition at the annual meeting of the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO).

Dr. Tomas Sanchez, Associate Director of Residence Life received the Individual Contributions to Diversity Award. This award presented in the form of a plaque to the selected individual began in 1995. Nominations are evaluated based on an individual's contribution to their institution and/or SWACUHO in the area of cultural diversity, quality of programs and/or achievements of the individual that have facilitated the growth and betterment of the individual's institutional or regional environment.

Jasmine Turner, graduate assistant for residence life, received the Bob Huss Outstanding Graduate Student award. This is the third year in a row that our University has had a Graduate Student receive this award. 

Two teams of presenters from UNT received recognition for the ‘top five programs’ presented at the conference:

  • Tiffany Bromfield, Hall Director and Wendy Wells, Hall Director, presented: Speak Up! Advocating for your identities in the midst of scrutiny and criticism
  • Russell Bouyer, Hall Director and Tiffany Bromfield, Hall Director, presented: Student Activism Then vs. Now

Gina M. Vanacore
Executive Director, Housing & Residence Life

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UNT Community Garden Grand Opening

Join us in the UNT Community Garden, located between Legends Hall and North Texas Lofts, to celebrate its grand opening! The event will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20 with remarks from Dr. With, followed by a come and go event until 2 p.m.  You can sit on a blanket in the beautiful garden and listen to live music, get a T shirt, visit with exhibitors that make our community sustainable, and leave with some wildflowers to plant at home.  See you in the garden!

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Graduating Student Survey

Please encourage any graduating students to take the Graduating Survey by visiting their my.unt.edu and clicking on GRADUATING YEAR EXPERIENCE in the Student Center to find the Graduating Survey link. UNT is offering several prizes and give-a-ways for students who take the survey.

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April is Money Month at the Student Money Management Center 

If you have student workers who might be interested in receiving guidance from the Student Money Management Center, please refer them to the following programs.

We have tons of workshops and presentations about various topics so you can become more educated about your personal finances! While you are learning about how to manage your financial situation, you are getting a chance to win big! The more events you attend during April, the more times you will be entered to win an iPad, Beats Headphones, and an Amazon Echo dot that will be given away at the end of the month to three lucky winners. If you attend a coaching session in Chestnut 313 or ESSC 110 during April, you will also be entered to win one of eight $100 Amazon gift cards! Don’t wait a second longer to take control of your personal finances and stop by the Student Money Management Center for more information about Money Month and all the ways to win BIG!

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Volunteer to be an ACCESS Mentor!

This upcoming fall 2017, Orientation and Transition Programs will begin its 10th year of the ACCESS Mentoring Program for UNT students. We are currently recruiting Staff mentors for the 2017-2018 academic year and we would love to have representatives from every department participate. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for our students to connect with UNT outside of the classroom, and enhance their learning experience.

The role of an ACCESS mentor is not meant to be a time consuming commitment, but a rewarding experience. If you decide to participate in the program, all we ask is that:

  • You complete a mentor orientation session
  • Agree to serve for a full academic year
  • Interact with your mentees (individually or as a group) at least once a month. 

If you think this is a role you would like to fulfill; please complete the online application using this link: https://app.mentorcoreedu.com/index.php?section=mentorsApplications&action=new&fwID=405.  If you would like more information, call our office at 940-565-4198 or visit our website at transition.unt.edu/mentoring. Your knowledge and experience is an invaluable resource to our students, and we look forward to partnering with you to help our students succeed.

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DSA Staff Dodgeball Tournament

More than 20 spectators and 35 staff members participated in the Division of Student Affairs Dodgeball Tournament on March 23 at the Rec Center. Six heroic teams took the court for a shot at snagging glory in the form of trophies for the top three finishers and best costume.

Teams included Mixed Nuts, Don’t Stop Ballieving, Rec You, Dynamic Dining, The U, and The Collard Deans. Finishing third (along with the best costume award!) was The Collard Deans, second place was team Mixed Nuts, and the winning team this year was Rec You.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Division Dodgeball Tournament during Staff Appreciation Month!

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