Athletics

Athletics

In its twelfth year of competition, UT Dallas athletic teams continued their history of success in both league and conference play. Teams representing UT Dallas in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Tournament games included men's basketball, baseball, golf and cross country, and women's volleyball, soccer, golf, cross-country and for the first time - women's tennis. Volleyball won the ASC Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA post-season tournament after an undefeated regular season and a Top 25 ranking. Women's soccer battled hard in the ASC Tournament Championship finals but came up just short of advancing to NCAA post-season play. As second runner up in the ASC Tournament, men's basketball was awarded the opportunity to host the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which they won. This brought them to the sectional "sweet sixteen" tournament for final post-season play.

Numerous UT Dallas student athletes were recognized at the conference and national levels. Fifty-four students across all teams were named to ASC All-Academic Conference teams and 49 students earned ASC All-Conference recognition. Seven members of the golf squad earned ASC Academic All-America recognition. Men's basketball had the ASC East Division Player of the Year. Women's cross-country had the winner of the ASC Sportsmanship Award, and the volleyball team had UT Dallas' first American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American.

The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) continued its administration and support of the UT Dallas Athletic Program. The committee recognized the caring and compassion of the student athletes who participated in the "Make a Change" fund raising campaign, and it assisted athletes with the implementation and oversight of charitable functions such as a food drive and a campus clean-up.

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Career Center

Career Fair

UT Dallas Graduate Follow-Up Survey 2010 - 2011

Responses Employed Continuing Education
Undergraduate 40.96% 32.9%
Graduate 77.41% 7.93%
Overall 66.2% 22.2%

While the nation's economy continues to struggle and unemployment rates are on the rise, the UT Dallas Career Center continued to provide students with significant support services and opportunities to connect with a large number of employers. In fact, the Career Center saw a 60.1% increase in new employer contacts and a 40.4% increase in employer participation in a variety of career expos held on campus. UT Dallas students also continued to experience career success after graduation with 88.4% reporting either successful employment or entrance into graduate and professional education programs.

To enhance their ability to provide outstanding services to students, the Career Center increased its staff by adding an Assistant Director for Career Development Programs and a Career Programs Coordinator. Group programs have been so successful in meeting student needs that demand for individual counseling and consultation appointments went down. However, in order to maintain its strong customer service support of individual students, the Career Center expanded drop-by hours and enabled students to meet in person with the Resume Editors without a prior appointment. Students are taking advantage of these opportunities, as there was an increase in requests for the types of documents to be reviewed by Career Center staff as well as the number of students seeking assistance with graduate and professional school essays and applications.

Top 12 Employers of UT Dallas Graduates 2010 - 2011

UT Dallas
Ericsson Inc.
Texas Instruments Inc.
Intel
Raytheon Company
Alcatel-Lucent
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Cisco Systems
JP Morgan Chase
Plano ISD
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Amazon

The Career Center's internship program increased significantly this year. UT Dallas students were hired by 445 different employers for internships, reflecting a 12% increase in the number of internship employers and a 21.9% increase in the number of students placed. Students were clearly interested in learning about their internship options as the Career Center saw a 10.7% increase in the number of appointments and consultations regarding internship participation. To ensure students have a positive and beneficial experience during their internship, Career Center internship coordinators conducted on-site visits with UT Dallas student interns to observe them in action. The continuation of the spring break Explore the WOW (World of Work) externship program saw another year of success. Sixty-six students participated with 38 employer sponsors — more than double the number of employers over last year. And to simplify things for students, the internship team is currently working to enable the internship paperwork process to be completed entirely online.

Other accomplishments of note for the Career Center include the induction of the first Delta Epsilon Iota honor society chapter in the UT System; an increase in seminar offerings, which yielded a 13.8% increase in student attendance, the creation of Career Center Bits, a non-interactive blog, and the organization of an international internship opportunity in Sydney, Australia to launch in summer 2012.

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Comet Center

Comet Center Sales and Services

Item Total Sold or Served
Postage Stamps 1,518
Discounted Tickets 9,316
Notary Services 536

The Comet Center manages the UT Dallas (ID) Card operations and the companion bank relationship with Wells Fargo Bank. It also serves as the campus information and student business center. During 2010 - 2011 the Comet Center issued a total of 9,447 new and replacement Comet Cards. A 35% increase in linked checking accounts over last year resulted in a total of $18,063 in contractual revenue from Wells Fargo that was awarded to students in the form of scholarships. Customer service offerings improved as AMC and Cinemark theater movie passes were upgraded to eliminate usage restrictions, new partnerships were established with Hawaiian Falls and the Dallas Zoo, and use of social media such as Twitter and Face Book increased advertising to the UT Dallas community. As a result of the latter, the Comet Center saw increased sales of tickets to the State Fair of Texas and Scarborough Fair.

The Comet Center continued to collaborate with departments across campus. The "Dollars & Sense" money management seminars were presented again this year in partnership with the SOM Financial Leadership Association (FLA). The use of card readers enabled staff to gather data on program attendance at Student Development events, and close collaboration with Auxiliary Services and the Bursar's Office helped manage the meal plan program.

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Dean of Students

Dean of Students Building

Under new leadership, the Dean of Students Office saw several new initiatives during 2010 - 2011 as it continued its oversight of many areas within Student Affairs. Serving its primary role, the Dean of Students Office handled the investigation of 260 student conduct cases. In addition, the Office of Judicial Affairs investigated more than 280 allegations of academic dishonesty, 18 of which resulted in discipline hearings, and a total of 33 students made appeals. Education and awareness of academic integrity issues continued this year through events held during Academic Integrity Week, in-class presentations, and informal meetings with students and faculty.

Policy reviews were conducted by the Dean of Students office for procedures related to the Behavior Assessment and Intervention Team (BAIT) and the manner in which student discipline cases are adjudicated. A new program, the Responsible Action Program (RAP) marketed by the Student Wellness Center, was also implemented to encourage students to contact emergency personnel if an individual is in need of medical treatment.

"Dine with the Deans" was another new program implemented in 2010 - 2011 in partnership with the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Both deans met with students once a month to listen to input and convey their accessibility to the campus community. The deans hosted a cookout for the final program of the year where they met close to 200 students.

The Dean of Students Office continues to offer the Experience Dallas program. In 2010 - 2011, a fall excursion and two summer trips offered 119 students the opportunity to attend special events in the Dallas area including the DMA, a Broadway musical and a Rough Riders minor league baseball game.

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Fraternity and Sorority Life

UTD Fraternity and Sorority

Chapters and Councils

Interfraternity Council (IFC)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Phi Gamma Delta
Chi Phi
Kappa Sigma
Pi Kappa Phi

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Zeta Phi Beta
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta
College Panhellenic Council (CPC)
Kappa Alpha Theta
Delta Delta Delta
Alpha Gamma Delta


United Council (UGC)
Lambda Phi Epsilon
Sigma Lambda Alpha
Omega Delta Phi
Delta Epsilon Psi

With the addition of the new Pi Kappa Phi colony in fall 2011, UT Dallas now has 16 active fraternal organizations under the direction of four national councils. Approximately 400 men and women participate in Fraternity and Sorority Life chapter activities, a 7% increase in the number of total members from 2009 - 2010. Strong scholastic achievement is a pinnacle belief in Fraternity and Sorority Life, and student achievement is reflected in the fact that spring 2011 saw nine out of fifteen chapters earn an average GPA above 3.0. This represents a 24% increase from fall 2010. The average all-Greek GPA was 3.04 for that same semester.

Fraternity and Sorority Life members are enjoying their new campus 'home' in the renovated first level of the Student Union. Expanded office space, storage, and a ritual room provide dedicated space for a myriad of meetings and activities. Outside of the office suite, Greek students gave 1,692 service hours in the fall of 2010 and 4,378 hours in the spring of 2011. Philanthropic donations for the year totaled $11,851.

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Housing Operations


Time-lapse video shows construction on UT Dallas' second residence hall, which opened in Aug. 16, 2011.

The 2010 - 2011 Academic Year saw the construction of the second residence hall at UT Dallas which opened for the fall 2011 semester. The former Director of Housing Operations, now Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, oversaw the 400-bed residence hall building project along with supervision of the Student Union, the Comet Center and Comet Card Student ID programs, as well as the Student Services Building. In addition to oversight of the new construction, Housing Operations continued to ensure safe and enjoyable living conditions in the current residence hall and University Village apartments by replacing appliances and carpeting, painting interiors and exteriors, and adding new barbeque grills and benches in the volleyball area. Other projects included successfully moving 250 staff into the new Student Services Building, streamlining and managing daily operations of that facility, and planning, designing, and overseeing the renovation of the lower level of the Student Union. The year ended with the planning of the third residence hall, currently under construction and scheduled to welcome students in the fall of 2012.

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International Student Services

International Students

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) continues to provide substantial support for students from abroad through a variety of services and special events to help make their transition to UT Dallas and the United States easy and enjoyable. Newly established programs included eight Regional Socials, the iFriend program (matching international and domestic students for cultural exchange), the international Spouse and Family Club, the International Organization President's Council, and a TA Seminar offered in partnership with the Office of Educational Enhancement. The ISSO also offered workshops on Driving in the U.S., Understanding American Health Insurance and Preparing an Effective On-Campus Job Search. Several bus trips to the Social Security Administration were also provided, along with campus tours and a tour of the local area on the Comet Cruiser bus route.

Fall 2011

Enrolled International Students 3,533
Percentage of Total Enrollment 19%
Top 2 Countries Represented India and China

Existing services and traditional annual programs continued to be successful. In a collaborative effort with Student Government, the Indian Student Association, the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, and other partners in the cities of Richardson and Plano, over 300 international students were provided transportation from DFW airport to UT Dallas as they arrived for the new school year. At the biggest event of Welcome Week, 1000 students attended the ISSO's Texas Party and throughout the year, 239 international students joined cultural trips, 550 attended the International Talent Show, and 895 students participated in weekly English Conversation Hours.

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Living Learning Communities

Comet Camp

In its fifth year, the Living Learning Communities program offered seven unique communities with a total of 157 participants. Freshman communities included Art & Technology, Pre-Health, Engineering and Computer Science, School of Management, and Music. Two sophomore communities were established for the first time: SPARC (Sophomore Pre-Health, Academic Residential Community) and SLATE (Student Leaders of Art & Technology Experience.) The LLC experience included small community-focused programs as well as large, all LLC events. Faculty participation increased significantly to enhance the offerings of shared courses, academic presentations, community service projects, and social mixers for freshmen to meet and interact with faculty outside of the classroom.

For the first time, residential Peer Advisors served as mentors to their residents with whom they shared the common living learning community interest. Their guidance and knowledge as upper classmen helped enrich students' community experience. Participants in the living learning communities also had numerous opportunities to meet and interact with faculty in their area of interest and from across campus through a variety of events. These included such diverse programs as the SOM tour of the Federal Reserve and residence hall cooking competition, a Music community behind-the-scenes tour with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pre-Health presentations by medical school faculty, staff and students, and a tour of Janimation Studios for ATEC students. Participation in community service projects continued to be encouraged of all LLC members.

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Meteor Theater

Meteor Theater saw a significant rise in popularity this year as over double the number of students from last year enjoyed 13 different blockbuster movies including Toy Story 3, Inception, Harry Potter, and The Social Network. A new entertainment format, Dinner and a Movie, was introduced to model the popular Studio Movie Grill experience of eating dinner while watching a movie. Students purchased dinner from the UT Dallas Dining Hall and ate in the Faculty Dining Room as the movie played. In addition to its weekly movie showings, Meteor Theater also hosts the annual Cosmic Film Festival. New this year were the workshops offered for aspiring filmmakers with professionals in the field presenting on The Art of Filmmaking, Cinematography, and Editing.

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New Student Programs

Pool Party

Participation in New Student Programs

Event Attendees Increase over Previous Year
Freshman & Family Orientation 1,777
Students

1,705
Family Members
30%


42%
Orientation Overnight Option 338 160% (with 2 additional sessions)
Comet Camp 321 40%
Success Camp 331 -14%
Road Warriors 70 135%
Family Day 524 10%

New Student Programs welcomed a record number of new students and their family members at Freshman and Family Orientation this year. The traditional success of this program was further enhanced by the opportunity for students to spend the night in the residence hall for five of the seven sessions. Orientation Team Mentors (OTMs) created fun activities for the evening of the first night of orientation by partnering with SUAAB for a pool party and helping students plan their academic schedules for the next day's class registration process.

A second Comet Camp session was offered for the first time during the summer of 2011. Comet Camp Green had a student leadership and team building focus, as participants experienced a high ropes course and heard presentations from Student Government, the Office of Student Volunteerism, and the Assistant Director for Leadership Programs. Comet Camp Orange focused on campus involvement and hosted team tournament games along with faculty speakers and a presentation from the Office of Student AccessAbility.

The organization formerly known as the Parent and Family Association (PFA) became Comet Families. The Parent Ambassador program continued with several parents of current UT Dallas students and alumni participating at Freshman Orientation to welcome new students and their families, share stories, and guide guests throughout the day. In conjunction with the Office of Communications, a new Comet Families Newsletter will be produced each semester sharing news about the university and special articles related to student development.

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Recreational Sports and Activity Center

Activity Center

Home to UT Dallas Recreational Sports and Athletics programs, the Activity Center continues to grow in popularity. Overall use of the facility increased around 12% from the previous year, with the Fitness Center drawing the most visits at an average of 11,000 per month. The addition of the new Visitor Center and Bookstore included a new multi-purpose room for the Activity Center, and the main gym got a spirited facelift when new bleachers were installed with the letters U T D highlighted in the design.


Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports saw tremendous growth during 2010 - 2011 as intramurals had more flag football, indoor volleyball, and soccer teams participate than ever before. New sports were added as well, including inner tube basketball, whiffle ball, gimme the rock, and wallyball. Rec Sports also partnered with Residential Life to put on a life-size Battleship game during Welcome Week. Club Sports grew too, with the addition of soccer, bowling, fishing, climbing, disc golf and gymnastics. It was no surprise that participation nearly doubled to 665 from last year's 386 participants. New fitness programs extended the already significant exercise class offerings, and students, faculty, and staff members now have the opportunity to participate in H2O and land boot camps, Aqua Zumba, and a swim stroke workshop in addition to the ever-popular body sculpting, yoga, and zumba classes.

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Residential Life

Residential Life

Residential Life was as active as ever helping students feel at home on campus. Fifty-three Peer Advisors under the direction of four Residential Life Coordinators planned and executed 3,437 programs, events, and community builders over the course of the year to provide students the chance to get to know the staff, the university, and each other. A closer partnership with the Living Learning Communities program resulted in select Peer Advisors serving as mentors for residents in the freshman and sophomore living learning communities. In addition to special programs for the particular communities, large-scale events were developed for the residence hall as a whole. Annual traditions for all campus residents like the Crawfish Boil and All Night Madness continued to be popular this year.

2010 - 2011 marked the second year for the Residential Camp and Conference Services program managed by Residential Life. University sponsored groups had the opportunity to hold their summer camp or conference at the university and house participants in the residence hall. Twenty-four groups participated in summer 2011 for a total of 1128 guests. Groups included UTD Sports Camps, NCA Cheer, USA Volleyball, Korean ESL, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

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Senior Year Experience

Senior

Senior Year Experience Event Participation

Event Number of Participants
Welcome Week Senior Kick-Off Breakfast 326
Comet Countdown to Commencement 275
Senior Send-Off 544

The Senior Year Experience has grown to reach out and offer more important 'capstone' experiences for students in their last undergraduate year at UT Dallas. Through collaborative efforts with several different campus departments, the Senior Year Experience (SRYE) hosted the Welcome Week Senior Kick-Off Breakfast, the Comet Countdown to Commencement, Senior Service Saturday, and the Senior Send-Off. Other Senior Year Experience initiatives included a booth at the Cometville Carnival to hand out senior class t-shirts and SRYE promotional materials, as well as working with the UT Dallas Career Center to promote the Senior Seminar Series, Evening with Industry, and Seniors Meet the Recruiters. In addition to the various events, SRYE distributes the Senior Scoop, a monthly newsletter for seniors, as well as the fun and informative handout 20 Things to Do before You Graduate.

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Sophomore Year Experience

Sophomore Year Experience Event Participation

Event Number of Participants
Sophomore Advance 40
The Sophomore Year: A World of Possibilities 107
Explore the WOW! 31
Sophomore Jump 140
Rising Sophomore: "Ignite Your Future" Celebration 153

In its third year, the Sophomore Year Experience (SOYE) continued to provide programming designed to address the unique questions and needs of undergraduate students in their second year at UT Dallas. Guided by the SOYE Advisory committee (a group consisting of staff from various campus departments) the program offered educational, advising, career-based, and celebratory social events. Sophomores had the opportunity to learn about academic options such as double majors and minors, discover the value of experiential learning through an introduction to study abroad, and get a hands-on feel for working in their desired field by participating in externships during Spring Break. The collaborative efforts of the Sophomore Year Experience program helped hundreds of sophomores transition to the next phase of their college career and prepared them more thoroughly for the future at UT Dallas and beyond.

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Spirit Programs

Spirit Programs

The 2010 - 2011 UT Dallas Spirit Programs consisted of 14 cheerleaders, 14 Power Dancers, 32 Diamond Dolls, the Comet Crush group, and Temoc the mascot. In addition to providing excitement and support at UT Dallas sporting events, the cheerleaders, dancers, and mascot made numerous appearances at campus programs and events throughout the year, including Freshman Orientation to Welcome Week, Family Day and Homecoming.

Spirit Programs

A new tradition was started this year for Homecoming in which 15 former UT Dallas cheerleaders returned to participate in the week's special pep rally. The spirit groups won a variety of awards, including 6th place in the 2011 National Cheerleading Association (NCA) College Cheerleading National Championships. At the NCA Summer College Cheerleading/ Dance Team/ Mascot Camp, the cheerleaders won the Game Day competition for the third time in four years and brought home the coveted NCA Spirit Stick and Superior Ribbons.

The Power Dancers also earned a Spirit Stick and both students who serve as Temoc won the All-American Mascot award. In addition to the tremendous spirit of the teams, the Comet Crush contributed to fan frenzy by hosting 'Opening Hoopla' at the basketball season opener. This year there were 275 participants, significantly more than last year, and the Crush Volleyball Kickoff and Baseball Fan Fest also drew large crowds to support UT Dallas Athletics.

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Student AccessAbility

The Office of Student AccessAbility (OSA) is the newly named department formerly known as Disability Services. During 2010 - 2011 the office assisted 556 students with accommodations — a 20% increase over the number served last year. Due to new inventory testing standards, part of that population (71 students) is now categorized as 'Asperger's,' rather than being included as part of the larger, more general group identified under 'Learning' or 'Psychological Disabilities' (252 students.) Office hours were extended two days a week to more fully accommodate student needs and testing options.

To bring greater attention to 'disability' being recognized as a fundamental aspect of diversity, the OSA partnered with the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement on two campus-wide events and highlighted disability as the topic for the fall Diversity Dinner Dialogue. Other campus collaborations included those with Facilities Management to ensure an accessible physical campus environment, Enrollment Services to provide sign language interpreters for prospective students with hearing impairments, Housing and Residential Life to ensure appropriate living quarters and staff training for working with student who have disabilities, and the Office of the President to assist with commencement and hooding ceremonies.

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Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center (SCC) continues to be a critical resource for the UT Dallas campus community. Providing over 5,000 counseling appointments, consultations, and psychiatric sessions and engaging more than 1,800 students, faculty and staff through classroom presentations, workshops and outreach presentations, the SCC contributed to the mental health, well-being, and education of a significant portion of the university's population. Additional campus impact was made through a variety of information and awareness programs like Mental Health Awareness Day, the BE project, and online tutorials that can be accessed at any time day or night. Over 110,000 visits to the SCC website were logged for 2010 - 2011.

The Student Counseling Center further expanded its ability to serve students in need by hiring two new staff psychologists, a half-time psychiatrist, and an additional administrative assistant. One staff psychologist now serves as an outreach specialist, which resulted in the SCC offering 34 outreach presentations to a collective audience of 1,824 participants. A current staff member was also selected and trained as a sexual assault liaison for the UnitTeD against Sexual Assault Program.

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Student Government

Student Government

Student Government (SG), under the leadership of President Grace Bielawski and Vice President Dina Shahrokhi, continued to provide a diverse array of services to assist students and undertook several news initiatives during the 2010 - 2011 Academic Year. In response to students' concerns over the increasing cost of textbooks, Student Government introduced a new program called Comet Textswap. Students can trade textbooks from past classes for those they'll need in the upcoming semester or for credits to use at a future swap. The program was well received and resulted in an accumulated inventory of around 130 textbooks by May. Town Hall meetings with the deans of each academic school had higher attendance this year, and SG's Academic Affairs Committee helped to bring about the addition of a new minor in Environmental Studies.

Another significant academic initiative was working with the Dean of Students to revise the Academic Dishonesty Policy in order to make the process more transparent to students. For student convenience, a Blue Book and Scantron vending machine was purchased so that students may access supplies around the clock.

Other important achievements included revamping the SG website to post meeting minutes, helping students register to vote through Govern the Vote, promoting living green by hosting UTD Unplugged and supporting a Green Fee Referendum for future consideration, participating in Know Your Rights Day, and collaborating with several campus and community partners to put on the I Heart UT Dallas 5k run.

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Student Health Center

Student Health Center

With the addition of a full-time staff physician, the Student Health Center (SHC) added new services and continued to serve significant numbers of UT Dallas students in 2010 - 2011. In addition to primary and preventative care for acute illnesses and minor injuries, the SHC expanded its services to include the treatment of stabilized chronic conditions.

The SHC recorded 8,051 patient visits during fiscal year 2011. This number includes the students who received immunizations, including the 1,200 who took advantage of the free flu shots provided. Additional customer service initiatives included eliminating the fee associated with sports physicals, offering routine physicals, and hiring a coordinator to manage the Student Health Insurance Program, previously housed in the International Student Services Office. The Class D pharmacy, which only provides medications prescribed by SHC medical personnel, dispensed 883 prescriptions this year as compared to 609 in 2009 - 2010.

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Student Leadership Programs

With the addition of a new staff position in Student Affairs — the Assistant Director for Student Leadership — a more deliberate and focused approach to developing student leaders on campus was implemented this year. In addition to the already existing leadership programs (the Emerging Leader Class, the Leadership Summit, and the Student Leadership Awards Banquet) the first annual Leaders Meet conference was held. Current student leaders from around campus came together to meet and grow in their leadership development together. The Assistant Director also participated in several campus events including a SOF president's meeting, Freshman Orientation optional Get Involved sessions, Comet Camp, Residential Life Peer Advisor training, and a special program in the residence hall for students in the Engineering and ATEC living learning communities. Meetings with staff and student focus groups, as well as completion of a CAS study, led to the development of a new student leadership plan to be implemented in 2011 - 2012. For more information about Student Leadership Programs, visit utdallas.edu/leadership.

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Student Media

Student Media

Now housed in the dynamic and more visible Student Media suite in the newly renovated lower level of the Student Union, each of the four media groups continued to engage UT Dallas students in a variety of ways.

The campus community noticed some changes to A Modest Proposal, both in its physical presentation and content. Upgraded equipment and software helped to enhance illustrations and page design for the publication. Staff solicited faculty and staff input for the first time, thus offering readers a wider perspective on academic and safety issues, as well as more diverse contributions for social commentary and entertainment. It is now easier than ever to read A Modest Proposal as they are available at 30 new bins around campus and online at their new website.

After a challenging start to the year, The Mercury rallied under the guidance of the new Director of Student Media to introduce a new look and more professional feel to the newspaper. It also won 16 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention, including "Best of Show" for overall excellence in its division. Additionally, the Office of Communications has agreed that The Mercury staff stories are now eligible to be posted to the UT Dallas News Center website. Five stories were requested for the website by Communications shortly after the agreement was made, recognizing the valuable contributions of student writers for the paper.

Radio UTD increased its efforts to strengthen the station's identity across campus by participating in a wide variety of programs and events. With double last year's attendance at their big "Prom Party" event in the spring and 85 student applicants for the position of Radio UTD DJ, it is clear their efforts have been successful. The diverse specialty programming of the station was honored as reflecting one of the top student media operations in the United States by the College Music Journal. The publication also nominated Radio UTD for "Best Use of the Internet," "Best Use of Limited Resources," and "Station of the Year." UT Dallas added its own kudos to the organization by awarding it the "Golden Comet" Award at the Student Leadership Awards Banquet.

UTD TV had a year of tremendous growth, quadrupling its membership from the previous year and upgrading and adding to its professional equipment. This enabled the internet television station to produce more consistent and professional-grade programs and expand its offerings to the UT Dallas community. Under the guidance of the new director and assistant director of Student Media, students learned the fundamentals of effective program development and execution and applied them to their productions. Their success was recognized through an 'honorable mention' for Best Overall Newscast at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention. With increased membership, training, and equipment, UTD TV plans to increase programming and viewership in the upcoming year.

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Student Organizations

Student Organizations

With over 160 active student organizations during the 2010 - 2011 Academic Year, the Student Organization Forum (SOF) was busy providing the numerous services and support opportunities it offers participating students.

SOF celebrated the achievements of UT Dallas outstanding student leaders at at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet. This year's honorees included:
Community Service Award Carolyn Nghe
Service to Student Life Award Laura Shagman and Lokesh Sivakumar
Student Leader of the Year Derek Chui
Golden Comet Award Radio UTD
Advisor of the Year Jacqueline Long

A restructuring of the Executive Board resulted in the elimination of the secretary position and currently consists of two student coordinators. Mandated Risk Management Training is in high demand on campus, prompting SOF to work with UT Austin to develop a more efficient process. SOF offers risk management workshops six times throughout the year and provides online training modules as well. To further increase efficiency and effectiveness in serving student organizations, SOF stepped up its promotion of the OrgSync software tool, resulting in a 100% increase in users since last year. New programs introduced in 2010 - 2011 included New Student Organization Orientations, an Election Reception, Officer Transition Workshops, and OrgSync training for staff. The Student Organization Forum also took a more active role in planning and coordinating the Homecoming Golf Cart Parade.

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Student Union Activities and Advisory Board (SUAAB)

Student Union

SUAAB had another outstanding year of programming offering 79 events which drew a total of 18,124 participants! Annual traditional programs such as the Underground Poetry Circus, the Comet Comedy Series, Cinematheque, Mardi gras and Springapalooza continued to draw large crowds, while new events added exciting new 'edutainment' options. These included: Mario's Birthday Bash (celebrating the popular Nintendo character's 25th birthday), Cooler in the Courtyard, the Spotlight Music Series, the Chinese Night Market (recreating markets and bazaars from Taiwanese and Chinatowns worldwide), and the Orange, Green and White Ball. The ball had students dress all in white and incorporated an Arctic Disco, a Parisien Café, an American carnival midway, and a Moroccan Fair all under one roof. SUAAB's collaborative efforts with numerous departments on campus continue to provide the UT Dallas community with innovative and traditional cultural, social, recreational, and educational programs.

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Student Union

The Student Union underwent several dramatic changes this year, including a full renovation to the first floor office area, a remodeled Comet Lounge, and upgraded media features for the Galaxy Rooms. With the opening of the new Student Services Building, the vacant offices on the first level of the Student Union underwent a complete transformation to a colorful, dynamic and inviting student space. Fraternity and Sorority Life and all four student media groups have new suites, and a Reflection Room is available to all students for personal use and to student groups for occasional meetings. The Comet Lounge was opened up by removing the door and front windows in order to provide more dining space for the Comet Café. New tables, chairs, and booths were added increasing the amount of eating space while maintaining a relaxed, lounge-like feel.

With the campus beautification project complete, the outdoor mall space became available for campus events once again, and along with the newly added meeting rooms, reservations for those areas are made through the union's EMS reservation system. A record number of reservations were logged for 2010 - 2011: 3,979 spaces inside the SU and 74 outside, for a total of 4,053. The majority of those (70%) were from student organizations, Student Government, and Greek organizations. As the student population grows, the Student Union continues to serve as the heart of the campus, providing a fun and inviting meeting place with spaces and services to engage the campus community.

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Student Volunteerism

Viva Volunteer

Opportunities for students to give back to the community increased significantly in 2010 - 2011. The Office of Student Volunteerism (OSV) had a total of 173 events, provided over 2,647 volunteers and donated 13,229 service hours to the community this year. With the addition of an OSV Coordinator, it was possible for the office to double Service Saturday offerings, increase collaborations with campus and community partners, and add new student leaders — all of which contributed to the substantial rise in volunteer programs. In addition to regular OSV offerings such as F.E.S.T. (Freshmen Engaged in Service Together), the Family Day service project and work with SeniorsNet in Richardson, new on-campus service opportunities included English Conversation Hours and the iFriend program with the ISSO, Busy Books for kids and adults, Paint UTD Orange and Green for Homecoming, the apartment recycling program, Project Clean Plate, and the World Hunger Banquet. A new student leadership training position was created: OSV Helpers. These students volunteer their time with the Office of Student Volunteerism and prepare themselves to become OSV Leaders (a paid student staff position) after a year's time.

The highlight of OSV is the Alternative Spring Break program in which students travel in teams to do service in various communities throughout the United States. In 2011, 102 participants served 33 different agencies in 11 different locations. They gave a total of 3,880 hours of service — 760 more hours than last year. ASB 2011 included:

  • Ecosystem Restoration with Community Collaborations, Inc. in Pensacola, Florida
  • Education with Junior Achievement New York in New York City, New York
  • Hunger and Homelessness with the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C.
  • Immigration Services with Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas
  • Affordable Housing with Habitat for Humanity in Metro-Jackson, Mississippi
  • Park Preservation with Sequoyah Bay State Park in Hulbert, Oklahoma
  • Social Services with Dear Neighbor Ministries in Wichita, Kansas
  • Animal Rescue with Cleveland-Armory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas
  • Disaster Relief with The One Mission in Galveston, Texas
  • Poverty and Politics with Capital Area Food Bank of Texas in Austin, Texas
  • Sustainability with World Hunger Relief, Inc. in Elm Mott, Texas

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Student Wellness Center

2010-2011 marked the first year of the new Student Wellness Center (SWC), the result of separating health education initiatives from their previous format under the umbrella of the Student Health Center. The SWC received its own space in the Student Services Building and a new staff was hired to support the Assistant Director, including a Wellness Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant. Another significant addition to the SWC was the return of the Peer Health Educator (PHED) program, in which six SPARC (Sophomore Pre-health Academic Residential Community) students were selected to represent the SWC at booths and campus programs. It was highly successful and will continue with double the number of students for 2011 - 2102. With a growing concern about suicide on the UT Dallas campus, Suicide Awareness became a strong new initiative for the SWC. Center staff received certification and trained close to 300 students, faculty, and staff in QPR — a nationally renowned suicide prevention program. Nutrition and fitness were also popular issues, and 220 student consultations took place related to these areas. A total of 1350 individual student consults were provided by the SWC across a range of topics including alcohol and drugs, sexual responsibility, behavioral health and general wellness. The SWC partnered with the Dean of Students office to provide education for students who violated campus alcohol and drug policies, RHET 1101 to provide in-class educational workshops, SOF to train on AOD risk management issues, residential life, living learning communities, and other campus departments to bring a variety of educational and fun events to students at UT Dallas.

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Transfer Student Services

Transfer Student Services has grown significantly since its inception in the fall of 2008. Four New Transfer Student Orientations were offered this year and attendance peaked at 767 student and family participants across all sessions. Additionally, the program offers a follow-up event, Behind the Scenes at UT Dallas, to further connect transfer students with the campus and each other. Two orientations for students starting at UT Dallas in the fall are held in conjunction with Freshman Orientation in order for transfer students to share in the extensive Organization Fair highlighting the different campus services, resources and organizations available to them. The Transfer Student Services office also supports two student leadership positions: S.W.A.T (Student Welcome and Transition) team members and Transfer Student Assistants. Students assist with office programs and events and must have been transfer students to UT Dallas in order to apply.

Transfer Student Services initiated the Beta Rho chapter of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society to UT Dallas and 140 transfer students were inducted. Membership increased 58% in 2010 - 2011 to a total of 314.

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