Sept. 1, 2020
Dear Student Affairs Team,
Mooov-In, Longhorn Welcome and our facility openings went off without a hitch despite all the challenges we faced. I am so proud of everyone who rose to the occasion. Many thanks to all of you for your commitment to help create safe and healthy spaces for our campus community as we Protect Texas Together. It feels good to be back!
It’s been a year like no other and, as we start this new semester, I want to celebrate our accomplishments highlighted in the 2019-2020 Impact Report. Our underlying theme is resilience, which you have shown in every phase of this unprecedented journey. As you read this year’s report, it’s evident what a difference we make in protecting the health and well-being of our students, and each other.
With this pandemic, our world continues to change daily, requiring us to be more nimble than ever before. One way we want to help you navigate this fall semester is through an important online training: Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment. The university requires this training for students, staff and faculty. Also, the university released the new employee guidebook, which is another excellent resource for those working on campus. And for students, a new map of campus resources shows some of the essential fall semester location information, including indoor study spaces, student health and well-being resources, COVID-19 testing sites, mask and hand sanitizer purchase locations, campus flu shot locations, etc.
If you have any COVID-19-related questions or wish to report COVID-19 concerns regarding students, faculty or staff, please call the recently-expanded Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) at 512-232-5050, or submit your COVID-19 questions or concerns online. I would like to thank the Student Emergency Services team and others in the Office of the Dean of Students for making this enhanced advice line a reality under a very tight deadline.
As with the start of every fall semester, student organizations are gearing up for programs and events on campus. Please become familiar with the university’s event guidance and checklist. Campus events include indoor and outdoor gatherings, conferences, meetings and other programs. Campus events are currently limited to 10 participants, with few exceptions. Student Activities in the Office of the Dean of Students is providing consultations and information to student organizations.
Coming together (virtually) is one of the best parts of my job these days! I look forward to seeing you at our Division-wide Kickoff next Wednesday, Sept. 9, 9-10 a.m., via a Zoom webinar. Interim Provost Dan Jaffe will be our special guest, updating us on initiatives from his portfolio.
Zoom webinar information:
- US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592
- Webinar ID: 925 9144 0865
I am also excited to announce that we are continuing our Vice President for Student Affairs Office Hours via Zoom, every other Monday, 11-11:50 a.m. Place these upcoming dates on your calendar:
- Sept. 14, 28
- Oct. 12, 26
- Nov. 9, 23
- Dec. 7
Zoom information (NOTE: New log in/phone information):
- Meeting ID: 987 6039 4831
- Passcode: 091157
- +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston), +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose), +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma), +1 929 205 6099 US (New York), +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Please send your questions and suggestions in advance through this form by the Friday at noon prior to the Monday meeting.
Again, I appreciate your strength, flexibility and commitment, not only as we prepared for the semester, but also as we move forward.
Stay safe, stay healthy and Hook ‘em!
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students