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Undergraduate Studies Council Throws Week-long Academic Celebration

UGS Week is a series of events that offers students enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies the chance to learn more about the many paths and majors at UT Austin. Hosted by the school’s Student Council, the week’s various activities provide a great way for students to meet with the dean and to connect with other students. “The majors mixer was a great opportunity for people like me who want to know more about a particular major though the eyes of a student,” recalled Stephanie Reyna, council president. “And the Student Panel helped us understand that we aren’t alone in transferring from UGS to another major; there are so many other students who have worked towards finding their own majors that make them truly happy.”

About the Student Council

The Undergraduate Studies Council (UGSC) is the official representative student organization for the School of Undergraduate Studies. The Council provides a platform for Undergraduate Studies students to explore leadership while planning and executing beneficial events and activities for fellow students. “UGS Council means a lot to me,” commented Senate Representative Emily Smith. “It’s especially important for students in this school to have a community and access to events that can help them navigate their college experiences.”

UGSC belongs to the Senate of College Councils, the student governance organization engaged in academic affairs on campus.
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2012-13 Officers

Stephanie Reyna, President
Josh Alvarez, Vice President
Walter Zamora, Financial Director
Alexandria Macias, Administrative Director
Emily Smith, Senate Representative
Meet the officers

Events

Majors Mixer
Students explored possible UT career paths and networked with representatives from majors. Student councils from other colleges and schools were also in attendance.

Afternoon with an Advisor
Students attended an open discussion with School of Undergraduate Studies advisors. Attendees snacked while finding out about transferring schools, finding a major, and other questions.

Town Hall with Interim Dean Abraham
Dean Abraham welcomed students to his office for an open discussion to express any ideas, concerns or questions students had regarding the School of Undergraduate Studies. All students enrolled in Undergraduate Studies were invited to attend. Students were curious to hear about future plans in the School of Undergraduate Studies. For the Interin Dean, it was a welcome opportunity to hear directly from the students he serves.

Student Panel
Open forum on the internal transfer process and a Q&A with different current/former UGS students from various schools and colleges.

UGS Social
The UGS Council hosted a bowling night mixer to help students meet others going through the major exploration process.

Explore UT: Picture Your Career
The UGS Council hosted an interactive program and photo booth activity designed to help students picture themselves in different careers.

Written by: 
Julia Moskow Ferguson