Our Student Affairs team members continue to be recognized locally and nationally, whether through news media or awards programs, for their innovative approaches and dedication to higher education. We are, after all, educators first -- whether we are counselors, nurses, advising one of our 1,300+ student organizations, organizing a sports club, or ensuring students have inspiring places to live, eat, gather, study and learn.

Press Release Section

UT Austin Named a Leading Healthy Campus in the US

UT System Teaching College Students Intervention Strategies to Curb Sexual Assaults, Cheating, Suicides and Racism

UT Austin to Welcome 7,400 Longhorns to Campus during “Mooov-In”

New Housing and Food Service Director Named

University Selects Director for New Student Services

Awards and Honors
The University of Texas at Austin was named a winner of the inaugural 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, which recognizes the university as one of the healthiest campuses in the nation and the services provided by University Health Services and the Counseling and Mental Health CenterThe university’s healthy campus coalition, UT Wellness Network, submitted the application on behalf of the university. 
Jessica Hughes Wagner, University Health Services, was honored with an American College Health Association (ACHA) Affiliate New Professional Award this past spring in recognition of her significant contributions to the university and to the college health field.

Recreational Sports received the third place Creative Excellence Award in the website category at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) annual conference in May.

Marguerite Elliott, University Unions, was one of four people granted Emeritus status at the 2015 Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Annual Conference in San Antonio in April. A 25-year employee of UT Austin, Elliott recently retired. 

Justin Samuel, Housing and Food Service, was awarded the Ohio State Emerging Professional Award presented by the Ohio State University Higher Education and Student Affairs programs in March.

Jennifer Walker, Housing and Food Service, was presented the Bob Cooke Distinguished Service Award at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) conference in March for her dedicated service. 

Alicia Garces, Counseling and Mental Health Center, received the School of Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Award in February.

Joshua Cook, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, was honored with the Outstanding Campus Partner Award at the University Leadership Network's Celebration of Leadership event in April.

Sam Siner, Housing and Food Service, was recognized as the Outstanding Hall Coordinator of the Year at the Housing and Food Service Student Leadership Awards Banquet in April.

Lynne Milburn is awarded the 2015 Arno Nowotny Medal. View a full list of Arno Nowotny Medal recipients.

Sherry Bell, University Health Services; Chris Burnett, Recreational Sports; Joanna Pope, Office of the Dean of Students; and Mark Zentner, Counseling and Mental Health Center, were honored with the 2014–15 Texas Parents Staff Merit Award in January.

Housing and Food Service received the Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for efforts to reduce food waste in a university setting.


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