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July 30, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Office of Student Development Renamed

(From left) Kenny Lange of Mount Pleasant, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity – chaplain, Fraternity Relations Committee president; Brittany Temple, Greek coordinator; Alyssa Dorman of Kilgore - Student Government Association secretary, student assistant; and Scott Good of Hallsville, Academic Support intern, pose for a photo in the University Center. The Office of Student Development will be now known as the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

To better suit the ongoing enhancements within the student affairs division at The University of Texas at Tyler, the Office of Student Development has been renamed the Office of Student Life and Leadership, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs, announced.

“The Office of Student Life and Leadership is dedicated to creating a vibrant and engaging student life, developing leadership skills in tomorrow’s leaders and creating learning opportunities outside of the classroom as well as service learning opportunities within the UT Tyler and greater Tyler community,” said Patterson.

Departments within the office include community and parent relations, fraternity and sorority affairs, University Center operations and campus activities.  Other areas in the Student Affairs umbrella include residence life, judicial affairs, career services and counseling and testing. 

Among other changes within student affairs, the Office of Student Success, which now oversees Residence Life and Judicial Affairs, Career Services and Student Life and Leadership, has been renamed Student Life.

The academic advising and supplemental instruction departments have been moved from the student affairs division to academic affairs.

“It’s a good decision for our students because it will help promote stronger programming that is comprehensive and intentional in advising and academic support such as tutoring and supplemental instruction,” said Dr. Lou Ann Berman, assistant vice president for student life.        

The Office of Student Life and Leadership will eventually move into the new University Center addition. The $15.3 million three-story expansion to the UC will feature dining, recreational and meeting facilities for students.

Other features include a sports café and ballroom.

For additional information about the Office of Student Life and Leadership, call 903.565.5645.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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