Summer News Memo 2021

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NEWS MEMO

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welcome home.


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president’s welcome

COVID guidelines and resources

mapping out moody

moody student orgs

communication council

meet the executive board

meet the committee chairs

UT for all resource guide

communication career services

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Dear incoming Moody students, Welcome to the Moody College of Communication!

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

As you gear up to embark on the 40 acres, I sincerely hope you find a sense of home at the Moody College of Communication. You will notice throughout your time here that Moody is a very unique place. From the bright-minded creatives located a seat (or zoom square) away to the passionate faculty members and influential organizations, we are a big, fun college with the feel of a tight-knit family. No matter where you are learning from this semester, becoming involved in Moody is a great way to make a big place feel a whole lot smaller. I invite you to apply to Communication Council and many such wonderful organizations that can shape you through your journey at UT and beyond. Through getting involved, staying active, and learning as much as you can, I hope you all find a sense of belonging and grow throughout your time here. We are excited to meet all of you and here to support you in any way, so feel free to reach out! Hook ‘em, Catherine Lindberg Communication Council President

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COVID GUIDELINES AND RESOURCES As laid out by University Health Services

TESTING

All students coming to campus for the fall must receive a viral test (antigen test or a nucleic acid test such as PCR) within 72 hours prior to moving into the Austin residence where you will live for the academic semester. If you are already living in the residence where you will live in for the semester, you should test within 72 hours prior to the start of class on August 25th.

Be sure to upload your test results to the University Health Services student portal, MyUHS.

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It is highly encouraged to participate in free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on campus through the UT Proactive Community Testing Program throughout the semester, up to two times each week.

If you test positive, call the Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice line at 512-232-5050 for help navigating isolation, class absences, and additional support.


VACCINATION

Vaccinations are safe and the most effective protection against the Coronavirus disease. UT Health Austin provides free COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment and walk-in for people ages 12 and up.

MASKING

Face masks are strongly recommended (but optional) inside university buildings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

REDUCED CLASS DENSITY

The university has allowed professors to make temporary adjustments to their class formats to reduce density through September 17. Professors may ask you to come to class in person once a week and participate remotely on other days, or they may move online completely until September 17.

DAILY SYMPTOM CHECK

Use the Protect Texas Together app for daily symptom screening before arriving on campus each day to track possible COVID-19 symptoms and keep campus safe.

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MAPPING OUT MOODY A quick guide to the Moody College of Communication facilities so you can confidently navigate our corner of campus.


DMC CMB

Building B of the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMB) houses studio space for production, numerous post-production editing suites, KLRU-TV and the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory.

HSM

HSM is home to Texas Student Media, which consists of several student run media organizations including the Daily Texan, KVRX Student Radio and KVR-TV.

Formerly known as the Belo Center for New Media, the G.B. Dealey Center for New Media houses the School of Journalism, the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, KUTX Public Media Studios, and the Student Advising Office. Here you’ll also find Cappy’s Cafe, where you can grab a coffee after class and hang out in the open study areas.

CMA

Building A of he Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) contains the departments of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communication Studies, and Radio-TV-Film. Students can check out A/V equipment and access world-class audio and video workstations at the Digital Media Lab.

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Texas Advertising Group

ADVERTISING

MOODY STUDENT ORGS SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING SCIENCES

Advertising Graduate Council (AGC) Diversity in Advertising & Public National Student Speech-LanRelations (DAPR) guage-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Texas Advertising Group (TAG) Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Texas Tower PR

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES UT Speech Team Communication and Leadership Club


KVRX Student Radio

TEXAS STUDENT MEDIA The Daily Texan Cactus Yearbook Orange Magazine KVRX Student Radio Texas Student Television Texas Travesty

JOURNALISM

Society of Professional Journalists National Association of Black Journalists National Association of Hispanic Journalists

DKA Professional Cinema

RADIO-TV-FILM

DKA Professional Cinema Society The Hub Student Production Resource Center University Filmmakers Alliance Women in Cinema

GENERAL

Association of Women in Communications Texas Belles Event Planning Organization TX Votes

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COMMUNICATION COUNCIL WHO WE ARE

The official student voice and governing body of the Moody College of Communication.

OUR COMMITTEES

Policy, Student Issues & Advisory, Career & Alumni Relations, Special Events, Diversity and Inclusion, Media, and Magazine

WHAT WE DO

We bridge the gap between students, faculty, and administration. Some of our responsibilities include writing and voting on student policy, communicating student issues to faculty, hosting career panels, allocating funds to Moody organizations, planning Moodywide events and producing a semesterly publication.

RECRUITMENT CALENDAR 8/25 Applications go live 8/26 Info session from 7:30-8:30 on Zoom 8/30 Info session from 6-7 in person at SLS 9/1 Info session from 7-8 in person at SLS 9/7 Info session from 6-7 on Zoom 9/8 CC Applications due at 5 pm

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Check our Instagram @utcommcouncil for links and updates!


L New Commie Retreat

Big Little Reveal

Spring Barge Formal

Lake Clean Up

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MEET THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

of Communication Council

CATHERINE LINDBERG President

Hi there! My name is Catherine, and I’m a senior Advertising major with a copywriting focus in the Texas Creative Sequence. As President of this organization, I have the honor of representing, engaging, and empowering the larger Moody student body. I act as the liaison between the Deans, faculty, staff, and students while also serving as a representative of Communication Council in UT Senate. One fun fact about me is that I’m a twin and all of my cousins are either twins or triplets! If you have any questions UT Senate or about Moody, please feel free to reach out, and don't hesitate to say hi in Moody!

RYAN SCHWENN Vice President

Hey everyone! I’m Ryan, a junior RTF major, and the CC Vice President this year. My favorite thing about Council is the community - the friends I’ve found here are so incredible, and all so passionate about what they do, it’s really inspiring!

BARETT SENN

Administrative Director Hey there! I’m Barrett, a senior majoring in advertising and psychology. As Council’s Administrative Director, I oversee day-to-day operations like attendance, points systems, and communication efforts. A fun fact is that I’ve visited the world’s largest pistachio!

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EVALYN MCCUSKER Financial Director

Hey, I’m Evalyn! I’m a Public Relations and Economics senior. This school year I’ll be Communication Council’s Financial Director. As FD, I manage Communication Council’s budget and help fund all of the fun events we put on! My favorite color is periwinkle, but I think it’s mostly because of its name. I also really love to bake cookies and cake. Carrot cake is my favorite because you can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

SOUFIA ALI

External Director Hi! My name’s Soufia and I’m a junior RTF and Health and Society double major. I’m so excited to be Communication Council’s External Director this year where I’ll be developing and strengthening CC’s relationships with other Moody orgs, Senate councils, UT administration, and the Austin community! I’m especially excited to promote more outreach and service opportunities to CC (like restarting our period product drive!). In my free time, I like to pretend the iced coffee I make at home is as good as Starbucks and start conversations by saying “That reminds me of this TikTok…”

GABBY DUNN

Internal Director Hello! My name is Gabby and I’m a senior CLD major! This year, I’m the Internal Director for Comm Council! The Internal typically oversees CC’s inward facing facets such as formals, socials, t-shirts, and family-matching. My advice for incoming Moody students is to make connections in your classes! Those people will be great sources of career advice, study buddies, or even your new friend.

JOURNEY SAIS

Diversity & Inclusion Director Hey! I’m Journey, the Diversity and Inclusion Director for Communication Council. As the director of D&I, I ensure we have a safe space for all members. I also double as the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, working to implement cross-cultural collaboration, sensitivity and inclusivity in the Council and more broadly across Moody. I’m also a cat lady in the making and have a small collection of cat products such as shirts, a purse, a cat, etc.

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MEET THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS

of Communication Council

JESSICA MICK

Student Issues & Advisory Chair Hi, my name is Jessica Mick and I’m a fourth-year journalism major from Cedar Park, Texas. This year I am so excited to be the chair for the SIAC committee, where we get to create a school-wide survey and collect student feedback about Moody. A fun fact about me is in 2017 I got to interview Beto O’Rourke at a high school football game. My advice for incoming Moody students is to put yourself out there. Everyone feels nervous and excited starting at a new school but a few seconds of bravery can lead to new friendships and great memories!

JACOB MCINTOSH

Career & Alumni Relations Chair

My name is Jacob McIntosh, I’m a Senior Radio-Television-Film major with a minor in Sports Media, and I am this year’s Career and Alumni Relations Chair. A fun fact about me is that I was a part of one of the most controversial finishes in Round Rock Express Tricycle Race history. I CC is the organization I am most proud to be a part of here at UT, and I can’t wait to put that pride into all the great events our committee will put on this year. Our goal is to get Moody students connected to UT Alumni, putting them in a better position to be better connected for life beyond UT.

CINDY MUNOZ Media Chair

Hi my name is Cindy Munoz I am a third year Political Communications Major and I am this years CC Media Chair. I am really excited to begin Comm Council this semester, my favorite thing is being able to work along side my friends and peers to help out our Moody community.

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NICKOLI BENKERT Policy Chair

Hi! My name is Nickoli Benkert, and I am a Political Communication Studies major in the Class of 2023. I am also the chair of the Policy committee in Comm Council! The policy committee writes and implements legislation through the UT Senate of College Councils and helps push student-led initiatives to improve the academic experience for all Moody students. Fun fact about me: I am not a native Texan! I was born in California, and I also lived in Ethiopia for six years. I’ve been living in the Austin area since 2014, and now I’m ride or die for UT! One of my favorite things about Comm Council is the humor, its definitely gotta be the funniest org on campus! If you’ve been around us you’ll know what I mean, and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Come meet some of the most dedicated, talented and goofy people I know!

CHANTAL POITRAS

Special Events Chair Hi I’m Chantal! I’m a senior at the University of Texas majoring in Corporate Communications and minoring in Media and Entertainment Industries. I’m the Special E chair this year in CC! Special E helps to support and represent Moody at campus-wide events as well as hosting fun things within the College of Communication, too. I’ve become a huge bookworm recently and would LOVE any recommendations :) CC is one of my favorite parts of UT, and I’m so excited for the year ahead.

HELEN HULSEY

Magazine Chair Hey y’all! I’m Helen, a senior Advertising major and Business minor serving as this year’s Magazine Chair. Our committee collaborates on monthly newsletters and a final publication at the end of the semester. Much of my college experience has been defined by Texas Creative, the Stan Richards School of Advertising’s portfolio program, and Communication Council - both of which have introduced me to amazing, passionate people. When I’m not at battle with Adobe Creative Cloud, I like trying new restaurants around Austin and reading psychological thrillers.

JOURNEY SAIS

Diversity & Inclusion Chair Refer to Journey’s intro on page 14.

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UT FOR ALL

A non-extensive resource guide of services and organizations offered to UT students in order to create a more inclusive, equitable academic environment. For more comprehensive information visit the UT Student Services website or HornsLink, an online hub for UT student orgs.

COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH CENTER The Counseling and Mental Health Center provides counseling and psychiatric services to support students. At this time, services are being conducted via telehealth. Call 512-471-3515 or visit cmhc.utexas.edu for more information on how to access counsel-

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SSD provides accommodations for any student who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Register with SSD at diversity.utexas.edu/disability/ how-to-register-with-ssd to set up academic accommodations.

UT OUTPOST UT Outpost is the free on-campus food pantry and career closet for all currently enrolled students at UT Austin. Drop by for some healthy food options or gently used professional clothing at 2609 University Avenue (UA9), Suite 3.108. UT Outpost is open Tuesday 2 PM - 6 PM, Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM, Thursday 1 PM -6 PM.

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LATINO COMMUNITY AFFAIRS LCA serves to unite and empower Latino students and student orgs at the University of Texas at Austin through communication, leadership, social action and education for the advancement of the Latina/o community. Check the LCA Instagram @utlatinx for updates on how to get involved.

BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE The Black Student Alliance is committed to uplifting UT’s Black students, with the ultimate goal of developing extraordinary leaders and uniting the Black community. BSA is a safe space for all aspects of the Black identity and a community family of Black students helping each other succeed. BSA hosts political action opportunities, panels, and social events. Learn more at www.texasbsa.org.

QUEER & TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR AGENCY (QTPOCA) Queer & Trans People of Color Agency (QTPOCA) exists to contribute to the self-empowerment, visibility, and education of our issues as Queer People of Color and our associated communities at the University of Texas of Austin. QTPOCA aims to address stereotypes around campus and the Austin community by raising awareness and offering resources for queer students, students of color, and allies. Visit the QTPOCA Facebook for more information.

FIRST-GEN EQUITY First-Gen Equity is a program aimed at creating a community on campus for first-gen students by providing a support network and academic, social and professional workshops, resources and events. Check out the @firstgenlonghorns Instagram to connect with UT’s first-gen community.

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COMMUNICATION CAREER SERVICES Communication Career Services are a valuable resource available to all Moody students. Drop in and talk to a Career Advisor to get help with all of your career related needs, including: Resume/cover letter help Mock interviews Career option evaluation Advice negotiating job offers Developing a job search strategy Leveraging a professional network Navigating the recruiting process Understanding your target industry

Book an appointment with an Advisor at moody.utexas.edu/careercenter. Drop-in advising sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1-3 PM at the Career Center Office, located at DMC 2.302.

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Welcome back to Moody, we hope to see you around! -The CC Fam

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