Living the Longhorn Life® Podcast
By UT Austin's Division of Student Affairs
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Living the Longhorn Life® PodcastAug 09, 2023
New, Intentionally-designed Spaces
That “you are here” feeling is part of living the Longhorn life. It’s a sense of place and belonging our students get when they explore our intentionally-designed, student-focused spaces. Hear two Longhorns share their favorite aspects of two new spaces giving students a place to find community and develop life skills, as well as workout and have some fun!
Time to Start Living the Longhorn Life!
The start of the new academic year marks a new beginning for our incoming students – when they go from orientation, where they got into a Longhorn State of Mind, to living the Longhorn life as classes begin. To help celebrate this milestone, the Division of Student Affairs – the hub of student life and well-being – is hosting Longhorn Welcome, Aug. 18-26. Hear more about the action-packed week of events serving as UT Austin’s official welcome to campus and introduction to Longhorn spirit. We visit with some excited incoming Longhorns, and our team who is planning the initiative. See the schedule at longhornwelcome.utexas.edu.
A New Adventure Awaits on the Forty Acres
A new group of Longhorns is beginning their college journey with the Division of Student Affairs — the hub of student life and well-being — as we host new student and family orientations. Hear how these incoming students and families are getting into a Longhorn State of Mind as they embark on this new adventure.
The Benefits of Living on Campus
There’s nothing like living in on-campus housing — take it from the 2023 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award Winner Ria Goyal, a biochemistry and Plan II Honors major from Waco. As she prepares for graduation, this senior resident assistant is reflecting on her four years living on campus — three of those spent assisting other residents. We caught up with her to ask her what makes living on campus so special and different from living off campus.
Former RecSports Staffer Honored for Impact on Students
In his 35 years with Recreational Sports, Eric Stoutner influenced the lives and careers of dozens of students and campus recreation professionals, in addition to supporting facility projects and programs. He set the bar high during his distinguished career serving students and now the university is honoring him with the Arno Nowony Medal. Hear how he maximized the Longhorn experience from Kristin DeAngelo, B.A. ’09, who is the director of facilities at the University of Arkansas’ University Recreation, and Chris Burnett, former assistant director of outdoor recreation and civic engagement.
Food Trucks Spice Up Campus Dining
Food trucks are a staple in the Austin dining scene – and now there’s a bustling clientele on the Forty Acres too. Hear how the daily rotation of trucks across campus are spicing up campus dining. We interview sophomores Rotem Cohen, a business and economics major from Dallas and Carlos Gonzalez, a neuroscience and public health major from Laredo; University Unions’ David Anthony, who manages the contracts; and local food truck owners Lee Rowland, It’z A Rap, and Romel Viray, Wetzel’s Pretzels.
Longhorn Swag that Stands Out
The University Co-op is an iconic destination close to campus that’s a premiere spot to buy almost anything burnt orange, including our Living the Longhorn Life merchandise. A partnership forged with the mission of giving back to students. Hear why our merchandise stands out from Tatom Hoffmann, a freshman advertising major from Austin, Kristin Schell, Longhorn Family Leadership Council co-chair, Texas Ex and Longhorn mom, and Kate Mounger, marketing director at the Co-op.
Gregory Gym Renovation Modernizes Iconic Facility
The original Gregory Gym opened in 1930, but a major renovation in 1997 brought many new features to the beloved facility ¾ racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts, an 11,000 square foot weight room, indoor track and climbing wall. This year marks the 25th anniversary of that renovation connecting the original gym to the Annex Gym completed in 1963. Hear the story of how student leaders led the charge from 1992-93 Student Government President Howard Nirken, Recreational Sports’ Randall Ford and Jordin Delgado, a facility supervisor and senior social work major from San Antonio, Texas.
First State-of-the-Art Esports Lounge Opens
The Texas Union is home to the university’s first dedicated esports space, expanding a long-term development partnership that supports students. Find out how the Alienware Longhorn Esports Lounge created a dream career for one former Longhorn and opened up an exciting world of egaming for our students. Listen to this interview with Longhorn Gaming President Daphnee Grignon, a senior communication and leadership major from Austin, Texas, and University Unions Esports Coordinator Austin Espinoza in the first episode of the new academic year.
Getting into a Longhorn State of Mind
Approximately 10,000 incoming Longhorns are joining us on the Forty Acres this summer for orientation! Freshman Orientation is fully back in person. Family Orientation is back in person for the first time in three years. Hear from Orientation Advisor Shelby Davis, a senior sociology major from Houston, Texas, and Sarah Kauffman, a former family orientation student coordinator, on how these programs show new Longhorns and their families what Living the Longhorn Life is all about.
Campus Traditions Make a Comeback
We’re celebrating the in-person return of two campus traditions –— Longhorn Run and Family Weekend — for the first time in three years in April. Hear how coming together on the Forty Acres inspired Longhorn pride among students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members. We talk with one of the run organizers Radhika Patel, a senior economics major form Plano, Texas, and parent Heather Fallek.
Meet the 2021-22 Outstanding Student Award Recipients
Meet the two extraordinary Longhorns joining an impressive list of well-known alumni who have received the Texas Parents Outstanding Student Award! Listen to Arquala Davis and Rocío Nairi Garza-Gómez reflect on their UT Austin experience, and also learn about the award’s prestigious 70-year history.
The Longhorn “Who Buzzes Fast and Knows Things”
Meet Jaskaran Singh, the senior finance and economics double major who won the Jeopardy! National College Championship. Find out how the Forty Acres prepared him for the competition and what’s next after graduation.
Celebrating Black History Month
We wrapped up Black History Month on Feb. 28 with a cookout event featuring music, dancing, spoken word poetry and home-cooked cuisine. Listen now for student perspectives on the significance of these cultural events and activities. Our guests are Danielle Excell, a freshman business major from Dallas, Texas, Zion James, a junior sociology and black studies major from Dallas, Texas, and Alejandra Jimenez, a freshman government major from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Welcome Back to an Irreplaceable Experience
Despite the double whammy of a modified semester start due to COVID-19 and then a winter storm that closed campus, we are back! Hear why there’s no place like the Forty Acres for in-person classes and activities from sophomores Michelle Azzi and Parker Nickerson; Jeffrey Johanns, McCombs School of Business; and Brandon Jones, University Housing and Dining. And learn how our university researchers are helping us navigate the pandemic, informing our effective polities and protocols.
Milestones and Achievements: Fall 2021
Milestones and achievements mark this past semester. As we look ahead to 2022, we also want to share some highlights -- helping reopen campus, expanding mental health services and housing options, reimagining on-campus dining, safely connecting at events and activities, and continuing to combat COVID-19.
Celebrating First-Generation Longhorns
Our campus recognized 10,000+ first-gen students during First-Generation College Celebration Week, Nov. 7-13. The Forty Acres is home to more first-generation Longhorns than ever with 23% of all undergrads identifying as first-gen. Freshman Mimansha Shrestha and senior Grace Farley join us to share their experiences and how they found community on campus.
Longhorn Fiesta Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
Our Longhorn Fiesta event capped off the university’s National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with music, dancing, food and friends. Hear how from event planner Robert Valdez, with University Housing and Dining and Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, and volunteer Bella Vargas, a senior communication and leadership major from Brownsville, Texas.
Live Music Returns to the Cactus Café
Live music and events are back at the iconic Cactus Café! Listen to our latest episode and learn more from Ally Protass, Campus Events+Entertainment, and James Buckley, University Unions.
Why Get the COVID-19 Vaccination?
In the inaugural episode of our Living the Longhorn Life Podcast, find out why UT Austin’s Student Government President Kiara Kabbara and Vice President Ethan Jones decided to get the COVID-19 vaccination and helped create an incentive campaign with fabulous prizes!