From unique events to newly established program offerings, there is always something exciting happening on the RELLIS Campus. Each semester Dr. Shankle rounds up all the most important details to share with you below:
Welcome back! We are happy to see students and faculty return to campus for the fall semester.
The Value of Student Leadership
You probably had some student leadership experience in your high school by participating in clubs, on sports teams, in band, and other extracurricular experiences. That’s a great start. But did you know that the student leadership skills you learn in college can give you a head start on your career?
Sure, college is about academics and learning what you need to know about your major to prepare you for your chosen career. Research shows that many of the most desirable skills employers look for can be developed inside and outside the classroom. These skills include working in teams, working with people from different backgrounds, public speaking, digital media, and written communication. As a student leader, you learn to be a good listener, a good communicator, and a team player. You get to practice skills you are learning in your classes such as decision-making, strategic thinking, and innovation.
I have reviewed hundreds of applications for positions over the years, and your resume will be stronger and more likely to get an employer’s attention when you include leadership roles in student organizations. When it comes time for an employer to compare resumes, the ones that have only classes and a couple of jobs are not as compelling as those with student engagement activities. Employers know you are learning essential skills when you volunteer to lead. That means you’re more likely to get an interview and better job offer. Once you’ve landed your dream job, you’ll be better prepared because of your leadership experience.
We have many leadership positions open now in class councils and student organizations. If you are ready to build a fabulous resume and have fun along the way, visit Carlos Pinkerton in the Student Life Office (Room 310 ACB2) for more information.
Welcome Taylor Jones!
Taylor Jones will be joining our student life team as a graduate intern for the fall semester. Taylor is a second-year graduate student getting her master’s in Higher Education from Texas A&M’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program. Originally from Houston, Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Dance with a minor in Communications Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Currently, she serves as a Graduate Hall Director in the Department of Residence Life on the Texas A&M Campus, where she is an advisor to the Moses Hall Community Council. Taylor will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives while working at RELLIS Academic Alliance.
Parking Lot Safety and Information
With our record enrollment, many more students and faculty are using the parking lot. Please be careful as you walk and drive through the parking lot.
You can purchase a parking permit via the Texas A&M University Transportation Services website. You will need to create a Login ID and have your driver’s license and vehicle license plate number available. Once your login has been created, you can request a digital permit for lot 1000.
Visitors needing to park at RELLIS should use the Parkmobile app or pay stations to pay by the hour.
For additional questions about parking at RELLIS, please visit the TAMU Transportation RELLIS Campus Parking FAQ.
Check University Email
Remember to check your university email regularly. RELLS staff and your university staff and faculty use your university email address to send you updates and announcements.
The fall 2021 schedule has several starting dates, ranging from August 17th to August 30th. Make sure to check your official student schedule and review not only the days and times of classes, but also the dates that courses start and stop. This is especially important if you are taking classes from more than one school and/or taking a mixture of face-to-face and online classes. Remember that this will not only affect when your classes begin, but also when your finals will be held.
Financial aid disbursement and refund dates vary by institution. Please check your institution’s portal regularly for your eligibility status and important dates.
COVID Guidelines for Fall
We are happy to return to normal class offerings with most of our classes offered face-to-face. COVID is still active in our area, and we all need to remain vigilant about taking precautions to limit exposure and spread of COVID. Here are the RELLIS guidelines for fall.
- Masks are strongly encouraged indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. We appreciate your willingness to wear masks to protect others on campus, especially faculty and students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or have vulnerable family members at home.
- Getting vaccinated and wearing masks provides the best protection against getting sick or spreading it to others. Vaccinations are free and widely available at most pharmacies in the Bryan-College Station area. If you are interested in receiving your vaccine, visit gov to find an appointment.
- Testing is mandatory if you are enrolled in classes with Commerce, Corpus Christi, and Kingsville. Testing for students enrolled in other universities is strongly encouraged. We offer free testing at RELLIS Academic Alliance. See below for more information about getting tested.
- Reporting is mandatory if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you test positive.
- If you are exhibiting signs of COVID-19, we ask that you do not come to the building. Instead, you should complete the following steps:
- Visit with a medical professional for evaluation and possible testing.
- Notify your professors if you are missing in-person classes due to feeling unwell.
- Report your signs and/or testing outcome using the A&M System Portal hyperlinked below:
- For more information on when and how long to quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID, use this link Guide for Sick/Exposed Campus Members – Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (tamu.edu)
Curative Testing for COVID-19
We will offer Curative testing for all faculty and students for the first few weeks of the semester and will continue to offer testing periodically throughout the semester. If your university requires a test to return to campus, you can take that test at RELLIS.
Testing is also available for anyone who wants to participate on a voluntary basis.
If you want to be tested, watch the signs in the building or contact Crystal Berryhill at email@example.com. The test is a self-administered nose swab. This is not the brain scratcher test that some of us had last year! This test is a swab around both nostrils that you administer to yourself.
Quick Links & Resources
Upcoming Student Engagement Events
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Campus Movie Night – 8 PM
The RELLIS Student Advisory Council will host a movie night in the ACB2 auditorium with refreshments. The movie will begin at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 8th
Job Fair – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the lobby of ACB1
The job fair is open to all students on campus looking for part-time work either on campus at RELLIS or in the BCS Area, and will feature companies off-campus and agencies and departments within the Texas A&M University System.
Wednesday, September 15th
RELLIS Recess – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Take a time out from classes, work, and studying to relax. Refreshments, games and music will be available!
RELLIS Student Advisory Council General Body Meeting – 8:30 p.m. in the ACB2 Auditorium
This event is open to all students that are interested in joining the RELLIS Student Advisory Council as a Class Council Representative.
Friday, September 17th
Applications Close for RSAC – 5 p.m.
For anyone that was interested in being a part of RSAC as a Class Council Representative the Application Submission Deadline is Friday, September 17, 2021, at 5:00 pm. https://my.forms.app/officeofstudentlife/classcouncilapplication
Wednesday, September 22nd
Bystander Intervention Training – 6 p.m.
Bystander Intervention Training for students who are interested in learning more how to help out others. Topics include dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking; warning signs of abuse; barriers to leaving an abusive relationship; and resources.
Thursday, September 30 – Friday and October 1
Class Council Voting
Class Council Voting will be held on Thursday, September 30, – Friday, October 1, 2021, from 8:00 am (Thursday Open) – 8:00 pm (Friday Close). Watch your email for the link for virtual voting.
Dr. Nancy Shankle
Dr. Nancy Shankle was named Associate Vice Chancellor and Provost of the RELLIS Academic Alliance in August 2019. As Provost, she has strengthened partnerships with Academic Alliance university partners and Blinn College District, expanded degree offerings and student support services, and brought in a new university partner, Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Shankle earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Texas A&M University, College Station. Her previous academic administration positions include serving as Chair of the Department of English, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Executive Director of the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence, and Assistant Provost for General Education at Abilene Christian University; Associate Provost and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Texas A&M-University-Texarkana; and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSU-Shreveport.
In addition to numerous awards for teaching excellence, Dr. Shankle has published on linguistics and grammar anxiety and edited The Transforming Word. She has also presented at international, national, and regional conferences on accreditation, assessment, and American literature. In 2011, Dr. Shankle was awarded the Frances Hernandez Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service by the Conference of College Teachers of English. Dr. Shankle was named Administrator of the Year at Texas A&M University-Texarkana in 2016.
In 2018, Dr. Shankle was appointed to the national board for Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). She has also served on reaffirmation committees for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).