PHEL Admitted Students Weekend


Thursday, February 22

Time Event Location
4 - 5 p.m. Campus Tour with Master's student Dorie Kaye. Meet at the bus stop outside the SSB main entrance.
5 - 5:30 p.m. Welcome SAC 1.402
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. PHEL Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Aurora Chang
Sponsored by HELPSA, PHEL, and the Graduate School
SAC 1.402
6:45 p.m. Dinner Kerbey Lane Café
2606 Guadalupe

Friday, February 23

Time Event Location
Master's Students
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Placement Exchange - All Fall 2018 admitted PHEL M.Ed. students who are seeking a paid Graduate Assistantship are welcome to attend. SAC 3.116 (green room)
SAC 2.412 (interviews)
Doctoral Students
9 - 9:45 a.m.
Meet with current students  Café Medici
2222B Guadalupe St.
Doctoral Students
10 - 11 a.m.
ED Talk by Liliana Garces SZB 435
Doctoral Students
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Free guided tour Blanton Museum
12:30 - 1 p.m.
PHEL Preview Plenary begins, featuring opportunities to meet with your advisor (if available), panels and discussions on student life in Austin, funding opportunities in the program, and a faculty presentation on how to maximize your graduate experience.
  • PHEL Welcome
  • HELPSA Welcome 
  • Introduction of Staff and Faculty
SAC 2.302
1 - 2 p.m. Lunch with faculty SAC 2.302
2 - 2:30 p.m. Overview of Programs SAC 2.302
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions Masters: SAC 2.302
Doctorates: SAC 1.118
3:30 - 5 p.m. Student Panels in Breakout Sessions Masters: SAC 2.302
Doctorates: SAC 1.118
5 p.m. HELPSA Social Hour Scholz Garten

Saturday, February 24

Time Event Location
10 a.m. HELPSA Brunch: Open to all PHEL current and admitted students as well as faculty and staff. Trudy's Texas Star

We will provide lunch on Feb. 23; all other expenses are the responsibility of participants.

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Other Important Information

UT Placement Exchange

This event for admitted master’s students who plan to attend full time and are seeking a position as Graduate Assistant. 

Our Vision: The UT Placement Exchange, where university professionals connect with the next generation of student affairs and administrative talent. 

Our Values: Our guiding principles include creating an environment of professionalism, authentic and ethical behavior, mutual respect, open exchange of ideas, accessible and inclusive practice, and innovation.

To participate in the Placement Exchange, please follow the directions in the admissions email you received. If you cannot find that info, need assistance, or have questions, please contact


There are Graduate Assistantships available in the following areas (more to be added soon):


College of Education

Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

University Housing and Dining (formerly Division of Housing and Food Service)

Electrical and Computer Engineering – Undergraduate Advising Office (1 position)

New Student Services (1 position)

Office of the Dean of Students

On Ramps (1 position)

School of Undergraduate Studies

University Unions


Social Media



We cannot pay for parking or public transportation fees.

Public Transportation



SAC – Student Activities Building: 2201 Speedway, Austin TX, 78712 

SZB – George I. Sanchez Building: 1912 Speedway, Austin TX, 78705

  • It’s right next door to PCL (library).   (Note:  If you enter SZB from the southeast side of the building, you will enter on the first floor/lower level.  If you enter from the west or north ends of the building (where the escalators are located), you will enter on the second floor.  Only the south end of the building has a first floor/lower level.
  • When you enter SZB, there are floor maps on each floor near the escalator. 

Also see the Campus Map

Scholz Garten1607 San Jacinto Blvd.  Austin, Texas 78701

From either the SZB or the SAC, walk south on Speedway, past where the street ends (there’s a sidewalk) until you get to MLK.  Turn left on MLK, and then right on San Jacinto at the bottom of the hill. Scholz is two blocks down.


HELPSA will be coordinating with out-of-town visitors so that you do not have to pay for a hotel room. Housing needs will be met on a first-come, first-served basis, and we cannot guarantee housing for everyone, so please contact HELPSA as soon as you know you have need of a place to stay.

Please email HELPSA will your housing needs: