Dining and parking the focus of Auxiliary Services reorganization

June 27, 2014 | UToday
By Jon Strunk



A recent review of the Office of Auxiliary Services has resulted in a reorganization that UT officials believe will be more efficient and maintain the University’s commitment to strong student and employee services.

All food service will be centralized under the oversight of Mario Toussaint, senior director of operations — dining, retail and clinical nutrition. Toussaint’s primary focus had been on Health Science Campus. He also will assume oversight for the Satellites Auxiliary’s gift shop at UT Medical Center.

In addition, parking services now will report to Sherri Kaspar, who manages parking enforcement for the University.

The remaining auxiliary services will continue to be coordinated by Joy Seifert, director of auxiliary services, and the entire office now will report to Jen Pastorek, director of supply chain management.

“In the past few months, Joy and I came together to find the best model to provide great service to the UT community, and we think these changes will provide the opportunity for increased focus and expertise on two particular areas — food and dining services and parking,” Pastorek said. “Both fall into their own unique category on a college campus and with people at UT with specific expertise in those areas, it just made sense to consolidate.”

With the change, Auxiliary Services will comprise:

• Rocket Wireless;

• Rocky’s Technology Center in the Student Union;

• The Copy Center;

• The fleet copy machine program;

• Rocket ID Card services; and

• Off-campus merchant program.

Seifert said she thought the new model for the various business services would benefit consumers.

“I think we have had strong dining service on Main Campus, and I have no doubt Mario will be able to enhance that even further,” Seifert said, also noting that consolidating all parking components under one service will reduce the potential for confusion among campus constituents.

“Auxiliary Services has a lot of benefits to offer UT employees and students, and I’m excited for what lies ahead,” Seifert said.