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August 22, 2008
The UTSA Fall Convocation 2008 will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 25 in the Recreation Center gymnasium on the 1604 Campus. This year's theme is "Your Journey Begins..." with UTSA President Ricardo Romo as the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to UTSA students, faculty, staff and friends. Marchers will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Recreation Center second floor corridor. Those marching are encouraged to wear academic regalia, but may wear university colors -- orange, white and blue. Read more on UTSA Today.
UTSA faculty or staff members whose families or friends have benefited from State Employee Charitable Campaign agencies are needed to share their stories about the positive impact of the various charities SECC supports. As in years past, feature stories will be posted on UTSA Today during the October campaign. Those with stories to share do not need to write a story, but can be interviewed.
If you would like to share a story, contact SECC planning committee member Daniel Gelo, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, 458-4350
UTSA faculty and staff members interested in participating in the VIA vanpool will have a brown bag lunch meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 in the Main Building Conference Room (4.108), 1604 Campus. Participants are invited to bring their own lunches and discuss details of the VIA vanpool for UTSA employees. Meeting guests will include Mario Rodriquez (Enterprise), Blake Berlin (VIA Vanpool) and Andrew Hudgins (Alamo Area Council of Governments). For planning purposes, those who plan to attend the meeting should e-mail Nancy Miller.
Read more on UTSA Today.
In preparation for the annual UTSA physical inventory in November, each department or unit code must appoint an inventory contact person (ICP). The ICP must attend initial training or refresher training and will be responsible for scanning departmental equipment during inventory.
Many Removal of Equipment (ROE) forms will expire Aug. 31. The ROE form is valid for only one year from the date equipment is taken off campus. Staff members must fill out and turn in a new ROE form for the new fiscal year (2008-2009) in order to continue using equipment off campus. Check with your administrative staff member for the form and procedure.
More information: JJ Chavez, 458-6131
The second floor of the John Peace Library on the 1604 Campus will be renovated from September 2008 through March 2009. During the project, furnishings, walls, ceilings and lighting will be updated. Study chairs already have been replaced. During the renovation, library hours will not change, collections will remain in the same locations and all services will function normally. Visit the JPL Renovation Web site and blog for updated information as the project progresses.
More information: Jan Kemp, 458-4576
The UTSA community will have some nice surprises this fall with the dining services makeover courtesy of the UTSA Office of Business Auxiliary Services and new food service provider ARAMARK. In the University Center, the first Taco Cabana on any university campus will offer the familiar Tex-Mex experience with favorite selections. Other food offerings will be Chinese favorites from the new Panda Express, classic grill and pizza options, and a new convenience store in the former Subway location; Subway recently moved to the new UC III.
The JPL food court will have Chick-fil-A Express, a sushi bar, Bene Pizza and Pasta, Montague's Deli, Freshens fruit smoothies and a variety of grab-n-go selections. Additionally, find Einstein Bros. Bagels at the BSE Building and the brand-new Extreme Pita in the Business Building. And, don't forget "Real Food on Campus (RFoC) at Roadrunner Café" -- the all-you-care-to-eat facility with a wide range of foods for the entire UTSA community.
Read more on UTSA Today.
Dianita Gee, human resources benefits manager, will represent UTSA as a voting member of the UT System-Wide Insurance Advisory Committee (SWIAC). Fred Hample, Downtown Campus executive director of student affairs, will represent UTSA as a non-voting member of SWIAC.
SWIAC works with the UT System Board of Regents to administer the group insurance program for employees, retirees and their dependents at all UT System institutions. SWIAC members include one elected and one appointed representative from each UT institution. They serve as advisers to the Board of Regents through the Employee Group Insurance Office and in the development, implementation, coordination and administration of the group insurance programs. SWIAC provides a channel for open communication of ideas and suggestions regarding group insurance benefits. The advisory committee meets three times each year, usually in October, January and May.
San Antonio Orthopedic Group (SAOG) will terminate affiliation with UT Select (BCBSTX -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas) effective Sept. 20, 2008. Visit the UT Select Web site for a list of current in-network providers.
Sept. 2 is the voucher cut-off deadline for the semi-monthly Sept. 4 payday (Aug. 16-31 pay period). The usual two days for the voucher cut-off is reduced to one day because of the Labor Day holiday. Department OV documents with "Final Approved" status are due at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2. Late-adds will not be allowed because the Sept. 4 payday is the last payroll of fiscal year 2007-2008.
More information: Payroll Office, 458-4280
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