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VPBA Newsletter - September 2005

Business Horizons


A monthly publication of Business Affairs

The University of Texas at
San Antonio

September 2005

In All We Do,
We Do With

EXCELLENCE

Every Person,
Every Day,
Every Job


Kerry's Korner  ......

Thanks again to all of you who labored diligently to make this Fall’s first week as smooth as it was.  Dr. Romo said, “It was the smoothest transition into the Fall semester that I’ve seen.”  Team work was essential and you all did a magnificent job.

As we enter this new academic year, we have an immediate opportunity to participate in the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC).  This is a wonderful vehicle to give back to our community and meet a variety of needs through local charities.  More than 500 UTSA personnel families have been assisted by one or more participating charities.  Last year, participation by all Business Affairs departments reached 53%, with departmental participation ranging from 21% to 100%.  The Facilities Services area is the largest among Business Affairs and 64% of their employees participated!

I hope you will join me in contributing to the SECC this year, knowing that no matter the size of your contribution, it will make a difference in the lives of your neighbors and this great city of San Antonio.  Let’s have Business Affairs set the example and raise the participation bar to 65%!.  Thank you for your participation.  We’ll celebrate our increased participation in October!

 Kerry

Upcoming Events:

VPBA Breakfast
Sept. 15, 2005

8:30  - 10:00 a.m.
Roadrunner Cafe

SECC Campaign
September 23

Mark you
calendar for

VPBA Holiday Party
December 14
11:30-1:30
Laurel Room

 

SPOTLIGHT ON....Denise Moore
Human Resource Specialist

Denise Moore has been part of the UTSA Human Resources Department for more than 3 years. She began at the Front Desk and soon moved into the Employment/Compensation area as an HR Specialist. Currently, Denise is the HR representative for the VPBA Staff Council, and has also been a member of the UTSA Staff Excellence Committee for the last two years. Before coming to UTSA, Denise worked in Human Resources for Assa Abloy and other private companies within Texas. Originally from Austin, Denise enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She is an avid reader, enjoys jet/water skiing, and is involved in church related activities. Denise's is a valuable member of the HR organization. She is customer service oriented and delivers prompt, excellent customer service with a smile!! Denise, we're glad you're part of our team!

 
Roadrunner Cafe is open for business!

Roadrunner Cafe, UTSA's first dining hall, opened successfully on August 20th The cafe, managed by UTSA food service provider Chartwells, seats 425 and has a contemporary feel with university-commissioned artwork.  It has two outdoor dining patios and a private dining room available for meetings with advance reservations.  Air Rowdy, the university's wireless Internet service, also is live in the cafe.

With approximately 1725 students on the plan, the Roadrunner Cafe is busy. In addition, the faculty and staff are frequenting the Cafe.  Chartwells is averaging 150 participants at breakfast, 750 at lunchtime and over 800 at dinner.

The menu ranges from traditional items such as omelets, waffles, hamburgers and sandwiches to specialty items that include herb rotisserie chicken and woodstone pizza to authentic Mongolian grill stir fry and rotating international specialties.

Prices are $4.75 for breakfast, $6.00 for lunch and $7.25 for dinner.  Hours are Monday through Friday are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for breakfast, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch, and 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dinner and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday.  Saturday and Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for brunch and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for dinner.

 

THE HOLIDAY SEASON WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
 IT'S TIME TO PLAN AHEAD!!

HR recommends that all managers have their employees submit their vacation requests starting now to determine departmental coverage for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, to include the skeleton crew days in December.  Please refer to the UTSA holiday schedule.

As always, all employee requests for leave during the holidays are subject to business needs and management approval. Taking action early can help the department provide needed coverage, minimize disruption and provide employees the opportunity to plan ahead.

Coming Soon

                   

 

Go Electronic and Get Your Earnings Statements Sent Via Email!

Just a reminder for all UTSA employees who have a high assurance UTEID, you can get your earnings statement via email.  Click Earnings Statement for more information.  In addition to getting your earnings statement from the My Paycheck Profile web site, you can also change your Form W-4 withholding allowances, sign up for direct deposit, change your direct deposit information, download and print your Form W-2 from prior years, and more. Sign up today!

Call Payroll for more information at ext 4280.

Purchasing Office Receives Award


Left to Right: Juan Macias, Darren Cato, Celia Garza, Bernie Leiter, Naomi Gonzales, Yolanda Miller, Robert Dickens, Jeanette Portillo, Karen Schweiger, Sarah Arredondo and Lacy Hampton.

The Purchasing Office was recently awarded the 2005 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award by the National Purchasing Institute (NPI).  This award is given to public procurement offices that demonstrate the ability to perform purchasing functions and meet criteria development.

Congratulations!

UTSA Leases Under I-10/35 Downtown
Campus Parking Lots from TXDOT

UTSA recently entered into a 20 year property lease with the Texas Department of Transportation for under IH10 and IH35 parking lots from Buena Vista/Dolorosa Street south to approximately 500 feet south of Guadalupe Street.  This new 12.2 acre property lease provides 300 new downtown campus parking spaces bringing the total number of spaces to over 1000.

To view the video of  the 
BUSINESS AFFAIRS FORUM
go to Business Affairs web site

www.utsa.edu/bussvc