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VPBA Newsletter June 2006

Business Horizons

A monthly publication of Business Affairs

The University of
Texas at
San Antonio

June 2006

In All We Do,
We Do With


Every Person,
Every Day,
Every Job

Business Affairs - Your partner for successful solutions

Kerry's Korner......
We are introducing a brand message for Business Affairs, “Business Affairs....Your partner for successful solutions” that captures the idea that all Business Affairs employees are about coming along side of’ our colleagues and customers throughout the university community to assist them in achieving their goals.  When our customers think of Business Affairs, we want them to see us as their business partner, collaborating with them to seek the optimum solutions for their problems and helping them achieve their goals.  You can see the brand on many Business Affairs’ web sites, atop this newsletter, on email messages and other prominent places.

“Business Affairs....Your partner for successful solutions” resulted from a partnership between Dr. Tom Cannon, Director of UTSA’s Tourism Program in the College of Business, and my direct reports and staff.  We are appreciative of Dr. Cannon’s commitment of resources and time to assist us with this important and strategic initiative.

Along with our brand, comes our promise to all who we serve, “We are committed to helping you achieve your goals through excellence in service – every person, every day, every job.”  I encourage you to explore the implications of our brand and the service promise in your staff meetings and discussions with your colleagues.

By the way, thanks for your support at the Business Affairs Forum!  We had a great time!


Calendar Events

Open Enrollment
July 1, 2006

Fourth of July

July 4, 2006

New Employee Welcome Program
July 6, 2006

Business Affairs
Staff Council Meeting

July 27, 2006


Business Affairs is printing these business size cards with our new brand on the front and our vision on the back. They will be available in both English and Spanish. We will be distributing these cards to all offices during the next several weeks through your AVP or Director offices.

Did you know?

If calling the UTSA Police Department regarding an emergency situation, dial 4911 when using a campus phone 458- 4911 from a non-campus phone or cell phone. If calling regarding a non-emergency, dial 4242 when using a campus phone or 458-4242 from a non-campus phone or cell phone.

Spotlight on...Brenda Tamayo
Brenda Tamayo, a Work Control Specialist with the Office of Facilities for the past eight years, considers her job a true blessing for herself and her family. “I believe working here at UTSA in the Office of Facilities has allowed me to accomplish many things that I would not have anywhere else. I look forward to continued growth here in the Office of Facilities.”

Brenda and her husband, Albert will celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary this September. They are the proud parents of soon to be four-year-old Caleb Asahel Tamayo.

Brenda, the only child of Dora Cardenas, was born and reared in San Antonio. She earned her associates degree at San Antonio College in 1993 and obtained her first job with SAS Shoemakers, as a customer service representative where she remained until the factory burned down in the fall of 1997.  Brenda joined UTSA in 1998 in Facilities Work Control Department.

Brenda’s hobbies include quilting, sewing, crocheting and reading various types of gardening books. She has a small vegetable garden in her backyard. Brenda and Albert enjoy antiquing on the weekends in the Hill Country. For the past two years, Brenda has been teaching Sunday school at Oak Hills Church to preschoolers. Her family also enjoys going to movies and local concerts. They have four dogs: Dusty, Pumpkin, Coco and Peanut, who complete their family and keep them very busy.

Brenda, we are privileged to have you working with us!

Grand Entrance - Kerry Kennedy
and Capt. Dan Kiley

Julie Olson tossing t-shirts

Barbara Baran-Centeno introducing Eulalio Arizola, 1 of 4 door prize winners

Employees reaching for t-shirts

Employees enjoying the t-shirt toss

Dave Riker's Facility Update

Abigail Garcia, Student & Miss Fiesta

Adam Cowdin, President, SGA

Nicole Dunson, Graduate Student

Forum Door Prize Winners
Martha Hernandez, Custodial Services
Eulalio Arizola,
Grounds Maintenance


Robert Rodriguez, Grounds Maintenance
Virginia Flores,

New Food Venues to be Launched at UTSA!

Auxiliary Services and Financial Affairs are excited to welcome Einstein Bros. Bagels and Freshens Smoothies and Yogurt to the UTSA campus for Fall 2006.

This first time San Antonio venue of Einstein Bros. Bagels will be based at the
BSE Building. Einstein offers a wide variety of bagels and “schmears”, breakfast sandwiches, lox and bagels, lunch panini and sandwiches as well as lighter fare….with fewer carbs and lower fat grams. Coffee, tea and espresso beverages are available. Look for this new and exciting location on the 1st floor of BSE!

The new JPL venue, Freshens, is a yogurt and smoothie concept that will also be opening in Fall 2006.

Freshens offers "Fat Free", "Low Fat" and "Fat Free No Sugar Added" yogurts and smoothies and features Old Fashion Milk Shakes in four mouth-watering flavors, including Oreo Cream. Parfaits are also on the menu, as well as soft serve yogurt in a variety of flavors. Freshens also offers a variety of Fat Free Dairy, Tropical Fruit Juice, Orange and Low Calorie Smoothies. Many of the smoothies start at a slimming 155 calories per serving!

Be sure to keep an eye open for these new offerings in late August!

Appreciation Award for Chief Dave Hernandez

Far left: Dr. Jesse Zapata presenting Award to Chief Dave Hernandez.

The Downtown Council, Chaired by Dr. Zapata awarded Chief Hernandez with a plaque for enhancing the security of the Downtown Campus through increased police presence.

Recycling Program

UTSA's recycling program continues to be successful. In fact, it's growing by the barrelful. From December 2005 to April 2006, recycling at the UTSA Tri-campuses has increased 67 percent from 11.7 to 19.6 tons of materials deposited monthly.

"The UTSA Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) thanks UTSA faculty, staff and students for their interest and cooperation in this program," said Richard Garza, environmental safety manager. "As we continue to grow, we can do our share by recycling and being good stewards of the environment."

There are several recycling options provided by the office of EHSRM, in conjunction with Facilities Services, at the UTSA 1604 Campus, Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures. For more information, contact Richard Garza at (210) 458-5808.

How to recycle at UTSA

  • Empty aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers -- place in the blue recycling barrels around the campuses
  • Office paper, magazines, books, newspapers and catalogs -- place in five-gallon blue recycling containers in each office. (When full, empty contents into large blue 60-gallon containers in your hallway or large recycling dumpsters outside each building. Contents of these 60 gallon containers will be transported by housekeeping staff to seven-cubic-yard recycling bins. Cardboard cannot be placed in any of the containers listed above.)
  • Cardboard -- place in designated location agreed upon by office personnel and housekeeping; housekeeping will collect and transport to recycling pick-up points for compacting; office staff must remove styrofoam and trash from boxes before recycling.
  • Depleted toner cartridges -- take to designated container outside the mailroom.
  • Depleted batteries -- must be kept out of landfills because of toxic, corrosive metals. Recycle specialty camera and computer batteries of these types: nickel, cadmium, lead, lithium, zinc and mercury; alkaline batteries also are recyclable. Send batteries to EHSRM by campus mail; if there is a high quantity or if they are large or leaking, call EHSRM and they will pick up batteries at your office.

Celebrating the 1,000th STARS Hire

On July 7, 2004, Human Resources introduced STARS (STreamlined Applicant Recruitment System). On May 10, 2006, we reached a milestone. Henrietta Vasquez became the 1,000th employee hired in STARS. Henrietta is a transfer employee from UTHSCSA and began her employment at UTSA as a Building Attendant I on May 15th. Congratulations Henrietta and welcome to UTSA! Henrietta, her manager, Sonia Saenz, the AVP for Facilities, Dave Riker, and the ASO II for Facilities, Bonnie Marks were surprised with a celebration to commemorate this exciting event.

As you know, STARS is not only the tool applicants use to create applications and apply for jobs, but is also used by Hiring Managers to create requisitions and post jobs.

Order your 2006-07 Parking Permit On-Line!
Avoid the last minute rush and long lines! Parking and Transportation Services is once again offering the convenience of purchasing your 2006-07 UTSA Parking Permit on-line beginning Monday, May 1. Order on-line by July 30 and receive your permit via U.S. Mail to your permanent residence! Payment options include Master Card and Discover credit cards, and payroll deduction for faculty and staff. Log into ASAP here to register. Go to: for more information.


All requests to view or copy UTSA documents must be processed through the Vice President for Business Affairs Office. For more information, click:

REMINDER.....Please email us the new employees in your department, so we can add them to the
newsletter mailing.