VPBA Newsletter November 2006
perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties
disappear and obstacles vanish."
Keep your eyes and ears open as it’s almost here…no, not just
the Holiday Season but the Survey for Organizational
Excellence. As we, Business Affairs staff, work on being
our UTSA community’s Partner for Successful Solutions,
we are constantly striving for improvements in the services
that we provide not only to the university but to each other,
Business Affairs staff and customers. One way that we can
measure how we are progressing is the Survey of Organizational
Excellence. Remember we conducted the survey in January 2005
and we will be conducting the follow up survey in January 2007.
We look forward to your participation and feedback as we
continue to strive toward creating an organizational climate of
Excellence. Stay tuned for more information coming in
December! Thank you for your enthusiasm and interest!! We are each others
customers and Partners!
Dan Pena is a native Texan, born in Galveston and raised in San Antonio. Dan started his law enforcement career in 1980, attending the 33rd session of the University of Texas System Police Academy. After graduating from the academy, Dan started work with the UT Austin Police Department and transferred to the UTSA Police Department in January, 1983.
Dan has steadily moved up the ranks within the UTSAPD from Patrol Officer to Detective, Investigations Sergeant, Patrol Commander, Investigations Lieutenant, and Administrative Captain. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2001.
In 1991, Dan attended the 165th session of the FBI National Academy, held at Quantico, Virginia. He obtained a Criminal Justice Bachelors degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2002. Dan completed the American Crime Prevention Institute's Crime Prevention, in 2003, through Environmental Design (CPTED) courses and is a certified CPTED Advanced Specialist.
Assistant Chief Pena is currently assigned to the UTSA Police Department’s Leadership Team overseeing management of police operations and staff. His primary charge is to effectively provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Dan is also directly responsible for the UTSA Access Control Office. He works closely with the Facilities Planning & Development group to design and implement security systems for all UTSA facilities.
Dan married Michelle Pena in 1987. His hobbies include astronomy, building homemade telescopes and motorcycle road racing.
During the course of the last 23 years, Dan has witnessed many changes at UTSA. His greatest challenge is to meet the growing demands resulting from our efforts to be a Tier 1 research institution. It is a challenge he welcomes!
Thank you Dan, for your commitment and dedication to UTSA and Business Affairs.
will be receiving a Roadrunner meal card to use for either
breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Roadrunner Cafe, compliments
UTSA among Top 25 of HUB Programs
While final numbers have not been released
because the SECC campaign deadline was extended thru Friday,
November 10th, I anticipate that there will be good
news coming from the President’s Office regarding this
year’s participation levels. We will soon have the Business
Affairs statistics as well and anticipate that our participation
levels will have increased and perhaps even exceed those of the
university as a whole. Thanks to each of you who sacrificed a
portion of your earnings to help those who so desperately need
assistance. I’m confident that your generosity will be
compounded and change many people’s lives for the better and in
ways that far exceed what you might imagine. Thank you.
staff (left to right):
For the second consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last six years, UTSA is among the top 25 Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) programs in the state of Texas. In 2006 more than $10.3 million or 27.73 percent of total eligible UTSA purchases were expended with HUB vendors, which are minority and women-owned businesses certified by the state of Texas.
Other University of Texas institutions joining UTSA in the top 25 are: U.T. Tyler (35.42 percent), U.T. Dallas (30.49 percent ), U.T. El Paso (26.95 percent) and U.T. Brownsville (26.17 percent).
To honor and recognize the individuals and departments who played a role in the HUB Program’s success, the second Annual HUB Awards and Recognition Program will be held in the JPL Regent’s Room 4.03.12 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 3:00pm.
President's Office Celebrates Halloween
Left to right: Edda Petiton-Mayer, Brenda Barron, Jule Nordhaus, Patricia Cardenas, Giselle Diaz and Emma Acosta
Parking & Transportation
Did you know?
Lessons We Learn From Geese
Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter...flying along in V formation...you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:
Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
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
needed coverage, minimize disruption and provide employees the
opportunity to plan ahead.
UTSA Police Food Drive November 6-17
November 1839 The Texas Congress assembles in Austin, the site selected as the capital of the Republic of Texas.
November 23, 1964 Houston surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey performs the first successful coronary artery bypass graft surgery in history.
November 25, 1850 Texas sells 1/3 of its territory to the United States for $10 million in the Compromise of 1850.
is the result
The UTSA Police Department is
hosting a Food Drive for Thanksgiving. We will be collecting
food donations from November 6-17 for the San Antonio
Food Bank. We are asking for non-perishable food donations. The donations can be collected within each office and brought to
select locations at each campus. We are asking everyone to help
those who are less fortunate at Thanksgiving and beyond. The
holidays are a special time for everyone. Many families
struggle to provide for themselves and their families. They
wish they could do more. Now you can do more! Help
someone else provide that extra special meal for the holidays,
donate canned goods to our Food Drive.
Drop Off Locations:
Items most needed: Peanut Butter, Chili, Cereal, Canned Stews, Tuna, Canned Luncheon Meats, Beans, Full Meals in a Can/Box, Rice, “Pop Top” Food Items, Macaroni and Cheese. Please, No Glass Containers.
PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS
All requests to view or copy UTSA documents must be processed through the Vice President for Business Affairs Office. For more information, click: http://www.utsa.edu/bussvc/
Please email us the new employees in your department, so we can add them to the newsletter mailing.
Recreation and Wellness Center – Phase II: The RWC-II is 124,710 square feet of new space and 14,505 square feet of existing renovated space. Interior exercise, fitness and team sport facilities are complemented by outdoor swimming pools and team sport facilities. Anticipated completion is spring 2008.
key elements are part of the new construction space:
The following key elements are part of the renovation space:
Renovated and expanded men and
women's locker rooms