Graduate Recruiter at DTC
The Downtown Campus Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services now houses a Graduate Recruiter from the Graduate School once a week. Vivian Padilla will be at the DTC every Tuesday from 2 – 6 p.m. to take walk-ins and appointments with potential graduate students. Padilla is located at the Enrollment Services Counter on the first floor of the Frio Street Building. Students can schedule appointments with Padilla via email (Vivian.Padilla@utsa.edu) or by phone at 210-458-5327. Welcome aboard, Vivian!
Adios to “La Despedida”
La Despedida (which means farewell) was founded at UTSA in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the educational accomplishments of Latino students graduating from UTSA. It has provided an opportunity for graduates to express their appreciation to their family, friends, and faculty who supported their pursuit of a higher education in a bicultural and bilingual graduation ceremony held in English and Spanish. The program, held every May, began at the Main Campus and for the past ten years has been held at the Downtown Campus. La Despedida has fostered an awareness of how one's cultural background enhances the educational accomplishments of the students graduating from UTSA.
For the past 18 years members of the La Despedida have planned, implemented and fundraised the entire academic year to host La Despedida graduating ceremony. Since the inception of La Despedida, UTSA has seen many changes and much growth. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, it is exciting to see students get involved and lead the way in forming many student organizations that recognized and celebrate the educational endeavors of Latino students. This is exemplified in the largest student organization currently on campus being the Hispanic Student Association. With the formation of these other student organizations the student interest and involvement in La Despedida has waned for the past few years and fundraising to cover the ever increasing cost of the ceremony has been a challenge. In addition, the moving of Commencement to the Alamodome will now allow graduates to invite as many guests as they wish to their graduation ceremony.
Change can bring about new and exciting opportunities and sometimes difficult decisions. The student leaders of La Despedida decided it was time to say farewell to La Despedida with the hope that other Hispanic serving registered organizations will start new traditions at UTSA that continue to recognize and celebrate the educational accomplishments of Latino students graduating from the institution. The committee wishes to thank all of the administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have supported La Despedida over the past 18 years.
Dr. Dennis Haynes had been with the University of Texas at Austin since 1993-1999 prior to his hiring to full professor and founding chair of the UTSA Social Work Program from 2003 to the present. In 2008, he was appointed to serve as interim dean of the College of Public Policy. Haynes has a plethora of experience in Social Work and throughout his career all his work was done with a smile on his face. Haynes plans to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Dr. Dennis Haynes will be missed.
Marcheta Evans left UTSA to become dean of the School of Professional Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University. Marcheta was department chair of counseling then became Associate Dean for the College of Education and Human Development and associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Adult and Higher Education. We will miss her and wish her continued success.
Orozco to pursue Teacher Certification
Denise Lane Orozco, program coordinator of the Center for Policy Studies, left the Downtown Campus to join the teaching profession. Denise was the marketing associate at the Institute of Texan Cultures from December 2007 until January 2011 when she joined the Downtown Campus community. Best wishes, Denise.
Good wishes to Raymond C. Blackstone
Raymond Blackstone was at the Downtown Campus for 11 years as Assistant Director of the Testing Services Offices. For most of those years, most of us would see Raymond every afternoon put on his helmet, walk to his motorcycle, and ride off. He is currently riding his motorcycle (what else?) cross-country to visit each of his children. Have fun, Ray!!!
Appreciation Reception to our Housekeepers & Groundskeepers
At the end of May, the Downtown Campus community hosted an appreciation reception for the housekeepers and groundskeepers who were transferred to the Main Campus. The transfer is a part of the Business Affairs’ Initiative to transition all Facilities Grounds and Housekeeping Services to a contractor. The Downtown Campus commended the housekeepers and groundskeepers for all the great services they provided while they worked at the Downtown Campus, some of which were here since the opening of the Downtown Campus. For more information: http://facilities.utsa.edy/DayPorters.html