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04/06/2015: Financial Affairs launches wellness kick-off


Financial Affairs officially launched their department wide wellness initiative through partnering with the Living Well University of Texas System Activity Challenge.  This program is expected to run from April 6th through May 17th. Our goal is to achieve 10,000 steps each day for a minimum of five (5) days each week.

During the Financial Affairs Activity Challenge Kickoff, Alison Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness/Wellness, discussed the benefits of exercising and demonstrated exercises that can be done right at your desk.  Allison also showed everyone a few desk stretches to help energize your muscles and keep you active and healthy.  Kristee Phelps, Occupational Health and Wellness Manager, discussed the UT System Physical Activity Challenge and fielded all questions regarding plan details and ways to achieve individual goals.  Kristee discussed that staff have free access to the recreational center on Fridays.

This initiative plan is to encourage all Financial Affairs members to get out there and move!  Today during our pep-rally we unveiled our plans and goals for the department and watched an excellent and hilarious video of staff demonstrating various exercises. 


If you would like to see just how much fun was had please click here.


03/03/2015: UTSA Names Kathryn Funk-Baxter Vice President for Business Affairs


The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) today announced the selection of Kathryn Funk-Baxter, a 1988 Master's of Business Administration graduate of UTSA, as Vice President for Business Affairs, effective April 27.

As vice president for business affairs, Funk-Baxter will oversee six divisions and 31 departments at the university including administration, facilities, financial affairs, human resources, university police and UTShare-PeopleSoft.

Funk-Baxter currently serves as Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Since joining A&M-Corpus Christi in 1996, she has also served as Sr. Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, and in a number of other financial-related positions with progressively increasing responsibilities (to read more about Kathryn please click here).


01/24/2015: UTSA Vice President for Business Affairs Kerry Kennedy retires


The University of Texas at San Antonio Vice President for Business Affairs Kerry Kennedy will retire this week after more than 25 years of service in public higher education to include 10 years leading UTSA's Business Affairs division.

Mr. Kennedy joined UTSA in August 2004, leading a division that includes more than 600 employees and is responsible for budgeting and financial forecasting, human resources, facilities and capital improvement projects, campus police operations and emergency preparedness, environmental health and safety, purchasing and auxiliary services, and parking and transportation operations.

Kennedy has overseen significant capital growth at UTSA as the university has evolved to an emerging Tier One research institution. Since 2004, Kennedy's teams have completed more than $600 million in capital construction, more than doubling the size of the university to more than 5 million gross square feet. (to read more about Kerry Kennedy please click here)

Thank you Mr. Kennedy for all of your hard work.

12/20/2013: Financial Affairs Holiday Door Decorating Contest Winners!


It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of the Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest. There were many creative and beautiful entries this year .

All entries were very deserving of 1st place which made choosing a winner a difficult decision. This year’s winners of the 2013 Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest are Accounting Services. Financial Services and Collections took 2nd place this year!



Special thanks to everyone who worked hard to decorate their door and thank you Linda Martinez and Jermaine Johnson for creating the PowerPoint below.

If you would like to see some of the other decorated doors please click here.

10/25/2013: HR & Financial Affairs Homecoming Tailgate BBQ.



A special thank you to everyone who showed up, helped set up, tear down, and had a a great time at UTSA's HR and Financial Affairs 1st annual Homecoming tailgate bar-be-cue! If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to send any thing to the Financial Affairs inbox!

If you would like to see some of the other pictures that we have please click here.

09/24/2013: BRAVO Employee Recognition.


BRAVO employee recognition has offically launched! For more information about the BRAVO nominations please visit the BRAVO recognition help. To see all the winners of the employee recognition contest for both past and present please visit here.

If you would like to nominate someone who has proven to be an advocate of the Business Affairs Guding principles you can do so by going here.

12/18/12: Door Decorating Contest update.


It is with great pleasure we announce the success of the Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest. There were many creative and beautiful entries this year .

All entries were very deserving of 1st place which made choosing a winner a difficult decision. This year’s winners of the 2012 Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest are Accounting Services and Fiscal Services-Downtown.  


The Accounting Services winners left to right are: Kim Doan, Ashley Zaldivar, Marlene Zacarias, Cyndi Schweers, Justin Avants, and Priscilla Ybarra (not pictured).


The Fiscal services left to right are: Alka Bhavsar, Elaine Perez, Rebecca Galvan, Debbie Riley, and Julia Poo.

We also had a group which we believed best captured the Spirit of Christmas. Surplus has done an excellent job this year with their hard work and dedication to their door.


The Surplus winners left to right are John Avalos, Pete Vazquez, Reyna Zuzak, Angel Garza.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend, and we look forward to seeing you after the New Years!

To see all the entries please view the zip file.

12/14/12: The Controller Christmas update.


Tons of food and good times were had at the Controller Christmas party. All in attendance remenced on past events throughout the year via display of pictures captured on a repeating PowerPoint. Some were even lucky enough to win prizes ranging from: various giftcards, to UTSA themed T-shirts, to even Poinsettias!

Lenora and Becky reviewed the Door contest entries and found a tie for First place (Downtown Fiscal Services & Accounting Office) with the Spirit of Christmas award going to Surplus and Inventory.

10/30/12: The UTShare @UTSA PeopleSoft implementation team won the 2012 UTSA Homecoming Contest, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

The PeopleSoft office participated in the Homecoming contest sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) . This is the second year in a row that the PeopleSoft department has brought home the trophy.

(Pictured from left to right: Michelle Skidmore, Tanya Dunlap-Teasley,
Araceli Pacheco, Elaine Bouyer.
Not pictured: Ana Hill, Lydia Garza, Dennis Layman, Brenda Clark, Cynthia Orth,
Denise Brown, and Lisa Cartier.)

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