Jo Ann Jones receives February Staff Council Appreciation Award
Jo Ann Jones, Communications Specialist for the College of Education and Human Development, won the Staff Council Appreciation Award for February. Jo Ann's nomination identified her exemplary work to establish a new, weekly e-newsletter for COEHD. "Her rapport with students, faculty, and staff along with her articulate writing style has created an avid audience for the fledgling publication, adding more than 300 external subscribers, in addition to the staff and faculty listserv," said Byron Spencer, COHED's Senior Communications Specialist. "Jo Ann's leadership in taking on this challenge along with her excellent public service has been essential to the success of the publication."
Venetta Williams receives January Staff Council Appreciation Award
Venetta Williams, Administrative Services Officer for the Department of Architecture, received the January 2015 Staff Council Appreciation Award. Venetta's colleagues recognized her
leadership in the department, as well as her cheerful nature. "Venetta is one of the most knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly people I have ever had the pleasure of working with," said Diane May,
who nominated Venetta for the award. "On a bad day she brings smiles, and on a gloomy day she shines, there is not a day that goes by the she has not taken time out of her day to lend a helpful hand,
or give guidance to someone who is having a problem solving a situation."
Jenny Stokes receives December Staff Council Appreciation Award
Jenny Stokes, former Administrative Services Officer for the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in the College of Education and Human Development, was the recipient of the December 2014 Staff Council Appreciation Award.
Nominated by Brian Jantz and Dr. Mari Cortez, Jenny’s colleagues recognized her leadership qualities and the mentorship she provides to others, noting “her unselfish willingness to go above-and-beyond to help anyone and everyone who comes to her for guidance.”
A former member of the Staff Council, Jenny recently transitioned to a new ASO II position with the Office of P-20 Initiatives at the Downtown Campus.
November 2014 - Roseanne Hurst
Congratulations to Roseanne Hurst, Administrative Associate II in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office for Research Support (ORS) on being selected as the November 2014 Staff Council Appreciation Award recipient. Bernard Arulanandam and the ORS Staff nominated her stating the following:
"Holding one of the brightest smiles, Roseanne always helps to bring a positive start to everyone's day. With excellent customer service skills, she communicates with a wide range of stakeholders, from UTSA leadership, faculty and staff, to representatives from external research institutions. She always exemplifies professionalism and enthusiasm, making herself approachable to all. She is the first staff member to offer help above and beyond her administrative role, and on most days, the last person to leave work, ensuring that everyone has what they need to keep research growing at UTSA. Roseanne is pivotal to daily operations and those who work within the ORS. Of specific importance, she has been a key contributor to onboarding eight new staff members over the past 18 months. She coordinated all hiring processes, maintained positive relations with HR and provided new staff members with a warm welcome and supported role within the ORS team."
On December 10, members of the UTSA Staff Council and staff from her department presented Roseanne with a certificate and UTSA-themed balloon bouquet, along with other tokens of appreciation from the department and Arulanadam.
March 2014 - Scholarship Team
I would like to nominate the Scholarships team. Why? Over the last 7 months, they have gone through many changes. From a retiring associate director and losing a senior member of the team, losing another team member unexpectedly, to being displaced around the office during construction. The scholarships team has stepped out the ashes of a very tumultuous fall semester to a renewed and reenergized team. The AD, Melanie Martinez, as well as new members Belinda Guevara and Alejandra Gonzalez join the existing team of Leanne Arispe, Venetia Coleman and Justin Bingham. And for the first time, Paul Remmert has now officially joined the team. Change is never easy. And with the amount of change that the scholarship team went through in such a short amount of time, it would have been understandable to buckle under the pressure of it all. But they stood tall, and stood strong, and because of that, the team is now stronger than ever.
February 2014 - Office of Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Grounds Team
"It would be my privilege to nominate some members from our Grounds Team in the Facilities, Operations and Maintenance area for the Staff Council Award. I especially would like to commend the two supervisors, Della Reyes and Frederick Wiedner. They have always worked extremely hard to comply with all of the grounds campus needs. On January 24, UTSA experienced an ice day; these people spent the night of January 23 on campus to make sure the campus would be prepared for the forthcoming ice. Their first priority was to keep our faculty, staff and students well protected and safe. They worked all through the night in preparation for this bad weather. They experienced the same situation again on the night of January 27. These people deserve to be recognized and awarded by our UTSA Staff Council for their commitment to keeping our university safe at all times. They worked their 8 hour shifts during the day and continued to work throughout the night spreading deicing materials and taping off areas that posed potentially hazardous conditions to any pedestrians that may have remained on campus. "
November 2013 - Department of Physics and Astronomy
“When the administrative manager moved to another department, the senior administrative associate took on the responsibility of interim administrative manager while maintaining her current job duties. At a time when teamwork was needed the most, the staff members worked diligently together to demonstrate leadership and provide excellent service to faculty, students and other entities at UTSA, and avoided giving the impression of being short staffed. The senior administrative associate was hired as the administrative services officer, which was a huge transition and depended on the staff and their knowledge as a whole to help during the transition of hiring two new employees and assisting with their training and familiarity with UTSA. Despite the administrative trials & transitions, the Physics & Astronomy staff have overcome and continue to make significant contributions in a professional manner in an effort to effectively serve and improve the department and the UTSA community.”
October 2013 - Jennifer Snellgrove
"Thank you so much for everything that you have done for Staff Council and the UTSA community. You have been a huge asset to us, and we really appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions. Thank you for your patience and professionalism and for setting an example of what an excellent UTSA representative can be."