Taniesa Williams receives April 2016 Staff Council Appreciation Award
Taniesa Williams is the Senior Administrative Associate for the UTSA Police Department. She is responsible for managing and meeting the ongoing demands within the Office of the UTSA Police Chiefs. According to her nominator, Cpl. Maranda Tupper, "Taniesa is the driving force behind the majority of the staff functions held within the police department to help build and maintain camaraderie. She’s our go-to person for almost everything. Her happiness, energy and effort to make everyone feel accepted is seen by all." Taniesa also happens to be a current Staff Council representative and serves as chair of the Health and Wellness Committee. Congratulations, Taniesa!
Martha Luna receives March 2016 Staff Council Appreciation Award
Martha Luna is Senior Administrative Associate in the Department of Political Science and Geography. According to her nominator, Susan Roomberg, she is the department’s “heart and soul” who always goes above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done, “all while smiling and making students, staff, and faculty alike feel like a part of a family.” Perhaps Martha’s most appreciated quality is the "fair-minded and even-handed" way she manages her staff, "ensuring that they are well trained, and when they are, pushing them to apply for promotions throughout the UTSA organization." Congratulations, Martha!
Lindsay O’Day receives February 2016 Staff Council Appreciation Award
Lindsay O’Day is Graduate Admissions Program Manager for The Graduate School. She is responsible for managing the UTSA graduate admissions operation, which includes training the admissions staff and university faculty to ensure that prospective and newly admitted graduate students have the best experience possible. Based on the 15 nominations submitted for her, she is kind, patient, dependable, knowledgeable, and always has a positive attitude. In addition, Lindsay is a superb leader who consistently goes above and beyond to help the graduate admissions team stay organized and successful. Several of her nominators remarked how much her presence and leadership is missed any time she’s out of the office. She is clearly beloved and admired by those who work with her and contributes a great deal to the success of UTSA. Congratulations, Lindsay!
Martha Gomez-Gonzalez receives January 2016 Staff Council Appreciation Award
Martha “Marty” Gomez-Gonzalez is Senior Program Coordinator for the UTSA Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) and has been a pillar in the PREP program for more than 17 years. With a servant’s heart, Marty sees the needs of others and genuinely works to meet those needs. In the words of her nominators, Joules Webb and Pamela Garza, “She projects a warm, friendly attitude to her colleagues and the students, parents and other community members served. She exemplifies a strong work ethic, dedication, and unfailing reliability in coordination of all aspects of PREP. Marty is the go-to person for department new hires as her program operations historical knowledge is invaluable. As an advocate for underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Marty became a certified SciGirls trainer in 2015. SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television show, website, and educational outreach program designed to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, with an eye toward future STEM careers.” Congratulations, Marty!
December 2015 - Jennifer Latta
Jennifer Latta is the Student Development Specialist II in the College of Public Policy. Jennifer is considered the “primary lifeblood” of the COPP graduate studies office who regularly tackles a wide-range of questions, issues and challenges from various constituents in a professional, courteous and enthusiastic manner. “Her commitment to student success goes above and beyond. She takes a student issue, researches all scenarios, takes the voices of those who work with her and creates – with the student’s interest at heart – the best solutions for any situation. She has gone out of her way to speak with other offices for us or for other students. Her assistance in the graduation auditing process shows her working to ensure pending graduates can successfully complete their program,” share her nominators Jo Reyes and Robert Tillyer. In addition to her full-time position, Jennifer is also a master’s student in the Department of Public Administration. Congratulations, Jenn!
November 2015 - Reina Vargas
Reina Vargas has served as Administrative Associate for Graduate Programs within the English department for the past decade. Her level of enthusiasm for serving her colleagues is evident through the 72 signatures submitted with her nomination. Reina’s essential job duties include managing and monitoring the demands of the department. Such things include handling the admissions, orientation, and budgeting for the M.A and Ph.D. programs; she also serves as a nurturer to all students that she interacts with.
If that were not enough, Reina manages to be the “go to” for her co-workers; they describe her as a vibrant soul who is the nucleus of the entire department. She is a multitasker, efficient, and meticulously organized. The University of Texas at San Antonio and its English department is very fortunate to have a professional like Reina who truly displays servant leadership on a daily basis. Congratulations, Reina!
October 2015 - Paul Duke
Paul Duke, Senior Procurement Specialist in Purchasing and Distribution Services is being recognized with the October Staff Council Appreciation Award.
He was nominated by Diana Cisneros, Daniela Trevino and Evaristo Hinojosa in the Office of the President.
Paul is recognized as having excellent customer service and staying up to date with current state rules and regulations when it comes to the purchasing process. “On the many instances when we have a question or concern, Paul is only a quick phone call away and can not only quell our unease but does so with a happy disposition unmatched by many at UTSA,” said one of his nominators.
Paul provides excellent customer service not only to the staff of UTSA but he also represents UTSA with pride as he works with various vendors that work with UTSA departments.
March 2015 - Susan Lockett
Susan Lockett, Supervisor of Accounts for the University Center, is the recipient of the March 2015 Staff Council Appreciation Award. Nominated by University Center director Herb Ganey, Susan was recognized for keeping her colleagues motivated and energized. “Recently, the UC Business Office has suffered a staff turnover that virtually left Susan alone to manage the office and keep things afloat,” wrote Herb. “She utilized all available resources and has been successful at making sure the UC maintains a healthy financial state.” Susan is a proud alumna, having earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at UTSA.
February 2015 - Jo Ann Jones
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."
January 2015 - Venetta Williams
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."
December 2014 - Jenny Stokes
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."