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Moshood Adams and Taylor Waits Named 2017 Mr. and Ms. UTSA

Ms. UTSA Taylor Waits Mr. UTSA Moshood Adams

UTSA students Moshood Adams and Taylor Waits were named Mr. and Ms. UTSA during the halftime show at the October 21st Homecoming football game. Sponsored by the UTSA Office of Student Activities and the UTSA Homecoming Committee, the award recognizes UTSA students who strive for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.

Showcasing some of UTSA's finest students, the 2017 Homecoming Court also included Joseph Del Rosario, Jeffrey Hooks, Asia Marshall, and Jennifer Trevino.

Candidates competed in several categories including an application process, formal interview, a platform presentation and a student vote for the chance to be named Mr. and Ms. UTSA. While each member of the Homecoming Court would be a capable representative of the university, only two can claim the honor.

Moshood Adams hails from Houston (Alief), and is a Psychology major with a Business Administration minor. He is active with VOICES and has served as the Sophomore Senator in the Student Government Association, Volunteer Coordinator with the African Student Association and Council Member for the Black Student Leadership Council. Moshood’s platform, Runner 2 Runner, focuses on connecting current UTSA students with Alumni in order to create networking and mentorship opportunities.

Taylor Waits also hails from Houston, and majors in Communication Studies with a minor in Linguistics. She is a former Orientation Leader who currently serves as the President of the Black Student Leadership Council, Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a UTSA Ambassador. Taylor’s platform focuses on providing financial literacy to UTSA students so that they are better able to manage finances and avoid student debt.

We are proud to have Moshood and Taylor serve as the 2017 Mr. and Ms. UTSA. Through the next year, they will represent the student body and the university at a number of special events and functions.

For more information about Mr. and Ms. UTSA, please contact the office of Student Activities at getinvolved@utsa.edu or 210-458-4160.

UTSA Legacy, Pat Graham Retires After 43 Years of Service

Dr. Graham UTSA

Patricia A. Graham is known for her huge heart, brilliant mind, and the ability to connect with anyone that crossed her path. Her motto for serving students has always been, "Rough diamonds can become beautiful gems — our job is to buff." The Office of Student Life is honored to share that Pat Graham, executive director for the Special Events Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) retired on August 31, 2017 after 43 years of service to the university.

In her role as executive director of the Special Events Center, Graham oversaw major university events such as Commencement and Convocation. She advised the UTSA Ambassadors program, which consists of more than 60 student leaders each year who serve as hosts at campus events, conferences, community and alumni functions. Over the past 29 years, more than 1,200 students have gone through the UTSA Ambassadors program. Many of them are passionately loyal to UTSA and remain in close contact with Graham.

Prior to serving as the executive director of the Special Events Center, Graham was the Assistant Vice President for Student Services (1990-1994), Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (1994-1997), and Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs for Planning and Special Programs (1997-2002). Dr. Graham began her career at UTSA as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Testing Center in 1974. Prior to joining UTSA, she was an assistant professor and the chair of the Department of Education at St. Mary’s University.

Graham received her bachelor’s degrees in business administration and history from Trinity University and her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from St. Mary’s University. She earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

Graham was also well-known beyond UTSA. She served as the National President of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students from 1997-2003. She was also instrumental in establishing the chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta at UTSA in 1981. Additionally, Graham served on the National Council of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Additionally, she was the 2010 recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) ASAP Outstanding Adviser Award for her work with the UTSA Ambassadors. She was also the 2004 recipient of the UTSA Order of the Roadrunner Award, the highest honor a UTSA staff member can receive for dedication to the UTSA community.

The UTSA community is invited to celebrate Graham’s service to UTSA at a retirement reception on Monday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the University Center Denman Room (UC 2.01.28).

Event Build Up for UTSA Football 2017 Season Opener

Hello Roadrunners!

We hope you are excited about the first UTSA Football game of the 2017 season!! Roadrunner Productions and Rowdy Crew would like for you to come to these events to get you ready and hyped for the big game on Saturday, September 2.

Game Week Wednesday – August 30 – 11am-2:30pm

Come by the Central Plaza and see us for some paletas, bus tokens, and meet members of the UTSA Football Team. We will have games and all the info you need to get to the Alamodome for the game.

Rowdy Rush Practice – August 30 – 8pm

Do you want to run across the field and be a part of cheering on the team before kickoff? Meet us in the Convocation Center to get all the details before we meet up with SOSA on the practice field. Remember to wear shoes you can run in!!

Rally at the Alley – September 2 – 1pm

Join us near Roadrunner Alley for fun, music, and food! Take UTSA shuttles or VIA busses to the Alamodome for Spirit Walk and the game. We want to get you all hyped before kickoff!

Want more details about these events and getting to the game? Contact us by email at roadrunnerproductions@utsa.edu or rowdycrew@utsa.edu.

#BirdsUp,
Roadrunner Productions and Rowdy Crew

UTSA Undergraduate Admissions 2017 Admission Kick-Off

UTSA Undergraduate Admissions is launching an initiative to share information and updates with faculty and staff on the 2017 Admissions Recruitment and Processing season. These sessions will be held on both the Main Campus and the Downtown Campus on the following dates:

Main Campus

Tuesday, August 15
9am - 10:15am
Main Building 0.208 – Academic Classroom

Wednesday, August 16
1pm - 2:15pm
Main Building 0.208 – Academic Classroom

Downtown Campus

Monday, August 14
9am - 10:15am
Aula Canaria, Buena Vista Building



Student Affairs Hosts Guest Speaker Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

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Please join the Division of Student Affairs as we host guest speaker, Dr. Paul Gordon Brown on Thursday, May 11. Paul is the leading speaker in higher education on the intersection between student learning and social media. While we all spend a lot of time in social media – it’s a fast moving train and there is always more to learn.

Topic and Description

"Understanding College Student Life Online and What it Means for Social Media Engagement"

Effective digital and social media engagement on college and university campuses goes beyond understanding the basics of marketing. Having an appreciation for college students’ online lives can allow communicators to engage with students in ways that help students learn and grow as individuals. Through the use of real student voices and stories, participants in this session will gain a better appreciation of college students’ online lives and how to leverage this knowledge for social media engagement and learning.

This session is a perfect fit for full-time and volunteer communicators, student social media managers, interested faculty and colleagues, etc.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
1:30 – 3:00 pm
H.E.B. University Center Ballroom

Please visit Paul Gordon Brown's website to learn more about him.

Fiesta UTSA 2017

Fiesta UTSA 2017

(April 14, 2017) -- The UTSA Main Campus is the place to be on April 21. Join the community for "40 years of Celebrating!" at Fiesta UTSA from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 70 colorful booths will fill Sombrilla Plaza where Fiesta goers of all ages will enjoy games, live music by The e7 Band, piñatas and cascarones. Students will sell food, drinks and other items to raise funds for student organizations. Fiesta royalty is scheduled to make an appearance at approximately 1:25 p.m. Fiesta UTSA is free and open to the public.

  

  

  

  

41st Annual University Life Awards

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(Feb 20, 2017) -- As the 41st Annual University Life Awards approaches, UTSA students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to join the Student Government Association in celebrating one of our most prestigious events of the year in a Night Under the Stars! Nominations open February 20 to all current UTSA students, faculty and staff to recognize those who have impacted their experience here within the UTSA community in an outstanding way. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 10.

Access the nomination form on RowdyLink using your ABC123 log-in and password. Go to the Student Government Association page and select "Forms."

The University Life Awards were founded in 1976, and are hosted by the Student Government Association. The awards recognize achievement in leadership, academics and community involvement.

The highlight of the University Life Awards is the presentation of the Golden Feather, a UTSA lifetime achievement award for student leaders. Past Golden Feather winners have gone on to study law, higher education, administration and work for Fortune 500 companies.

UTSA community members are invited to the award ceremony at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30p.m.), Thursday, April 6 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. Formal attire is encouraged.

For more information, contact SGA’s Calendar and Events Directors Jordan Lindsey or Brittany Garcia.

All Different. All Roadrunners.

By Ann Margret Trujillo, Andrew Hubbard, and Carlos Chavez

(Jan 30, 2017) -- A student came before the Student Government General Assembly last semester with a request. He wanted the campus to be reminded of the importance of inclusion and tolerance in the UTSA community. The Student Government replied in a very creative way. They reached out, brought students and staff members together and put together a video project.

After conversations in the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion with multiple students, and with the leadership of Andrew Hubbard and Carlos Chavez, SGA President and Senator, several students were filmed together to be a part of the initial installment of this project. The video is composed of students affirming their individual identities and their shared identity as Roadrunners.

The University of Texas at San Antonio takes pride in the diversity on our campus. Likewise, we are proud of our shared identity as Roadrunners. “Respect and accept individual differences, recognizing the inherent dignity of each person,” should not merely be words contained in the Roadrunner Creed. They must define a value that we all – students, faculty, staff and alumni – should hold.

We often get caught up in life and forget that it is our differences, and our shared identities that make us whole as a community. Remember that we are stronger, when we are together.



UTSA Hosts Election Night Watch Party

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By Barry S. McKinney,
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities

(Nov 2, 2016) -- The UTSA Student Government Association, the Rowdy Vote Coalition, the Department of Political Science and Geography, and the Graduate and Undergraduate Political Science Associations will host an Election Night 2016 watch party (#RowdyVote2016) for the 2016 Presidential Election as well as other elections beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, in the Main Building Auditoriums (0.104 & 0.106) on the Main Campus. Free pizza and drinks will be provided (while supplies last).

Students will participate in contests to guess the electoral votes for some key states, and fill in a U.S. map as states are declared. There will also be trivia contests during the evening about interesting past election outcomes, and UTSA Political Science and Geography faculty will be on hand to contribute information and observations.

To date, UTSA students have registered over 800 people on campus and worked with the San Antonio Higher Education Representative Assembly to register more than 2,000 people across Bexar County.

Students JaCorey Patterson and Isabella Beltri named 2016 Mr. and Ms. UTSA

Isabella Beltri Ms. UTSA 2016 JaCorey Patterson Mr. UTSA 2016

By Barry S. McKinney, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities

(Oct. 22, 2016) -- UTSA students JaCorey Patterson and Isabella "Issy" Beltri were named Mr. and Ms. UTSA during the halftime show at the Oct. 22nd Homecoming football game. Sponsored by the UTSA Office of Student Activities and the UTSA Homecoming Committee, the award recognizes UTSA students striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.

Showcasing some of UTSA's finest students, the 2016 Homecoming Court also included, Haley Coulter, Carla Juarez, Mikel Moore, and Adey Obisan.

Candidates competed in several categories including an application process, formal interview, a platform presentation and a student vote for the chance to be named Mr. and Ms. UTSA. While each member of the Homecoming Court would be a capable representative of the university, only two can claim the honor.

Isabella "Issy" Beltri, a junior, Psychology major is from Round Rock, Texas. Issy shows her UTSA pride by being involved in a number of organizations on campus. She is a member of Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority Inc., a Resident Assistant, president of the Triathlon Club, and has been an orientation leader for the past 2 years. In 2015, Issy was awarded the Outstanding Latina Student Leadership Award, University Life Awards Most Outstanding Sophomore and the Jane Findling Award, as well as being named to UTSA’s Who's Who Award. Her platform presentation is on making UTSA a greener campus.

JaCorey Patterson, a junior, Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations, is from Katy, Texas. JaCorey has been described by his peers as "someone who loves UTSA, is a hard worker who is always smiling, and truly cares about students." Jacorey has devoted many hours to Orientation and Family Programs serving as an Orientation Leader, promoted to a Team Lead, president of Orientation Leaders Association. JaCorey is also a First Year Experience Peer Mentor to students in the University College. His platform presentation is called Involvement Mania and will focus on Student Involvement.

JaCorey and Issy will serve as the 2016 Mr. and Ms. UTSA. Through the next year, they will represent the student body and the university at a number of special events and functions.

Follow the Watch Party and post to social media using #RowdyVote2016.

San Antonio Higher Education Representative Assembly (SAHERA) Seeking to Become a City Commission

As part of a greater commitment to bring student voices to the planning efforts of city initiatives like SA Tomorrow and to increase participation in local government from college students, the San Antonio Higher Education Representative Assembly or better known as “SAHERA” has sent a letter to Mayor Ivy Taylor asking for an official recognition of the group and its goals.

The recognition will help promote better relationships between community leaders, student organizations and local government officials, bridging the gap to connect students with city government.

Made up of the Student Government Associations of several San Antonio universities — including the University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, Our Lady of the Lake University and University of the Incarnate Word — SAHERA was formed to pursue common goals and share best practices. The organization represents over 130,000 students and is eager to see such representation become officially recognized by the city.

The Assembly’s chairman and current Student Government President at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ileana Gonzalez and District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg have been working together to make this possible. District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg has said he supports the work SAHERA is doing to magnify student voices on city issues.

"When young people get involved in local government, they bring with them a much-needed perspective and can inspire others to get engaged," Nirenberg said.

All of the Assembly’s University Presidents have also signed the letter in support of SAHERA being recognized. Dr. Ricardo Romo, UTSA’s President, also expressed his support through a special letter that reads: “It is my belief that a college culture embeds the mission, values, and goals that perpetuate experiences for students to help foster their impact within community. I applaud the efforts of San Antonio students to engage in civic affairs and I support SAHERA’s efforts to create a formal assembly of student leaders from the San Antonio area partner institutions.”

The City of San Antonio has the opportunity to become only the second city in the United States to formally recognize such an assembly. The City of Berkeley recognized a student body group by formally adopting a “student district” as one of the eight city council districts. While SAHERA’s goal is only to be recognized as an official city assembly, and not receive a student district, SAHERA truly believes this is the next step towards a more inclusive San Antonio community.

President Romo King Ranch: Las Norias Calendar Release Party

January 28th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Main Campus UC Window Lounge

Romo Calendar Page

Welcome to an organized and productive new year. To aid in planning the year, the Division of Student Affairs presents a full color 2016 calendar featuring original photography by UTSA President, Dr. Ricardo Romo. You may purchase the calendar online or at the University Center’s Roadrunner Express.

To celebrate the launch of the calendar, Student Affairs is hosting two celebrations at the Main and Downtown Campuses We encourage all faculty, staff, students and community to attend.

  • January 28th, 3pm-4pm, Main Campus UC Window Lounge
  • February 3rd, 3pm-4pm, Downtown Campus Southwest Room

Proceeds from the sale of this calendar will benefit the UTSA Student Affairs Transformation Fund that provides opportunities for staff and students to develop and expand their leadership and other skills for success. For more information, please contact Courtney Boyd at (210) 458-5119.

President Romo King Ranch: Las Norias Calendar Release Party

February 3rd, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Downtown Campus Southwest Room

Romo Calendar Page

Welcome to an organized and productive new year. To aid in planning the year, the Division of Student Affairs presents a full color 2016 calendar featuring original photography by UTSA President, Dr. Ricardo Romo. You may purchase the calendar online or at the University Center’s Roadrunner Express.

To celebrate the launch of the calendar, Student Affairs is hosting two celebrations at the Main and Downtown Campuses We encourage all faculty, staff, students and community to attend.

  • January 28th, 3pm-4pm, Main Campus UC Window Lounge
  • February 3rd, 3pm-4pm, Downtown Campus Southwest Room

Proceeds from the sale of this calendar will benefit the UTSA Student Affairs Transformation Fund that provides opportunities for staff and students to develop and expand their leadership and other skills for success. For more information, please contact Courtney Boyd at (210) 458-5119.

Students Adrian Guajardo and Manojna Kintada named 2015 Mr. and Ms. UTSA

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By Barry S. McKinney, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities

(Nov. 7, 2015) -- UTSA students Adrian Guajardo and Manojna Kintada were named Mr. and Ms. UTSA during the halftime show at the Nov. 7 Homecoming football game. Sponsored by the UTSA Office of Student Activities and the UTSA Homecoming Committee, the award recognizes UTSA students striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.

Showcasing some of UTSA's finest students, the 2015 Homecoming Court also included Jaswanth Kintada, Lauren Lopez, Jalen McKee, and Melanie Spiller.

Candidates competed in several categories including an application process, formal interview, a platform presentation and a student vote for the chance to be named Mr. and Ms. UTSA. While each member of the Homecoming Court would be a capable representative of the university, only two can claim the honor.

Manojna Kintada, a sophomore, biology major from San Antonio, shows her UTSA pride in many special ways. As a member of the UTSA College of Science Dean's Student Advisory Council and the Heart Health student organization, she advocates for her fellow students and helps promote healthy lifestyles. She is a member of the Indian Cultural Association and the UTSA Ambassadors, where she gives countless hours of service to UTSA. Her platform presentation centered on E-tutoring.

Adrian Guajardo, a junior, business major from McAllen, Texas, shares his enthusiasm for UTSA as a member of the UTSA Spirit Program and is a good friend of Rowdy. He serves the Student Government Association as Student Affairs Chair and has been an Orientation Leader at UTSA. He is also president of the UTSA Table Tennis Club. He has represented UTSA at many leadership conferences. His platform presentation advocates for resting stations on campus.

We are proud to have Adrian and Manojna serve as the 2015 Mr. and Ms. UTSA. Through the next year, they will represent the student body and the university at a number of special events and functions.

For more information about Mr. and Ms. UTSA, contact the Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.

Student Affairs Conference: Call for Proposals

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Faculty, staff and graduate students from the UTSA and San Antonio communities are invited to share their knowledge and experience at the eighth annual UTSA Student Affairs Conference. The conference will take place on Friday, March 4, 2016 with the theme “Together-Transform-Transcend.” Sponsored by the Student Affairs Staff Development Team, the annual conference provides all UTSA Student Affairs staff an opportunity to attend a professional development conference. To further enhance both professional development and networking opportunities, conference attendance is also open to our colleagues across UTSA and at other local institutions.

As we aspire to give great service to our students, it is essential that student affairs staff grow in our professional skills, knowledge, leadership, and motivation. Conference presenters play a vital role in giving back to UTSA and the Division of Student Affairs by taking part in developing our staff to directly contribute to student success. If you would like to share your expertise with fellow staff by presenting at our conference, please fill out the call for proposals by the deadline of Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Topical areas for presentation include leadership, team building, customer service, student success, student learning, supervision, distinct student populations and much more. Those selected to present at the conference will be notified by Friday, December 18, 2015.

If you should have any questions about the conference or if you have issues submitting the proposal, please email us. We look forward to reviewing the proposals!

Homecoming Door Decorating Contest

Homecoming Door Decorating Contest 2015

UTSA faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their office doors or department offices or as part of the homecoming festivities utilizing the theme: "Rowdy Around The World".

There are two categories for the competition:

  • Storefront/Window/Door Decorating (Single Door or Window in Office Space)
  • Office Decorating (Entire Office Decorations)

Interested departments/offices need to complete and submit the registration form by Monday, October 19th at 5:00pm to enter the competition.

Follow these steps to register:

  • Go to http://utsa.edu/rowdylink
  • Log in with your myUTSAID and passphrase
  • Navigate to "Organizations" then "Student Activities" then "Forms" then "Window Wars Department Sign Up"

Windows/Offices need to be completely decorated by Monday, November 2nd at 5:00pm. Judging will take place Tuesday, November 3rd through Thursday November 5th.

All winners will be announced at BestFest on Friday, November 6th.

For more information contact Jessica.Horace@utsa.edu or Toni.DeGuire@utsa.edu

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UTSA GRAD FEST Fall 2015

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This is a very exciting time of year for our seniors, graduate students and PhD candidates as they come down to the final days of their academic journey and begin to prepare for graduation and their commencement ceremony! Students are busy with their final classes and planning details of their graduation so we want to make it quick and easy for them to get the information they need for graduation and to order their regalia, diploma frame, class rings and more! UTSA GRAD FEST Fall 2015 is the one stop event to get it all done!

Students graduating in December 2015 are highly encouraged to participate in the UTSA GRAD FEST on October 19th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Oct 20th from 10:00am to 3:00 pm in the HEB UC Ballroom on the Main Campus. For those students at the downtown campus, GRAD FEST will run Monday, October 20th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Frio Street Commons.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, take graduation photos, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes and professional job search strategies.

While attendance is not required and regalia can still be purchased online, you don’t want to miss the GRAD FEST event! It will be a great time complete with snacks, music, a selfie station and a chance to win prizes! Some of the prizes students could win if they attend GRAD FEST include a set of regalia for the undergraduate or masters level (cap, gown, tassel) OR rental of doctoral regalia, diploma frames and more! Please visit the UTSA GRAD FEST websitefor the most current information.

Leadership UTSA 2015-2016 Cohort Announced

Leadership UTSA Cohort 2015

Leadership UTSA recently welcomed its 7th cohort. Leadership UTSA (LUTSA) is a leadership growth program comprised of faculty and staff from every division of the University. Participants are nominated by their divisional vice president. UTSA executive leadership look for leadership potential within their staff and faculty and nominate those who display potential to be the university’s next generation of leaders.

The 2015-2016 cohort is listed below:

  • Enrique Aleman, College of Education and Human Development
  • Astrid Cardona, College of Sciences
  • Amy Chanmugam, College of Public Policy
  • Mary Dixson, University Libraries
  • Sedef Doganer, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • Joan Duncan, University Marketing
  • Daniel Engster, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Benjamin Garcia, OIT
  • Daniel Garcia, Registration & Records
  • Carol Gonzalez, VPSA Office
  • Brian Halderman, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Hai-Chao Han, College of Engineering
  • Karen Ivy, University Career Center
  • Hillary Klingman, Business Auxiliary Services
  • Melody Lo, College of Business
  • Esther Miller-Brown, EOS
  • Amy Ossola-Phillips, Engineering Research Service Center
  • Dagoberto Rodriguez, Facilities
  • Mary Simon, Budget, Planning and Development
  • Nicole Wicha, College of Sciences

Leadership UTSA was initially created by Dr. John H. Frederick, provost, along with Dr. Gage E. Paine, former vice president for student affairs. The inaugural program included a 16-person cohort of faculty and staff within Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Since that first year, the program has expanded to include 20 members from across the university who network as colleagues. They use this dedicated time to discuss leadership concepts and theories in an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, self-examination, and problem solving.

The cohort meets once a month September through April. Each participant is paired with a senior level executive mentor during the spring to further explore leadership styles while attending meetings and discussing the experiences of their mentor. This involvement along with dedicated opportunities to interact with each division’s vice president office provides participants with a deeper understanding of the university in which they work. Following a peer selection process, participants have the opportunity to serve on the leadership team the following year for the next LUTSA cohort.

Alumni of the program have achieved success after LUTSA as ACE Fellows, Department Chairs, Deans, Directors and Associate Vice Presidents. In addition to career advancement, participants leave with an increased awareness of their leadership potential.

The 2015-2016 LUTSA Leadership Team:

  • Erika Cox (cohort 5)
  • John DeLaHunt (cohort 6)
  • Donovan Fogt (cohort 6)
  • John Frederick
  • Cié Gee (cohort 2)
  • Dianne Hengst (cohort 6)
  • Jill Hernandez (cohort 6)
  • Heather Shipley (cohort 5)
  • Rebekah Smith (cohort 5)
  • John Warren (cohort 5)

For a complete list of cohorts, please visit the Leadership UTSA website.

2015-2016 Homecoming Court Application Process

Homecoming Court 2014

Students interested in representing UTSA on campus and in the community are invited to apply for the 2015-2016 Homecoming Court. Mr. and Ms. UTSA will be selected from this group.

Mr. and Ms. UTSA participate in all Homecoming events and make appearances on campus and in the community in support of the university.

The Homecoming Court will be recognized, and Mr. and Ms. UTSA will be crowned during the Homecoming football halftime show November 7. The game is versus Old Dominion University.

Applications are available on RowdyLink. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15.

Candidates must be full-time UTSA students who will not graduate in spring or summer 2016, have a minimum UTSA GPA of 2.75, and have a strong affinity for UTSA spirit, tradition and pride.

Make the most of your college experience -- apply today for Mr. or Ms. UTSA and the Homecoming Court.

UTSA Celebrates Constitution Day - September 17

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Constitution Day will be celebrated Thursday, September 17 at the UTSA Main Campus. The nationally observed event centers on the history of the U.S. Constitution and the role it plays today in the lives of U.S. citizens. The event is free and open to the public.

At the Main Campus, pocket-sized Constitutions along with brochures on the UTSA Libraries government holdings will be given away by the Special Events Center and UTSA Libraries staff from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of the John Peace Library.

Constitution Day was established by law in 2004. Before the law was enacted, the holiday was known as Citizenship Day. In addition to renaming the holiday, the act mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the U.S. Constitution on that day.

Lisa Blazer is the Chair-Elect of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Lisa Blazer

UTSA Senior Associate Vice President for Students Affairs, Dr. Lisa Blazer assumed the role of Chair-Elect of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) at the association’s annual conference on July 24, 2015.

NASFAA is the premiere national association for the professional development of financial aid administrators with over 20,000 members. It is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, and regulatory analysis in all sectors of post-secondary education. With a focus on student success, NASFAA advocates for public policies that increase student access and serves as a forum on student financial aid issues. The association’s leadership is elected by a majority vote of the 3000 institutional members.

“Lisa is a strong leader who consistently shares her talents with others,” notes Sam Gonzales, UTSA Vice President for Student Affairs. “She is quick to develop the strengths of her staff through engaging professional development and creates a team atmosphere. She has fostered collaboration between the departments she oversees and streamlined processes. I appreciate her creativity in developing new models to address the financial aid needs of our students.”

Dr. Blazer oversees the comprehensive enrollment services area at UTSA that includes financial aid, the one stop enrollment services center, undergraduate admissions, recruitment information systems, and registrar’s office. She is a strong advocate of professional development throughout over 19 departments in the division of student affairs and spearheaded the development of the Student Affairs model for excellence in service and programming that led to the creation of a divisional framework for the assessment of student learning outcomes.

With over 24 years of enrollment management experience, she has been a vocal advocate for student financial aid efficiencies and creating models to disperse aid that meets student need. In 2014, she received the Regional Leadership Award from the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWAFAA). She is a former President of both the state and regional branches of the association (TASFAA and SWAFAA) and served on the NASFAA Association Governance Committee, Research Committee, and Financial Affairs Committee. Dr. Blazer has a BA degree in Piano Performance, an MAA degree in organizational development and a PhD in Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership.

Following her tenure as Chair Elect, Lisa will serve as National Chair for the 2016-17 program year commencing at the NASFAA conference in Washington, D.C.

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