December 6, 2006
n This Issue:
We are quickly approaching the end of a busy and productive semester. Thanks for all you have done to help our students be successful this fall. Everyone of you has contributed in positive ways and has helped to set the foundation for students' achievement. We wish our students all the best during final exams.
We have much going on in December.
The Midnight Breakfast Taco Run co-hosted by Student Affairs and Business Affairs in the Roadrunner Café has quickly become a popular and fun end-of-semester tradition. Thanks to all of the staff that planned and coordinated the event, served the students, cleaned up, and came out to show their support.
Our annual Holiday Luncheon is this Thursday. Please be sure to come by and join great company and enjoy good food. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Commencement Ceremonies will be held next week. Thanks to all of you that have signed up to assist in ensuring a smooth and meaningful celebration for students.
Thanks again for all that you do and for consistently going the extra mile to ensure student success.
Get The UTSA Facts!
During the Fall 2006 semester the Data Council at UTSA has been hard at work creating a Fact Book so that many requests for information can be answered by this document. The hard work has paid off with the Fact Book going live this semester at http://utsa.edu/ir/factbook/.
This document contains a great deal of information about UTSA including information on students, faculty, staff, courses, financial information, and many other items of interest to internal and external constituents. While this does not contain all information about UTSA it is a fairly comprehensive document and it may contain information which is useful to you.
To submit a data request online go to: http://utsa.edu/ir/datarequest/. This page has a link to the request form, frequently asked questions, and some of the good things people are saying about Institutional Research.
UTSA Staff Council -Doing More to Represent You
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Staff Council http://utsa.edu/sc/ is an advisory organization that functions to communicate recommendations to the President that are unique to UTSA staff. The Staff Council is comprised of classified and administrative and professional staff.
The President and the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System give the Staff Council the responsibility of continually promoting staff involvement in campus governance and building a sense of community.
Staff Council is the consultative voice providing staff with advice on university policy and procedures, advising the University on staff nominations to various University Standing Committees, and encouraging staff development.
Staff Council is gearing up to sell bottled water at all fall commencement ceremonies. We need your help in spreading the word to get people to come out and buy a bottle of water or two. All proceeds go to the Staff Council Annual Scholarship Fund. Last spring, commencement selling was a successful event that allowed Staff Council to award two well deserved scholarships for this fall, 2006 semester. We encourage all who would like to volunteer time selling water at our booth to contact Melissa Tenberg at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the scholarship eligibility requirements for anyone interested in applying this February.
STAFF COUNCIL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award: One $250 for undergraduate level and one $250 for graduate level
· Must be degree seeking "benefits eligible" in accordance with university policy and either a classified or administrative and professional staff employee at UTSA
· Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
· Must enroll for a minimum of 3 credit hours
· Must be in good academic standing
· Must supply a one-page, typed biographical essay describing obstacles or challenges faced in obtaining a higher education
· Include personal and/or professional goals and the role of the scholarship in obtaining these goals. Also include any contributions made to UTSA and other information that will help the committee make an informed decision.
Application Requirements: General Scholarship Application
Welcome to R. Keith Franklin!
Counseling Services is happy to announce that R. Keith Franklin, LPC, NCC, has joined their staff as a contract Staff Clinician. Keith comes originally from North Louisiana of Bossier City and to San Antonio by way of getting his Masters in Counseling at UTSA in 2001. He has extensive work experience within areas of human sexuality and human development, specifically with the GLBT population. Currently Keith is completing his Ph.D. dissertation with St. Mary’s University in Counseling, Education, & Supervision.
Please welcome Keith to the UTSA Student Affairs family!
From Terri Vasquez:
Congratulations to the following Student Affairs employees and departments for their outstanding efforts towards utilizing HUB vendors. They received recognition at the 2006 Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Awards and Recognition Program ceremony held November 28, 2006.
HUB Small Dollar Employ Advocates:
Kim Ellicks-Center, Associate Director, Housing & Residence Life
Terry Allison, Administrative Associate II, Registrar's Office
Highest HUB Expenditure and Use of Unique Number of HUBs:
Student Activities and University Center
From Linda Edmundson:
On Tuesday, November 28, the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Staff Coordinating Group and the HUB Office recognized Terry Allison, Administrative Associate II, Office of the Registrar, at the 2006 Awards and Recognition Program.
She received one of the awards for HUB Small Dollar Employee Advocates of the year. Through efforts such as hers for support of the HUB Program, UTSA achieved the rank of top 25 among state agencies for the utilization of HUB Vendors for the 2006 fiscal year. Terry received her award from President Romo; Kerry Kennedy, Vice President of Business Affairs; and Yolanda Miller, Director of Purchasing and Distribution Services.
All Student Affairs areas are strongly encouraged to utilize HUB vendors whenever possible. For information regarding the HUB Program, please call 458-4068 or go to http://utsa.edu/hub/.
From Counseling Services:
Arena Marsh Mueller received a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Adler School of Professional Psychology on Sunday, October 29th, 2006. The 29th Annual Commencement Ceremony took place at the Harold Washington Library Center, Winter Garden Ballroom, 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL.
Congratulations, Dr. Mueller!
Holiday Season Toys Needed!
Inner City Development (ICD) is in need of toys for infants, toddlers and teens during this holiday season.
If you would like to donate a toy for ICD, there will be a collection box at the December 7th Student Affairs Holiday Luncheon.
The agency asks that the toys be non-violent and unwrapped.
Catching Up With Compliance
As UTSA staff members, how do we identify potential compliance risks and then reduce the probability of a risk occurrence? One of the best ways is to keep up with the Compliance newsletter Compliance Connection Newsletter. The newsletter features news regarding university and national risk management as well as the latest information about The Learning Source (formerly The Trading Post), now available on-line: The Learning Source at http://www.utsatraining.com/
Reminder: The newsletter goes out every two weeks. Please send newsletter items to Vivis Lemmons. Next deadline is Monday, December 18th at noon.