Student Affairs News

November 14, 2006

In This Issue:


  • Message from the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

  • UTSA Staff Council  - Doing More to Represent You!

  • Student Activities Calendar of Events

  • Welcome To New Staff

  • Kudos To Student Affairs Staff Members


Dear Colleagues,   

I'd like to give thanks to every one of you for reaching out to students in your special way and making a difference in students' lives.  We have such a tremendously talented staff that is known for their dedication to getting the job done in an exemplary manner.   In addition to our long hours spent on administrative tasks, I would like to recognize and commend you for the enormous caring that you offer to students and our community in times of great need.  There have been a number of incidents this semester, and in each case departments have worked together quickly to reach out to students, family, and friends.

 Best wishes for a safe and satisfying Thanksgiving celebration in the company of your loved ones. 

 VP search update:

The week of November 6, we had the opportunity to meet and greet, and to hear presentations from the four final candidates for the Vice President for Student Affairs. Thank you for the time you invested and the feedback you provided. The search committee will review the evaluations and recommend the top three candidates for the President’s consideration soon.

Kevin Price

UTSA Staff Council - Doing More to Represent You

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Staff Council ( is an advisory organization that functions to communicate recommendations to the President which 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.

The following committees have been established to facilitate the mission set forth by Staff Council:

  • Bylaws
  • Communications
  • Elections and Membership
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Fundraising
  • Issues.

Several student affairs personnel currently serve on Staff Council and welcome any ideas or concerns you may have about your employment at UTSA. These staff members are:

  • Marlon Anderson
  • Kim Ellicks-Center
  • Carol Gonzalez
  • Neva Hughes
  • Shirley Rowe
  • Anne Speights
  • Lori Zerr

Concerns raised will be kept anonymous and can be sent to any Staff Council student affairs representative or directly to Shirley Rowe who serves as Chair of the Issues Committee. 

We look forward to working with you.

From Barry McKinney:

Calendar of Events for Student Activities for the Week Beginning November 13! These events are free and open to our university community.

Welcome To Arnulfo Ojeda!

Counseling Services is happy to announce that Arnulfo Ojeda, LMSW, has joined their staff as a part time Staff Clinician. Arnulfo was reared in the south of Mexico, in the city of Puebla. He has extensive work experience with rural mental health, specifically with Hispanic populations. Currently Arnulfo is completing his Ph.D. dissertation with the Center for Leadership Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Please welcome Arnulfo to the UTSA Student Affairs family!

Kudos To Student Affairs Staff

From Vickie Drummond on "Praise To An Employee", Sandy True, Records Tech II in the Office of the Registrar:

From: Valerie Keller, Southwest Research Institute

Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 9:09 AM

To: Sandra True

Subject: RE: Patrick Keller's request regarding CS 5513

Dear Sandra!

Thank you - you've given me my "treat" for Halloween today - and have taken much stress off of Patrick - and the rest of the group he is with in Spain!! I know so many people are quick to criticize and slow to praise - but all I have is praise for everything you have done, and the guidance you gave me, as I was quite ignorant of procedures and what to do. Please feel free to forward my email to your supervisor - or even the Dean - or let me know who I can contact to express my gratitude and satisfaction with your assistance, professionalism, and timely action in resolving this (as well as your kindness and positive attitude.

With deepest gratitude,

Valerie Keller

Valerie J. Keller

Administrative Coordinator

Engine Research Department

From John Kaulfus:

Michelle Montanio for winning Best of the Best at the ACUI Regional Conference. Michelle's program, "Puttin' the Giddy-Up in Your Communication" was named one of the top five programs.

Congratulations and job well done.

John Kaulfus

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