Student Affairs News

September 29, 2006

In This Issue:


Dear Colleagues,

Last Friday, we had a productive follow-up to the May retreat. The thematic groups are meeting regularly, and a draft is being developed for which the University community will be invited to provide input. The May 18-19 report, “UTSA 2016: Creating a Shared Vision,” is available online.

We are very pleased to announce that Jana Kennelly has accepted the position of Associate Development Director for Student Affairs. We are currently working out the details on her start date and will let you know more as plans are finalized.

The fall semester has gone very smoothly, thanks to your efforts.

Thanks for your good work and have great weekend!

Kevin Price


UTSA Friends and Family Day at Fiesta Texas

Saturday, October 21

Bring your friends and family to Fiesta Texas on Saturday, October 21, as we "Paint the Park" in UTSA colors!!!

The Orientation and Transition Services office and The Alumni Programs office invite you to celebrate "UTSA Friends and Family Day" at Fiesta Texas by purchasing specially discounted admission tickets for only $20.99. (regularly $46.99) Plus, optional discounted parking permits cost $7.40 (regularly $10). These prices will be good for that day only. Never again will you be able to receive such a huge discount on a Fiesta Texas ticket!

Wear your UTSA apparel for a 25% discount at select park restaurants and shops.

You can purchase your unlimited amount of tickets NOW at the Alumni Programs Office.

Starting Monday, October 2, tickets also will be available at the 1604 University Center Information booth and the UTSA Downtown Student Activities Center!

It will be a great time to spend with your family as the park is transformed into a "Fright Fest."

Questions? Call the Orientation and Transition Services office at 458-4724.


Calling all Speakers!

The Office of Student Activities is seeking speakers to add to the Speakers’ Bureau. Through the program, students will have a resource to find speakers who are willing to make presentations at no charge. This is a great service to the UTSA community, especially for student organizations who do not have the resources to pay for speakers.

If you are an “expert” in a topic and want to volunteer your expertise to a student organization, please contact Student Activities at or (210) 458-4160.


Nominate a Student Leader of the Month -- Deadline is Thursday, October 5

The Office of Student Activities is accepting nominations for LEAD UTSA Student Leader of the Month for September.  I encourage you to nominate a deserving student for this award.  Information on the selection process and the online nomination forms can be found at deadline for submitting nominations for our August/September winner is October 5 at 5 p.m.  If you have questions about the nomination or selection process, please contact Marlon Anderson at ext. 6114.


The SHADES (Sexual Health, Alcohol and Drug Education for Students) peer education grant is contracted to educate UTSA students (especially Hispanic students) about HIV/Hepatitis/Sexual Health and Substance Abuse.  Through presentations and outreach events, over 10,000 students have received condoms, pamphlets or listened to presentations conducted by the SHADES student peer educators. 

This special event highlights the Hispanic heritage with music, food, education and empowerment to ensure better health and wellness for our UTSA students.

Tu vida, ˇtu salud! at UTSA is sponsored by SHADES, VOICES, Counseling Services and Student Activities.



FITNESS: "SALSA IS BACK."  Join us on Monday, October 2,  8pm and Wednesday October 4,  7pm in the Blue Studio. Connect yourself with the Latin Dance Roots and enjoy the Hottest Salsa moves from dance instructors from Xibuke Dance Company. Bring your dancing shoes and your two left feet because all are welcomed, from beginner to advanced. Check out more group exercise classes and fitness programs on our website at or contact Matt Petty at x4175.

OUTDOOR PURSUITS: "Canoe the Guadalupe River" There is still time to sign up to enjoy a fun, exciting trip to a scenic part of the Guadalupe River. Learn some basic canoeing skills while relaxing with the group and catching some rays. Space is limited, so sign up today. All UTSA students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate. Trip Fee: $20. For further information on outdoor trips, equipment checkout or the climbing wall, contact Eliot Howard at x6565 or visit us on the web at

CLUB SPORTS ACTION: SOCCER.  Stop by the new recreation fields on Saturday, October 7, to catch the Men's and Women's Club Soccer teams in action. The Men's Club Soccer team faces San Antonio College on Rec Field # 2 at 11am, followed by the Women's Club Soccer team facing Texas Tech at 1pm on Rec Field # 3. Stop by and support your Roadrunners as they compete in the Texas Collegiate Soccer League. For further information on Club Sports, contact Mario Rios at x7566 or visit

INTRAMURAL SPORTS ACTION: Congratulations to Austin Barber and Francisco Salinas on winning the 2-Person Intramural Golf Scramble held at Cedar Creek Golf Course last Friday. They will represent UTSA at the NIRSA Regional Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 7, at Texas A&M University. For further information on Intramural Sports, contact Mario Rios x7566.



                                    FYI, Admissions Events Bringing Students to Campus


Discover UTSA Day (1604 and Downtown Campus)

Date:  October 9   

Time:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Business Building Room 1.01.04/Frio Street Bldg 1.528

This event is an opportunity for prospective students, especially high school seniors, to take a first look at the university. Tours and admissions presentations are conducted hourly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend anytime during these hours to experience UTSA. Housing and Financial Aid personnel will be available to provide information and answer questions.

UTSA Day (1604 campus only)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Date: November 18                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Time: 10:00 a. m. to 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Place: University Center and HSS building                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This is a traditional open house to learn about UTSA’s academic programs, student services, housing, admissions, financial aid, and other resources available to UTSA students.

Come to Class Day (1604 and Downtown Campus)                                                                                                                                                                                                              Date: February 19, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Time: 9:00 a. m. to 12:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Place: University Center and HSS Building / Frio Street Bldg 1.528                                                                                                                                                                                    Prospective students get the opportunity to attend “mock” classes taught by UTSA professors. This event gives students the opportunity to learn what classes and college life are really like. Parents are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about available student services.

Spring Fling (1604 campus only)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Date: March 31, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Time: 10:00 a. m. to 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Place: University Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is our last major open house. This event is designed mainly for campus tours, housing tours, and general introduction to important student services offered at the university. Prospective students also get a preview of the many student organizations on campus. This is a program for students who have been admitted, applied or are just beginning to explore UTSA.


Your Colleagues -- Make Their Day!                                           

Kudos to...

Sharis Slocum and VOICES (Volunteer Organizations in Community, Education, and Service)

They received a scholarship for collecting unwanted used textbooks for Better World Books, an agency that distributes the books to villages in Africa.

-- Barry McKinney

Find Student Activities news and happenings "In the Loop."


Student Government Meets Thursdays

The Student Government Association meets every Thursday in the Regent's Room of the John Peace Library. Meetings begin at 5:30p.m. The meetings are open and university administrators are invited to attend. Individuals wishing to address or make a presentation to the Student Government General Assembly should contact Christian Porter, SGA Vice President, at least one week prior to desired time. Christian may be reached at


Student Activities Events For The Week Beginning October 2

These events are free and open to the entire UTSA community.

9-ball Pool Tournament * Final Rounds * Downtown Campus * Student Activities Center * All Week

Pumpkin Decorating Sign-Up * Downtown Campus * Durango Building Information Desk * All Week




Monday, October 2

Hispanic Heritage Reception

Speakers, Comedians and Food

Co-sponsored with SHADES

1604 Campus, University Center

Retama Auditorium and Galleria

6 pm

Tuesday, October 3

GLBTQ Pride Month Kick-Off Pride March

1604 Campus

Chaparral Village and Chisholm Hall Plaza

5-7 pm

Wednesday, October 4

GLBTQ Kick-Off

Information Fair

Downtown Campus, Frio Street Commons

11 am - 1 pm

Citizenry and Etiquette Dinner

Hone Your Dining Skills

1604 Campus

University Center, Laurel Room

6-9 pm

Casino Night

Sponsored by CAB

Downtown Campus

Buena Vista Building, Assembly Building

5-8 pm


Thursday, October 5

"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

Movie co-sponsored by Office of Institutional Diversity

1604 Campus

University Center, Retama Auditorium

6 pm


Friday, October 6

First Friday @ UTSA

Art Display and Documentary

1604 Campus

University Center, Retama Auditorium and Galleria

11 am - 1 pm