June 14, 2007
In This Issue
Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Myers-Briggs. True Colors. Left-brain, right brain. Analytical, Intuitive. A plethora of terms, tests and labels purporting to place us at some point on a spectrum of behavior. And while they are useful for a number of things - as a mirror of ourselves, as a non-threatening way to understand and discuss our varying work styles, a method for understanding how we approach tasks - they can also contribute to thinking of the world in terms of opposites.
As members of a large university in an even larger multi-university system, we work in a very structured, left-brain sort of place. There's the HOP, BPM, Regents' Rules to tell us how to do our work. We are asked to do a strategic plan, then a compact, and to determine the metrics we'll use to measure success because it has to be quantifiable. I'm pretty left-brained and my first color in True Colors is gold, meaning I like systems, order, structure, but just writing that sentence makes me want to blurt out - where do learning, personal growth, spirituality and just plain fun fit in?
In recent years I've come to believe more and more in the power of the phrase 'both/and' rather than the phrase 'either/or'. For so long we, particularly in the U.S., have learned to see the world in terms of opposites. We're either left-brained or right-brained, logical or intuitive, introverted or extroverted, big picture or fine details. But of course it's not that simple. I work in a highly extroverted job, am comfortable speaking in front of large crowds and interacting with people across campuses. That equals extrovert, right? Nope, on every Myers-Briggs I've ever taken I'm an introvert and it's right. Ultimately people work pulls energy from me and I need to find quiet time to recharge. At certain points of the year I want to run to a deserted beach or a mountain top with a stack of books. Not 'either/or', but 'both/and'.
Speaking for myself I think our reliance on 'either/or' and not grappling with the conundrums of 'both/and' is a failure of the imagination (and with a touch of lazy thrown in). 'Either/or" is simpler to explain, to measure, to picture. 'Both/and' is messy, it takes more time and more creative ways of gauging progress. We need to imagine new ways of living creatively in a highly structured environment, of showing the progress in what looks like a muddle, plan thoughtfully and yet be open to opportunities we never expected.
So through the next weeks and months as we work to put a structure in place - annual reports, compacts, assessment calendars, let's try to remember the structure is there to give us room for our creativity to grow. Let's plan for and develop and assess what we care about as well as do the things our institution asks of us. Let's enjoy the different ways we approach the same tasks and let that very difference bring forth something better than we ever guessed could happen. Let's pay attention to the work that aids student success growth and development and find a way to measure it so we can share the achievement with others. Both structure and messy creativity as a way to do our work. Imagine that.
"Visiting With"......Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar is committed to providing high quality service, accurate student records management, and timely reporting of enrollment information utilizing leading-edge technology to the multi-campus university community; we also share the university’s graduation and retention initiatives and strive toward providing assistance to other campus units to help achieve this end.
Who we serve:
Prospective and current students with questions related to registration, student records, residency, veterans affairs, enrollment certifications, and graduation; former students with questions mostly related to their academic transcript; staff and faculty with questions related to the class schedule, registration, room assignments, student record issues such as grades and grade changes, catalog and information bulletin, digital signs, requests for data and reports, functional issues related to the Banner Student Information System, and academic calendar.
Our Innovations and successes:
You may not know that:
Joe DeCristoforo has a donkey named Joxer on his small horse farm! He’s a standard-sized donkey and has more personality than all of Joe’s horses put together.
More "Visiting With" ........Office of the Registrar
Monthly Birthday Celebration
This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know Dr. Paine and discuss your views on the university and other issues. The next celebration is scheduled on June 14, 2007 for all Student Affairs staff June birthdays.
Welcome to Student Affairs
Theresa Yackeyonny - Director University Oaks and Chisholm Hall
George Lantzounis - Assistant Director
Helpful reference materials for summer 2007:
Athletics UTSA Sports Camp for people of all ages
"Get Up and Go!" with Campus Recreation's Walk and Roll Marathon
June 1- 30….…..Help UTSA succeed in the Challenge!
For more information contact Mark Munguia in Campus Recreation at 458-7373
Rowdy Ties - Family Orientation
Orientation and Transition Services hosts orientation programs for incoming freshmen and their family members. More and more incoming freshmen are choosing to make their orientation an entire family experience and 100+ family members have participated in the first two Rowdy Ties Family Orientation sessions. The Rowdy Ties program will be having a "Thank You" reception at the end of every parent orientation session throughout the summer. Each reception will be held in the University Room from 3:30-4:30pm on June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug 1, 8.
Road Runner Roundup - 2007 Schedules and information are now available
PDF Brochures are listed below to print out and post:
Rec Center Expansion Plans Photos
Student Activities In The Loop Prize-Winning Newsletter
"Getting To Know You"
A new regular feature of the newsletter highlighting Student Affairs staff members
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Carol has almost 16 years of higher education experience from OLLU and UTSA in undergraduate and graduate admissions processing and recruiting, advising, financial aid, scholarships, teaching, and veteran affairs. She began work in 1997 at UTSA, served as Academic Counselor and Assistant Director (downtown and 1604) for the Tomás Rivera Center and as Director of the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center. She became the Student Ombudsperson for Student Affairs in September of 2005.
Complete Interview with Carol Gonzalez
To: FA/ESC Paul Remmert, Paul Lopez and the UTSA Staff
Thank you so much for your time and prompt reply. UTSA staff continues to amaze me with their kindness and competence.
Thanks again, Cynthia (customer)
Special thanks to Melissa Ozuna in Orientation & Transition Services for always being ready to help and assist others even during her busiest times.
Please send newsletter items to Vivis.Lemmons@utsa.edu by June 28, 2007.