Staff News


October 18, 2007


In This Issue

  • Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

  • "Visiting With......."

  • Announcements

  • Welcome New Staff to Student Affairs

  • Departmental News

  • Thank You Rowdy travels across Student Affairs

  • Kudos

Message from Gage E. Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs


Tuesday morning I continued my meetings with Student Affairs staff to talk about departmental assessment plans.  That evening I joined Professor Anne-Marie Nuñez’s class on Planning and Evaluation to bring in a ‘real world’ perspective.  As always I had a great time with both groups as we did that critical step in our work – take time to think about what is most important to us in the work that we do.


          Each department I have talked with has struggled to some degree with defining the objectives/outcomes.  Our natural tendency (and many of us have been taught this as well) is to be very concrete.  An objective should be something we can accomplish.  And all of the tasks listed have been worthwhile, important ones.  But for our formal assessment purposes and for our best program planning we need to go a little deeper. So I have been asking ‘Why?’ and ‘So what?’.  Why do we want to build a resource library in the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center?  So what difference does it make if Student Judicial Affairs staff do outreach to faculty and new students?  What is the real purpose of these tasks and just how do we know if we’ve been successful or if these efforts are a good use of our money and our time?


          If we define our purposes clearly, then our assessments become more useful.  We know what questions to ask and what facts to measure.  When we ask good, important questions and measure useful data, then assessment is not just a task imposed on us but it becomes an integral step in creating great programs, providing superior services and being excellent stewards of our resources.


          And it takes us one step further.  Taking time to stop and think about what we do, ask ourselves hard questions and do quality assessment gives us better ways to tell our story.  It helps everyone be clear about the educational purpose and value in the wide variety of work we call Student Affairs.  Because we have done our homework, we are clearer in our thinking and therefore in our explanations.   Additionally, every time I sit down with a group of staff or students to think and talk about what we do, I learn something new, hear a creative idea, or gain a clearer understanding of someone else’s thoughts or even my own thinking.


          So whatever makes us do it - SACS*accreditation, some vice president or director, our own drive to improve - it is worth the effort it takes to find the time to stop and think and to keep asking ourselves ‘Why?’ and ‘So what?’.  The answers may surprise us.



Best Wishes,




*Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


"Visiting With......."


Student Judicial Affairs


Here are a few things we would like you to know about us:


Our mission:

UTSA Student Judicial Affairs has responsibility for administering matters arising from student conduct on campus. The Student Judicial Affairs mission is to create an environment that strives to assure a fair and objective process that upholds the high behavioral and academic standards articulated in the UTSA Student Code of Conduct. The office uses educational strategies and disciplinary counseling as catalysts for self-understanding and personal growth. Through the pursuit of wisdom, and the acquisition of knowledge, we strive to develop productive individuals who possess self-discipline and respect the rights of others in the larger community to which they belong.


Who we serve: Students and the entire campus community.


Our innovations or successes: Development and implementation of Civility Week and the Ethics Bowl along with coordinating a team with housing to develop and implement the EPIC Journey, an enhanced sanctioning model.  E.P.I.C. stands for:  Engagement, Personal Development, Interpersonal Development and Community.  Through enhanced techniques used in the educational meetings with students, housing and student judicial affairs professionals support needed skill sets and goals through sanctioning that are aimed to develop into individual students journeys.   The journeys are focused on student success and retention.    


Longest serving staff member:  Anne Jimenez


Newest staff member:  Jan McKinney


You may not know that: We work with approximately 1800 cases per year with the highest number of cases in one semester being 839 during spring 2006.  We are in the process of hiring a new coordinator to bring our staff member count up to five.  In addition to casework, Jan teaches a freshman seminar class that achieved the highest rating in fall 2006.


Humor is a job requirement in our office so you need to know that Todd’s nickname is The Todd and Jan’s is The Shark.  Mary is a hard rocking woman of the 80’s who sings while working.  Anne loves air conditioning and natural light from the window which makes her office…a cave! Todd had a full head of hair when he began work here in 2003…now look at him!  Jan loves her morning coffee and organizing the office suite.  By the way, she is on the platinum list of preferred customers at the Container Store.       


How you can reach us:  get in trouble on campus or just call us at ext. 210-458-4720

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Alcohol Awareness Week News



Inclusion and Community Engagement Center News and Calender of Coming Events



Come celebrate spirit and tradition during UTSA Family Day - October 27, 2007

Events include a Family Breakfast at the UC, visits to different departments, and UTSA Day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas! More.....UTSA Family Association News



Of Interest from VPBA Business Horizons


UTSA HUB Program


For the sixth time in the last seven years, UTSA is among the top 25 Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) programs in the state of Texas. 


In 2007, more than $17.2 million or 35% of total eligible UTSA purchases were spent with HUB vendors (minority and women-owned businesses certified by the state). 

UTSA ranked #6 this year—up from #19 in 2006!

Other UT System institutions joining us in the top 25 are: U.T. Tyler (48%), U.T. Dallas (33%) and U.T. El Paso (26%). 


Congratulations to all who continue to support the HUB program.


Gary Lott (formerly known as the Business Manager) has the new title of Director, Financial Services and University Bursar.  He oversees the Fiscal Services, Surplus and Capital Inventory departments, with thirty-one employees.  Gary and his administrative staff - Linda Gall and Julie Alley handle a myriad of student concerns, both on the phone and for walk-in customers.  Gary's office is now co-located with the Office of the Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs, JPL 4.04.16.


Jane Wilcox, currently the Associate Director of Parking and Transportation Services, has accepted the position of Director of Business Auxiliary Services.  Jane has served as Interim Director since June and will permanently assume those responsibilities November 1st.


Construction Update - Physical Plant Renovation

A renovation of the 32 year old Physical Plant Building is nearing completion.  The refurbished building will become the headquarters of the Police Department, Parking and Transportation, and the Office of Information Technology.  Telephone Services has remained in the building throughout the renovation and will continue to occupy a portion of the second floor.  The building was previously home to the Office of Facilities which has since relocated to West Campus.  This institutionally-managed project was designed by Casabella Architects based in Austin and constructed by Alpha Building Company based here in San Antonio.  Some common functions that will be performed out of the refurbished building include:  Access Control, Police Dispatch, and the OIT Help Desk.  The project is scheduled for completion in December 2007.  A new name for the building is being discussed.


Parking News

The Office of Facilities has completed the design of new parking lots, a north-south connector road, and a water filtration basin to serve the 1604 campus.  The RFP has been issued for a 300 space expansion of Parking Lot 12, a new roadway to connect UTSA Boulevard and Loop 1604 across campus, and a water filtration basin to capture runoff from the new projects.  Another RFP will also be issued for a 400 space expansion of Parking Lot 10.  All four projects will be completed in Spring 2008.  The new lots will provide an additional 700+ parking spaces for students, staff and faculty.  Shuttle bus routes will serve both new parking lots.




Student 'Who's Who nominations due October 31, 2007


It's time again to nominate UTSA’s outstanding students for Who’s Who.  Please help in selecting 150 juniors, seniors and graduate students to be named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Up to 20 freshmen and 20 sophomores will be added to the list of upper classmen for a combined total of 190 students to Who’s Who at UTSA. Link on the above for more information.



Office of Admissions is having an all-day open house





Donate to SECC: You're admitted to 'UTSA's Got Talent!'

From UTSA Today article

Make plans to attend "UTSA's Got Talent," 9-10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19 in the Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (2.01.02), 1604 Campus. You won't see these acts on YouTube! Did you know that your boss can dance and sing? Come see UTSA's faculty and staff display their extroverted sides in a fun-filled event. Your SECC donation is your ticket to this one-of-a-kind event.


Student Affairs has talent!

Be sure to bring your ticket and come and see your colleagues perform in Friday morning’s show.  Joey Ramos and Paul Ayala from Orientation & Transition Services will be performing a magic routine and Jana Kennelly will be dancing in the Advancement number.  Student Activities’ Kelsey Bratcher will be singing a solo.  A group from Career Services will perform as "The Corporate Steppers" and Financial Aid has put together a band, The Promissory Notes, featuring the talents of Lisa Blazer, Rosanna Mendiola, Gabe Mendiola, Paul Remmert, Amy Gomez and Paul Lopez.


New Staff in Student Affairs

Student Health Services

Delia Aguinaga - Administrative Assistant

Manuel Ortiz - Office Assistant

Dalia Silva -  Office Assistant

Hiroko Ross -  Office Assistant

Chris Leeth - Health Educator Coordinator

Barbara Reyes - Assistant Director of Health Education



Monthly Birthday Celebration with Dr. Paine


Please come celebrate your birthday with co-workers and Dr. Paine. The next celebration is scheduled November 8, 2007 for all Student Affairs staff November birthdays.  The celebrations will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Location for the celebration will be included in the birthday invitation.




Departmental News




First-ever Roadrunner Ruckus a success

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics

Release: 10/13/2007


SAN ANTONIO - A rowdy crowd of around 1,000 greeted the UTSA men's and women's basketball teams on Friday night at the Convocation Center in the first-ever Roadrunner Ruckus.

Fans were treated to performances by the cheer and dance teams, a 3-point contest won by senior guard Terrie Davis of the women's squad, a slam dunk contest won by junior guard Joey Shank of the men's team, an acrobatic dunk show by Air Dunk and dance routines from both teams.

The celebration was held immediately following the first official practice for both teams on Friday evening. The women host the Houston Jaguars in their exhibition opener on Wednesday, Oct. 31, while the men play Mary-Hardin Baylor in their only exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3. Fans will be treated to a regular season opener doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 9, with the women playing Huston-Tillotson at 6 p.m., followed by the men versus Hardin-Simmons at 8 p.m.




Below is a schedule of area events.  Link to the Athletics website above for a complete schedule.  You are invited to attend!



Date Team Location Time

 Sun, Oct 21


 Texas State *

 at San Marcos, Texas

 1 p.m.


 Wed, Oct 24


 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi *

 San Antonio, Texas

 7 p.m.

 Fri, Oct 26


 Southeastern Louisiana *

 San Antonio, Texas

 6 p.m.

 Sat, Oct 27


 Southland Conference Championships

 at Corpus Christi, Texas

 8 a.m.

 Sat, Oct 27


 Southland Conference Championships

 at Corpus Christi, Texas

 8:45 a.m.

 Sat, Oct 27


 Nicholls State *

 San Antonio, Texas

 4 p.m.

 Mon, Oct 29 -
 Tue, Oct 30


 UTSA Intercollegiate

 Kerrville, Texas

 All Day

 Wed, Oct 31


 Houston Jaguars
Exhibition Games

 San Antonio, Texas

 7 p.m.

 Thu, Nov 1


 Stephen F. Austin *

 San Antonio, Texas

 7 p.m.



MG - Men's Golf

VB - Volleyball

MCC - Men's Cross Country

WCC - Women's Cross Country

WBB - Women's Baseball

WS - Women's Soccer


NCAA® Men’s Final Four®

Be a part of the MADNESS in 2008 as San Antonio hosts next year’s NCAA® Men’s Final Four®, April 5 and 7 in the Alamodome!  We need 2,000 volunteers to support the many NCAA® events during Final Four® week.  RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY



Student Activities Weekly Events Beginning October 22nd


In The Loop


Thank You Rowdy continues his travels across Student Affairs


Thank You Rowdy has a special mission in Student Affairs - to travel across UTSA recognizing the good work of staff members.

Within the Division of Student Affairs, Thank You Rowdy is presented from one Student Affairs staff member to another in recognition and appreciation of work done well - taking extra assignments to provide support, offering unsolicited assistance or completing tasks in a unique way.

Whatever the situation, contributions like this are made every day and Thank You Rowdy helps us recognize them.

Thank you Rowdy reflects UTSA's spirit of community and reminds us to remember it takes everyone to make UTSA a great place to work and to learn.

Gage E. Paine



Anne Jimenez Accepts 'Thank You Rowdy' from Kevin Price

on behalf of the university housing, campus living villages and student judicial affairs group that worked and developed EPIC.


October 12, 2007

“I’m asking Anne Jimenez to accept ‘Thank You Rowdy’ on behalf of the group of staff members responsible for developing what I believe is a model judicial affairs sanctioning program (EPIC Journey™).  Thank you all for developing a program that places a premium on our students’ personal development.”

Kevin S. Price



Previous Thank You Rowdy Recipients

 and Rowdy's Road Rules

Sam Gonzales receives Thank You Rowdy from Bob Miller

Kevin Price receives Thank

You Rowdy from Sam Gonzales




From Zenia Trevino, Admissions

 "This was sent to me regarding Jessica Avalos who is our new front office person here in Admissions.  She just started with us on September 10th and as you can see, she is already doing a great job."


Dear Ms Trevino


Hi, how are you?  My name is Bo Savage.  I just want to mention that Ms. Jessica Avalos was so friendly and knowledgeable regarding my questions.


As a surviving spouse of a service member, I had lots of Q's (questions) but she was so kind to every single Q of mine.


Hopefully Ms. Jessica becomes a great asset to UTSA to help out many people with her nice smile.





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