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Message from the Vice President

Dr. Gage Paine

Be Thankful
Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you are tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and
they can become your blessings.

My thanks to everyone for taking all the challenges of the semester and turning them into great experiences for students, ways to improve what we do, and opportunities for all of us to learn together. It has been a wonderful semester and as it winds to a close, I wish for you some rest during the break, opportunities to both give and receive, and that we all come back to the new semester ready to continue to do it all again with good energy and good effort. Best wishes and much good luck in the new semester and the New Year!

Best wishes,

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Choral Groups Perform for Main Building staff

The newly established UTSA Men's Choir performed for the Main Building staff on December 3rd, here featured with Dr. Romo. The choir is directed by Dr. Gary Mabry.

A women's student choral group also serenaded the Main Building staff, here featured on December 7.

Thank you all for spreading holiday cheer and good wishes and sharing your special talents!

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For more information or to audition for the choir, please contact ensemble director Dr. Gary Mabry at (210) 458-5325 or


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Welcome New Staff to Student Affairs

It is my great pleasure to announce that Yvonne Pena has accepted our offer to the become the new Director of Student Leadership Development at UTSA. Her first day will be Monday, February 1, 2010.

Yvonne comes to UTSA from the University of Nevada at Reno where she is the Associate Director of Student Activities. Before that she worked at Illinois State University as their Leadership and Service coordinator. Yvonne earned her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico and her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University. Yvonne brings a wealth of leadership experience and a love for students.

Please join me in welcoming Yvonne to the UTSA family.

John Kaulfus

Sara Bordelon joins the Office of the Registrar's Student Information System Banner Security team as the new Systems Analyst I beginning December 16th. Sara has worked in the Registrar's Office for the last 2 years as an Administrative Associate at the reception area and has also been the primary trainer for the Second Life initiative. She has just recently won the VPSA Employee of the Semester Award, and we are very proud of her for this accomplishment. We are excited to have her on the SIS Security team. Welcome aboard!


Announcements/Departmental Events


Promote your department or office in the 2010 Roadrunner Planner
    Deadline is 4:30pm, December 18, 2009

The Office of Orientation and Family Programs invites you to promote your department or office in the 2010 Roadrunner Planner. The Roadrunner Planner is a customized UTSA monthly/daily planner that is distributed to all incoming freshmen, and transfer students during Roadrunner Roundup New Student Orientation.

We are proud to continue a new planner tradition, the Roadrunner Planner Blue & Orange Pages! Similar to the phone book's white and yellow pages, the Blue Pages is where all UTSA student organizations, departments and office advertisements will be displayed, while the Orange Pages will display business listings for participating local business within a twenty mile radius of UTSA. And yes, the pages will actually be BLUE and ORANGE!

This is a great opportunity to reach new incoming students at a reasonable price! Along with this, Orientation and Family Programs has other opportunities for sponsorship, please take a moment to review all the attachments to find one option that meets your needs!

Open this PDF for rules, more information, and examples.

Order Form (PDF)

Book Club

PDF to print and post

Annual Student Affairs Conference Presentation Call

Deadline: January 21, 2010

The UTSA Student Affairs Staff Development team is seeking dynamic, interactive presentations for their Annual Student Affairs Conference-- an opportunity for all staff members within Student Affairs to grow professionally. We are currently accepting applications to be considered for presentation at the Student Affairs Conference. The deadline to submit your application to the Staff Development Team is January 21, 2010.

Our theme for the 2010 conference is TEAM! This is an opportunity for you to share your expertise with Student Affairs staff members. The interest sessions will be offered at both of our two separate conferences that will take place on March 31, 2010 and April 14, 2010 at the Main Campus. You and those helping you present/moderate will need to commit to present on both of these days. We regret that due to time constraints not all proposals will be selected. You will be notified if your topic is selected for presentation by January 29, 2010.

Presenters/moderators for the Student Affairs conference will not be compensated monetarily for their presentations. If you have questions regarding the conference's purpose, audience or scope, please contact the Staff Development Team through Eric Cooper at (4859) or Shirley Rowe at (4596). Please complete, print and send the attached application via campus mail to Eric Cooper in Financial Aid and Enrollment Services JPL 1.01.04.

Proposal Application (PDF)

Southland Conference Challenge--donate your aluminum can pull tabs!

UTSA Athletics is participating in a conference-wide challenge to collect the most aluminum can pull-tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. The pull-tabs are high-grade aluminum and are worth a greater amount when recycling. The Ronald McDonald House uses the donation to help fund their services:

Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It's a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. Ronald McDonald Houses around the world offer families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable and care for during their stay. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost.

The Southland Conference Challenge pull tab collection pitchers can be found in: Enrollment Services/Registrar Offices, Admissions Office, and Student Activities Office.

The collection date is March 30, 2010.

Thanks for your support!!

SAVE THE DATE! SGA University Life Awards

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For over thirty years, the Student Government Association has recognized excellence at UTSA. The University Life Awards is one of UTSA's oldest traditions, where we honor the most outstanding students, student organizations, faculty and staff members.

From sports to leadership and academic excellence to outstanding campus and community service programs, this is where the best of the best at UTSA are honored. A University Life Award is one of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed at UTSA.

The University Life Awards will be Thursday, April 1st 2010 at 6:00 pm in the UC III Ballroom. Please come out and support this important event that recognizes some of the best and brightest UTSA has to offer.

Employees of the Semester Awards - December 4, 2009

Sara Bordelon

Brittany Pratt

Ricardo Rodriguez

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Nomination Information

Share expertise: Faculty-staff can present at professional development conferences

Omar Hernandez, Public Affairs Specialist, 12/04/2009

This spring, the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs will host two professional development conferences, and faculty and staff members are needed to be presenters and moderators. With the theme, "Team!," it is an opportunity to share expertise and provide guidance on leadership approaches, management and supervision styles, career enhancement and many other professionally related topics.

The sessions will be at two conferences on Wednesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 14 at the Main Campus. Applicants must commit to present at both conferences...

For the full article, visit:

Create A Card Campaign

In November, the staff of Student Affairs found their creative side and came together to make greeting cards for a very worthy cause. The 2009 Create a Card Campaign was a huge success reaching its goal of 400 cards that were delivered to the Lackland Fisher House for injured military and to Emeritus at Woodbridge Estates home for the elderly. Both establishments were very grateful for this wonderful gift.

A special thank you goes to the Child Development Center. The children created cards of their own to be included in the Campaign. Their contributions were adorable, heartwarming, and very much appreciated.

The Staff Networking Team would like to thank everyone for making this event a huge success!

2009-2010 Staff Networking Team:
Re'Shanda Grace-Bridges (Co-Chair), Misty Kelley (Co-Chair), Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez, Amy Dalrymple, Charlin Jones, Cié Gee, Jan Daniels, Jennifer Ehlers, Joan Tsacalis, Michelle Montanio, Sally Crouser, Tracy Hunt, Jennifer Lilly, and Yvonne Jones

Be A Responsible Roadrunner Board Game Drive

Be A Responsible Roadrunner held a board game drive in November. BARR Consultants Mayllyn Luz, Lyndsey Luther, Monica Ceja and Yaleen Christensen delivered a box full of games to the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday, December 8.

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Wii Bowling Challenge - December 3, 2009

The Staff Networking Team hosted the first ever Wii Bowling Challenge on December 3, 2009. Twenty-eight student affairs staff members participated in the Challenge at the UC. Team Asics from Athletics was the overall winner, Webees won the team spirit award, and the counseling team won the Gutter ball award. The Staff Networking Team looks forward to another exciting challenge in the spring semester. So get ready Student Affairs…pride is on the line. Team Asics will be the defending their glamorous first place traveling trophy in the near future.

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Student Athlete Academic Center Open House - December 3, 2009

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Student Affairs Holiday Luncheon - December 8, 2009

The Student Affairs Holiday Luncheon was held December 8 in the UC Ballroom. Thanks to the UC Events and Operations staff, Stacy Peña, Lisa Blazer, and everyone else who helped plan our annual luncheon. It was a special opportunity to share each other's company.

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Late Night Breakfast at the Roadrunner Cafe - December 8, 2009

The Late Night Breakfast for all UTSA Students was held Tuesday, December 8,2009, and sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life, ARAMARK Food Services, Business Auxiliary Services. 1500 students attended and numerous staff organized, cooked, served, and cleaned up to help students as they prepared to take their finals.

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Registrar's Office Decorations

The Registrar's Office got in the holiday spirit with office decorations. Judging was also held for a competitive decorating contest and the winners are:

First place: Graduation Coordination (Cie' Gee and Monica Bowden)– Winter Wonderland
Second place: Work Study's (Mario Mercado and Elvia Rodriguez)– Gingerbread House
Third place: Veteran Certification (Andrea Watts, Joe Polasek and the VA student workers)– Red, White and Blue Christmas

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Campus Rec Adopt a Family 2009

In order to make the holiday season brighter for the 3 families Campus Recreation received for the "Adopt-a-Family" campaign, the Student and Professional Staff members participated in a friendly challenge to raise money. A challenge was posed to see which staff; student or professional could raise the most funds for the families. A rough guesstimate was given to the Student Leadership Team of $1/student staff member, which they quickly argued was "far too low."

Donation thermometers were posted throughout the Rec to show the staff's progress. The student thermometer quickly rose and had to be replaced with another within a few short days. Over the two-week donation period the Campus Recreation Student Staff dominated the Professional Staff by donating $472.02, with a grand total of $653.22. Thanks largely in part to the generosity of the Campus Recreation Student Staff, it is with a happy heart that we are able to donate items to these families that are less fortunate than some. We feel honored and privileged for the opportunity to give back to the San Antonio community.

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Men's tennis gives back to community

UTSA cruises past Texas-Pan American, 84-58

All Sport Schedule - Area Events

Tue, Dec 29  WBB  Louisiana Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin
UTSA New Year's Classic
 San Antonio, Texas
 Tue, Dec 29  WBB  Maine
UTSA New Year's Classic
 San Antonio, Texas
 Wed, Dec 30  WBB  Maine vs. Stephen F. Austin
UTSA New Year's Classic
 San Antonio, Texas
 Wed, Dec 30  WBB  Louisiana Tech
UTSA New Year's Classic
 San Antonio, Texas
 Fri, Jan 1  MBB  Houston  San Antonio, Texas
 Sun, Jan 3  MBB  McMurry  San Antonio, Texas

Complete Schedule



Business Procedures Tips

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Have a Business Procedures Tip to share? Please send it to Bob Miller.

For previous Business Procedures Tips, please visit the archive.


Wellness Tips

Try to avoid the "all or none" attitude, especially around the holiday season. One piece of pie will not ruin your diet and working out for only 10 minutes one day instead of the 30 minutes you planned on won't ruin your workout routine. Focus on staying healthy and staying on track so that you can hit the new year running instead of feeling bad about what you did over the holidays.

Heather Stark
Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness
Campus Recreation


Thank You Rowdy

Thank You Rowdy

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 Paine

Thank You Rowdy is presently visiting with Jamie Satterwhite and Michael Wallen

See past Thank You Rowdy Recipients

To:  Jamie Satterwhite and Michael Wallen, Office of Admissions
From:  Fernando Estrada, Office of Orientation and Family Programs

Jamie and Mike, I pass along to you Thank you Rowdy for the appreciation and respect I have for both of you. From my first day here at UTSA you embraced my arrival and guided me through UTSA's IT procedures. You both took time out of your busy and hectic schedules to train me. Three years later, when I run into problems, I know I can still count on both of you to point me in the right direction. Student Affairs should be very proud to have two hard working and dedicated members on their team.

Thank you for all your help!

Fernando reads his thank you note to Jamie and Mike

Fernando passing off Thank You Rowdy to Jamie and Mike



To: Michelle Montanio- Assistant Director of Student Activities
From: Barbara Smith- Executive Director of Advising
RE: Recognition

Hello Michelle,

Each year the advisors recognize staff outside of advising that they believe has demonstrated exemplary service or assistance to advising. We would like for you to attend our advisor workshop tomorrow, December 17, 2009 from 11:00-12:00 in the University Room (BB 2.06.04) so we can present you with a certificate and small gift of appreciation.

Thank you,


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NOTE:  There will be no newsletter immediately before or after the holiday break. The next deadline for submissions will be 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 12th.