It's that time of year. I left Chicago in rainy 40-degree weather and landed in Austin in sunny 80 degrees. Trees bloomed in the five days I was gone, the oak trees started dropping their leaves and there are now wildflowers on the side of the road. I'm confused, isn't this Spring Break? But next week it will be Spring Break and the spring season isn't far behind. Thanks to the rain and cold weather we've had this winter, we should have a bumper crop of bluebonnets and the peaches may not be rock-hard this year. That's the South Texas version of "April showers bring May flowers." The cycles of the seasons and of campus life move on.
Some of those cycles are short. We start our busy weekly cycles each Monday. Some of the cycles are longer -- banquet season comes at the end of the spring semester each year. Others are much longer -- we reaffirm our status as an accredited university every ten years.
The cycle of our work is similar. There are things we do every day, every week, every semester, or just once a year. But no matter if they are things we do constantly or occasionally, whether they are small and detailed or "Large and Significant," each task has its own importance to ourselves, our work and/or university.
The accreditation team for our SACS reaccreditation process will be on campus the week after Spring Break. I want to remind each of us of the critical importance it is to the university as a whole and to each one of us individually. We need to be ready to do our best work as the team meets with university staff and faculty. They will be visiting our campus on Wednesday, March 24th. We do such great work for UTSA, and we have only a short time to make sure that our visitors understand that fact.
Some things to remember:
QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan
Our QEP is called "Quantitative Scholarship: From Literacy to Mastery"
The vision of this QEP is that students who graduate from UTSA will be able to use quantitative reasoning effectively to make decisions in their personal and professional lives.
Student Affairs has a role to play in this plan even though most of the work will take place in the classroom. We should all read the executive summary of the Quality Enhancement Plan 2010 by next week, March 22.
SACS re-accreditation takes place once every ten years, but the work continues long after our visitors have left campus. And even if you don't meet with the on-site team members, even if no one asks you about the QEP, their visit is critical to every one of us. Their work allows us to continue doing our work of providing excellent service to students and to UTSA-- every interaction, every day, every week, all year long. And that's the important cycle.
"I'd like to find a way to open up the opportunity for conversation again. This time I won't ask that you commit to being there on all four dates; I'm just creating the space for conversations to happen. You can put it on your calendar as a meeting with the VPSA so you think it's important, but really all you have to do is come with a willingness to listen and to talk when you have something to say. We'll gather for about an hour and a half on four dates – location TBD. There's no particular problem I'm trying to solve, but I know that the more we know each other and the more we know what we care about the better our work experience, the better our service to our students and each other, and the better our world."
March 16 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:30, UC- Mesquite Rm (2.01.24)
April 13 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:30, UC- Mesquite Rm (2.01.24)
May 12 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:30, Hidalgo Rm (2.214)
UTSA Student Affairs scholarship and programs were well represented through these presentations at the NASPA.
Faces of Hispanic/Latino Student Involvement in Leadership Roles
Presenter: Dr. Barry McKinney, Director of Student Activities
Description: As Hispanic/Latino populations rise in higher education, universities are seeking to identify ways to increase the population's success. This session will share the findings of a doctoral dissertation that examined attributes associated with Hispanic/Latino college student involvement in student organization leadership roles. This session hopes to provide a sketch of the students that are on our campuses so that each face becomes a picture of lasting memories.
Developing a New Legacy of Discipline: The E.P.I.C. Journey Model
Presenters: Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez, Complex Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life; Jennifer Fueglein, Coordinator, Student Judicial Affairs; Jan McKinney, Assistant Director, Student Judicial Affairs
Description: Current trends at Universities are to infuse the judicial process with meaningful encounters that take students on intentional personal journeys aimed at transforming decision-making patterns. The University of Texas at San Antonio has effectively accomplished this goal by assessing Engagement with the university, Personal development, Interpersonal development and Community membership using multiple theoretical backgrounds. Learn about the E.P.I.C. Journey to move your institutions' behavioral processes to the next level.
This year, for the first time, the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center presented three very deserving students with an Outstanding Black Student Leadership Award. The awards were presented at the 6th Annual Black Heritage Banquet on Saturday February 27, 2010.
The three awards were presented to Brenda Anyaehie, Damaris Gutierrez, and Christian Menefee.
Brenda Anyaehie is a Senior Biology/PreMed major who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.93. During her career at UTSA, she has been active as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., African Student Association, UMOJA (Black Student Network), VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), Honors Alliance and a host of other organizations. Additionally, Brenda was honored by Who's Who at UTSA and Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities. Brenda has been accepted into medical school at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and will begin her medical studies this fall.
Damaris Gutierrez is a Senior Spanish Major with minors in Bicultural Studies and Linguistics who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.00. During her career at UTSA, Damaris has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Multicultural Greek Council, and has participated in our annual Alternative Spring Break program. Damaris has recently completed a National Student Exchange where she studied at the University of Puerto Rico for two semesters. After graduation, Damaris will participate in Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley.
Christian Menefee is a Senior International Business major who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.23. During his career at UTSA, Christian has been an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., active in our Student Government Association serving most recently as Vice President, and has represented students on a variety of university committees including the Bookstore Committee, University Center Advisory Council, Food Service Committee, and Black History Month Planning Committee. Christian is planning on attending Law School in the fall and has received offers from University of Alabama, Washington University Law School in St. Louis, and St. John's University Law School to name a few. On a more personal note, let me say that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Christian since he was a freshman and I believe that it is because of him that I am a better resource for our students.
Thank you, Brenda, Damaris, and Christian for your leadership and service to your community!
Kelsey Bratcher, Assistant Director for Risk Education, attended the first-of its-kind Certificate in Prevention Leadership Institute February 3-5 at Georgetown University.
The Professional Development Institute is a unique leadership development program offering a certificate in prevention leadership for higher education administrators working to reduce the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs. Developed by leading prevention experts and in close partnership with NASPA, the program combines self-reflection, interactive dialogue, and practical application of learned skills to create an engaging and actionable learning experience.
The Professional Development Institute learning experience employs multiple formats and delivery methods, including a blend of online coursework, live classroom training, and working group exercises. In the three-day classroom sessions, participants will interact with other prevention professionals, practice new skills, and receive valuable feedback from course faculty and peers. It is intended to arm administrators with new knowledge, tactics and skills that they can put to immediate use on their campuses.
"Attending the Institute was a positive experience," said Bratcher. "This training has been a need in alcohol and other drug prevention. This opportunity provided me with more tools in order to continue making an impact at UTSA." The Professional Development Institute was hosted by NASPA and Outside the Classroom. NASPA is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice. The organization members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship and the spirit of inquiry. Outside the Classroom provides programs and strategies for reducing alcohol-related risk and harm prevention. Today, the organization's flagship educational program, AlcoholEdu® for College, is used on over 500 campuses, including UTSA.
May is quickly approaching, and it's just about that time again to start nominating deserving individuals and or teams for awards. This year, the Student Affairs Award Ceremony will be held on May 17th from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, so book your calendars! Nomination forms for the following awards will be available starting March 15 – April 30, in the Awards and Recognition Team webpage, www.utsa.edu/students/teams/pdt/ar.html.
Much of the criteria from last year has changed, so please review each award carefully and follow the directions on the nomination form. For any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Luisa Ramirez at 210.458.2910 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of the Awards & Recognition Team, we hope to see you in May at the Award Ceremony and reminisce on what a wonderful year it has been so far.
To date, the Staff Networking Team has created opportunities for 17 tours/open houses of Student Affairs or other campus offices. At each event, a handout card is given so that you as a Student Affairs' staff member can build a rolodex of cards for all the offices you work with. If you have missed a tour, or misplaced a card, you may view all the handout cards via this link:
Upcoming Staff Networking Team Tours/Open Houses:
March 17th – UTSA Student Health Services (RWC 1.802) from 2 pm – 4 pm (see attached flyer)
March 26th – College's Freshmen Advising Center
April 7th – Vice President for Student Affairs Office
May 6th – College of Science Undergraduate Advising Center
May 12th – College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center
Please visit the Student Affairs Professional Development website for more information on the Staff Networking Team:
Training at the Downtown Campus April 7, 2010
The Allies Program seeks to empower administrators, faculty, staff and students to create and maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for GLBTQ members of our campus and community. By providing support, resources, and educational programs, Allies help GLBTQ students find their place and remain a vital part of UTSA.
Who is an Ally?
Allies are faculty, staff, and students at UTSA who provide a supportive and welcoming environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) students. Members of the Allies Program at UTSA may post a placard or wear a lapel pin with the Allies logo to identify themselves.
Each Ally has attended a training session prior to becoming part of the Allies Program at UTSA so that they may become familiar with the benefits and responsibilities of being an Ally.
How do I become an Ally?
Training classes are offered twice a semester. Faculty and staff who are interested in becoming an Ally may register on TX Class (class SD310).
The next training is April 7, 2010 from 9 a.m. to Noon. The training will be held at the Downtown Campus – FS 1.402.
For resources and a list of current Allies, please go to our website: www.utsa.edu/ice and click on Ally Program.
What Can I Do with My Major Series
Not sure what you can do with your major? Then, attend one of What Can I Do with my Major series workshops during the month of April. These workshops will be held at both the Main and Downtown campuses. If you work with any students that are not sure what they would like to do with their degree, please forward this information to them.
RSVP for this event by logging into your RowdyJobs account, and search for "Career Events – Workshops". For questions about the group mock interviews, contact the University Career Center at 210.458.4589.
College of Sciences Career Expo
Are you looking for career opportunities in the sciences?
Come to the SPRING 2010 COLLEGE OF SCIENCES CAREER EXPO on
Thursday, March 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Recruiters from across the science industry will be present with full-time, part-time and/or internship positions available.
Bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally!
College of Liberal & Fine Arts Career Expo
On behalf of The College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) Advisory Council Advancement Committee, the UTSA University Career Center invites you to participate in the Spring 2010 COLFA Career Expo.
Spring 2010 COLFA Career Expo: 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We encourage students to come explore the many career paths available to COLFA majors. You will get to hear about opportunities related to all aspects of COLFA career development.
Find ways to build your resume by getting involved with COLFA-related student organizations.
Collect information about Professional Organizations related to your career interests.
Listen to the ins and outs of the graduate/law/medical school admissions process.
Learn about all of the wonderful certification programs that are offered here on campus.
Engage in conversations with employers who offer valuable advice on how to apply your degree to their industry and what they look for in a qualified candidate.
This is not a job fair, but rather a chance for you to explore the career paths, academic pathways and professional development opportunities available to help you enter your profession of choice.
However, it is important to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes, because these conversations have the potential of connecting you to future (or current) jobs.
Educator Career Fair
The following are invited to attend the Educator Career Fair to network with over 80 school districts:
UTSA and other University student teachers
Alternative certification candidates who are UTSA alumni only
Certified Teachers from Texas and around the U.S.
Thursday, April 8
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Educator Career Fair Schedule
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Browsing for UTSA Student Teachers and alumni ONLY
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Browsing opens to non-UTSA teachers
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Interviews by appointments ONLY
UTSA community members can submit nominations now for the University Life Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12. Recipients of the awards will be recognized at the University Life Awards on Thursday, April 1.
>> Download the nomination packet.
For the full article, visit: http://utsa.edu/today/2010/03/univlifeawards.htm
Thirteen sessions have been held since November, with staff attending from all departments. Please be sure to sign up to attend one of the six more workshops scheduled over the next 2 months if you have not attended yet. Staff have led valuable discussions and examples of 4 C's excellence and/or overcoming barriers to achieving excellence in their area.
Come share your own stories and help others understand our individual and group mission. Please coordinate with your supervisors to sign up for this mandated training as seating per session is limited.
The Four C's blog-Excellence in Service and Programming - The Four C's is accessible to all staff. You can access and subscribe to it at the following link: http://excellencethefourcs.blogspot.com/.
We have created the blog in the hope that it will be a place where we can share ideas and present new perspectives. Please take this opportunity to continue the dialogue – communicate, connect and collaborate with each other-- to continue our exploration of living the Four C's to make Student Affairs the model of excellence in service and programming.
You can also access the Four C's blog from your Facebook account by using the Networkedblogs app in Facebook. Try this link to get you started or contact an Education Team member to receive a Facebook invitation.
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So you're a Green/Blue or possibly an Orange/Gold, well, in some instances, color combinations seem as if they are direct opposites. This really is not the case. In fact, these color characteristics create a synergy that is very often complimentary. If you're a dominant Green and your secondary color is Blue, your color combination is probably the most misunderstood of all the combinations. Why? A dominant Green personality tends to set high standards for themselves and others. As perfectionists, accuracy is paramount. Sometimes a Green doesn't want to get caught up in what they perceive as minutiae in the office, like saying "good morning" to people or trying to remember all the office birthdays. But because their second color is Blue, a Green/Blue person may not understand why others perceive them as uncaring or unfriendly. Green/Blues will have their feelings hurt but never let anyone know because the Green in them will prevent them from sharing. On the BRIGHT side – Greens and Blues have a commonality in their ability to see the big picture and the endless possibilities. A Green/Blue person is one that is usually creative, imaginative and idealistic.
If you're a dominant Orange and your secondary color is Gold, your spontaneous attitude may conflict with your sense of duty. A dominant Orange personality loves a challenge in the here and now. It's all about seizing the moment. Yet, because Gold is their second color, guilt is often lurking in the background. It's a Gold person's nature to always have a plan, but the Orange/Gold person tends to act now and feel guilty later. They may even beat themselves up over it and then make sure everyone follows the rules.
Fear not! A person whose dominant color is Orange and their secondary color is Gold often uses these qualities to their advantage. Their world is super organized so they can take advantage of spur of the moment opportunities. Their ability to plan ahead allows them to be imaginative and "free to act on a moment's notice."
Remember opposites attract, so take advantage of those color combinations and make them work for you!
Education Team & True Colors Facilitator
* Source: www.PositivelyMary.com -- Mary Miscisin
The Child Development Center won 1st place for thier main door.Photos
On Friday, February 19th, the Counseling Services staff were treated to a Soul Food Luncheon as part of their celebration of Black History Month. Coordinated by Shawanda Woods, the staff enjoyed red beans and rice with sausage, Cajun fried catfish, black eyed peas, country greens, cornbread, hushpuppies, shrimp/chicken/and sausage gumbo, and finished with a Louisiana sheet cake. A great time was had by all, and we're hoping to make this an annual event!Photos
Many people enter their first committed relationships during college. On the one hand, romantic relationships can be wonderful, bringing out the best in two people. On the other, even the healthiest relationships will have times when things are complicated, confusing, and challenging. The WRC is committed to helping students navigate and learn how to establish and maintain a healthy and mutually satisfying relationship, while at the same time attending college. With that goal in mind, the Women's Resource Center promoted healthy relationships during Valentine's month by holding several events for students. Students were able to create handmade cards and origami at student housing – in Laurel Village and Chaparral Village. They made some beautiful and interesting creations! On Feb. 9th, students had the opportunity to watch a cooking demonstration in the REC Center kitchen related to cooking with your sweetie! This event was "standing room only" and everyone had a great time!Photos
UTSA will host several Safe Spring Break activities this week March 8-12 to help students be aware of how to have fun responsibly during their week off.
Download the complete schedule of UTSA Safe Spring Break events.
PDF to print and post
Garrett opens outdoor season with victory in shot put
All Sport Schedule - Area Events
|Tue, Mar 16||BB|| Iowa
|San Antonio, Texas||6 p.m.|
|Wed, Mar 17||BB|| Iowa
|San Antonio, Texas||6 p.m.|
|Fri, Mar 19||BB||UT Arlington *||San Antonio, Texas||6 p.m.|
|Sat, Mar 20||SB||McNeese State *||San Antonio, Texas||1 p.m.|
|Sat, Mar 20||BB||UT Arlington *||San Antonio, Texas||2 p.m.|
|Sat, Mar 20||SB||McNeese State *||San Antonio, Texas||3 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar 21||SB||McNeese State *||San Antonio, Texas||12 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar 21||BB||UT Arlington *||San Antonio, Texas||1 p.m.|
Please use the link below (and replace any previous links you may have bookmarked) for contracts templates. Periodic changes by OGC, the State, and by UTSA require updates to the template documents. Using this link will ensure you always have the current version.
Juicing has become a popular topic in recent years. People often buy juice machines to create their own juices from fresh fruits and vegetables. So is it worth the hype? I would say YES! Most Americans don't get enough fruits and vegetables, and juicing is a great way for people to get some of these valuable nutrients. There any many vitamins, minerals, beneficial enzymes and phytochemicals (http://www.phytochemicals.info/) available in fresh fruits and vegetables that you can get from juicing. There are beneficial components in fruits and vegetables, such as fiber, that you cannot get in the form of juice, so it is still important to try to get whole fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness
Orientation and Family Programs is pleased to announce and introduce the newest member of our professional staff- Andrew Fulton. Andrew's new role will include directing Transfer Orientation programs, continuing to develop on-line orientation programs and managing all transition camps. He was kind enough to share some information about his experience thus far.
Describe your experience working within a Student Affairs division. I have been involved with student affairs since I first started as an undergraduate at the University of Dayton in Ohio. During my orientation, there were a couple of OL's who found me at most of the events and told me what a great member of the staff I would make next year and as soon as the applications came out, they showed up at my door and told me to fill out the form. I was an OL my sophomore and junior year, and then senior year I was selected as a team leader.
I proceeded to be the GA for the office for two years while pursuing a masters in communication, and when I was getting close to finishing that masters, I was encouraged to look at getting a masters in higher education due to my work as a graduate assistant.
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 Ann Margaret Trujillo
See past Thank You Rowdy Recipients
To: Ann Margaret Trujillo, Office of Inclusion & Community Engagement Center
From: Charlin Jones, Office of Special Events Center
Today I pass along Thank You Rowdy to you! You have always been there for me at many programs and events that I am responsible for over the years and have always been willing to lend a hand by checking in guests, helping to decorate, or even staying after to help clean up; all the while you were always my guest at these events! You are one of my mentors, dear friends and I appreciate the guidance and advice you have given whenever I need it. Thank you for always being there for me! You help make UTSA an inclusive, welcoming community and I am grateful to have you as a friend and colleague!
Charlin Jones reads her heart-felt thanks.
Ann Margaret receives Rowdy from Charlin Jones.
To: Adela Olveda, Karen Webb R.N., Marcia Perales, Cindy White, Dr. Elizabeth Stanzcak
From: Kim Ellicks-Center- Associate Director Housing OPS, Housing and Residence Life
RE: Texas Education Code§ 51.9192, "The Jamie Schanbaum Act",
The office of Housing and Residence Life has been working diligently to comply with Texas Education Code§ 51.9192, "The Jamie Schanbaum Act", which requires first time students of Texas institutions of higher education, including transfer students, residing in on-campus housing to show evidence of immunization for bacterial meningitis. In order to assist us in meeting this new requirement the Office of Health Services opened the office during Spring Fling on March 6, 2010. I would like to recognize the staff that came in to work on Saturday to provide shots to those incoming students who wished to have proof of the vaccination in order to sign their housing contracts.
To: Barry McKinney, Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez, Jennifer Fueglein, and Jan McKinney
From: The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
RE: 2010 NASPA Conference,
Our division had excellent representation at the 2010 NASPA Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Barry McKinney, Director of Student Activities, provided great insight about Hispanic/Latino college student involvement in student organization leadership roles. Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez, Complex Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life, Jennifer Fueglein, Coordinator for Student Judicial Affairs, and Jan McKinney Assistant Director for Student Judicial Affairs shared the importance of infusing the judicial process with meaningful encounters aimed at transforming decision-making patterns, the EPIC (Engagement, Personal Development, Interpersonal Development, Community Membership) journey. Their presentations were well received by conference participants. We appreciate their extra efforts to communicate and connect with student affairs professionals outside our division and the university.
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