Message from the Vice President

Dr. Gage Paine

I don’t want to panic anyone, but it’s the end of July! And while New Student Orientation is not over yet, RA training begins soon and the soccer and volleyball teams are due to return to campus in the much-too-near future. Then before you know it, we’re into Roadrunner Days! This week when I welcomed students attending orientation, I mentioned they would be returning in less than a month to start classes. One student looked shocked and covered his face with both hands. I could relate to that feeling!

It all moves so quickly, doesn’t it? Each week seems to be faster than the previous one and there is always more to do than we think we can get done. And yet, we do get it done. And as a division we get a lot done. Departments have submitted their annual reports and everyone is finishing this year’s assessment reports and preparing for next year. (Everyone is doing this, right?) Those reports, taken together, help us share information about the great work we are doing with each other and our colleagues across the campus and the country.

So I encourage each of us to take a moment in all the hurley-burley, to read our departmental reports, and to really look at the assessment work. In the next week or so, before the new semester really gets started, take a moment to pause and reflect upon this past year and to acknowledge your good work. Sometimes, we’re so busy answering the next question, or planning the next program, or figuring out the next new thing, that we lose track of all that we have accomplished.

After you’ve done that, I hope you’ll take the next step and notice the good work of colleagues and congratulate them. We have to be paying attention in order to do this well for our self and for others. Paying attention means taking time to stop and to notice what’s happening around you. Paying attention means finding a way to lift your head out of your hands when you are feeling overwhelmed and to see that we’re busy because the work we do is work we care about.



Announcements/Departmental Events

The 2010 Student Leader Summit would like to invite
YOU to submit a program proposal!!!

The 2010 Student Leader Summit is a one-day conference that focuses on developing leadership skills, providing an open dialogue to address tough issues that student leaders of today are facing, and offers a diverse spectrum of workshops centered around leadership topics. The conference will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 on The University of Texas at San Antonio’s campus in the University Center.

The Summit will include breakout sessions grounded in one of six themes (General Leadership, Student Organizations, Service/Volunteerism, Diversity, Sustainability and Health/Wellness), a keynote speaker, and opportunities to network with fellow attendees.

This year we are introducing a Call for Programs. Professionals from across the University and San Antonio area can apply to present at the 2010 Student Leader Summit for any of the six themes. We are looking for programs with exciting new topics that challenge traditional leadership workshop styles and content. Program proposals can only be submitted online at Proposals are due no later than August 6, 2010, and applicants will be notified of their status by August 13, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Activities at 458-4160.

2010 Student Leadership Center Grand Opening Invitation PDF to print and post

A salute to Joyce Fox '96, noteworthy volunteer

Courtesy of Alumni Notes, UTSA Alumni Gala Issue

Meet Joyce Fox, our noteworthy volunteer! Joyce and husband Seth '94 have been members of the UTSA Alumni Association for several years and this past spring became life members.

Joyce, associate director for Student Financial Aid at UTSA, has made volunteering an integral part of her life. Last summer, when the association hosted a barbecue to meet Coach Larry Coker on the UC lawn, Joyce quickly mobilized a team of colleagues to make the balloon arches. Within a couple of hours she had turned the lawn into a spirited UTSA party.


Williams signs contract with Dallas Cowboys


Four-time track & field All-American Teddy Williams fulfilled a life-long childhood dream on Thursday when he signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Williams, who will begin his National Football League (NFL) career at defensive back and wear No. 29, is on the field for the Cowboys' 2:15 p.m. practice at the Alamodome. The terms of the deal were not released.

“I just want to thank Jerry Jones and the entire Dallas Cowboys organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream. Williams said. “I’m anxious to get started and looking forward to this new challenge in my life. I wouldn’t be at this point without the help of the UTSA football coaching staff. They’ve worked with me the last month and helped me get ready for this opportunity. I also want to thank Coach (Aaron) Fox for helping put me in a position to realize my dream of playing football. He took a chance on me four years ago and I wouldn’t be here today without his guidance and support.”

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Banner day for UTSA Football


It was a banner day for UTSA Athletics and the Roadrunners football program on Tuesday morning, as the PM Group presented Athletics Director Lynn Hickey and head coach Larry Coker with a $50,000 donation and the Northside Independent School District (NISD) announced a three-year agreement that will allow the team to use Dub Farris Stadium for practice.

"In a ceremony that took place at Farris Stadium, NISD Superintendent Dr. John Folks kicked off the festivities by...

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UTSA Child Development Center provides high-quality, early-childhood program

Sondra Gervasi, Assistant Director, Child Development Center, 07/23/2010

The UTSA Child Development Center provides child care services for UTSA students, staff and faculty. The center is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The program is a Child Care Services vendor.

"The mission of the center is to provide a child-centered program for children of UTSA...

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UTSA education college hosts second annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

Kris Rodriguez, Public Affairs Specialist, 07/22/2010

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host the second annual Texas Higher Education Symposium Aug. 5-6 at the UTSA Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the symposium provides an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues with scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.

"At 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104), the UTSA Higher Education Administration Student Association will host Laura Rendon...

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Motivations of the Color Styles by Mary Miscisin, copyright 2008

Photo Galleries

After 35 years of dedicated service, Undergraduate Admissions Office - July 27, 2010


New Student Orientation Information Fair - July 20, 2010


Event Showcase to Spotlight University Center Ballroom Facility - July 16, 2010


Counseling Services Third Annual Staff Picnic at the Oaks - July 10, 2010


UTSA & VIA Semester Pass - July 7, 2010



Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic information

Recruiting snubs fuel fire within UTSA back

Five Roadrunners to play in THSCA All-Star Game

UTSA football adds three pledges

All Sport Schedule - Area Events

Sun, Aug 29  WS  Houston Baptist  San Antonio, Texas  1 p.m.

Complete Schedule



Business Procedures Tips

briefcase If an approved off-campus caterer is used and the food is only dropped-off (the caterer does not set-up anything), the 10% surcharge should not be charged to the department. The 10% surcharge is only applicable when the caterer performs duties in addition to bringing the prepared food to the designated location.

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

For previous Business Procedures Tips, please visit the archive.


Wellness Tips

On-The-Job Fitness
A long commute doesn't just eat up your time — it can also zap your energy and leave you wondering when you'll ever be able to squeeze in a workout. Weaving physical activity into your daily work routine enables you to enjoy the health benefits of exercise while living in the real world.

Getting There
Walking or bicycling to work is your best bet for workday fitness. Studies show that people with active commutes have fewer risk factors for heart disease. They have lower blood pressure, triglyceride, and insulin levels — and are less likely to be overweight. If active commuting isn't practical for your entire trip to work, do as much as you can — take the bus, train or ferry and walk the last mile to your worksite. Or, pedal to work — but catch a ride home.

Built-In Fitness
Scheduling physical activity into your work day helps make it a habit. Once it's on your calendar, honor your exercise time just as you would any other appointment. You may need to reschedule occasionally, but at least it will be on the books — and you're more likely to get it done. Here's a bonus —if you have kids, childcare is already taken care of while you're at work.

Keep It Simple
Your at-work exercise plan doesn't have to be complicated. Arrive early and walk briskly around the building for 20-30 minutes. Invite a co-worker to join you for a lunchtime walk. Or, squeeze in a workout before you head home instead of jumping right into traffic. Find an empty conference room and pump out a few push-ups and core exercises. Wear a pedometer, and increase your steps by 500-1000 each week until you average at 10,000 or more steps a day.

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 Elizabeth Stanczak

See past Thank You Rowdy Recipients

To:  Elizabeth Stanczak, Office of Student Health Services
From:  Beth Wichman, Office of Student Health Services

Dr. Stanczak:--

It is an honor to pass on to you Rowdy in recognition and appreciation for all you have done in this last six months of transition since the retirement of our former director, Pat Berlet. You have worked tirelessly to enhance services for students, improve staff communications, and empower individuals to develop personal capabilities which ultimately work together to promote our department to a higher level of service within the UTSA community.

You have improved our division by streamlining the day-to-day operations of our medical Clinic, by being a respected advisor on multiple university committees, by implementing Emergency Vaccination Clinics for the staff and students (H1N1 swine flu mass immunization Clinics), and by making yourself accessible and approachable to both staff and students.

Thank you, again, for everything you do!

Beth Wichman, M.D.

Rowdy gets passed on to executive director, Elizabeth Stanczak

Dr. Stanczak receives Rowdy



To: Doug Mowery- Systems Admin, Office of the Registrar, Student Informations Systems
From: Loretta Schlegel- Academic Advisor III, COLFA Advising
RE: Thank you

Douglas has worked with me off and on all day regarding my access to Business Objects. He has been very patient, kind, understanding, and professional. When I was unsuccessful in all attempts, he even came over and help me—with 100% success. He was wonderful and I truly appreciate the time he spent making sure I understood what to do.

Loretta A. Schlegel


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