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Message from the Vice President

Dr. Gage Paine

Walking through the Poster Sale in the UC this week, I was struck by the familiarity of the event. While the people selling posters are too young to have been the actual sellers when I was an undergraduate, I’m pretty sure some of the posters are the same! It proves the validity of the French saying, ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’*, commonly translated as ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’

As I thought about this idea, more and more examples occurred to me, because while it is true that there are differences between generations and our individual experiences, it is also true that there are many similarities. For example, we all know that the college decision-making process has changed as have our admissions recruiting processes. Admissions starts recruiting students earlier and students and their families spend a lot more time on it. But at its core nothing has changed – admissions staff are still looking for students who want to enroll and students are still looking for a campus that fits their needs and where they feel that they fit in.

Or there is orientation and the move-in process. Orientation barely existed when I went off to college and my mom and I really did drive from San Antonio to Norman, Okla., unload my belongings (from the car, no trailer), and my mom turned right around and drove straight back. But even though we do a lot to engage and connect students as soon as they arrive on campus, new students still get homesick and wonder if they made the right decision. (By the way, my mom got stopped for speeding on the way back, just like a mom I know (and who shall remain nameless) who got stopped a couple of weeks ago returning from taking her daughter to campus.)

Has anyone been on a campus in the last forty years and not heard students – and faculty and staff – complain about parking? In my lifetime, registration has been done by cards and standing in line, on the telephone, on computers in a lab, and now on the web from anywhere in the world. The details have changed but the complaints really haven’t. Students still try to figure out the right major and faculty and staff (and family) still work to help them out. The quality of the facilities at the rec center has changed over time, but students still work out at the strangest hours. Students valued free food while I was in college and that certainly hasn’t changed! (I don’t remember getting free t-shirts though.) Students worked on campus activities and went to parties and studied long hours and didn’t sleep as much as they should when I was in school--still sounds familiar.

It’s important we understand that student experiences today are their own and we should not make our decisions and create programs and services based solely on our time in college. As we make our decisions we need to understand the very real differences in these experiences. And yet our own experience gives us perspective and that is valuable too. 'Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.' I think I may have to go buy a poster this week – wonder what it will be.

Best wishes,


By the way – according to Wikipedia, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, a French journalist and novelist, coined this phrase* in 1849. I don’t know, but I suspect college students in that year also got homesick and complained about the food, but I doubt parking was an issue.


Announcements/Departmental Events

Welcome New Staff Member

The Office of Student Judicial Affairs is happy to announce and welcome Mr. Kevin Crewson to our team and to the Division of Student Affairs. He was hired in August as our newest Coordinator of Student Judicial Affairs. He was raised in Ohio and attended The University of Akron. While there, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing Management, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and experience in Student Judicial Affairs. He enjoys traveling, most recently to Las Vegas, and has been busy exploring his new home in San Antonio. Please join us in welcoming Kevin.

Staff Networking Team

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UCPC Activities

PDF of the Sept 10 - Sept 25 schedule

Tailgate: Beat UT Arlington

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New Career Counselor for COLFA students

Mary Buzzetta, M.S. is the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) career counselor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Career Center. Mary is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Following her Master’s degree program, Mary interned with UTSA’s Career Center for seven months before transitioning into the COLFA career counselor position.

Mary’s interests in career counseling stem primarily from her active membership on a research team that studied career development in college students. Currently, her research interests focus on college student career development and counseling, with particular focus on the Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) Approach. Mary also has a particular interest in working with college student veterans, as they are a unique and under-served population on college campuses.
In addition, she has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate career development courses.


Business Career Week
September 14-16, 2010, College of Business Career Counselors Barbara Jackson and Claudia Giliberti, will be hosting Business Careers Week through the UTSA University Career Center and the College of Business.

H-E-B Day!
On Thursday, September 16, the University Career Center will be hosting H-E-B Day at UTSA. H-E-B Day is an opportunity for H-E-B Leaders to interact with UTSA students to discuss why H-E-B is a great place to work. During this day we will have several information sessions where H-E-B Executives will be presenting to your students in the College of Business, Science, Engineering and Liberal Arts. In addition to the Executives, H-E-B with their store and facility leaders will facilitating panel discussions targeting topics such as Leadership and Success in the Workplace. Some of the highlights for the day will include, presentations from President and COO, Craig Boyan, and President of H-E-B’s San Antonio Food and Drug Division, Suzanne Wade.

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All Majors Career Fair
Public and private companies, as well as non-profit and government agencies, have been invited to participate in the UTSA University Career Center's Fall 2010 All Majors Career Fair. Over 700 students and alumni will be in attendance, searching for internships and full-time professional employment opportunities.

September 23rd
1:30pm – 4:30pm
UC Ballroom

2010 ROWDYS Camp

Greetings UTSA Community!

Orientation and Family Programs is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 ROWDYS Camp and need your help to spread the word to interested and qualified students! We cordially invite you to nominate one or more students for camp.

The camp information at a glance is below and in a format that can easily be duplicated and distributed. If students want more information or have questions, please refer them to our website OR our office:
Orientation and Family Programs
MS 2.01.10

Thank you in advanced for your support and assistance! We look forward to receiving your nominations and working with your students. Have a great day!

Now Accepting Nominations for 2010 ROWDYS Camp!

***Deadline to Submit Your Nomination

All nomination forms are due by Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5pm. If you have any other questions visit the website or feel free to contact Orientation and Family Programs at (210) 458-4724.


17th Annual Babcock Road Clean-Up: STAFF DRIVERS NEEDED!

Please join VOICES for the 17th Annual Babcock Road Clean-up Friday September 24th from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to be part of this tradition! Shuttles will provide participants transportation from the Convocation Center and will pick up at stops along the route on Babcock between 1604 and UTSA Blvd., and on UTSA Blvd. from Babcock to I-10. STAFF VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to drive minivans along the route in one hour shifts beginning on the hour at 10:00am, 11:00am, Noon, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm. To sign up to be a driver please email and include your preferred shift. For more information call 458-4770 or visit

University Oaks and Chisholm Hall

University Oaks has limited availability for UTSA students and staff! Please send any inquiries to 210.877.4000.

Student Health Services Earns U.S. Department of Education Grant

Student Health Services (SHS) is proud to announce funding under a U.S. Department of Education Grant entitled Grants for Coalitions to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol Abuse at Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). UTSA, through SHS, will host while developing a sustainable statewide coalition focusing on alcohol consumption, including binge drinking, among under-age students at IHEs. The coalition incorporates a cross-site, comprehensive, multi-modal, multi-year approach evaluating and educating thus preventing the subsequent consequences of behaviors related to alcohol abuse in this target population.

The coalition will continue to expand and enhance the collaborative programs, resources, research, and networks existing within the participating IHEs and their respective communities. SHS, in collaboration with Student Life, has already identified 12 sectors to target including: college-aged students and their parents, business community, media, secondary schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious or fraternal orders, civic and volunteer groups, healthcare organizations, and state, local, and tribal governmental agencies. The coalition will actively solicit broad participation from addictive disorder interventionists ensuring achievement of the goals and objectives of this exciting project.

Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Stanczak and Howaida Werfelli for their tireless efforts making this opportunity possible.

Student Leadership Center

The University of Texas at San Antonio celebrated its grand opening of the Student Leadership Center on August 26th. The grand opening took place in the University Center (UC 3 1.002), located underneath The Roost. The event was full of UTSA students and staff. The students had a chance to decorate their own shirts by defining what leadership meant to them. Some students defined leadership by all the organizations they are involved with, while other defined leadership through actions words.

Harrison Pierse, a junior said, “I think that the grand opening of the new student leadership center is a large step towards creating more opportunities for students to learn what leadership really is. So many people believe leadership is simply being a leader in an organization, but leadership is developing your ability to both inspire yourself and others to do more than they thought possible.”

The mission of the UTSA Student Leadership Center is to facilitate and provide intentional and purposeful leadership encounters through education, engagement and experience. This upcoming year, the center will offer students the opportunity to attend national conferences, engage in leadership dialogue and participate in a national program, called LeaderShape®.

LeaderShape® is a six-day national institute that will be hosted specifically for UTSA students. It is an intensive, energizing, and unique experience that builds leadership skills that no other program can match! It is six days of non-stop self-discovery and learning from practical experiences that build your leadership concepts and abilities. At the LeaderShape® Institute, participants create a personal vision to work on after they leave. The objective is to take something each person is passionate about and create a vision to help share that idea with friends, campus, the community, and the world.

Stop by the new Student Leadership Center to learn more about LeaderShape®.

UTSA Rec Center offers fitness activities for students, faculty and staff


As one of the best university recreation facilities in the nation, there are fitness activities for the entire UTSA community at the UTSA Recreation Center -- or Campus Rec. Most activities are included with student fees, and faculty and staff members can be members for a reasonable fee. The faculty-staff and spouse-partner membership is only $30 per month.

"Campus Rec activities include a 54-foot indoor rock climbing wall, a lazy river, racquetball, cooking demonstrations, video games and camping ...

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UTSA Child Development Center provides childcare for students, faculty, staff


UTSA has a childcare facility for use by UTSA students, faculty and staff. Licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the facility also is a Texas Rising Star Child Care Delivery Service provider.

"Open since January 2003, the UTSA Child Development Center ...

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UC Days Sept 9 includes UPS Store opening reception, info fair, live music

Jared Jones, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, University Center, 09/8/2010

The University Center (UC) at the Main Campus invites the entire UTSA community to become reacquainted with the variety of products and services available at UC Days in the UC main corridor from noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 7-9.

"Thursday, Sept. 9, will be the highlight of the week with a grand opening ceremony ...

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Faculty, staff invited to UTSA Alumni's '1st and Rowdy' tailgate party Sept. 16

Kyle Stephens, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, 09/7/2010

The UTSA Athletics Department announced Tuesday that season tickets for the 2011 football season will go on sale to UTSA Alumni Association members on Thursday, Sept. 16, and to the general public on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

"The UTSA Alumni Association will host the "1st and Rowdy" football tailgate party at the Institute of Texan Cultures ...

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Larry Coker starts again at UT-San Antonio

Andrea Adelson, ESPN College Football, 09/8/2010

Football practice has begun at UT-San Antonio, but the preparations are far from over.

There is so much to do to get ready for its inaugural season, coach Larry Coker has taken on many different jobs. He is coach, yes, but he is also ambassador, salesman and architect all wrapped up as the face of a program eagerly anticipating its arrival in 2011.

"It’s been very hectic, very busy, but it’s been a very good ...

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The Four C’s is Student Affairs conceptual model used to pursue our path of achieving Excellence in Service and Programming.  All new staff are required to attend the True Colors workshop to understand the division’s common language and then attend the Four C’s workshop to learn our vision, mission, core values and how to collaborate, connect, communicate, and create to achieve excellence.  Please speak with department supervisors to assure sign-up for a Four C’s class. Fall classes are scheduled as follows:

  Date                           Time              Room Locations            Deadline for Sign-Up   
  September 13, 2010   1:30 - 5:00   Travis Room/UC 2.202   9/7/2010
  September 20, 2010   1:30 - 5:00   Harris Room/UC 2.212   9/7/2010
  October 18, 2010        1:30 - 5:00   Harris Room/UC 2.212   10/11/2010

True Colors Logo

Challenge Yourself to Brighten a Color

Start the semester off by taking the challenge to brighten your colors; not stereotype others! This September and throughout the semester try brightening one of your least dominant colors. Let’s say your third or fourth color is BLUE, try reaching out to help someone or listen to another’s concern about something in the workplace. Maybe you can use your primary color to offer a helpful suggestion or solution. If your third or fourth color is GREEN and you haven’t tried expanding your technology knowledge in a while, how about signing up for a class in Second Life or WEBI training or anything else that may need a refresher. What if your third or fourth color is GOLD, then how about organizing your office? Make time to organize and file those piles on your desk. If ORANGE is one of your last two colors, try stepping outside your comfort zone and do something new. This may be anything from using the new walking trails on campus or participating in a dance class through Campus Recreation to volunteering for one of the many student events on campus. By brightening one of our least dominant colors this semester, we challenge ourselves to see how others view our UTSA community.

Bring your lunch and join us for an afternoon of True Colors camaraderie! Brown Bag Sessions

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Photo Galleries

Campus Rec Student Leadership Team Retreat- August 11-13, 2010


Campus Recreation spent three days with our Student Leadership Team, the undergraduate students who lead our programs, preparing for the semester. The overarching theme was “Shared Accountability” the retreat began with a full day on campus in the Recreation Center. The Student Leadership Team was broken into cohorts each representing one the values of Campus Recreation (hence the bandanas in the photos). Topics covered during the retreat included “The Leadership Challenge” presented by Dr. Jacob Tingle from Trinity University, Defining Leadership and Your Role as a Leader, Daily Observation = Semester Evaluations, Case Studies, Promises I Can Keep, Teambuilding and the Low/High Ropes Course. Megan and Amy created a modified version of Cranium – Camus Rec Cranium for the evening activity.

Late Night at the Rec- August 21, 2010

More Photos

New Student Involvement Fair- August 24, 2010


Student Leadership Center- August 25, 2010


A Night of Comedy- August 25, 2010


U Don't Even Know Dance Team- August 26, 2010


Part 1

Part 2

Practice on the Sombrilla every other Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

15th Annual Howdy Rowdy Bash- August 26, 2010


Rowdy Wing Fling- September 1, 2010


Late night orientation at the Rec Center- September 4, 2010


UTSA First Football Practice- September 8, 2010


UTSA First Football Practice- September 8, 2010



Women’s basketball announces 2010-11 schedule

UTSA announces football season ticket sales calendar

Roadrunners blank Grambling State on Sunday afternoon

All Sport Schedule - Area Events

Fri, Sep 10  VB  Texas-Pan American
UTSA Classic
 San Antonio, Texas  11 a.m.
Fri, Sep 10  VB   Davidson vs. UTEP
UTSA Classic
 San Antonio, Texas  1:30 p.m.
Fri, Sep 10  VB   UTEP
UTSA Classic
 San Antonio, Texas  7 p.m.
Fri, Sep 11  VB   Davidson vs. Texas-Pan American
UTSA Classic
 San Antonio, Texas  10 a.m.
Fri, Sep 11  VB  UTEP vs. Texas-Pan American
UTSA Classic
 San Antonio, Texas  2 p.m.
Fri, Sep 11  VB   Davidson
UTSA Classic
 San Antonio, Texas  5 p.m.
Fri, Sep 12  VB  North Texas  San Antonio, Texas  1:30 p.m.
Fri, Sep 17  MCC  Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic  San Antonio, Texas  6 p.m.
Fri, Sep 17  WCC  Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic  San Antonio, Texas  6 p.m.
Fri, Sep 17  WS  Texas Southern  San Antonio, Texas  7 p.m.
Fri, Sep 19  WS  Houston  San Antonio, Texas  1 p.m.
Fri, Sep 23  VB  UT Arlington *  San Antonio, Texas  6:30 p.m.

Complete Schedule



Business Procedures Tips


UTSA will continue to use the Replacement and New Position Justification Forms for another fiscal year (through 8/31/2011). The forms should be changed by HR to reflect the new expiration date. If you have departments reporting to your AVP or other staff in your office, please let them know. This also means that VPSA will continue the process for the temporary position request form. Student positions are not included in this process. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie or Bob.

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

For previous Business Procedures Tips, please visit the archive.


Wellness Tips

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were first released in December of 2008 to supplement the more-specific ACSM Guidelines most fitness professionals recommended.  Here is a general summary of the Physical Activity Guidelines:

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 Danielle Garcia

See past Thank You Rowdy Recipients

To:  Danielle Garcia, University Center
From:  Kim Ellicks-Center, Housing and Residence Life

Dear Danielle,

I am presenting “Thank You Rowdy” to you for all your hard work and collaboration with the Office of Housing and Residence Life for assisting us with the policies and procedures for approving the appropriate summer conference groups. It is through your assistance we have been able to sponsor various groups who were successful in their endeavors. I look forward to our continued partnership.

Kim Ellicks Center

Kim passes Rowdy to a shocked Danielle

Danielle receives Thank You Rowdy



To: Kelsey Bratcher- Assistant Director, of Risk Education, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Student Activities
From: Barry McKinney- Director, Student Activities

Kelsey Bratcher was just published in the NACA Campus Activities Programming Magazine. Kelsey’s article, “Student Activities: More Than Fun and Games” presented UTSA’s Party on the Paseo as a best practice for the nation. There were pictures from our event which were also highlighted throughout the magazine. The magazine focuses on how the program was created, implemented, and the assessment after the event. The article also highlights the collaboration of departments that worked on the event. At current, there is not a link to the article available. As soon as one is available it can be shared with the division.

Thank you!

To: UTSA Police Department

To: Kelsey Bratcher- Assistant Director, of Risk Education, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Student Activities

UTSA Police Department:

I just wanted to say thank you to our Police Staff for your help and support of our events. We really appreciate all you do for our students! Enjoy the picture from Night of Comedy. I hope you are able to add it to your wall of stars!

Thanks again! Have a great week... Kelsey


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