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Message from the Vice President

Dr. Gage Paine

It seems, everywhere on campus, people are busy. Students are headed into the second round of tests and classes are very real now. Student organizations have recruited new members, gotten through the start-up processes and now they have to do something! Faculty members are well into their rounds of class preparation and assignment grading. Plus, they have to find time to do their research and serve on committees. As for staff members, most offices are past their peak times for a little while and now we’re all into the daily chaos that passes for routine on a university campus. Not only do we have to respond to student questions, e-mails, and phone calls, not only do we have student appointments, handle walk-in traffic and listen to one or two concerns or complaints, but like student organizations we also have other stuff to do! Programs to plan, staff meetings to attend, assessments to conduct, university and division and department initiatives – the list is nearly endless. No wonder everyone is so busy!

When I teach Leadership Yoga, part of the workshop includes elements that all of us can do during our workday. If we would just take the time to do them during the day, then we would feel better and more energized. These are simple things – like getting up and moving around when we have been sitting at the computer for a while. Or, conversely, taking a moment to sit down when we’ve been on our feet for a long time. By far, the simplest and easiest thing we can do at any time is to take two or three deep breaths. Inhale very slowly and exhale even more slowly. Long, slow, deep breaths allow your body to absorb more oxygen. Focusing on your breath gives your mind a mental break as well. There’s a reason people tell you to take a deep breath when you’re stressed. Just a few minutes of deep breathing is all it takes and you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel. To help us all take a moment to breathe here at the end of the week, in the middle of a busy semester, here’s a poem about breathing by Liza Lowitz from her book, Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By.

Ujjayi Pranayama (or Victorious Breath)
Slow and deep
into the heart of the day.
With each inhalation
comes an exhalation
twice as long.
Slow and deep
filling the longs
with infinite space,
the sun rises and sets
in each single breath.
Forget about tomorrow.
Now is an eternity
and life is a victory
so celebrate
the heart of the day.



Announcements/Departmental Events

San Antonio City Council approves Alamodome contract

UTSA Athletics Communications, 10/21/2010

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio City Council approved Thursday a contract allowing UTSA to play its home football games in the Alamodome during its first five seasons.

The contract ensures the Roadrunners will host contests in the 65,000-seat facility beginning with its inaugural season in 2011 and extending through 2015. The contract also includes a provision for two one-year renewal options.

“We are extremely pleased to be playing our home games in one of the best football stadiums in the country,” UTSA Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey said. “Our contract with the City is a true partnership in bringing big time college football to our community.”

Mayor Julian Castro and members of the City Council joined Hickey in praising the partnership to bring a permanent football tenant to the Alamodome.

“This is a fair and strong agreement for both the City and UTSA, Mayor Castro told the San Antonio Express-News on Wednesday. "It will bring football to the Alamodome and make a great difference in enlivening downtown."

Under the contract, UTSA will receive revenue primarily from tickets, merchandise, sponsorships and program sales. The City will be reimbursed for its expenses and will retain all concession and parking revenue.

UTSA will receive all revenue from 40 of the Alamodome’s 52 suites and the City and UTSA will split revenue from 10 suites and the City will retain two suites for internal use.

UTSA will host six games in 2011 [Northeastern State (Sept. 3), McMurry (Sept. 10), Bacone College (Sept. 24), South Alabama (Oct. 8), Georgia State (Oct. 29) and Minot State (Nov. 19)]. For a complete list of future games scheduled, click here.

Fans may purchase season tickets by calling the UTSA Ticket Office at 210/458-UTSA (8872) or by visiting

UTSA is early-voting site for joint general, special and bond elections

Kris Rodriguez, Public Affairs Specialist, 10/15/2010

Once again, the UTSA Main Campus has been designated one of 41 Bexar County early-voting sites for the Nov. 2 joint general, special and bond elections. Early voting runs Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29 in the lobby of the University Center ballroom. Any registered Bexar County voter can use the UTSA site.

Over the years, UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) leaders consistently have sought a UTSA voting site because of student requests. SGA and UTSA Alumni Association representatives say that an on-campus, early-voting site encourages students to do their civic duty by voting and getting involved in the political process.

Bexar County early voting
Monday, Oct. 18-Friday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24, noon-6 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 25-Friday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

For the full article, visit: URL

Alcohol Awareness Week 2010 is Here!

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Bravo Night

This wonderful event is to pay tribute to individuals who have fought the battle against breast cancer. All UTSA student, faculty, and staff can attend this event. There will be giveaways, a fashion show, performances, and a celebration for all survivors!! If you, or someone you love fought and/or survived this battle, this would be an awesome event for you.

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UCPC Activities

PDF of the Oct 21 - Nov 3 schedule

4th Annual Rowdy Rec Run 5 K

Join us for the 4th Annual Rowdy Rec Run 5k on October 23rd. On-site registration will begin at 8:00am. Race will begin at 9:00am. In order to guarantee as shirt, preregister at:

Staying Up Late for a Purpose

The Fourth Annual Up ‘til Dawn event will be taking place on October 23rd in the University Recreation Center. Doors open at 8:30pm and activities will continue until 2:30am. You will hear from a patient family who has experienced St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and short video from the children at St. Jude. A letter writing campaign will take place during this event to raise awareness and funding for the Hospital. If you are interested in participating in the letter writing please bring the names and addresses of your family and friends. We will provide the letters, stamps, envelopes, and we will even mail them for you. There is also a donation station if letter writing is not your style, but you still want to contribute to battling children’s cancer. Some of the activities include ring toss, bean bag toss, a 4-square tournament, and several other carnival games. Come experience Up ‘til Dawn and help fight children’s cancer as St. Jude’s Founder Danny Thomas once said “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

If you have questions about this event or want to get involved in future Up ‘til Dawn events please contact the Up ‘til Dawn student organization at

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Staff Development Team

There’s still time for you to register for the Student Affairs Orientation: What do we all do? This event is targeted to staff hired within the last 12 months within the division and will be held Thursday, October 28 from 8:30-12pm in UC Ballroom I. Keynote address will be given by Dr. Gage E. Paine at 8:30. During this event, you’ll have a chance to explore all the different areas within our vibrant division, network, learn more during a fair-style information session and even win prizes! You can sign up today using TXClass.

Please remember to obtain supervisor permission to attend. If you should have questions, feel free to email Class size is limited, so register today!

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Some of you consider your work in Student Affairs a J-O-B, while others of you consider your work a career. No matter which way you think of what YOU do here, take a moment to tell us what YOU think about UTSA's Student Affairs division. The Staff Development Team is sponsoring a contest to do just that. We want to know what you think. We are posing 3 questions to Student Affairs staff and student workers with prizes for the top answers for each question*.

Participants must be current UTSA Student Affairs staff or student workers.
· Participants may submit answers for one, two or all three questions.
· Participants may submit multiple answers to the same question(s).
· Deadline to submit an entry is 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 29th.
· Winning responses will be determined by members of the UTSA Student Affairs Staff Development Team.*
· Winner(s) will be announced on Tuesday, November 2nd.
· By submitting your answer, you are granting UTSA Student Affairs and the Staff Development Team permission to use your answer as part of future events at UTSA.

1. If you could be Vice President of Student Affairs at UTSA for one day/week, what would you do with the opportunity?
2. What do you think is most rewarding about your career in Student Affairs at UTSA?
3. Which UTSA Student Affairs Professional Development opportunity (Education Workshop, Student Affairs Orientation, True Colors, Four C’s, Spring Conference, etc.) has benefitted you most and why?

Click here to submit your response to any or all of the above three questions via email to the Staff Development Team.

**SUPERVISORS** Please print the PDF for anyone who does not have email access and allow them to submit entries via campus mail to Shirley Rowe at UC 2.02.04

Awards & Recognition Team

How can you be in college for life?

Become a member of a student affairs division!

October is “Careers in Student Affairs” month, the Awards and Recognition team would like to extend an invitation to participate in an informative panel discussion highlighting Careers in Student Affairs here at UTSA. We will have numerous speakers on the panel. They will discuss the roles that are currently held at UTSA and then those common to Student Affairs divisions, how their career path developed leading them to UTSA, tips or suggestions regarding how to build a career in student affairs, and additional insight that help participants generate enthusiasm for being a part of the Student Affairs family!

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Downtown Career Fair

There were 190 students and alumni who attended the Fall 2010 Downtown Career Fair on Wednesday, October 13th. Twenty-eight employers representing a range of industries and professions networked and recruited students for a variety of full-time, part-time and internships opportunities. In addition, the University Career Center and College of Public Policy co-sponsored a networking event after the career fair that connected 12 local agencies with our graduate students.

Only 1 more career fair remains for the fall semester:
DATE: Wednesday, November 3rd
TIMES: 8:30 – 11:30 AM
LOCATION: University Center Ballroom

Students and alumni are encouraged to dress professionally, bring their resume, and network with employers at this event!

For maximum effectiveness, participants are encouraged to attend a “Career Fair Prep” workshop prior to attending!

All You Need to Know About FERPA!

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

What is FERPA & why should I know more about it?
How does our office handle and train employees on FERPA and confidentiality?
What do I do when a student asks to see their records?
What is permissible versus UTSA practice?

Whether you are new or seasoned come join us for an interactive program to learn about new updates and receive a refresher of the main principles of FERPA. If FERPA is not an aspect of your daily job join us anyway to prepare for possible future responsibilities.

Monday, November 15, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 pm
UC Ballroom 2
Sponsored by the Student Affairs Staff Development Team
Questions email

Student Affairs Employee of the Semester Award Nominations

Once again, it is time to nominate a deserving individual(s) for the Fall 2010 Student Affairs Employee of the Semester Award.

Up to three members of the Student Affairs Division will be eligible to win the Student Affairs Employee of the Semester Award. Nominees must be in a full-time staff position in the division (VPSA Central Office, Student Life, Student Services, Athletics, Registrar, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, Admissions and Orientation) to be eligible. Individuals may be nominated by a student or staff member in Student Affairs, however the nomination form must be approved by the nominee's direct supervisor.

Award winners are judged based on the following criteria:
1. Provide outstanding service to students.
2. Work collegially/collaboratively within their unit or outside of their unit.
3. Promote enthusiasm about UTSA and its mission.
4. Implement a policy, procedure, idea, or developed a concept that has expanded or improved business function, service level or department morale.
5. Demonstrate initiative in getting involved outside the scope of their job duties.

To nominate a staff member for the Employee of the Semester Award, nominators must complete an online form that describes how the nominee meets the criteria listed above (not to exceed 500 words). Cite examples whenever possible and include success indicators if available.

The completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Awards and Recognition Committee by 5pm on Friday, November 12, 2010. The nomination form can be found online at

Winners will be announced on December 10, 2010. For more information on the Employee of the Semester Award, contact Luisa Ramirez at ext. 2910 or email to

Student Travel Update

The UTSA Policy on International Travel to Restricted Regions is now available at The policy, developed by the UTSA International Oversight Committee (IOC) in coordination with Executive Vice Provost and Senior International Officer Julius Gribou, includes a Restricted Regions List of locations throughout the world where UTSA faculty, staff and student travel is restricted. It also details the required procedures and provides the necessary forms for any UTSA student, faculty or staff member who proposes to travel to an area on the list either to conduct University business or as part of any University-related activity.

The UTSA Restricted Regions List includes all countries with a current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning and/or Alert. It may also include any other identified international locations with specific health and/or safety concerns which the IOC and Executive Vice Provost deem sufficient to warrant inclusion on the list. The list will be updated as needed. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at 458-7240 or the Executive Vice Provost at 458-4994.

An announcement from the Registrar’s Office -E - Transcripts available

In partnership with eSCRIP-SAFE® , the University of Texas at San Antonio's Office of the Registrar is pleased to offer electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) to all of our students. UTSA is now able to provide official transcripts delivered electronically through the "eSCRIP-SAFE" server network. This is the most secure and the quickest method to deliver an official transcript. For more information please visit

Be A Responsible Roadrunner

Be A Responsible Roadrunner has organized and collaborated with other departments and organizations to recognize alcohol awareness week October 16-23. Alcohol Awareness Week Featured Speaker Adam Ritz surprised an audience of over 400 on Monday night in the UC Ballroom through an interactive discussion asking “Are you invincible?” Tuesday evening, Sigma Pi Fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, along with BARR, coordinated the Sam Spady presentation for their peers. This program discusses alcohol poisoning through audience participation, viewing of the Sam Spady documentary and facilitated discussion with panelists.

UTSA’s Alcohol Awareness Week’s traditional Campus Crawl will take place on Thursday, October 21 from 7pm-11:30pm. Campus Crawl is a progressive party through the four on campus housing properties that provide education through involvement.

Throughout the week, members of BARR are also collecting change to see who will receive a pie in the face during the organization’s monthly event Thirsty Thursday. BARR chose 8 willing participants to be UTSA Celebrities for this endeavor. Thursday, one of these 8 staff members will receive a pie in the face around 12:15 on the UC Paseo: Coach Larry Coker, Coach Brooks Thompson, Barry McKinney, Kelsey Bratcher, John Montoya, Francisco Lugo, Keri Shiplet, Gary Handy. The celebrity who has had the most monetary votes by Thursday at 11:30 a.m. will be pied. Money raised goes toward future alcohol education programming by BARR for UTSA students. It also assists with future training and education through the BACCHUS Network for the BARR Consultants.

Thank you to Athletics, Campus Activities Board, UCPC, Health and Wellness Expo, Greek Life, Roadrunners Late Night, UTSA Housing and Residence Life, Campus Living Villages, Student Judicial Affairs, Sigma Pi Fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for helping Alcohol Awareness Week be successful.

Congratulations to the Campus Living Villages RA Team

The RA's at University Oaks and Chisholm Hall brought their Roadrunner pride to the annual SWACUHO RA Conference (October 8-10, 2010) at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. That pride and spirit was on display when they won the “Best Roll Call-Large School” Award for their roll call presentation at the conference, outshining some of the largest schools from Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. All attending schools either filmed or performed live a skit incorporating their school, the conference theme, and school spirit. The UTSA-Campus Living Village delegation, though one of the smaller ones in representation, competed against around 30 different large schools.

The theme of the conference was bRAnded for life! The RAs had the opportunity to attend programs from across the region to bring back to UTSA. The conference was a wonderful chance to develop some of our student leaders.

The Universtiy Oaks and Chisholm Hall delegation consisted of Residence Life Coordinator Lennon Prothro-Jones (Chisholm Hall), RA Tim Westmoreland (University Oaks), RA Whitlee Baimbridge (University Oaks), RA Westin Portillo (University Oaks), and RA Sean Vargas (Chisholm Hall) (Shown in photo from left to right). They had a blast showing off their UTSA pride and spirit.

2010 GLBTQ Scholarship Fundraiser

On October 9, 2010, Alumni and friends of UTSA gathered to raise money for an endowed scholarship for members of our GLBTQ student population. This is the second year the fundraiser has been held and it was a great success. Part of the event featured this year’s scholarship winners: Miguel Fierro – Sophomore (English Major), Joe Engel – Sophomore (Computer Science Major), Lauren Bishop – Junior (Political Science Major), and Tim Flitton – Junior (Marketing Major). Additionally, UTSA was represented by Charles Miles, President of the GLBTQ student organization, Marlon Anderson and Ann Margaret Trujillo from the ICE Center, and Jana Kennelly from Student Affairs Development.

Here are the remarks that Joe Engel made representing the students.


New Home for Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Services opens in John Peace Library

Anne Peters, Communications Coordinator

Another milestone in the ongoing renovation of the John Peace Library was reached today with the opening of brand new spaces for the Writing Center and two units of the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC)— Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Services. The integration of these three key academic support programs into the building effectively creates a one-stop shop for student learning engagement.

The newly renovated wing, located on the south side of JPL’s second floor, includes a mix of study rooms, collaborative study spaces, computing resources and office space for staff.

The move to JPL triples the space for TRC’s Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Programs, accommodating more students for tutoring and group study sessions.


Region 12 Conference for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI)

Thirteen University Center student employees and as many staff attended the Region 12 Conference for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) October 1-3. The UC hosted the conference, which welcomed university center staff from member institutions in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. UC student and full-time staff attended educational sessions, listened to keynote speakers and participated in networking experiences to learn about leadership and how to better manage college unions and student programs. Dr. Gage Paine was the opening session keynote speaker.

Part of the conference activities included a graphics design competion with various categories for students and professionals. The UC received first place for the “Fall into the UC” logo created by student designer Benjamin Arce. In the professional category, the UC received first place for its Events Management info packet and UC general use brochure. The Events Management & Conference Services weddings website, designed by Student Life Web Specialist Judy Cadena, also won first place in the professional category.

Keith Pilger’s True Colors educational session was awarded “Best Session” at the conference. His session received the highest evaluation scores compared to more than 20 other sessions.

Alumni Come Back and Give Back at Rowdy Wing Fling

Manny Longoria is an active alumni of UTSA and recently returned to support and educate our students. He was an extremely active student leader while an undergraduate at UTSA, being one of the founding members of VOICES, the creative force and first coordinator of the Do It! Service Learning Program on campus and a fraternity leader within the Greek community. Now employed by Nationwide insurance company, Manny sponsored the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.)exhibit booth at Rowdy Wing Fling.

Daniel Garza is a recent graduate and alumni who has been hired as the Program Specialist for the South Texas chapter of M.A.D.D. He successfully completed an internship during the spring 2010 semester with them. He is responsible for prevention and awareness activities at M.A.D.D. While at UTSA, Daniel was an active member in his fraternity and served as their chapter representative on the Interfraternity Council. He was thrilled to return to campus and participate in Rowdy Wing Fling.


University Center exceeds national satisfaction benchmarks of 88 campuses

Jared Jones, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, University Center, 10/7/2010

The UTSA University Center (UC) at the UTSA Main Campus was rated cleaner, more student-focused and as offering a more outstanding program overall than the average of 88 institutions in the annual national benchmarking survey conducted for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) by Education Benchmarking Inc. (EBI).

"Participating universities include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, College of William and Mary...

For the full article, visit: URL

Oct. 28: UC Lunch and Learn Seminar: How to avoid identity theft

Jared Jones, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, University Center, 10/19/2010

The University Center and Frost Bank invite UTSA faculty and staff to the inaugural UC Lunch and Learn Seminar to get important information on identity theft prevention from a Frost Bank fraud management expert. The event will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Chili's Too restaurant on the Main Campus.

"The speaker will be Sandy Sullivan, Frost Bank senior vice president of fraud management, who will discuss how to be proactive in protecting yourself...

For the full article, visit: URL

University Newsletters

Perform poetry, music, skits at open-mike night for Nov. 30 World AIDS Day event

Jared Jones, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, University Center, 10/19/2010

UTSA students can step up at an open-mike event and raise their voices for the fight against HIV. The event will be Tuesday evening, Nov. 30, and the entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 5.

"Students can apply to participate in the World AIDS Day open-mike night...

For the full article, visit: URL

Four C's

We’d like to share an important milestone for Student Affairs: As of this week almost all full-time and part-time staff and many of our graduate assistants have attended "Excellence in Service and Programming – Four C’s "training sessions. That total is 553 people. It reflects the dedication of many staff members who participated along this transformative journey-- Collecting the shared division values, defining the theme of Four C’s -Communicate, Connect, Collaborate, and Create - and articulating functional definitions of the terms -- Building a curriculum-- Testing it out on about 40 brave folks-- The Education Team delivering the training over the past eleven months. Thanks to everyone who contributed. We learned much from the discussion and most staff made many connections across the division. The overwhelming positive response was of the training sessions: The best part (of Four C training) was meeting and talking to other people across the division. Thanks to all the departments who have incorporated the Four C’s in very visible ways through service and programs and have provided models for all of us to follow for the good of the students and staff we serve.

The Education Team learned much during the many hours dedicated to the facilitation of the division’s Excellence initiative. Please be on the lookout for new dimensions of Excellence in Service and Programming this spring.

Please forward any suggestions for curriuculum or other comments to the Education Team members listed below: Donna Edmondson, Edna Dominguez, Eliot Howard, Eric Cooper, Jan McKinney Marisol Scheer

True Colors Logo

The True Colors Team would like to share some TC presentation information. The True Colors team began offering the Introduction to 'True Colors© – Your Key to Personal Success' in 2008-2009. All division staff was trained. We received so many requests from various student groups, classes, Freshman seminars, campus departments, UTSA parents’, and community groups that we have now offered training to over 2,000 individuals. We completed two Introduction to True Colors training sessions for new staff in the division this month and have added additional staff certified to teach True Colors to introduce new curriculums to student workers and staff members.

This initiative continues to grow beyond our expectations. Please forward any suggestions for curriculum or other comments to the True Colors Team listed below: Donna Edmondson, Edna Dominguez, Eliot Howard, Eric Cooper, Jan McKinney Marisol Scheer, Carol Gonzalez, Keith Pilger, Michelle Montanio, Misty Kelley, Paul Remmert, Tony Daniels

Academic class participates in True Colors

Photo Galleries

Panhellenic Council Sorority Recruitment – September 9-13, 2010


2010 GLBTQ Scholarship Fundraiser - October 9, 2010


Roadrunner Late Night: MGC Stroll Competition – October 9, 2010


UTSA Alpha Phi Alpha Stroll Video

UTSA Delta Xi Nu Stroll Video

UTSA Sigma Lambda Alpha Stroll Video

Academic class participates in True Colors - October 11, 2010


True Colors Green Luncheon- October 11, 2010


Downtown Career Fair- October 12, 2010


Roadrunner Late Night: So You Think You Can Salsa? – October 16, 2010


Be A Responsible Roadrunner- October 18, 2010


Staff Networking Team: Create a Card- October 20, 2010



San Antonio couple pledges $250,000 to UTSA Athletics

Neugebauer-Groff to be inducted into San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame

Roadrunners passing attack highlights Wednesday scrimmage

UTSA looks to remain hot this weekend

All Sport Schedule - Area Events

Thu, Oct 21  VB  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi *  San Antonio, Texas  6:30 p.m.
Fri, Oct 22  SOC  Southeastern Louisiana *  San Antonio, Texas  7 p.m.
Sat, Oct 23  SOFT  Trinity (DH)  San Antonio, Texas  10 a.m.
Sun, Oct 24  SOC  Nicholls *  San Antonio, Texas  1 p.m.
Thur, Oct 28  VB  Northwestern State *  San Antonio, Texas  6:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 30  VB  Central Arkansas *  San Antonio, Texas  1 p.m.
Sun, Oct 31 - Nov 2  WG  Alamo Invitational  San Antonio, Texas  All Day
Sun, Oct 31  WBB  Henderson State  San Antonio, Texas  2 p.m.
Thur, Nov 4  VB  Sam Houston State  San Antonio, Texas  6:30 p.m.

Complete Schedule



Business Procedures Tips

briefcase UTSA has prohibited the use of 12- and 15-passenger vans for off-campus use for all parties, including as rentals. Pages 11-12 of provide additional information.

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

For previous Business Procedures Tips, please visit the archive.


Wellness Tips

How to survive Halloween temptations:

1. Keep your goals firmly planted in your mind whether they be to lower your blood pressure, get into your favourite pair of jeans or just to feel good physically each day.

2. Avoid the "All or Nothing" mentality.
Let's face it, no one's perfect. Chances are, there will be a time when you go overboard. Don't let this lead into a "I already blew it" binge that lasts until January 1st. Get right back on track the next day.

3. Choose candy you don't like.
You will be less apt to eat out of habit and take a piece or two if you are not surrounded by your favorites.

4. Choose alternatives to candy.
Give out dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cheese and cracker packets, pretzels, popcorn , or fruit roll-ups for a more healthful treat.

5. Choose small portions.
Buy fun-sized chocolates instead of their full sized counterparts. Don't forget to count out in advance your allotted servings for the day.

6. Choose non-food alternatives.

You can still enjoy the holiday festivities and keep the trick or treaters happy. Many stores and holiday shops carry a multitude of Halloween miniature toys, cars, glow-in-the-dark necklaces and other fun little goodies.

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 Ruth Coates

See past Thank You Rowdy Recipients

To:  Ruth Ann Coates, Office of the Associate Dean of Students
 Judy Moreno, Office of the Registrar


Today I pass along Thank You Rowdy to you. I’m happy to say that you have been an absolutely wonderful person to work with. I can trust that whenever I have a question about conferences, equipment, or pretty much anything else that you will always take the time no matter how busy you are to help me out until my question or issue is resolved. You always have a smile on your face and a positive infectious attitude. I’ve realized that I have it great here at UTSA and one of those reasons is you. Over the past 2 years you’ve made everything as smooth and worry free as possible for me. And I would just like to say thank you and let you know that I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me.


Judy surprises Ruth with Rowdy

Thank You Rowdy visiting with Ruth Coates



To: Juan A. Cantu - Administrative Associate II, Registrar’s Office
From: Michele Rench - Enrollment Services Officer II, Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services

Thank you Juan for your cheerful attitude every day, no matter how busy we are. I appreciate your encouragement of my staff and myself, especially the “drops for our bucket” certificates. You are a great resource for us; when there is a Registrar question we cannot answer for a student, you are readily available to assist. Thanks for all you do, especially for our telecampus students!

Thank you!
Michele Rench


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