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UTSA Staff Council hosts second ‘Strikes for Scholarships’ bowling fundraiser

By Christi Fish
Associate Director of Media Relations

(Jan. 10, 2012) -- The UTSA Staff Council invites UTSA faculty, staff, students and friends to attend the 2012 "Strikes for Scholarships" bowling fundraiser and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 at University Bowl, 12332 West Interstate 10, near De Zavala Road. Monies raised will support Staff Council's annual scholarship, awarded to at least two UTSA staff undergraduate students and two UTSA staff graduate students.

"The UTSA Staff Council serves as the voice for UTSA staff on a variety of issues and includes at least one staff member from each VP area of the university," said Christopher Goldsberry, UTSA coordinator of financial aid outreach and Staff Council chair....

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Student Affairs Name Tags

In an overwhelming show of support for the use of Student Affairs name tags, the Student Affairs Council voted to commit to wearing our name tags on a daily basis! Using name tags shows our commitment to provide outstanding service to students and the UTSA community. Name tags are a part of our commitment to create an environment of engagement. Please remember to wear your name tag, so students, visitors to campus and other staff members will know who they can turn to for assistance. We are here to engage with our community!

Burrage lifts UTSA past Sam Houston State, 62-60

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HUNTSVILLE — Junior Kannon Burrage scored 17 points, including the game-tying and winning baskets and UTSA squeaked past Sam Houston State, 62-60, on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.

Trailing by seven with less than four minutes to play, Burrage and junior Michael Hale III helped key a 10-1 closing run to seal the Roadrunners’ (9-6, 2-0 SLC) first victory in Huntsville since Feb. 14, 2004.

The Bearkats (6-9, 0-1 SLC) took a 59-52 lead when Darius Gatson made a pair of free throws at the 3:33 mark.

UTSA began its finishing stretch with a turnaround jumper by senior Alex Vouyoukas.

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UTSA hosts volunteer training for Jan. 28 Student Aid Saturdays event

By Tim Brownlee
Associate Director of Internal Communications

(Jan. 4, 2012) -- Volunteers are needed for UTSA participation in Student Aid Saturdays, a program to help students and families complete financial aid paperwork. The Saturday events are at sites around the city. The UTSA event to aid prospective students and their families will be 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Business Building Computer Lab (2.01.20).

Volunteers for the UTSA and other events must go through training before the Saturday event. Training will be offered each Wednesday starting Jan. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café College, 131 El Paso St., San Antonio, Texas, 78204, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

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Proposal Accepted

Mary Buzzetta and Shirley Rowe were recently notified that they had a proposal accepted to present on “Today’s Veterans: Utilizing Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) Approach to Build Upon Their Career Dreams” at the National Career Development Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA in June 2012. The roundtable will focus on incorporating this career theory as a foundation for assisting veterans in developing and achieving their career goals. Shirley will also be presenting in the hands-on Tech Lab at the conference on “Are You LinkedIn: Using a Social Media Tool in Career Services” sharing with practitioners how to develop their own profile and how to teach clients to create their own and use it for professional networking purposes. Shirley will also serve as a part of a Professional Development Institute panel on “Technology Tools for Beginners” teaching the use of surveys in the career field.

It’s not too late to submit a proposal!

UTSA Holiday Breakfast for employees, student leaders

Each year the Student Affairs Conference is a success thanks in large part to the willingness of staff to share their expertise with each other. Do you have topic that you’d like to share with your fellow Student Affairs staff? Topics could range for new research to leadership to customer service to student engagement and much, much more. Submit a proposal today to the Staff Development Team to be considered as a presenter at our 2012 Conference: New Traditions, New Successes! Submit the application online from the PDF on our Staff Development Team’s website.

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 17, 2012.

Be A Responsible Roadrunner: Student Elected Area Representative for National Organization

Be A Responsible Roadrunner members R.J. Rangel, Kristen Pina & Alex Rivera at BACCHUS Network General Assembly 2011

UTSA student Rene R.J. Rangel was elected to the student advisory committee of the BACCHUS Network at the organization's General Assembly Nov. 3-5 in Reston, Virginia. BACCHUS is an international organization that promotes peer education regarding healthier behaviors among college-age adults.

As newly elected president of the UTSA student organization, Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR), Rangel will represent BACCHUS Network Area 6 (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas) for one year. BARR is UTSA's BACCHUS Network affiliate. Rangel is a junior history major from Edinburg, Texas.

“Running for and winning the position of SAC was a great experience,” said Rangel. “It's easy to want to make a difference when you have the support coming from advisors, friends and family. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to represent UTSA on a national level.”

Alex Rivera, junior communications major from Cibolo and Kristen Pina, freshman engineering major from Rosenberg also attended the General Assembly. All three students attended multiple conference sessions provided by peers and professionals from institutions across the nation that enhanced their knowledge on prevention and education topics as well as leadership development...


Be A Responsible Roadrunner End of Semester Awards

Be A Responsible Roadrunner members celebrated the fall semester with an end of semester luncheon at Maggiano’s in December. Members shared their most memorable moments and honored two of their members with organization honors. R.J. Rangel was awarded Outstanding Consultant for his contributions to the organization for the fall semester. The Outstanding Consultant models the qualities of an excellent peer educator – including being a role model, an outstanding facilitator of student learning, and an effective link connecting Be A Responsible Roadrunner with other departments, organizations and community groups. The Outstanding Consultant has made significant contributions to the organization, shows a high level of leadership in the organization. The Consultant has demonstrated a record of improvement, progressed throughout membership, and is a self-starter with a confident attitude. The Outstanding Consultant often serves above and beyond the call of duty. She/He strives for positive interactions with peers, finds ways to take the organization to the next level and takes the extra step to learn more about the organization, community, relevant topic material and skills for the benefit of the team.

Rangel is a junior history major from Edinburg, Texas.

Sarah Gallup was awarded the Rising Star for her contributions to the organization for the fall semester. The Rising Star is a new member of the organization who has demonstrated dedication and excitement towards Be A Responsible Roadrunner. The new member has made significant contributions to the organization, shows a novice, or higher, level of leadership in the organization and the beginning stages of an excellent peer educator. The new member has demonstrated a record of improvement, progressed throughout membership, and is a self-starter with a confident attitude. The Rising Star may serve above and beyond the call of duty. She/He strives for positive interactions with peers, finds ways to take the organization to the next level and takes the extra step to learn more about the organization, community, relevant topic material and skills for the benefit of the team.

Gallup is a sophomore psychology major from The Woodlands, Texas...


Save the date for the Student Affairs Orientation

The date for the mandatory Student Affairs Orientation is quickly approaching. The date is Wednesday, February 8 from 8:30am-12pm in the UC Denman. This is an excellent program to orient newly hired staff to our division. The Staff Development Team will be contacting directors regarding staff attendance soon. For questions regarding this event, you can email or contact either Erika Cox or Keri Shiplet.

Parent Council fundraising for UTSA Family Fund brings in more than $50,000

By Brittany Pratt
Development Assistant, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

(Dec. 14, 2011) -- In 2009, UTSA parents embraced a new tradition to help offer exceptional opportunities to students through donations to the UTSA Family Fund.

Funds raised are awarded to programs hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs that enrich student life and make attending UTSA comfortable, enjoyable and safe. In just two years, parent contributions have surpassed $50,000. This year, eight projects received support from parents:

* The Movement: A Civil Rights and Social Justice Trip -- This five-day trip in January 2012 will include visits to New Orleans, Birmingham and Memphis to teach students about the Civil Rights Movement and the individuals who were active in advancing civil rights and social justice in their communities.
* Career Closet -- Through the University Career Center, students can check out professional outfits cost-free including men's and women's suits to dress appropriately for job interviews.
* 21st Birthday Card -- The student organization Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR) will send a "Happy Birthday" message to students turning 21 with 10 tips on how to celebrate responsibly and a bonus tip to encourage a sober celebration. The card is redeemable for a free smoothie from the Campus Rec Smoothie King.
* Beyond Borders -- Hosted during Roadrunner Days, this event will help educate immigrant students on their unique needs and how UTSA staff are available to support them as they become active students on campus.
* Alternative Spring Break -- Students commit their spring break through service to others. Students previously have volunteered in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
* Rowdy Wing Fling – For UTSA students, the event promotes awareness of the risks and responsibilities associated with alcohol use. It is the first alcohol awareness event of the year and includes free food and plenty of "edutainment."
* The Status Update -- In conjunction with World AIDS Day, this expo raises awareness of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, encourages HIV testing and educates students on predisposing factors and behaviors.
* Leadership Cultural Dinner -- A high-profile speaker will discuss with students issues ranging from leadership and political involvement to pop culture and the arts.

Projects are chosen by members of the UTSA Parent Council through a competitive grant process. Parents and family members can make a difference at UTSA through the Family Fund. If you are a parent or know of a parent that may want to help, contact Brittany Pratt at 210-458-5119, or for more information, visit the UTSA Family Fund website.

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Call for Programs

Leadership NOW!
Finding Your Voice. Sharing Your Vision.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
9am – 4pm

Maybe you have never presented a workshop at a conference before but you have done presentations or would like to add the experience to your resume.

Maybe you are passionate about a topic or you have learned some valuable lessons that you want to share with students.

Maybe you are an advisor or a professional and welcome the opportunity to share your expertise with students.

I highly encourage you to submit an educational session proposal for the “Leadership NOW! Conference” before Jan. 11th.

Leadership NOW! is a free, one-day conference for UTSA students. The conference focuses on developing leadership skills, providing an open dialogue to address tough issues that leaders face, and offering a diverse spectrum of workshops centered around the theme Finding Your Voice. Sharing Your Vision.

Leadership NOW! will include breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and opportunities to network with fellow attendees.

Leadership NOW! invites UTSA students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to submit proposals for the conference. We are looking for programs with exciting new topics that challenge traditional leadership workshop styles and content. Program proposals can be submitted by clicking here .

Leadership NOW! program proposals are due Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 27, 2012.

Leadership NOW! Conference Registration is now open for UTSA students. All students, from emerging leaders to experienced leaders, are invited to attend the conference to network with peers and experience Finding Your Voice. Sharing Your Vision. UTSA students can register online by clicking here.

Possible Session Topics:

* Individual Development
* Risk Management
* Marketing
* Recruitment
* Keeping Members Motivated
* Collegiate Link
* Transitioning from a Member to a Leader
* Use of Technology & Social Media
* Fundraising
* University Resources
* Events Management
* Communication Styles
* Delegation

If you have any comments or questions regarding Leadership NOW! contact We look forward to receiving your program proposal!

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Annemarie Nunez Receives Mildred Garcia Award

Story by: Dr. David Thompson

Dr. Anne-Marie Nuñez, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS) at UTSA, has received the Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship (tenure-track faculty category) from the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Dr. Nunez, a faculty member in the ELPS higher education program area, received this award at the November 2011 ASHE Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship is awarded annually to one tenured faculty member and one tenure-track faculty member whose “seminal scholarly” research focuses on issues related to underrepresented populations in higher education. The award is named for Dr. Mildred Garcia, who is currently the President of California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Garcia was recently appointed by United States President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Dr. Nuñez, whose scholarship focuses on college choice, college outreach, and college transition, joined the UTSA faculty in 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from The University of California, Los Angeles. She is a prolific early-career scholar, having already published in such top-tier journals as the American Educational Research Journal, Review of Higher Education, and Harvard Educational Review.

Congratulations to Dr. Anne-Marie Nuñez for receiving this distinguished honor!

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Submit nominations now: University Excellence Awards 2012 ceremony is April 10

(Dec. 9, 2011) --Effective this academic year, UTSA will combine the separate staff and faculty honors ceremonies into one event, the University Excellence Awards, and will not have a separate Faculty Honors Convocation. The 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus.

A new award, the President's Distinguished Diversity Award, has been added to the list of honors. With the implementation of the combined ceremonies, the timeline for acceptance of nominations has been changed. The nomination period will be from Dec. 12, 2011, through Feb. 3, 2012, for the following awards:

* President's Distinguished Diversity Awards
* Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Awards
* The Rising Star Award
* The Leadership Award
* The Team Spirit Award
* The Extra Mile Award
* The Order of the Roadrunner Award

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University Career Center

STEM Fair (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
Thursday, February 9th
UC Ballroom

All Majors Career Fair
Thursday, February 9th
UC Ballroom

Liberal and Fine Arts Fair (COLFA)
Tuesday, March 27th
UC Ballroom

Educator Career Fair
Thursday, April 5th
Convocation Center

For questions, contact the University Career Center at 210-458-4589.

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