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April 2012, Issue 7



2011-2012 UTSA Men's Baseball Schedule

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2011-2012 UTSA Women's Softball Schedule

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Spring 2012 Staff Council Blast
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Alternative Spring Break Reception
April 6, 2012
3 p.m.
Hidalgo Room, UC 2.214
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One Day Without Shoes
April 10, 2012
11 a.m.
UC 1.002
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United to Serve
Day of Service
April 14, 2012
UC 1.216
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SGA University Life Awards

36th Annual University Life Awards

(Feb. 23, 2012)--The UTSA Student Government Association will host the 36th Annual University Life Awards at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 5th in the University Center Ballroom (1.106) on the Main Campus. Paying tribute to excellence in all facets of UTSA life, from athletic prowess to outstanding community service programs and academic distinction, a University Life award is one of the most prestigious honors that UTSA bestows.

The University Life Awards is UTSA's oldest tradition and recognizes outstanding students, faculty and staff for leadership, scholarship and commitment to the UTSA community. Every year, people leave the University Life Awards amazed at what our university is achieving in research and publishing, leadership, athletics and community involvement.

This year's event will continue to build on that long tradition with an evening of celebration as SGA members take this opportunity to honor the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff and highlight their contributions to UTSA. Be a part of the University Life Awards and nominate an outstanding student, staff member or organization on Collegiate Link on the Student Government Association page.

More information: John Montoya, student government adviser, 210-458-4936,


You still have time to register for our April 17 conference date. If you missed the deadline, please attend our April 17 conference date. Each staff member has been sent an email with a personalized Survey Monkey link to register. If you have not received this link, please email

Our conference theme is New Traditions, New Successes. Registration takes place each conference day at 8am at the UC Denman. The conference begins at 8:30 in the Denman with a keynote by Dr. James Studer, retired Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for UT System. Educational sessions begin shortly after the keynote. For a full conference agenda (as well as a sneak peak at our sessions offered and their speakers) check out our 2012 Bio Brochure.

We look forward to seeing you at this professional development opportunity. Show your excitement by tweeting about it using our hash-tag #utsaSAconf. If you have any questions, please email or Thank you!

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13th Annual NIUTSA Jazzed Up

13th Annual NIUTSA Jazzed Up

13th Annual NIUTSA Jazzed Up
Saturday, April 14th
4pm - 7pm
UTSA Downtown Campus
Bill Miller Plaza

This family-friendly Pre-Fiesta event has become a Downtown Campus tradition and features:
· Two live UTSA student jazz bands: The Alex Sutherlin Project and Atlantis the Band
· An inflatable game
· A professional balloon artist
· Crafts
· Popcorn, drinks and Bill Miller BBQ
· And much more…

NIUTSA is free and open to the entire UTSA community.

Bring the kids, bring the entire family, bring your lawn chairs!

Kick back, relax and enjoy some great jazz music!
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Making the Magic Happen

The Division of Student Affairs Awards & Recognition Reception: May 18th from 3-5 pm.

Awards can be found on the "magical" website:

Awards include:
·Outstanding New Professional Staff Member Award
·Outstanding Student Employee Award
·Outstanding Student Affairs Team Award
·Outstanding Student Affairs Supervisory Award
·Outstanding Support Staff Award
·Transformational Student Affairs Leadership Award

**Please submit your nominations by April 27th**

The Student Affairs Awards and Recognition Committee is hosting the Student Affairs ‘Making the Magic Happen’ Recognition Ceremony on May 18th, 2012. As part of recognizing all parts of Students Affairs we are asking for photos of your staff and students, 2 to 3 statistics about your department and 1 department ‘magical moment’ for the slide show. This is the first year for the submission of a ‘magical moment.’

A ‘Magical moment’ recognizes how your department has made an impact on student(s) at UTSA. Please make sure that you include a student quote or story and a picture of the student that will be on the slide show. Please send your photos, statistics and ‘magical moments’ by Friday, April 27th to Tiffani Hoot at Please make sure that your department name is included with these documents.

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SGA Elects New Officers

Student Government conducted their Spring Elections and elected new officers for the 2012-2013 school year.
Xavier Johnson was re-elected President and becomes UTSA’s first two-term Student Government President.

Charles Miles was elected Vice-President after winning a hotly contested race that went to a run-off.

Andie Watson who was serving in SGA as a College of Liberal and Fine Arts Senator was elected Secretary and Darnell Thomas a College of Business Senator was elected Treasurer.

The new Student Government Association officers will be sworn in at the SGA Banquet on April 15th.

Congratulations to all the student leaders who participated in the elections and thanks to all the students who voted.

Roadrunner of the Month for February 2012

Eliana Briceno

The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Eliana Briceno as Roadrunner of the Month for February 2012. Eliana was nominated by Jennifer Rames, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services.

Eliana is from Valencia, Venezuela where she graduated from Seven Lakes High School. She is currently a senior studying Spanish and sociology. With her degree, Eliana would love to become attend law school. She has aspirations to open her own law firm and continue to develop her own non-profit organization.

As the President of VOICES, Eliana has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. Eliana showed leadership through serving as the trip leader for Alternative Spring break trips to Corpus Christi and Amarillo, Texas. On both trips, she and fellow Roadrunner volunteers assisted Habitat for Humanity build homes. According to Jennifer Rames,”Eliana truly embodies the Roadrunner spirit. She is very active on campus, works 25+ hours per week, maintains a very good GPA, studies for the LSAT, and is the President of one of the largest student organizations on campus”. Eliana is very active in getting her fellow students involved and engaged in serving their community. For example, her idea for the campus wide program, Extreme Makeover UTSA, brought together 250+ students to complete projects all over campus in one day. Additionally, during her Presidency VOICES inducted 40 new members and completed 3700 hours of community service in Fall 2011 – both record breaking for the organization.

When asked what leadership meant to her, Eliana stated, “Leadership is the responsibility of guiding a group of people to a common goal”. She also shared how important it is to lead by example and to leave a legacy. The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions.

Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:
• Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
• Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time ofnomination
• Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
• Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community

Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center Website:

New Associate Director of Development for Student Affairs

Marlon Anderson

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Marlon Anderson has been named Associate Director of Development for Student Affairs effective March 19, 2012. In this position he will serve as the lead Student Affairs-based advancement officer, responsible for developing strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual and organization donors to support initiatives and programmatic needs for Student Affairs.

Marlon has more than 19 years of experience in higher education administration, leadership development training, student programming, multicultural affairs, judicial affairs, and operations management. He also has worked closely on fundraising efforts with the GLBTQ Scholarship Fundraising Committee, helping them to establish an endowed scholarship for UTSA GLBTQ students. Marlon is associated with various professional and service organizations, including the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the San Antonio Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council.

In the seven years that Marlon has been at UTSA he has served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Leadership Development and SGA Advisor and is the founding Director for the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

Marlon received a Master of Arts degree in English and Communication Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University.

UCNews Blog

13th Annual NIUTSA Jazzed Up


Please check out the following news from the UTSA University Center on the UCNews Blog:

iPad Productivity Seminar April 17, Wills and Testaments Lunch and Learn April 25

RR Express Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

UTSA Fiesta Medals at RR Express

Customer Service Update and Improvements

Find Events with the UTSA Mobile App

You can also enjoy our regular UCinema Nights and Ticketmaster events update stories.

UTSA Earth Week 2012

UTSA Earth Week 2012

The UTSA Student conference theme:
Promoting SUSTAINABLE Energy for South Texas!

April 19, 2012

Students from all UTSA colleges are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to showcase their hard work. There will be four Best Paper Awards of $250 each, and several iPods will be given away as runner up awards!

To enter, please submit a 1-page abstract of your paper by visiting:

There are numerous events running through April on both the 1604 and Downtown campus. Check out for more information.

UTSA is among 642 schools named to national honor roll for community service

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

(March 29, 2012) --The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education recently honored The University of Texas at San Antonio and other leading colleges and universities, students, faculty members and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service-learning.

UTSA was admitted to the 2012 Honor Roll for its work in the San Antonio community including efforts in mentoring, college access and outreach, economic outreach and development, wide ranging volunteerism with hundreds of community agencies, and service-learning efforts.

"Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community," said Robert Velasco, acting CEO of CNCS...

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Greek Week: 2011 Community Awards

The Greek Life Community ended their Greek Week with the Greek Life Awards Banquet to celebrate the close of Greek Week and present the 2011 Community Awards. This is an annual ceremony but this year the students and staff decided to step it up a notch and make it a banquet. Special guests Gage E. Paine, Kevin Price, and John Kaulfus were present to enjoy the great food that was catered by Aramark. Over 60 awards were given out to fraternity and sorority chapters and leaders for the areas of academics, service & philanthropy, education, programming, living their ritual, and greek unity. Some of the highlights of the night included the Outstanding Advisor Award given to Yvonne Pena, advisor to Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., Greek Man of the Year given to Brian Manna of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Greek Woman of the Year given to Kiara Gradney of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc. received the Greek Excellence award of Gold in Education, Service & Philanthropy, Involvement, and Overall for the Fall 2011 semester.

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Greek Monthly

The Greek Life Community has brought back their monthly newsletter to promote the programs and successes of their community. Thank you to Ivy Bejarano the Greek Life Graduate Intern for putting together the first newsletter since the spring of 2000. Look forward to the April addition coming out soon!

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The UC’s Gallery 23 opens “Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You”

Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You

Gallery 23 at The University of Texas San Antonio’s University Center will host contemporary artist and UTSA Alumna Mira Hnatyshyn’s “Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You.” This exhibit is free and open to the public and will run March 19, 2012 through May 14, 2012.

“Dear Garden: Anonymous Letters from You” mixes classical oil painting on canvas with more non-traditional installation techniques allowing the work to extend into the exhibit space. The exhibit features a large-scale, mixed-media work of the artist’s garden gathering and an interactive trellis for audience participation and interaction.

“[Dear Garden] invites the viewer to return to the physical – to seek solace in oneself and share anonymously in writing,” Mira said. “Enter the garden. Take up a pen and share your thoughts on relationships, people, and places. Then post the message on the trellis for all to see."

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Security Service Federal Credit Union membership opens to UTSA

Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU)

(March 30, 2012) -- Employees, students and alumni of The University of Texas at San Antonio now can be members of the Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU).

Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) recently was granted approval by the National Credit Union Administration to expand its field of membership to UTSA community members and alumni.

"We have been a strong supporter of many UTSA programs over the years and we are delighted to have them in our field of membership," said David Reynolds, SSFCU president and CEO. "We're pleased we can now assist UTSA students, employees and alumni with their financial needs through our extensive array of services including full-service checking and savings accounts, home loans, auto loans and military services."

Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members...

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Western Athletic Conference unveils UTSA's 2012 football schedule

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) released its 2012 football schedule on Monday and UTSA will open its first season in the league on Sept. 29 at New Mexico State.

The Roadrunners will host San Jose State on Oct. 20 and Utah State a week later before a Nov. 3 trip to defending conference champion Louisiana Tech. The slate continues on Nov. 17 at Idaho before I-35 rival Texas State comes to the Alamodome the following Saturday for the Nov. 24 season finale.

UTSA will open the year with non-conference contests against South Alabama (Sept. 1 in Birmingham, Ala.), Texas A&M-Commerce (Sept. 8 at the Alamodome), Georgia State (Sept. 15 in Atlanta, Ga.) and Northwestern Oklahoma State (Sept. 22 at the Alamodome) before heading to Las Cruces to face the Aggies. The Roadrunners' other non-WAC games are at Rice (Oct. 13) and against McNeese State (Nov. 10).

All UTSA home contests will kick off at 1 p.m. this fall (subject to change).

The Roadrunners, who were 4-6 in its inaugural campaign, set NCAA start-up program records for its opening-game (56,743) and average season (35,521) attendance last fall.

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