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May 2012, Issue 9



2011-2012 UTSA Men's Baseball Schedule

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2011-2012 UTSA Women's Softball Schedule

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UCPC Events
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Making the Magic Happen

Come be part of the 'Magic' and join us at the Student Affairs Awards and Recognition Ceremony ‘Making the Magic Happen’ held on May 18, 2012 at 3pm in the UC Ballroom.

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4th Annual Student Affairs Jamboree

When: May 31
Where: University Bowl
Check-In: 5:15-6:00 pm
Bowling: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Who: VPSA Staff & Families

For more information, please contact Renee Hopkins (x7398 or Registration forms are due no later than May 16 at 5 pm. Staff members are free. However, there is a fee for guests who are bowling.

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2012 Student Affairs Conference Success

The 2012 Student Affairs Conference was a huge success. The Staff Development Team would like to thank all presenters, moderators, and participants. Special thanks to our keynote speaker, Dr. James Studer and, of course, our Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Gage E. Paine.

Staff Development Team
Anne Jimenez; Cassandra Delgado; Claudia Giliberti; Emily Patton; Eric Cooper; Gabriel Mendiola; Keri Shiplet; Kim Ellicks-Center; Shirley Rowe; Steve Kudika; Tammy Casas

Looking forward to next year!

Party on the Paseo: Roadrunners Fiesta Sober

On Friday, April 20, the UTSA Campus Activities Board hosted the 35th annual Fiesta UTSA “Fiesta De Musica!”, at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus, and the turnout was quite impressive. More than 68 organizations participated this year and collectively they pulled in $7,212. The event is one of the largest fundraisers for UTSA student organizations. Each participating organization provided a booth with games or food and drink items.

This year the live music was provided by the 80's cover band Members Only and the U.S. Navy Band-New Orleans, games and prizes.

Best Decorated Booth:

1st place – UTSA Ambassadors
2nd place – Hispanic Student Association
3rd place – Collegiate G-Force
Greenest Booth: Invisible Children

Twin brothers represent UTSA at Clinton Global Initiative University in Washington

Twin brothers, Travis Merriweather and Rustein Merriweather, juniors at UTSA, were both selected to attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative in Washington, DC. Their proposal focuses on creating sustainable initiatives at the University of Texas at San Antonio, including the implementation of a Farmer’s Market to assist with the reduction of food miles and encourage more organic foods to be consumed. Another initiative includes hosting a green design expo where campus engineers, architects and student teams can present their ecological inventions and designs to be used on campus.

In 2007, President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program that brings college students together to discuss social issues impacting the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, national youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities discuss solutions to pressing global issues. CGI U 2012 will be held at George Washington University, Washington, DC from March 30-April 1, 2012. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

The Merriweather brothers applied to CGI because they wanted to gain a better understanding of today’s issues impacting the world. While there they want to develop a larger network with other students across the world in hopes of creating positive change within their community...

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Fraternity & Sorority Community Raises over $850 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and over 300 participate in the Annual UTSA United to Serve

The Fraternity and Sorority Community Raises over $850 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during their two week Pennies for Patients drive. This is the second year that the community participated in this drive. The change from the drive was taken to HEB in buckets to deposit into the Coin Star that has the option for charitable organizations to receive donations without losing any of the money raised to processing fees. The Fraternity and Sorority presidents select two projects a semester to participate in as a community. The second project included participating in the Annual UTSA United to Serve hosted by VOICES. Over 300 fraternity and Sorority men and women participated in this city wide service project. For the fall 2012 semester the community selected to conduct a service project for the ASPCA and collect tab tops for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you would like to help the Fraternity and Sorority Community over the summer by saving your tab tops you can contact to have them picked up at anytime.

Fraternal Values Society First Initiation

The first class of the Mu Chapter of the Fraternal Values Society at The University of Texas at San Antonio was initiated on May 1, 2012. The Fraternal Values Society was founded in 2010 by the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values. The mission of The Society is to illuminate the central values that guided the historical founding of general fraternities and sororities, and to incorporate these values into the contemporary fraternity and sorority experience. The Society asks members to personalize these fraternal ideals in their daily lifelong membership experience.

The four UTSA Greek Councils voted to financially support the chartering of a Fraternal Values Society during the spring 2011 semester making the May 1, 2012 Initiation a success for a yearlong goal for the Fraternity and Sorority Community. The University of Texas at San Antonio is the 12th university to charter a chapter of the Fraternal Values Society. The initiated students are already talking about the programs they would like to create to start the conversation of values congruence in the fall 2012 semester. For more information about the Fraternal Values Society contact

Greek Council President & Staff Member Win 3rd Place in National Case Study Competition

During the Fraternal Values and National Cultural Greek Leadership Conference hosted in Costa Mesa, CA in the middle of April, Sean Harris the Interfraternity President and Keri Shiplet the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Greek Life participated in the National Order of Omega Case Study Competition and won third place. The team of two was awarded $100.

UTSA students give back to the community with volunteer programs

By Cristina Dominguez
Graduate Assistant for Volunteer Services

(April 30, 2012) -- The UTSA Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES) coordinated two alternative spring break projects this semester, one in Oklahoma City and another in San Antonio, to provide students with opportunities to give back to the community, share a passion for volunteering and witness the results of doing something for the common good.

Facilitated by UTSA Volunteer Services, one group of students landscaped the entrance to the Urban Harvest garden and sorted food for the Regional Food Back of Oklahoma City. Another volunteer group did a garden clean-up and landscaping at the Lighthouse Hospice in San Antonio, organized the children's library at the Guadalupe Community Center and helped with the setup for a Habitat for Humanity special event.

In Oklahoma City, 12 students and 2 staff advisers spent their spring break completing four projects, in addition to enjoying the musical "Stomp," paying their respects at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and sightseeing on Route 66. The first day was spent at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City, where the students took a tour of the facility and its sustainable Urban Harvest garden...

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Call for 2012-2013 UTSA Transformation Fund Grant Application

The Student Affairs Development Office is pleased to announce our annual call for grant proposals/applications to the Student Affairs Transformation Fund. The deadline for completed proposals/applications is Friday, May 25, 2012. Dr. Gage E. Paine and an appointed Student Affairs committee will review all grant proposals and make award decisions by June 18, 2012.

The Transformation Fund grant awarding criteria is to provide support on a one-time basis to innovative programs and services that fill real and immediate needs and align with the VPSA strategic plan. In order to be considered for a grant, applications must indicate how specific projects for which funding is being requested meet this primary criteria. Complete guidelines for the application process are below. Your submitted proposal can address, but is not limited to, the following initiatives:

• Leadership development trainings for both students and/or staff
• Diverse and dynamic speakers to inspire our creative spirit in Student Affairs
• Professional development for your department or for the division
• National competition and conference fees to enrich staff or student experience
• Projects that support Student Affairs committee activities and/or Student Affairs strategic initiatives All funding proposals submitted to the Student Affairs Transformation Fund must adhere to the following guidelines:
• Proposals must originate from staff members within the Division of Student Affairs with proper approval from the AVP (Assistant or Associate Vice President). The grantee will provide a written report detailing outcomes and financial accounting of grant funds to the Student Affairs development office by April 19, 2013. If the grantee fails to spend all awarded funds and/or fails to provide the final project report, they may be ineligible to request funding for the next year.
• Each proposal shall be submitted electronically using the Transformation Fund Grant Application to

Additional information regarding the grant/proposal process:
• Applications for funds may not exceed $2,500.
• There is no automatic renewal of funding.
• Proposals not initially awarded funding will be retained by the Development Office for the remainder of the fiscal year for consideration should additional funding become available.
• Final grant recipients will be notified of grant status via e-mail by June 22, 2012. Successful grant recipients will have funds transferred into their designated account.
• Announced grant recipients will be mentioned in the VPSA newsletter.

If you have any questions, please contact Marlon Anderson at (210) 458-5125.

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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