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(July 3, 2012) -- The Telly Awards recently named the UTSA Roadrunner Creed video a bronze winner in the 33rd annual Telly Awards. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, it was a remarkable honor and accomplishment.
The Roadrunner Creed was established Nov. 15, 2010, with input and support from students, faculty, and staff from the university community. Last summer, the Roadrunner Creed marketing committee decided that a video would be an effective way to spread the message to the UTSA community, visitors, friends, family and supporters. At this time, the production team has created two videos and more are underway. The Bronze Telly Award was given to the first video of the series.
"Through the Roadrunner Creed video, the UTSA community can see our guiding principles come to life through the words and actions of our students, faculty and staff who took time to participate in the making of the video," said Charlin Jones, assistant director of the Special Events Center and Roadrunner Creed committee chair. "Seeing the video brings a sense of pride, respect and responsibility to being a part of the UTSA community."
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.
For its 33rd season, the Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People's Telly Awards. In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People's Telly Awards winners.
"The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. "This accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."
A prestigious judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of the Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work; entries do not compete against each other, but are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor. Approximately 25 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Bronze Telly.
"UTSA has top-of-the-line talent and creativity," said Kelsey Bratcher, associate director of student activities and producer of the Roadrunner Creed video. "From the students to faculty and staff, everyone involved made this project stellar. Award recognition or not, being able to visually showcase the Roadrunner Creed for the UTSA community is already a winning moment."
You can view the Roadrunner Creed video on the monitors across the UTSA campuses, on YouTube and on the Roadrunner Creed Facebook page. It also was played at the UTSA home football games last season.
>> UTSA Roadrunner Creed
>> Roadrunner Creed on Facebook
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The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center is delighted to announce that Cristina Dominguez has joined our staff as the Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services. Ms. Dominguez is a recent graduate of the UTSA Higher Education Administration master’s degree program. During her graduate school tenure, Ms. Dominguez worked as the Graduate Assistant for Volunteer Services in the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center. She also served as Greek Intern at Texas State University and completed an internship with UTSA Student Activities. Ms. Dominguez graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, then worked as a Field Consultant with Delta Delta Delta before coming to UTSA.
Ms. Dominguez will be the advisor to VOICES and will coordinate all volunteer efforts including Alternative Spring Break, United to Serve, Extreme Makeover UTSA, and annual service days to name a few. She is passionate about student involvement and community service, and is bringing great new ideas and energy to this position.
Please help welcome Ms. Dominguez to her new role, and please direct all inquiries surrounding volunteer programs to her. You can reach Cristina at Cristina.firstname.lastname@example.org or 458-4770, or stop by UC 1.216 on the UC Paseo.
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will host an open house mixer at the Alamodome on Thursday, July 26.
There will be a tour of the facility's premium level seating options (Luxury Suites/Founders Level/Premier Level) and refreshments will be provided. The three-hour event begins at 4 p.m. and those wishing to attend are asked to park in Lot A and meet on the field. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Development Coordinator Myndi Luevano at email@example.com or (210) 458-6333 by Monday, July 23.
SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Fabiola Arriaga and junior Richard Garrett Jr. were named UTSA’s University Life Awards Outstanding Female & Male Athletes for the 2011-12 academic year, the athletics department announced on Monday.
A year after earning the league’s Freshman of the Year award, Arriaga led the Southland Conference with a school-record 74.91 stroke average and was named the league's Player of the Year. The Torreon, Mexico, native recorded five top-five and seven top-10 finishes, including her first career victory at The Alamo Invitational. Arriaga won the event by shooting a season-low 213 (69-72-72) to help UTSA break school records for 18-hole (283) and 54-hole (866) scores en route to its first of a school-record four victories during the campaign. She finished among the top six in four of the final five tournaments of the spring, including a second-place finish at the Southland Championship, which the Roadrunners claimed for the second consecutive season.
Meanwhile, Garrett Jr. earned second-team All-America honors in the shot put for the second consecutive season with his 11th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. A national qualifier in two events this past season (shot put/discus), the Garland native became the first athlete in program history to win an outdoor throws championship when he captured the Southland shot put title in May. He also placed fourth in the discus and sixth in the hammer at the league meet, which gave him a combined 18 points at the three-day event and he helped UTSA post its third Southland indoor/outdoor sweep in the last five seasons. Garrett Jr. also extended his school records in the shot put (62-2 ½/18.96m) and discus (181-0/55.18m) during the outdoor campaign. During the indoor season, he successfully defended his shot put championship at February’s Southland Indoor in addition to placing third in the weight throw. That gave him a combined 16 points, as the Roadrunners set a league record with their seventh consecutive title.
The University Life Awards is a UTSA tradition that honors the school’s most outstanding students, student organizations, faculty and staff members. Sponsored by the UTSA Student Government Association, this is the 36th year of awarding excellence in leadership, scholarship and involvement in the UTSA community.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio football team, together with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will host a football game during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Tickets for the Sept. 22 game against Northwestern Oklahoma State go on sale Thursday, July 12. It's billed as the first-ever Hispanic Heritage Day football game.
“We have worked very hard to project the concept that the football team belongs to the city,” says UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey.
The Hispanic Heritage Day game will have special food on sale and entertainment that “fits the culture of South Texas.”
Players' jerseys will have “Los Roadrunners.”
“We're a majority minority campus and this is to show we're very proud of the Hispanic heritage of San Antonio,” Hickey says, adding the game will hopefully be the start of a new tradition for the team.
“We have a great opportunity to reach out to all of South Texas,” Hickey says.
Tickets cost $11 for the 300 level and $17 for field level. The cost of the ticket includes entry to the game and a pre-game tailgate party, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Game kickoff is at 1 p.m.
To buy tickets, visit http://www.sahcc.org/event/utsa-inaugural-hispanic-heritage-game/
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Roadrunner Connections pairs faculty and staff with first time freshmen and transfer students to give
an opportunity for the students to have a mentor who will serve as a personal resource to assist in their success here at UTSA and beyond. This is a chance for faculty and staff to give back to their
community and for students to gain access to opportunities they may not have found otherwise.
Participation in the program is voluntary for both parties so the success of the partnership is dependent upon the mentor and the student.
The Mentor’s role includes:
• Helping students become better acclimated to UTSA.
• Assist in the success of the mentee academically and socially.
• Serving as a positive role model to the mentee and advise them on how to conduct themselves
and interact with others.
• Encourage the participation of the mentee in student organizations, activities, and other leadership opportunities here on campus.
The time commitment for the program is between 4‐6 hours per month or when you and your mentee’s schedule permits.
We are currently recruiting students who have expressed an interest in participating in Roadrunner Connections and anticipate needing quality mentors. The program will kick off in September with an opening reception and will conclude in April with a closing function.
If you are interested in serving as a Mentor this year, please click this link www.utsa.edu/ice/mentor and complete a short form prior to July 27, 2012.
We anticipate assigning mentees the week of August 6, 2012.
Are you driven? Well one of our very own at UTSA, Pedro Mojica is a long-time student employee with the University Career Center and is so driven that he is looking to turn his passion into a full-time position with NASCAR upon graduation. Recently featured in NASCAR newsletter “DRIVEN” he is quoted as stating; “The reason I go to school is to one day work in NASCAR.” This is his second year with NASCAR and through his drive to make the grade in mechanical engineering; he is back with NASCAR again.
His patience and preparation were instrumental in him starting a second year internship in one of America’s most exciting sports. All we can say is Varoom; we’ll be seeing you at NASCAR in the future!
To read more about Pedro and other UTSA students, visit the University Career Center Blog at http://hireroadrunners.blogspot.com/.
Family Fund Grant Application Process
The UTSA Parent Council is pleased to announce the 2012 call for grant proposals/applications to the UTSA Family Fund. The deadline for completed proposals/applications is Friday, August 24, 2012 at 5:00pm. Members of the UTSA Parent Council will review all grant proposals and make award decisions at the Fall Parent Council meeting.
The Family Fund grant awarding philosophy is to provide support on a one-time basis to programs and services that will benefit as many current students as possible, 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.
All funding proposals submitted to the UTSA Family Fund must adhere to the following criteria:
• Proposals must originate from staff members within the Division of Student Affairs with proper approval from the AVP (Assistant or Associate Vice President). The Department Director will provide a written report detailing outcomes and financial accounting of grant funds to the UTSA Parent Council by June 1, 2013, whether or not the funds have been spent. If the Department Director fails to spend all awarded funds, any unused funds will be returned to the Family Fund. Additionally if the Department Director fails to provide the final project report, they may be ineligible to request funding for the next year.
• Each proposal shall be submitted using the Family Fund Grant Application. Electronic or printed applications are acceptable and should be submitted Student Affairs Development Office, MB 2.474, by 5pm on Friday, August 24, 2012.
Additional information regarding the grant/proposal process:
• Applications for funds may not exceed $2,000.
• There is no automatic renewal of funding. •Proposals not initially awarded funding will be retained by the UTSA Parent Council 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 before October 15, 2012. Successful grant recipients will have funds transferred into their designated account no later than October 31, 2012.
• Announced grant recipients will be mentioned in the VPSA newsletter.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Vryn at 458-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Center Advisory Council (UCAC) unanimously approved the University Center’s (UC) fee schedule for student organizations, departments, and joint sponsorship/special events for the 2012-2013 academic year. The new fee schedules are now available on the UC website and go into effect September 1, 2012.
Although room rates and rates for most resources and services remain unchanged, the revised fee schedule includes the following changes:
New “After Hours / Charging Admissions” Rate Category: The UC has reduced fees by combining the formerly separate “After Hours” and “Charging Admission” fee categories into one category. Fees in the new combined “After Hours / Charging Admission” category represent the lower of the two former categories when they were compared.
Reduced Special Event Package Rates: The UC’s special event packages for both the UC Ballroom and the Denman Ballroom have been reduced by as much as 30%. The packages include room rental, tables and chairs, and basic audio visual equipment.
Less Expensive Piano Rental: Rental of the piano in the Denman and the UC ballrooms has been reduced to only $50 for departments and $20 for students. The UC will tune the piano bi-annually; however, clients may pay for additional tuning if needed.
New Intelligent Lighting Packages: The fee schedule includes new resource packages with programmable lighting capable of projecting multiple colors, patterns, and shapes. Prices vary based on the number of lights in each package, with a special two-light package available exclusively for student organizations.
The UTSA UC is an auxiliary enterprise primarily funded by a designated student fee. Because it is funded by students, it gives student organizations first priority for scheduling and charges lower fees than those for University departments and other entities. The UC’s fee structure and annual budget are approved by the UCAC, a student-led group comprised of voting members from student government, university housing and residence life, UC student employees, and the general student body, as well as two faculty members appointed by President Romo. Full-time UC staff also serve on the UCAC in a non-voting capacity.
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