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UTSA names Samuel Gonzales interim vice president for student affairs

By Kris Rodriguez Public Affairs Specialist

(June 14, 2012) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo announces the appointment of Samuel Gonzales as interim vice president for student affairs. Gonzales will begin his duties Aug. 1, when Gage E. Paine, current UTSA vice president for student affairs, begins a new position at the University of Texas at Austin.

UTSA administrators will establish a committee over the summer to conduct a search for a permanent vice president for student affairs.

As interim vice president for student affairs, Gonzales will oversee 18 departments including Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, Registrar, Student Life, Student Services and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Over his 36-year career at UTSA, Gonzales has held numerous leadership positions including associate vice president for student affairs administration and student services, interim assistant vice president for student life and director of career services.

Gonzales has served nationally as president of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association, locally as president of the San Antonio College and University Placement Association and regionally as treasurer of the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers.

Through his career, his teams have been honored with the Alcohol EDU national award for Excellence in Prevention Programming in 2007, the UTSA Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award and the UTSA Team Spirit Award.

Gonzales earned a Master of Education Degree in Psychology and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Our Lady of the Lake University. Additionally, he was a Kellogg Fellow in Education Policy with the Institute of Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Sam Gonzales has served at UTSA for nearly 36 years and is very knowledgeable about the Division of Student Affairs." said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "He understands our vision of providing students with an excellent learning environment designed to help them succeed. I am grateful that he has agreed to serve as interim vice president during this transition as we continue with our focus of becoming a Tier One university."

Vice President of Student Affairs Open House

Let’s bid a fond farewellto Gage!


Tuesday July 31, 2012
MB 4.108 9am-11am

Please stop by to
wish her well and
enjoy light refreshments

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Shirley Rowe Retirement

Come Join us as we wish
Shirley Rowe
farewell and Congratulations on her retirement!

Date: Wednesday August 1, 2012
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: University Career Center
Conference Room
UC 2.05.08

For planning purposes please RSVP to or 210-458-4860 by 5pm on Friday July 27, 2012

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The Texas Higher Education Symposium

HEASA Distinguished Lecture
Dr. Shaun R. Harper
Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 2, 2012
6 P.M. followed by a reception
Main Building, Auditorium, Room 0.104

Friday Lunch Keynote:
Dr. David Gardner
Deputy Commissioner,
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Academic/Research Presentations
Higher Education Faculty and Graduate Students

Friday, August 3, 2011
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
University Center III Ballroom

Events are free and open to the public. *
Register to attend at
For more information see

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Service-learning: help us spread the word on campus and in the community!

The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center offers resources and support for students and faculty across the university who are engaged in service-learning. Did you know that students who participate in service-learning courses are more likely to persist and graduate? Service-learning also helps students connect course content to hands-on experiences, and build skills and networks that help them connect with career opportunities.

Faculty who teach service-learning courses, or want to learn more about how to integrate meaningful community service-learning into their course, are invited to email to set up an appointment with our staff. Please see our updated website for more information about the programs and services we provide:

Upcoming Event: Service-Learning Community Partner Networking Breakfast

The UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center will host a free networking and informational breakfast for representatives of local San Antonio community agencies. At this event, representatives will get a chance to:
• Meet the UTSA Service-Learning Staff
• Learn about the services and resources offered by the UTSA ICE Center
• Create and enhance partnerships
• Network with other agencies

Date: August 14, 2012
Location: Café College
Time: 8:30am-10:00am

All agencies who want to participate should contact our office at 458-4770 or

Informal Pre-First Week of Classes

An "Informal Pre-First Week of Classes" meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to discuss any pending issues or potential problem areas in preparation for the Fall Semester 2012. The meeting will be held in BB 3.04.18 connecting to FS 2.520 to accommodate those of you who would like to attend this meeting at the Downtown Campus.

We would like to have at least one representative from each program area. If you are unable to attend, please plan to send an alternate. Also, feel free to share this information with any others you feel would contribute or benefit from this meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Colleen Snodgrass in the Registrar's Office at Ext. 4542 or

Thank you for your participation.

UTSA Roadrunner Days: Free, fun and spirited events to welcome new and returning students

(July 13, 2012) -- Roadrunner Days is the official kick-off for the new school year, running Aug. 24-31 with a wide selection of free, fun and spirited events to welcome new and returning students with a look at campus life.

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Devil's Highway," will provide the keynote address at the UTSA Fall Convocation, which will launch the week. Urrea's book is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and he is a best-selling author and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. The book is a non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert and is the common reading for the Class of 2016.

The week also includes the ICE Block Party, where students from various backgrounds and shared cultures can meet, hosted by the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement (ICE) Center.

The week's events give new students opportunities to preview UTSA campus life, learn about resources to ease the transition to college, experience the excitement of the growing campuses and meet other new students.

Returning students will enjoy many of the activities as well and are welcome to participate in these free events. Faculty and staff also are invited to attend most of the events.

For more information, visit the Roadrunner Days new website.

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ICE Block Party

The UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement (ICE) Center will host a Block Party to welcome new and transfer students who are part of the diverse population of UTSA. Open to all UTSA students, faculty, and staff, the ICE Block Party will be in the University Center Ballroom. The ICE Block Party is geared toward students who self-identify as African American, Black, Latino/a, GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning), Asian and Pacific Islander/Pacific American. The event will include some brief remarks, information tables, activities, networking, and refreshments.

Why you should attend
• Connect with new and returning students, staff and faculty at UTSA who share a similar culture.
• Connect with student organizations that focus on leadership while upholding cultural traditions.
• Connect with people from around campus who can be a resource for you.

ICE Block Party
Monday August 27, 2012
2 – 4 pm
University Center Ballroom

Visit the Roadrunner Days website to RSVP:

For more information, please call the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at 210.458.4770 or visit our website at

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UTSA game to honor Hispanic Heritage

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.

Check out the Hispanic Heritage Day press conference

To buy tickets, visit

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Fox College Sports to air UTSA vs. Rice football game

The University of Texas at San Antonio has already secured the designation of having moved up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level faster than any other program in the country.

Now, the national networks are beginning to take note of the Roadrunners.

Conference USA officials say Fox College Sports, which is broadcast nationally into about 68 million homes, has decided to televise UTSA’s Oct. 13 game against Rice in Houston.

UTSA will compete in the Western Athletic Conference this season and then join Conference USA in 2013.

Rice is member of Conference USA. Kick off for the Oct. 13 game is set for 2:30 p.m. at Rice Stadium.

Fox College Sports is available on a number of cable and satellite carriers, including AT&T U-Verse, Cable One, Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Mediacom Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

ESPN Regional Television has already committed to televising UTSA’s Nov. 3 WAC match-up against Louisiana Tech.

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Family Fund Grant Application Process

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

UTSA, Metro Health partner to offer free vaccines for UTSA students

By Omar Hernandez Social Media Coordinator, Office of University Communications

(June 29, 2012) --In partnership with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's Vaccine for Children program, a select group of UTSA students age 18 years or younger may receive vaccines free of charge.

UTSA will offer meningitis, influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. The eligibility criteria include age 18 years or younger, Medicaid eligible, uninsured or underinsured, or American Indian or Alaskan native.

Appointments for vaccinations are recommended: For an appointment, call UTSA Student Health Services at 210-458-4142 (Main Campus) or 210-458-2930 (Downtown Campus). Appointments are available 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information, visit the UTSA Student Health Services website.

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