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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 Colleen.Snodgrass@utsa.edu.
Thank you for your participation.
(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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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 www.utsa.edu/ice
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This September 21, 2012 marks our annual Rowdy Wing Fling! Rowdy Wing Fling is an event open to all UTSA students and provides a safe, fun, and informative environment that allows students to gather in an alcohol-free space. The purpose of Rowdy Wing Fling is to educate students on the risks of alcohol use and underage drinking. Our goals are to raise awareness of the dangers associated with alcohol use such as violence, sexual violence, and unsafe sex, promote responsible drinking and to promote awareness of campus and community resources.
We would love for you to join us Friday, September 21 from 6:30-9:30pm to help us reach our students! The Campus Activities Board is providing Dueling Pianos entertainment this year from 7:30-9:30pm. If interested, please complete the surveymonkey registration form. We will provide a table and chairs for any displays you would like to bring and we encourage agencies/departments to bring any information that you would like disseminated. Our theme this year is Be Rowdy Be Responsible, so feel free to integrate that theme into your materials. Set-up begins at 5:30pm.
Rowdy Wing Fling will be held in the East Lawn. If you have joined us for Party on the Paseo before, the East Lawn is adjacent to the Paseo. I will provide more detailed directions and parking instructions with your confirmation. The deadline to register is August 31st. We truly hope that you will attend and we look forward to a very exciting and informative event!
Contact Melissa Hernandez or Kelsey Bratcher if you have any questions.
Department Participation Registration:
The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center offers volunteer opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to become active in the UTSA and San Antonio community by giving back. There are many ways to get involved: come by the Volunteer Services office (UC 1.216) to schedule a 1:1 service advising appointment with Cristina Dominguez, sign up for the Volunteer Services newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or participate in some of our upcoming events!
• First VOICES Meeting, Wednesday September 5, 5:00pm, UC Harris Room
• Wednesday, September 12, 11am-1pm: Downtown Volunteer Opportunities Fair
• Wednesday, September 19, 9:30am-1:30pm: Main Campus Volunteer Opportunities Fair
• Friday, September 28, 8am-5pm: 2nd Annual Extreme Makeover - UTSA Edition
• Friday, October 19: Roadrunners Give Back Homecoming Service Event
You will be able to do the following in front of our office.
-Pick up letters
-Make requests (letters, furniture etc.)
You will not be able to do the following in front of our office.
-Call our office
-Take a test with us
-Meet with your counselor
- Turn in documentation
Please feel free to send us an email to email@example.com
We will be back to our normal schedule in MS 3.01.16 Monday, September 17th
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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 went 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 http://www.sahcc.org/event/utsa-inaugural-hispanic-heritage-game/
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The Student Affairs Development Office is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 funded projects by the Student Affairs Transformation Fund. The Transformation Fund awarding philosophy 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. Nine proposals were submitted, all worthy of funding, but only seven were selected.
The seven selected programs will receive a total of $10,750.00 in funding. Without the generous support of Student Affairs staff who donate to the Transformation Fund, we would not have been able to provide this record level of support.
Here are the programs that were selected:
Cultural Graduation Events: Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Funds will support enhancement of the annual UJIMA Black Graduation and Achievement Ceremony, and to create a Lavender Graduation and Achievement Ceremony for GLBTQ students.
Civil Rights/Social Justice Movement Trip: Student Leadership Center and Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Funds will support the Second Annual 5 day trip to be held in January.
Alcohol Awareness Week Keynote Speaker: Student Activities and Athletics
Funds will help pay expenses for keynote speaker for annual Alcohol Awareness Week speaker.
Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Conference: Student Activities
Funds will support the creation of a leadership conference for members of the UTSA Greek community.
VOICES National Conference on Volunteering and Service: Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Funds will provide the opportunity for up to three student leaders to attend a national conference on volunteering and service.
Staff Orientation Guest Speaker: Housing and Residence Life, Campus Recreation, and University Center
Funds will help pay expense for a guest speaker during the department’s student staff orientation and training.
Service-Learning Symposium: Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Funds will support the creation of a Service-Learning Symposium, which will provide students an opportunity to highlight examples of their service-learning projects.
Thank you to all staff who submitted a proposal.
Congratulations to our recipients!
Donna Edmondson, Associate Director of Academic Publications and Graduation Coordination and Maggie Floyd, Director Supplemental Instruction have written an article on the topic of women, sponsorship and their experience in Leadership UTSA. It is in NCURA Magazine, a special electronic-only issue, August edition, published by the National Council of University Research Administrators. It is the first in a three part series.
Later in the year, Donna and Maggie will be collaborating for a final piece with three UTSA faculty members: Rhonda Gonzalez, History, Valerie Sponsel, Biology, and Amy Jasperson, formerly with Political Science.
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Service - learning is a teaching and learning strategy/pedagogy that integrates meaningul community service with instruction and reflection in an academic course to enrich the student learning experience, instill a sense of civic responsibility, and strengthen communitites.
We support service - learning by:
• Providing training and support for faculty, students, and community agency partners
• Matching students with service - learning placements
• Tracking service hours and outcomes of students engaged with service - learning
• Hosting annual programs to celebrate excellence in service-learning
• Offering a variety of resources including literature, consultations, and classs presentations
Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
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By Omar Hernandez
Social Media Coordinator, Office of University Communications
(July 27, 2012) -- The UTSA Office of Orientation and Family Programs recently hosted the first Spanish orientation for 50 family members. Over two days, parents and family members of future UTSA students participated in a campus tour, learned tips for student success and attended presentations by the Colleges' Freshman Advising Center, Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, Enrollment Services Center and Financial Aid, and the University Career Center -- all in Spanish.
Each week over the summer, the Office of Orientation and Family Programs welcomes and acclimates to UTSA approximately 400 students and 225 of their family members. Staff members had noticed a growing trend of Spanish speakers who attended family orientation last summer and began the process to provide more information and services in Spanish.
"We do have student orientation leaders and staff who speak Spanish," said Jeff Mayo, associate director of orientation and family programs. "What we didn't have was a tailor-made orientation for our Spanish-speaking families."
The Office of Orientation and Family Programs began gathering advice and information from faculty and staff...
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The Vice President for Student Affairs Newsletter will be changing frequency of distribution. The next issue will be published September 12, 2012. It will continue to be published every second Wednesday of the month.
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.