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October 2012, Issue 18


Homecoming 2012

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GLBTQ Pride Month 2012

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Take Back the Night

October 15, 2012

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Documentary Series -
Stealing America
(10/18, 3:00pm, Downtown)

(11/15, 3:00pm, Downtown)

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Roadrunners Give Back
October 19, 2012, 1pm-4pm, Southtown Community Garden

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Student Disability Services Open House - October 26, 2012
11a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Please drop by to see our new office location in MS 3.01.16. Light snacks will be served!

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Interested in becoming a UTSA Housing Resident Assistant?

Interest Meetings:
All meetings will be held in the Laurel Village Conference Room

October 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM
October 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM
November 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM
November 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

You only have to attend 1 meeting.

Applications will be available November 1st at or Rowdy link!

If you have any question about the Resident Assistant Position please email Pesha Mabrie at

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Four C's Training Upcoming Dates

DateTimeRoom LocationsDeadline for Sign-Up
October 23, 2012 (Tuesday)9:00 – 12:00 noonHarris Room / UC 2.21210-11-12
October 25, 2012 (Thursday)9:00 – 12:00 noonHarris Room / UC 2.21210-11-12
November 1, 2012 (Thursday)1:00 - 4:00 pmHarris Room / UC 2.21210-22-12

Homecoming Decorating Competition

UTSA faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their doors or department offices as part of the homecoming festivities utilizing the theme “Believe in UTSA. BE UTSA.” There are three categories for the competition: Door Decorating, Office Decorating and Storefront Decorating.

Judges will be looking for those with the most UTSA Spirit, creativity, and use/integration of the homecoming theme. Decorating begins Monday, October 8th and must be completed by Thursday, October 11. Judging will take place Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16. Main Campus/UH and DT/ITC winners will be announced Friday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. during Rowdy Rally. Plaques will be awarded in separate categories.

The Best Dressed Door and Office Competitions are sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

Orientation Advisory Board Call for Proposals

Please be informed that the Undergraduate Orientation Advisory Board (OAB) is currently inviting proposals for modifications that might be made to orientation programming during the 2012-13 cycle.

Proposals intended for implementation during orientation sessions for students who will enter UTSA during spring 2013, summer 2013 and fall 2013 are due October 12, 2012 to George Norton, AVP for Admissions, Orientation and Family Programs.

The OAB is Chaired by Fred Hample, Exec. Director for Downtown Student Operations, and consists of representatives from teaching faculty, Academic Advising, Testing Services, Academic Support and Undergraduate Studies, Downtown Campus, New Student Admissions, Residence Life, Business Affairs, Orientation and Family Programs, student representatives, and University Development.

The Orientation Advisory Board will respond to proposals with recommendations during October 2012 and, as part of their deliberations, may communicate with or host discussions with proposal authors and other key constituents. The OAB makes final recommendations to the AVP for Admissions, Orientation and Family Programs and to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

There is no mandated format for proposal submissions; however previous successful proposals have generally addressed the following topics:
1. Purpose
2. Goals
3. Proposal Details/Strategy
4. Resources
5. Summary

Please submit proposals to Canda Brown at

Homecoming Golf Tourney

The 5th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 19. This year's event will be a four-person, 18 hole scramble at Silverhorn Golf Club.

Registration is open until October 12. For a $75 fee, participants will receive a cart rental, range balls, dinner, UTSA polo, a goodie bag, a Player's Club Monthly Pass, and a complimentary replay card for another round of golf at Silverhorn. More information is available at

Rowdy Rec Run

The UTSA Rowdy Rec Run is a 5k race and fun run that will mark its sixth annual occurrence on November 3. Participants will receive an event t-shirt and have a chance to win door prizes.

There will also be a Wellness Fair with preventative health screenings as well as back/neck/leg messages before and after the race. "This is a 5k race and fun run brought to you by UTSA Campus Recreation," Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness. "All students, Campus Recreation Members, and UTSA affiliates are welcome. Participants will receive an event t-shirt, food, drink, and have a chance to win door prizes.

Back/neck/leg massages and Wellness Fair with preventative health screenings provided before and after the race. This will be a family event offering activities for children of all ages." Please check for more information.

Book Drive for UTSA Child Development Center

The Division of Student Affairs is sponsoring a children's book drive for the UTSA Child Development Center from November 5th to November 9th. This year the charitable initiative will be done in lieu of the canned goods we have collected in the past as part of our annual holiday donation drive. The VPSA Office and Student Activities at the downtown campus will serve as drop off locations. Children's ages are newborn to 5 years old.

Please share this flier with those who do not have email access. We appreciate your participation.

UTSA Family Weekend - November 9-10, 2012

All family members of new and returning students are invited to participate in the Fall Family Weekend! New this year is the Football Game Package; the Family Association hosted Rowdy Rally; and the UTSA Open House Event! To learn more about ALL the Family Weekend Events visit

NOTE: The Family of the Year Contest deadline is October 15, 2012. For more information, see the schedule below.

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Becoming an Ally

The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center will facilitate SD 310 Becoming an Ally and SD 425 Advanced Ally Training this semester and welcomes you to become part of the Ally program.

The Allies Program seeks to empower administrators, faculty, staff and students to create and maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and questioning (GLBTQ) members of our campus and community. By providing support, resources, and educational programs, Allies help GLBTQ students find their place and remain a vital part of UTSA. Members of the Allies Program at UTSA may post a placard or wear a lapel pin with the Allies logo to identify themselves. Each Ally has attended a training session prior to becoming part of the Allies Program at UTSA so that they may become familiar with the benefits and responsibilities of being an Ally.

SD 310 Becoming an Ally will be offered on October 18, 2012 in UC 2.01.26 – Pecan on the UTSA Main Campus and on October 23, 2012 in FS 1.402 on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Both sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. After taking the course, you will: Be able to raise awareness and be more knowledgeable about issues facing the GLBTQ Community; be a trained member of the UTSA community that will be a support and resource for GLBTQ students; and, be part of a visible network of support comprised of faculty, staff, and students.

SD 425 Advanced Ally Training will be offered on November 15, 2012 in UC 2.01.20 – Oak on the UTSA Main Campus from 10 a.m. until noon. SD 425 Advanced Ally Training will include advanced conversations and training as it pertains to being an ally for trans* students on the UTSA campuses. Information, activities, and conversations will be focused on trans* persons and issues. SD 310 Becoming an Ally must be completed before attending Advanced Ally Training.

To sign up for these trainings, please visit For more information, please contact Ann Margaret Trujillo,, or Corey Benson,, or call the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at 210-458-4770.

5th Annual Student Affairs Adopt-a-Family Program!

It is time again to come together as a department and a division and make a difference in the community this holiday season! Please view the Department Sign Up form – your staff may choose to adopt seniors, small families, or large families, and you can let us know if you have additional preferences.

This year we are also encouraging student organizations to become more involved, so please share the Student Organization form with interested groups.

Forms are due by October 30th!

Please email with any questions. Thank you for continuing our tradition of service!

Fall Into the UC

Student Life hosted a table at the Fall Into the UC event where students could enter the "lunch with the Dean" contest. Five winners were drawn to have lunch on September 19th at Chili's Too in the UC. Two of the winners had to cancel at the last minute, so we had three winners join Dean Price for lunch.

Homecoming Shirts Now Available

You can begin your homecoming celebration now by purchasing the official 2012 UTSA Homecoming T-Shirt—only available at Roadrunner Express at the Main Campus, or the Roadrunner Express Downtown (formerly the Durango Building Information Desk). Shirts cost $10.00 for sizes S to XL and $12.00 for size 2XL. Child and youth sizes are also available. The shirt is a limited edition and will only be available through the homecoming football game on October 20, or while supplies last.

This year's shirt is a 100% cotton, jersey-style t-shirt in navy with orange stripes on the sleeves. A stylized football motif featuring the words "UTSA Homecoming 2012" is featured on the front with UTSA and the words "Tradition, Spirit, Pride" in a bold graphic treatment on the back. The shirt was designed by UC student graphic designer Eradio Gomez, a junior in the School of Architecture. Proceeds from the sales of the shirt support programs and activities provided by the University Center.

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University Center Program Council hosts free movie nights all semester

The student-led and student-run University Center Program Council (UCPC) has prepared a semester full of music, food, fun and more. All UTSA students are invited out to join in the fun that takes place Wednesdays-Saturdays in the University Center all semester long. There is always something to do in the UC!

"All of our great UCPC activities are funded by the University Center fee every UTSA student pays" said UCPC President Alice Oseni, a senior studying international business. "Our activities offer a place for fun with on-campus convenience. Everyone should come on out and enjoy."

UCinema Nights is the UCPC's most popular activity and feature free screenings of blockbuster favorites before they come out on DVD. Popular films such as Thor, Bridesmaids, The Avengers and more are screened Thursdays at noon on the Downtown Campus, and on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m. on the Main Campus. Free hot and fresh popcorn is also provided.

Can't wait for Friday? Be sure to attend UCPC's Coffeehouse. This series of events features live entertainment every...

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Roadrunner of the Month - September 2012

The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Nathan McDuell as Roadrunner of the Month for September 2012. Nathan was nominated by Cristina Dominguez, Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services.

Nathan is from Houston, TX where he graduated from Pearland High School. He is currently a senior studying Communication. With his degree, Nathan would love to become very successful in the field of Public Relations and maybe even become an actor.

As the Vice President of Programs for the Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education, and Service (VOICES), Nathan has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. Since the semester began, Nathan has organized 10-15 community service projects and VOICES has already completed 500 service hours. According to Cristina Dominquez, "Nathan is empathetic, hardworking, and dependable. His dedication to his organizations, the institution, and the community are evident through the work he has done over his time here at UTSA". Additionally, Nathan has taken a leadership role as a Resident Assistant in Chapparal Village and also a Raices Peer Facilitator for the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center. He serves as a role model and educator to both freshmen and returning UTSA students. Nathan is a true example of leadership through service to others.

When asked what leadership meant to him, Nathan stated, "Leadership means setting a positive example and encouraging others to become involved on their school campus. Leadership is also striving hard at everything you do".

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 of nomination
• 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.

Janice and Wayne Meyr Leadership Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the Janice and Wayne Meyr Leadership Scholarship! This is the first leadership scholarship offered to UTSA students who have participated in leadership development programming through the Student Leadership Center. Recipients included: Adebisi Adeniji-Adele, Salina Cram, Jacquelyn Richter, Zach Dunn, Janet Oyeteju, Ana Navarro, Caitlyn Silvas, Porcsha Presley, Owanari Bobmanuel, and Justina Williams. Thank you to our generous donors Janice and Wayne Meyr, owners of B & R Supply and Equipment Company.

University Career Center Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Anthony Cosby is the Alumni Counselor at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In this role, he provides individual career counseling, occupational information, and job search strategies for alumni of all majors. Additionally, he actively outreaches and prepares eligible alumni for participation in on-campus recruiting and other career-related events.

Anthony recently retired from the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. He has held key leadership positions throughout his 21-year military career and is a highly decorated officer. Most notable were his sea tour onboard the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) as a Division Officer in which he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002, and his shore tour at the U.S. Naval Academy as the Executive Officer for Naval Station Annapolis. Additionally, Anthony served as an Officer Recruiter and Recruiting Operations Officer at Navy Recruiting District San Antonio. He has extensive recruiting and retention experience and was selected to lead the Navy Recruiting Leadership Academy at the Navy Orientation Recruiting Unit in Pensacola, FL.

Mysti Frazier is a proud UTSA Alumni, earning her Master of Arts in Counseling December 2011. She is now one of two Career Counselors focusing on students in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) in the University Career Center (UCC). Since receiving her Bachelor's in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2005, Mysti has worked in various non-profit education and social service agencies around Texas including: Bryan Independent School District, The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., and Merced Housing Texas. She has worked in 5 different UTSA Departments in the past 4 years, including an internship for 2 semesters with the UCC in 2011. Mysti cannot be happier to provide career development services to UTSA and COLFA students.

Credentials of UTSA freshmen are at all-time high: Half are from top 25 percent

(Oct. 4, 2012) -- Half of The University of Texas at San Antonio's incoming class graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, according to the Office of the Vice Provost for Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness. Twelve percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Overall, Hispanic students make up UTSA's largest minority group at 45 percent. Additionally, approximately 62 percent of ...

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Extreme Makeover UTSA Edition: Students help beautify the university

(Oct. 9, 2012) -- One hundred eighty-five UTSA students and 20 student organizations participated Sept. 28 in a range of collaborative projects to beautify the UTSA Main Campus.

Called "Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition," the projects included placing brick edging around flower beds and planting shrubs and greenery around the Convocation Center, spreading mulch around trees...

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Reminder: Newsletter distribution changes

The Vice President for Student Affairs Newsletter has changed its frequency of distribution. The next issue will be published November 14, 2012. It will continue to be published every second Wednesday of the month.