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November 2012, Issue 19


Documentary Series -
(11/15, 3:00pm, Downtown)

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Celebrate UTSA - International Fall Festival

November 15, 2012
5:00 ~ 7:00 p.m.
University Center Paseo

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Rowdy Roundup Show

SGA presents The Rowdy Roundup. Premiere episode featuring Dr. Ricardo Romo.

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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

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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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.

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.

UTSA Accepts $10K for 10K Challenge

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 11/07/2012

SAN ANTONIO — UTSA President Ricardo Romo has accepted a $10,000 challenge from UTSA donors and friends of the university David and Jennifer Spencer to promote student attendance at the final two home football games of the season (Nov. 10 vs. McNeese State/Nov. 24 vs. Texas State).

The "$10K for 10K Challenge" requires that a total of 10,000 UTSA students attend the final two home football games. If the challenge is met, $5,000 will be awarded to one lucky student while another $5,000 will be donated by the Spencers to the UTSA General Scholarship Fund.

For the full story, visit the UTSA Athletics article.

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Social Media Crossroads

Social media can intersect your professional and personal life. The Staff Development Team invites you attend Social Media Crossroads to learn about the negatives, positives and how to’s of navigating social media. Workshop participants will learn the advantages to maintaining a professional social media presence while discovering how their professional and personal lives intersect. Participants will be able to identify professional social media guidelines and be able to choose appropriate settings to minimize negative impacts of social media.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
UC Harris Room
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Sign up starting November 15th through myTraining. More registration details will be coming soon. Contact with questions.

Call for Commencement Staff - December 2012 Commencement Ceremonies

Student Affairs Colleagues,

Please note the schedule for Fall 2012 Commencement. The semesterly "Call for Commencement Staff" will be forwarded on Monday, November 26, 2012. Please note that this semester the ceremonies will be on Wednesday and Thursday and not the normal Thursday-Saturday schedule. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

John Kaulfus

Ceremony #1 – Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 a.m.
College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Ceremony #2 – Wednesday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.
College of Engineering
College of Sciences

Ceremony #3 – Wednesday, December 19, 4:30 p.m.
Honors College

Ceremony #4 – Thursday, December 20, 9:00 a.m.
College of Business

Ceremony #5 – Thursday, December 20, 1:00 p.m.
College of Architecture
College of Public Policy
University College

Ceremony #6 – Thursday, December 20, 6:00 p.m.
College of Education and Human Development

The UC's Thanksgiving & Winter Break Hours

The UC will have shortened hours for the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. Please take these hours into consideration when coming to visit the UC or scheduling events and meetings. Hours for dining or other services may vary. Visit the UTSA Dining website for dining hours, and contact other services directly for hours during the breaks.

For a full list of the hours, visit their newsletter.

Roadrunners Abroad to open in Gallery 23

San Antonio (November 1, 2012) – Gallery 23 at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s University Center, in collaboration with the UTSA College of Business-Office of International Engagement and the UTSA Office of International Programs, will host "Roadrunners Abroad," an exhibition of winning photographs from UTSA’s 2012 International Education Week Study Abroad Photo Contest. Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs November 12, 2012, through March 8, 2013. The images, artists and "Best in Show" image will be revealed at the exhibit’s opening reception on Monday, November 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Gallery 23.

For a the full article, visit their newsletter.

Roadrunner of the Month - Brian Smith

The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Brian Smith as Roadrunner of the Month for October 2012. Brian was nominated by Kelsey Bratcher, Associate Director of Student Activities and Corey Benson, Graduate Assistant for the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

Brian is from San Antonio, TX where he graduated from MacArthur High School. He is currently a senior studying Marketing. With his degree, Brian would love to have a full-time position in the Marketing Department at a Fortune 500 Company.

As an active participant with Campus Activities Board, Brian has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. Brian has helped to work with a small leadership team to enhance the activities board and assist with the planning of BestFest events as well as Game Day Team trainings and preparations. According to Kelsey Bratcher, "Brian gives 100% to what he is involved in. He is an active participant, role model, leader, guide, teacher, mentor, friend, and ROADRUNNER." Additionally, Brian has participated in Student Government Association as Marketing Director and serves as a Peer Mentor in the Business Scholar Program.

When asked what leadership meant to him, Brian stated, "Leadership is being a role model and someone who other students can go to for advice. Leadership is being involved and giving back to the university community."

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.

UTSA graduate students honored at state student affairs conference

(Oct. 31, 2012) -- Corey Benson and Leslianne Garcia, two UTSA graduate students in the educational leadership and policy studies master's degree program, recently were honored at the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) state conference in San Antonio. Benson was name a TACUSPA fellow, and Garcia was honored for her work in a case study competition.

For the full article visit UTSA Today.

Orientation & Class of '16 - School Supply Drive

This past summer (2012), Orientation and Family Programs and the UTSA freshmen Class of 2016’s philanthropy project was a “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive benefiting Communities in Schools of San Antonio. Students and family members that brought in school supplies received a “UTSA Class of 2016 Cares” wristband provided by Orientation for their donation. Our office is excited to announce that UTSA’s newest freshmen class brought in $6,052.20 worth of school supplies for San Antonio area families in need. School supplies are crucial to student success and education is key to our communities future! Thank you to everyone for helping to keep our kids in school!

Homecoming 2012 Best Dressed Office Competition

Main Campus
Door Decorations:
First Place- University Career Center
Runner up- Associate Dean of Students

First Place- Office of the Registrar
Runner up- Student Conduct and Community Standards

First Place- Undergraduate Admissions
Runner up- Department of Physics and Astronomy

Downtown Campus
Door Decorations:
First Place- Undergraduate Admissions and Welcome Center
Runner up- PREP

Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services

University Heights
Door Decorations:
Equal Opportunity Services and Legal Affairs

PeopleSoft Project Team

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

The Student Leadership Center sends students to the 2012 Texas Conference for Women

"What do they say about Texas women? They are feisty, fun, and get things done!" was stated by Dr. Brene Brown, one of this year's keynote speakers at the 2012 Texas Conference for Women. You could say the same thing about UTSA students.

On October 24th, the Student Leadership Center took 30 students to the 2012 Texas Conference for Women in Austin, Texas. Held at the Austin Convention Center, the conference hosted over 5,000 participants. Nationally recognized speakers share their wisdom and expertise on a wide range of personal and professional topics.

Hosted by Texas First Lady Anita Perry, this year's 13th annual conference included inspiring keynote speakers such as: Charlotte Beers, Cathie Black, Dr. Brene Brown, and Gretchen Rubin. Included within the conference were breakout sessions with panelist discussions, a health and wellness pavilion, vendor exhibit hall, and a career pavilion which included a mentor match program and resume critique. The students commented on how many great opportunities were included within a one day conference.

The Student Leadership Center selected students from different areas of campus in order to have a diverse group represent UTSA. Students were able to bring their different backgrounds to the conference and gain knowledge that will benefit their various communities. When asked about the conference, students provided excellent feedback. Almost everyone commented on the caliber of keynote speakers and their motivating messages. Some of the students shared their insights:

"I would definitely recommend the conference to other students; I was very inspired and want other women to feel the same way I feel today." – Tara Borth, freshman studying communication

"This conference provided me with a totally different view on leadership and how women interact in the workplace. There were viewpoints expressed on this trip that I had previously never been exposed to. I greatly enjoyed the atmosphere and energy of the conference." – Zack Dunn, sophomore studying finance

"There was an overall positive atmosphere that was inspiring and motivating." – Salma Mendez, freshman studying international business

"It is a great way to gain motivation and courage. Women shared their obstacles and how they succeeded past them. Students face many similar obstacles." – Linda Mukumbuta, senior studying public health

"All UTSA students should be interested in conferences like this. UTSA women in particular can greatly benefit from the career advice and motivation." – Nancy Diaz, senior studying political science

If you are interested in more information about our programs and events, please visit the Student Leadership Center on campus (UC 1.002) or our website at

Planting the Seeds of Service – Roadrunners Give Back 2012

By Cristina Dominguez, Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services

Last Friday, 15 UTSA students, staff, and members of the Green Space Alliance of South Texas volunteered at the Southtown Community Garden for the 2nd Annual Roadrunners Give Back Homecoming Service Project.

The volunteers spent their time and energy on Friday afternoon building and staining a picket fence, staining garden beds, planting several tomato plants, 4 basil varieties, several lettuces, and a white-rose bush. Together, they made great progress toward the garden’s master plan.

Originally launched in 2007, as the South Presa Community Garden, through the generosity of the City of San Antonio and acquiring use of a public space for community garden development, the garden has transitioned to the Southtown Community Garden (SCG), and more affectionately called "The People’s Garden at the Triangle." All are welcome to have a part in the garden’s success by volunteering.

To learn more about Green Space Alliance, visit their website:

To learn more about the Southtown Community Garden visit:

For more information on how to get involved with community service, stop by the VOICES/Volunteer Services office in UC 1.216 or visit

Student Government Association Hosted Election Night Watch Party

The UTSA Student Government Association hosted an Election Night Watch Party at the UC III Ballroom that was attended by over 500 students, faculty and staff. SGA combined efforts with The Black Student Union, Alpha Phi Alpha and NAACP.

For the first part of the evening attendees could listen to a DJ provided by Alpha Phi Alpha and enjoy the music while soaking up the festive atmosphere. As the evening moved along and the nation came closer to finding out who the next President would be the mood became more tense. The music was cut and students were on the edge of their seating waiting to hear the announcement.

Despite their being supporters of both candidates present all of the debate stayed civil as the process played out. Ultimately, regardless of political affiliation all students enjoyed watching the results come in and spending time with their fellow Roadrunners!

The annual OXFAM Hunger Banquet, Wednesday November 8, 2012

Over 2.5 billion people live in poverty. Over 925 million people suffer from chronic hunger. Every four seconds a child dies from hunger or a preventable disease that is 22,000 children a day. The UTSA Community gathered last week for the 2012 OXFAM Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about global hunger issues. Over 60 students, faculty and staff attended this event. Students from courses in biology, nutrition and poverty and social awareness classes were given extra credit of attend this event.

This experiential "banquet" informed participants about global hunger issues and how to make a difference. Participants experienced firsthand what an average meal is like for different class levels around the world. Students were presented with overwhelming facts and challenged with insightful discussion questions that prompted them to think about global hunger and their contributions to it.

Following the interactive dinner, Dr. Keith E. Rolle from RAM, Inc. a nonprofit organization that provides services conducting leadership development training and leading professionals on mission expeditions to developing nations. He spoke about his travels to Haiti and Africa where he and his team feed villages, provided medical care and other basic needs.

In conjunction with the Banquet, VOICES is collecting canned food to support the San Antonio Food Bank, stop by the VOICES Office to donate! The canned food drive will end November 12, 2012

This event was sponsored by VOICES and the Inclusion & Community Engagement Center. Please call 458-4770, email or come by the VOICES office in UC 1.216 for more information. To learn about OXFAM Hunger Banquets and other events visit

UC Staff Attend ACUI

Five full-time staff members and 11 student employees enhanced team-building, facilities management, and programming skills while networking with students and staff from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 12 Conference last weekend at Texas A&M University-Commerce on November 2-4, 2012.

Each student attendee participated and completed the Student Leadership Track by attending 4 out of 5 specially designated sessions. Sessions were on everything from building management and programming to leadership development and work-life balance.

For a the full article, visit their newsletter.