Snapshots Announcements Spotlight UTSA Athletics

March 2013, Issue 3


Volunteers Needed:
5th Annual Student Affairs Conference

Sign up as soon as possible. See flyer for more details.

list item PDF to Post

for the 5th Annual Student Affairs Conference.

Check your email for your personalized link. See flyer for more details.

list item PDF to Post

Put Some Pep in a Roadrunner's Step!

Nominate a student for Roadrunner of the Month. Nomination Deadline is March 25th.

list item PDF to Post

2013 Leadershape Institute
Application Deadline: March 29th

Has anyone ever asked you what YOU are passionate about?

list item PDF to Post

Rowdy Wellness Week

Join the Wellness Committee for the 2nd annual Rowdy Wellness Week April 2-4, 2013.

list item PDF to Post

2013 Service-Learning Symposium

April 3rd, 2:00 - 4:30pm

Keynote by Jeffrey Howard, Founder and Editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

list item PDF to Post

United to Serve 2013
Sign-up begins Wed., March 20, 2013 in the VOICES office, UC South 1.216

Event: Saturday, April 6, 2013

list item PDF to Post

UCPC Events

list item PDF to Post

Progression of a Dream

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

April 16 - June 30, 2013

list item PDF to Post

HR Training Spring Newsletter

list item PDF to Post

2013 Softball Schedule

list item PDF to Post

2013 Baseball Schedule

list item PDF to Post

Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

• Alice Rodriguez, University Center
• Carlos Salinas, Student Financial Aid and
   Enrollment Services
• Gabriella Garza, Student Financial Aid and
   Enrollment Services
• Johnna Heinen, Student Health Services
• Linda Mendez, Campus Recreation
• Theodore Goldmann, Child Development Center
• Tiffany Freeman, Student Activities
• Yvonne Mendoza, Student Financial Aid and
   Enrollment Services

 Welcome to UTSA! We are glad you are here!

Nominations for Student Affairs Awards

This year’s Student Affairs Awards Ceremony will be held on May 16, 2013. Please SAVE THE DATE. Before the ceremony occurs, we ask that you take a few minutes to recognize the many staff who went above and beyond to make this year successful. The nomination form is simple to fill out. Visit the Awards and Recognition website for full award criteria and start nominating our outstanding staff on March 18 for the following categories:
        Outstanding Student Affairs Supervisory Leadership
        Outstanding New Professional Staff Member Award
        Outstanding Student Employee Award
        Outstanding Support Staff Award
        Outstanding Student Affairs Team Award
        Transformational Student Affairs Leadership Award

Nominations close on April 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Happy Nominating!

Awards and Recognition Team Co-Chairs,
Tiffani Hoot
Jared Jones

Housing and Residence Life – Hiring Student Employees for the Summer

Housing and Residence Life is now hiring student employees for the Summer.

Job openings are:
    • Summer Conference Assistant
    • Summer Resident Assistant
    • Summer Student Maintenance Worker
    • Summer Student Assistant
    • Summer Marketing Liaison

Applications are available on Rowdy Link and the Housing and Residence Life website. Applications must be turned in at the Laurel Village Front Desk by March 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm. For more information please refer to the housing website at

University Career Center Spring 2013 Career Events

Professional Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, March 21st

C.O.L.F.A. Career Expo
Thursday, March 28th
2:00 – 4:00pm
UC Ballroom

Educator Career Fair
Tuesday, April 2nd
8:30 – 11:30am
UC Ballroom

Visit for more information.

PDF to Post

Brighten a Roadrunner's Day - Place Your Nominations Today!

The Student Leadership Center would like to encourage you to nominate exceptional UTSA students for Roadrunner of the Month. Every month a student who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities and contributions will be featured in an article that will be published in UTSA Today and the Vice President of Student Affairs Newsletter, which will highlight the student's achievements. In addition, the winner will receive a certificate and have their name added to the plaque under the Roadrunner of the Month display on the UTSA Legacy of Leadership wall in the University Center, outside of the UC ballroom.

In order to be considered for Roadrunner of the Month, students must meet the following criteria:
      • 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

Students may be nominated by a member of the faculty, staff, or any other student attending UTSA.

Please note that nomination forms are due by the last Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. (Next deadline March 25, 2013) The student will be notified and presented the award on the first Monday of the following month. Submit your nomination through the Student Leadership Center website at

**NOTE: Nominations received after the deadline will be considered during the judging process for the following month.**

If you have any questions regarding Roadrunner of the Month or the Student Leadership Center, please call 210-458-7967.

Spring Rowdy Cents Workshops

RSVP for the FREE Rowdy Cents and/or FAFSA assistance workshops this Spring, hosted by Student Financial Aid & Enrollment Services.

Spending Plan Workshop: Balance income vs. expenses & discover deals & steals for UTSA students.
    • Tuesday, April 23rd
        from 12 PM – 3 PM at UC Pecan (2.01.26)

Managing Credit Workshop: Discuss why credit is important, learn how to obtain a free credit report, and find out what determines your credit score.
    • Monday, March 25th
        3 PM—4 PM at UC Hidalgo (2.214)
    • Thursday, April 11th
        12 PM—1 PM at UC Pecan (2.01.26)

For more information, please contact Financial Aid Outreach Specialist, Lara Crouch, at 210-458-2803 or

PDF to Post

2013 Student Affairs Conference - Register Now!

Dates: March 26 & April 3
Time: 8 am - 5 pm
Place: UC Denman

The annual UTSA Student Affairs Conference is back with even more exciting sessions of professional development topics. Registration is going on now. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact

PDF to Post

2013 Orientation Kick-Off

2013 Orientation Kick-Off
UTSA • Spirit • Pride • Tradition

Thursday, April 4, 2013
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Main Campus - UC South - Harris Room 2.212

Join the UTSA Orientation and Family Programs team to learn more about the 2013 orientation season:

        • Roadrunner Roundup - New Student Orientation

        • Family Orientation

        • New Student Transition Camps and More

We look forward to seeing you there!

Departments Invited to Participate in Party of the Paseo - April 25, 2013

The Party on the Paseo Planning Team invites you and your organization/department to participate in Party on the Paseo. We hope you join us in this exciting UTSA Tradition with an educational activity booth. Party on the Paseo provides a safe and sober environment for the UTSA community. While providing education through interaction, the event celebrates the UTSA and San Antonio spirit to reduce underage drinking and high risk drinking.

Party on the Paseo is on April 25, 2013, and we hope your calendar has been marked. Below is the link to the registration form, it’s a short quick survey where you can let us know about your accommodations. Once the survey has been filled out, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your registration information has been received. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Melissa Hernandez at (210) 458-4140 or via email at Thank you so much for your cooperation and let's fiesta sober!!!

Click HERE to register by March 29!

Rowdy Wellness Week

The Wellness Committee is hosting the 2nd annual Rowdy Wellness Week during National Public Health Week. The campus community is invited to attend screening, wellness activities, and education seminars on April 2-4, 2013. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to learn about the importance of early detection, research and innovation, health maintenance, stress reduction and staying fit.

More information visit,

Child Development Center Celebration - Save the Date!

Save the date! On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 during the Week of the Young Child, the Child Development Center is planning a huge celebration for the UTSA community. There will be more details available in March, but we wanted you all to reserve the date and come by the Child Development Center to help us celebrate the center’s 10th anniversary of providing excellence in early care and education to the children of UTSA students, staff, and faculty.

The center opened during the fall of 2003 and has served many of your children during that time. We welcome you to bring them for a visit during Week of the Young Child, April 15 – 19, 2013. If you need to contact the center, please call 458-6364. We look forward to seeing you.

Staff Networking Opportunities: Mid-Manager Lunches

Bring your lunch and join Student and Academic Affairs Mid-Managers for our monthly lunch discussions to be held in the Magnolia Room of the University Center from 12 noon-1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: April 17th, May 15th, June 19th, and July 17th. Our lunch group focuses on informal networking with those in similar positions across both student affairs and academic affairs. We also plan to provide discussion and materials on special topics such as performance evaluation, leadership, management techniques, program management, and others. Please contact Joan Tsacalis, Director of the Colleges’ Freshman Advising Center, at 458-5170 or via email at or Charlin Jones, Assistant Director for the Special Events Center, at 458-6736 or via email at for more information and to get on the distribution list.

Staff Retreat – UTSA Enrollment Services Office

The UTSA Enrollment Services Office held their first ever on-campus staff retreat on February 15th. The team was able to spend the day training and connecting while Financial Aid staff provided office coverage. Part of the retreat’s events included team building exercises such as partner yoga at the Recreation Center. Call center and front counter staff had the opportunity to not only challenge their strength and flexibility, but also see how they could be more effective with the help of a partner. Throughout the day, they also received training and updates from staff members in Admissions, Registrar, Fiscal Services, and Academic Advising, as well as, training on Customer Service that Human Resources facilitated. Staff left the retreat day more equipped to collaborate with each other and other university offices in order to better serve students. Enrollment Services would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible.

Echoes of Africa presented by the African Students Association

President of the African Students Association, Diane Nwokey, was inspired to develop the Echoes of African event from topics presented in her Anthropology course. The event was held on February 23, 2013 and showcased Africa as a heritage tree and displayed how the continent’s extensive culture is significant to modern art, dance, music, language and other forms of popular culture around the world.

UTSA Black History Knowledge Bowl 2013 Winning Teams Announced

As part of Black History Month, UTSA hosted the 2013 Black History Knowledge Bowl on Feb. 26 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus. Student teams competed in tests of their knowledge of African-American history. The event fosters UTSA's core values of inclusiveness, collaboration, respect, innovation and excellence.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

Black Heritage Banquet 2013

More than 290 UTSA students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the 2013 Black Heritage Banquet on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The event, which is sponsored by the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, celebrated the conclusion of Black History Month at UTSA, which consisted of more than 15 programs throughout the month of February.

“The Black Heritage Banquet made a strong return as a campus tradition after a two year absence,” said Corey Benson, graduate assistant in the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center. “For the past two years, students had noticed that something was missing from UTSA’s Black History Month programs, and through their efforts and dedication, the event was not only brought back, but remarkably successful.”

For the full article, go to UTSA Today.

The Storytelling Series Leadership Luncheon: Women in Engineering Spring 2013

UTSA College of Engineering and the Student Leadership Center Host The Storytelling Series Leadership Luncheon: Women in Engineering Spring 2013

The Storytelling Series Luncheon is an event hosted by the Student Leadership Center each semester. The purpose of the luncheon is to bring together students, faculty and staff in a casual atmosphere where they can connect and share their leadership stories. Those that attend are given the opportunity to network through sharing leadership ideas, experiences and challenges.

This semester the Student Leadership Center collaborated with the UTSA College of Engineering (COE) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. and held a special version of the luncheon for women in engineering on Friday, March 1st in the UTSA Applied Engineering and Technology Building. The idea for the luncheon was brought to the Student Leadership Center and the COE by an electrical engineering student, Justina Williams last fall semester.

For the full article, go to UTSA Today.

Important Newsletter Deadlines

      • Newsletter is distributed the 2nd Wednesday
        of every month
      • Newsletter submissions are due by 5pm on
        the Monday before
the newsletter is distributed
      • Thank You Rowdy message for new recipient and
        photo are due by 5 pm on the Monday before
        the newsletter is distributed

Please email with your articles and photographs, or if you have questions.