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May 2013, Issue 5


Progression of a Dream

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

April 16 - June 30, 2013

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5th Annual Student Affairs Jamboree – June 6, 2013

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HR Training Spring Newsletter

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Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

• Daniella Guevara, University Center
• Mara Rodriguez, Child Development Center

 Welcome to UTSA! We are glad you are here!

The Progression of a Dream Exhibit

The Institute of Texan Cultures in collaboration with the Student Leadership Center and the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center would like to announce The Progression of a Dream exhibit. This exhibit features photographs taken by UTSA students that attended the civil rights exploration trip titled The Progression, and showcases insightful captions that offer a glimpse of their experiences. The photos taken by the students were captured during the trip at various sites in New Orleans, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Nathan McDuell a senior studying Communication wrote about his experience visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, “When we were younger we read about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the day that his life was taken from him. However, it is a very different experience standing in the exact location where he was at that moment. Touring this area was what I consider one of the best moments of the trip. It was a meaningful experience to know where a leader stood who made a monumental difference in the history of the world”. Nathan is just one of the students who shared not only photographs from the trip experience, but also words about how he felt at the moment when the photo was taken. This type of photo reflection was a valuable part of the student’s civil rights and social justice experience.

The UTSA Student Leadership Center would also like to recognize their graduate assistant, Ann-Margaret Gonzalez, for her hard work and dedication in collaborating with the Institute of Texan Cultures on this exhibit.

The Progression of a Dream exhibit is currently on display and will remain on display through June 30th at the Institute of Texan Cultures located at 801 East César Chávez Blvd. Students, faculty, and staff with a UTSA ID receive complimentary admission. For additional information, visit

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Student Affairs Awards Ceremony - May 16, 2013

UTSA Student Affairs Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 16, 2013

UC Ballroom

3:00pm to 4:30pm Refreshments & Award Ceremony
4:30pm to 5:00pm Photography of Winners and Student Affairs Teams

and remember to Keep Calm…and Celebrate Student Affairs!

If you have any questions, please email Tiffani Hoot or Jared Jones.

UC Study Breaks and Open Study Rooms for Spring 2013

The University Center invites all students to take a break from studying and final exams for some tasty snacks and a free chair massage in the UC Window Lounge from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Massages are available on a first come, first served basis and will end promptly at 1:30 each day. Students can also enjoy giveaways and information regarding end-of-semester services from the Campus Technology Store, Frost Bank, The UPS store in the UC, and The Princeton Review. Snacks and giveaways will be available while supplies last.

For the full article, visit ucnewsblog.

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: 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 Development Team Call for New Members

Are you looking for a way to give back to our vibrant division? The Staff Development Team is looking for new members for 2013-2014. If you think you would be interested in joining, please fill out the new member recruitment form after conferring with you supervisor regarding the time commitment it would take to be a participative member. Want to get a sense of what we do? Peruse our website The deadline to submit this form is May 31, 2013. Feel free to email one of the co-chairs, Erika Cox or Steve Kudika, directly for further questions regarding membership. Thank you!

5th Annual Student Affairs Jamboree – SAVE THE DATE

Let’s Get Ready to Bowl!

When: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Where: University Bowl
Check-In: 5:15-6:00 pm
Bowling: 6:00-8:00 pm
Who: VPSA Staff and Families

For more information, please contact

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Early success prompts UTSA to increase capital campaign goal to $175 million

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has increased the goal of its first-ever capital campaign by $55 million to $175 million following the remarkable early success of the campaign. UTSA publicly launched We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign in April 2012 with an initial goal of $120 million. However, less than one year later it had total pledges and gifts of more than $121 million.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

UTSA inaugural Service-Learning Symposium features student projects

The UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center recently hosted the inaugural Service-Learning Symposium in the University Center ballroom on the Main Campus. The symposium focused on the benefits of service-learning in higher education.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

University Career Center – Employers Visit UTSA to Recruit Students

In an effort to connect and recruit UTSA students, three major employers have conducted on-campus recruiting events in partnership with the University Career Center in the last month.

On Wednesday, April 24th, representatives from USAA met with students on a “walk-in” basis in the Career Center and provided career and job search advice.

More than 20 hiring managers and other executives from Halliburton hosted a lunch followed by a “Meet and Greet” and Information Session on Monday, April 29th.

Union Pacific Railroad
On Wednesday, May 1st, Union Pacific Railroad set up an information tent in the Paseo to meet students and provide information on career opportunities.

For information on additional upcoming employer and other recruiting events, visit our website at, or stop by either of our campus locations.

University Career Center
UC 2.02.04 (Main Campus)
MNT 1.162 (Downtown Campus)
Phone: (210) 458-4589

UTSA Student Health Services implements electronic health records system

UTSA Student Health Services (SHS) will begin the transition from paper health records to a new electronic health record management system effective Monday, April 29. The new system is adapted from the student health platform Point 'n Click. Once the electronic health records system is fully implemented, the ease of appointment scheduling by students is expected to dramatically improve.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

UTSA Legacy claims men’s intramural basketball national

Last week, the UTSA Legacy men's intramural basketball team won the NCCS National Basketball Championship in Raleigh, N.C., 49-40 against Columbus State University (Georgia). Hosted by North Carolina State University, the tournament featured 20 intramural teams from across the nation.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

UTSA chapter of Alpha Chi honor society receives coveted President’s Cup

The Texas Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Chi at The University of Texas at San Antonio received the coveted President's Cup at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 6, 2013. Alpha Chi awards the cup to the chapter judged most outstanding in the nation. Each nominated chapter must keep track of their activities over a three-year period to prepare its application package.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

UTSA creates new online training module on service

As part of UTSA's commitment to providing a diverse environment that is welcoming to all, UTSA has developed an online training module to increase awareness and knowledge regarding service animals. The training module is designed to familiarize staff and faculty with the roles service animals play and the various university policies and laws that apply to service animals on campus.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

14th Annual NIUTSA

The 14th Annual NIUTSA Pre-Fiesta Jazz-style event sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Campus Activities Board was held at the Downtown Campus on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in collaboration with the District 5 Candidate Forum sponsored by the Student Government Association and College of Public Policy.

Over 300 participants enjoyed live jazz music performed by UTSA Alumnus Alex Sutherlin and a second band composed of current UTSA students known as “Atlantis”. This was the first year that three registered student organizations participated with fundraising booths: Association of General Contractors, Public Administration Student Organization and United States Green Builders Student Council. UTSA staff from Campus Recreation, New Student Admissions Office and Welcome Center, Tomas Rivera Center and Undergraduate Advising provided family-friendly fun through interactive, educational games and activities. Two community agencies, Headstart and MADD, also set up booths and educated participants about their mission and resources.

NIUTSA is an involvement opportunity intentionally held on a Saturday at the Downtown Campus to give all students, but especially graduate and evening students, a chance to participate in campus life in a meaningful and purposeful way.

If you would like additional information or would like to participate in next’s year NIUTSA, please contact: Michelle Rocha, Assistant Director of Student Activities at 210.458.2817 or

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2013 Student Affairs Conference Website

The Staff Development Team is very glad you participated in our 2013 Student Affairs Conference: Leading Through Transition. If you’d like to review some of the sessions you did not get to attend, visit our conference webpage at
for a listing of the presentations. Aside from reviewing the presentations, you can also view pictures taken on the conference dates and inquire about volunteering at next year’s conference.

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