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May 2013, Issue 5

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Congratulations to Mark Munguia!

You have been elected as Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators' (TACUSPA) Treasurer in the recent election!

Your term of office is October 2013-October 2016. You may work with Lisa Nagy, the officer currently in this position, over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

Your first official duty will be attending the TACUSPA Board meeting prior to the start of the fall conference on Sunday, October 13, in Houston. Thanks.

Deidra Stephens
Past President of TACUSPA

Applying the Four C’s

The Office of Housing and Residence Life’s Associate Director, Residence Life and Education, Marietta de la Rosa, visited with the graduate level class of Gloria Crisp, Associate Professor, to answer questions about being an administrator. The class asked questions such as "What was the biggest adjustment going from an entry-level position to an administrative position?", "How do you handle university politics?", and "What has been the best piece of advice you've received as a student affairs administrator thus far?". The interactive, lively exchange lasted well beyond the original 30 minute timeframe. Gloria Crisp sent the thank you message below in appreciation:

Hi Em,

Thank you so much for coming to my class on Monday evening. Most of the faculty members (including myself) in our department do not have a student affairs background, and so I really appreciate you sharing your experiences and advice with our students. After you left, the students shared with me that they really appreciated your openness and that they can tell that you are a great administrator.

Thanks again!

Gloria Crisp
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Otis “Scotty” Scott, Jr., Career Counselor II for the College of Engineering and an acknowledged expert on diversity and inclusion, recently completed a whirlwind trip on ensuring the message of inclusion was spread throughout Texas. Scotty is the former President of the Greater San Antonio Texas Diversity Council Advisory Board and current Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Texas State Council Diversity and Inclusion Director.

Covering almost 700 miles in three days, he was selected to moderate several sessions on racism at the 9th Annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. Returning to San Antonio, he was off to Austin to moderate a discussion on Diversity and Inclusion, as well as Workforce Readiness with members of the SHRM Texas Council the following morning. Returning to San Antonio that same day, he was one of the featured speakers for the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association. Speaking on “Hidden Value – How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People (The Diversity Inclusion Process)”, he utilizes an interactive approach to relay the message and engage the audience.

He continues to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion and is currently working with the Texas Diversity Council on a 2013 Veterans Summit Program for the Greater San Antonio area to raise awareness for returning veterans and employers seeking to hire veterans. He is scheduled to speak with university and college youth at HR Southwest (largest regional human resource conference in the United States) this coming fall. As a diversity and inclusion advocate, he is often a featured speaker at many of the SHRM local meetings and conferences from Wichita Falls to Corpus Christi, Texas.

His belief is that you may not be able to change everyone, but if you can make a difference for just one person, then you have made the world a better place.

Scotty is seated to the right at the Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference during one of the sessions that he moderated. To his left is Edward McFalls, BNSF Railway Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity, and Jason Campbell, Ph.D., Professor, NOVA University.

The Four C's In Action!

The Housing and Residence Life business team from the University of West Georgia (UWG), along with their Assistant Director of Budget, Planning, & Finance for the Division of Student Affairs, visited with UTSA's Housing and Residence Life's (HRL) business team from April 23 to April 25. Housing and Residence Life's Budget Manager, Andrea Johannes, met the University of West Georgia's Assistant Director for SAEM Budget, Planning & Finance, Jo Etta Miller, at the College Business Management Institute (CBMI) in 2011. At CBMI in 2012, Ms. Miller approached Ms. Johannes about the possibility of UTSA hosting the UWG business team, which was a new team, in order to generate ideas on how QuickBooks, an accounting program by Intuit, was being used by HRL's team to help monitor and track expenses, as well as generate reporting.

The team from UWG consisted of Jo Etta Miller, Alex Posivenko, Assistant Director of Financial Operations for Housing and Residence Life, Stephanie Smith, and Pamela Chamber, both Business Operations Specialists. The UTSA HRL business team consisted of Andrea Johannes, Cassandra Jones, and Jennifer DeCuir, both Senior Accounting Technicians for UTSA HRL. On April 23rd, the UWG team toured HRL facilities and the university campus. On April 24th, Ms. Johannes spent the day reviewing QuickBooks set up and reports, as well as sharing the template of monthly fiscal reports that have been developed. On April 25th, the two UWG Business Operations Specialists spent the morning with HRL's two Senior Accounting Technicians to see how UTSA HRL inputs items into QuickBooks and uses it to reconcile to UTSA accounting records. UWG also shared some of their business practices and reporting with the HRL Business Manager.

The visit was a very successful collaboration and exchange of ideas. The University of West Georgia has invited the UTSA HRL business team to their campus for a similar visit. Kudos to the business team in Housing and Residence Life!

The Division of Student Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, Business Auxiliary Services and ARAMARK would like to Thank You for volunteering at our Spring 2013 Late Night Breakfast:

Alicia Godwin Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
Emily Patton Athletics
Jerry Greeson Athletics
Carlos Salinas Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
Laura Munroe Campus Recreation
Amy Fritz Housing and Residence Life
Roger Kissam Housing and Residential Life
John Jimenez Volunteer
Zwisel Gandia Housing and Residence Life
Susanna Knouse Housing and Residence Life
Em de la Rosa Housing and Residence Life
Courtney Allen Housing and Residence Life
David Kandel Campus Living Villages
Toby Wilkerson Campus Living Villages
Cristina Dominguez Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Jana Schwartz Student Leadership Center
Dalia Silva Student Health Center
Cassie Delgado Orientation and Family Programs
Ashley Spain Orientation and Family Programs
Anne Jimenez Student Conduct and Community Standards
Joseph Vidaurri Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
Braulio Contreras Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
Elisa Perkins Enrollment Services Office
Renee Hopkins Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Jeff Merrit Police Department
Sylvia Hernandez Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Corey Benson Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Leslianne Garcia Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
Tony Daniels Campus Recreation
Lisa Jurgajtis Campus Recreation
Jeff Podmeyer Housing and Residence Life

With your continued support, we keep this tradition alive!

Campus leader Brian Smith builds a legacy at UTSA

There are many reasons behind one's decision to attend a certain university over another. Marketing senior Brian Smith chose UTSA because of his father.

"My dad worked in the Facilities department at UTSA for several years," said Smith. "He would always tell me about all the great events happening at UTSA and what a great school it was. So to honor him, I chose UTSA."

For the full article, visit the College of Business Student Spotlight.

Congratulations to these staff members for successfully completing the Administrative Support Toolbox Series.

Tracy Alderete, Athletics
Ruth Coates, Associate Dean of Students
Yolanda Helm, Housing and Residence Life
Jane Markland, Student Disability Services
Betty Melzow, Housing and Residence Life
Evelyn Rosas, Student Disability Services

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