Snapshots Announcements Spotlight UTSA Athletics

June 2013, Issue 6

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Trey Payne, Program Coordinator for the University Center and Ana Rodriguez, Athletic Certification Specialist in the Registrar’s Office have been selected to participate in the 2013 NASPA Region III/SACSA New Professionals Institute June 17-21, 2013 at North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Dianne Hengst, Director of Student Disability Services and Amanda Graves, Health Education Coordinator I in Student Health Services have been selected to participate in the 2013 NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Managers Institute June 22-27, 2013 at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

Kevin Price (Student Life), Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez (Student Conduct) and Jan McKinney (VPSA Office) presented two sessions at the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium in Austin, Texas.

The presentations guided attendees through different aspects of the nationally award winning E.P.I.C. Journey Sanctioning Model developed at UTSA. The team presented “Purposeful Conduct: Incorporating Assessment into Your Practice” and “From Creative to Journey Sanctions: Outcome Driven Sanctions.”

Want more information: view the conference twitter backchannel at #naspa3 and follow the E.P.I.C. model at @epicjourney1

UTSA wins Western Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) announced Tuesday that UTSA was the winner of its annual Commissioner's Cup.

The Roadrunners, who scored 90 points, ended the year with WAC Championships in indoor track & field and baseball (tournament). Idaho was second with 86.5 points, while Utah State finished in third with 82 (click here for the complete standings).

"It was a tremendous achievement to win the WAC Commissioner's Cup in our first season in the league," Athletics Director Lynn Hickey said. "The credit goes to all the hard work and dedication from our student-athletes and coaches. We've always felt we had a well-rounded department, one in which we are successful across the board in all of our sports. Winning our third conference commissioner's cup in the last six years is a great reward and representation of that success."

UTSA now has captured three conference commissioner's cups in the last six years (2007-08 & 2010-11 Southland Conference) and the Roadrunners have finished third or higher in cup races in each of the last eight years.

The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships. Points are awarded in order of finish, equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport, and are averaged between a team's regular-season finish (if applicable) and its WAC Championship finish. Teams that do not qualify for a postseason tournament due to a smaller field receive points equal to their regular-season finish. Ties are not broken but instead are averaged between the tied teams. Affiliate members are not eligible for the Commissioner's Cup, but their standings still are used for determining overall points.

All WAC member institutions claimed either a regular season or postseason championship in at least one sport for the third consecutive year.


Roadrunner Baseball wins the WAC Tournament Championship

No. 4 seed UTSA rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to seventh-seeded Dallas Baptist and the Roadrunners completed their perfect run to this week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Sunday by a score of 11-4 at QuikTrip Park.

After the Patriots (30-30) scored two runs in the second, UTSA (35-23) needed three innings to tie things up, but it was all Birds from the fifth inning on.

The Roadrunners went on to plate two more runs in both the sixth and seventh and they put the game out of reach with a five-run eighth.

DBU scored a pair of runs in the ninth off Logan Onda, but, by then, it was too little, too late.

"It feels awesome," first-year head coach Jason Marshall said after the victory. "I'm very proud of our ball club. From the moment we set some goals down on paper this season, these guys believed in it and they played incredible baseball down the stretch. They are very unselfish and just doing whatever they can to win a baseball game. I'm just proud for the program, for the school and for the department."

UTSA pounded out 14 hits, including four for extra bases, and it was led by John Bormann, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Eight of the nine starters on offense had at least one knock with Horacio Correa III, Daniel Rockett, RJ Perucki and Mike Warren each adding a pair of safeties for the league's top hitting club.

Meanwhile, Brock Hartson (9-4) surrendered two runs (one earned) on just four hits in his 7.1 innings while starting on three days rest. The redshirt freshman right-hander walked a pair and struck out two in the 111-pitch (67 strikes) performance. Onda, who entered the game with the tying run on deck with one down in the eighth, earned his second save of the season.

The Roadrunners, who now have won their last seven games (10 of 11 overall), went a perfect 4-0 this week en route to their fifth conference title in program history. UTSA previously won four crowns as a member of the Southland Conference (2007-08 Regular Season/1994 & 2005 Tournament).

Five Roadrunners earned All-Tournament honors, led by Matt Sims who was named the event's Most Valuable Player. Bormann, Riley Good, Hartson and Perucki also were tabbed to the 11-player team.

The Roadrunners will learn their NCAA Regional destination and opening-round opponent when the complete 64-team field is announced at 11 a.m. (CT) on Monday on ESPNU. The team will have a watch party at Stone Werks Big Rock Grille at The Rim (5807 Worth Parkway).


Orientation Leader Graduation - May 24, 2013

Congratulations to all of the Orientation Leaders for completing intensive training and walking the stage at graduation! It was extremely rewarding to see each of them receive their graduation certificate with confidence. The weeks following graduation have proved that their certificates are well deserved. Each Orientation Leader has clearly learned a lot and retained all the necessary information to conduct two successful orientation programs. We are very proud of you and look forward to watching you lead many more successful programs this summer!

Barry McKinney named treasurer of National Association for Campus Activities

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) recently elected UTSA's Barry McKinney as treasurer of its board of directors.

McKinney is assistant dean of students and director of student activities at UTSA, where he leads the Office of Student Activities at the Main Campus and the Downtown Campus. The Office of Student Activities oversees leadership development, cultural programming, risk education, campus programming, student government, fraternity and sorority life, and other student organizations.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

Congratulations to our 2012-2013 Student Affairs Award winners!

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employee: Jose Cordova, Orientation and Family Programs
Outstanding Graduate Student Employee: Tabbitha Ashford, Campus Recreation
Outstanding Support Staff Award: Christina Maldonado, Orientation and Family Programs
Outstanding New Professional Staff Member: Glynis Mallia, Student Health Services
Outstanding Student Affairs Team: Amanda Graves, Angelica Lopez, Glynis Mallia, Lisa Pecor, Barbara Reyes, Lorelei Salazar, Beth Wichman, Meningitis Hold Program-Student Health Services
Transformational Leadership Award: Jennifer Ehlers, Undergraduate Admissions

A special thank you to the Awards and Recognition Team for hosting two celebratory programs in May: the inaugural Thank You Rowdy Breakfast and the 5th Annual Student Affairs Awards Ceremony.

Staff had an enjoyable time at the 5th Annual Student Affairs Jamboree. Many thanks to the Staff Networking Team for hosting a great event!

Student Health Services was recognized by Orientation and Family Programs with an award for their outstanding support of orientation programs with the meningitis hold initiative.

Dr. Beth Wichman, Director of Student Health Services, was appointed as a Bill Analyst for the UT-System in 2013 to serve as a reviewer of legislation for the Texas State Senate and the Texas State House of Representatives. She was also elected Clinical Medicine Program Planner for the 2014 American College Health Association’s national convention to be held in San Antonio, May 2014. In addition, she was elected President of the affiliate chapter, the Southwestern College Health Association and will serve in this capacity from October 2013 to September 2014.

Counseling Services was awarded $100,000 from the University of Texas System to build a Student Recovery Program at UTSA. The program will be led by an assistant director and implemented in the fall 2013 semester. The program will provide students with educational presentations, recovery accountability, referrals, peer mentorship, Twelve Step meetings, service opportunities, social activities, and a supportive community to enable their success and graduation. Counseling Services was also awarded $1000 from the UTSA Family Association Parent Council to begin biofeedback services. Using special software and tools, biofeedback equipment helps teach users emotional self-regulation.

Inaugural UTSA Office of the Registrar Merit Awards Honor Staff Members

Since joining the UTSA Student Affairs staff 40 years ago in May 1973, Fred Hample has worked with the UTSA Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to create a better environment for his colleagues and students. This week, the UTSA Office of the Registrar honored Hample in the inaugural Registrar's Office Merit Awards.

"Working at the same place for 40 years like Fred has here at UTSA is simply amazing," said Joe DeCristoforo, UTSA associate vice president and university registrar. "Fred has been an absolute dream to work with, as he just knows so much about UTSA from the ground up."

Hample received the Self-Made Man Award, a celebration of his service and dedication to UTSA. He served as the assistant to the UTSA director of admissions and registrar from 1974 to 1976, as assistant registrar from 1976 to 1979, as associate registrar for 26 years from 1979 to 2005 and as director of the UTSA Downtown Campus Registrar's Office operations from 2005 to 2007.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

Graduation Coordination Office wants to thank you all for your support and help during commencement. You all did an amazing job checking in our students and ensuring that our first ceremonies at the Alamodome were a huge success and ran as smooth as ever. We couldn’t have done it without you. We hope you first-timers enjoyed working this side of commencement. We look forward to hopefully working with you all again in December!

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NISD Honors UTSA Volunteer Services for At-Risk Student Membership Program

The Northside Independent School District (NISD) honored the UTSA Volunteer Services Program led by program coordinator Cristina Dominguez at its annual Partnerships and Recognitions Awards ceremony April 16. The program received the Outstanding Partnership Program Award for its work with at-risk students attending the Northside Alternative Middle School North campus (NAMS North). Dominguez accepted the award on behalf of the program.

NISD Superintendent Brian Woods and the NISD Board of Trustees individually recognized the winners. UTSA Volunteer Services and fellow winners now will compete at the state level in the Texas Association of Partners in Education awards contest.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

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