Snapshots Announcements Spotlight UTSA Athletics

July 2013, Issue 7


Janice and Wayne Meyr Leadership Scholarship

Application Deadline:
July 31, 2013

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Save the Date
Facilitators/Rowdy Leaders

August 20-22, 2013

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Ice Block Party

Presented by The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center

August 26, 2013

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Rowdys Camp 2013

Nomination Deadline:
September 27, 2013

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Civil Rights Exploration Trip (Civil Rights Movement Trip)

Application Deadline:
September 27, 2013

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Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

• Avin Jordan, University Career Center
• Benjamin Hein, Athletics
• Brian Mannas, Office of the Vice President for
   Student Affairs
• Christa Winkler, Student Conduct and
   Community Standards
• Deanna McKenzie, Student Financial Aid and
   Enrollment Services
• Derek Bell, Housing and Residence Life
• Gregory Sheen, Athletics
• Guy Graham, Housing and Residence Life
• Jonathan Bange, Campus Recreation
• Jose Martin, Housing and Residence Life
• Karen Pfeil, Housing and Residence Life
• Kyle Leduc, Campus Recreation
• Michael Brown, Campus Recreation
• Patricia McCrea, Registrar
• Ramon Benavides III, Student Financial Aid and
   Enrollment Services
• Rita Lyon, Student Health Services
• Stephanie Sanchez, Athletics
• Taylor Adkins, Athletics

 Welcome to UTSA! We are glad you are here!

UTSA begins move to tobacco-free and smoke-free campuses

The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and smoke-free status will begin June 1, 2013. Through this one-year transition period, smoking and the use of tobacco products will be restricted to designated areas on campus.

UTSA is committed to supporting students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products. For students, resources are available through Student Health Services. For employees, resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

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: 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.

Call for Transformation Fund Grant Application

The Student Affairs Development Office is pleased to announce the call for grant proposals/applications to the Student Affairs Transformation Fund. The extended deadline for completed proposals/applications is July 19, 2013.

The Transformation Fund grant awarding criteria is to provide support on a one-time basis to innovative programs and services that fill real and immediate needs and align with the VPSA strategic plan. In order to be considered for a grant, applications must indicate how specific projects for which funding is being requested meet this primary criteria. Complete guidelines for the application process are below. Your submitted proposal can address, but is not limited to, the following initiatives:
   •  Leadership development trainings for both students
      and/or staff
   •  Diverse and dynamic speakers to inspire our creative
      spirit in Student Affairs
   •  Professional development for your department or for
      the division
   •  National competition and conference fees to enrich
      staff or student experience
   •  Projects that support Student Affairs committee
      activities and/or Student Affairs strategic initiatives

All funding proposals submitted to the Student Affairs Transformation Fund must adhere to the following guidelines:
   •  Proposals must originate from staff members within
      the Division of Student Affairs with proper approval
      from the Associate Vice President (AVP). The
      grantee will provide a written report detailing
      outcomes and financial accounting of grant funds to
      the Student Affairs development office by May 31,
      2014. If the grantee fails to spend all awarded funds
      and/or fails to provide the final project report, they
      may be ineligible to request funding for the next year.
   •  Each proposal shall be submitted electronically using
      the Transformation Fund Grant Application. Only
      electronic applications are acceptable and should be
      submitted to by Friday,
      July 19, 2013

Additional information regarding the grant/proposal process:
   •  Applications for funds may not exceed $2,500.
   •  There is no automatic renewal of funding.
   •  Proposals not initially awarded funding will be
      retained by the Development Office for the remainder
      of the fiscal year for consideration should additional
      funding become available.
   •  Final grant recipients will be notified of grant status
      via e-mail by August 1, 2013. Successful grant
      recipients will have funds transferred into their
      designated account.
   •  Announced grant recipients will be mentioned in the
      VPSA newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE - Volunteer Request/Office of Housing & Residence Life

The Office of Housing & Residence Life is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring your biggest Roadrunner Pride as you help the newest “On-Campus Roadrunners” move into their new home. This is an opportunity to meet new students and show your pride as member of the UTSA community.

We invite faculty, staff and students to volunteer in 2 hour shifts from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th. Volunteers will be asked to help students and their families move personal items into their rooms and may assist with other move-in duties as needed.

SAVE THE DATE AND SHARE THIS INFORMATION with others including student groups.

Please contact Cassandra Jones with any questions.

CALLING ALL CAMPUS RESOURCES: Housing and Residence Life Move-In Welcome Bags

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is currently creating “Welcome Bags” for our residents in order for them to have something waiting in their rooms upon their arrival on August 23, 2013. We believe this might be a great way to show the resident’s the types of resources that are on-campus and also promote our on-campus partners!! Housing and Residence Life will provide the drawstring bag for our residents –but we need help filling the bags! If you are interested in helping us fill the bags by providing give-a-ways, small flyers, and/or items that will get our resident’s attention (and that will fit into a drawstring bag)

Please contact Susanna Knouse with any questions..

UTSA football fans encouraged to ‘white out’ Oklahoma State on Sept 7

The Oklahoma State colors are black and orange, UTSA's are blue, orange and white -- and the fans of both teams tend to wear orange. In anticipation of a large, orange-clad Cowboys contingent at the Sept. 7 football home opener at the Alamodome, Roadrunners fans are asked to wear white.

UTSA Athletics online merchandise provider,, has a wide array of white apparel in men's, women's and children's sizes including t-shirts and hats for UTSA fans. The football team will follow the lead of its fans and will wear all white against its first-ever Big 12 opponent. Kickoff for the nationally televised game on FOX Sports 1 will be at 11 a.m.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

University Career Center – New Staff

“Hello, I am Lisa Ojeda the new Front Desk Supervisor at the Career Center. I graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word College with a BA in Business Management. Prior to joining the Career Center, I worked for several corporate industries in different positions which provided me with extensive experience in management and customer service roles. I am very excited at the opportunity to help our department meet its goals to provide excellent customer service to all and support our students to succeed in their career goals.”

“Greetings, I am Avin Jordan and I will be undertaking the role of Experiential Learning Program Coordinator here at The University of Texas at San Antonio. I am originally from Houston, TX and a 2006 graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos. Prior to my time here at UTSA I spent 6 years in Austin, TX as a Career Advisor for the Gary Job Corps as part of the National Job Corps Program. In 2012, I was accepted as a Career Services Advisor with The Art Institute of San Antonio. During my time at AI, while operating as a department of one, I worked to establish and develop the policy and procedures for the Career Services Department at the brand new campus. I am truly excited about the opportunity and blessing to work for this fantastic university. After seeing the tremendous growth of UTSA in these most recent years I am eager to become a valued member of this family and help continue the limitless push toward excellence.”

ADA Disability Resources at UTSA

In an effort to increase awareness at UTSA about available ADA resources and related policies, the ADA Accessibility Committee is pleased to announce the debut of the ADA Disability Resources website. Information such as accessible parking, facility improvements and web accessibility can be found through this portal for ADA information. Individuals can also notify the University about obstacles on campus through the Report a Barrier feature. Annette Rabago, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, serves as the ADA Coordinator for the university. She provides accommodations to faculty, staff and the public. She also provides employment accommodations for University applicants and chairs the ADA Accessibility Committee which addresses institutional system issues of disability access and equity issues affecting faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Faculty and Staff Mentors Needed For UTSA Roadrunner Connections Program

UTSA faculty and staff volunteers are needed to serve as mentors for students in the Roadrunner Connections program.

Roadrunner Connections pairs faculty and staff with first-time freshmen and transfer students to serve as personal resources. The mentors will help the student succeed at UTSA and beyond by providing access to opportunities they might not have found otherwise.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today. Can Help UTSA Departments Fill Student Job Positions

UTSA departments in need of student employees have an excellent resource in the website, hosted by the University Career Center.

At, UTSA faculty, staff and departments can post job openings. Both work-study and non-work study positions on campus should be posted there for all eligible students to view and apply for.

The University Career Center will host a part-time job fair for both on-campus and off-campus part-time jobs Thursday, Sept. 5 in the H-E-B University Center. There is no charge for UTSA departments to attend. Register for a table at the job fair at

Posting your on-campus student job position is simple, fast and flexible. To post a job:

    •   Log on to
    •   Click on the "Employer" tab at the top.
    •   Log on or create a new account.
    •   Select "My Jobs" to post a new position or repost an
         existing, vacated job.

Career center staff can assist in creating new positions or in recruiting eligible students. The University Career Center has other excellent online resources for students and employers. For more information on University Career Center services, visit or contact Victoria Tesillo at 210-458-4588.

For the full article, visit 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

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