Snapshots Announcements Spotlight UTSA Athletics

October 2013, Issue 10


UTSA Homecoming,

October 20 thru

October 26

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October Is
GLBTQ Pride Month

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Staff Development
Team Fall Workshop

"Hot Topics: Burning Issues"

November 5, 2013
2:00 - 4:45pm, Bexar Rm.

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Last Lecture Series

Prof. Aaron Cassill

November 5, 2013
7:00pm, Retama Auditorium

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Texas Conference
for Women

Scholarship Deadline:
October 28, 2013

November 19, 2013

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New UTSA Faculty Staff Community

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Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

  • Aracelia Alamo Velez, Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
  • Beverly Woodson Day, Admissions
  • Brett Damaskos, Athletics
  • Burton Ferguson, Campus Recreation
  • Carlos Martinez, Jr., Admissions
  • Charles Miles, Admissions
  • Christie Hill, Athletics
  • Elva Vazquez, Child Development Center
  • Jason Ortiz, Recruitment Information Systems
  • Jessica Rogers, Athletics
  • Katherine Silva, Counseling Services
  • Kimberly Hoggatt, University Career Center
  • Kristen Holt, Athletics
  • Nicole Dunson-McNary, Athletics

Welcome to UTSA! We are glad you are here!

Family Weekend Details

Interested in Family Weekend? Here is additional information:

We ask that Student Affairs staff keep these items handy to help with questions from students and parents. In addition to these two documents, you can also visit our website for more info. Feel free to print your own flyer and post on your office doors. We are really aiming to get a great turn out this year!

We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation and always present collaborative efforts with our office and Family Programs!

Student Leadership Center - Roadrunner of the Month

The Student Leadership Center recognizes UTSA students each month for their leadership contributions and qualities by honoring them as the Roadrunner of the Month. The monthly recipients will be highlighted in UTSA Today and the Vice President of Student Affairs Newsletter. In addition, they will be featured on a plaque displayed on the UTSA Legacy of Leadership wall in the University Center, outside of the ballroom.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit nominations for students, and the nominees must meet the following criteria to be considered as a recipient of the award:

  • 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

Place your nomination(s) through

Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Offers Fall Rowdy Cents Workshops!

Please encourage students to RSVP for a Fall Rowdy Cents Workshop!

Credit Basics

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, from 1 PM-2 PM @ UC Pecan (2.01.26)
Learn how to manage credit cards, establish good credit, and how to obtain a free credit report.

Scholarship Workshop (Downtown) with the UTSA Writing Center

Thursday, Nov. 7th, from 3 PM-5 PM @ BV 4.301B
Discuss scholarship tips and leave with an outline of your next scholarship essay!

Scholarship Workshop with the UTSA Writing Center

Friday, Nov. 8th, from 3 PM-5 PM UC Harris (2.212)
Discuss scholarship tips and leave with an outline of your next scholarship essay!

If you would like to collaborate or learn more about Rowdy Cents, please contact Financial Aid Outreach Specialist, Lara Crouch at 210-458-2803. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and check out our other resources and upcoming Fall workshops at!

Career Center Hosts Successful Careers Fair, Plans Additional Events

On Thursday, September 26th the University Career Center hosted the S.T.E.M. and All-Majors Career Fairs. Over 700 combined total students attended and interacted with a total of 168 participating employers about career opportunities and internships. The 67 employers attending the morning S.T.E.M. Career Fair was an all-time record for the event, and the 101 employers attending the afternoon All-Majors Career Fair were the most in over five years.

The Career Center continues to offer opportunities for students and alumni to meet and network with employers. For October, the following events will be conducted:

Government & Non-Profit Career Fair - Thursday
10/17   2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Downtown

Professional Etiquette Dinner - Wednesday
10/23   5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Denman Room

Professional Etiquette Luncheon - Tuesday
10/29   11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Downtown

For additional information on these, or any of our many other career events and professional development opportunities, visit

UTSA Day - October 19, 2013

UTSA Day is the perfect opportunity to see what it's like to be a Roadrunner. Attendees spend the day exploring our scenic campus bustling with student activity and excitement. Our information fair and presentation sessions will feature our nine colleges, financial aid, scholarships, housing and our many student services. Future students and their families should circle October 19, 2013, on their calendar, and visit UTSA between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

  • Information Fair
  • Presentation Sessions
  • Campus Tours
  • Housing Tours

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 210-458-5145.

Inclusion & Community Engagement Volunteer Services Highlights

Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES)

  • Meetings every Wednesday at 5pm in UC Retama

10/20 - Roadrunners Give Back: Official UTSA Homecoming Service Project with San Antonio Food Bank

If you have any volunteer opportunities you would like highlighted for next month, send them to Cristina Dominguez by the last Monday of the month.

Student Affairs Staff Development Team Fall Workshop Series

Title IV Aid.  ADA Accessibility.  Ban on Tobacco & Smoking.  Skateboarding on Campus. GRIP.  These topics affect your programming and interactions with students more than you think.  Come to our Fall Workshop Series “Hot Topics…Burning Issues” and “Get Your Grip on Grip” to learn how these topics will affect your job. Save the dates: November 5th and November 20th!

VOICES Offers Alternative Spring Break Opportunities

Alternative Spring Break empowers and challenges students to understand their relationship within the global community through education, reflection, and direct service while on weeklong service trips over spring break. Apply for UTSA Alternative Spring Break & GO SOMEWHERE!
Students can apply online through RowdyLink.

Deadline to apply is October 25, spots are limited!

Available Trips for March 9-15, 2014

Empowering People
The change begins with YOU, "for the people by the people."
Description: This immersion experience allows participants to engage in outreach programs with local organizations by providing assistance to people experiencing hunger and poverty in an urban environment while also having the opportunity to hear personal stories. Participants will have an opportunity to be active citizens by being empathetic and encouraging hope to those less fortunate. Projects will be Monday-Thursday.

Relieving the Disaster
Description: In this trip, participants will be working with a variety of eco restoration projects. Projects are designed to build an understanding of coastal ecosystems and watersheds and how they are affected by manmade and natural disasters. Projects may also include projects addressing child welfare, poverty, homelessness, immigration, and education. Projects will be Monday-Thursday

National Park Services:
Preserving the San Antonio We Know
Description: This trip will allow participants a chance to learn about the rich San Antonio history and culture by working with the National Park Services. Projects may include landscaping various historical missions in San Antonio. A fun team outing will end the week on Friday. This project will not involve overnight stays or travel beyond the San Antonio area.

Student Leadership Center Upcoming Events

There are many events on the calendar for the Student Leadership Center:

  • Storytelling Series
    • November 13, 2013
    • Interest forms for students available on RowdyLink
  • Texas Conference for Women
    • November 19, 2013
    • Application deadline: October 28th
  • 2014 Civil Rights Exploration Trip
    • January 7-11, 2014 & MLK March, January 20th
    • Application deadline: September 27th
    • Student Facilitators Application deadline: September 27th
  • Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference
    • January 16-19, 2014
    • Application deadline: November 6th
  • Roadrunner of the Month
    • Nominations due by 4 p.m. on the last Monday of every month

For more information contact the UTSA SLC at 210-458-7967.

Texas Conference for Women

The 14th Annual Texas Conference for Women is being held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the Austin Convention Center. The Application Deadline is October 28, 2013. The UTSA Student Leadership Center is offering a scholarship to attend this event.

For more information contact the UTSA SLC at 210-458-7967.

New Edition of Student Activities E-Newsletter

Take a moment to view our new e-newsletter In the Loop to learn about some of our Student Organizations, upcoming events and an introduction to RowdyLink.

"In the Loop" will be a regular publication from the Office of Student Activities with information regarding your connection to campus life and involvement!

Complete Your Education...Get Involved!

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition Information and Registration

UTSA faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their doors or department offices as part of the homecoming festivities utilizing the theme “And Action...”
There are three categories for the competition:

  • Door Decorating (Single Door in Office Space)
  • Office Decorating (Entire Office Decorations)
  • Storefront/Window Decorating (Door and/or Window of Office)

Here is an overview of the contest:

  • Judges will be looking for those with the most UTSA Spirit, creativity, and use/integration of the homecoming theme, "And Action..."
  • Decorating must be completed by Monday, October 14
  • Judging will begin Tuesday, October 15
  • Plaques will be awarded in separate categories.
  • Winners will be announced at the Rowdy Rally on Friday, October 25.

Register using this form. If you have questions or are having trouble with the online form please contact the Campus Activities Board.

Campus Activities Board is sponsoring the Best Dressed Door and Office Competitions.

Let Us Show You Around!

Prospective students and their parents, guardians and families can take a tour of our Main and Downtown campuses to feel the energy at UTSA. Talk to students, grab a bite to eat and learn what it's really like to wear the orange and blue. Also, be sure to save time after your tour to explore our beautiful city of San Antonio.

  • Main Campus Daily Tours
    • Weekdays 10am and 2pm
    • Select Saturdays at 10am and 12pm
    • For tour availability and to register, please visit
  • Downtown Campus Daily Tours
    • Weekdays at 10am
    • For tour availability and to register, please visit
  • 2014 Springbreak Tours

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 210-458-5145. 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.

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.

Housing and Residence Life Looking for Resident Assistants

Do you know a student that will be perfect for the Resident Assistant position?   The Office of Housing and Residence Life is searching for students to apply to be a Resident Assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year!  More information to come later.  Any questions, please contact Susanna Knouse.


RowdyLink Reminder

Get Connected. Get Involved. Get Rowdy.

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Gender Identity and Gender Expression Protected under HOP

As of August 1, 2013 Gender Identity and Gender Expression are now protected under UTSA's Non-Discrimination Policy. For more details, please refer to Chapter 9 of the UTSA HOP.

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

The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and smoke-free status began 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.

Important Newsletter Deadlines

  • Newsletter is distributed during the 2nd week of every month
  • Newsletter submissions are due by 5pm on the 2nd Monday of each month.
  • Thank You Rowdy message for new recipient and photo are due by 5 pm on the 2nd Monday of each month.

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