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October 2013, Issue 10

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Family Association Scholarship Winners

The Family Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the Family Association Scholarship. The candidates were selected by a committee of UTSA staff members across campus: Sara Aguilar (Tomas Rivera Center), Christina Maldonado (Orientation and Family Programs), Elisa Perkins (Financial Aid and Enrollment Services), Georgina Rodriguez (Admissions – Welcome Center), and Mary Vadillo (Orientation and Family Programs). The recipients were awarded a $500 Family Association Scholarship for fall 2013. Please join us in congratulating these deserving students!

Nneka Madu (4th from left), Karesha Wilson (5th from left), Vinh-Son Nguyen (6th from left), Craig Guttierez (7th from left)

UTSA Global Medical Brigades travels to Honduras to help build water system

UTSA students from the UTSA chapter of Global Medical Brigades recently returned from their first trip to Honduras. Thirty-six pre-medical and pre-dental students and two physicians from the United States joined five physicians in Honduras to provide health-care services for more than 750 people in three rural communities in Honduras -- La Cienega, Silisgualagua and Liquidambas. Read the entire story in UTSA Today.

Congratulations, Alexandria Deal, Roadrunner of the Month

Alexandria Deal Roadrunner of the Month September 2013

The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Alexandria Deal as Roadrunner of the Month for September 2013. Alexandria was nominated by Christian Ume-Ezeoke, a fellow UTSA student.

Alexandria is from Houston, Texas where she graduated from Carl Wunsche Sr. Academy and Dekaney High School. She is currently a junior studying Public Health Promotions. After obtaining her degree Alexandria aspires to attend dental school in order to pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a successful dentist who practices abroad. She would also like to give back to her hometown community in Houston and the San Antonio community too.

Christian shared in his nomination letter how, “This past August the Global Brigades, which consists of the Global Medical Brigade and Global Dental Brigade, visited Honduras to help those in need of medical assistance. Alexandria allowed her leadership skills to flourish and with the help of her organization’s officers they were able to gather enough medications and medical supplies to provide health care services to over 750 individuals and over 400 families in Honduras. During the trip to Honduras, Alexandria showed initiative to improve the things around her, she also exuded many great problem solving skills, and she led the UTSA Global Health Brigade team to achieve any difficult tasks that emerged”.

Alexandria serves the UTSA community as President of the Global Dental Brigade, Vice President of Honors Alliance, Service Chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and as a member of the UTSA chapter of NAACP, Women of Honor and the Pre-Dental Society. While she thrives in these roles, she is able to balance her commitments and maintain strong academic excellence in order to truly serve as a role model and positively impact her campus.

When asked what leadership meant to her, Alexandria stated, “Leadership means more than a title; it means to inspire others to push through their personal struggles to become the change needed in the world.”

The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions.

Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for 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

Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center Website.

San Saba Hall Housing Team Excelled at Safety Drill

John DeLaHunt, Risk and Life Safety Manager, UTSA, recognized the great work of Marietta Delarosa, Daniel Gockley, Susanna Knouse, Pesha Mabrie and Brian Moroney for a successful San Saba fire drill. John's email to Marietta (below) does a great job of telling the story:


I just returned from the San Saba Hall fire drill and wanted to pass along complements to your team. The RAs were enthusiastic and diligent, well versed in procedures and ready to accept assignments. The professional staff was dialed in and efficient. The operational plan appeared (I didn’t watch it in action from inside) to be very thoroughly thought through, and the pre-exercise implementation was very fluid.

It appeared to me that we had 100% evacuation in just about three minutes, which is a fantastic result for the first time through. I suspect there were some kinks that I’m certain your staff will work out, but knowing that we can get the building clear before the firefighters arrive is a great confidence-builder for me as a fire marshal.

I mentioned to Susanna that we might want to have San Antonio Fire Department attend the next exercise. I don’t know if we’re planning one for spring, or waiting until next fall, but I think having them on the ground would not only add an interesting dynamic to the exercise, but it would actually help that shift with their planning.

Thanks again for a great display of excellence and teamwork. Please let me know whether and how I can help add to your momentum.


John DeLaHunt, MBA, ARM
Risk and Life Safety Manager
Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management

UTSA Police Chief Recognizes Student Affairs Support for Sgt. Barrera

Barry McKinney, Assistant Dean of Students, shared a letter from UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera thanking the Student Affairs team for helping with Sgt. Barrera's reception and the tremendous support shown to the Barrera family and the UTSA Police.

Kudos to Laurel Village Housing Team

Kasey Neece-Fielder recognized the wonderful support provided to the VPSA Office by the Laurel Village team during the VPSA Office retreat on September 27th:

Thank you so much for allowing the VPSA Office to utilize space in Laurel Village for our team retreat last Friday. We had a very productive day, and the location was perfect. Betty and Em were very helpful, too. Thank you, again. It was great to “get away” without leaving campus.


Retreat planning team: Carol Gonzalez, Andra Kiser, Jan McKinney, and Kasey Neece-Fielder

Facebook Kudos

If it weren't for volunteers the world would be a sad place. Great job and thank you, truly, for all your hard work.

   —Yvonne Cantu, former President, UTSA Parent Council

Just wanted to express our gratitude to the teams that helped with the clean up of the Ximenes, Bauerle and Tobin Garages. Although it was not the most glamorous of tasks, it was a great help and was most appreciated!

   —Shelley Deats, Assistant Director, Parking

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