Snapshots Announcements Spotlight UTSA Athletics

November 2014, Issue 11


5th Annual What a Woman Scholarship Pageant: Princess Diaries

Dec. 4, 7:00pm
UC Ballroom

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Commencement Volunteers Needed!
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Dec. 19, 20 (Fri/Sat)

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Student Affairs Conference Registration

Watch Your Email for Registration Link!

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NEW Tobacco Free Poster

Please replace
existing posters

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Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

  • Angela Varoff, Admissions
  • Dr. Kareem Vaughn, VetSuccess on Campus, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Counselor
  • Kristina Gonzales, Child Development Center
  • Kyle Richards, Athletics
  • Lorena Contreras, University Career Center
  • Michael Martinez, Counseling Services
  • Richard Martinez, Counseling Services
  • Tanya Davila, Admissions

Welcome to Student Affairs! We are glad you are here!

Volunteers Needed for Commencement!

UTSA Commencement Volunteers

It’s that time of year again! The Registrar’s Graduation Coordination Office (GCO) is calling for volunteers to work the graduate line-up before the commencement ceremonies. Volunteer duties will include checking in students by college and directing students where to go.

The ceremonies will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this semester! (Details Here).

  • Ceremony 1
    • Volunteer Time: 1:30pm-4:15pm, Friday, December 19
    • College of Engineering, College of Liberal & Fine Arts, and University College
  • Ceremony 2
    • Volunteer Time: 7:30am-10:15am, Saturday, December 20
    • College Education & Human Development and College of Sciences
  • Ceremony 3
    • Volunteer Time: 1:30pm-4:15pm, Saturday, December 20
    • College of Architecture, College of Business, and College of Public Policy

The deadline to sign up for volunteering is Friday, December 12, 2014. Rather than email us to volunteer, please click on this link to sign up to volunteer for ceremonies.

We are at a new venue this semester, so...

  • An orientation will be held for those volunteering with Graduation Coordination. Once you have signed up to volunteer, you will receive a confirmation email with an invitation to the orientation.
  • A shuttle will be available from the main and downtown campuses to the convention center. More information coming soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kayla Larsen at x7554, Alex Perez at x4603 or Cié Gee x7552, and thank you all for your help during this exciting time for our students!

Save the Date: Student Affairs Conference - March 6, 2015

The Student Affairs Conference is back and the Staff Development Team is asking you to mark your calendars for March 6, 2015. Remember, just the one day.

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Upcoming Student Activities Events

  • Football Watch Party
    • Date: 11/22/2014
    • Time: 11:00am
    • Location: Tejas Room

Student Activities is now on Instagram! Follow us @UTSAStudentActivities

Crowdfunding Available at UTSA

UTSA students and faculty have successfully raised funds by utilizing the university’s official crowdfunding platform, Launch UTSA.

Crowdfunding campaigns can support UTSA programs at all levels, from a few hundred dollars up to thousands. To be successful, each project must have an organic team of people involved, who will email their circles of influence to ask for support as well as share the campaign on social media.

LaunchUTSA can be utilized to raise funds for research, service learning, group study abroad, and other experiences. There are some really exciting projects on the platform right now, slated to end on Giving Tuesday, December 2, addressing problems like:

  • food insecurity in San Antonio
  • encouraging young people to be active
  • raising money for a new Cheer Team uniform
  • offset expenses for the upcoming VOICES winter break service trip working at a camp for the deaf community.

To date, more than $53,000 has been raised for projects across the university.

Applications are accepted at any time — visit today to fill out the application to be part of our next round of projects, or contact Megan Miller with questions.

Nominations Being Accepted for Roadrunner of the Month Award

The Roadrunner of the Month Award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions. Students, faculty, or staff can nominate a student for Roadrunner of the Month, the Dean of Students Outstanding Leadership Award. Each student selected monthly inspires other UTSA students to strive to be leaders on campus, within the community, and beyond.

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 UTSA
  • Completed Roadrunner of the Month Nomination Forms are due online by the last Monday of each month at 4 pm

Students For Recovery Hosting Sober Tailgates

It is estimated that nearly 20% of college students meet criteria for substance abuse. To address this challenge, UTSA established the Center for Collegiate Recovery (CCR) to support students who are struggling with alcoholism and other addictions on campus.

We offer a pathway to sobriety and academic achievement for those struggling with addiction as well as provide a “safe space” for those on an active recovery path while they pursue their degrees at UTSA.

Our student organization, Students For Recovery, is hosting the following upcoming sober tailgates — we hope to see you there to support these students in their journey!

  • November 29 — Joint tailgate with UNT's Collegiate Recovery Program

For more information about all things CCR, please contact Clayton Sponhaltz, LCDC at 210-458-8317.

University Center Gallery 23 Hosts Special “UTSA Traditions” Exhibit

UTSA Traditions is an interactive exhibit showcasing our unique traditions that contribute to UTSA’s rich campus culture. Both recent and long-standing traditions will be on display for the public to enjoy. The exhibit is curated by Jana Schwartz. It will run from August 26 through December 12.

The goal of Gallery 23 is to serve a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. Gallery 23 also serves as a professional space to showcase artwork by UTSA students, staff, faculty, alumni and local San Antonio artists.

The gallery is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Fridays. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number, University Center 1.02.23. For more information, contact Jana Schwartz.

New Way to Connect with Us: Text Your Good News

Have something to share with Student Affairs Communications? Want to see your information highlighted in social media. Text good news to 210-667-8137 and you will reach the VPSA Media Team.

New Edition of Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion Newsletter

The latest issue of Expressions, a newsletter publication of the Community Engagement & Inclusion Center, is now available for download.

Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Offers Rowdy Cents Workshops

Encourage students to contact Rowdy Cents because financial literacy and money management topics apply to every student, regardless of where their income comes from or if they are recipients of financial aid.

If you would like to request a presentation, collaborate or learn more about Rowdy Cents, please contact Financial Aid Outreach Specialist, Chris Goldsberry at 210-458-6937. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and check out our other resources and upcoming Fall workshops at!

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

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.

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