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HR training department honors graduates of Administrative Toolbox seminars


From left are Judy Verdon (Office of Human Resources Training and Development), Margarita Gomez (Department of Bicultural Bilingual Studies) and Jan Steger (Office of the President)

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(April 29, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Human Resources training and development department hosted the fourth annual celebration on April 21 for graduates of the Administrative Support Toolbox Series. This year the theme was "You Make a Difference."

The recognition event highlighted the accomplishments of the 15 most recent graduates of the six-part series, along with other UTSA staff who attended one or more of the classes in the series. The special event coincided with National Administrative Professionals Day, which recognizes the vital contributions of administrative professionals across the country.

The Administrative Support Toolbox Series consists of six classes that focus on key functional areas carried out by UTSA administrative staff. The classes provide a high-level overview of the functions, services and resources of each area. Subject matter experts from each of the six areas present important and useful information to class participants. The series runs on a six-month cycle with one class monthly, allowing participation in consideration of busy schedules.

This year's celebration included a beach-themed buffet and an inspirational speech by keynote speaker, Jan Steger, chief of staff for President Ricardo Romo. Steger spoke on the value of lifelong learning and how it is important to have a playbook to guide each person to be successful in whatever role they choose in life.

Additionally, letters of appreciation from the vice presidents and President Romo were presented to seminar graduates in recognition of the unique contributions and roles that administrative support staff members play in UTSA's continuing growth and success. Certificates of achievement were presented to the graduates along with a special gift as a reminder that they make a difference every day.

For more information and to register for the classes, visit the TXClass website or contact Training and Development at 210-458-4658.


Administrative Support Toolbox Series graduates

  • Amy Alvarez, Office of Financial Aid
  • Antonio Alvarez, Department of Biology
  • Marcela Cabello, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Diane Crosby, College of Engineering Advising
  • Robin Diamond, Police Department
  • Lachelle Dixon, Center for Research and Training in Sciences
  • Linda Gall, Office of Financial Services and University Bursar
  • Margarita Gomez, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
  • Ginger Hernandez, Graduate School
  • Margaret Ibarra, College of Business Advising
  • Laura James, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
  • Cheryl Negrete, Center for Research and Training in Sciences
  • Kevin Olson, College of Education and Human Development Advising
  • Ana Reynolds, Graduate School
  • Tiffany Schmidt, Police Department



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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