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UTSA ranks third in UT System, 24th among state agencies in HUB purchases


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(April 29, 2010)--In fiscal year 2009, UTSA ranked third among the 15 University of Texas system institutions and 24th among all state agencies in the percentage of purchases made through historically underutilized businesses (HUBs).

UTSA spent more than $8.5 million with HUB vendors, which are minority and women-owned businesses certified by the state. The total amount spent with HUB vendors accounted for more than 24 percent of UTSA's eligible purchases.

"The Purchasing Office is committed to working with the small-business community about procurement opportunities at UTSA," said Robert Dickens, UTSA director of purchasing and distribution services. "The university works hard to achieve a high level of small-business participation in the procurement process."

The UTSA HUB program and the Purchasing Office educate the UTSA community about HUBs through annual HUB vendor fairs, outreach events and partnerships with minority-serving organizations throughout Texas.

Special recognition goes to the HUB Staff Coordinating Group (SCG) for assisting UTSA in consistently maintaining its high HUB ranking among state agencies and UT System institutions. The SCG meets quarterly to discuss HUB activities and provides direction to ensure the university meets its HUB strategic goals and objectives.

SCG members for fiscal year 2010 are:

  • Pamela Bacon, associate vice president for administration (chair)
  • Mansour El-Kikhia, chair, Department of Political Science and Geography
  • Orestes Hubbard, director, Minority Business Enterprise Center
  • Wanda Guntz, administrative services officer, Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs
  • Eva Burnett, manager, Office of Budget and Management Reporting
  • Jackie Hobson, director, student affairs budget and finance
  • Deborah Riley, associate bursar, Office of Fiscal Services, Downtown Campus
  • Lori Contreras, payroll specialist, Payroll Office
  • Susana Errisuriz, administrative assistant, Office of Information Technology
  • Fred Weiss, director, Facilities Business Operations
  • Irene Maldonado, ex officio member
  • Robert Dickens, ex officio member


Read the FY 2010 Semi-Annual HUB Report at the Window on State Government website.

For more information, contact Irene Maldonado at 210-458-4068 or visit the UTSA HUB Program website.



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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.
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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.
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