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OIT Summer Splash: Students now have choice for receiving UTSA e-mail

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(Aug. 6, 2010)--Something changed this summer for UTSA students that could make life a little less complicated. Beginning July 29, students were given the option to designate their preferred e-mail account. The e-mail change is part of OIT Summer Splash, a series of projects by the Office of Information Technology to improve the online experience for UTSA students, faculty and staff.

Previously, official UTSA correspondence was sent exclusively to a student's "my.utsa.edu" e-mail account. However, statistics and anecdotal evidence showed many students rarely checked their official e-mail accounts. That meant students could be missing important and time-sensitive information sent from UTSA.

In January, the Office of Information Technology asked students which e-mail account they would prefer to designate as their official method of communication -- "my.utsa.edu" or another personal e-mail account.

"Over 4,000 UTSA students responded to our online poll," said Cindy Espinoza, project manager. "We were really surprised to see the vote was split almost exactly down the middle. Because the vote was so close, it was decided to allow students to make their own choice."

Consequently, OIT worked closely with the UTSA Office of the Registrar to create a new process. Changes were made to computer applications and a communication plan was set into motion. As a result, students now can log in to the ASAP information system to designate a preferred e-mail account.

Faculty members will begin seeing a variety of e-mail addresses in applications such as Blackboard and Banner. Most importantly, students now can receive information from UTSA in the e-mail account they are most likely to access. It may sound like a small change, but it is one that will provide great benefits including improving communication.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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