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Administrative Support Toolbox Series special event

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(May 18, 2011)--The UTSA Human Resources Training and Development department rolled out the red carpet for graduates of the Administrative Support Toolbox Series at a special event on April 27. The fifth annual celebration recognized 22 administrative staff members who completed five courses representing more than 17 classroom training hours.

Each staff member received a certificate of achievement and special gifts. The event coincided with National Administrative Professionals Day, which recognizes the vital contributions of administrative professionals throughout the United States.

The red-carpet-themed celebration included a real red carpet, lots of paparazzi photo-taking and an inspiring keynote address by Lynn Hickey, UTSA assistant vice president and director of athletics, along with a performance by UTSA vocal majors, refreshments, activities, gifts and door prizes.

The series consists of five courses that focus on key functional areas involved in the everyday functions of UTSA administrative staff. The courses provide a high-level overview of the functions, services and resources of each area. Subject matter experts from around the university present important and useful information to class participants.

The series runs on a continual six-month cycle with one class offered monthly. This allows administrative professionals to attend class when their schedules permit and to complete the series according to their own timelines.

The Administrative Support Toolbox Series will begin again in May. The other classes in the series follow during the June-December period:

  • Financial Processing (SD239), May 25
  • Academic and Student Processing
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Supervisory Skills

For more information and to register for a class, visit the UTSA MyTraining website or contact Training and Development at 210-458-4658.


The 22 staff members honored at the Training and Development event were:

Anne Folmar

Child Development Center

Cheri Bratton


Cheryl Partida

Honors College

Christine Bachman

Housing and Residence Life

Elenamarie Ellis

College of Public Policy

Ethnna Cano

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gene Garcia

Police Department

Gina English

Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management

Kassy Jones

Housing and Residence Life

Katie Hicks

Vice Provost, Downtown Campus

Kimberlea Foster Smitley

Vice Provost, Downtown Campus

Kristi Johnson

Department of Biology

Linda Hernandez

Tomas Rivera Center, Downtown Campus

Lisa Jurgajtis

Camus Recreation

Lorelei Fogel Hammargren

TRIO Program

Mary Jan Chavarria

Research Financial Administration

Peggy Garner

Department of English

Rose Smith

Facilities Planning and Development

Sharon McKinney

Auditing and Consulting Services

Shirley Domyancic

Mechanical Engineering Department

Terre Torres

Career Center, Downtown Campus

Virginia Cavazos

Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services



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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