(May 25, 2012) -- The UTSA Division of Student Affairs recently was selected as the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Excellence Award Gold Honoree for development of the E.P.I.C. Journey program. Student Affairs staff members presented the program developed by a collaborative effort of Student Life offices led by the Student Conduct and Community Standards group. The presentation was at a pre-conference and concurrent session and poster presentation at the 2012 NASPA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
"The E.P.I.C. Journey philosophy was developed to address behavioral and scholastic dishonesty cases at UTSA," said Jan McKinney, UTSA assistant director of student conduct and community standards. "As staff reviewed the cases, many had root causes in the underdevelopment of four distinct skill sets: engagement with the university, personal development, interpersonal development and community membership."
The E.P.I.C. model provides UTSA the tools to evaluate students' underdeveloped areas as a means to transform decision-making patterns. This process allows administrators to meet students where they are in their development and enhances due process through incorporating student perspectives. E.P.I.C. addresses the underlying factors contributing to student choices that diverge from the university's standards. Since its implementation in 2007, the E.P.I.C. Journey Sanctioning Model has changed the way discipline is handled at UTSA by managing risk, due process and student development, while keeping policies standard.
The mission of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is to create an environment that strives to ensure a fair and objective process that upholds the high behavioral and academic standards articulated in the UTSA Student Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards encourages students to actively participate in the full university experience including the intentional transformation of their decision-making patterns through engagement, personal development, interpersonal development and community membership.
NASPA Excellence Awards recognize the contributions of student affairs practitioners who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration. Programs selected for recognition receive one of three award designations: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. The three levels of recognition are awarded in each of the ten Excellence Award categories.
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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