(May 25, 2018) – The UTSA community is mourning the tragic death of Leticia “Letty” Castro, administrative associate in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (ILT). With more than a decade of experience at UTSA, Castro was a familiar face on campus to many Roadrunners.
“Letty was a beautiful person,” said Mari Cortez, ILT chair. “She was kind hearted, and had a positive outlook on life. She would lift people up. She always had a smile on her face.”
Castro joined UTSA in 2008 as an office assistant in Student Health Services. A dedicated and beloved employee, she also served as an administrative associate in the East Asia Institute, Office of International Programs and Department of English. In her most recent role in ILT, she managed financials and travel arrangements, building her reputation as a staff member with a knack for numbers.
Gabriela Cantu Couvillion, a senior administrative associate in the UTSA Department of Finance, worked with Castro when both were employed in ILT.
“Letty and I were co-workers, and since we were a small staff of four in ILT, we all got along well and would often joke and laugh with each other,” recalls Couvillion. “When we went our separate ways, due to retirement and job promotions, we still kept in touch and would meet for lunch. She was very professional and kind. Her favorite phrase was ‘have a beautiful, amazing day.’”
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up in her name. Donations can be made online, designating "other" then typing "The Leticia Castro Memorial Fund." Donations can also be mailed to:
The Leticia Castro Memorial Fund
c/o Office of External Relations
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
Castro will be among those honored at the annual Roadrunner Remembrance Ceremony in April 2019, which features readings and music to recognize the contributions of Roadrunners who have passed. During the ceremony, feathers will be placed in a nest to honor Castro and other Roadrunners who have passed.
Faculty and staff who need assistance following Castro’s passing should contact Deer Oaks EAP Services at 1-866-327-2400 to schedule an appointment and ask for the on-campus counselor. Counselors are also available throughout the nation to assist UTSA faculty and staff located off campus.
Students can seek emotional support from Counseling Services located in the Recreation Wellness Center (RWC 1.810) on the Main Campus weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment at the Downtown Campus in the Frio Street Building (FS 4.556) and 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week by calling 210-458-4140.
In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
UTSA's John Nix invites the community to sing "Amazing Grace" and “We Shall Overcome” at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the United States.Locations throughout the United States
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos EcheverriaMain Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Cir. #120, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Bryan Gervais, UTSA assistant professor in the Dept. of Political Science & Geography, for his presentation "Political Incivility in the Digital Age." Pizza will be provided to UTSA students while supplies last.John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)
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