Points of Pride

Points of Pride

Business Affairs continually seeks innovation and improvement. We are proud to celebrate the achievements and awards of both individuals and teams within our division.

Employee Accomplishments

  Employee Accomplishments

  • Chera Finkbiner and Mary Hernandez presented a session titled "Throwing Mud at the Wall" at the SACUBO Annual Meeting in April 2024, focused on engagement strategies and community culture enhancement.
  • Sergeant Jacob Criswell, Officer Manuel Gallegos, and Officer Chris Villarreal received a positive performance letter for successfully organizing and leading a two-day pistol workshop at the Bexar County Firearms Training Center.
  • Lee Myers presented at the National Association of College Auxiliary Services conference in April 2024 on challenges within housing facilities.
  • Stephanie Edgett wrapped up a successful four-year term as the National Association of College Auxiliary Services South Region Conference Coordinator.
  • Shelly Crofford became President-elect of CUPA HR Lonestar Chapter Board in April 2024.
  • Joshua Gerken was honored with the title of honorary wing commander for the United States Air Force Special Warfare Training Wing.
  • Louie Rodriguez, Lauren Beaver and Brandie Yale successfully launched the new UTSA Strategic Services website. This platform serves as a hub for project requests and provides comprehensive information about the services offered by the Strategic Services team.
  • Promotions:
    • Christina De La Rosa - Disbursements and Travel Specialist III
    • Debra Williams - Disbursements and Travel Specialist II
    • Erecelia Neaves - Disbursements and Travel Specialist III
    • Esther Salazar - Disbursements and Travel Specialist III
    • Joe Alderete - Manager, Central Receiving Warehouse
    • Krista Bouvier - Assistant Director, GCFS
    • Larry Garcia - Disbursements and Travel Specialist II
    • Carmen Montalvo - Senior Grant Accountant
    • Marya Espinoza - Inventory Manager
    • Pete Vazquez - Senior Surplus Technician
    • Rochele Stribling - Disbursements and Travel Specialist III
    • Teresa Vela - Disbursements and Travel Specialist III
    • Valentin Salazar - Director of Financial Reporting
    • Gregory Yturralde - Associate Vice President, Financial Affairs and Controller
    • John Rascon - Senior Director, Purchasing
    • Min Ren - Associate Director, Accounting
    • Robert Ramirez - Credit Card Program Manager
    • Alice Neaves - Martinez - Talent Acquisition Partner
    • Nick Whelchel - Senior Manager HR Business Partner
    • Sharon Martinez - HR Generalist
    • Carrie Charley - Associate Vice President of Campus Services
    • Charles Speck - Corporal
    • Santiago Valdovinos - Corporal
    • Joshua Gerken - Associate Vice President of Asset Management
    • George Morales - Interim Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations and Maintenance
  • Business Affairs celebrates our Student Employees:
    • Congratulations to Ashley Soto from Financial Affairs who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Data Science.
    • Adrian Garcia received the Construction Manager in Training Phase 1 Certification.
    • Student employee, Seraphim Apetuje's group placed 2nd in the C.A.S.E. competition with their presentation on Equitable Tech Access.
    • Celebrating Julia Spanos, Alexa Pando, Elena Sloan, Dubelsa Villareal and Savannah Autin who presented at the end of semester Business Affairs Intern Showcase.
  • Spring 2024 Student Employee Graduates:
    • Dubelsa Villarreal, Elena Sloan, Carlos Resendez, Stephen Trevino, Eric Ervin, Miwako Cotugno, Adrian Garcia, Cameron Robinson, Melissa Perez, Stephanie Del Castillo, Zikho Gwengu, Brittainy Jones, Vanshika Patel, Dharti Magan-Patel, Martin Rosa, Ally Levin

 

 

Department Awards

  Department Awards & Certifications

  • College of Sciences Valued Partner Award for Continuous Support and Partnership
    • University Police - Stephanie Schoenborn, Angelia Lemmonds
    • People Excellence - Tracy Gomez, Ron Fosmire, Patty Martinez
    • Emergency Management - Jason Dempsey, Cory Garcia
    • Asset Management - Joshua Gerkin, Michael Rodriguez
    • Design and Construction - Nicholas Tuttle, Jamal Jackson, Andrew Goodenough
    • Facilities Business Operations - Scott Reuter
  • Officers Robert Rigney and Luis Rodriguez, along with Public Safety Officer Don Juan Martinez, are being honored with the Life Saving Award for their swift response to an incident at the downtown campus.
  • Alyssa Favila-Herrera and Madison Webb received the Staff Senate STAR Award.
  • Congratulations to all the University Excellence Awards nominees.
  • University Excellence Awards Business Affairs winners:
    • Rising Star Award - Linda Irshid
    • Team Spirit Award - Fredrick Wiedner, Della Reyes, Sharon Pawlik, Henrietta Mercado,
      George (Jorge) Martinez, Juan Reyes, Eunice DeLaCruz, Raymond Rosalez, Yvette
      Ramirez
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Course graduates in April 2024:
    • Joe Alderete, Ynes Alderson, Elizabeth Raymond, Todd Cheslock, Victoria Downing,
      Matthew Elliott, Javier Gonzales, Frank Grijalva, Jamal Jackson, Karen Krueger Guerrero,
      Robert Ramirez, Esther Salazar, Daniela Trevino, Bruce Williams, Debra Williams, Valeria
      Cenoz, Jason Dempsey, Chera Finkbiner, Cory Garcia, Linda Irshid, Jennifer Luna, Juan
      Ortiz, Louie Rodriguez

 

 

Enhancing our Campuses

  Enhancing Our Campuses

  • UTSA Dining Staff Recognition: Gavin Moon and Stephanie Edgett were acknowledged for their efforts in achieving high rankings for UTSA's campus food quality. UTSA Dining was Ranked: #1 in San Antonio, #2 in the UT System, #5 in Texas, #52 in America (out of 1361).
  • UTSA Strategic Services and Centro San Antonio unveiled "The Little Runner" in March 2024, a complimentary on-demand e-shuttle service. Special thanks to Louie Rodriguez, Deborah Mendez, Valeria Cenoz, Brandie Yale, Lauren Beaver, Ricardo Escobar, and Mary Hernandez for their contributions.
  • The Roadrunner Café's Micro-farm, managed by Campus Services, is flourishing with an abundance of arugula, butterhead lettuce, mint, and thyme. These fresh produce items are actively incorporated into both dining hall menus and catering services.
  • Real Estate and Property Management effectively organized a secure document shredding event in accordance with the university’s record retention schedule.

 

Service to the Community

  Service to the UTSA Community

  • Business Affairs participated in UTSA’s Day of Service on April 13, 2024, contributing their efforts to support the Whataburger Resource Room.
  • The Staff Senate Hearts of Appreciation event raised $663.00 to support UTSA staff pursuing their degrees through the UTSA Staff Senate Scholarship.

 

Business Affairs congratulates our recent retirees!

  • Kenneth Coleman
    • Public Safety
    • Years of service: 2014-2023
  • Diana Macias Ollervidez
    • Financial Affairs
    • Years of service: 2009-2023
  • Paul Duke
    • Financial Affairs
    • Years of service: 2006-2023

Photo Gallery

Babylon microfarms

The Roadrunner Café's Micro-farm, managed by Campus Services, is flourishing

Sigma 6 staff

Lean Six Sigma course completion April 5, 2024

Assistant Chief Angel Lemmonds

UTSA Strategic Services and Centro San Antonio have launched "The Little Runner", a free, on-demand e-shuttle service

Park West Grand Opening

Sergeant Jacob Criswell, Officer Manuel Gallegos, and Officer Chris Villarreal at the Bexar County Firearms Training Center

UTSA PD team and Captain Douglas Sonego

The UTSA Public Safety team celebrated Captain Douglas Sonego

CASE Students

Seraphim Apetuje's group placed 2nd in the C.A.S.E. competition

Veronica Salazar and Financial Affairs team

Financial Affairs Staff at the University Excellence Awards Nominee Luncheon

Staff Senate fundraiser staff and Veronica Salazar

Staff Senate Hearts of Appreciation fundraiser

BA interns and students

Business Affairs: Intern and Graduate Assistant Showcase

Whataburger resource room day of service staff

Business Affairs assisted at the Whataburger Resource Room on UTSA Day of Service

Mary Hernandez

Mary Hernandez was accepted into HACU’s La Academia de Liderazgo / Leadership Academy

UTSAPD received funds from tapeit

UTSAPD received funds from the Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians

Assistant Chief Angel Lemmonds

Assistant Chief Angel Lemmonds swearing in ceremony

Park West Grand Opening

Park West Field House grand opening

San Pedro II ground breaking ceremony

San Pedro II ground breaking ceremony

Blanco Hall ground breaking ceremony

Blanco Hall ground breaking ceremony

Mark Hogensen mural installation on San Pedro I

Mark Hogensen mural installation on San Pedro I

O. Henry House

O. Henry House

National Night Out

National Night Out

Administration and Operations

Recognizing Administration and Operations for the most donations in the Business Affairs Fall Food Drive

Staff Senate's Touchdowns for Tuition initiative

Staff Senate's Touchdowns for Tuition initiative

Fall Food Drive

Business Affairs Fall Food Drive

UTSA Public Safety supporting meet the teacher night at May Elementary

UTSA Public Safety supporting meet the teacher night at May Elementary

UTSA Public Safety supporting meet the teacher night at May Elementary

UTSA Public Safety supporting meet the teacher night at May Elementary

BA Impact Award winner Bruce Williams with Senior Associate Vice President Sheri Hardison

BA Impact Award winner Bruce Williams with Senior Associate Vice President Sheri Hardison

Campus Planning

Campus Planning

Campus Planning Valued Partner Award

Campus Planning Valued Partner Award

Campus Services graduate Jacquelyn Gomez

Campus Services graduate Jacquelyn Gomez

Campus Services graduate Bianca Garcia

Campus Services graduate Bianca Garcia

Campus Services graduate Savannah Quinonez

Campus Services graduate Savannah Quinonez

DTS team donating at Roadrunner Pantry

DTS team donating at Roadrunner Pantry

DTS team Wellness Walk

DTS team Wellness Walk

DTS team donating to Roadrunner Pantry

DTS team donating to Roadrunner Pantry

Facilities painting the SEB

Facilities painting the SEB

Facilities team painting the SEB

Facilities team painting the SEB

Facilities Valued Partner Award

Facilities Valued Partner Award

Facilities commissioned new recruitment trailer

Facilities commissioned new recruitment trailer

RACE Project Award from ACEC

RACE Project Award from ACEC

RACE Project Award ACEC

RACE Project Award ACEC

UEA Leadership Award winner

UEA Leadership Award winner Chera Finkbiner with Senior Associate Vice President Mary Hernandez and Senior Vice President Veronica Salazar

Tito Bradshaw Award

Tito Bradshaw Award - Sustainability

Sustainability Earth Day Event

Sustainability Earth Day Event

Sustainability Bike Check Event

Sustainability Bike Check Event

Sustainability Bike Check Event

Sustainability Bike Check Event

RECaP Valued Partner Award

RECaP Valued Partner Award

COS Award for RECaP

COS Award for RECaP

 

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