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.

Points of Pride

  Employee Accomplishments

  • Public Safety Employees of the Month
    • May 2022: Ryne Media and Philomena DeHoyos
    • June 2022: Cheyenne Alvarado
    • July 2022: John Crunk
    • August 2022: Sgt. Molly Ralph and Robin Sanders
    • September 2022: Frank Irek
    • October 2022: Leandro Rodriguez and Cpl. Charles Reyes
  • Andrea McClure from the People Excellence team won the October Staff Senate Staff Appreciation Award. She is the first award recipient for FY23.
  • Bruce Williams from the Purchasing team was awarded Distinguished Business Champion by San Antonio Minority Business Development Agency. Bruce was also recognized as the 2022 HUB/HUB Advocate, awarded by UT System Supply Chain Alliance.
  • John Rascon and Diana Macias Ollervidez from the Purchasing team were awarded the Golden Link Award from the UT System Supply Chain Alliance for their collaborative efforts.
  • Manny Garcia-Rubio from the People Excellence team graduated with his Master’s degree in Human Resources from Villanova University.
  • Brittainy Jones from the People Excellence team was admitted to the UTSA Data Analytics Master’s Degree program. Brittainy has a love for data and is excited to continue her learning and development with UTSA.
  • Captain Thomas Calucci presented at the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA) on responding to suicide on campus in November 2022.
  • Captain Thomas Calucci graduated from Session 282 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. 
  • Members of the Risk and Emergency Management obtained a variety of certifications, professional designations, and more:
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez-Santo, Jolyn Demarest, and Scott Swetnam were certified as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Instructors.
    • Cory Garcia became a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP). Cory also serves as the Community of Practice Lead for Emergency Managers in Higher Education with the Campus Safety, Health, and Environment Management Association (CSHEMA).
    • Scott Swetnam is now a Certified Safety Manager: Construction.
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez-Santo received her Infrastructure Protection certificate from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension System.
    • Cory Garcia and Jason Dempsey serve as Fusion Liaison Officers at the Southwest Texas Fusion Center.
    • John DeLaHunt serves as Treasurer of the Campus Safety, Health, and Environment Management Association (CSHEMA).
    • Cory Garcia serves as Vice Chair of the UT System Emergency Managers Committee.

 

Points of Pride

  Department Awards & Certifications

  • The Facilities Painters received the Staff Senate Staff Appreciation Award in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to UTSA.
  • The Environmental Management Team received the Staff Senate Staff Appreciation Award in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to UTSA.
  • Public Safety was awarded a grant to purchase a mobile security camera system. The portable system will be deployed for events to help supplement security for those events. Special thanks to Gene Garcia who coordinated the effort.
  • Public Safety was recognized as an award winner for National Night Out. Special thanks to Sgt. Veronica Waelbroeck, Officer Erickson, the Public Safety Interns, Rowdy Watchers, and everyone who assisted with National Night Out this year. UTSA, UT Arlington, and UT Dallas were again recognized as award winners for the 2022 event and were the only campuses recognized throughout the nation.

 

Rowdy Mart

  Enhancing the Campus

  • UTSA Dining enhanced the campus experience through a variety of new locations and upgrades. RowdyMart in the JPL food court was expanded, while Panda Express, the Student Union food court dining area, and the Roadrunner Café were refreshed. New dining locations include Freshens and Rising Roll, both on the Main Campus.
  • Campus Services implemented ParkMobile for easy and convenient hourly parking on UTSA’s campuses.
  • Campus Services enhanced housing in Chisholm Hall by updating 78 rooms, expanding the laundry room, adding an all-gender restroom, renovating the kitchen and lounge, and adding additional features to make the property more accessible.  
  • The UTSA Mobile Go Center is back on the road for the first time since the pandemic started. The Campus Services transportation team is working in collaboration with Community Outreach, G-Force, Dual Credit, and Financial Aid/Scholarships departments to assist students with their FAFSA/TASFA, SRAR, Apply Texas, and any other questions they may have about how to become a UTSA Roadrunner. 
Points of Pride

  Service to the UTSA Community

  • UTSA participated in the CPS Demand Response program, helping the community to reduce power consumption during critical periods.
  • Facilities was awarded the 2022 Community Partner of the Year at the Leadership and Volunteer Services Banquet in May.
  • UTSA Dining coordinated the inaugural Meals for Vets program the university, partnering with a veteran’s organization to provide meals to student vets at the Roadrunner Café.
  • Campus Services coordinated the annual Swipe Out Hunger campaign. The successful fall drive resulted in 1,168 meals at the Roadrunner Cafe that will be allocated by the Whataburger Resource Room.
  • Drivers for The Runner transported students to the Alamodome throughout the fall semester for UTSA Football games.
  • Talent Acquisition—part of the People Excellence team—supported the Southwest Campus employee transition. They provided resume and interview skills workshops and provided boutique support to SSA employees to ensure a successful job search and transition to UTSA. Special thanks to Kris Cox, Sharon Martinez, Cheryl Huguley, Ron Fosmire and Jennifer Evetts.
  • Lauren Beaver, Liz Rockstroh, Angel Espinoza and Caitlin Jaworowski planned the Business Affairs Employee Forum, which in a normal year is not a small task. However, in 2022, there were numerous last-minute changes due to the change in format (from in-person to virtual). The team quickly adapted and ensured we had a successful event.
  • Risk and Emergency Management supported the campus through many events and programs, including:
    • Outreach for more than 50 events ranging from the Spring Break Kick-off and UTSA Browsing Fair to Family Orientations and BestFest.
    • Training and outreach for REACT Training for active threat situations, Floor Captain Training, and Safety Assessments.
    • Approximately 3,000 safety inspections of AEDs, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers each month.
    • Fire alarm safety inspections for approximately 3,000 student residences.
    • Support and planning for COVID-19 test distributions and vaccine clinics reaching more than 10,000 members of the Roadrunner community.
    • Support for COVID-19 mitigation measures, including contact tracing, testing, and outreach.
    • The first full-scale fire drills in student residences since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with Campus Services, Housing and Residence Life, and UTSAPD.
    • Phased installation of environmentally-friendly hydration stations, with plans for additional future installations.
  • During the Hot Chocolate and Holiday Cheer event, Business Affairs employees donated gifts to the Elf Louise Christmas Project and wrote holiday cards for patients at Charter Hospice and San Antonio State Hospital. These donations and cards helped brighten the holidays for our San Antonio neighbors in need.

 

Fall 2022 Photo Gallery

Holiday Cheer

Strategic Communications team members with Veronica

Holiday Cheer

Campus Services team with donations for Toys for Tickets

Holiday Cheer

Campus Services team members with Veronica

Holiday Cheer

Financial Affairs team members with Veronica

Holiday Cheer

Administration and Operations team members with Veronica

holiday cheer

Public Safety writing holiday cards

Bruce Williams

Bruce Williams – Distinguished Business Advocate Award

Bruce Williams

Bruce Williams receiving the Distinguished Business Advocate Award

Bruce Williams

Bruce Williams Award

Andrea Mcclure

Andrea McClure Staff Senate Award – October 2022

Golden Link Award

Golden Link Award

CPS Energy Savings

UTSA facilities participated in CPS Demand Response program

Environmental Management Team

Environmental Management Team receiving Staff Senate Award

Facilities Community Service

Facilities Community Service project

Facilities Painting Team

Facilities Painters receiving Staff Senate Award

Panda

Panda Express refresh in the Student Union

Panda

Refresh of Panda Express in the Student Union

Rowdy Mart

RowdyMart expansion in the JPL food court

Campus Services

The UTSA Mobile Go Center is back on the road

Campus Services

The UTSA Mobile Go Center is back on the road

Campus Services

Dunk Tank at National Night Out

 

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