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.

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  Employee Accomplishments

Spring 2022 Graduates: We congratulate the following Business Affairs employees on completing degrees at UTSA this spring!
  • Angel Espinoza earned her Master of Public Administration from UTSA in May 2022.
  • Ruben Ortiz earned his Master of Science in Management of Technology from UTSA in May 2022.
  • Diana Lomas earned her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from UTSA in May 2022.
  • Robyn Rigney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies from UTSA in May 2022.
  • Sandra Herrera earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UTSA in May 2022.
  • Gilbert Pastrano earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UTSA in May 2022.
  • Lauren Pogue earned a BBA in Accounting from UTSA in May 2022. Lauren served as a student employee in the accounting department for three years and plans to pursue a master’s degree in accounting and prepare for her CPA exam.
  • Graciela Orta earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UTSA in May 2022. Gracie was a student employee in the Business Service Center and plans to attend law school to be an immigration lawyer.

Molly Ralph won the Leadership Award at the UTSA 2022 University Excellence Awards. She was recognized for her tremendous efforts to bring together a team atmosphere. Morale on her shift has gone up exponentially and production has been very high!

Frances Whitaker, Kelly Rock, Katy Madden Jonathan Jarrell and Jolyn Demarest were nominated for individual awards at the UTSA 2022 University Excellence Awards.

Corporal Isaiah from UTSAPD was selected as the University of Texas System Police Featured Officer of the Month for May 2022. 

Gene Garcia was recognized as a UTSAPD employee of the month for April 2022 for his initiative to submit a grant to obtain a mobile camera system. Additionally, he is assisting the Alamo Colleges police department with their accreditation files. He is always one of the first to stop up and volunteer to assist others in the department.

Sergeant Robert Major was recognized as a UTSAPD employee of the month for April 2022 for significant contributions to the safety of the Roadrunner community. He provided much needed Standardized Field Sobriety Testing instruction to fellow officers and continues to be a leader and represent the department in an excellent manner.

Leo Flores was recognized as a UTSAPD employee of the month for March 2022 for his tremendous contributions to Security Services and the entire Public Safety department. He has become the go-to for training on programming, keying, card making, inspections and other tasks.

Monica Cist was recognized as a UTSAPD employee of the month for February 2022 for her hard work and professionalism. She continually goes above and beyond what is expected of her, and she is respected by her peers. She continually displays great teamwork, leadership and self-initiative.

Scott Swetnam earned his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Safety Manager - Construction (CSMC) designations in February 2022.

Joseph Waelbroeck was selected to join the System Rapid Response Team at the Office of the Director of Police at UT System. Getting selected to this team is a great honor and requires hours of dedication and hard work to master the skills and conditioning that is needed.

Captain Calucci was selected to attend the FBI National Academy from April through June, 2022. Additionally, he was asked to speak at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (ICALEA) conference as part of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA) organization. 

Juan Sandoval was recognized by UTSA faculty Don Petersen for his incredible support of the Science and Engineering Building Makerspace: “Juan worked here at the Makerspace installing large architecture art pieces on the walls of the lobby. This was an all-day job and Joan worked closely with the students.”

Veronica Salazar, Mary Hernandez and Sheri Hardison presented a session on “Creating Equity and Supporting Student Success Through Business Operations” at the SACUBO Annual Meeting in May 2022.

Captain Thomas Calucci graduated from Session 282 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  

 

Points of Pride

  Department Awards & Certifications

The Pandemic Response team won the Team Spirit Award at the UTSA 2022 University Excellence Awards. They were recognized for their tremendous effort to keep the entire Roadrunner community healthy throughout the pandemic and the role they played in UTSA’s ability to safely return to regular campus operations. Congratulations to Lauren Beaver, Andrea Fernandez, Kareem Salama, Jolyn Demarest and Elyse Brown! We offer a special thanks to Dr. Beth Wichman and Mary Hernandez for their leadership of this team over the past two years.

The Facilities team, the Transportation team, and the RowdyLink and R25 Integration team were each nominated for the Team Spirit Award at the UTSA 2022 University Excellence Awards.

CALEA Reaccreditation Award: The UTSA Police Department successfully completed CALEA reaccreditation. A tremendous thank you to Annette Parker, Gene Garcia, and Belinda Hernandez for their tireless efforts during this process.

 

Points of Pride

  Enhancing the Campus

Java City: Campus Services was able to renovate and update a dining location in the Frio Street building, bringing new coffee, beverage and food choices by adding Java City to the Downtown Campus.

Mesquite Living Lab (MLL): This recently completed facility will support the Environmental Science Department’s outreach mission, illustrating how low impact developments can improve water quality and helping students and community members understand what they can do to protect the aquifer.

Phase II Classroom Improvements: As part of the Academic Success District, dozens of classrooms across the Main and Downtown Campuses are receiving updates to incorporate innovative technology and upgraded furniture, enhancing UTSA's learning experience while accommodating a wide variety of learning modalities. Phase II renovations continued throughout the spring 2022 semester.

JPL Heart of Campus Window: Business Affairs coordinated construction in spring 2022 on the JPL “Heart of the Campus” project, a reimagination of the third floor into a library for the 21st century. This important renovation will install floor-to-ceiling windows that enhance the learning environment for students.

Bike Rental Program: The Office of Sustainability partnered with Campus Recreation to launch a semester-long bicycle rental for students in February 2022. Fifteen bicycles were purchased for the program and an additional three were donated by Ride Away Bicycles. This program supports students and is part of on-going sustainability efforts on campus.

 

Points of Pride

  Service to the UTSA Community

Cardboard Kids: Departments throughout Business Affairs joined the community-wide partnership with ChildSafe to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. Offices decorated “blank” cardboard kids and put them on display in April 2022 as part of this important child abuse prevention campaign.

Business Affairs Food Drive: In April 2022, Business Affairs hosted a food drive. Team members came together from across the division to support the Whataburger Resource Room, which provides food and other essential items to UTSA students, faculty and staff. As part of the drive, Business Affairs hosted a Loteria Game to collect donations in person. Together, we collected 319 pounds of food and 25 non-food items.

UTSA Day of Service: Dozens of Business Affairs team members signed up to volunteer at events coordinated through UTSA’s Day of Service in April 2022. The largest group volunteered together at the Whataburger Resource Room on campus, assisting with various projects to stock and organize the food pantry.

Essential Item Drive: Public Safety and Facilities co-hosted an essential item drive benefiting the Whataburger Resource Room. Together, they collected over 10 boxes worth of shampoo, toothbrushes, hygiene products and other essential items to support student success. The drive took place in May 2022.

VetStrong Donation Event: In preparation for upcoming upgrades and renovations to Chisholm Hall, Campus Services donated furniture in the building to VetStrong, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that provides household goods and furnishings to previously homeless veterans. The two-day donation event took place on May 12 and 13.

 

Spring 2022 Photo Gallery

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Business Affairs leadership team at the Loteria Game

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Business Affairs employees at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Business Affairs employees at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Business Affairs employees playing loteria

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Business Affairs employees switching cards for loteria

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Business Affairs employees at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Business Affairs employees at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Financial Affairs employees at the Loteria Game with Veronica Salazar

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Business Affairs employees at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Loteria prize winners with Veronica Salazar

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Business Affairs employees at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Loteria prize winners with Veronica Salazar

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Business Affairs employees volunteering at the Whataburger Resource Room

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Business Affairs employees volunteering at the Whataburger Resource Room

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Group photo of volunteers at the Whataburger Resource Room

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Replacing decals on the Roadrunner Pantry donation bins

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Organizing files for the Whataburger Resource Room

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Preparing giveaway items for the Whataburger Resource Room

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Creating an impact art project at the Whataburger Resource Room

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Volunteers cleaning windows across campus on UTSA Day of Service

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Cardboard Kids displayed at the Loteria Game and Food Drive

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Student employees with their Cardboard Kids in the North Paseo Building

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Public Safety employees posing with their Cardboard Kids outside the Bosque Building

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Chisholm Hall furniture being prepared for donation to VetStrong

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Furniture from Chisholm Hall ready to be donated to VetStrong

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Volunteers loading furniture from Chisholm Hall to benefit VetStrong

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Public Safety and Facilities essential item drive benefiting the Whataburger Resource Room

 

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