When a project saves thousands of dollars each year and delivers a streamlined system for our customers—80 percent of whom rate it good or excellent—it's destined to be considered a success.
Rowdy Pay, the new student payment portal, launched in the fall of 2016 and immediately drew applause and rave reviews from students and their family members, as well as staff members. Now, the university has added its own standing ovation. On April 13, the team of Financial Services and OIT who planned and implemented Rowdy Pay was honored with the University Excellence Team Spirit Award. The team includes:
The creation of Rowdy Pay stemmed from conversations with students about the Banner "self-serve" system, which UTSA had used for tuition, fees, housing and meal plan payments for several years. Students and parents complained that Banner was extremely difficult to understand and use. As a result, the team spent months conducting research on other payment portals, speaking with counterparts at universities that had transitioned to new platforms. They discovered a more user-friendly system adopted by many prominent institutions called TouchNet.
The team worked closely with UT Purchasing to take advantage of a lower license fee rate previously negotiated by the UT System. By collaborating with Purchasing and negotiating with TouchNet, the team:
The team partnered with Student Affairs to engage and secure input from students in a focus group. They joined forces to ensure clear communication among all departments involved and with TouchNet staff to resolve obstacles along the way. They also allied with UTSA's Department of University Communications and Marketing to create a logo for the new product. The team presented to other areas with which Financial Services collaborates throughout the year, including One-Stop enrollment. They met with Fiscal Services staff to ensure all were prepared for the transition. They teamed up with Business Affairs' Communications to create and deploy a branding and promotional plan to ensure prospective users knew about the new system.
The benefits to students and their families — as well as those to the university — are tremendous. Rowdy Pay delivers:
Creating the Rowdy Pay student payment portal has greatly improved the payment experience for students and families and provided a more efficient operation for UTSA staff.
We thank the Rowdy Pay Team for respecting their customers, creating positive change for them, and for doing the right thing for UTSA.
Congratulations to Gary, Christopher, Sam and Sylvia for earning the University Excellence Team Spirit Award!
The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved recommendations from UT health and academic institutions to increase tuition over the next two years, with specific plans to target the new revenue to programs that improve student success and provide essential student services. This agreement was reached February 29th, 2016.
Regents first heard the proposals at a February 10th meeting on the campus of UT Medical Branch in Galveston. UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven told regents then that a modest increase in tuition was necessary in order to keep UT institutions competitive among their peers.
“The fact is most of our tuition and fees are at or well below the national level and the fact is that tuition and fees are the single greatest driver for revenue which, if spent wisely, improves the quality of our schools.” McRaven said. “However, we remain sensitive to the financial challenges our students and their families face, and we very carefully consider their perspective when we make these recommendations.”
“It is about staying competitive,” McRaven said.
Late last year, regents authorized campuses to proceed with a consultative process that included students to develop recommendations for increases in tuition and fees for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The authorization approved an increase of 2 percent per year to address inflation over the last several years, as well as “reasonable and prudent additional increases that address issues of greatest institutional priority.”
“We are proud of that fact that we offer an affordable education to our students and we will continue to do all we can to provide ways to help students cover the cost of their education and stay out of debt,” Regents Chairmen Paul Foster said, pointing out that through state and federal grants and institutional funds, many students pay little to nothing toward tuition. “But we cannot escape the fact that tuition and fees are the single greatest driver of our core revenue. We must be sure that our universities have the resources they need to provide the world-class education our students expect and deserve.”
Financial Affairs also awarded a grand prize to the one lucky individual who completed the 6 week program. There were several potential candidates for this grand prize and we were lucky enough to have such a motivated and incredible team to make this challenge a success. Without further delay Financial Affairs would like to announce the winner of the Financial Affairs Wellness Activity challenge is JJ Chavez from Inventory!
Way to go Financial Affairs! Way to go UTSA!
If you would like to see just how much fun was had please click here.
As vice president for business affairs, Funk-Baxter will oversee six divisions and 31 departments at the university including administration, facilities, financial affairs, human resources, university police and UTShare-PeopleSoft.
Funk-Baxter currently serves as Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Since joining A&M-Corpus Christi in 1996, she has also served as Sr. Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, and in a number of other financial-related positions with progressively increasing responsibilities (to read more about Kathryn please click here).
Mr. Kennedy joined UTSA in August 2004, leading a division that includes more than 600 employees and is responsible for budgeting and financial forecasting, human resources, facilities and capital improvement projects, campus police operations and emergency preparedness, environmental health and safety, purchasing and auxiliary services, and parking and transportation operations.
Kennedy has overseen significant capital growth at UTSA as the university has evolved to an emerging Tier One research institution. Since 2004, Kennedy's teams have completed more than $600 million in capital construction, more than doubling the size of the university to more than 5 million gross square feet. (to read more about Kerry Kennedy please click here)
Thank you Mr. Kennedy for all of your hard work.
All entries were very deserving of 1st place which made choosing a winner a difficult decision. This year’s winners of the 2013 Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest are Accounting Services. Financial Services and Collections took 2nd place this year!
Special thanks to everyone who worked hard to decorate their door and thank you Linda Martinez and Jermaine Johnson for creating the PowerPoint below.
If you would like to see some of the other decorated doors please click here.
A special thank you to everyone who showed up, helped set up, tear down, and had a a great time at UTSA's HR and Financial Affairs 1st annual Homecoming tailgate bar-be-cue! If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to send any thing to the Financial Affairs inbox!
If you would like to see some of the other pictures that we have please click here.
BRAVO employee recognition has offically launched! For more information about the BRAVO nominations please visit the BRAVO recognition help. To see all the winners of the employee recognition contest for both past and present please visit here.
If you would like to nominate someone who has proven to be an advocate of the Business Affairs Guding principles you can do so by going here.
It is with great pleasure we announce the success of the Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest. There were many creative and beautiful entries this year .
All entries were very deserving of 1st place which made choosing a winner a difficult decision. This year’s winners of the 2012 Financial Affairs Door Decorating Contest are Accounting Services and Fiscal Services-Downtown.
The Surplus winners left to right are John Avalos, Pete Vazquez, Reyna Zuzak, Angel Garza.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend, and we look forward to seeing you after the New Years!
To see all the entries please view the zip file.
Tons of food and good times were had at the Controller Christmas party. All in attendance remenced on past events throughout the year via display of pictures captured on a repeating PowerPoint. Some were even lucky enough to win prizes ranging from: various giftcards, to UTSA themed T-shirts, to even Poinsettias!
Lenora and Becky reviewed the Door contest entries and found a tie for First place (Downtown Fiscal Services & Accounting Office) with the Spirit of Christmas award going to Surplus and Inventory.
The PeopleSoft office participated in the Homecoming contest sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) . This is the second year in a row that the PeopleSoft department has brought home the trophy.
(Pictured from left to right: Michelle Skidmore, Tanya Dunlap-Teasley,
Araceli Pacheco, Elaine Bouyer.
Not pictured: Ana Hill, Lydia Garza, Dennis Layman, Brenda Clark, Cynthia Orth,
Denise Brown, and Lisa Cartier.)
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