OIT Hosts Inaugural End of Year Staff Appreciation Event

August 29, 2017

More than 130 OIT staff attended the inaugural event.

 (More than 130 OIT staff attended the inaugural event.)

Written by: Nicole Duff, Communications Specialist

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) hosted its inaugural End of Year: State of OIT and Strategic Goals event on August 4. More than 130 OIT staff attended the employee-appreciation event, which was held in the U.C. Denman Ballroom (U.C. 2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus.

OIT staff listen attentively as Bryan Wilson provides updates on the state of the department.

(OIT staff listen attentively as Bryan Wilson provides updates on the state of the department.)


The gathering provided a forum for Interim Vice Provost and CIO Bryan Wilson to update staff on the financial state of the department. In addition, Wilson shared insights regarding the department’s Strategic Plan, a document that contains student success strategies that OIT plans to employ to help the university attain Tier One recognition.

These strategies, which align with Blueprint UTSA were developed by OIT staff who served on various OIT Strategic Committees. During the session, the following senior-level managers offered staff a glimpse into some of the student-focused initiatives that will be implemented within their areas:

  • Interim Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Infrastructure Services Anthony Espinoza
  • Information Security Operations Officer Kevin Kjosa
  • Director of Research Computing Support Group Brent League
  • Director of Online Learning Marcela Ramirez
  • Assistant Vice Provost for Information Technology Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D.
  • Director of Video Technology Ernest Hernandez III

Following their remarks, Wilson reminded staff that OIT is a people-centered organization as reflected in its mission and vision statements, which were revised last fall.

“If you notice, technology is not in there, other than in our title,” Wilson noted, in reference to the updated mission and vision statements. “That’s key. Yes, technology is what we do, a lot of things we do is around technology, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here to support the university, and the university’s mission of what they are trying to do in terms of student success and becoming a Tier One research institution. That’s why we’re here.”

During the event, lunch was served and new OIT marketing items were introduced and provided to all OIT staff. Staff were also introduced to the OIT Suggestion Box, a new initiative aimed at encouraging employees to communicate their innovative ideas to Wilson. Suggestions that contain employees’ contact information would receive a personal response directly from Wilson.

 “I can’t say this enough, how appreciative I am of all of you and the work that you do,” Wilson stated to staff. “Without all of you in this room, we can’t be successful.”


To view a recording of the End of Year State of OIT luncheon, click here.

To view a slideshow of the End of Year: State of OIT and Strategic Goals Event, click here.