AVPSS recognizes OIT staff members as Advising Champions

December 20, 2017

AVPSS Advising Champions

((Left to right) Front Row: Nicole Duff, Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., Rosalind Ong, Patti Ramirez, and Christina Garza. Back Row: Leanne Charlton, Shashi Pinheiro, Erick Ramirez, Shannon Rios, Steve Wilkerson, Ph.D.)


By: Rosalind Ong, Project Coordinator

The 2017 Advising Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, was held on December 19 at the UTSA main campus.  The event provided a venue to reflect on the important work of advising and the improvements over the past year. The gathering included the UTSA advising department, along with staff from multiple areas that have collaborated with them.

Tammy Wyatt, Ph.D., associate vice-provost for student success, recognized several staff members outside of the advising department as Champions for Student Success and Academic Advising. OIT staff were among those recognized for the work supporting the advising department through the partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) grant. The grant work included the implementation of advising technologies including DegreeWorks, EAB SSC Campus, training and professional development opportunities, and collaborating to launch the redesigned UTSA Academic Advising website.

The OIT staff Champions for Student Success and Academic Advising included:

  • Assistant Vice Provost for IT and iPASS Principal Investigator Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D.
  • Project Coordinator and iPASS Project Lead Rosalind Ong
  • Communications Specialist Nicole Duff
  • Application Development and Support Manager Jayashree Iyengar

Mauli Agrawal, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs also spoke at the luncheon, detailing the importance of advising, as well as how changes in the department have led to positive outcomes for students including significant improvements in UTSA graduation rates.