OCTOBER 7, 2020 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent today via email from Dean of Students and Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs LT Robinson and Vice Provost for Student Success Tammy Wyatt to all faculty, staff and students:
The well-being of our entire university community is a top priority as we adapt the ways we learn, live and connect in response to the pandemic. Last spring we gathered information and recommendations from a number of campus forums related to the Enriching Campus Wellbeing Initiative as well as the expert holistic external review of Student Health Services and Counseling & Mental Health Services. Building on the update Provost Espy sent last spring, we share our progress.
This week we launch the Wellbeing Mini-Grant opportunity for UTSA faculty and staff. Up to five $1,500 grants will be awarded to UTSA faculty, staff and departments/units for projects to increase awareness, knowledge level and skills around well-being within our campus community.
The faculty/staff grants follow a successful inaugural round of $500 Well-being Mini-Grants that were competitively awarded to 10 student organizations earlier this month. Applications are due on October 15, and we encourage teams to submit their ideas.
Expanded Wellness Services for Students
Further informed by the work of the initiative and expert review, Student Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Services have been working together to develop a truly integrated college health program, in keeping with national best practices. As a result, the services offered to our students have expanded over the past few months, guided by a comprehensive “360 Wellness” approach. To offer greater continuity of care for our students, we also are on track to implement by the start of the spring semester a common electronic health record system for all students—a critical underlying platform that enables provider collaboration and focus on students’ needs.
Additionally, we have added counseling staff and optimized our scheduling systems, increasing the availability of appointments, including drop-in services. Providers in Student Health Services now have begun training to expand their scope of service to treat anxiety, depression and other common behavioral complaints, and Student Health Services will be able to provide medical services for behavioral health issues beginning in January 2021.
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This spring UTSA is hosting a 30-second film festival on TikTok! Your mission? Create a 30-second video that highlights how you relax with Adobe Creative Cloud. This is your chance to take a break from the world around you make something fun. The top three videos will receive prizes that will help you on your creative journey and the top ten winners will receive free Adobe swag!Virtual Event
A lecture series brought to you by Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness and UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy. Dr. Sara Oswalt is the chair of & professor in the Department of Public Health at UTSA. She is also a certified sexuality educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists.Virtual Event
As part of the annual Campus Race to Zero Waste, the Office of Facilities will provide sensitive document shredding services for our UTSA community. You can bring work-related or personal documents. All we ask is for you to shred away to help recycle!Parking Lot UTSA Student Union and Ximenes Avenue Garade
In many courses, faculty broach relevant but difficult topics surrounding race, ethnicity, civil rights, and much more with sensitivity and caring—-but this may be especially difficult in an online classroom. In this session, Dr. Shelley Howell will discuss how faculty can create an inclusive classroom environment digitally to allow for conducive conversations for all parties.Virtual Event
Great discussions continue this spring with Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Professor of Psychology and Donna Edmondson, University Ombuds. They are providing five 30-minute interactive webinars. Topics include bridge building, stigmas, team building, staying engaged at work and our shared experiences.Virtual Event
The Black Student Union of UTSA presents a panel discussion on Black women in history and the impact of prominent Black women in the Roadrunner Community.Virtual Event
Join this workshop to explore how this instructor designed and delivered an exemplary course with an innovative design and a student-centered approach. This workshop is focused on the use of virtual labs and interactive content using interactive tools such as PlayPosit and Softchalk for an enhanced learning experience in large classes (more than 400 students).Virtual Event
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