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VPBA Newsletter October 2005

Business Horizons


A monthly publication of Business Affairs

The University of Texas at
San Antonio

October 2005

In All We Do,
We Do With

EXCELLENCE

Every Person,
Every Day,
Every Job


Kerry's Korner  .....

Thanks and Congratulations to all of you who participated in the State Employee Charitable Campaign.  The overall Business Affairs participation rate was 56.5%, enabling the University to exceed their goal of 50%.  The following major divisions deserve special recognition for their participation levels: Human Resources – 96.6%; the AVP for Administration’s areas – 74%; and Facilities – 57.1%!  We had 12 individual and smaller departments with 100% participation!  I know you all have been generous and I am appreciative and proud of Business Affairs participation in the Campaign.

Of interest to all of us, the search for the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will soon begin with an initial meeting of the search committee.  The University has contracted with the search firm of Greenwood & Associates, and the firm and Committee will work diligently to identify and interview highly qualified candidates in a timely manner.  Additional updates will be forthcoming.

Remember our new Celebrating Excellence recognition program…and take a few minutes to nominate a colleague who has exemplified excellence in their Creativity, Communication or abilities to be an effective Change agent. We'll announce the 2006 first quarter recipient(s) in December.
 

Upcoming Events:

VPBA Breakfast
October 19, 2005

8:30  - 10:00 a.m.
Roadrunner Cafe

VPBA Staff Relations
October 20, 2005
VPBA Conference Room

Women's Walk
October 29, 2005
Convocation Center

 Spotlight on .......Velma Tullos
Velma Tullos has been an employee here at UTSA since February 2, 1997.  Velma started as a Building Attendant I, working at the MS, Engineering, Arts and JPL Buildings.  Velma has excelled as an employee.  Now, she's a Building Attendant III, working in the JPL.  She has worked with many different people and offices, and particularly enjoyed working with the Educational Department.  Working in the JPL  among the students is very rewarding.  She is very happy there as you can tell by her great attitude and beautiful smile.

Among the many awards that Velma has received are the “Employee of the Month” in 1998, the “Rewards and Recognition Team Award “ for the 4th quarter of 2000, and  the “Outstanding Service Award” for 1st quarter of 2003.

In her spare time, Velma loves spending quality time with her family, speaking very lovingly of her mother.  Spending time with her granddaughter when possible, since she lives in California, is one of her greatest joys.  And let’s not forget her plants which she loves taking care of.  They are her pride and joy.

Velma takes great pride in her work, and plans to continue doing a great job here at UTSA, until she retires.

 

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE REWARD IDEAS
WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

We would like your help identifying ways in which we can recognize recipients of the Celebrating Excellence program.  Please reply to this email to submit your Celebrating Excellence Reward Ideas.  You can also turn in your ideas to your AVP.  We want our recipients to be rewarded in a manner that they appreciate so be creative and let your imagination go wild.

             

 
 

THE HOLIDAY SEASON WILL BE HERE
 BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
IT'S TIME TO PLAN AHEAD!!

HR recommends that all managers have their employees submit their vacation requests starting now to determine departmental coverage for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, to include the skeleton crew days in December.  Please refer to the UTSA holiday schedule.

As always, all employee requests for leave during the holidays are subject to business needs and management approval. Taking action early can help the department provide needed coverage, minimize disruption and provide employees the opportunity to plan ahead.

NEW UTSA RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL FOR EHS&RM

Brian Moroney, Director of EHS&RM has been confirmed as the new UTSA Responsible Official (RO).  Wendy McCoy, Laboratory Safety Officer in EHS&RM and Dr. Clyde Phelix, Department of Biology are qualified Alternate Responsible Officials (ARO) to act on behalf of UTSA in Brian's absence or at his direction.  All UTSA Select Agent Program (SAP) records are secured in the EHS&RM office.

Effective immediately, all questions, change in personnel requests, application amendments, accidental exposures or release, etc. regarding use of select agents or access to either of our ABSL/BSL-3 facilities should be routed to Brian's attention in EHS&RM, with a copy to Wendy McCoy. The office number for EHS&RM is 458-5250


 

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION......

Now that summer is over and the fall semester has begun, we invite you to share your vacation pictures with us.  Send us your digital pictures with captions and you might see them in future newsletters.

GO ELECTRONIC AND GET YOUR EARNINGS
STATEMENTS SENT VIA EMAIL!

Just a reminder for all UTSA employees who have a high assurance UTEID, you can get your earnings statement via email.  Click Earnings Statement for more information.  In addition to getting your earnings statement from the My Paycheck Profile web site, you can also change your Form W-4 withholding allowances, sign up for direct deposit, change your direct deposit information, download and print your Form W-2 from prior years, and more. Sign up today!  Call Payroll for more information at ext 4280.

 
 

PUT YOUR SHOES ON AND COME WALK WITH US!

WHEN:     Saturday, October 29, 2005
TIME:       9:00 a.m. (start walking at 10:00 a.m.)
PLACE:      UTSA Convocation Center
WHY:       State Farm/UTSA Walk for Women's Athletics (Raising Scholarship $$ for Women Athletes)

Join the Business Affairs Team in supporting our women athletes.  You don't have to be an athlete or a woman, just come walk with us, raise some money and have fun.  We will meet Saturday, October 29th walk for a half hours, have brunch and win door prizes all within a couple of hours.

Look at the benefits of the following donation levels:
$10.00 donation - UTSA Walk for Women's Athletics T-shirt
$25.00 donation - Walk, T-shirt, brunch, eligible for prizes and enjoy the newly expanded Health Fair.

(Spouses and children may join a registered participant and enjoy the health fair, silent auction and awards program.  Additional tickets for the brunch may be purchased for $5.00 each)

All donations accepted!  You can even donate to another walker who is trying to raise money.  Please let us know if you want to join in the fun.  We must have money by Friday, October 21st.  Please call the budget office at 4230 if you want to join.

To view the all BUSINESS AFFAIRS VIDEOS
go to Business Affairs web site

www.utsa.edu/bussvc

MARK YOU CALENDAR FOR THE
VPBA Holiday Party - December 14
11:30 a. m. - 1:30 p.m. - Laurel Room