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VPBA Newsletter April 2006

Business Horizons


A monthly publication of Business Affairs

The University of
Texas at
San Antonio

April 2006

In All We Do,
We Do With

EXCELLENCE

Every Person,
Every Day,
Every Job


Kerry's Korner......

Thanks to all of you who took your time to come to one of the twelve Town Hall Meetings that have been held over the last couple of months.  We are now going back through all the many comments that were made and will forward those that can be to the respective departments for follow-up and action, as needed.  I’ve roughly organized the concerns/issues, etc., into the following five major categories: Resources (space, personnel, equipment, etc.); Communication; Security & Safety; Way Finding (vehicular and pedestrian directional signage); and Supervisory Effectiveness.

All of these are most important and we’ll do our best to make improvements and progress in dealing with each. Your patience and understanding regarding the enormous level of resource needs and our limited ability to meet all those needs are appreciated.  We are making progress and slowly but surely positions are being filled and additional monies are being allocated for equipment.  Space is at a premium, but we are planning on continuing the programming, design and renovation of the Physical Plant Building to  assist some of our more critical areas – be sure to read the related article below.

Thanks for all that you do; for your commitment to improving, to excellence....in all we do, every person, every day, every job.

Kerry


Calendar Events


VPBA Breakfast
Roadrunner Cafe

April 19, 2006
8:15  - 10:00 a.m.


Staff Excellence & Service Awards
Laurel Room
April 20, 2006
2:00 p.m.


San Antonio Fiesta
April 21-30, 2006

VPBA CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE
Paul English named Second Quarter Recipient
 
Celebrating Excellence

The UTSA 2006 Staff Excellence Awards
Ceremony April 20, 2006

Spotlight on..... Frank Quest, III

Frank Quest, III, grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, and upon high school graduation went to work in the steel mills.  After two years, Frank joined the U.S. Navy.  He met and married his wife, Nancy, while stationed at Misawa, Japan where their only child Diane was born.  Frank was discharged from the Navy in 1978, moved to San Antonio, and attended San Antonio College while working at Lackland AFB. 

He reenlisted in the Navy in 1980.  While serving at the Naval Reserve Center in Houston, he was awarded Sailor of the Year and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.  After several more assignments, Frank retired in May 1993.  Frank Quest

Returning to San Antonio, Frank began his career with UTSA in the Physical Plant department.  He quickly advanced to the position of Administrative Assistant I in charge of Vehicle Services.  While in that position, he was instrumental in implementing the Voyager gas card program.  When the Downtown campus was established in 1997, he was hired as a Mail Supervisor to establish the Downtown Mailroom and Receiving Department.  When the UTSA records storage facility was moved to the Downtown campus in 2003, Frank assumed the additional responsibility of Records Retention Officer and was promoted to the position of Manager, Mail Services last year.

Frank and Nancy have been married for 32 years.  Nancy is an Administrative Director at the VA hospital, and Diane is residing in Washington, DC, working on a Masters in Political Science at the American University. Thank you, Frank, for your many years of excellent service to UTSA and Business Affairs.

UTSA Police Department Celebrates New Author!

 

Minnie Martinez has always loved painting, drawing and writing, and has recently published her first book, “Carmi’s Crayons”.  The book takes you on Carmi’s colorful journey with her crayons, a story every child will enjoy.  It is being published by Author-House and is currently available at more than 25,000 retail outlets worldwide.  She is one of our own and we celebrate her passion and spirit of excellence!  Minnie has an associates degree in Law Enforcement, is married to Frank Beach, and has two lovely children, Javier and Carmelita.

Business Affairs ‘Welcome’ Breakfast  

Beginning in June, a new program, hosted by Kerry Kennedy, will be implemented for all newly hired Business Affairs employees.  Each new employee will be asked to attend a one-hour ‘Welcome’ breakfast with their direct supervisor to view a newly produced 10-minute video that describes the multi-faceted operations of the Business Affairs division and includes a welcome from Mr. Kennedy and each of his direct reports.  In addition to the video, Mr. Kennedy will discuss the Business Affairs mission, vision and Celebrating Excellence program to emphasize our visible commitment to excellence.  The video will ‘premiere’ at the May 25th Business Affairs Forum.

Benefits Office  

The Benefits office has received numerous telephone inquiries regarding Financial Planning and Social Security Retirement.  Because of this particular interest, HR is inviting employees to attend their choice of several sessions presented by retirement plan vendors and social security administrative personnel. Please enroll through TXClass for Financial Planning (SD 164), and for Social Security (SD 247).   Scheduled dates, times and locations for each vendor are listed at http://www.utsa.edu/hr/benefits/retseminar.cfm or visit HR's website at http://www.utsa.edu/hr.


Facilities Has a New Attitude . . . A Commitment to Excellence

 

 

Refreshments   Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

T-Shirt Toss

VPBA Forum

May 25, 2006

Shuttle #1 will pick up employees from ITC and the Downtown Campus.

Shuttle #2 will pick up employees from University Heights.

Parking & Transportation Updates
Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has moved their offices to JPL 4.03.03. Their main phone number (458-PARK) will remain the same.

PTS will offer public parking during six days of the City of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration. The lots available to the public will be lots D1 through D5 under IH-35, and the Cattleman’s Square lot. The daily public parking fee during these times is $5 per vehicle, paid upon entry. UTSA parking permits will allow free parking in these lots, but permit holders are encouraged to park in the Durango Loop or Monterrey Building lots during these times to avoid traffic congestion.  Garage parking will require a garage permit at all times.
 
The dates and times during which public paid parking will be allowed are Fridays, April 21 & 28, 4 p.m. - midnight, Saturdays and Sundays, April 22, 23, 29 & 30, 10 a.m. - midnight.
T-Shirt Design Contest Update
Business Affairs received only one entry for the t-shirt design contest. Please thank Carol Bocchetti, Human Resources, for her time, effort, and creativity in submitting her entry below. We hope to have more participation next year, so get those creative ideas flowing. Thanks Carol!


Laurel Village Construction Update 

Construction for Laurel Village, UTSA’s 680-bed, Phase II housing development, has been temporarily placed on hold. The recent construction climate in San Antonio and south Texas created a demand on area contractors and subcontractors that contributed to no bidder participation for this project.  Business Affairs, in conjunction with Student Affairs, is exploring opportunities to re-package Laurel Village with an expansion to Roadrunner Cafe in an effort to better serve UTSA’s resident students.

Physical Plant Building Renovation

The Police Department, the Parking & Transportation Services, and Technology Services are expected to join Telephone Services in the Physical Plant Building once design and renovations are completed for the 20,000 square foot building.  Programming and design for the new ‘tenants’ will begin soon, and once completed, a projected construction completion date will be announced.  It is anticipated that Student Affairs will utilize the space to be vacated by the Police and Parking departments in the MS Building for core learning and teaching facilities.  More specific plans for the vacated MS and Sciences Building space will be finalized in the near future.  Additional details will be provided as they come available.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS

All requests to view or copy UTSA documents must be processed through the Vice President for Business Affairs Office. For more information, click:
http://www.utsa.edu/bussvc/OpenRecords.htm.

REMINDER.....Please email us the new employees in your department, so we can add them to the
newsletter mailing.