August 2010 Newsletter
Carol J. Lee
I began my employment at UTSA in August of 1988. The Center for Economic Development was housed at HemisFair Plaza and I was hired as their Clerk Typist. I remember how everyone was so connected in that small facility. We would have receptions and small gatherings there around the fountain with clients and each department. Dr. Jude Valdez was the Executive Director and would constantly discuss the "pink elephant". He would have blueprints, memos, and more memos regarding the construction of the Downtown Campus. I recall a picture he had on an easel in his office of the finished building. He was so proud of that picture. We then moved to the Institute of Texan Cultures for about a year or two, then over to Cypress Towers. I enjoyed working in a "real" office building. The cafeteria had really good meals and the people were friendly. But my excitement came when our office moved to the Buena Vista Building of the Downtown Campus. We were known as the Office of Extended Education. I was with this department for about four years before joining the Office of Student Activities were I'm currently employed. The sole purpose of our function is to get the students involved on campus and encourage ways to complete their education.
The Downtown Campus has grown tremendously since its inception. We have seen several hundred students graduate through the LaDespedida ceremonies each May; and an increase of programs through the Office of Student Activities to keep the students involved as well as have fun.
I love the Downtown Campus because it provides an opportunity to engage with the community. I facilitate seminars and bible studies at various prisons in the surrounding counties, so the community is important to me. I have been at the Downtown Campus for my entire time at UTSA. Yes, there have been other job opportunities, but the Downtown Campus has a "family" environment that I'm accustomed to and is a centralized location which makes it easy for me to maneuver around the city.
This coming week, I will celebrate 22 years at the Downtown Campus……..WOW!