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A message from Dr. Gage Paine
Spring Semester Calendar Reminders
Summer and Fall Registration Schedule
United to Serve is April 10th
Univer. Career Center Fairs & Workshops
Outstanding Black Student Leadership Award


 

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Spring Break
March 15-19, 2010
Monday Night Artist Series 2009-2010
March 22, 2010
Coffeehouse
March 24, 2010
Poetry Jam
March 25, 2010
UCinema Night: It's Complicated
March 26, 2010

 

UTSA Family Fund
Thank you to all that gave to the Family Fund this year! This is a significant time, as you are the first parents to begin a culture of giving at UTSA. The Fund has raised over $8,000 in donations and pledges. This will directly impact campus life, scholarships and student services.  For those still planning to give a tax-deductible gift, please click here for a direct link to UTSA Giving and choose the Family Fund. Every gift is meaningful to UTSA.

 

Letter from Gage Paine

Gage Paine

Here in San Antonio, the days are gorgeous, trees are budding, bluebonnets are blooming along the roadside and the crazy live oak trees have just dropped their leaves.  It must be spring time – or at least Spring Break!

It is Spring Break week for UTSA and we are having the beautiful version this year rather than the cold, rainy one or last year’s it’s-already-too-hot experience.  Spring Break weather can be many things.  For families, Spring Break may mean your student is home and you know it because of the pile of laundry and the lump in the bed.  It might mean a phone call to say they’ve gotten to the beach or the ski slope safely.  For some families it may mean their student has gone to New Orleans or stayed in San Antonio to do volunteer work for an Alternative Spring Break program.  Like the weather, the Spring Break experience may vary, but the fact of the matter is Spring Break is an important dividing point in the semester for all students.

When students return to campus a week from now, there are only six more weeks of classes.  I describe this part of the semester as the sprint to the finish.  That’s a bit of a misnomer really – the pace is a sprint, but the distance feels like a marathon.  No matter whether this is your student’s first Spring Break or the final one before graduation in May, these next few weeks will be challenging.  There are projects and papers to be completed.  There are decisions to make about what comes next – whether for the next semester, the summer, or after graduation.  There are finals to study for.  And that’s just in the classroom.

Outside the classroom, this is banquet season.  It’s time for the end of the year celebrations, for new officers to be elected, and plans to be made for the next year.  And, of course, there are the challenging effects of that horrible disease called Spring Fever and its even more challenging cousin Senioritis, both of which lead students to believe that there surely must be time for Frisbee throwing, attending a baseball or softball game or ‘studying’ outside on the lawn. 

Whichever version of Spring Break students have chosen, the reality is the next few weeks will be challenging.  When you talk with them and they sound stressed with all they have to do, it’s not a bad idea to encourage them to head out into the fresh air and enjoy the UTSA campus in the spring.  Of course, if they sound giddy and afflicted with Spring Fever, I hope you’ll remind them of all they have to do and how few days they have left before finals.  After all, that’s what parents are for, right?  Well, that and laundry!  Happy Spring Break!


Sincerely,
Gage Paine

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Spring Semester Calendar Reminders

With approximately 6 weeks left in the semester, students may need to make a decision regarding their spring classes.  Please advise your student of the following dates:

March 22nd:  Last day for sophomores, juniors and seniors to drop and individual class and receive a grade of “W”.

April 26th:  Last day for freshmen to drop and individual class and receive a grade of “W” and last day for all students to Withdraw (drop all classes) from the university. 

April 29th-30th: Student Study Days (classes do not meet)

May 1st- 7th: Final Exams

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Summer and Fall 2010 Registration Schedule

Registration is just around the corner!  Make sure your student is prepared and ready to select classes when their time comes.  Course registration times are determined by student classification.  See the chart below for dates.


Registration for Summer and Fall 2010

 

Graduate

Senior

Junior

Sophomore

Freshman

Begins on:

April 5

April 8

April 13

April 16

April 21

The Summer semester offers six options for taking classes. 
May Mini-mester: May 10th- 29th
First 5-week term: June 1st- July 7th
Ten week term: June 1st- Aug 14th
First 4-week term: June 7th- July 7th
Second 5-week term: July 8th- Aug 14th
Second 4-week term: July 8th- Aug 5th

Payment deadlines, late registration and census dates vary for each term.  Please visit the calendar for a complete list of summer semester dates: http://www.utsa.edu/registrar/reg_materials/reg_calendar_summer.pdf

The payment deadline for the Fall 2010 semester is August 18th.  Fall semester begins Wednesday, August 25th.  Please visit the official calendar for a complete list of fall semester dates: http://www.utsa.edu/registrar/reg_materials/reg_calendar_fall.pdf

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United to Serve is April 10th!

The 2010 Service campaign will take place in early April.  The state wide volunteer initiative involves UT System students, administrators, faculty and staff in an effort to engage and mobilize thousands of volunteers in communities where they are located.  The day long event is open to all UTSA students, faculty and staff who would like to give back to the community by volunteering at various agencies in the San Antonio area.  The deadline to sign up is April 7th.  Activities range from helping to construct a Habitat for Humanity house, to cleaning and painting barns, to a helping with a graffiti wipeout, to calling out BINGO at a care facility.  Please urge your student to consider signing up for this one day service project.  Click on the image for registration information. 

United to Serve 2010

 

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University Career Center Fairs and Workshops

Three career expos are scheduled for students in specific colleges. In addition, the Center has partnered with several local recruiters including USAA, Medtronic to provide students with an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills.  Mock Interviews can help students make connections, polish their communication skills, and receive feedback. The interview is your time to shine!

University Career Center

Mock Interviews Schedule:
March 23         3:30 pm-5 pm
March 29         3 pm-4:30 pm
April 1             9:30 am-11 am
April 21           9 am-10:30 am
*All sessions held in the University Center, Mesquite Room

Student

College of Sciences Career Expo
Thursday, March 25
2 PM - 5:30 PM 
BSE Atrium, UTSA Main Campus  
Visit the COS Career Expo page for a list of participating companies.

College of Liberal & Fine Arts Career Expo
Wednesday, March 31
9:15 AM- 12 Noon
UC Ballroom, UTSA Main Campus 
Visit the COLFA Career Expo page for a list of participating companies. 

Educator Fair
Thursday, April 8th
8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon 
Convocation Center, UTSA Main Campus
Visit the Educator Fair page  for a list of participating companies. 

What Can I do with my Major? Series
Is your student not sure what they can do with their major? Do they need a better sense of direction with how their major may relate to the current job market?  Attending one of these workshops may be just what they need.  Sessions continue through the month of April, and are specific to each college.  Click here for the full workshop lineup.   

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Outstanding Black Student Leadership Award

The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center recently awarded three students with an Outstanding Black Student Leadership Award as part of the 6th Annual Black Heritage Banquet, held February 27, 2010.  The awards were presented to Brenda Anyaehie, Damaris Gutierrez, and Christian Menefee.

Student Spotlight Leadership award
 Brenda Anyaehie is a Senior Biology/PreMed major with a GPA of 3.93. During her career at UTSA, she has been active as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., African Student Association, UMOJA (Black Student Network), VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), Honors Alliance and a host of other organizations. Brenda was honored by Who's Who at UTSA and Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities. Brenda has been accepted into medical school at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.



Pictured (L to R): ICE Director, Marlon Anderson;
Brenda Anyaehie; VP-Student Affairs, Gage Paine

Student Spotlight Leadership award
Damaris Gutierrez is a Senior Spanish Major with minors in Bicultural Studies and Linguistics with a GPA of 3.00. During her career at UTSA, Damaris has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Multicultural Greek Council, and has participated in our annual Alternative Spring Break program. Damaris has recently completed a National Student Exchange where she studied at the University of Puerto Rico for two semesters. After graduation, Damaris will participate in Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley.


Pictured (L to R): ICE Director, Marlon Anderson;
Damaris Gutierrez; VP-Student Affairs, Gage Paine


Student Spotlight Leadership awardChristian Menefee is a Senior International Business major who has a GPA of 3.23. During his career at UTSA, Christian has been an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., active in our Student Government Association serving most recently as Vice President, and has represented students on a variety of committees including the Bookstore Committee, University Center Advisory Council, Food Service Committee, and Black History Month Planning Committee. Christian is planning on attending Law School in the fall and has received offers from University of Alabama, Washington University Law School in St. Louis, and St. John's University Law School.

Pictured (L to R): ICE Director, Marlon Anderson;   
Christian Menefee; VP-Student Affairs, Gage Paine

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