In This Issue
Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs
Welcome New Staff to Student Affairs
"Getting To Know You....."
Rowdy travels across Student Affairs
Message from Gage E. Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs
People who know of my ballroom dance hobby often ask me if I
like the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.” I think it’s O.K., but I really
prefer “So You Think You Can Dance,” at least after they get a few shows
into the season. I prefer it because it’s mainly about “Dancing” and less
about "the Stars.” By the time we get to the last ten in “So You Think You
Can Dance,” the people left competing have really become incredibly
versatile dancers. To make it to the end the dancers have had to push
themselves to learn new ways, to leave the comfort of their past successes
and to risk looking foolish for trying something different (and in front of
millions of people!).
Last night I went to the
“So You Think You Can Dance 2007 Tour” performance. It was a fun
show—though the teeny-bopperesque high-pitched squealing was more than I
bargained for though the audience wasn’t really that young. And while I did
have to watch videos of the five worst falls (painful) and the five most
unusual auditions, mostly it was just good dancers dancing.
As many of you know, I
find dance can serve as a metaphor for many things. In this case what
strikes me is that even though the premise of the show is competition
because they compete in ever-changing partnerships, they still have to work
together. Because it is true—it does take two to tango. But it takes two
who care about the partnership and who can work together to tango well. And
so, on stage last night was a group who were strangers a year ago and now
are a dance troupe, and who were in competition a year ago but now work
together for the success of the whole, and who looked like they were having
a wonderful time doing it (and believe me when I say what they are doing is
hard work no matter how much fun it is!).
And so of course, I come
to us—the UTSA Division of Student Affairs. We regularly add new members to
our roster and have to learn to blend our styles. Sometimes we can get
a little competitive with each other, but from where I sit we do work to the
benefit of our partnership. And while some days it’s hard work, we
mostly have fun working together to create something that is far better than
we could have done by ourselves. So remember it takes two to tango but
nearly 400 to do the full Student Affairs performance.
You're Invited to the
Student Affairs Holiday Luncheon
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Download the invitation
Call for Commencement
As you all know, Fall commencement is just
around the corner. This is a time of great celebration for the entire
campus community and a chance to acknowledge the students who have dedicated
so much to UTSA.
In order to make this joyous event run like
clockwork, we need you to sign up to provide staffing at one or more of the
five ceremonies on December 13, 14, and 15. The dates/times are listed
below. Faculty members and college staff members have already been
requested to participate in this staffing. Our success depends on your
participation. Please help us make the upcoming commencement ceremonies the
Please choose one or more of the times below
by Friday, November 30 and send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your time(s). Your final
assignment(s) will be e-mailed to you on Monday, December 10, by 5 p.m.
Please keep in mind that appropriate compensatory time should be awarded by
supervisors as applicable.
Commencement Staffing Needs
Friday, December 14 – Ceremony #2 (COB II) -
Saturday, December 15 – Ceremony #3 (COEHD) - 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 15 – Ceremony #4 (COA,
COLFA I, & COPP) - 11:30 a.m.-3:30
Saturday, December 15 – Ceremony #5 (COLFA II
and COS) - 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Inclusion & Community Engagement
Center Now Open
The Inclusion & Community Engagement
Center opened its doors on November 5 in UC 2.01.04. Please drop by and keep an eye out for your invitation to
the Grand Opening Celebration on January 14, 2008. To find out more
about the Inclusion & Community Engagement Center, visit them online at
November is Diversity Month at UTSA!
Full Calendar of
Celebrate UTSA Photo Gallery
A Shared Vision: UTSA 2016
On Monday, November 5, UTSA President
Ricardo Romo joined state legislators, community leaders and UTSA
community members in a symbolic celebration laying the cornerstone for
UTSA's new $82 million engineering building on the 1604 Campus.
The ceremony featured the unveiling of
the university's strategic plan, "A
Shared Vision: UTSA 2016." Created in an
18-month process involving faculty, students, staff, alumni,
community leaders and others, the plan will provide a
strategic framework for UTSA's growth.
article from UTSA Today
Open Forum Held on Tuition & Fee Proposal
Before finalizing a
proposal to establish tuition and fees for the Fall 2008
through Spring 2010 semesters, UTSA held an open forum on
November 14 for students to make their voices heard.
After input from the forum, the proposal will be finalized
and submitted by to the UT System Board of Regents, where it
will be considered and approved at the regents' March 2008
"For the Tuition and Fees Committee, student input is incredibly important,"
said Tommy Thompson, president of
the UTSA Student Government Association. "At the end of the day, it is the
students who are going to have to cover the cost of their education, so
their opinions and needs are of the utmost importance to this committee."
Student Health Services is open to provide flu vaccine at a cost of $15 for
students and $20 for faculty/staff. Cash or checks will be accepted
and no appointment is necessary. The hours for each location are as
Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Human Resources I-9's
The Department of US
Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a new version of the I-9
form. The old forms which have an expiration date of 5/31/05 will only be
accepted through 12/07/2007. Please be sure to replace any of your old I-9
For more information, call Marie Cameron, Human Resources Specialist at
New Staff in Student Affairs
Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
Katherine Phillips, Financial Aid Officer II
Monthly Birthday Celebration with Dr. Paine
Please come celebrate your birthday with co-workers and Dr.
Paine. The next celebration is scheduled for
December 13, 2007
for all Student Affairs staff December birthdays.
The celebrations will be on the 2nd Thursday
of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Location for the celebration will be included in the birthday invitation.
Student Affairs Halloween Costumes
Men's & Women's Basketball Teams Off to Strong
Women's Basketball dominates weekend, winning
first two games of the season
Full Paisano Article
Local Athletic Events
Fri, Nov 16
Stephen F. Austin
San Antonio, Texas
Southland Conference Tournament
Sat, Nov 17
San Antonio, Texas
Sun, Nov 18
San Antonio, Texas
Fri, Nov 23
San Antonio, Texas
UTSA Thanksgiving Classic
Sat, Nov 24
San Antonio, Texas
UTSA Thanksgiving Classic
Mon, Nov 26
San Antonio, Texas
Thu, Nov 29
San Antonio, Texas
VB - Volleyball
MBB - Men's Basketball
WBB - Women's Basketball
NCAA® Men’s Final Four®
Be a part of the MADNESS
in 2008 as San Antonio hosts next year’s NCAA® Men’s Final Four®, April 5
and 7 in the Alamodome! We need 2,000 volunteers to support the many NCAA®
events during Final Four® week.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
Escorted by Mark Munguia, Associate Director of Campus Rec Programs, Dr.
Paine dropped the first puck at Roadrunner Ice Hockey's home opener.
The team went on to beat Baylor 6-1 and are currently 3-1 for the season.
More Roadrunner Ice Hockey
received a $1,000 award for assisting Vector Marketing Corporation in
recruiting the highest number of successful marketing representatives for
the spring of 2007 in the Southwest Region. Over 20 UTSA students are
employed by Vector as sales representatives for Cutco Cutlery, and UTSA has
ranked first in total representatives and overall sales performance for over
three consecutive years.
The check was
presented to Lachelle Dixon, Recruiting Coordinator for UTSA Career
Services, by Marcus Robbins, Vector District Manager. Two UTSA student
recruiters were also present. The award from Vector will be used to support
and further enhance Career Services programs and activities.
Financial Aid &
Times, an inter-office newsletter, highlights the activities of the staff of
Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services.
October 2007 Edition
Student Health Services
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
is World AIDS Day.
Click here for the
complete press release on World AIDS Day @ UTSA.
Student Life & Student Activities
Poster Contest article from UTSA Today
Greek Week Photo Gallery
In The Loop
"Getting To Know You....."
Fitness and Wellness
Job Description: My direct
responsibilities are to hire and train students, and secure vendors for the
following areas: Fitness Assessments, Nutrition 101, the Demonstration
Kitchen, 1-on-1 nutritional consultations and the
Weight/Cardio rooms. My main focus is to
provide the UTSA community with outstanding educational programming in the
fitness areas. This semester has been especially challenging with our
facilities staged openings. However, I have had a great time and learned
more than I had ever imagined I would. This is thanks to our wonderful
staff, both professional and especially student workers.
I have a B.S. in Sports Medicine and a B.S. in Applied Exercise Sciences
from Northern Kentucky University and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs
Administration and Counselor Education from Clemson University.
I’ve worked in Campus Recreation since I was a freshman. I worked in
Facilities, Fitness and Intramurals for 5 years. I also worked summers with
the Ford Motor Company in their corporate wellness facility. I spent a year
between undergrad and graduate school with an internship doing exercise
testing in a Coastal Carolina hospital. I then started work on my masters
Degree in Student Affairs Administration and Counselor Education. My
assistantship was the Fitness and Marketing Graduate Assistant. During this
time, I worked in the Dean of Students office, the VPSA office, Judicial
Affairs, Housing, and Athletics.
job: My position is unique in that I have oversight of student,
programming, facilities, and equipment. It is always a struggle to have
enough time with our students. I feel like my day is spent bouncing here
and there putting out figurative fires with equipment and programs in the
facility. This takes up the majority of my time. However, it is this time
when I get the best student interaction. I love watching them tackle a
problem together. I do my best to just mediate and watch them work through
different levels of leadership development. I find that this unplanned
interaction is more rewarding for both the students and me.
What is the
most unusual job related case you have worked on?
This is a good
one, but hard to explain. When I was at Clemson as a graduate assistant, we
had a string of thefts in the rec for over a month. One night, doing
fitness class rounds, students were confronting an individual about stealing
some of their belongings. The confronted student took off through the
building. The group of confronting students gave chase. When I caught up
to the group, the confronted student was in a fight with the crowd. Upon my
dispersing the crowd and stopping the fight, the confronted student pulled a
taser on the group. To make an already long story short, this chase went
outside for 2 miles. I stayed with the group to be sure they didn’t injure
the confronted, and to make sure the confronted did not do the same. I wound
up being tased twice in the midst of breaking up scuffles before the police
arrived. The confronted had: three iPods, two phones, clothing, a wallet,
$95, a knife, and drugs. Ironically enough, I only wanted to mediate.
skills do you use most often?
I would like to
say that the skill I use most often is active listening with our students.
I think it may only be the second most used skill for me in this position.
I fell the most used skill is what I jokingly call short term strategic
planning. Being able to think on your feet and react decisively is a daily
task. Strategic planning lends itself to long term planning rather than
short. However, there are just those times I don’t have days and weeks to
solve tasks. I have been doing my best with applying this to student
development on a daily basis. It has been the best student interaction. I
think it is also the most honest plea for student buy-in. Nothing is better
than feeling needed, and I need my students!
How do you
I am trying to
flip my house. I bought a repo in August and I am tearing out a wall or
tilling a bathroom at all times. Sometimes this feels like work and
sometimes it feels like fun. I am also living there so I can stop and start
jobs as I please.
would you give to other Student Affairs staff?
My best advice
would be something my Student Affairs Administration instructor alluded to
over and over in grad school. This advice is to always engage in self
care. The advice is great even though I don’t always do it. I feel like I
am always telling myself to do something for me once in awhile.
Thank You Rowdy continues his travels across Student Affairs
Thank You Rowdy
has a special mission in Student Affairs - to travel across
UTSA recognizing the good work of staff members.
Within the Division of Student Affairs, Thank You Rowdy is presented from
one Student Affairs staff member to another in recognition and appreciation
of work done well - taking extra assignments to provide support, offering
unsolicited assistance or completing tasks in a unique way.
Whatever the situation, contributions like this are made every day and Thank
You Rowdy helps us recognize them.
Thank you Rowdy reflects UTSA's spirit of community and reminds us to
remember it takes everyone to make UTSA a great place to work and to learn.
Gage E. Paine
Luretta Filberth, Director of the Child Development Center,
receives ‘Thank You Rowdy’ and message from Melissa Hernandez. Melissa
presented 'Thank You Rowdy' to Luretta and Sondra Gervasi, Assistant
Director of the Child Development Center
November 5, 2007:
Luretta & Sondra,
Thank you for your service to our littlest
Roadrunners. I appreciate and admire your leadership and motivational
skills. I am always impressed how, even in your administrative
positions, you know each child by name and can don an apron or get on the
floor and play as needed.
Previous 'Thank You Rowdy' Visits
Price receives Thank You Rowdy
from Sam Gonzales
Anne Jimenez and EPIC team receive
Rowdy from Kevin Price
Melissa Hernandez receives Rowdy from EPIC team
Kudos to Lisa Blazer from John Kaulfus
"Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Blazer for winning the 2007 TACUSPA (Texas
Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators)
"Dissertation of the Year" Award. Lisa was presented with the award at
the recent TACUSPA business luncheon in Dallas on November 5, 2007. Lisa's
dissertation, entitled "Describing the Values within the Subcultures at
Hillside University", studies the explored values within Student Affairs,
Academic Affairs, and Business affairs using a competing values framework.
Lisa's dissertation was nominated by Dr. Gage Paine."
to Francine Barrera from Anne Speights
A prospective student took the time to telephone Registrar's Office employee
Fran Barrera's supervisor to leave an appreciative message recognizing Fran
as an "outstanding individual" who went "above and beyond" in
helping this student with the registration process.
to Career Services
On Tuesday, November 13, 419 students came to the Educator Career Fair at
the Convocation Center, setting a record for student participation at an
Educator Fair. The students met with employers from 76 school
districts, many of whom complimented the UTSA students on being professional
and well-prepared. Congratulations to the Career Services team on a
job well done and another successful Career Fair!
Kudos to Chris Koval
Our thanks to Chris Koval in Academic Technology for posting the November 14
Tuition & Fees Open Forum announcement on digital signage throughout campus.
Chris designed the eye-catching graphic and uploaded the message immediately
upon request! Chris is always helpful in getting the word out about
our Student Activities events and we are most appreciative.
Kudos to Disability Services
Congratulations to Disability Services for the
compliments they received in an article
published in the November 6 edition of the
Paisano titled Disability no barrier for
determined student: Nicole Robbins' life on
campus. "UTSA is extremely accessible.
Almost all the doors are automatic. Disability
Services is extremely helpful and will fulfill
any reasonable request, and all of the
professors I've had have been really
accommodating as far as seating and other
issues," Nicole said.
Student Affairs Staff News
Current and previous newsletters are located on the Student Affairs website
News and Events, Staff News.
Please send newsletter items to
Christina Selk by
November 26, 2007. Submit items at least four days
before an event and include a contact name, e-mail address and phone number. Items may be
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