September 06, 2007
In This Issue
Message from Gage E. Paine,
Vice President for Student Affairs
Can you tell? The fall semester has started! And it is a roaring start! From the more than 2,000 folks at Late Night at the Rec to the ravenous hordes (and that was just the staff) at the President's Picnic at the Sombrilla, students, faculty and staff have enjoyed RoadRunner Days! We had a standing room only crowd at the opening Convocation and packed stands at volleyball and soccer matches. It's clear that the students are embracing campus life at UTSA.
And it doesn't end there. When you walk across campus even in the late afternoon, the place is humming. I hope everyone can find a moment to be out on campus to experience the positive energy. Don't sit at your desk during lunch. Try a dining facility that's new to you, or take your brown bag outside to a bit of shade. But wherever you go, watch what's happening. The range of ages, ethnicities, clothes, hairstyles and tattoos is astonishing. And it's exciting.
Because of our size, UTSA will always have more students who live off-campus than on-campus. So by that yardstick we'll be a commuter campus, but the term has come to mean more than the literal bed-count. We generally mean a campus where students arrive, take a class, conduct business related to class - whether that's to pay a bill, go to the library, or meet their study group - and then they go away to their 'real life'. In this case their relationship to the campus is purely transactional.
Now obviously I can't compare this semester to last fall, but I'm told we're breaking attendance records and participation norms all over the place. As I walked across campus Wednesday I saw several large groups of students clustered around tables in the JPL dining area, and there was almost no available seating in the UC dining area. The majority of students were not grabbing food and going to the next thing; they were hanging out with friends. Sam Gonzales tells me that at 7:45 on Tuesday there wasn't a cardio machine vacant at the Rec Center - apparently it's the place to see and be seen. This is not merely transactional, this is belonging.
Parents are often upset when their new freshman says I'm going home and means college, but that comment is a recognition of a sense of connection to a place. So is wearing a UTSA t-shirt (have you noticed they're all over the place?). It is an acknowledgement that the university is a place they belong, a place they are interested in and care about. And whether that connection is through a residence hall, SGA, a student organization, working at the Rec Center or the University Center, or an academic department, it doesn't matter. What matters is that their 'real life' isn't lived elsewhere. And that UTSA is one of their lives' many facets.
So as the fall semester starts, I think it's important for our language to tell the full story. While there are tasks to do, places to improve and challenges to be addressed, we're not "just" a commuter campus anymore. And a walk across the campus is all it takes to prove it!
2007 UTSA Soccer Season Outlook
With one season under its belt, the 2007 UTSA women’s soccer team looks to again compete for the conference championship and NCAA College Cup. Head coach Steve Ballard begins his second season at the helm with a more experienced and mature team.Highlights
"On Sept. 11 and 12, UTSA students will vote on a referendum
to increase student fees for athletics to help support funding a football
Texas Conference for Women to be held in Austin in October
The Office of Student Activities will be sending a delegation of students this year to the Texas Conference for Women in Austin on October 4, 2007. This annual conference hosted by Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry is an excellent opportunity for our female students to listen and interact with some of the brightest female leaders in our state and the country. The Office of Student Activities will pay the registration fee and transportation for up to 25 female students to attend this conference. If you know a female student who you think might benefit from this opportunity, please have them contact the Office of Student Activities for registration information. Space is limited and guaranteed for the first 25 female students who complete all of the registration and travel paperwork. Link above for more information or contact John Montoya at 458-4936.
Policy added to UTSA HOP
A new policy was added to the UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP): 5.19 "Mandatory Use of Release/Indemnification Forms." The policy requires and standardizes the use of indemnification forms at UTSA. Periodic updates to theHOP Online will be announced in @UTSA.
More information: Legal Affairs, 458-4105
New Staff to Student Affairs
Rachel Espinoza, Experiential Learning Program Coordinator, has been hired to manage internships and cooperative education work experiences. Rachel comes to UTSA Career Services from Toyota, bringing more than 15 years of experience in human resources to the position. She can be reached at ext. 4780.
Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
Jacquelyn Booker-Overstreet - Enrollment Services Officer
Monthly Birthday Celebration with Dr. Paine
Please come celebrate your birthday with co-workers and Dr. Paine. The next celebration is scheduledSeptember 13, 2007 for all Student Affairs staff September birthdays. The celebrations will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
"Getting To Know You"
A regular feature of the newsletter highlighting Student Affairs staff members
Name: Bob Miller
Title: Business Manager
Department: Campus Recreation
Provide leadership and management of fiscal and administrative operations of Campus Rec. Responsible for supervising the fiscal operation and day-to-day budget management of Campus Rec.
Grew up in Cleveland, Ohio (actually Berea, a Cleveland suburb…and home of the Browns). Undergrad school at The University of Toledo (BA in Communication). Grad school at Mississippi State University (MS in Sport Administration).
Worked at Texas Tech University from 1998-2002 as Assistant Director of Recreational Sports. Came to UTSA in 2002 as Associate Director of Campus Rec, promoted in 2004. I started work in Campus Rec at Toledo as an undergrad student in their new rec center, was a Graduate Assistant at Mississippi State during the construction of a new rec center, worked at Tech during an expansion on their rec center, came to UTSA while building the rec center and have been a part of the rec center expansion process at UTSA.
Describe your job
Working with the wonderful team in Campus Rec to make sure they have the resources to do their job and the support needed to make their jobs easier. I also provide a small bit of humor in our office. (See “job skills I use most often.”)
What is the most unusual job related case you have worked on?
I wouldn’t say it’s the most unusual job duty, but probably the most exciting opportunity: being a part of the Campus Rec team during the planning and opening of the original rec center here at UTSA…then (14 months later) having the fortunate opportunity to work with the planning and opening of the rec center expansion.
What job skills do you use most often?
Math, spreadsheets, DEFINE skills…and exquisite wit. (And, periodically, I get to use my French language skills, too…je suis francophone.)
How do you unwind?
Traveling and dining out with Brian, my partner of 11 years; walking with our dogs (we have a boxer and a lab/pit bull mix); trying new food/cuisine; and collecting airline miles. I admire the French. They work just as hard as we do, but they know that fun is important, too.
What advice would you give to other Student Affairs staff?
Work hard, but have fun! We are all very busy and we all have different personalities, but take time out of your day to laugh and build relationships with your peers across campus. (Jana Kennelly and I have the laughing bit mastered.) Making someone’s day will help make your day!
Wing Fling '07 Photo Gallery (by Mark McClendon, UTSA Office of Public Affairs)
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 & 7 in the Alamodome! We need 2,000 volunteers to support the many NCAA® events during Final Four® week. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
The 1604 Fall Career Fair will be held on Thursday, September 20, from 9:30-3:30 at the Recreation Center. All students in all majors are invited to attend and meet with more than 200 employers. We recommend that students dress professionally, bring copies of their resume, and be prepared to interview on the spot. The Downtown Fall Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 10.
A new career event is being held this fall. On Tuesday, October 2, Career Services will host a Business Etiquette Dinner from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Laurel Room. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the dinner and enjoy a great meal while learning all the do's and don'ts of fine dining. Tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased through Career Services.
A new Mentor Program is now available on-line at www.utsa.edu/careerservices. Students can go on-line and connect with alumni and employers who have volunteered to serve as on-line mentors. These mentors have provided their own career path profiles and will provide career advice and answers to career-related questions. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, log on and sign up or contact Shirley Rowe at ext. 4596.
UTSA Rec Center triples space, adds services - Article from UTSAToday
More than 3,200 students moved into University Oaks Apartments, Chisholm Hall, Chaparral Village and the $40 million Laurel Village housing facility, all at the 1604 Campus. UTSAToday
In The Loop, prize-winning newsletter
Career Services is thrilled to announce that a UTSA student, Pablo Ramirez, was named Enterprise Rent A Car 2007 Intern of the Year at the 10th Intern Appreciation & Awards Banquet on August 8.
Other UTSA students that received awards were Nancy Ojeda, Top Project Presentation; Fabian Plascencia, Scholarship Winner; and Josh Bailey, 4th Runner-up Project Presentation. Over 780 students in central/south Texas applied for 27 summer intern positions and 12 of the selected interns were from UTSA!
Congratulations to all these outstanding students!
Please send newsletter items to Vivis.Lemmons@utsa.edu by September 20, 2007.