'Once upon a time…' Magic words because they signal the beginning of something special - a story is about to be told. According to Wikipedia this phrase has been used in some form since at least 1380 and was the traditional opening for "oral narratives" by 1600. Wikipedia lists equivalents in about 60 languages (Habia una vez, Es war einmal, Il était une fois, and Hapo zamiani za kale for example) and includes two modern varients. ("A long, long time ago" from the song "American Pie" and "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" from the "Star Wars" movie, in case you were curious.) But in any language, these words are the doorway to another world or another way of seeing our world.
I'm the oldest cousin in my family and when I was in college I had the opportunity to listen to the youngest cousin tell a story. Chris was old enough to be walking and making lots of noise, but he didn't have any words yet. And yet he told us a story. He told us the same story multiple times, same series of sounds, same inflections, same body language – lots of body language. We didn't get all of the details, but it was very clear that he was very excited and happy and he wanted us to share in his joy. He had a story to tell.
Some people are natural storytellers. Some people are professional storytellers. But all of us have stories to tell even if sometimes we're lacking all of the necessary vocabulary. There are many ways to tell stories. Sometimes we use data, and there are some of us who use the language of numbers with great facility. Some stories are best told in pictures, some stories are told in songs, some in poetry. The only limits are our imagination and our ability to make ourselves understood.
Stories can also be told on many levels, and of course there are stories within stories. UTSA is learning how to tell its story. We're doing that through our marketing, through newspaper articles, in meetings with donors, alumni and members of the community. We're sharing stories internally through "UTSA Today" and the "Sombrilla" and this newsletter. As we all know, our students have amazing stories and, as Barry McKinney reminded us recently in Student Affairs Council, part of our work is to help them share their stories.
And of course we have stories individually, but also together. Part of the work we will be doing this year is learning a new way to tell our story through the creation of an annual report that can be distributed to numerous constituencies to help them have a richer understanding of our stories at all of these levels. You'll be hearing more about this effort in the weeks to come. I encourage you to be thinking about what stories you would like to tell so we can capture them.
The formal methods are important and we'll spend time thinking together about how to do our annual report well, but the informal methods are just as important. What stories do you share? And who gets to hear your stories? I hope we're all finding ways opening the doors to other worlds and other ways to understanding our world – isn't that what education is all about? Poet Muriel Rukeyser says, "The universe is made of stories, not atoms." I'm not going to argue that with the physicists, but I have no doubt that UTSA is made up of stories and that sharing them is magic.
The University Career Center is pleased to welcome two new team members Serena Chen and Brent Thompson.
Serena Chen began work on Sept 1st, as our Generalist Career Counselor. She is a recent graduate from UTSA with a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling. Serena completed a one-year internship in the Career Center at Texas State University and this past spring, she won the San Antonio College & University Career Centers Consortium "Graduate Student Achievement Award". Serena also volunteers as a counselor at SAHELI for Asian families in Austin and works as an interpreter (Mandarin and Taiwanese). We are thrilled that she will be joining our team at UTSA!
Brent Thompson began work on Sept 21st, as our College of Engineering Career Counselor and comes to us from the University of Oklahoma. Brent received his degree in Public Affairs and Administration and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership. Before coming to UTSA, Brent worked for the University of Oklahoma as the liaison to the College of Engineering, College of Architecture, and the College of Earth and Energy for nearly three years. He served as an Adjunct Instructor for the College of Engineering teaching Career Planning for Engineering Majors. He has worked with students from all majors and alumni. He also brings a six year career in training and development from the State of Oklahoma. Brent is a member of the National Association of College and Employers and the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers. He has also been involved with the Oklahoma Association of Colleges and Employers, American Association for Employment in Education, and the Chamber of Commerce.
It's time again to nominate a deserving individual(s) for the Fall 2009 Student Affairs Employee of the Semester Award. The Employee of the Semester Award is presented to two to three members across the Student Affairs Division (VPSA Central Office, Student Life, Student Services, Athletics, Registrar, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, Admissions and Orientation) each semester.
Nominees must be a full-time staff person in the division. Nominees may be nominated by a student or staff member in Student Affairs and the nomination form must be approved by the nominee's direct supervisor.
Award winners are judged based on the following criteria:
1. Provide outstanding service to students.
2. Work collegially/collaboratively within their unit or outside of their unit.
3. Promote enthusiasm about UTSA and its mission.
4. Implement a policy, procedure, idea, or development of a concept that has expanded or improved business function, service level or department morale.
5. Demonstrate initiative in getting involved outside the scope of their job duties.
To nominate a staff member for the Employee of the Semester Award, nominators must complete an online form that describes how the nominee meets the criteria listed above (not to exceed 500 words). Cite examples whenever possible and include success indicators if available.
The completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Awards and Recognition Committee by November 20, 2009.
The nomination form can be found online at https://www.utsa.edu/students/teams/pdt/forms/employeesemester.pdf
Winners will be announced on December 4, 2009. For more information on the Employee of the Semester Award, contact Marlon Anderson at ext. 4770 or Luisa Ramirez at ext. 7486.
In October, college and university students will join with their peers on more than 1,000 campuses across the country to promote National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW), October 19-24. During NCAAW, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events, all designed by the campus to reinforce personal responsibility and respect for current state laws and school policies when it comes to the consumption of alcohol beverages.
This year, Student Activities along with several other UTSA Departments, will have a variety of programs and events for students, faculty and staff including a Community Fair on Monday, October 19, guest speakers with panel discussions, and the award winning Campus Crawl on Thursday, October 22.
For more information about the events, please contact Kelsey Bratcher at 210-458-4160 or Kelsey.Bratcher@utsa.edu. Also visit: www.utsa.edu/sa/barr/.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
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The University Center invites all faculty and staff for free coffee on October 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Please make a note on your calendar to start your day on the 20th with a stop off at the UC to see what's new.
Please see the attached flyer for specific information, and feel free to forward on to those who may be interested.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Monday, October 21, 2009
Campus Rec, Main Campus
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The Recruitment process for the 2010 Orientation Leader Team has officially begun!
Orientation and Family Programs could use your help in getting the word out to all interested Roadrunners. Orientation Leaders play an integral role in welcoming over 7,000 new students and their family members to UTSA and actively participate in events like Roadrunner Camp, Roadrunner Days, Family Weekend, and Homecoming. The job also has it benefits:
Free Summer Housing & Orientation Meals
Real World Job Experience
Applications are available online on our website at www.utsa.edu/orientation/olsignup/
Application Deadline – 4:30pm on October 22, 2009
Interested in learning more about the position and the recruitment process? Potential candidates should come meet returning Orientation Team members AND get a glimpse of OL experience at the:
Orientation Leader Game Night Informational
"A Popcorn and Popsicle Palooza"
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
University Center Ballroom II
Please R.S.V.P. to email@example.com.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to call/email the Orientation office at 210-458-4724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advanced for your support!
It is time again to nominate UTSA's outstanding students for Who's Who. I ask for your support in selecting 150 juniors, seniors and graduate students to be named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. We also will add the names of up to 20 freshmen and 20 sophomores to the list of upper classmen for a combined total of 190 students to Who's Who at UTSA.
Nominations are due by Friday, October 30, 2009.
If you have any questions please contact Charlin Jones, Who's Who Coordinator, at 458-6736 or email@example.com.
Nomination Memo from Dr. Paine
2010 Nomination List Form
The Awards & Recognition Team would like to invite any Downtown Student Affairs staff members that have or will celebrate a birthday during this fall semester to attend the Downtown Reception. The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 3, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the DB 1.124 - Southwest Room. Please call x4770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP to attend the event by Friday, October 30. It is very important that you notify us if you plan to attend the reception so we can plan accordingly. For more information, view the flyer in the link below.
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Save the Date for the Educator Career Fair! It will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, from 9 am – 12 pm in the UC Ballroom. All students and alumni interested in a career in education are invited to attend.
9:00 – 10:00 am – UTSA student teachers and alumni only
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Career Fair opens
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Interviews by appointment only
A complete listing of school districts attending the career fair can be viewed at www.utsa.edu/careercenter, then click below the Educator Career Fair flyer. For additional information, contact the University Career Center by phone at 210.458.4589 or email at email@example.com.
It's that time of year for the Visitor Center to host prospective students and their families on our campus for UTSA Day! This event will take place on Saturday, November 14th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the University Center. UTSA Day is one of our most important fall on-campus recruitment events and we welcome many families on our campus that day. This open house might be the first time a student will visit our campus, so it's critically important that their experience is a positive one. We invite your department to play a vital role to help make this happen by participating at UTSA Day. It is the dedication of all on campus departments that help make UTSA Day a successful event!
If your department is interested in participating please contact the Visitor Center at 458-5145 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is hosting the first National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) conference on Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11, 2009. Both days begin at 8:00 A.M. with sessions from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Featured speakers, concurrent sessions and small roundtable sessions are offered to maximize attendees learning styles. Come learn more about Behavioral Intervention Team practices, the difference between threat assessment and behavioral intervention strategies for behavioral and academic interventions.
NaBITA was formed in response to recent acts of violence in schools and workplaces. NaBITA supports the professional development of behavioral intervention team members by providing education, resources and support to professionals in schools and in the workplace who address behavioral safety concerns.
The Keynote speaker for this year's event will be Dr. Rick A. Myer, Professor in the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Special Education at Duquesne University. He will open the conference with a speech entitled, "Crisis Intervention and Prevention on College Campuses: The Three 'C's." Dr. Myer will facilitate a follow-up Q&A session as well, and will participate as a roundtable facilitator and closing panelist.
There is no cost to attend for members of the UTSA Community, however registration is encouraged. You will find more information, as well as registration information, at the NaBITA website: http://www.nabita.org/annualconference.html
UTSA President Ricardo Romo delivered the "State of the University" address this week to more than 600 members of the UTSA and San Antonio communities, discussing UTSA's bid to become a tier-one research university and the notable advances made in support of that vision...
For the full article, visit: http://utsa.edu/today/2009/10/stateofuniv2.cfm
President Ricardo Romo has appointed 27 members to the UTSA State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) President's Advisory Committee. Committee members have been hard at work organizing another successful UTSA campaign. See a list below of the committee members.
Last year, more than $230,000 was raised by UTSA employees with a 78-percent participation rate, earning UTSA...
For the full article, visit: http://utsa.edu/today/2009/10/seccgroup.cfm
UTSA had a strong presence at this year's fall conference. Not only did UTSA staff give presentations during the conference, but they also won two of the four awards presented. Congratulations to Dr. Gage E. Paine and Jennifer Lilly!
Dr. Gage E. Paine: Distinguished Service Award
Jennifer Lilly: Outstanding New Professional Award
Appreciation goes to the UTSA staff who are officers:
John Kaulfus, Treasurer
Charlin Jones, Secretary
Marlon Anderson, Vice President for Membership and Marketing
PDF of a slideshow of the event
Photos of the event
UTSA Family Weekend is Oct. 23-24. The two-day event showcases the growth of UTSA and provides resource for parents to help them encourage their students' success. Among other activities, there will be the Rowdy Rec 5K Run, Family Weekend Breakfast and a Roadrunners Late Night Concert featuring an acoustic guitar performance by singer-songwriter Dave Tamkin.
The weekend starts at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 with the UTSA soccer team taking on the Houston Bearkats on the UTSA soccer field...
For the full article, visit: http://utsa.edu/today/2009/09/familyweekend.cfm
Student Organizations observed National Hazing Prevention week September 21-25 by participating in Town Hall Meetings and having open dialogue about hazing and the negative impact is has on organizations.
"Hazing is not a topic just for fraternities and sororities," said Mario Rios, assistant director of Club Sports. "This is an important issue for our club sports programs and all of our student organizations. Campus Recreation strongly believes that all student organizations should have knowledge about hazing so they are able to identify it and hopefully prevent any activity that could potentially become hazing."
The Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Judicial Affairs prepared the annual Town Hall Meetings for Club Sports, Women's Fraternities and Sororities, Men's Fraternities and Professional organizations. This allowed the opportunity to discuss the hazing law in Texas, how to report hazing and the current climate of hazing at UTSA with over 600 students who attended.
The Office of Student Activities recently hosted their annual Leader Summit one day leadership conference that is free and open to all UTSA students. This is the fifth year that Leader Summit has been hosted by Student Activities for the development of the student organizations on campus.
The theme of the conference was Communicating, Collaborating, Connecting and Creating. Be UTSA! Each of the presentations during Leader Summit focused on this theme. About 150 students participated in the event.
Dr. Gage E. Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs
Kevin Price, J.D., Dean of Students and Associate VP for Student Life
Dr. Patricia Graham, Executive Director of Special Events
Dr. Elizabeth Stanczak, Executive Director of Health and Counseling
Dr. Barry McKinney, Director of Student Activities
Twelve full-time and student University Center staff represented UTSA at the Region 12 conference of the Association of College Unions International held at the University of Texas at Arlington the first weekend in October. Staff members helped plan the conference, lead round table discussions and also presented and attended educational sessions.
"We took advantage of the proximity of UT Arlington and sent a wide range of full-time and student staff," said Lowa Mwilambwe, University Center director. "Conferences like these are such great forums to hear about best practices and also serve as opportunities to reward and develop student leaders."
Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio) met with UTSA students, faculty and administrators at the Main Campus Oct. 6-8 to discover first-hand the impact his National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program has made on underrepresented minorities in South Texas.
Adopted by the University of Texas System in 1993, LSAMP offers summer research positions that include stipends and mentoring to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing...
For the full article, visit: http://utsa.edu/today/2009/10/stokes.cfm
Greens Oranges Golds Blues
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UTSA's Women's Resource Center peer educators spent the week readying for their "Clothesline Project", aimed at spreading awareness of Domestic Violence. Students helped to decorate the colorful t-shirts with supportive and informative messages about the issue of domestic violence and what we as a campus community can do to help put a STOP to this crime. Watch for the WRC displays across campus in the next few weeks!
The University Center's Fall Fiesta Open House occurred on September 25, 2009. It was a great party!
See the photos.
The Professional Etiquette Dinner, hosted by the University Career Center, was held on Tuesday, October 6, and was a huge success. Prior to the event, a "Mocktail" networking event provided students and alumni an opportunity to mix and mingle with employers. Over 120 students and alumni attended the event and enjoyed a delicious five-course meal while learning the art of fine dining. Employers from Union Pacific Railroad, H.E.B., State Farm Insurance, and First Command Financial Services sponsored tables and had representative from their organizations serve as table hosts.
UTSA wraps up Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in 14th place
Roadrunners cap Heather Farr/Colorado Memorial in eighth place
Hamm collects Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors
Roadrunners sweep Islanders for first league victory
All Sport Schedule - Area Events
| Sun, Oct 18 -
Mon, Oct 19
|MG||Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch||San Antonio, Texas||All Day|
|Thu, Oct 22||VB||Northwestern State *||San Antonio, Texas||6:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct 23||WS||Sam Houston State *||San Antonio, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Sat, Oct 24||VB||Central Arkansas *||San Antonio, Texas||12 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct 25||WS||Stephen F. Austin *||San Antonio, Texas||1 p.m.|
| Mon, Oct 26 -
Tue, Oct 27
|WG||Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch||San Antonio, Texas||All Day|
On a daily basis, we receive meeting requests and invitations to various business meetings and official functions. Most of the time, we are asked to RSVP so an accurate count can be established for determining quantities for handouts, food, beverages, seating, etc. What does RSVP mean?
RSVP is a French abbreviation for répondez, s'il vous plaît, or "respond, please." It is frequently used in business settings for a response to functions.
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSVP: "Ré́pondez s'il vous plaît," a French phrase that translates to "please respond" or "respond if you'd please" and word for word means "respond if it pleases you." It is with this meaning that invitation cards and similar documents are often marked with "RSVP." In Western and European culture, not replying to an RSVP request, whether confirming attendance or declining it, is often considered rude.
 "répondez s'il vous plaît" Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 29 June 2008 http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repondez%20s'il%20vous%20plait
Fiber is put together in such a way that it cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and so it passes through the body undigested. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber dissolves in water, while insoluble fiber does not. Although neither type nourishes the body, they promote health in many ways.
Soluble fiber binds to fatty substances in the intestines and carries them out as a waste, this will lowering your low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or bad cholesterol). It also helps regulate the body's use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.
Insoluble fiber helps push food through the intestinal tract, promoting regularity and helping prevent constipation.
Click here for examples of soluble vs. insoluble fiber.
Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness
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 Paine
Thank You Rowdy is presently visiting with Jackie L. Hobson
See past Thank You Rowdy Recipients
To: Jackie L. Hobson, Assoc. VP Student Affairs Administration & Planning
From: Diana S. Martinez, Student Financial Aid & Enrollment Services
I am passing "Thank You Rowdy" to a wonderful, deserving person, Jackie L. Hobson. Jackie assists Students Affairs staff on a consistent basis. She is always available to share her expert knowledge of understanding the Define and budget processes as they relate to our office operations. She has met several times with myself and many of our staff members in Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services and has provided professional training tools that have had a positive impact on the business processes we use in our office.
She makes it so easy to understand and remains patient as we continue to ask her questions. She is always available for us to email or call and considers the work that she does a privilege as well as a responsibility. I appreciate Jackie's continual dedication, hard work and support to Student Affairs and to the members of our office who benefit from her support and knowledge. Thank you Jackie!
Diana S. Martinez
Diana presenting Jackie with Thank You Rowdy
To: Sara Bordelon- Office of the Registrar
From: Joe DeCristoforo- Assistant Vice President to the Office of the Registrar
RE: In an email to his office concerning the Virtual Learning Community Initiative demonstration on October 16th:
...I just wanted to say that the powerpoint I'm showing was put together by Sara – to me, she is the "unsung hero" who operates behind the scenes and nobody notices. Yesterday, she helped Dr. Fies with her demo to the faculty dept chairs, and it went so well. Sara has a wonderful voice and has such a sense of how to move/do things in virtual space that I marvel at. I still "bump" into things and sit on backs of chairs or end up upside down – but Sara is always right side up and doing what she should be doing.
To: Luisa Ramirez- Outreach & Marketing Coordinator
From: Tanya Adkinson– Director of International Student Services
RE: Thank You
Thank you very much for spending time with me to show UTSA Career Services face book page. It was very interesting to see what Career Services engage to in order to stay in contact with current and ex-UTSA students. You were very pleasant, informative and professional. I really appreciate your help.
To: Morris Ellington- Program Development Manager
Claudia Giliberti- COB Career Counselor
From: Tanya Adkinson– Director of International Student Services
RE: Thank You
I am writing to tell you about how helpful Claudia has always been to me. Just as a reminder, you were my interviewer today in Dr. Bennie Wilson's mock interviews, which I felt was very useful and I learned a great deal from it. I am a strong believer in letting people know when I have had a great experience, so let me tell you about Claudia.
I have recently got on track with all my school work and been trying to do my best to achieve. I heard about Meet the Firms in my GBA class, but opted not to participate. After getting a lecture from Claudia and Barbara in Dr. Wilson's class of how important networking is, I felt that I needed to participate. However, the deadline to contact Claudia had already passed. After class I spoke with Claudia and she decided to let me participate and we had just enough time to get me published in the resume booklet. She took her time to review and edit my resume and I was able to go to Meet the Firms with my resume in the booklet.
Hopefully I will gain an internship from going to Meet the Firms, but I would not have even had the chance if Claudia did not help me. She could have easily told me the deadline had passed and I would have not been able to go. I am very appreciative of her effort and all the combined effort of Career Services. I would be the classic example of what not to do without all the help from Career Services. Thank you for everything that you all teach me to help me succeed.
To: Joyce Fox- Associate Director of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
From: Lisa Blazer- Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
At the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) annual conference on October 9, 2009, our own Joyce Fox won the Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award recognizes an "up and coming leader" of the TASFAA association and is selected annually by the TASFAA officers and board. The Trailblazer must be a member of TASFAA and must have served TASFAA during the last 3 years, the higher education arena, and students with creative energy, dedication, and commitment. Joyce was selected because of the work she has done over the past several years for TASFAA and her work here at UTSA. She continually utilizes her organization skills to help facilitate special events across our campus and with TASFAA. She truly exemplifies the spirit of volunteering and serving through her involvement in TASFAA and at UTSA.
Please submit all newsletter entries by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 27, 2009, to