The Staff Development Team recently hosted our semi-annual Student Affairs Orientation: What Do We All Do for new Student Affairs employees. The program provided new employees with an introduction to our division and operating areas. They also had an opportunity to connect with each another and departmental representatives. A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this program!
Leslie Bagnoche was recently promoted to the Events Manager position in the University Career Center. She has been with the center for approximately 5 years in various roles. As the Events Manager, Leslie will plan and coordinate all career fairs and expos the career center puts on for the university. She is also a student at UTSA pursing her Management-Small Business & Entrepreneurship degree.
Barbara Jackson, Career Counselor with the University Career Center, has been elected to the position of President Elect for the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association (SAHRMA) for the 2013 calendar year and will move up to the role of President for 2014. Barbara has been actively involved in SAHRMA for many years and has previously held the position of the Human Resource Certification Chair (HRCI) and Secretary.
The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Christian Ume-Ezeoke as Roadrunner of the Month for December 2012/January 2013. Christian was nominated by Monica Abowd, a business student at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Christian is from Dallas, Texas where he graduated from Lloyd V. Berkner High School. He is currently a senior studying Community Health. After obtaining his degree, Christian would love to complete medical school and residency. Then, after accomplishing those goals Christian aspires to start a non-profit hospital overseas for a poverty stricken community.
As the president of the honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, Christian helps run the organization, host events, and bring in new members. In May 2012, he attended the six-day LeaderShape Institute through UTSA where he exhibited exemplary leadership skills and developed a vision for change. According to Monica Abowd, "Christian is a well rounded person who takes pride in all things he does. He leads with integrity, honesty, and has respect and love for all people." Additionally Christian is a student employee for the Volunteer Services Department within the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and a member of VOICES, the Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education & Service.
When asked what leadership meant to him, Christian stated, "Leadership to me is being able to lead by example. It also means empowering those around me to achieve their life goals."
The 2013 Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference was held at Angelo State University and drew representatives from 17 programs and over 115 participants. UTSA was well-represented with 13 attendees and two presentations delivered by OP student staff. David Dunnington and James Mason co-presented on our program's approaches to risk management. Matt Beran and Carlos Castro presented on bringing a sense of adventure to the camp kitchen with creative meals. Steve Kudika and Eliot Howard also presented a session on an inventory of competencies for the student affairs professional.
But perhaps the biggest news of the conference was that UTSA won the coveted Dutch Oven Cook-off FOR THE 3RD CONSECUTIVE TIME. “Despite the risk of sounding boastful, I'll assert that it's hard to overstate the magnitude of this accomplishment: 14 teams strove to make magic in the cast iron crucible of champions known as the Dutch Oven,” says Howard.
Matt Beran deserves to be singled out once again for his work as architect and team captain – it was battlefield genius. Together he and his crew prepared stuffed pasta with shrimp and scallop filling in a creamy tomato sauce.
The full team was Carlos Castro, David Cormier, Joshea Danks, Joshua Dowling, David Dunnington, Daniel Evans, James Mason, Nadia Ramon, Heather Thibault, Aalia Udawala and Matt Beran. Come by the Outdoor Resource Center to give your congratulations as well as to see and touch the trophy on display.
Ten students and two professional staff represented UTSA Campus Recreation at LSU in Baton Rogue, LA January 24-26. They toured three facilities; Lamar University, University of Lousiana-Lafeyette, and LSU.
The students were actively involved in every aspect of the conference. They were the only school to participate in a pre-conference service project with the Baton Rogue Boys and Girls Club.
Tabbitha Ashford, Noah Scharchburg, Ashford Evans-Brown, Laura Munroe and Elizabeth Ross all presented on Friday. “Our students made great connections and are on their way to GA and professional positions,” Munroe said.
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