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September 2014, Issue 9


Extreme Makeover
UTSA Edition

Save the Date
Sep. 26

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Nominate Your Freshmen!


Sep. 26, 4:00pm

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State of the
University Address

Sep. 30, 3:00pm
HEB UC Ballroom
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Give Back

San Antonio Food Bank
Oct. 5, 1pm - 3pm

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Student Affairs
Appreciation Week

October 20 — 25

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Rowdy Wellness Day
Downtown Campus

Oct. 22, 11am - 3pm

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NEW Tobacco Free Poster

Please replace
existing posters

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Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

  • Catherine Billman, Athletics
  • Jacqueline Ybarra, Admissions
  • Jacques Watkins, Housing and Residence Life
  • Paul Harris, Registrar
  • Renee Juchnik, Student Financial Aid
  • Spencer Jones, Athletics
  • Sydney Clyde, Admissions
  • Vincent Perez, Student Leadership Center
  • Zena Rex, Athletics

Welcome to Student Affairs! We are glad you are here!

Office of the Registrar Staff Transitions

  • Welcome Paul Harris, Athletic Certification Specialist I
  • Congratulations Daniel Garcia, Associate Director, Registration and Records
  • Farewell Patty McCrea, transferring full time to the Athletics Department

Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 ROWDYS Camp

Nominate your FRESHMEN students today to participate in UTSA’s 2014 ROWDYS Camp! Students must be nominated to attend this FREE leadership and strengths building camp which is based on the StrengthsQuest Assessment that each camper will take.

As students discover their talents and strengths, they will also be provided with tools on how to utilize these strengths towards achieving personal and academic success.

Deadline to nominate your freshmen students is Friday, September 26, 2014, at 4:00pm.

Financial Aid & Enrollment Services Remodeling Project

Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services (SFAES) will be remodeling its Main Campus front counter location in order to provide more privacy for counseling sessions with students. The remodel will begin on Tuesday, September 16, and is projected to be completed by Wednesday, October 8.

While the remodel is in process, the front counter area will be temporarily working out of the call center area in JPL 1.01.20. Disruption to services will be minimal. During the construction, SFAES will be unable to print transcripts or verifications of enrollment. Students can request both of these items online and get them within minutes of their request. The Office of the Registrar will be able to assist those students who need a transcript printed on the spot.

For questions regarding the status of the remodel, please contact Erika Cox. Thank you!

September is National Preparedness Month

To further promote emergency preparedness at UTSA, please take a moment to review the following updates:

NEW TRAINING COURSE! The UTSA Office of Emergency Management teamed up with the HR Training & Development Division to cultivate an awesome new course: SD 457 – UTSA Emergency Preparedness. This interactive online course features various training modules that cover university preparedness and response procedures, such as evacuations, shelter-in-place, rally points, threats/hazards (weather, fire, chemical/labs, etc.), active shooter awareness, and much more! The course engages trainees through multiple learning methods that include interactive scenarios, games, and video. Registration is now open - Be Rowdy Ready! Register on the Training & Development website at:

Floor Captain Training (SA 485): Join us this Friday, September 19, 2014 (9:30 – Noon, BV 4.301B) at the Downtown Campus for Floor Captain Safety Liaison Training (SA 485) – seats are still available! This course empowers UTSA faculty and staff by providing you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist building occupants during a campus emergency. Training objectives include emergency preparedness / awareness, occupant safety, evacuation/shelter-in-place procedures, hands-on training with evacuation chairs, crime prevention and active shooter awareness, and much more! Join our fantastic Floor Captain team of over 200+ faculty and staff across all three campuses! Participants receive a preparedness backpack with safety vest, gloves, personal first aid kit, flashlight, and related materials. Register today at

Skywarn Stormspotter Course (SA 491): To further enhance your weather knowledge, the UTSA Office of Emergency Management has again teamed up with the National Weather Service (Austin – San Antonio) to bring you the Skywarn Stormspotter course (October 17, HUC 2.212 Harris Room). In this course, you will learn weather basics, radar interpretation, and how to report severe weather to the National Weather Service. This course is taught by NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologists and helps UTSA remain an accredited NWS Storm-Ready University. Register today at

UTSA Alerts: Please login to your ASAP account and verify that you have your latest contact information in the UTSA Alerts system. To do so, click ASAP, select the personal information tab and then the “UTSA Emergency Notification System.” You may register for a text or voice message, and an email.

UTSA Severe Weather PDF

UTSA Flash Flood PDF

Upcoming Student Activities Events

  • Roadrunner Productions Presents Roadrunners Late Night - Survey Says Edition!
    • September 20, 2014, 9:00pm-11:00pm, UC Ballroom
  • Home Football Game - Tailgating @ the Alamodome
    • October 4, 2014, Noon - 5:30pm
    • October 11, 2014 (Homecoming), Noon - 5:30pm
  • Roadrunners Give Back, presented by VOICES
    • October 5, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00pm
    • Location: San Antonio Food Bank
  • Roadrunner Productions Presents Comedy Night with Benji Brown
    • October 8, 2014, 8:00pm
    • Location: UC Ballroom
  • Rowdy Rally
    • October 10, 2014, 3:00pm, University Center Paseo
  • Roadrunner Productions presents BestFest
    • October 10, 2014, 4:30pm-10:30pm, Convocation Center Lawns and Parking Lots
  • Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular & Golf Cart Parade
    • October 10, 2014, 8:00pm, Convocation Center Lawns and Parking Lots

Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition - Main Campus “Be Green” Project

The UTSA Community is invited to participate in the UTSA’s annual beautification project, Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition, which will be held on September 26th from 8 a.m. - 3p.m. This event is a fantastic way for students, staff, and faculty to demonstrate campus pride by making a difference and making the university a cleaner place.

Sign up is now open in the Volunteer Services/VOICES office in the H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the main campus for students and student organizations.

Last year two hundred and seventy UTSA participants helped enhance the appearance of the main campus. Some of the projects included gardening, a creating granite pathway, and installing bike racks near the University Center, amongst other projects.

This year’s projects include:

  • Cigarette Clean Up & Awareness Education - In correlation to UTSA being a Tobacco Free Campus
  • Campus Trash Pick-Up
  • Campus Parking Garage clean up (Jimenez, Bauerle, and Tobin)
  • Window Cleaning the University Center
  • Landscaping the Bioscience Building

This event is coordinated by UTSA student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) and a partnership of UTSA grounds, facilities, parking, and housing, and university center departments.

Please email us or call 210-458-7291 for more information.

Civil Rights & Social Justice Experience Deadline

The online application deadline for the Civil Rights & Social Justice Experience is 5:00pm on Friday, September 26, 2014.

The Civil Rights & Social Justice Experience (January 6-10, 2015) is in its fourth consecutive year, taking 40 UTSA students across 5 states to participate in the exploration of the Civil Rights Movement. This program immerses UTSA students in the history of the Civil Rights Movement with travel to different historic sites, including:

  • The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama
  • The National Civil Rights Museum, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, Mason Temple, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee
  • The experience concludes with students regrouping one week after our return to participate in the San Antonio MLK March

The curriculum of the experience promotes awareness of social justice issues through documentaries, reflection papers, group discussions, and presentations from guest speakers and activists.

Please help us make undergraduate students aware of this opportunity, and tell them to use the online application to apply no later than, 5:00pm on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Nominations Being Accepted for Roadrunner of the Month Award

The Roadrunner of the Month Award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions. Students, faculty, or staff can nominate a student for Roadrunner of the Month, the Dean of Students Outstanding Leadership Award. Each student selected monthly inspires other UTSA students to strive to be leaders on campus, within the community, and beyond.

Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations should be for actions that positively impact UTSA
  • Completed Roadrunner of the Month Nomination Forms are due online by the last Monday of each month at 4 pm

Latino Heritage Banquet

Latino Heritage Banquet

The Latino Heritage Banquet is held in honor of Latino Heritage Month and is a signature event of the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion. This year the event will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the H-E-B UC Ballroom.

The event will feature a student performance in tribute to Selena, a performance and keynote by Houston-area Poet and Educator Lupe Mendez, and the presentation of the Outstanding Latino/a Student Leadership Award. Dinner will be served and a dance will immediately follow.

The event is a ticketed event. Seating is limited and tickets are available now at Roadrunner Express. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests.

Outstanding Latino/a Student Leadership Award

Nominations for the Outstanding Latino/a Student Leadership Award are currently being accepted through October 2, 2014. Requirements to be nominated are as follows:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Currently enrolled student at UTSA
  • Campus leadership involvement
  • Service towards the community

The Award will be presented at the Latino Heritage Banquet, which will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the H-E-B UC Ballroom.

The Latino Heritage Banquet is held in honor of Latino Heritage Month and is a signature event of the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion.

The event will feature a student performance in tribute to Selena, a performance and keynote by Houston-area Poet and Educator Lupe Mendez, and the presentation of the Outstanding Latino/a Student Leadership Award. Dinner will be served and a dance will immediately follow.

The event is a ticketed event. Seating is limited and tickets are available now at Roadrunner Express. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests.

Nomination forms can be found using the one of the following links:

Family of the Year Application Deadline: October 3

The Office of Orientation and Family Programs is currently accepting applications for the UTSA Family of the Year Contest. The Family of the Year essay contest is intended to celebrate the supportive role families play in the lives of our students and the UTSA community. Take a moment to tell us why your family is deserving of this title and be eligible for a gift basket valued at over $1,000, a Family of the Year Plaque, an opportunity to watch the UTSA vs. UTEP football game in a suite, and so much more!

Students are required to submit a Family of the Year Application and complete the essay prompt provided. The deadline for students to apply for this contest is Friday, October 3, 2014.

Also, don't forget to sign up your family for the Family Association.

If you have any questions regarding the Family Association Scholarship, please feel free to contact Cassie Delgado or Jessica Avalos-Alvarez at 210-458-4724.

Homecoming Golf Tournament on October 10

UTSA Golf Tournament

The Department of Campus Recreation at the University of Texas at San Antonio is hosting the 7th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament on Friday, October 10, 2014. This will be a 4-person, 18-hole scramble, which will be held at The Quarry Golf Club located at 444 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209. This is a homecoming event for alumni, current students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of UTSA.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
  • Fee: $85/person or $340/team
  • Fee Includes: Green Fee, Range, Cart, Goodie Bag, Lunch, UTSA Polo, Roadrunner Golf Balls, Drink Tickets, and Door Prizes
  • Time: 9am Shotgun Start
  • Check-in: 7am - 8:30am
  • Prizes: Longest Drive (men and women), Closest to the Pin (front and back nine), Overall Winners

For more information: Please contact Mark Munguia at 210-458-7373, or visit the UTSA Homecoming Golf Tournament web page.

Rowdy Rec Run on November 8

UTSA Rowdy Rec Run

UTSA Campus Recreation will host the 8th annual Rowdy Rec Run, a 5K race with walking and running to promote health and wellness, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Race participants will receive an event t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each category while healthy snacks, chair massages, and giveaways will be available to all. Everyone is welcome to register for the family-friendly event. Come race on and around the beautiful UTSA campus and help support ProRec, a student run organization focused on professional development for those aspiring to go into the field of recreation.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
  • Registration: 6am - 7:45am
  • Race Start Time: 8:00am
  • Pre-Registration Fee: $15 current UTSA students; $25 non-students
  • Day of Race Registration Fee: $20 current UTSA students; $30 non-students
  • Location: Start/Finish is in front of Campus Rec building

For more information contact Steve Kudika at 210-458-6726, or visit the Rowdy Rec Run web page.

Orientation & Family Programs Seeking 2014-15 Orientation Leaders

The Orientation and Family Programs office is currently preparing to recruit 2014-2015 UTSA Orientation Leaders. Orientation Leader benefits include opportunities to meet and interact with UTSA faculty, staff, and campus departments, developing leadership skills, developing communication skills, and invaluable friendships and experiences. The Orientation Leader application is scheduled to open Wednesday, September 10, 2014. For more information, please visit the Orientation Leader website.

Students For Recovery Hosting Sober Tailgates

It is estimated that nearly 20% of college students meet criteria for substance abuse. To address this challenge, UTSA established the Center for Collegiate Recovery (CCR) to support students who are struggling with alcoholism and other addictions on campus.

We offer a pathway to sobriety and academic achievement for those struggling with addiction as well as provide a “safe space” for those on an active recovery path while they pursue their degrees at UTSA.

Our student organization, Students For Recovery, is hosting the following upcoming sober tailgates — we hope to see you there to support these students in their journey!

  • October 25 — Joint tailgate with youth group from Palmer Drug Abuse Program
  • November 29 — Joint tailgate with UNT's Collegiate Recovery Program

We also have upcoming talks that may be of interest to your students:

  • September 23rd — Chi Sigma Iota and CCR at UTSA present a showing of “The Anonymous People”, UTSA Downtown Campus, Frio Building 1.402, 4-6pm
  • October 2nd — Breaking the Silence: Recovering the Crown, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, Alamo Heights High School, 6900 Broadway, SA TX 78209

For more information about all things CCR, please contact Clayton Sponhaltz, LCDC at 210-458-8317.

University Center Gallery 23 Hosts Special “UTSA Traditions” Exhibit

UTSA Traditions is an interactive exhibit showcasing our unique traditions that contribute to UTSA’s rich campus culture. Both recent and long-standing traditions will be on display for the public to enjoy. The exhibit is curated by Jana Schwartz. It will run from August 26 through December 12.

The goal of Gallery 23 is to serve a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. Gallery 23 also serves as a professional space to showcase artwork by UTSA students, staff, faculty, alumni and local San Antonio artists.

The gallery is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Fridays. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number, University Center 1.02.23. For more information, contact Jana Schwartz.

December 2014 Commencement Dates Have Been Finalized

All December 2014 Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (200 E. Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205)

  • Ceremony 1
    • Friday, December 19, 4:00pm
    • College of Engineering, College of Liberal & Fine Arts, and University College
  • Ceremony 2
    • Saturday, December 20, 10:00am
    • College Education & Human Development and College of Sciences
  • Ceremony 3
    • Saturday, December 20, 4:00pm
    • College of Architecture, College of Business, and College of Public Policy
  • Please be sure to check out the Commencement website for updates and all information regarding Commencement.

New Way to Connect with Us: Text Your Good News

Have something to share with Student Affairs Communications? Want to see your information highlighted in social media. Text good news to 210-667-8137 and you will reach the VPSA Media Team.

Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Offers Rowdy Cents Workshops

Encourage students to contact Rowdy Cents because financial literacy and money management topics apply to every student, regardless of where their income comes from or if they are recipients of financial aid.

If you would like to request a presentation, collaborate or learn more about Rowdy Cents, please contact Financial Aid Outreach Specialist, Lara Crouch at 210-458-2803. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and check out our other resources and upcoming Fall workshops at!

Let Us Show You Around

Prospective students and their parents, guardians and families can take a tour of our Main and Downtown campuses to feel the energy at UTSA. Talk to students, grab a bite to eat and learn what it's really like to wear the orange and blue. Also, be sure to save time after your tour to explore our beautiful city of San Antonio.

  • Main Campus Daily Tours
    • Weekdays 10am and 2pm
    • Select Saturdays at 10am and 12pm
    • For tour availability and to register, please visit
  • Downtown Campus Daily Tours
    • Weekdays at 10am
    • For tour availability and to register, please visit

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 210-458-5145. Can Help UTSA Departments Fill Student Job Positions

UTSA departments in need of student employees have an excellent resource in the website, hosted by the University Career Center.

At, UTSA faculty, staff and departments can post job openings. Both work-study and non-work study positions on campus should be posted there for all eligible students to view and apply for.

Posting your on-campus student job position is simple, fast and flexible. To post a job:

  • Log on to
  • Click on the "Employer" tab at the top.
  • Log on or create a new account.
  • Select "My Jobs" to post a new position or repost an existing, vacated job.

Career center staff can assist in creating new positions or in recruiting eligible students. The University Career Center has other excellent online resources for students and employers. For more information on University Career Center services, visit or contact Victoria Tesillo at 210-458-4588.

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Important Newsletter Deadlines

  • Newsletter is distributed during the 3rd week of every month
  • Newsletter submissions are due by 5pm on the 3rd Monday of each month.
  • Thank You Rowdy message for new recipient and photo are due by 5 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month.

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