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HUB awards
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Top (from left): Ricardo Romo, Candy Schlueter, Kerry Kennedy and
Yolanda Miller. Lower: Joni Shaum (in blue) with group.

UTSA places in top 25 HUB programs, staff receive awards

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Dec. 1, 2005)--Once again, UTSA is among the top 25 Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) programs in the state. UTSA joins two other University of Texas institutions in the top 25: UT Brownsville (26.9 percent HUB purchases) and UT El Paso (25.5 percent HUB purchases).

More than $10.8 million was expended at UTSA in 2005 on purchases from HUB vendors, which are minority- and women-owned businesses. HUB purchases accounted for 25.3 percent of total eligible UTSA purchases.

HUB purchases at UTSA increased from approximately $6.5 million (21.15 percent of total state purchases) in 2004. UTSA purchases increased 66 percent in 2005.

"This year, the HUB program will recognize individuals and departments that have made significant contributions to the HUB program," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs. "Yolanda Miller, the UTSA HUB coordinator, continues to work hard to identify the vendors, welcome them, help them through our procurement processes and encourage programs that promote HUB use."

UTSA's HUB Staff Coordinating Group meets quarterly to discuss HUB program activities. Coordinating group members for fiscal year 2005-2006 are Pamela Bacon, Brenda Claiborne, David Jaffe, Ana Longoria, Deborah Perez, Joel Saegert, Robert Dickens, Powell Trotti, Ysabel Trinidad, Fletcher Parks, Tracy Picha, Terri Vasquez, Charlotte Colbert, Mansour El-Kikhia, Richard Gambitta, Susan Whitley, Venetta Williams, Lacy Hampton and Yolanda Miller.

University staff members and departments that have promoted the HUB program were honored at a Nov. 30 ceremony. UTSA President Ricardo Romo, who was the keynote speaker, congratulated the honorees for being advocates of the program.

HUB Program Advocate awards went to Stefanie Barlow, administrative associate I, Office of the Vice President for University Advancement; Maria Espericueta, senior administrative associate, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; Bernie Leiter, senior buyer, Office of Materials Management; Juan Macias, buyer II, Office of Materials Management; Jeanette Portillo, buyer II, Office of Materials Management; Michelle Phillips, senior administrative associate, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; Joni Shaum, senior administrative associate, Office of University Communications; Candy Schlueter, administrative associate II, Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs; Frank Salazar, director of extended education and John White, executive director of housing and residential life.

Additionally, HUB Department Advocate awards were presented to representatives of Facilities Services, University Publications and Technology Support Services.

The top 5 Texas agencies in HUB utilization for 2005 are: Texas A&M University ($3.2 million, 61.2 percent), Texas Department of Insurance ($2.7 million, 46.8 percent), University of Houston - Clear Lake ($6.2 million, 40.2 percent), Texas Woman's University ($15.1 million, 39.5 percent) and Tarleton State University ($6.1 million, 39.4 percent).

For more information, contact Pamela Bacon at (210) 458-4201.

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