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April 2014, Issue 4

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Scholarship Team Wins Staff Appreciation Award!

Scholarship team accepts Staff Appreciation Award

A shared belief in hard work, a strong commitment to helping students, and a wonderful amount of collaboration across the Scholarship Team makes a winning combination, as evidenced by the Scholarships Department team being awarded the Staff Appreciation Award for the month of March!

Alex Perez (not pictured), Staff Appreciation Chair of UTSA Staff Council, presented certificates to the Scholarship Team of (left to right) Justin Bingham, Leanne Arispe, Venetia Coleman, Belinda Guevara, Alejandra Gonzalez, Paul Remmert and yours truly (Melanie Martinez).

Very grateful to have such a terrific team dedicated to Roadrunner success!

Submitted by —
Melanie Martinez
Associate Director,

Student Affairs Conference a Big Success, Thanks to Volunteers!

The Staff Development Team welcomed a record number of attendees at this year’s UTSA Student Affairs Conference. Three-hundred seventeen staff from across UTSA and the San Antonio community enjoyed a wide range of educational topics relating to technology, student success, healthy lifestyles and student recruitment.

The success of our conference would not be possible without a great team of Student Affairs Volunteers that helped in sessions throughout the day. We look forward to sharing the full results of conference assessment and a full list of volunteers in the May edition of the VPSA Newsletter.

Submitted by —
Tammy Casas & Steve Kudika
Student Affairs Staff Development Team

United to Serve 2014

Student painting red trip on white house

United to Serve is a UTSA tradition and system-wide volunteer initiative involving UT System students, faculty, staff, alumni, and student organizations in an effort to engage and mobilize thousands of volunteers in their community.

This year’s 10th annual United to Serve event was held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Over 200 UTSA students and staff members went into the San Antonio community and participated in a variety of hands on service projects which benefitted agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys Town Texas, San Antonio State Hospital, International Community Garden of SA, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, and many more!

In total 19 projects were completed that benefited 16 non-profit organizations.

United to Serve Volunteer Group Picture in Park

The volunteers' hard work was reported on by San Antonio’s KENS 5, and you can see pictures from the day here.

Patrice Hargrove, Resident Engagement Manager at the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, said the following about the group of student and staff volunteers who helped paint a mural to beautify their community center, “Many thanks to the volunteers who came out April 5th! Our staff and community Volunteer painting sign appreciated their time and talents. Everyone was so awesome and interacted beautifully with the children.”

UTSA’s Volunteer Services will host United to Serve again next year during the first weekend of April. Keep a look out for more information on how you can get involved with this annual UTSA tradition.

For more information, please visit the Volunteer Service and VOICES website. Kids painting sign

Submitted by —
Cristina Dominguez
Program Coordinator,
Volunteer Services

Kudos for Amanda Ramon & Jarvis Clark

I wanted to share some unsolicited feedback from our Fraternity & Sorority Life Suggestion Box:

"Amanda Ramon and Jarvis Clark are amazing advisors!"

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Submitted by —
Barry McKinney
Assistant Dean of Students and
Director of Student Activities

UTSA Student Leadership Center Hosts Storytelling Series Luncheon

Student Facilitator Team

The Storytelling Series Luncheon is an event hosted by the Student Leadership Center each semester. The purpose of the luncheon is to bring together UTSA students, faculty, staff and active community members in a casual atmosphere where they can connect and share their leadership stories. Those that attend are given the opportunity to network through sharing leadership ideas, experiences, and challenges.

This spring semester, the Student Leadership Center invited back UTSA Alumni to join the conversation with current UTSA students. Student Facilitator TeamMany of the alumni were recent graduates excited to return to their beloved campus and share their experiences, advice, and how their leadership experiences at UTSA have impacted their new careers.

The student facilitators leading this semester’s conversations were:

  • Salma Mendez
  • Vincent Perez
  • Jennifer Do
  • Christian Ume-Ezeoke
  • Student Facilitator Team
  • Zack Dunn
  • Carl Willis
  • Clarissa Johnson
  • Katrina Parkey
  • Courtney Hunter
  • Avery Pfeiffer

Participating UTSA Alumni included:

Student Facilitator Team
  • Melissa Johnston, Region Campaign Director for School & Youth Programs for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Meg Tompkins, Purchasing Agent at Labatt Food Service
  • Charles Miles, UTSA Admissions Counselor - Houston Regional Area
  • Julio Ramos, Director of Student Services for the UTSA College of Business Center for Student Professional Development
  • Student Facilitator Team
  • Leslianne Garcia, Graduate Assistant for the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion
  • Corina Aldape, Program Coordinator for the UTSA First-Year Experience Program
  • Derek Bell, Complex Coordinator for UTSA Housing and Residence Life
  • Jesus Valadez, Copywriter and Social Media Coordinator for The Joiner Group
  • Cristina Dominguez, Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services in the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion
  • Brian Mannas, Development Assistant for the UTSA Vice President for Student Affairs

You can also read this UTSA Today story about the event.

The Storytelling Series Luncheon is held once a semester. The next luncheon will be during the 2014 fall semester. If you are interested in attending please contact Student Leadership Center or call 210-458-7967.

Submitted by —
Jana Schwartz
Program Coordinator,
Student Leadership Center

Carol Hogan Kindred Represents UTSA at TABPHE

Carol Hogan with TABPHE President Joseph Hebert

Carol Hogan Kindred, pictured here with Joseph Hebert, TABPHE President, attended Annual Conference of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.

Carol attended the San Antonio conference with clear goals in mind:

  • To gain extended knowledge on how she can help students in her role at UTSA be successful during their college career and after they complete their degree.
  • To learn about the latest illegal drugs impacting college students.

Overall, Carol was able to obtain valuable tools to use that focus on serving the students at UTSA. “We are here to serve the students with the best customer service we can provide!"

Congratulations, Carol, and thank you for representing UTSA so well!
Michelle Rocha
Assistant Director,
Student Activities

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