Business Horizons Busines s Horizons Newsletter Date July 2009 Calendar of Events Kerry’s Korner Benefits Enrollment I was watching the Friday evening news, not looking forward to the hearing reports July 1-31 of the usual murders, arson, burglaries, and assaults that dominate our local news, when I heard of Walther Cronkite’s death at age 92. I was struck by the impact of BA Staff hearing of his death. An American icon – “the most trusted man in America” was Relations Council gone. Instantly, his coverage of John F. Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King’s July 30 assassinations re-played vividly in my mind, along with Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing and walk. I could picture exactly where I was and relived the feelings Business Affairs because of Cronkite. It was he, with his down-to-earth and heartfelt commentary, that brought these life-changing events and their meaning to light for me. In the New Employee midst of calamity, he made me feel secure and reassured that everything was going Welcome Program to be alright. With his reports of extraordinary feats of bravery and accomplishment, August 6 he made me understand their significance, and in all cases he let us see the personal side of the news. First Day of Classes August 26 I began to reflect on others in my life, who like Cronkite, as unknowing mentors, had a great impact on me. Jack Fleming came to mind. As manager of the Fox Theatre in Austin during the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s, he gave me my first start as a manager. (I Inside this issue: can still remember how we answered the phone at the Fox, “It’s a great day at the Fox; how may I help you?”) Mr. Fleming took a young 16 year old and over the next Spotlight On... 2 few years trained me to be an assistant manager, taking on increasing levels of responsibility. I am eternally grateful for his friendship, opportunity to learn from him, BAS Joins Twitter 2 and his willingness to take a chance on me. He gave me much needed confidence. Kudos 3/4 Dan Burck was Executive Vice Chancellor at the U. T. System when he hired me with zero higher education experience to be Comptroller with the U. T. System Construction Update 4 Administration. After 2 months, I couldn’t imagine working in this field very long. It’s been almost 18 years, much to the credit of Mr. Burck. He taught me about the Worth Remembering 4 politics of public higher education and how to lead an organization. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always a good student and have yet to sustain his level of connectedness Opening Doors 5 and grace in the job. He served as a stable, encouraging and motivating force in my life. Employee Assistance 5 I bet you’ve had similar people engage your life. Don’t forget how they’ve sacrificed, Program taken chances and provided opportunities for you that were uncommon and perhaps Training Class 6 even unwarranted. Take time now to show your appreciation for their willingness to train, develop and invest themselves in you. And, as important, let’s take what opportunities we have here at the University, to invest our time, talents and energy in our colleagues. You never know what a difference – a life-changing difference – you can make in another person’s life. Thank you, Jack. Thank you, Dan. Thank you, Walter. In remembrance of Walter Cronkite, “And that’s the way it is, Sunday, July 19, 2009. Good night.” Kerry Business Horizons Page 2 Spotlight On … Veronica Rangel was born and raised graduation date of May 2010. Outside of UTSA, Veronica loves in Laredo, Texas and graduated from Veronica has been encouraged to spending time with her family and high school in 2003. She graduated continue her education and pursue states that she is fortunate to have with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal the career paths to which it can lead. a wonderful partner in her life, who Justice with a minor in Psychology in She has been working nights in the is also her best friend. He and his May 2007 from UTSA. Veronica is Police Department Communications family have been a blessing in her the first in her family to graduate with Center for the past two years. She life. a bachelor’s degree. While pursuing her degrees, she worked in a variety believes that the Police Department Veronica’s hobbies include of jobs from sales to teaching at a has shown a lot of faith in her. traveling, cooking, shopping, day care. She began working in the Veronica appreciates knowing that working out, and watching Spurs UTSA Police Department she can approach anyone and ask games. Communications Center in August of for their guidance and wisdom. She 2007. That same month, she began considers herself lucky to be working Thank you Veronica, for your working towards a master’s degree in with such great people in the Police dedicated service to the University Justice Policy with an expected Department. and Business Affairs. Veronica will be receiving a Roadrunner meal card to use for either breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Roadrunner Cafe, compliments of ARAMARK. Our thanks to ARAMARK for their support! Business Auxiliary Services Joins the Twitternation Parking plans to update the Twitter feed to give students more information about special events, lot maintenance, or other activities that may affect parking availability. “Using this method, we are able to inform our public so Follow Parking and Transportation at www.twitter.com/ that they can make the best decision with the most up to UTSAParking and www.twitter.com/UTSATrans. For the minute information,” says Assistant Director, more information, call 210.458.7275 or visit Gwendolyn Bolden. www.utsa.edu/parking. Transportation (Campus Shuttles) will use Twitter to Business Auxiliary Services has created Twitter inform its tech savvy riders of changes or updates to route accounts to use as an avenue for timely information to information. With over 1 million passenger rides furnished patrons who use the services of Parking and last year, the audience is vast. Imagine sitting at an Transportation. As recent news stories suggest, off-campus apartment waiting for a bus that just broke Twitter has become an effective tool in reaching mass down causing a change in service times. Transportation audiences of people quickly and efficiently. For our Manager, James Strahan states that “having the ability to two applications of this technology, this is the quickest quickly make alternate plans will lessen the chance that a method of getting the message out to the end user on student is late for class or stands needlessly in the how our ever changing campus is right now. Using elements.” Combining this new technology with the newly social media has become very main stream and a installed electronic route signs now on every shuttle, BAS handful of other Universities are just beginning to use is striving to provide as much it to provide timely information. “As communications information to its patrons as trends change for students, we must change with them possible. to best meet that need” said Jane Wilcox, BAS Follow us on Twitter! Director. Business Horizons Page 3 Kudos to Business Affairs Staff Thank you all for UTSA’s Ms. Chap man, onstrating ing striving for excellence e y for dem o Deby Bail are underg every day! e to recognize rough service. We week because of I would lik f excellence th taff last some value o short of s here was core s and were duled vacations. T hase we Justin (Low ff change usly sche a purc e): some sta e previo quired for u to tha t and som t the proper form re tails, but wanted yo er Just a brief bu abou the de e prop you and Ab t necessary note of th confusion are you ile to insu re that th id g. I will sp uld be pa el Perez fo anks to w ere makin y went the extra m that the vendor co inesses, to Facilities r ou E&PM on th r help and support Deb so bus know that on was assembled yment is critical to uring project. e MS renov ation docum entati his tim ely pa flow is sues d manner. T cing cash Both of you in a timely mall businesses, fa have been s personally a great help especially economic times. many appreciate and I se tough with their it. the stretched more er staff are l effort on her part ur Abel, in pa rticu D eby and h na in oand beyond lar, continues to go a We know this additio gs done correctly his assigne bove ich makes in fying to to commun d duties, wh le. We like to get th ps occur. It is grati Deby icating well, duties. In addition commen dab li p-u like schedules h his activitie e efficiently casional s le in the University nd make nt, but oc s. departme m support of peop get thing s done a He consiste tea easures to out the have the e extra m as a team through r 1 status. ntl professiona y demonstrates a hig that ta ke thos rking ard Tie lism both in h level of good. Wo rward tow attitude and his demean us all look ill help us move fo actions. or, w University Through his e , locating ex fforts and assistance Sincerely n An tonio SBD C issues that isting plum bing lines a in irector, Sa could have t the MS, Woods, D dollar impa had serious Morrison ct to UTSA ti , have been me and eby ! nd we We wa resolved. Thanks D xample, a nt to recog ugh this e nize his co ressed it well thro tions are the norm ntributions. Morris on exp a ttitude and ac nd your team Regards, r service iate you a Harvey M. know you ay-out. We apprec ut you. Jua n and d ful witho Office of Fa rez day-i uccess cilities - UT not be s SA and could (McK inley) ards, -Bob Best Reg That’s great news, Dave (Riker), Thank Lane (Brins ay, as I have for adden you SO mu on)! pe you are the right person for this. Anyw dum f ch for Ho ilding on enjoye or ta lk through the Business Bu d wor us in such king care o several months now, I wa offices in the HSS king w a f the first and second floors to get to my Zhen ith you timely fas the Zhen, ! hion! C o mm D I reall Building. unicat irector, Res y first and second ions earch to say that the Comp In all that time, I will have in immaculate shape. uting floors of the Bu siness Building are always ked like you & , on Friday mornin g last week, the floors loo a wonderful Most notability t building are doing Housekeeping crew in tha could eat off of them. The a picture out of Better Homes and Garde n. job of kee ping this place looking like a job well done. my thanks to the crews for I hope you will pass along Certifying Official Thanks, Joe Polasek, VA Business Horizons Page 4 Kudos Hi Linda (Gall), I would like to expr ess my gratitude to Lott and the staff in you, Mr. your office for your and understanding assistance in this matter. Miles make good use of and I will the funds as I expla means so much to ined and it me personally that was forgiven! Colle our error ge is so important fo and every bit helps r the future especially when I ma a mindless mistake. de such Once again, thank you for being so he Miles and I came in. lpful when Your office handled with courtesy, unde the issue rstanding and sympa well as giving spec thy as ific instructions for It is nice to deal with our appeal. people who care es when you encounter pecially difficult situations lik one. e this Have a wonderful su mmer! Lynn Spencer (par ent) nt a tions, se ent Rela p of the r of Stud the set u nt Directo glert , Assista ff who assisted in Q" on 6/19/09. In Anne En Facilities Sta mni BB t, to the TSA Alu hn Japhe note oker me ets the U : Della Reyes, Jo s, Ray "Coach C e gives thanks to erez, Pedro Flore of the her note sh el P May, Ab Staff...and the re st g Pey or, Matt Control Gre ork s, The W Gonzale "gang". Construction Update Worth Combined Science Facilities Renovations Remembering A $23M Combined Science Facilities Renovation (CSFR) project is underway on West Campus that will completely renovate 26,250 square feet "The three great essentials to of the Physical Science and Life Science Buildings and provide new biology, achieve anything worth while chemistry and physics labs. The project includes new plumbing and electrical, lab service equipment, fire sprinklers, fire alarm and security are, first, hard work; second, systems, plus upgrades to meet ADA standards. Aesthetic improvements stick-to-itiveness; third, include new window openings to each lab, new interior finishes and common sense." laboratory furniture, new sidewalks and landscaping, and the addition of an entry tower and some metal roofing to match the adjacent Margaret Batts – Thomas Edison – Tobin Building. REMINDER..... Please email us the new employees in your department, so we can add them to the newsletter mailing. Business Horizons Page 5 Opening Doors of Opportunity The Purchasing Office is feeling the one-on-one with vendors. This June, must review these responses. effects of the economy. During for instance, the Purchasing Office Fortunately, the increased economic downturns, businesses and the HUB Program attended responses have also led to typically try to maintain profit levels by several vendor forums, reaching out enhanced teamwork between the increasing their involvement on to more than 150 businesses. These Purchasing Office and these contracts with government funded included the “San Antonio Hispanic evaluation teams. For instance, a agencies such as UTSA. This Facilities team of Ardie Garner, Roy trend is very evident from the Garza, and Thomas Watson growing number of procurement assisted the four-member responses received by the Purchasing team and the HUB Purchasing Office, especially in Manager in opening and organizing the professional service and the responses to the Job Order RFQ construction categories. For discussed above. The evaluation of example, on June 26th, the this RFQ will obviously be a tedious, Request for Qualifications complex, and work-intensive (RFQ) for Job Order Architect/ process, and those that have agreed Engineering services closed to participate in evaluation deserve with a record number of mention. The RFQ Evaluation Team NINETY-TWO (92) responses. Members will consist of Rene Colunga, Roy Garza, Paul The proactive support of local Goodman, Patrick Grant, Max businesses and Historically Hanners, George Herrera, Kathryn Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) by Chamber of Commerce Meet the Pearson, and Thomas Watson. The the Purchasing Office and the HUB Buyer” event and the “Texas Purchasing Office will facilitate the Program may also be a contributing Comptroller’s HUB Expo and evaluation process, and Ardie factor in the increased interest in Procurement Fair.” Garner has graciously agreed to doing business with UTSA. In an assist with the administrative duties attempt to increase vendor awareness The increased procurement involved with the evaluation. Major with UTSA procurement practices, the responses have obviously resulted in “kudos” should be given to all those Purchasing Office and the HUB an increased workload for the that agreed to participate in this Program consistently attend vendor Purchasing Office, as well as for the enormous and very critical forums, host presentations and meet departmental evaluation teams that University initiative. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Orientation Class An Overview of Services for All Employees What is it? Deer Oaks EAP is a link to wellness resources and short term counseling services offered to you and your family paid by UTSA. What’s in it for me? This orientation will review the following: Eligibility, Detailed overview of counseling, programs, and services available, When to refer to the EAP, Trainings/Seminars available; Online services/ Community Resources; and Accessing Services. Who should attend? All benefits eligible employees (Faculty & staff), to include Supervisors and Non-Supervisors. Where can I get more information? Please visit the HR website at: http://www.utsa.edu/hr/ EmployeeRelations/eapinfo.cfm Sounds great! How do I sign up? You can sign up through TXCLASS at https:// utdirect.utexas.edu/txclass/index.WBX Seating is limited, so enroll today! Business Horizons Page 6 Training Class Business Affairs Promise We are committed to helping you achieve your goals through excellence in service – every person, every day, every job.
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