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April 18
Thank you Student Workers: Raffle Winners


For National Student Worker Week, the Office of Information Technology celebrated with pizza, cake and sodas for the student workers in our departments. Thank you to all of the students that came to celebrate with us. We are thankful for all of your hard work.


The winners of the raffle are:
Miguel Juarez
Jared Gonzales
Jeremy Pratt
Robert Lagoudis
Jaqueline Salazar
Samuel Sudolcan
Congratulations to the winners! We will send your prizes to your office on Monday. To view photos of the event, please click here.
April 17
SharePoint 2013 Pilot Training


The Office of Information Technology Customer Relations and Communications (CRC) team finished a rigorous 3-day pilot training for the SharePoint 2013 course that is scheduled to be offered May 7th. Angel Olivarez, Project Coordinator, led the training and answered questions asked by the faculty and staff who attended the course. “The pilot training gave us a good look at what questions we can expect for our main class”, said Abhishek Gwal, Communications Specialist. “We were able to change the coursework to match what we wanted to teach.” We thank all the attendees for volunteering and giving their input. To find more information about the course (CT 505) or to register, please visit the UTSA training site:

To view photos from the event, please click here.

April 17
Farewell Laise!

Laise Viana, Instructional Designer for Online Learning. The Office of Information Technology wishes her the best in all of her future endeavors. Her work and dedication to our office has been appreciated. Laise's last day is April 23rd.


April 17
Job Postings in STARS: 4/17

OIT Information Security Analyst – Open until filled

Enterprise Database Specialist (DBA) – Open until filled

Enterprise System Programmer – Open until filled

Please visit the UTSA Human Resrouces page to view all available positions:

April 17
National Student Worker Appreciation Week

This week is National Student Worker Appreciation Week and the Office of Information Technology is offering student workers pizza, cake, and sodas on Friday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the OIT conference room on the second floor of the Bosque Street building. This is our way of telling student workers thank you for all that they do at UTSA. Please attend and celebrate this special week with us.



April 16
Early Bird Registration for the IOL Conference Ends April 18

Early Bird registration for the IOL Conference is ending this Friday, April 18, so please register now and save money on this fantastic event. The 2014 Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) conference will be held May 21 -23 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel located on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. Join educators across the UT System as they explore innovative ways in which educational visionaries are transforming the field of online education. The IOL Conference is designed for higher education faculty, staff and students who are engaged in any level of online learning. To learn more or to register, please visit the conference site:

April 15
2014 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Meeting

Two Vice Provosts from the Office of Information Technology attended the 2014 American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting which was held on April 3 - 7 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme for this year’s meeting was “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy.”

Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Assistant Vice Provost for the Office of Information Technology, spoke and moderated several roundtable and paper session discussions throughout the week that included dialogue on many aspects of innovative education.  Kenon moderated  a workplace learning roundtable session that discussed gamification fostering learning and motivation in the classroom along with the role of improvisation in online learning. Kenon also chaired a discussion concerning multifaceted dimensions of leadership that included a talk on emotional and educational leadership. Along with moderating discussions, Kenon was able to attend the many offerings that the meeting presented.

Sunay Palsole, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Educational Technology, also participated in discussions throughout the meeting. Being a geophysicist by academic training with an interest in science education, he attended sessions that focused on STEM education issues, policy development and effect of federal, state and local policies on educational advancement and multi-model assessment.

Palsole moderated a session on informal learning space design at the ILS special interest group business meeting where the discussion focused on learning space design, designed information spaces and interleafing designed and organic learning spaces.  He also attended the business meeting of the Online Learning Special Interest Group, where he was selected to serve on a working group whose charge is to focus on the development of two new awards for AERA 2015.  Palsole says his favorite sessions were the discussions on Learning Sciences vs. the Science of Learning, where he was invited to take part in a select small group to formulate differentiating factors and a session on Congress and Connecting Research to STEM Education with Congressman Fatah, Barbara Schneider, President of AERA, Jacquelynne Eccles from the University of California-Irvine, and Shirley Malcom from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

April 11
Job Postings in STARS: 4/11

Enterprise System Administrator – Open until filled

Enterprise Database Specialist (DBA) – Open until filled

Enterprise System Programmer – Open until filled


Please visit the UTSA Human Resrouces page to view all available positions:
April 10
Student Innovation Coalition Meeting

The Spring Student Innovation Coalition meeting was held on April 9 in the Harris room (UC 2.212) from 1-2 p.m. Fifty-four (54) students were treated to a lunch from Jason’s Deli and discussed technology on campus from a student perspective.

The meeting started with a presentation from Cie Gee, Associate Director of Registration and Records about student wait listing for course registration and gave registration tips for students signing up for courses each semester. The new transcript request system was also presented which now makes it easier than ever for students to request their UTSA transcripts.

Angel Olivarez, Project Coordinator and Jayashree Iyengar, Assistant Director for Application Development and Support, demoed the newest version of the UTSA Mobile App and asked for feedback on features that students would like to see on the next versions. The UTSA Mobile App is scheduled to be released into app stores in the next few weeks and has several exciting new features that make it easy and for students to access their course work and other important UTSA information on the go.

The meeting ended with a student discussion and a survey. We thank the students in attendance for their wonderful ideas and helpful input.

To view photos from the event, please click here.

April 09
The 2014 University Excellence Awards Ceremony

The 2014 University Excellence Awards presentation was held on April 8, 2014 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The ceremonies started with a video award presentation courtesy of the Office of Information Technology Video Production Team lead by Ernest Hernandez, Director of Video Technology. The ceremony included presentations of the University Excellence Awards, President's Distinguished Achievement Awards, President's Distinguished Diversity Awards, the Quantitative Literacy Program Faculty Excellence Award, and Richard S. Howe Excellence Awards. The ceremony also celebrated service milestones for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years of service to the UT System. Congratulations to the award recipients and especially to the Office of Information Technology staff members who celebrated service milestones this year.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Check out the UTSA today story from the event:

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