The University Center Advisory Council (UCAC) unanimously approved the University Center’s (UC) fee schedule for student organizations, departments, and joint sponsorship/special events for the 2012-2013 academic year. The new fee schedules are now available on the UC website (http://www.utsa.edu/events/resources_fees.html) and go into effect September 1, 2012.
Although room rates and rates for most resources and services remain unchanged, the revised fee schedule includes the following changes:
- New “After Hours / Charging Admissions” Rate Category: The UC has reduced fees by combining the formerly separate “After Hours” and “Charging Admission” fee categories into one category. Fees in the new combined “After Hours / Charging Admission” category represent the lower of the two former categories when they were compared.
- Reduced Special Event Package Rates: The UC’s special event packages for both the UC Ballroom and the Denman Ballroom have been reduced by as much as 30%. The packages include room rental, tables and chairs, and basic audio visual equipment.
- Less Expensive Piano Rental: Rental of the piano in the Denman and the UC ballrooms has been reduced to only $50 for departments and $20 for students. The UC will tune the piano bi-annually; however, clients may pay for additional tuning if needed.
- New Intelligent Lighting Packages: The fee schedule includes new resource packages with programmable lighting capable of projecting multiple colors, patterns, and shapes. Prices vary based on the number of lights in each package, with a special two-light package available exclusively for student organizations.
The UTSA UC is an auxiliary enterprise primarily funded by a designated student fee. Because it is funded by students, it gives student organizations first priority for scheduling and charges lower fees than those for University departments and other entities. The UC’s fee structure and annual budget are approved by the UCAC, a student-led group comprised of voting members from student government, university housing and residence life, UC student employees, and the general student body, as well as two faculty members appointed by President Romo. Full-time UC staff also serve on the UCAC in a non-voting capacity.