May 2011 Notes

Convocation

We have accomplished great deal as an organization this year. Although renovations and facility improvements are important, we are most proud of helping our student employees develop the skills,attitudes and work ethic they
can leverage into a full-time position.

Last year staff set the goal to make UC employment and volunteer work a transformative experience that will help them take their professional lives to the next level. UC staff worked to meet this goal through training, promoting
qualified students to management positions and matching student work assignments
with professional interests.

Three student experiences in particular demonstrate the results of this UC goal.
First, Andrea O’Bannon worked in our Events Management and Conference Services
(EMCS) of

fice for nearly four years—learning client service, filing, and data entry skills. She graduated in May and used her experiences to qualify for a full-time position in data-entry and billing for an eye doctor inthe San Antonio area. This position will provide valuable income and benefits as she prepares to enter graduate school at UTSA.

Another success story is that of Benjamin Arce. Ben began working in UC Operations but transferred to the marketing area when the UC decided to expand its design capabilities. He helped create the graphic design function
within the UC and eventually became the supervisor of two other student designers. Ben also graduated in May, and because of his experience with
poster production, design and deadlines, he landed a full-time graphic design and production job at a local sign company.

Jena Ruiz worked in EMCS for nearly 2 years. She started providing office support for marketing and then transferred to EMCS after supervisors
chose to support her strong interest in special events planning. Events management is her passion, and we were happy she was able to use her
experience taking event inquiries and preparing for events to
gain a full-time event coordinator position at a San Antoniospecial events venue. She will continue to attend UTSA parttime.

Although we were sad to see each of these students move on, we were thrilled they were able to combine their UTSA and UC educations to successfully enter the workforce. The UC cannot do what it does without the help of dedicated
and hardworking students like Andrea, Ben and Jena. We wish all our graduating
students the best

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