utb.edu/president April 2013  |  Issue No. 3
UT Brownsville Transition Focus

UTB Online Debuts
UTB OnlineLast month UT Brownsville’s information systems portal was renamed “UTB Online” in preparation of the separation of UTB and TSC functions. The UTB campus community will continue to use their existing username and password to access information, whether they are students registering for classes, faculty submitting grades or employees updating contact information.

Web designers from across campus are encouraged to make the change from “Scorpion Online” to “UTB Online” to their web pages.

 
 

INDEPENDENT Services Begin
UT Brownsville and Texas Southmost College have agreed that each entity will provide for its own services in the following areas to support Fall 2013 enrollment:

  • Admissions
  • Testing
  • Catalog Production
  • Marketing
  • Scheduling
  • Student Health Services*
  • Disability Services
  • Advising
  • Registrar
  • Financial Aid**
  • IT
  • Enrollment portals

*Student Health Services will be provided by UTB only
**UTB and TSC will serve their respective student populations individually while coordinating processing and reporting through a shared federal ID until separately accredited.

 
 

FINAL PARTNERSHIP COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULED
The final commencement ceremony for the Partnership will take place Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Dr. Hans MarkChancellor Francisco G. CigarroaDr. Hans Mark will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Mark gave the commencement address at the first Partnership graduation in May 1992. At that time he was finishing his term as Chancellor of the UT System, the position he held from 1984 to 1992.

Current UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa will also be in attendance to celebrate our graduates’ achievements.

UTB and TSC will hold separate commencement ceremonies beginning Fall 2013.

 
 

OLIVEIRA LIBRARY RENOVATION UNDERWAY
The first floor of the Arnulfo L. Oliveira Memorial Library has been cleared and is undergoing renovation for TSC use, which includes the former areas for the library’s bound collection, archives, Hunter Room and acquisitions.

The library staff did an excellent job of sorting materials that no longer support the curriculum or are otherwise deemed obsolete. Those items were de-acquisitioned, removed from our records and offered to other libraries in the UT System. If unclaimed, the items were sent to our local recycling depot. The offices of Accounting and Finance and Facilities and Planning also provided expert support in inventorying the assets and arranging for the proper removal of furniture and shelving.

We thank our campus community for the extra efforts made to ready this space in addition to keeping your departments running smoothly on a daily basis. With many more moves and reconfigurations ahead, you have set an excellent standard to meet.

 
 

CHILDCARE TRANSITIONS TO TSC FOR FALL
Caring for the children of the Center for Early Childcare Studies and the Raul Guerra Childcare Center has been one of the greatest privileges for our campus community. We have delighted in the enthusiasm they have brought to our campus and the rich practical experiences they have provided for our many university students.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2013, UT Brownsville will no longer be responsible for operation of the Center for Early Childcare Studies and the Raul Guerra Childcare Center.

It has been immensely rewarding to see the childcare graduates grow up, mature and take their place among the leaders in the community as teachers, pharmacists, business leaders and health care professionals. We are honored by the trust that hundreds of parents have placed in each of us and particularly in the dedicated staff and faculty that cared for and nurtured the children on campus each day.!

 
 

THE ARTS CENTER TRANSFERS TO TSC SEPTEMBER 1
Just as the childcare operations are located in TSC-owned facilities, so too is The Arts Center. Obtaining sufficient classroom space and support facilities for university student functions in the short- and long-term is of the highest priority in the discussions between The UT System and TSC regarding land and facilities. With separate operations of UTB and TSC to begin this fall, UTB has discussed the possibility of leasing The Arts Center from TSC for Music Department instruction and student performances. We believe that we are close to agreement between UTB and TSC on this issue.

However, UTB and TSC have not been able to agree on overall facility management. UTB has proposed keeping the current staff in place to manage the venue and continue the Signature Series. TSC prefers to manage The Arts Center.

Therefore, after Aug. 31, 2013, UT Brownsville will no longer manage The Arts Center and will not be able to support the Signature Series for the 2013-2014 season.

There may be time in the near future where a community performance series could return to the Arts Center within the context of a new management framework established by the community college or others. The success of the Signature Series has been a testament to the good work and passionate support of many. We greatly appreciate the generous support and commitment of time and energy on the part of The Arts Center Advisory Board as well as enthusiastic patrons near and far. We look forward to future pursuits in support of the performing arts in our community.

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