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College’s Center for Student Professional Development Names New Professional Staff Members

Two new professional staff members have joined the college’s Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD).

Issis Vela-FoxIssis Vela-Fox has been promoted to director of student services. She had served as director of the college’s Business Scholars Program since 2007. In her new role, Vela-Fox manages the college’s H-E-B Career Action Plan, coordinates on-campus programming for undergraduate business students and serves as a liaison for the college’s Business Student Council as well as business student organizations.

She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Hildegaard MayorgaBuilding the college’s relationship with employers is Hildegaard Mayorga, director of professional development. Mayorga is responsible for coordinating internship and career placement for undergraduate business students. She also works closely with corporate recruiters and companies to identify job opportunities for business students.

Mayorga holds an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University and a bachelor of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in New York.  Prior to working at UTSA, she served as the program director for the Radius Cultural Arts Collaborative in San Antonio. In that role, she developed strategic planning for the organization, generated community partnerships and led fundraising efforts.

Newman Hired to Assist College’s Development Efforts
Marjory NewmanMarjory Newman has been named assistant director of development for the College of Business. Assisting the college’s Executive Director of Advancement Kim West, Newman’s development portfolio will include annual giving initiatives, sponsorship programs as well as serving as the liaison for the Department of Accounting and the Center for Professional Excellence.

A native of Houston, Newman previously worked with the Spurs Foundation as a community relations assistant and was responsible for organizing fundraising events. She also spent six years in Washington, D.C., working in events management. A member of the Junior League of San Antonio, Newman is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

College Names Grant Coordinator
Kat TragosKatherine Tragos has been named grant development coordinator in the college. With an extensive background in contracting and legal affairs, Tragos is responsible for developing the college’s procedures and processes for grants and sponsored programs, assisting business faculty with the preparation and administration of grants and identifying grant funding opportunities.

Prior to joining the college, she worked as an administrative analyst for the associate vice president for administration at UTSA in the area of contract review, analysis and administration.

Tragos received a master’s degree in higher education administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators.

College Honors Staff Members for Achievements
Staff AwardsThe College of Business recognized the accomplishments of staff members during a spring awards reception. The Dean’s Excellence Awards were instituted by Dean Lynda de la Viña to recognize the accomplishments of professional and classified staff members who excel in their job duties in the college.

Two staff members received awards. Sandra Wenzel, administrative services officer III, was named the recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award. As the lead administrator for the College of Business, Wenzel is instrumental in ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of the college. Responsible for the college’s $20 million budget, she is known for her work ethic, excellent communication skills and generous spirit.

The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Outreach and Service was presented to Issis Vela-Fox, director of student services in the Center for Student Professional Development. Vela-Fox has been a tireless advocate in the community and encourages student service learning through community service. Most recently, she was instrumental in facilitating the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Future Leaders Conference, which featured workshops for more than 150 students and culminated in a luncheon with keynote speaker Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico.

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