Security Service expands CallPlus service to offer better experience and more choices for members

Security Services Federal Credit UnionAs part of Security Service Federal Credit Union’s (SSFCU) ongoing efforts to enhance the member experience, SSFCU today announced the launch of its redesigned CallPlus system. As part of a long-term strategy to expand self-service capabilities, the added features are now available to all members.

The new CallPlus includes voice recognition in both English and Spanish, access to credit card transaction history, access to proof of insurance inquiry line and an option for online and mobile banking support. These are additions to SSFCU’s automated telephone system that already offers the ability to check balances; verify cleared checks, deposits and withdrawals; get current loan and dividend rate information; transfer between accounts and other convenient transactions.

“This new level of 24/7 service to our members offers more choices, a better experience and secure access to personal banking information,” says Jim Laffoon, president of Security Service Federal Credit Union.

Chris Allen, senior vice president for SSFCU’s award-winning Member Contact Center, oversaw the development and rollout of the improved system. “The hard work put into testing and fine-tuning the application has resulted in a top-notch service channel that is easier to navigate,” he said. “With this system, callers have more options, faster service and decreased call wait times. And if members need it, they can always navigate straight to our live contact center where they can speak one-on-one with a member service representative.”

To access CallPlus, members can dial 1-800-52-SSFCU (77328).

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $7.5 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-888-415-7878.

SAWS M/WBE Program disparity study

180x150-SAWSSan Antonio Water System is currently embarking on a Minority and Woman-owned Business Disparity Study to help determine its utilization of Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). This study is part of the ongoing effort by the Board of Trustees and SAWS staff to ensure proper minority representation in contracts of all types that are awarded by SAWS. The Disparity Study will help to determine the availability of M/WBE businesses in the San Antonio area that are ready, willing, and able to contract with SAWS, and determine whether there are any gaps between M/WBE availability and the percentages of these firms utilized by SAWS.

To conduct this study effort, SAWS selected MGT of America. This firm will conduct telephone interviews with engineering firms, construction companies, and trade organizations in the San Antonio area. Here’s where we need your assistance: Starting the week of November 18, 2013, MGT of America will begin these telephone interviews. The interview will consist of 11 short questions that are critical to the success of this study, and will help gauge whether M/WBEs may be experiencing any barriers in doing business with SAWS. When a representative from MGT of America calls, we ask that you help us by participating in this short survey. Your honest feedback is critical, and the survey is completely confidential.

If you should have any questions regarding the survey or SAWS M/WBE Program Disparity Study, please contact Marisol Robles, SMWB Program Manager, at 210.233.3420 or Marisol.Robles@saws.org

Methodist Hospital and Northeast Methodist Hospital Awarded “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score

Methodist50thLOGOTwo hospitals within the Methodist Healthcare System were honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Our caregivers work together to provide care in the safest manner. The ‘A’ scores earned by these two hospitals represent our staff’s diligence in making safety a top priority in patient care,” said Ken Davis, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Methodist Healthcare.

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Methodist Hospital and its campus at Northeast Methodist Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see Methodist Healthcare’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

About Methodist Healthcare of San Antonio
Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio is the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas with 26 facilities including nine hospitals serving 90,000 inpatients and 390,000 outpatients annually. The Methodist Healthcare team is comprised of 8,000 employees, making Methodist Healthcare the second largest private employer in San Antonio. In 2012, Methodist Healthcare was one of only two hospitals in Texas recognized by the Texas Medical Foundation with a Gold Award for Quality. Methodist Healthcare has won the National Research Foundation’s Consumer Choice Award for 13 consecutive years, more times than any other health care provider in Texas. For the past four years, Methodist Healthcare has received “Best Hospital” Gold Award by the San Antonio Express-News’ Readers’ Choice Awards. With more than 2,700 credentialed physicians, Methodist Healthcare provides the largest array of medical services in the region including neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, oncology and women’s services. Visit www.SAHealth.com to learn more.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

November 2013 Word from the Chairman

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Well, 2013 is drawing to a close. The North SA Chamber has filled the year with a number of events and programs that have informed our members and brought businesses together to promote commerce among them. We have a few more events left, and I invite you to register online for the December Social U and Networking Breakfast, as well as consider getting to know fellow members by attending one of the Ambassador ribbon cutting ceremonies scheduled between now and the end of the year.

Ll_Logo_2012Additionally, it will be my honor to congratulate the largest graduating class of Leadership Lab at the commencement ceremony this Friday, November 22. The North Chamber’s Leadership Lab academy is an amazing resource for cultivating the emerging talent within our businesses. Lab exposes leaders to a rigorous year of building self-awareness, creating lasting relationships and challenging individuals to expand and hone a range of professional skills.

On behalf of Dahill, I’m proud to support and recognize the participants and I want to thank each of the Leadership Lab sponsors including eESI, Padgett Stratemann & Co. and Security Service Federal Credit Union. Special thanks to the location sponsors: Alterman, Bank of America, Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, Northeast Lakeview College, Rackspace Hosting, Rio Cibolo Ranch, Southwest Research Institute and University of the Incarnate Word for providing facilities for each lab session.

Additionally, my hat is off to the Leadership Lab program chair Malcolm McGee, CMIT Solutions of San Antonio North, and his co-chair Lisa Pinto, SWBC. They have done an incredible job planning and implementing each session.

The North Chamber is accepting applications through December 10 for Leadership Lab candidates for the Class of 2014. If you are interested in nominating yourself or a member of your team, learn more by downloading the Lab Brochure or access the Lab Application here.

I know you will join me in honoring the commitment and achievements of the 2013 Class of Leadership Lab graduates.

Congratulations! Leadership Lab Class of 2013

  • Rob Adams, Comerica Bank
  • Tony Alarcon, ENTRUST Technology Consulting Services
  • Freddy Apolinar, Ancira Nissan, Inc.
  • DePaul Armijo, SWBC
  • Patti Baker, Beyer Plumbing Co.
  • Becky Banko McLane, Deacon Recruiting, Inc.
  • Sean Bates, Quality Fence & Welding
  • Amanda Behrens, Structure Tone Southwest
  • Tim Bernas, Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Steve Bridges, Leadership Lab Alumnus
  • David Brown, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Hillary Cadra, SpawGlass Contractors, Inc.
  • Georgia Cantu, Texas Wilson Office Furniture & Services, Inc.
  • Letty Castillo, San Antonio Water System
  • Kali Chatham, Baptist Health System
  • Michael Cline, North Central Baptist Hospital
  • Mike Connor, Connor Creative Company
  • Cyndi Crist, Dahill
  • Cyrena Davis, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Debbie Dickson, Beyer Mechanical
  • Stephen Ethridge, Frost
  • Rodney Flint, Alterman
  • Scott Gillette, Accenture
  • Mario Gomez, Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Jessica Gonzales, Family Service Association
  • John Grothues, Leadership Lab Alumnus
  • Melodee Gruber, Jackson Walker LLP
  • Dr. Debbie Hamilton, Northeast Lakeview College
  • Katie Hille, SWBC
  • Jennifer Krause, eEmployers Solutions, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Kruse, CPS Energy
  • Cory Kuchinsky, CPS Energy
  • David Kuncho, Capital Group
  • Ann-Marie Laird, Walton Signage
  • Peter Licalzi, Joeris General Contractors, LTD
  • Lisa Lopez, Crosspoint, Inc
  • Conrad Martinez, RVK Architects, Inc.
  • Joe Martinez, HFS Company
  • Wes May, Leadership Lab Alumnus
  • Erin Mayes, H-E-B Grocery
  • Julio Medrano, Broadway Bank
  • James Mendiola, Leadership Lab Alumnus
  • Jen Mesiano, Walton Signage
  • Cassie Meuth, ATKG, LLP
  • Billy Nelson, Joeris General Contractors, LTD
  • Todd Newton, SWBC
  • Brett Niccum, Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
  • Connor Ortiz, Morningside Ministries
  • Michelle Parker, Accenture
  • Lauren Parsons, Rackspace Hosting
  • Robby Paysinger, CPS Energy
  • Kyle Pippin, Denim Group, Ltd
  • Tom Piszczatoski, North Central Baptist Hospital
  • Anna Polanco-Ramos, San Antonio Water System
  • Vidya Rangachar, CPS Energy
  • Donovan Rhone, Dahill
  • Kelly Rice, Broadway Bank
  • Brian Rodriguez, Ancira Nissan, Inc.
  • Juan Rodriguez, San Antonio Water System
  • Matt Russell, River City Federal Credit Union
  • Taryn Saavedra, Robot Creative
  • Michael Saenz, Lone Star National Bank
  • Arturo Salinas, Alterman
  • Laura Sanchez, Bestica, Inc.
  • Matt Sawtelle, Structure Tone Southwest
  • Mark Schnur, San Antonio Water System
  • Shannon Schumacher, eEmployers Solutions, Inc.
  • Will Smith, The Lynd Company
  • Mandy Smith, SWBC
  • Debra Sommers, Dahill
  • Ajay Tejwani, Social Media Sapiens
  • Saul Tellez, Walton Signage
  • Jay Tkachuk, Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Javier Trevino, Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • John Tyler, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.
  • Anastasia Valdes, San Antonio Water System
  • Dan Velasquez, San Antonio Water System
  • Bryan Verette, GTECH
  • Jason Welch, Walton Signage

Padgett Stratemann voted one of state’s best by Texas legal professionals

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PSCOTexas_Best_logo_2013The Austin office of Padgett Stratemann & Co. for the second year in a row has been voted one of the city’s best Texas-based business accounting providers by the readers of Texas Lawyer, a weekly industry newspaper and online news source for the Texas legal community.

In addition, INSIDE Public Accounting, a national publication serving the accounting profession, recently ranked Padgett Stratemann the 104th largest accounting firm in the U.S., up from 107th largest a year ago.  The publication also named Padgett Stratemann a Top 10 All-Star Firm for training of its staff after surveying some 500 U.S. firms.

“We believe strongly in the quality and character of people we have working in both our Austin and San Antonio offices, this truly is a testament to their desire to offer clients their very best,” said John Wright, Padgett Stratemann Managing Partner.  “It’s quite an honor for the legal profession to demonstrate its belief in the quality of our work, and the training programs we have for our people are truly extraordinary.  Bottom line: The outstanding people at Padgett Stratemann are the reason we have become one of the nation’s largest firms.”

Texas Lawyer annually asks its readers to vote for the best of the best in Austin, Dallas, and Houston from among hundreds of eligible firms in more than 40 categories.  The special edition of Texas Lawyer highlighting this year’s winners will be published October 28.

About Padgett Stratemann & Co., LLP
Padgett Stratemann & Co., LLP is one of Texas’ largest, locally owned CPA and business advisory firms. With headquarters in San Antonio and an office in Austin, the firm works with clients in sectors including: banking, construction, government, non-profit, health sciences, professional services, manufacturing, retail, distribution, technology, insurance, oil and gas, government contracting, and real estate. The firm’s experienced professionals provide a range of sophisticated accounting, audit, tax and other business advisory services for both publicly traded and privately owned companies. PS&Co. serves clients throughout the United States as well as internationally. The firm is a McGladrey Alliance member. The McGladrey Alliance is a business of McGladrey, Inc., a leading professional services firm providing tax and consulting services.

In business since 1945, PS&Co. is dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, and community service. Learn more about our depth of services and expertise. Visit www.padgett-cpa.com.

Methodist Hospital celebrates 50th anniversary

Methodist50thLOGOMethodist Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary with ceremonies honoring its employees, physicians and volunteers while community leaders recognized the pioneering role the hospital has played in the development of the South Texas Medical Center.

Methodist Hospital was chartered in 1955 as an independent hospital. The hospital began with 175 beds and 272 employees and has grown to 882 beds and more than 3,500 employees.

In 1995, it became the flagship facility of the Methodist Healthcare System. Today Methodist Healthcare is the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas with 26 facilities including nine hospitals serving 90,000 inpatients and 390,000 outpatients annually.

During the ceremony, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff recalled the origins of the hospital in 1954 when business strategists led by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Bexar County Medical Society learned the city was lacking in hospital beds and would not be able to handle a mass casualty situation or epidemic.  The Southwest Conference of the Methodist Church was approached to administer the hospital with ties to the church and an agreement was reached in 1955.

Within five years, land was donated and enough money was secured through donations and government grants to build a hospital using civil defense guidelines.  The hospital received national attention as the world’s first nuclear disaster-proof hospital with two floors underground to be used as a fallout shelter.

“It was important to these visionaries to find land for not just a single hospital, but for an entire medical complex,” said Judge Wolff.  “Our community will forever be indebted to the vision and bravery demonstrated by these individuals who stepped out in faith to build a thriving and successful medical complex.”  Today the biomedical field is the city’s leading employer and economic driver.  One of every five San Antonio employees works in the bioscience and health care industry.

“I’m in awe of the legacy of those leaders who came before me, those who had a vision for a Methodist hospital surrounded by enough land for development of a thriving medical center,” said Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System.

“We saw the visionary spirit again 20 years ago when leaders of the hospital decided that in the rapidly changing health care landscape, a single hospital might not fare very well,” continued Wesolowski.  “As a result, when Methodist Hospital became part of the Methodist Healthcare system, a family of hospitals was born, co-owned by HCA and a newly founded non-profit, Methodist Healthcare Ministries.  The Ministries shares our mission of Serving Humanity to Honor God. Receiving half the profits of MHS, Methodist Healthcare Ministries has become the largest non-profit source for community health care in San Antonio and South Texas directed to low income, under served clients ineligible for any medical assistance program.”  The Ministries contributed $72 million to providing 800,000 client encounters in 2012.

During the ceremonies, the longest tenured employees were introduced along with pioneering physicians and long-time members of the Blue Bird volunteer auxiliary.  These employees were Ian Shawcross, 46 years of service; Nancy Burrell, R.N., 43 years, Norbert Cantu, 43 years, Janie Ochoa, 42 years, and Oralia Martinez, 42 years. Also recognized were James Pridgen, M.D., who performed the first surgery at the hospital.  Charter members of the Blue Bird auxiliary receiving recognition were Karen Paterson, Connie Benson, Maxine Haas and Barbara Ringen. All have been serving since 1963 and remain active today.

Hospital officials also opened a time capsule buried in 1988, the hospital’s 25th anniversary.  After the ceremony, the hospital honored physicians, staff and volunteers at a luncheon that featured memorabilia from the time capsule, hospital archives, and a cake designed as a replica of the original hospital building.

Archived footage of the ceremony can be viewed on http://www.livestream.com/nowcastsa and on the Methodist Healthcare YouTube channel: SAHealth210.

H-E-B gives back to San Antonio during the holiday season

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29th Annual H-E-B Tree Lighting Celebration
On Friday, November 29th the community will once again gather together and celebrate the official start to the holiday season during the 29th Annual H-E-B Tree Lighting Celebration in Alamo Plaza.

The free community celebration will begin at 3 p.m. with face painters, balloon artists, cookie decorating stations and live musical entertainment by the following groups: United States Air Force Band of the West Trombone Quartet, San Antonio Fire Department’s Back Draft Band and Mariachi Los Galleros de San Antonio.

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As a part of the this year’s military appreciation theme, H-E-B has invited the following organizations to attend the ceremony and each decorate a life-size toy block that will sit at the base of the H-E-B Christmas Tree: Operation Home Front, Operation Finally Home, The Fisher House Foundation, Grace After Fire and the Military Child Education Coalition – who will also be on hand to read stories to children and conduct a holiday ornament craft project.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will include the Presentation of the Colors by the Bexar Country Sherriff Department Honor Guard, a rendition of the National Anthem by a member of the United States Air Force as well as remarks by Mayor Julián Castro and H-E-B representatives.

The 55-foot White Fir Christmas Tree from the Shasta Mountain is H-E-B’s gift to the city of San Antonio. The tree will be adorned with more than 10,000 red, white and blue lights as well as ornaments reflecting a Military Appreciation theme, with various military branches represented.

H-E-B contributes to Annual San Antonio Food Bank Food4SA Drive for 11th year in a row
For the 11th year in a row, H-E-B is responding to the San Antonio Food Bank’s Food4SA food drive challenge to help raise one million pounds of food in one month for San Antonio families in need this holiday season.

These contributions are a part of the H-E-B Food Bank Assistance Program that works year-round to raise awareness and battle hunger in Texas and Mexico. The program was founded in 1982 and is nationally recognized for the financial donations and regular monthly deliveries of food it makes to food banks in Texas and Mexico.

Last year, the company launched the H-E-B Perishable Rescue Program to provide Food Banks with more high protein foods and fresh produce. In 2012, H-E-B donated more than 25.8 million pounds of food to Texas and Mexico food banks, which represents 32.5 million meals.

From truckloads of cereal to Thanksgiving turkeys, H-E-B is pulling out all the stops this year to ensure once again that the San Antonio Food Bank meets its goal to collect one million pounds of food for Alamo City residents in just one month’s time.

As a major partner in the month-long campaign, H-E-B is also providing the Food4SA paper bags delivered by the San Antonio Express News that can be filled with nonperishable food donations and dropped off at any H-E-B location’s Food4SA collection bins throughout the month of November.

Holiday Turkey Round-Up
On November 23from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., H-E-B customers will have a chance to give back to the community by participating in the San Antonio Food Bank Holiday Turkey Round Up.

To participate, customers are asked to purchase frozen turkeys and drop them off at the H-E-B plus! located at Evans Rd. & US Hwy 281. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Food4SA campaign.

If customers cannot make a donation in the form of a turkey, they are encouraged to donate online through an interactive virtual food drive at www.safoodbank.org/food4sa.

The San Antonio Food Bank can turn $1 into 10 pounds of food, making monetary donations an extremely effective way to help fight hunger in the community.

HEB_GreatTurkeyChallengeGreat Turkey Challenge
The San Antonio Food Bank’s Great Turkey Challenge, presented by H-E-B,  is a chip-timed 5k Run/Walk held on Thanksgiving morning to help fight hunger in the San Antonio community.

The race will be held at the H-E-B Arsenal located at 646 S. Main on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m.

Every $10 generated by the race helps provide a turkey dinner to a family in need this holiday season. The race is open to all ages and will also include a pet-friendly segment. All proceeds from the event will go towards the San Antonio Food Bank Food4SA campaign.

Fees for the race are $30 to walk/run until October 31, $35 until November 26 and $40 for day-of registration. Children less than 12-years-old are always FREE. Online registration will end on November 26 at Midnight. To register for the event, visit http://safoodbank.org/thegreatturkeychallenge.org/.

The Park at St. Mary’s set to host NCAA sports, community events

StMarys_BGSB_StackedLogo_BlueSt. Mary’s University formally opened its new outdoor sports complex, The Park at St. Mary’s, on Oct. 18 with a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as a public reception and facility tours guided by coaches and student-athletes.

Special guests included Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, Mayor Julián Castro and District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina.

The Park at St. Mary’s is a modern, multi-use complex capable of hosting NCAA championship events. It features upgraded facilities for athletes and fans, including renovations to the baseball field and construction of new baseball facilities, additional tennis courts, two soccer fields and two softball fields with a stadium.

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Construction on the $17.3 million complex began in spring 2012. Bexar County’s Community Venues Program contributed a $6 million grant toward the project.

“This spectacular sports complex benefits not only the St. Mary’s Rattlers,” St. Mary’s University President Thomas Mengler said, “it’s also a home run for the West Side of San Antonio. We are thankful for Bexar County’s teamwork in this effort, and we’re proud to have some of the finest Division II facilities in the country.”

The Park at St. Mary’s is able to host a variety of programs designed to meet the interests and needs of the public. These activities could include youth sports clinics, athlete autograph-signing opportunities, festivals and concerts, and the collection of food items to help people in the community.

“This incredible sports park in the heart of the West Side is going to be a great asset to the University, the community and collegiate athletes,” Commissioner Elizondo said. “The whole point of the program is to attract visitors through competitions and enrich the lives of our youth through competitive sports. I’m glad Bexar County was able to partner with St. Mary’s on this project.”

The new baseball park, Dickson Stadium, was built upon the steel structure of the old venue, VJ Keefe Stadium. It features new locker rooms, concessions stands, seating, a concourse, a façade, a ticket office and a batting cage. Berm seating will give fans an intimate view of game action. The renovated stadium is named after David C. Dickson (B.B.A. ’68), who gave $1 million toward the construction project.

The FIFA regulation-size soccer field is named Sigma Beta Chi Field in honor of a generous gift from the fraternity. Youth and high school players also will have the opportunity to use this pro-size field and gain exposure to higher education.

“St. Mary’s has a rich history in athletics, with five national championships on the fields and courts, and one in the classroom,” St. Mary’s Athletics Director Liz Dalton said. “Even with such a proud tradition of excellence, The Park at St. Mary’s immediately elevates our identity and will enhance the student-athlete experience. Rattler athletes will thrive in state-of-the-art facilities that incorporate academic, strength and conditioning, and medical spaces throughout the complex.

“Our alumni who contributed to The Park have made an impact on our community that will last generations.”

The new softball complex rivals Division I facilities and includes locker rooms, batting cages, a ticket office and outfield berm seating. The tennis courts include six resurfaced courts, two brand-new courts, permanent bleachers and a shade structure. There is also an intramural field for softball and football and a flexible-use field for concerts or festivals, such as Fiesta Oyster Bake.

The Park at St. Mary’s encompasses all sports venues on the University campus. The Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, dedicated in November 2000, was the first facility of The Park and is hailed as one of the finest NCAA Division II indoor venues in the country.

St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.

Frequently asked questions regarding methods of payment from the City of San Antonio

city of sa economic development dept logoCan checks be picked up?
It is City of San Antonio policy to mail all outgoing checks to vendors. However under certain circumstances, special arrangements for payment pick-up at the Accounts Payable counter of the Finance Department may be arranged through the vendor exception process. For more information, please contact Accounts Payable at 210-207-2064 (select prompt #2).

How can I check the status of my payment?
Please contact Accounts Payable at 210-207-2064 (select prompt #1) to assist with the status of your payment. Please have your purchase order number, invoice number, and invoice dollar amount available when you call.

How can I get information about receiving my payment via Automated Clearing House (ACH) direct deposit?
Please contact Accounts Payable at 210-207-2064 (select prompt #2) and you will be directed to the appropriate Accounts Payable Specialist. The eligibility of vendors for ACH payment is based on an evaluation of historical activity that includes but is not limited to more than four payments per year for a total annual amount that exceeds $250,000.

For more Finance related frequently asked questions, please visit http://sanantonio.gov/Finance/about/faq.aspx

To submit a specific question, please contact http://sanantonio.gov/Finance/about/contactandfeedback.aspx

Start a family tradition – spend your holidays at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

JWMartiott_LOGOCelebrated Living’s readers named JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa a Top 50 Mainland U.S. Hotel and Top 20 Family Resort. Activities, adventures and entertainment are always available for families of all ages.

JW_holiday_logoThe spirit of the season comes alive with JW Marriott San Antonio’s Hill Country Holidays. JW Illumination will dazzle guests with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights choreographed to joyful holiday music. Other activities reflecting the spirit of the season include Yuletide carolers, special visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, elf story time, a chilly polar plunge, and arts and crafts for the whole family.

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The mild Texas winters make the resort a great escape for golfers featuring two championship PGA golf courses at TPC San Antonio. PGA TOUR Academy and Junior Golf Camps are designed for new golfers or those who want to improve their game. The resort offers special December rates for golf and guests on property can get more information by visiting the TPC Concierge Shop.

A busy holiday schedule of shopping, parties and planning can sometimes lead to some holiday stress. When relaxation is in order, the resort’s Lantana Spa offers seasonal special treatments – including a sugar cookie body scrub and chocolate peppermint pedicure – to melt away your cares and the cold  Spa guests will also be able to enjoy the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, inhalation room, complete fitness center and movement studio.

JWMarriottRudolphtineWell known for its fantastic culinary offerings, the restaurants at the resort offer seasonal fare sourced from local farmers and ranchers. Delicious meats, hand-crafted cheeses, homemade jellies and locally sourced honey are always on the menu, no matter the season. Enjoy holiday-themed cocktails before or after dinner, take a tequila tour with one of our certified tequila experts, or just enjoy a warm beverage under the stars nest to a roaring fire pit.

This season, make memories with your family amidst the tranquil beauty of the Texas Hill Country. To book your 2013 holiday staycation, visit www.jwsanantonio.com or call 210.276.2500.