Spring 2018 Meeting

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San Marcos, Texas

 Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Convention Center and Spa

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2018 Region V Spring Meeting Schedule

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Conference Dates May 6-9, 2018

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS: Wednesday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 (includes lunch)
Workshop #1 It’s Certainly Not the Lazy River: Lifecycle of a Sponsored Project, Departmental Administrator Edition, presented by

  • Hollie Schreiber, Director of Sponsored Programs, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University
  • Lindsey Demeritt, Director of Sponsored Projects, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
Workshop #2 Big Wheel Keep on Turnin’: Rollin’ on the Post-Award River, presented by

  • Tonya Pinkerton, Ph.D., Assistant Managing Director, Project Management, Texas Tech University
  • Jill Coronado, Assistant Financial Manager, Accounting Services, Texas Tech University
    · Yesenia Foster, Assistant Financial Manager, Accounting Services, Texas Tech University
    · Emily Everette, Program Manager, Office of Research Services, Texas Tech University
MORNING WORKSHOPS: Wednesday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch)
Workshop #3 Preparing for your River Trip: The Fundamentals of Research Administration, presented by

  • Marianne Woods, Ph.D., J.D., Academic Program Director, Master of Science in Research Administration, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jeffrey Kantor, Ph.D., Faculty, Master of Science Degree Program in Research Administration, Johns Hopkins University
Workshop #4 A River Runs Through It: Managing change from a middle management and staff perspective, presented by

  • Catharine Corder, Senior Program Coordinator, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sara Bernier, Administrative Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mark Featherston, Assistant Director, The University of Texas at Austin
Workshop #5 The Realities of Contract Negotiation: Navigating the Similarities and Differences in Negotiating Federal, State, and Private for-Profit Agreements, presented by

  • Travis Young, Assistant Director, Division of Research, Texas A&M University
  • Michelle Strickland, Senior Contract Negotiator II, Texas A&M University
Workshop #6 Navigating the Waves of Research Administration: How to Build a Strong Pre-Award Team that Does Not Sink Post Award, presented by

  • Cheryl Anderson, Director of Pre-Award Administration, Sponsored Programs Administration, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Jamie Wilson, Supervisor, Sponsored Programs Administration (Research Proposals), UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Juliet Ray, Ed.D., Director, Research Service Center, College of Education and Human Development, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Program Committee

First Name Last Name Institution
Genevieve Alvarez University of the Incarnate Word
Adrienne Blalack The University of Tulsa
Miriam Colunga UTSA
Tribbie Grimm Texas A&M University
Ana Hagendorf University of the Incarnate Word
Elaine Pearson University of Houston – Downtown
Katie Plum Angelo State University
Melanie Register The University of Texas at San Antonio
Amanda Reitmayer Texas A&M University
Robyn Remotigue University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Laura Rosales Baylor College of Medicine
Sunny Thompson Texas Lutheran University
Melinda Valenzuela Texas Tech University

Please submit your proposal/presentation information here.

Check back soon for more information, or email the Chair Elect.

Spring 2017 Meeting

Program and Participation Links

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Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Tulsa

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Group Name: NCURA Region V 2017 Spring Meeting

Phone Number: 888-421-1442

Hyatt Regency Tulsa is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma’s vibrant business, entertainment, and cultural districts. Our hotel overlooks the scenic gardens of the Williams Center Complex and is only eight miles from Tulsa International Airport. Adjoined via skybridge to Williams Towers, our luxury, high-rise Tulsa hotel is adjacent to the famous Tulsa Performing Arts Center and just a few walking blocks from the Cox Convention Center, BOK Center and 51 restaurants and bars.

Local Events

Downtown area:

Center of the Universe?
Holy Family Cathedral
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame:
Tulsa Art Deco Museum
Tulsa Segway:
Woody Guthrie Center:
Food Truck Wednesday on Guthrie Green

Outside of the Downtown area:
(would require transportation to visit)

Cave House:
Oklahoma Aquarium:
Philbrook Museum of Art and Gardens:
Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art:
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM)
Tulsa Drillers (Minor league baseball) will be home against NW Arkansas on
Saturday night (April 29th);
Sunday afternoon (1:05 PM, 30th);
Monday May 1st at 11 AM.
Tulsa Historical Society and Museum:
Tulsa Zoo:

Registration and Volunteering

Available: Registration by Check (Word or PDF)

Available: Register by Credit Card

Volunteer Now

It’s never too early to volunteer! Contact: Becky Castillo at bcastillo@mdanderson.org

Meeting Committee

Feel free to email anyone listed with questions about our meeting!

Program Committee:
Immediate Past Chair: Katherine Kissmann  Texas A&M University System
Chair-elect: Thomas B. Spencer  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Committee Member Melody Bell  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Committee Member Sean Rubino  Texas State University


Local Liaisons:
 Local Liaison Hollie Schreiber  Oklahoma State University
 Local Liaison Debbie Newton  University of Tulsa
 Local Liaison Matt Berry  University of Oklahoma
 Local Liaison Adrienne Blalack  University of Tulsa


Track Leaders:
 Pre-Award:  Lucien Finley  University of Texas at Dallas
 Post-Award Ollieta L. Nicholas  MD Anderson Cancer Center
 Contracts & Industry / Tech Dev Rebecca E. Leamon  University of Texas at Austin
Compliance/Regulation Amanda Boone  University of Texas at Dallas
Federal/Sponsors Melanie Register The University of Texas at San Antonio
Human Capital Tonya Pinkerton Texas Tech University
Workshops Sean Rubino Texas State University


Technical Team:
Guidebook Administrator R. Gabe Cavazos  University of Texas at Dallas
Graphic Artist: Angela D. Adair  University of Texas at Austin
Onsite A/V Support  Volunteer Opportunities Available


Meeting Sponsorship Liaison:
Melinda Valenzuela  Texas Tech University

Keynote Speaker

Our Keynote Speaker this year, will be James Scott, Ph.D. from The University at Dallas. Dr. Scott will share his experiences with Research Administration in a changing environment.


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Region Election Statements Posted 2016

Candidate Statements

Chair Elect

Thomas Spencer, University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
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Amanda (Miller) Boone, The University of Texas at Dallas
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Tonya Pinkerton, Texas Tech University
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Diana Luna, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
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1 At Large Regional Executive Committee Member

Krystal Toups, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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Adrienne Blalack, The University of Tulsa
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