Press Release


May 14, 2015
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Missy Kline
Content Manager – Communications and Marketing

Alamo Colleges’ HR Compensation Team Receives CUPA-HR’s HR Innovation Award

Alamo Colleges HR Compensation Team (l to r): Chris Bordovsky, Mary Guzman, Linda Boyer-Owens, Andrea Arenas, Gary Gwaltney

Alamo Colleges’ HR Compensation Team has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 HR Innovation Award. The team received the award for its student engagement initiative. Thanks to the generous support of PeopleAdmin, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to Alamo Colleges’ endowment or a scholarship fund of the team’s choice.

The HR Innovation Award honors a team’s or an individual’s demonstrated human resources innovation. The innovation can be technological in nature, based in process improvement, a novel partnership that advances the profession, or a new approach to an HR department’s current challenge; but most important, it must advance the HR profession or contribute to the overall excellence of the profession.

Human resources at Alamo Colleges were charged with directly impacting the district’s most important goal: increasing graduates and certificate holders by 2016 and beyond. The HR compensation team developed and collaborated to implement a direct HR link to student success at San Antonio College (with program growth to the other colleges). The team integrated data on future pay opportunity gains and reduced unemployment tied to educational achievement and presented this information to over 2,500 students during new student orientation in 2014. Coupled with tools on researching career opportunities and an integrated discussion of goal setting by student life staff, Alamo Colleges now has a powerful program painting a positive future for students starting their higher education journey.


CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 18,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.