New semester begins with a bang of activities
The Downtown Campus Office of Student Activities kicked off the fall semester with a bang. It was one event after another. The traditional Roadrunner Days started with the President’s BBQ on the Plaza taking place on August 28th. The Pachanga in the Plaza occurred on August 29th and the UTSA Pep Rally took place on October 23rd. Throughout the semester, the office also offered weeky involvement opporunties , including monthly graduate student social hours.
“The mission of Kids n Sibs is to create a unique bonding experience for students and families while building connections to the university and forming lasting memories through interactive programs” said Keith A. Pilger, coordinator of Student Activities at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, this free and public event was held in Bill Miller Plaza as a part of Family Weekend.
This involvement opportunity sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Campus Activities Board encouraged UTSA students with children or siblings to spend the morning creating great UTSA memories at the Downtown Campus! Those who don’t have kids or sibs were welcomed to bring cousins, nephews, nieces, family friends, neighbors and other special youngsters to this fun-filled event!
The theme for Kid-n-Sibs was Dr. Seuss and The Lorax emphasizing education and sustainability. Participants were able to take a ride on The Doodle Train, get a free balloon sculpture from the clown artist, make crafts, take a fun keepsake photo and enjoy a free breakfast all before heading to the Alamodome for the football game.
Remembrance Day National Roll Call
On November 11th at 11 a.m., the Downtown Campus Student Veterans Association honored and recognized those who served out country in the armed forces. Those present expressed their gratitude for that service and their current support of the veterans who are currently studying and working to earn their degrees.
On November 11th’s on the 11th day at the 11th hour the peace treaty was signed to end World War One, the war to end all wars. On that day, 95 years ago, the Great War – World War I ended. Three years later, the Tomb of the Unknown was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery to honor those missing and unidentified.
On October 8 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation which stated , “on that Day (November 11th of each year) let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of those who fought so valiantly, on the sea, in the air, and on foreign shores to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
As military representatives and dependents read 250 names from the 2013 National Roll Call of those who gave their lives a bell was sounded in their honor. Each name was read knowing they were someone’s son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin, fiancé, partner, friend, co-worker, classmate, and battle buddy. Each of the fallen left behind unfulfilled dreams, this no one must forget. The audience was humbled by the sacrifice each one made by giving up their life for their country.
UTSA also provided yellow ribbons and an opportunity to write a thank you note which was distributed to veteran organizations across the city.
Lighting of the Plaza during Homecoming Week
“The UTSA Downtown Campus Spirit Lighting Project not only became a new Homecoming tradition on Wednesday, October 23, but a shining example of UTSA’s commitment to sustainability,” said Michelle Rocha, Assistant Director of Student Activities.
The Homecoming Spirit Lighting Competition gave students involved in student organizations a chance to reflect their UTSA spirit and pride by participating in a new involvement opportunity at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Student Government Association representative, Ana Cabrera, came up with the theme “How Do You Shine at UTSA? She and Conor Harvey, Student Government Association Downtown Affairs Chair, kicked off the event by decorating the first two trees in the Biller Miller Plaza. The three student organizations participating in this inaugural competition were: ONE Campaign, School Psychology Graduate Student Organization, and United States Green Builders Council. Each organization was given LED orange and blue lights and allowed to decorate trees with their own “ornaments” to show “How They Shine at UTSA.”
The Spirit Lights were also entered into the City of San Antonio Mayor’s Light Up Downtown Contest in the special “LED Lights” category. This project not only gives the UTSA Downtown Campus higher visibility within the downtown San Antonio community but also with visitors to the city during the holiday season.
It is important to note that this project would not have been possible without former Student Government Association representative Harrison Pierce, who graduated in May 2013, and Chris Stewart, who is currently a College of Public Policy major at the Downtown Campus; the Vice Provost of the Downtown Campus, Dr. Jesse Zapata, and the financial support from the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales, and the Green Fund.
The Spirit Lighting judges, Dr. Jesse Zapata, Dr. Francine Romero (Associate Dean of the College of Public Policy) and Martin Rodriguez (Senior Information Technician for the College of Architecture) found it to be a very difficult decision in selecting a winner and in the end there was only a one point difference between all three total scores! The winners were:
- 1st Place – United States Green Builders Council (USGBC)
- 2nd Place – School Psychology Graduate Student Organization (SPGSO)
- 3rd Place – ONE Campaign (ONE)