My first month as UTSA's new president has been truly exhilarating. In my short time on campus, I have made it a priority to meet as many students as possible. I have been so impressed-we have amazing students at UTSA! Much credit goes to you as parents for supporting your sons and daughters as they pursue their intellectual passions.
I am in the early stages of shaping my vision for this institution, but I can tell you that I see UTSA reaching new heights as a discovery enterprise that fosters creative exploration, innovation and lifelong learning. I believe that UTSA is uniquely positioned to produce the leaders of tomorrow, ready to tackle the grand challenges of our world. Your students' success will always be my highest priority, and ultimately all the work we do is to ensure the value of their UTSA degree only increases over time.
If you are planning to visit our campus for UTSA Family Weekend, I wish you a fun-filled, memorable experience reconnecting with your son or daughter. Our Family Association staff have put together a wonderful slate of activities for you to enjoy.
You may not hear this enough from your son or daughter, so allow me to say thank you for your commitment to their academic success. Please help us spread the word about the good things happening here to other young people in your life-our Roadrunner families are UTSA's best advocates!
By Kristi Meyer, Director of the UTSA Top Scholar program
Each August the UTSA Top Scholar program welcomes incoming scholars and returning students back to campus with a 3-day orientation and retreat that focuses on teambuilding, professional development, and leadership. This experience, held in downtown San Antonio is truly a signature experience for all involved. Scholars have the unique opportunity to connect with some of UTSA's finest faculty, staff, and administrators in a small group setting, attend well-planned workshops led by fellow scholars, and bond through innovate and interactive workshops and sessions. This year, teambuilding had a theme of collaborative play. Collaborative play emphasizes having fun with a purpose, encouraging students to take risks by being silly and stretching the boundaries of their creativity and imagination to "accomplish" team goals.
The UTSA Top Scholar program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2018 entering class. More information and a link to the application materials can be found at www.utsa.edu/topscholar.
By Cynthia Solano, Assistant Director of Development, Student Affairs
Are you ready to volunteer for one of the most exciting events at UTSA?! The last UTSA Day saw over 5,000 guests and we would love for you to volunteer to help us make prospective students and families excited about joining Roadrunner nation!
It's easy to volunteer - simply submit the online Family Association Volunteer registration form and we will contact you with all the details.
Please also share the UTSA Day link (http://utsa.edu/utsaday) on your social media to spread the word about this terrific opportunity for prospective students and their families.
By Sarah Harless, Project Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Spring registration is right around the corner! Your student's registration date depends on the number of credit hours they have completed, starting on October 31. Here are some things students can do to prepare for spring registration:
By Ryan Schoensee, Multimedia Editor II
Starting on October 1, students can begin submitting their FAFSA. Students can optimize their awarded funding by applying early by the financial aid priority deadline, which is on November 1 for spring applicants.
Students can use tax returns from two years ago (so for this FAFSA application, information from the 2016 tax return will be used).
Be sure to remind your student about applying for the FAFSA-its something they can do every year! They can also contact The One Stop Enrollment Center or reach out to @UTSAOneStop via social media for any questions they have about the application process.
By Ryan Schoensee, Multimedia Editor II, Enrollment Services
Students have a new tool to help keep track of deadlines and find resources on campus. The university recently launched UTSA Guide, a new mobile app that helps organize important information into checklists so students can easily glance at academic deadlines and see the steps they need to take to stay on track.
Students can install Guide by searching for "guide - college simplified" in the App Store or Google Play. Once they download the app, they can select "University of Texas at San Antonio" from the list of participating universities and log in with their myUTSAID (abc123) credentials.
Rather than having to remember when to do something, Guide will gently remind students without them having to do anything other than download the app and sign in. It does this by sending push notifications to students' smart phone so that they can stay in the loop on important deadlines like, when to register for classes, when tuition payments are due and more.
Family Association Membership is free, and members receive: