UTSA Family Association

Family Weekend September 28-29 2018

Welcome Back Reception on UC Paseo

Come to the Roadrunner Days Welcome Back Mixer!

Roadrunner Days kicks off with UTSA Housing Move-in on Friday, August 17, and continues with different events each day through Sunday, August 25. After move-in on Friday, students, parents, and guests are encouraged to attend the free Welcome Back Mixer on the UTSA Paseo from 5:30-7 pm . You and your student can reconnect with friends and families you met during Orientation while enjoying food, drinks, and entertainment. The evening will end with the Premiere Performance of the Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA), UTSA's marching band.

Classes start on Tuesday, August 21. Encourage your student to attend as many Roadrunner Days events as possible throughout their first week of classes — it's a great way to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, learn about UTSA, and experience many wonderful campus traditions. New families, please remind your student that all freshmen attend Convocation (Monday, August 20, UTSA Convocation Center).


OneStop

Get to Know the One Stop Enrollment Center

Is your student wondering which office they should contact regarding Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarship and Registrar questions? Well, that's the One Stop Enrollment Center!

One Stop counselors are available to answer questions in person (ground floor of the JPL building just down the hall from the food court on the main campus, and in the Frio Street Building downtown), over the phone (210-458-8000 or 1-800-669-0919), through email or Skype appointment, or on social media.

For more information be sure to check out the One Stop Enrollment Center website.


Rowdy at Payment Window

RowdyPay: 24/7 Mobile and Online Access

For students registered for the fall semester, the first payment deadline is August 14, 2018, and since UTSA does not send a bill through the mail, you may be wondering how to pay it. RowdyPay is the answer!

UTSA students have access to RowdyPay, an online portal that gives users 24/7 online and mobile access to campus bills, online bill payments and an installment plan application. Remind your student to make you an Authorized User! Authorized Users can be anyone the student allows to view and make payments, such as parents and other relatives. Students and Authorized Users can now make payments for specific items, like housing or meal plans, without paying the entire balance due. RowdyPay also allows users to view account activity and print monthly statements. Users can store payment information for future payments and schedule future payments at any time.

Mobile Services Now Available

With RowdyPay, users now have mobile options as well. Users can make payments, get account balances and view statements, all with screens optimized for cell phones. User can also opt in for text message notifications in addition to normal email notifications. Fiscal Services is proud to offer the UTSA community a comprehensive online student services experience.

For all the details, please visit the Fiscal Services website.


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Parking Permit Questions?

Resident Housing Permit, Commuter Student Permit, Student Tobin Avenue Garage Permit — so many permits!

Make sure your student has plenty of time before the semester starts to review all the different permits Campus Services offers. You can view each permit, its price, and purchase a permit on the UTSA Campus Services Parking Permits website.

How to order

  • Login to MyParking
  • Click Get Permits
  • Follow on-screen instructions to choose and purchase a permit
    • Buy now, pay later? — select add to tuition/fees during checkout.
    • If registered for classes but MyParking doesn't show available permits, call (210) 458-7275 or email UTSA Parking.

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No Car? No Problem: The Runner Shuttle

By Melissa May, MA, APR, Director of Communication, Business Affairs

For students who don't own cars or don't want to deal with the hassle of parking on campus, UTSA provides a great alternative. The 'Runner, the university's transit system, transports students around campus and to nearby apartment complexes.

Riding the 'Runner is now more convenient than ever. UTSA Campus Services recently launched The UTSA 'Runner app (Apple version, Android version), which allows students to track their shuttle bus location in real-time, view schedules and arrival times, and receive up-to-date information.

For more information about these services, visit The 'Runner website, follow UTSATheRunner on Twitter, or visit the UTSA Transportation website. Also, printed schedules remain in the shuttle stops and online for quick reference.


Screenshot of Campus Services parking permit website

Meal Plan Information

Meal plans make eating on campus easy. A wide array of options are available — find out which meal plan is right for your student at the UTSA Campus Dish website.

How to order

  • Login to ASAP
  • Click Student Services, then UTSA Card menu
  • Click Meal Plan Application
  • Follow on-screen instructions and agree to your meal plan contract

UTSA Main Campus bookstore

Where to Buy Textbooks

Textbooks are available used or new for purchase or rental through the Rowdy Campus Store (Main Campus) or the Rowdy Store Downtown (Downtown Campus).

How to order

  • After registering for classes in ASAP, select Order Books Now
  • Click Student Services, then UTSA Card menu

The Rowdy Campus Store's price-matching policy is available in store or online.


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Family Spotlight: The Guerra Family Navigates a Growing Campus

When JP Guerra arrived at UTSA with his family, it had been nearly 30 years since he had seen the campus. JP had spent one semester here as a student in 1989. "The campus has gotten so big," he said. "I didn't even recognize it."

JP had come to campus with his wife Marilyn to drop off their daughter Allison at Orientation. Just three days earlier, Allison had graduated from Pearsall High School, and she was now getting set up for the fall semester at UTSA. Having successfully delivered their daughter and her belongings to where they needed to be, JP and Marilyn took a moment to relax at the Family Association Lounge in the HEB Student Union. They were pleased with how smoothly the day had gone so far.

"I get lost," Marilyn said. "But everyone here was so friendly and helpful, we didn't have any problems figuring out where we needed to go."

JP and Marilyn weren't worried about their daughter's ability to navigate the campus. One of the things that got Allison interested in attending UTSA in the first place was the summers she spent here attending the University Prefreshman Engineering Program (UPREP).

"She's familiar with campus," Marilyn said. "She knows where the Starbucks and Chick-fil-A are."

JP and Marilyn are confident that Allison will thrive as she begins her time at UTSA. "Allison has friends at school here and family members in San Antonio," JP said. "She's a good communicator. She'll let us know what's going on. And she's just an hour away from home."

UTSA's Family Association is the official membership organization for families of current students. It is a great way for them to stay informed about what is happening on campus and to interact with other parents and families. For information on joining, visit the family association website.


Upcoming Events

Conversations on Science & Art, featuring San Antonio artist Cody Vance — July 12, 2018, 5:30—7:00 p.m. South Texas Research Facility Lobby

Roadrunner Days — August 17—25, 2018

First Home Football Game, UTSA vs. Baylor — September 8, 2018

Family Weekend — September 28—29, 2018


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Not Yet a Member?

Join the UTSA Family Association Today!

Family Association Membership is free, and members receive:

  • Priority notice to register for Family Association events
  • Access to members-only student scholarships
  • Networking opportunities with Roadrunner families and staff
  • Email copy of the Family Association Newsletter