It’s Fiesta time in San Antonio! For families who don’t know about Fiesta, it is San Antonio’s biggest party. According to the website, Fiesta began in 1891 with one parade and now has more than 100 events. The website also describes Fiesta as “A Party with a Purpose” since each event is produced by a non-profit organization as a fund-raiser to benefit the people of San Antonio.
You are likely to hear students refer to something that sounds like Ni-oh-sa. That’s spelled NIOSA and means a Night in Old San Antonio. NIOSA takes place in La Villita, the historic village in downtown San Antonio and includes food, drink and music from the many different cultures that make up the San Antonio community. Of course, there are several parades, even one for pets, but the three biggest are the River Parade, the Battle of the Flowers Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau parade which takes place at night. But that just begins to explain Fiesta. For eleven days and nights there are art shows, coronations, street dances and formal balls. There are fashion shows, 10K walks, croquet tournaments, and soccer matches. There is even a Mariachi Mass at the beautiful San Fernando Cathedral. There is, quite literally, something for everyone.
If you already know about Fiesta, you might not know how UTSA is involved every year. We help kick-off the event with Fiesta UTSA (pronounced OOT-SA) on campus. Following the tradition of a party with a purpose, student organizations sell food to raise funds to support their activities. The highlight of the event is an appearance by Fiesta Royalty – King Antonio, El Rey Feo and their courts in full regalia are the most memorable on that day. The Fiesta queens will attend, but their time to shine with their courts and beautiful gowns will come later. On Monday night UTSA will have a float in the River Parade with students waving, a small music combo of UTSA faculty providing music, and usually, President Romo singing along through the entire ride. Mr. and Ms. UTSA will be the stars on the UTSA float in the Battle of Flowers parade on Friday afternoon.
Fiesta is one of the ways San Antonio is unique. I hope sometime during the time your students are part of UTSA you will find a way to enjoy Fiesta with them. And once you have, you’ll know why UTSA says “Viva Fiesta!”
UTSA float at the 2009 Battle of Flowers Parade
UTSA will continue celebrating Fiesta San Antonio week as the 2nd annual Party in the Paseo will be held April 22nd. The event will offer free food, games, prizes and live music in a alcohol free environment. Click here for more information.
Environmental awareness will be on full display throughout the week, as UTSA hosts a number of events designed to educate the community on living more “green”. More than 30 UTSA and community organizations will be on hand to share information on sustainability, recycling, and water and energy conservation. View the entire list of events by clicking here.
Parents may know that registration has been underway since April 8th, but freshmen registration does not start until April 21st. The ASAP registration system will open up at 7 am for freshmen to begin selecting classes. ASAP also allows students to search for classes before they register. This helps students determine which class times and locations are still available. Online course registration will be available through August 17th.
The season doesn’t kick off until 2011, but UTSA Football continues to negotiate with schools, as they recently announced games against a Big 12 school and two PAC 10 teams, for the near future. The full schedule for 2011 is complete and the 2012 games are nearing completion. View the full story by clicking here, and find out how you can be part of the hardhitting action!
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UTSA recently launched a new campaign that aims to educate students about how their education is funded and builds pride on campus. Roadrunners 4 Life (RR4L) is all about celebrating lifelong connections to UTSA and invites students to honor everything UTSA has to offer, which is more than just a diploma. Students learn how giving back impacts our campus and hear from alumni who give back to UTSA. Student giving campaigns are common on major university campuses as they are an important vehicle through which students learn about the importance of giving back while strengthening campus pride. RR4L has received very positive feedback from students on campus and marks a new tradition of student giving at UTSA. You can check it out at http://www.utsa.edu/rr4l.
The UC Information Center now offers discounted movie tickets good for all Santikos Theaters. The Santikos SuperSaver passes cost $6.00 compared to a $9.50 regular-priced ticket, and it never expires. Restricted only from "special engagements." Stop by the UC Info Center today to make your movie going more affordable. Locations close to UTSA include the Palladium IMAX, Silverado and Northwest 14 theaters. Click here for a full list of of the eight theater locations.
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