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A message from UTSA Vice President of Student Affairs- Dr. Gage E. Paine

Dr. Gage E PaineIf winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.” Mitchell Burgess

Poets may see fall as a time of quiet and reflection and I suppose after we change from Daylight Savings Time and the weather gets colder it can be, but on the UTSA campus the fall semester is anything but quiet! As you probably know, we have more than 30,000 students on campus this fall and things are hopping! By now students are well into their classes. Some of them – particularly the freshmen – have already had a round of tests and are beginning to understand just how tough some of these classes will be. Most student organizations have had their organizational meetings and are ready to start their activities for the fall. Athletic activities are in full swing with both Inter-collegiate sports such as volleyball, soccer and track available for students to watch and Intramural sports open for students who want to participate. In other words, there is a lot going on around here.

I hope that many of you will be able to join us in just a few weeks for Family Weekend. It is a great opportunity to come to campus. Encourage your student to take you on a personal tour of their favorite places on campus. If Family Weekend doesn’t work for your schedule, then look at the calendar and find another event to use as a good excuse. I’ve already mentioned athletics, but there are many options to consider. For instance, last weekend the rock band Kansas performed in concert with the UTSA orchestra. In a couple of weeks there will be opera. There’s Open Mic night at the UC and Roadrunner Late Night every weekend as well as the UC movie. In other words, if your student says there’s nothing to do here on the weekend, they aren’t looking very hard.

For those of us who work on campus, the fall semester is the beginning of the New Year, not the winding down of the old one. For students, it is also the beginning. Whether freshman or senior, each year has its own charm and challenge, each year has its own potential and opportunity and it all begins in the fall. This fall in particular, as our New Year gets rolling, the ‘drapes are up’, programs are blooming and the UTSA campus is a great place to be.

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Roadrunner Days 2010

Roadrunner DaysRoadrunner Days 2010- features a series of events and activities designed to provide new and returning students with an opportunity to make connections. Traditional events include the Fall Convocation, the President’s BBQ, Cultural Connections, and top notch entertainment. Students who have attended and participated in Roadrunner Days learn a lot about UTSA, showcase their UTSA spirit and tradition, and share in the common experience of welcoming in a new fall semester as a Roadrunner!

For the fall of 2010, many exciting speakers and performers were a part of the schedule. Doug Fine, Author of the common reading book for Learning Communities was featured at the Convocation with Dave Coulier from Full House and Tommy Johnagin from NBC’s Last Comic Standing performing on stage for A Night of Comedy in the Convocation Center.

Fall Convocation- took place this semester on August 23rd at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main campus. The keynote speaker at this year’s convocation was Doug Fine, author of Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living. It was the required reading for the Learning Communities Summer Common Reading for incoming freshmen this fall at UTSA. Here is a bit about his book, Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living: In this memoir of mishaps and lessons learned, Fine shares his yearlong trek to turn his newly bought New Mexico ranch into a green and sustainable environment with as little carbon fuel as possible. From using two very lovable goats for his organic food production to transitioning into a biofuel engine for his truck and even installing solar panels, Fine balances the troubling decisions Americans must consider while also revealing a host of unexpected benefits. (Courtesy of Publishers Weekly)

President’s BBQ- is one of the annual events at Roadrunner Days. Students, faculty and staff joined President, Dr. Ricardo Romo for a free BBQ dinner; free t-shirts and great entertainment.

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Family Weekend Join Us!

Family Weekend 2010Come back to campus October 22-24, 2010 for fall Family Weekend! Events and activities are now posted. Visit utsa.edu/family/weekend/ for a full schedule and registration information. Most events are “free” and the weekend will feature many perks, and prizes just for attending!

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UTSA Sets Enrollment Record with 30, 395 in fall 2010 Semester

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Business Building, UTSA Main Campus

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Sept. 17, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today that fall 2010 preliminary enrollment reached a record high of 30,395 students, an increase of 1,440 students or 5 percent over last year.

Undergraduate enrollment grew to 25,893 students, while enrollment in UTSA's graduate and doctoral degree programs experienced a 17 percent increase to 4,502 students. The increase marks a milestone for the UTSA Graduate School, surpassing 4,000 student enrollment for the first time in the university's 40-year history.

"We are pleased to see our record enrollment figures reflect our mission to become a university of first choice for students," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "The growth in our graduate school supports our goal to become one of the next premier research universities in Texas."

Read more by clicking here. (Article courtesy of UTSA Today)

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New Campus Alert Website

Campus AlertsUTSA has launched the new Campus Alerts website. The site was developed to keep students, faculty, staff and the general public informed on the status of the university during emergency situations.

Managed by the UTSA Office of Business Continuity and Emergency Management and the Office of Communications, the site is a single source for information on UTSA closures prompted by inclement weather, health and other emergencies, and construction and maintenance work. Read more by clicking here. (Article courtesy of UTSA Today)

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Family Association Update

Family AssociationThe UTSA Family Association had a busy summer hosting New Student Send-Offs across Texas and welcoming in new family members to the Association during Rowdy Ties, UTSA family orientation programs.

In early May of 2010, we also extended farewell and best wishes to Mr. Julio Joey Ramos, Assistant Director of Orientation and Family Programs as he accepted the position of Director of Student Services for the Center for Student Professional Development, College of Business at UTSA. Congratulations to Mr. Ramos and thank you for your dedicated service to the UTSA Family Association.

We are also pleased to announce that the Association has awarded four $500 scholarships for the fall of 2010. The candidates were selected by a committee of faculty, staff, students and Family Association representatives. Please join us in congratulating these deserving students.

Luther Mayberry from Houston, Texas
Ruby Camarillo from Dallas, Texas
Victoria Morales from San Antonio, Texas
Bebegol Shariatmadar from Houston, Texas

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UTSA Football Update

footballTickets for the 2011 football season went on sale to UTSA alumni on Thursday, September 16, and they will be available to the general public on Tuesday, October 5. For more information http://www.goutsa.com/

The first home game scheduled will be against Northwestern State on September 3, 2011 at the Alamodome. Season tickets are available for $120-$1,250 per seat. There are family pack options that will be available in certain sections for $280 and they will include four season tickets. UTSA students will be admitted free to all home games with a valid ID card. Students must sit in the Alamodome's designated student sections and seating is general admission in that area. More information on student policies will be available as the inaugural 2011 season approaches.

The Roadrunners recently held their historic first practice on Wednesday September 8 at Dub Farris Stadium. Seventy players — 28 scholarship and 42 walk-ons — dressed in shells participated in the 22-period practice that was capped by an intense 11-on-11 drill under the lights.

(Information courtesy of UTSA Athletics)

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UCPC Events

Here are some events that students might be interested in attending at the University Center on campus. The UCPC (University Center Program Council) has events every Wed-Sat during the fall and spring semesters. They are all free and open to the public and they are also a great opportunity for students to meet new friends and get the total UTSA campus experience! Movies are Friday and Saturday evenings in the Retama Auditorium (UC II) and there are also coffee house events and poetry jams that take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Ski Lodge (UC I near Burger King).

UC Cinema Nights
October 1/2-Grown Ups

October 8/9-The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

October 15/16-The Last Airbender

October 22/23-Inception

October 29/30-Despicable Me

More information about UCPC events can be found at : http://www.utsa.edu/uctr/programs/

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