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

Dr. Gage E Paine

UTSA is an amazing place. That is never more apparent than during the month of April. April is "banquet season" in Student Affairs. From the Athletics Banquet to the Honors Gala, the Student Government Association inauguration to the Who's Who installation, to other year-end events too numerous to name, staff are privileged to have seats at the best show in town. We see slide shows of the events and hear in-jokes about the good times – little glimpses of the experiences of UTSA students. We hear speeches and listen to groups of students talk about what they learned this year. We see presentations of academic excellence and celebrate student-athletes who have won championships (soccer, volleyball, men's basketball and men's indoor track & field so far this year). In other words, in April we see the blossoms, the fruits of the year's work of UTSA students, faculty and staff.

I'm sorry you can't be here to see it all. Event after event, I find myself awed by their accomplishments. It's why I know I have the best job in the world. Thank you for sharing your students with us. They are great people who are doing great things—here and in the community. Click here for a few pictures to share in the fun.

All the best and have a great summer,

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NCAA Final Four Tournament Win

Men’s Basketball earned UTSA its first ever win in a NCAA tournament. The Roadrunners, who were the second youngest team in the tournament, beat Alabama State 70-61 to advance to the second round against #1 Ohio State. Although the team fell short of an upset, the UTSA community is very proud of our student athletes.

For a behind the scenes look of the team’s NCAA Tournament trip, watch Running with the Roadrunners.

Picture by Jeff Huehn, courtesy of UTSA Athletics Communications

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Financial Aid Legislation Update

The University of Texas at San Antonio and other institutions across the state and nation are currently facing potential cuts to state and federal aid programs. We are continuing to monitor Federal and State legislative decisions regarding educational funding. The upcoming academic year will be very challenging especially as we attempt to provide students with the best possible financial aid award. We understand that an accurate financial aid award is needed to aid students in planning for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Because of these uncertainties and pending outcomes of the state legislature, we have decided not to include awards for the following programs in initial award packages (for students who may be eligible): Texas Grant, Top 10% Scholarship, and the B-on-Time Loan. Other aid programs may also be affected. Without decisions about funding for these programs, financial aid awards at this time can only be estimates. Financial aid award packages may increase or decrease depending on the funding for these programs and student eligibility.

Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will revise awards to include or adjust aid based upon decisions made at the state and national levels. We do not have a timeline for these revisions as we are unsure of the timing for both state and federal legislative decisions.

We understand the importance of financial aid and we are committed to student success here at UTSA. Questions or concerns may be directed to us at 1-800-669-0919 (toll free), 210-458-8000, or FinancialAid@utsa.edu. We also maintain active sites on Facebook and Twitter. We thank you for your patience and hope to be able to provide further information in the near future.

Content provided by Office of Student Aid and Enrollment Services.

*The Family Association Scholarship will be available online Monday, May 16, and we will accept applications through Friday, August 19. These scholarships are available exclusively for the students of Family Association members.

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Supporting Your Student During Finals

Finals can be a nerve-wracking time for even the most prepared student. Below are some tips you can provide to your student and a few suggestions on how you can help your son or daughter over the next couple of weeks.

Study Tips for Preparing for Final Exams:

Check out the TRC Learning Assistance website at http://utsa.edu/trcss/assistance for more tips on a variety of study topics.

Tips for Family Members:

Author: Lisa Johns, Director of Learning Assistance & Assessment, Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success

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Fiesta UTSA

Fiesta UTSA once again helped kickoff Fiesta, San Antonio’s 11-day city-wide celebration. Student organizations came out in full swing selling treats during one of the largest student led fundraising events of the year. Live music and a visit from Fiesta Royalty rounded out the day’s events.

To learn more about Fiesta UTSA and to see a video recap, check out Campus Activities Board’s blog.

Picture courtesy of VP of Student Affairs Office

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Spring Football Game in the Alamodome

The Roadrunner football team took the field this Fiesta season for a scrimmage attended by thousands of fans. For game highlights and photos, visit UTSA’s Athletics article on the Inaugural Football Fiesta Spring Football Game.

Ready for the football season? Order your season tickets now! Packages for a family of four start as low as $280.

Picture by Jeff Huehn, courtesy of UTSA Athletics Communications

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The Daily Show Interviews UTSA Political Science Chair

Dr. Mansour El-Kikhia, Chair of the Political Science department, made the rounds on television programs such as The Daily Show and NewsHour. Born in Libya, Dr. El-Kikhia is an expert in the politics of the north African country and a valued faculty member at UTSA.

Click on the above links to watch his television interviews.

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Great Conversations

UTSA Honors College hosted the 11th annual "Great Conversation!," a signature fundraising event that supports Honors College scholarships, on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The evening featured more than 35 tables with various discussion topics related to science, politics, leisure, education, business and the arts. Established in 2002, the college's current enrollment is nearly 800 students. The need for additional scholarship support is significant to remain competitive and retain Honors College students at UTSA. According to Dr. Ann Eisenberg, Associate Dean of the Honors College, in its first ten years, “the Great Conversation has raised the number of endowed scholarships in the Honors College from 11 to 29 and has allowed us to award almost $700,000 in annual scholarship funds to 250 students. The event also has helped us send 28 Honors students to Washington, D.C. through the UT-System Archer Fellows program.”

Benjamin Barkley from Houston is one of many students who have benefited from the scholarships. Barkley interned at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., as a UTSA Archer Fellow. He is an Honors Studies major, fluent in three languages and a member of the UTSA debate team. Barkley credits his achievements to the support he has received at UTSA. "I feel that the Honors College provides me an opportunity to serve others and demonstrate a positive example of what it means to be a young college student," said Barkley. Barkley currently is interning fulltime during the 82nd legislative session.

Table conversation leaders this year included Bexar County Judge Nelson speaking on the science of poker; Johnny Hernandez, chef and owner of La Gloria, leading discussion on the great street foods of Mexico; and JoAnn Boone, president of Rio San Antonio Cruises, leading discussion on how the River Walk contributes to San Antonio. For more information, visit the Great Conversation! website.

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Family Association Update

Family Association

As the spring semester winds down, students and staff are hosting events made possible by the support of the Family Association. Below is a recap of the most recent of these events.

These projects, along with others, received financial support from donors to the UTSA Family Fund and were decided on through a competitive grant process overseen by the UTSA Parent Council. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Parent Council representative, contact Jana Kennelly, Director of Development, (210) 458-5125, jana.kennelly@utsa.edu or Jeff Mayo, Associate Director of Orientation and Family Programs, (210) 458-4724, jeff.mayo@utsa.edu.

Picture courtesy of Inclusion and Community Engagement

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Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Congratulations to all our graduates! Commencement gives graduating students the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive their well earned diplomas. The ceremony is our recognition of the students, families, and friends who make up the UTSA community. Commencements will occur on Thursday, May 5, 2011 until Saturday, May 7, 2011 at various times depending on the college. For more information and exact times, visit the Commencement website.

Move Out Date
The end of the academic year also means many students are moving out of their on-campus housing. If your student lives in Laurel or Chaparral Village, he or she must move out 24 hours after his or her last exam. Student living in University Oaks and Chisholm Hall have until May 8th to move out. Here are a few items your student should keep in mind (PDF) when moving out of an on-campus residence.

Volunteer Opportunities
Coffee Talk at Family Orientation: Help welcome new Roadrunner family members as they arrive on campus for Rowdy Ties, the family orientation program. We need Family Association members to join campus administrators to meet and greet new families over a cup of coffee every Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 am outside the Retama Auditorium on the Main Campus, from May 31 – August 2. The Rowdy Ties participants will be between check-in and the official welcome, and a strong showing of support will help them feel like a part of campus right away. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff Mayo at 210.458.4724 or jeff.mayo@utsa.edu with the dates you are available by Tuesday, May 24.

Summer Send Offs: Can’t make it to San Antonio to get involved with the campus community? Join us at a Summer Send Off in your hometown! UTSA will host events around Texas to welcome new Roadrunners and their families, introduce them to UTSA traditions and staff, and network new and current families from the same area of the state. Keep an eye out for an email with dates and locations.

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