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A Message from UTSA Interim Vice President of Student Affairs- Sam Gonzales

Dr. Gage E Paine

Our UTSA Roadrunner Football team is on a winning streak! They are 5-0 in only their second season. The Roadrunners handily won their first game within the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). They managed to do it with diligence, skill, hard work, and on the road. The team will enjoy a well-deserved break this week in preparation for seven games in a row.

Football homecoming games are a time-honored tradition; UTSA continues to build traditions and this will be our second football homecoming game. Mr. and Ms. UTSA will be named, a homecoming court will be honored, and the mighty Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) band will serenade us in their usual proud and majestic manner. On October 20, all Roadrunners – past, present, and future – are invited to come together to celebrate the Homecoming game and events. The days before will be filled with our spirited golf cart parade, Rowdy Rally, and other activities.

This is also the sixth week of class and students and families have begun to adjust to the new ways of communication – phone calls, text messages, social media, and visits for those living out of town. In the same manner that the football team has been preparing for victory, so too have students been engaged in building or refining their academic and social skills. By now, John Peace Library (JPL) and other study spots across the campus are crowded at peak times and groups are taking advantage of meeting space as their projects come due, and research is under way. Most students have learned that the librarians are here to assist them in this quest toward understanding and mastery of class subjects.

This month is a critical time as we near mid semester. Families can help students by staying in touch with the activities on campus, whether it is attending or asking about the exciting football or other sporting events. Please take an active interest by asking students about their academic or organizational experiences. And if you want to have a really great time with the Roadrunners, mark your calendars for the October 20 Homecoming game. Go Roadrunners!

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UTSA Fall Family Weekend – November 9 & 10, 2012

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Come join us in San Antonio on November 9-10 for UTSA’s Fall Family Weekend! Spend time with your student, meet faculty and staff, and connect with other Roadrunner families throughout the weekend. Show your UTSA spirit on Friday at the Main Campus for the Rowdy Rally and Open House Event (3 – 5pm). Don’t miss out on free Family Weekend t-shirts, snacks, and UTSA perks! On Saturday, make sure to wear your orange and blue to the Alamodome when the Roadrunners take on the McNeese State Cowboys from Louisiana. Check out the Family Association website www.utsa.edu/family for information about Fall Family Weekend 2012 and the Family Weekend football game day package!

The Family of the Year Contest

Encourage your student to enter your family in the annual Family of the Year contest. The Family of the Year is honored on Friday, Nov. 9th at the Rowdy Rally, as well as at the game on Saturday, Nov. 10th. The winner also receives a prize package valued at over $1,000+ including an iPad! Students should print out the application from the Family Association website and submit it, along with an essay on why their family is the ultimate UTSA family. The deadline for all entries is October 15th to Orientation & Family Programs (MS. 2.01.10).

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Tomás Rivera Center

The semester is officially underway and mid-terms are right around the corner. Students need to make sure to stay on top of their academics by utilizing all campus resources available to them. The Tomás Rivera Center (TRC) for student success is an academic support unit dedicated to providing services that will promote student success. The services include:




Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services provides tutoring as a free service to all students enrolled in supported core and gateway-to-the-major courses in Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering and the Sciences.
To learn more visit: http://utsa.edu/trcss/tutoring/



Learning Assistance

Learning Assistance supports students in becoming stronger academically. They provide Study Skills Workshops, Academic Coaching, Graduate Student Learning Assistance, and Learning Assistance Resources.
Get more info here: http://utsa.edu/trcss/assistance/


Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is a series of weekly study sessions offered to students enrolled in historically difficult courses at UTSA.
See website: http://utsa.edu/trcss/si/index.html



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UTSA Football Team Still Undefeated

UTSA wins their first-ever Western Athletic Conference game, 35-14, over New Mexico State on Saturday night September 29th. The Roadrunners (5-0) extended their winning streak to six games dating back to last season's finale and they now have outscored their opponents, 238-85, during that stretch. UTSA now has won all three of its road outings this fall after failing to do so in four chances a year ago. The next game will be Saturday, Oct 13 against Rice in Houston, Texas at 2:30 p.m. If you are in the Houston area and able to attend the game, please go cheer our Roadrunners on to Victory! For more information about the UTSA Football team visit www.goutsa.com.

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UTSA's Homecoming kicks-off October 14th . There are many events to celebrate UTSA’s Homecoming. Join us for free food, music, entertainment, and more including our second football season. There will be a comedy night, golf tournament, volunteer opportunities, Rowdy Rally, Golf Cart Parade, Football game, and much more! Check out the 2012 Homecoming website for all of the scheduled events!

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UTSA Libraries

Whether you need help doing research for a paper, a great study space, access to the latest technology or a place for your study group to meet, the UTSA Libraries have everything you need to succeed.

The UTSA Libraries include the John Peace Library on the Main Campus, the Downtown Campus Library, and our Applied Engineering and Technology Library – recognized by the New York Times and USA Today as the nation’s first bookless library on a university campus. Visit UTSA Libraries website for more info: http://lib.utsa.edu/



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Homecoming Shirts Now Available
Roadrunner Express is a small retail operation managed by the University Center—UTSA’s student center on the Main Campus. The store is the most affordable source of testing supplies on campus and also has many unique snacks and gifts.

Homecoming shirts are now available along with shirts with the motivational message “Believe in UTSA, Be UTSA”. Visit the Roadrunner Express website for more information .

Free Movies! Free Food! Free Fun!
There is always something for students to do at UTSA. After classes and some of the studying for the day is done, all students are invited to unwind at some great activities planned by the University Center Program Council (UCPC). Each student’s University Center fee helps to fund these activities which range from BBQs to Casino Nights and our popular UCinema Movie Nights. Visit the UCPC website for an overview of all the fun.


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College of Engineering and College of Business Ranked Top 10 for Hispanics

The UTSA College of Engineering and College of Business are ranked the No. 5 and No. 7 programs in the nation for Hispanics, respectively, according to Hispanic Business magazine's September 2012 issue. This is the third consecutive year the College of Engineering has been ranked and the fifth consecutive year the College of Business has been ranked among the top 10 "Best Schools for Hispanics." Read the full article on UTSA Today!




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2nd Annual Civil Rights Movement Trip in January 2013

The UTSA Student Leadership Center (SLC) and the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center (ICE) will host the second annual "The Progression: An Exploration of Civil Rights," a program that takes 40 UTSA students to sites in New Orleans, Birmingham and Memphis that have historical significance in the civil rights movement. The students will return to San Antonio to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. March on January 21.

This comprehensive trip is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how the historical movement continues to shape our future.

Students selected to participate will be responsible for a $150 non-refundable fee. The fee can be paid in full or through a set payment plan; a payment schedule will be set upon acceptance. Students can pick up an application at the Student Leadership Center (UC 1.002) or the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center (UC 2.01.04). Learn more about the Movement here. http://utsa.edu/slc/civilrights.html
Check out the 1st Annual Movement Trip Video Below:

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UTSA VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) has been a sponsored student organization at UTSA for nearly twenty years and continues to attract hundreds of students each semester who are committed to volunteerism and service. VOICES has a new advisor this year, Cristina Dominguez, Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services, who is helping the group shape their vision for the next five years and beyond.

Cristina recently attended the Alternative Break Citizenship School hosted by Break Away, a national organization committed to supporting alternative break programs at universities across the country. As part of the VOICES program enhancements, UTSA is now a member of Break Away and plans to continue to grow our Alternative Spring Break program. In the next 2 years, VOICES plans to add Alternative Breaks at other times during the academic year, and in 5 years the plan is to have an International Alternative Spring Break trip. “Alternative Spring Break is a transformational experience for students” says Dominguez. “It challenges students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities in which they are involved.”

This fall, VOICES is hosting the 2nd annual Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition, a program that sends teams of students all over campus to complete beautification projects. VOICES is also hosting Roadrunners Give Back as an official Homecoming event for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to come together in service. VOICES plans to complete over 4000 community service hours this fall with multiple projects every week at local community agencies like Habitat for Humanity, the San Antonio Food Bank, and Any Baby Can, just to name a few.

The eleven VOICES Officers are working hard to provide high quality community service projects for their peers at UTSA. With the continued support of parents and donors, VOICES plans to send several student leaders to the National Conference on Volunteering and Service next June in Washington, DC., and to the Alternative Break Citizenship School next summer. For more information about VOICES and other volunteer programs at UTSA, please contact Cristina Dominguez at 210-458-4770, Cristina.dominguez@utsa.edu, or visit our websites at www.utsa.edu/ice or www.utsavoices.org.

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UTSA Family Association Updates

2012 Family Association Scholarship Winners!

The Family Association is pleased to announce the four 2012 scholarship recipients pictured below with Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales.
Ashley Nicholson      Jessica Vanaman     Peter Norton      Elizabeth Higdon

Special thanks go out to all of the Family Association scholarship applicants!

2012 Family of the Year Essay Contest

Contest Deadline: October 15, 2012

Contest Guidelines: Essay contest open to all UTSA students and their families. For entry form and essay details visit www.utsa.edu/family/ to enter.

The winner of the contest will receive: an iPad, hotel gift certificate, UTSA gift basket, recognition at the Rowdy Rally-Nov. 9th, a plaque presented during the Nov. 10th football game, a Family Weekend football game package and your essay featured in the 2013 edition of the UTSA Family Calendar.

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Upcoming Events & Upcoming Events

Family of the Year Contest Deadline – October 15

Homecoming Week – October 14-20

Credit/No Credit Option Deadline – October 25
Deadline to choose credit/no credit grading option (undergraduate only).

Best Fest – October 26
UTSA’s annual fall festival organized by Campus Activities Board (CAB) and held in the Sombrilla on the Main Campus.

Family Weekend Football Game Package Deadline – November 2

Fall Family Weekend – November 9-10
See a description of Fall Family Weekend above under “UTSA Fall Family Weekend – November 9-10”

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