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A Message from VPSA Sam Gonzales

“Pictured Above: Vice President for Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales” Pictured Above: Vice President for Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales

"Now and forever, I am a Roadrunner." This closing line of our Roadrunner Creed holds additional meaning this month. October is the month that we welcome our alumni back for Homecoming and greet our families during Family Weekend. Both of these outstanding events reinforce the idea that the UTSA experience is valued now as well as later in life. I hope that is true for families, too. The support our students receive from family throughout their college experience is vital to their success. Our programs and services, including Family Weekend, aim to make connecting to campus easier.

Our Homecoming festivities last week were a hit. Our students, alumni and community joined together in celebrating Roadrunner spirit with a service project, comedy show, campus t-shirt trade, festival and fireworks. All this ended in a great football victory in the Alamodome. The football fan in me was thrilled, to say the least.

One of the events during Homecoming week was our 36th Annual Best Fest. It included a golf cart parade hosted by the Student Government Association, student organization food booths, entertainment and fireworks. Some of you may know that San Antonio is known for its festivals and Best Fest continued that tradition. The food our students prepared was amazing and the fireworks were incredible. I included a picture of the fireworks and be sure to check out the great pictures on our Facebook page.

Next, we celebrate Family Weekend. I look forward to seeing many of you there. It's a great weekend of activities and since it follows mid-term exams, it's a good time to connect with your student. Remember, your support means the most of all. Please let us know how we can help you stay connected, so that now and forever, you are a Roadrunner.

Best Wishes,


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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo


On September 30, 2014 UTSA President, Ricardo Romo, gave his 2014 State of the University Address. Introduced by Tom Frost, Chairman Emeritus of Frost Bank, President Romo discussed how far UTSA has come in its journey to reach Tier One status, the future plans to reach UTSA’s Tier One goal, and why UTSA is the top choice for many students to receive a quality, affordable education.

To read the full and complete transcript of President’s Romo 2014 State of the University Address please visit http://utsa.edu/president/stateoftheuniversity/2014.html.

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Roadrunner of the Month: Molly Ballard


The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Molly Ballard as Roadrunner of the Month for September 2014. Molly was nominated by Ashley Spain-Martinez, Program Coordinator for Orientation and Family Programs.

Molly is from Columbus, TX where she graduated from Columbus High School in 2012. She is currently a junior studying Communication, with a concentration Public Relations. After completing her degree, she hopes to go on to pursue her master's degree, travel the world, and give back to her family for helping her become the young woman she is today.

As a Student Coordinator in the Office of Orientation and Family Programs, Molly has demonstrated a stellar example of what it means to be a leader at UTSA. This past summer she worked diligently assisting with coordinating efforts for the summer orientation programs. Her work ethic, positive attitude, and determination helped lead her peers to finish out the summer strong and complete all the orientation sessions successfully. Ashley stated, "Molly's positive attitude and hard work ethic made her a pleasure to work with throughout the summer!"

This past August, Molly earned the coveted title of "Directors Choice" at the Orientation and Family Programs end of the year banquet. This award goes to a Student Coordinator who was recognized for their outstanding contributions to Orientation and Family Programs by demonstrating exceptional leadership, professionalism, and an outstanding work ethic. Molly is a go getter who doesn't sit back and wait for opportunities to come to her, instead she seeks out opportunities to learn and grow as a young professional.

Molly loves UTSA and everything about it and for the past two summers she has thoroughly enjoyed serving as an orientation leader and a student coordinator for the Orientation and Family Programs office. She attributes her skills and professional development to the experiences and opportunities she had been afford as a UTSA roadrunner.

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2014 Homecoming Recap

UTSA’s 2014 homecoming against Florida International University (FIU) proved to be quite a success! The Roadrunners beat FIU 16-13 in a jam packed Alamodome stadium, bringing the Roadrunner football team 1-1 within their conference division. Another highlight of this year’s homecoming was the crowning of the 2014 Mr. and Ms. UTSA.

Carl Willis, former Orientation Leader and University Housing Resident Assistant was crowned Mr. UTSA and Ileana Gonzalez, a Rowdy Wrangler and member of the UTSA Student Government Association, was crowned Ms. UTSA. This year’s homecoming court raised over $11,000 which will go towards scholarships for future Roadrunners. Congratulations to all of our Roadrunners!

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UTSA Rowdy Rec Run

UTSA Campus Recreation will host the 8th annual Rowdy Rec Run 5K race on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Come race on and around the beautiful UTSA campus and help support ProRec, a student run organization focused on professional development for those aspiring to go into the field of recreation.

Prizes will be awarded to winners of each race category while t-shirts, healthy snacks, chair massages, and giveaways will be available to all participants. Everyone is welcome to register for the family-friendly event (walkers are welcome). Registration is just $15 for students and $25 for non-students. There is also a discount for groups of 5 people or more!

For more information contact Steve Kudika at 210.458.6726 or visit our website https://campusrec.utsa.edu/fitness-wellness/activities/rowdyrecrun5k

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Official UTSA Football Watch Zone Locations


Local San Antonio Roadrunner fans looking for a location to watch their UTSA Football team play, can look no further than the Official Alumni Watch Zone spots. Scattered across the Northside of town, various restaurants and bars serve as hosts and broadcast the UTSA Football games live for fans to watch.

For more information check out the Alumni website at http://alumni.utsa.edu/watchzones

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UTSA is one of the most Military Friendly Schools in the United States


The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media Inc for the fifth consecutive year. The 2015 Military Friendly School list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools across the country that are doing the most to embrace the nation's military service members and student veterans.

The institutions on the 2015 list have shown a commitment to the recruitment of students with military experience by offering scholarships, discounts, military credit, veterans’ organizations and full-time staff dedicated to assisting veteran and military-affiliated students.

To read the rest of this article, please visit http://www.utsa.edu/today/2014/09/militaryfriendly.html

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Family Association Student Spotlight: Zack Dunn


Name: Zack Dunn
Hometown: San Antonio, TX-
Major: Finance
Minor: Legal Studies
- Extracurricular Activities: SGA (President), Mr. UTSA, Investment Society

What is your favorite tradition of Homecoming?

My favorite tradition is the Golf Cart Parade. The Golf Cart Parade is the university's opportunity to showcase all of the organizations we have on campus. Their creativity in their designs and their application of the homecoming theme to the cart is always a highlight in my year.

How has Homecoming changed throughout your time at UTSA?

When I first got to campus, it was the very first year that we had a football team. I thought that the excitement was great then, but I have seen it continue to grow since then. When you look around campus, there are more students wearing UTSA gear, more students attending athletic and other campus events, and more people proud to take part in the homecoming events geared at building a stronger campus community. 

How did you feel when you won Mr. UTSA?

Becoming Mr. UTSA was one of the proudest moments of my entire life. The work that goes into becoming Mr. UTSA and pride that you feel to be a Roadrunner all culminates in one moment and you know that your life will never be the same. Being Mr. UTSA was an honor and a blessing. I have grown even more attached to this campus and I get to see the great things we're looking to accomplish on a daily basis.

Do you do anything for luck before the football games or other homecoming events?

Absolutely! With the Sombrilla Fountain and the Iron Roadrunner Statue being at focal points on our campus, it's easy to dip one's hand in the fountain or touch a talon on the Roadrunner to get that much needed luck.

Any advice you would like to share with the freshmen regarding their first ever Homecoming experience?

The most important piece of advice I can give the freshmen or anyone on campus who wants to make an impact on UTSA during their time here is to get involved. I didn't get really involved with UTSA until my sophomore year and I wish that I had started much sooner. Getting involved, whether that's through joining organizations or just attending more events allow students to create a university experience that they are sure to remember for the rest of their lives.

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UTSA Volleyball Remains Perfect in Conference Play

As of October 8, 2014, UTSA volleyball is riding a six-match winning streak as they hit the road for a pair of Conference USA matches at Louisiana Tech and UAB.

The Roadrunners (9-7, 5-0 C-USA) are tied for first place in the league standings with conference newcomer Western Kentucky as they look to successfully defend their regular season title from a year ago.

UTSA Volleyball has notched some notable wins this season, including a five-set victory at Texas A&M, a first in program history, and the Roadrunners also defeated Baylor at home in four frames for their first triumph against the Bears since 1990.

The Roadrunners have picked up four C-USA Player of the Week awards this season. Jessica Waldrip was tabbed the circuit's top setter on consecutive Mondays last month (Sept. 22 & 29), while Dempsey Thornton (Sept. 22) and Annie Kunes (Sept. 2) earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week accolades, respectively, during September.

Article was adapted from the UTSA Athletics’ Director (AD) newsletter. To read the full, and current edition of the UTSA AD newsletter please visit http://www.goutsa.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209284955&DB_OEM_ID=13100.

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Important Spring 2014 Dates

Saturday, October 18 - Sunday, October, 19 2014: R.O.W.D.Y.S. Camp

Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25, 2014: Family Weekend

Thursday, November 27 - Saturday, November 29, 2014: Thanksgiving Holiday University Closed

Thursday, December 11, 2014: Student Study Day

Friday, December 12, 2014: Student Study Day

Saturday, December 13 - Friday, December 19, 2014: Final Exams

Thursday, December 24 - Friday, December 26, 2014: Winter Holiday University Closed

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