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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

Welcome to the new academic year.  It seems hard to fathom that we are already five weeks into the fall semester.  Time flies when you are having fun, learning and experiencing new things.  The college experience goes by like a whirlwind and I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying every moment of this time of growth and development with your student.  I want to extend my sincerest thanks to you for being part of the Roadrunner family.  Families are an important part of our community and we appreciate the support you provide for our students. I hope this newsletter keeps you connected to UTSA and informed of our programs, services and opportunities.

Recently, I have been meeting with student groups on campus.  During my time with them, I remind them that the college experience is a pivotal part of their lives.  It will be challenging, but worth it.  Therefore, I reminded students that they have a part to play in this, a challenge that they need to meet. Here is a little of what I have shared.

Students:  We need you to focus and excel in your academics. This goes hand in hand with the great work that our faculty and staff are doing. You need to do this like a Roadrunner:

1. Roadrunners are not afraid of a challenge. When they have a challenge, they summon up the courage and meet it head on. We would rather fail at trying something great than succeed at doing nothing.

2. Roadrunners give it the best effort. They put in the time it takes to make it happen. They do not leave anything on the table. Academic success requires hard work and you have to put the effort in every day.

3. Roadrunners help each other. We are part of a family, the Roadrunner Nation, and we help each other succeed.

4. Roadrunners are not defined by whether or not the football, volleyball or basketball team wins.  We are defined by how we live out our values.  If we are not in the game, we support our teams with our presence. We have spirit and we are engaged.

The Roadrunner Creed gives us our guiding principles. The Roadrunner creed symbolizes our aspirations as a community and as individuals. You can look to it when times are challenging and say to yourself, “Now and Forever, I am a Roadrunner.”

Please take the opportunity to talk with your student about how they can give their best academic effort this semester, help each other and refuse to let others define their experience.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Family Weekend.  Until then, please contact us if we can assist your student in anyway.  You can reach the Division of Student Affairs at vpsa@utsa.edu

Best Wishes,

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2015 Family Weekend & Family Weekend Hotel


Family Weekend is the perfect opportunity for families to reconnect with their students, visit campus, mix and mingle with UTSA faculty, staff, and other parents, catch a Roadrunner Football game, and so much more! A variety of family-friendly events will be held on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, 2015. For a full list of Family Weekend Events please visit utsa.edu/family/events.html . We hope to see you there!

Also, the UTSA Family Association is pleased to announce Staybridge Suites NW near Six Flags Fiesta as the official hotel of UTSA Family Weekend! Roadrunner guests can enjoy a 15% discount when booking with Staybridge Suites as well as a Family Weekend Reception on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 4pm-5pm (finger food and light beverages will be provided). Contact Staybridge suites at (210) 691-3443. Make sure to mention 'UTSA Family Weekend' when booking!

We hope to see you there!

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The UTSA Family of the Year 2015


The Family of the Year is one of the key highlights of Family Weekend. Students are encouraged to nominate their families and submit a brief essay as to why their family is the ultimate UTSA Family.  The Family of the Year receives tickets to the UTSA Football Game, a gift basket valued at over $1000, a plaque and is recognized at several Family Weekend Events.

Encourage your student to brag about you and you could be the next UTSA Family of the Year! Applications can be found at http://www.utsa.edu/family/scholarship.html

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Save the Dates: Fall 2015 University Career Center Events


The UTSA Career Center is a vital resource for current and former students. The Career Center provides career advising, career fairs, online mock interviews, on-campus interviews, and so much more! This fall, the Center is providing a plethora of events for students to attend. For more information about the events listed within the flyer above, students can visit RowdyJobs.com

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Roadrunner Days – 2015 – Recap


Roadrunner Days 2015 had our ‘Runners working hard and playing hard. From Late Night at the Rec, where students ate some delicious food and learned about the different programs available at the Campus Recreation Center, to the UTSA Midnight Light show, where over 4,000 ‘Runners were present to watch the University light up the sky – it was an outstanding week of collaboration and connection. 

We encourage you to visit our UTSA Student Affairs Facebook page to see if you could spot your ‘Runner in one of the Roadrunner Day photos! Go ‘Runners!

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DHS selects UTSA to Develop National Cybersecurity Standards


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has selected a team led by The University of Texas at San Antonio as its Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO) Standards Organization, responsible for developing cybersecurity information sharing standards and collaboration between the private sector and government. The other members of the team are the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) and the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).

ISAOs are considered integral to national efforts to promote secure, rapid and widespread information sharing that helps organizations detect and block increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats.

The ISAO standards developed by The University of Texas at San Antonio team will reflect the most effective and innovative ideas from the public and private sectors,” said Andy Ozment, assistant secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications.

UTSAs ISAO efforts will be led by Greg White, director of the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security and professor of computer science, with a $2 million annual grant that could be renewed for a total of five years.

This is an incredible win for UTSA,” White said. “This is the single organization in the nation that will be creating the national standards for sharing and analyzing information in cybersecurity as directed by the White House.

To read the full story, published by UTSA Today, please visit http://www.utsa.edu/today/2015/09/dhsgrant.html .

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UTSA Wins Victoria's Secret's 2015 Campus Showdown


On Thursday, September 4, UTSA won Victoria Secret’s 2015 Campus Showdown contest that included 97 schools. Several of our University administrators, such as Vice President for Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales, and President of UTSA, Dr. Ricardo Romo, got in on the competition to assist in UTSA getting to the top spot.

As the winner, UTSA will receive “the best PINK party of the year”, hosted by Victoria’s Secret. Past showdown performers have included Drake, Gym Class Heroes and Flo Rida.

UTSA Students can RSVP for the event on Facebook. Congratulations, Roadrunners!

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UTSA Football: 2015 Season Opener Highlights


Did you miss UTSA’s season opener against the Arizona Wildcats on September 3rd? No worries if you did! Check out the video below by Roadrunner Sports Network and check out the game highlights!
Click HERE to watch.

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UTSA Student Spotlight: Kellyann Elam


Name: Kellyann Elam
Hometown: Austin, Texas-
Major: International Business
Minor: None
Extracurricular Activities: Residential Assistant, Honor Society

What is your favorite aspect of Roadrunner Days?

I enjoy the camaraderie which is fostered during the transition time when the incoming freshmen transition from high school into their new college experience. The connections which they make can last a life time and often it's the ones who go out to Roadrunner Days which make the most connections as well as the most of their freshman year.

What events did you get to take part in this year?

I attended the blue and orange madness, late night at the rec, involvement fair, as well as others I'm sure but too many to remember.

How do you think Roadrunner Days have changed since you were a freshman?

This year I was actually able to attend more events due to the successful marketing. Also as a freshman you don't really know how much fun you can have at these events so this year I decided to go to the ones which I thought myself to be "too cool" to attend and those events were actually the most fun.

Do you think there is something the university should add to the events which the freshmen might enjoy?

I think more active events were you are up and moving and participating instead of simply watching the organization talk. I think the atmosphere at late night at the rec would be a good thing to emulate in the other events since it was really live and got the incoming class totally involved with a lot of upperclassmen as well as organizations.

What advice would you tell the new class of 2019 coming out of the Roadrunner Days and going into their freshman year?

I highly encourage you as the class of 2019 to get involved here on campus really lay down roots and establish traditions which can last far beyond your four years here at UTSA. I also want to wish them the best of luck since I know the transition to college can be intense with so much going on but truly take it all in since these can and should be the best years of your life but you need to go out and make it so. Sometimes the work will be tough but, trust in yourself and always be willing to ask for help if you need it. Lastly, GO RUNNERS!!

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Important fall 2015 Dates

Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 10, 2015: Family Weekend

Saturday, October 10 - Sunday, October 11, 2015: ROWDYS Camp

Saturday, November 7, 2015: UTSA Homecoming Game

Thursday, November 26 – Saturday, November 28, 2015: Thanksgiving Holiday University Closed

Monday, November 30, 2015: Withdrawal/Automatic "W" Deadline

Thursday, December 3, 2015: Student Study Day

Friday, December 4, 2015: Student Study Day

Saturday, December 5 – Friday, December 11, 2015: Final Exams

Friday, December 15, 2015: Fall 2015 Final Grades Due

Thursday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, 2015: Winter Holiday University Closed

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