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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

I am thankful.  I am grateful. I am appreciative. Not just in November, but all through the year. 

Thanks to all our Roadrunner families for their support as our students prepare for final exams.  UTSA services and programs are gearing up to provide an optimal level of support for students as they confirm their academic success and conclude the semester.  From the University Center Study Center hours to Stress Down Days events and the Late Night Breakfast, we will be with them every step of the way.

I am thankful. 
This year, our university has received recognition for its stellar academic curriculum and the scholarly achievement of our faculty, among other things. We are a world-ranked institution, not once, but twice. I am thankful that others know what we have known all along.

I am grateful.
I continue to be amazed at the tenacity of our students.  They are focused academically, leading 360 student organizations, serving campus as student employees and balancing engagement, involvement, academic and career preparation.  I am continually grateful for their hard work and determination.

I am appreciative.
Our Roadrunner families are great contributors to our success as an institution.  Staying connected through social media, joining the Family Association, recruiting new Roadrunners, encouraging your student and attending campus events are just a few examples of families’ dedication to our progress.  I am appreciative of your efforts to foster your student’s  journey to academic success.

Best Wishes,

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Fall 2015 Study Days & Final Exam Schedule


At the end of each Fall and Spring Semester, the two days prior to the beginning of the final examination period are designated as Student Study Days - classes do not meet during these days. Fall 2015 Study Days will take place Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 2015.

Final examinations or other evaluative activities are the accepted standard in all organized courses. These exams and evaluations are held at the close of each semester and summer term. The time and place of final examinations for organized courses are given in the University’s Final Examination Schedule which appears in the UTSA Schedule of Classes for each semester and summer term session (https://asap.utsa.edu/terms.htm). Final examinations given during the Final Examination Schedule must be given on the dates and at the times when they are scheduled and in the places where they are scheduled. Fall 2015 final exams are scheduled Saturday, December 5 thru Friday, December 11, 2015.

The University Center will be a 24-hour student study zone December 3 thru December 11, 2015 in support of each student’s academic success – the majority of the UC rooms will be available to utilize in preparation for final exams. 

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Winter Break 2015 Dates


The Fall 2015 semester officially ends December 11, 2015 with final course grades due Tuesday, December 15 by 2:00pm. Official grades will load onto students’ ASAP accounts a few days later. Spring 2016 begins Monday, January 11, 2016.

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Students Adrian Guajardo and Manojna Kintada named 2015 Mr. and Ms. UTSA


UTSA students Adrian Guajardo and Manojna Kintada were named Mr. and Ms. UTSA during the halftime show at the Nov. 7 Homecoming football game. Sponsored by the UTSA Office of Student Activities and the UTSA Homecoming Committee, the award recognizes UTSA students striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.

Showcasing some of UTSA's finest students, the 2015 Homecoming Court also included Jaswanth KintadaLauren LopezJalen McKee, and Melanie Spiller.

Candidates competed in several categories including an application process, formal interview, a platform presentation and a student vote for the chance to be named Mr. and Ms. UTSA. While each member of the Homecoming Court would be a capable representative of the university, only two can claim the honor.

Manojna Kintada, a sophomore, biology major from San Antonio, shows her UTSA pride in many special ways. As a member of the UTSA College of Science Dean's Student Advisory Council and the Heart Health student organization, she advocates for her fellow students and helps promote healthy lifestyles. She is a member of the Indian Cultural

Association and the UTSA Ambassadors, where she gives countless hours of service to UTSA. Her platform presentation centered on E-tutoring.

Adrian Guajardo, a junior, business major from McAllen, Texas, shares his enthusiasm for UTSA as a member of the UTSA Spirit Program and is a good friend of Rowdy. He serves the Student Government Association as Student Affairs Chair and has been an Orientation Leader at UTSA. He is also president of the UTSA Table Tennis Club. He has represented UTSA at many leadership conferences. His platform presentation advocates for resting stations on campus.

Adrian and Manojna will serve as the 2015 Mr. and Ms. UTSA. Through the next year, they will represent the student body and the university at a number of special events and functions.

Republished with permission from the UTSA Office of Student Activities.

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BestFest 2015 – Recap


The 37th annual BestFest was hosted, Friday, November 6, 2015. BestFest, an annual celebration, began in 1978 as "a special salute to five of the state's outstanding festivals," including New Braunfels' Wurstfest, Corpus Christi's Buccaneer Days, San Antonio's Fiesta, the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and George Washington's Birthday Celebration in Laredo. It was presented by the student organization Variety 79.

In 1979, the event was said to be "a salute to five of the city's outstanding festivals: Fiesta Navidena, King William Fair, La Feria del Rio, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Texas Folklife Festival."

This year's theme was the same as the Homecoming 2015 theme: Rowdy Around the World. The event featured live music, a carnival, food & drink booths, a Golf Cart Parade, and the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular.

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New UTSA Emergency Alert System & Emergency Module for UTSA App


The UTSA Office of Emergency Management recently teamed up with OIT Application/Development Services and University Communications & Marketing to develop a new feature to the UTSA app: Emergency Information.

The emergency information module on the app now lets you direct dial to UTSA Police emergency (458-4911) and non-emergency (458-4242) if you are in need of immediate assistance or require security services, such as a safety escort to your vehicle at night or to report a crime. You can also call the weather/notification hotline, 458-SNOW (7669), directly from the app to check the university status during inclement weather.

Another great feature of the module connects you to the UTSA Campus Alerts website (www.alerts.utsa.edu), which is a clearinghouse for emergency preparedness tips and information regarding campus operations. The module also provides a direct pathway to the online version of the emergency response guide, thereby providing you with university emergency procedures right at your fingertips, wherever and whenever you need them!

The UTSA app is available for both Apple and Android platforms. To download: (a) visit the app store from your phone, (b) click on install, then (c) verify the app downloaded to your home screen. If you already have the UTSA app on your phone, don’t forget to run a quick update from the app store. Once downloaded, take time to familiarize yourself with the features. You can also customize your view of the UTSA app by clicking on settings then layout, which allows you to change the app layout between grid, list, or sidebar. Don’t delay, download the app today!

Families can also receive alerts from the UTSA Police Department via text messages by texting “Follow @UTSA_police” to 40404 (text “Stop” to discontinue receiving alerts).

Questions about the emergency information module? Email the UTSA Office of Emergency Management at BePrepared@utsa.edu or call x6851. Be Rowdy Ready!

For more information about UTSA’s Emergency Management please visit http://alerts.utsa.edu/ .

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Leave your Mark and Pave the Paseo!


The UTSA University Center (UC) and the UTSA Alumni Association relaunched the Pave the Paseo campaign in 2008 as an opportunity for alumni to leave their mark on campus. Engraved bricks are located down the UC Paseo between the UC buildings and serve as a point of pride for many alumni. They are also an inspiration to current Roadrunners as they pursue their education.

Walking down the UC Paseo, it is easy to see how the bricks can be a family or group affair. With around 68,000 bricks still available, there are plenty of opportunities for UTSA alumni and their family members to purchase their very own brick. A custom engraved brick could even serve as a thoughtful and memorable graduation gift for the Roadrunner in your family.

Each brick can be purchased for $150 and the funds raised go toward scholarships and University Center programs for students. The bricks are installed each summer and winter. Payment plans are also available.

If you are interested in purchasing a brick, visit alumni.utsa.edu and click on “Pave the Paseo”.

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Student Spotlight: Isabella Beltri


Name: Issy Beltri
Hometown: Round Rock-
Major: Psychology
Minor: General Business administration
Extracurricular Activities: Triathlon club, Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority Inc, Orientation Leader/Team Leader, Resident Assistant
  1. As finals are approaching, how do you plan to prepare?

I plan on preparing for finals by scheduling time to study for each subject throughout the day, so that I don’t cram the day before. I will also take routine study breaks and personal breaks to do physical activity.

  1. What is the best way to study for finals in your opinion?

I type out my lecture notes in a manner that I can read back to myself in an understandable fashion. I always ask a friend to sit down and listen to me read over the material!

  1. What advice would you give to freshmen who are about to take their first college final?

Study. Relax. Take a Break. Don’t forget to have a little time for fun!

  1. After finals is winter break; what are your plans for this winter break?

I plan on visiting my family and stuffing my face with home cooked food. I also plan on going on a run and train for my triathlon!

  1. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Going to my dad’s house for New Years! Over there we throw a big New Year’s party that is typically themed and FILLED with activities for everyone to do throughout the night. Some typical activities we will do is  make a list of our new year’s resolution and then tie it up to a balloon and set it free in the air,  gather 12 pennies from a jar, eat 12 grapes once the clock strikes midnight, and end the night with a giant feast!


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Important fall 2015 Dates

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

Friday, January 1, 2016: Winter Holiday University Closed

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