Snapshots Announcements Spotlight UTSA Athletics

August 2013, Issue 8


Save the Date
Facilitators/Rowdy Leaders

August 20-22, 2013

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Jennifer B. Ehlers
Retirement Reception

August 21, 2013
UC Travis Room (UC2.202)

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Ice Block Party

Presented by The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center

August 26, 2013

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Rowdys Camp 2013

Nomination Deadline:
September 27, 2013

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Civil Rights Exploration Trip (Civil Rights Movement Trip)

Application Deadline:
September 27, 2013

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Please join Student Affairs in welcoming our newest staff members

  • Alison Smith, Campus Recreation
  • Alyxandra Dykema, University Center
  • Candice Cardoza, Admissions
  • Christina Diaz, Athletics
  • Joshua Modica, Athletics
  • Justin Volentine, Athletics
  • Kenya Rampersant, Student Health Services
  • Keyana Smith, Athletics
  • Maria Marin, Housing and Residence Life
  • Patricia McCrea, Athletics
  • Patrick Stangle, Athletics
  • Rachel Lutz, Counseling Services
  • Rebecca Revell, Admissions
  • Sean Burns, Registrar
  • Tamica Jones, Athletics
  • Tony Phan, Admissions
  • Vanessa Leyva, Housing and Residence Life
  • Victoria Lopez-Herrera, Campus Recreation

Welcome to UTSA! We are glad you are here!

Student Life - Director of Housing and Residence Life

The UTSA Office of Student Life announces the appointment of Daniel Gockley as director of housing and residence life, effective July 22.

"We are very excited about having Dan join us at UTSA in this critical role," said Kevin Price, associate vice president for student life and dean of students. "Dan is an outstanding housing professional. I'm confident he will do an excellent job for us."

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

Gender Identity and Gender Expression Protected under HOP

As of August 1, 2013 Gender Identity and Gender Expression are now protected under UTSA's Non-Discrimination Policy. For more details, please refer to Chapter 9 of the UTSA HOP.

Office of the Registrar Announcements

The Office of the Registrar provided various system announcements in this informative Registrar PowerPoint Presentation. Also, the Office of the Registrar is pleased to announce that Sean Burns has joined the Division of Student Affairs as a Web Specialist. Sean comes to the Division from the UTSA Institute for Economic Development where he was the Web Specialist working on the IED’s federal Small Business National Information Clearinghouse contract. Sean developed, managed and wrote the content for

Financial Aid and Enrollment Services – Rowdy Cents

Calling for Student Affairs Collaborators!

Student Financial Aid & Enrollment Services would like to introduce the revamped financial literacy and money management program, Rowdy Cents! Rowdy Cents offers presentations, group workshops, and one-on-ones to educate students on money management topics, such as how to set up a spending plan, credit basics, life after college, the financial importance of graduating on time, loan repayment and more.

Financial literacy programs are expanding nationwide to strengthen students’ holistic wellness and overall graduation retention. Rowdy Cents has been building partnerships and would love to collaborate with more Student Affairs departments to achieve these same goals for our UTSA students!

If you would like to collaborate or learn more about Rowdy Cents, please contact Financial Aid Outreach Specialist, Lara Crouch at 210-458-2803. Don’t forget to ‘like’ UTSA Rowdy Cents on Facebook and check out the resources and upcoming Fall workshops at UTSA Money Matters!

Roadrunner Days Are Coming!

Roadrunner Days is the official kick-off for the new school year, running Aug. 23-30 with a wide selection of free, fun and spirited events designed to welcome new and returning students with a look at campus life.

RowdyLink Reminder

Get Connected. Get Involved. Get Rowdy.

RowdyLink Brochure (Front) RowdyLink Brochure (Back)

Rowdy Rush - Exciting New Student Tradition

Freshmen can order a Rowdy Rush jersey and be part of the team when it comes on to the Alamodome field prior to every home game. Rowdy Rush members will rush the football field at the Alamodome before every home game, form a tunnel with the band, and welcome the UTSA Football team to the field!

View The Chronicle Online via the UTSA Library

Did you know that The Chronicle of Higher Education is online and accessible through the UTSA Library? Stay on top of the news of higher education by using this UTSA Library Link for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Anyone with UTSA ID and passphrase can also see from home; otherwise it is available on campus. You can also access this from the UTSA Library Home Page and click on Find Books & more UCAT. Then on the next screen type in the title of the journal.

Important Reminders from Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation will be closed due to staff training on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23.

Don't miss Late Night at the Rec on Saturday, August 24, from 9pm - 1am.

University Career Center Upcoming Events

  • Career Conference for Seniors, Graduate Students and New Alumni (Sponsored by USAA)  
    • Friday, August 23, 8:30am - 5:45pm
    • University Center
  • Part-time Job Fair
    • Thursday, September 5, 9:00am - 1:00pm
    • University Center
  • S.T.E.M. Career Expo
    • Thursday, September 26, 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • HEB UC, Ballroom
  • All-Majors Career Fair
    • Thursday, September 26, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    • HEB UC, Ballroom

CALLING ALL CAMPUS RESOURCES: Housing and Residence Life Move-In Welcome Bags

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is currently creating “Welcome Bags” for our residents in order for them to have something waiting in their rooms upon their arrival on August 23, 2013. We believe this might be a great way to show the resident’s the types of resources that are on-campus and also promote our on-campus partners!! Housing and Residence Life will provide the drawstring bag for our residents –but we need help filling the bags! If you are interested in helping us fill the bags by providing give-a-ways, small flyers, and/or items that will get our resident’s attention (and that will fit into a drawstring bag)

Please contact Susanna Knouse with any questions..

New Program Alert! Downtown Graduate Student Social Hour

Office of Student Activities is now offering a Downtown Graduate Student Social Hour.

  • An involvement opportunity sponsored by the Office of Student Activities
  • Allows graduate students to connect and communicate with other students, faculty and staff outside of the classroom
  • A relaxed, informal setting featuring live music and refreshments
  • Held once a month at the Downtown Campus to foster meaningful social interactions, stress relief and healthy, balanced living

For more information, contact Michelle Rocha at x2817.

SAVE THE DATE - Volunteer Request/Office of Housing & Residence Life

The Office of Housing & Residence Life is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring your biggest Roadrunner Pride as you help the newest “On-Campus Roadrunners” move into their new home. This is an opportunity to meet new students and show your pride as member of the UTSA community.

We invite faculty, staff and students to volunteer in 2 hour shifts from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th. Volunteers will be asked to help students and their families move personal items into their rooms and may assist with other move-in duties as needed. Click here for additional information and the volunteer form. Please share this information with student groups and those who may not have access to email.

Completed volunteer forms and any questions should be sent to Karen Pfiel. Thank you.

Student Activities Upcoming Events

  • Howdy Rowdy Bash
    • Thursday, September 5
    • Convocation Center East Lawn
  • Registered Student Organization Involvement Fairs
    • Aug 25: Spiritual/Religious Fair
    • Aug 27: New Student Involvement Fair: Main Campus
    • Aug 29: New Student Involvement Fair: DT Campus
    • Sept 4 & 5: Main Campus
    • Sept 12 & 16: Downtown Campus
  • State Mandated Risk Management Trainings 2013-2014
    • Student Sessions: August 27, September 11, 12, 14
    • Advisor Sessions: September 13, October 10, November 6

Inclusion & Community Engagement Center

Many events coming up, and please be on the lookout for information about the Documentary Series and other great programs!

  • August
    • 8/26 4:30–6:30 pm ICE Block Party (H-E-B UC Ballroom)
  • September
    • 9/18 10:00-1:30 pm Volunteer Opportunities Fair (Main Campus)
    • 9/24  12:00–3:00 pm  Calle UTSA (UC Paseo)
    • 9/24  11:00-1:00 pm  Volunteer Opportunities Fair (DT Campus)
    • 9/27  ALL DAY        Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition

San Saba Hall – New Residence Hall Opening This Fall

San Saba Hall Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Please join Dr. Ricardo Romo as we formally open the newest residence hall at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

A Living and Learning Community
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 3:00pm
San Saba Hall Main Entrance
Ceremony with Open House to follow

  • Home to 601 students, 16 Resident Assistants, 1 Community Assistant and 1 Complex Coordinator
  • The main entrance area provides a central location for students to relax, watch TV, and have small group discussions
  • Single Rooms with a shared bathroom
  • Amazing views, classroom in the building, wireless access, superior programming and many other amenities
  • San Saba Hall will include several themed communities including:
    • College of Engineering
    • Honors (which includes Top Scholars, Terry Scholars, Honors College and Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME) students)
    • Leadership and Service Lifestyle Floor; Student Leadership Center

LeaderShape 3 Year Reunion, Classes 2011 - 2013

The LeaderShape Institute @ UTSA will be holding its 3 Year Reunion on August 27, 2013, from 3pm - 5pm in the Denman Room UC 2.01.28.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

It is the time of year for many chapters within our fraternity and sorority community to recruit new members. Below are important dates noting the activities related to joining their lifelong communities.

  • General Events:
    • Roadrunner Days: Fajita Fest
      • August 29, 2013
      • 5:00-7:15 PM
      • East Lawn
    • Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Conference
      • October 5, 2013
      • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      • University Center 
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment Events:
    • Open Forum
      • September 6, 2013
      • 5:00-7:00 PM
      • HUC Ballroom
    • Orientation
      • September 8, 2013
      • 3:00-5:00 PM
      • UC Retama
    • Bid Day
      • September 16, 2013
      • 4:00 PM
      • Central Plaza
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Events:
    • Chapter Showcase
      • September 13, 2013
      • 6:00 PM
      • HUC Ballroom 1
    • Beat the Heat
      • September 19, 2013
      • 6:30-8:30 PM
      • UC Denman
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Events:
    • Meet the Greeks
      • September 4, 2013
      • 7:00-10:30 PM
      • UC Denman
  • Panhellenic Council (PHC) Recruitment Dates:
    • Formal Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
      • September 12-16, 2013
      • Must Register to Participate
      • Deadline: September 8
    • Bid Day
      • September 16, 2013
      • 5:00 PM
      • Central Plaza

Pep Rally Downtown

An event open to all UTSA students, faculty and staff sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

  • Wednesday, September 4, 12pm - 1pm
  • UTSA’s Downtown Campus in Bill Miller Plaza
  • For more information, contact Keith Pilger at ext. 2836 Can Help UTSA Departments Fill Student Job Positions

UTSA departments in need of student employees have an excellent resource in the website, hosted by the University Career Center.

At, UTSA faculty, staff and departments can post job openings. Both work-study and non-work study positions on campus should be posted there for all eligible students to view and apply for.

The University Career Center will host a part-time job fair for both on-campus and off-campus part-time jobs Thursday, Sept. 5 in the H-E-B University Center. There is no charge for UTSA departments to attend. Register for a table at the job fair at

Posting your on-campus student job position is simple, fast and flexible. To post a job:

    •   Log on to
    •   Click on the "Employer" tab at the top.
    •   Log on or create a new account.
    •   Select "My Jobs" to post a new position or repost an
         existing, vacated job.

Career center staff can assist in creating new positions or in recruiting eligible students. The University Career Center has other excellent online resources for students and employers. For more information on University Career Center services, visit or contact Victoria Tesillo at 210-458-4588.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

UTSA Football Fans Encouraged to ‘White Out’ Oklahoma State on Sept 7

The Oklahoma State colors are black and orange, UTSA's are blue, orange and white -- and the fans of both teams tend to wear orange. In anticipation of a large, orange-clad Cowboys contingent at the Sept. 7 football home opener at the Alamodome, Roadrunners fans are asked to wear white.

UTSA Athletics online merchandise provider,, has a wide array of white apparel in men's, women's and children's sizes including t-shirts and hats for UTSA fans. The football team will follow the lead of its fans and will wear all white against its first-ever Big 12 opponent. Kickoff for the nationally televised game on FOX Sports 1 will be at 11 a.m.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

Student Government

Student Government Elections will be held September 10-11 with the results being announced on September 12. Students can vote online 24 hours via ASAP.

Student Government will be hosting a National Voter Registration Day event in the afternoon on Tuesday September 24th on the Paseo.

Dental Screenings & DT Health Fair

Student Health Services is now hosting free dental screenings at the Recreation and Wellness Center 1.806 classroom, offered via a collaboration with the UTHSCSA Dental School faculty and their students, who will conduct the dental screenings.

  • A dental professional will:
    • Examine your mouth, gums, and teeth.
    • During the screening they will look for signs of infection, cavities, periodontal disease, receding gums, and oral cancer.
    • If problems are identified, the dental professional will follow up to make an appointment or will refer you to an area dentist for care.
  • Call 458-4142 to schedule an appointment.
  • Dental screening appointments for the month of August are scheduled on Mondays between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Start Up date for the Fall is September 13 and 14 (Thursday and Friday) from 1-4 pm. Dental screening days are Thursdays and Fridays throughout the Fall semester except holidays.

DT Health Fair, Save the Date!

  • Student Health Services is hosting the Health Fair at the DT campus on Wednesday, October 2nd. Details to follow as we get closer to October.

Orientation and Family Events

  • Orientation Leader Recruitment
    • Applications available online Sept. 16
    • Application deadline Oct. 9
    • Encourage a student to apply
  • R.O.W.D.Y.S. Camp, Oct 12-13 at TBarM Ranch
    • Nominations accepted online until  Sept. 27
    • Selected students have until Oct. 3 to accept/decline  camp
    • Visit to nominate a student today!
  • Fall Family Weekend, Nov 8-9

Rowdy Wing Fling

An Alcohol Education Event that is open to all UTSA students sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Risk Education, Alcohol and Drug Programs.

  • Both campus and community offices are invited.
  • Free wings, games, booths and concert to promote responsible drinking.
  • Held on Friday September 27, 2013 at UTSA’s Main Campus from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.
  • For more information, contact Keith Pilger at ext. 2836

Texas Conference for Women

The 14th Annual Texas Conference for Women is being held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the Austin Convention Center. The Application Deadline is October 28, 2013. The UTSA Student Leadership Center is offering a scholarship to attend this event.

For more information contact the UTSA SLC at 210-458-7967.

Student Leadership Center Upcoming Events

There are many events on the calendar for the Student Leadership Center:

  • 2014 Civil Rights Exploration Trip
    • January 7-11, 2014 & MLK March, January 20th
    • Application deadline: September 27th
  • Student Facilitators for the CRMT
    • Application deadline: September 27th
  • Texas Conference for Women
    • November 19, 2013
    • Application deadline: October 28th
  • Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference
    • January 16-19, 2014
    • Application deadline: November 6th
  • Roadrunner of the Month
    • Nominations due by 4 p.m. on the last Monday of every month
  • Storytelling Series
    • November 13, 2013
    • Interest forms for students available on RowdyLink

For more information contact the UTSA SLC at 210-458-7967.

UTSA Day - Fall 2013

UTSA Day is the perfect opportunity to see what it's like to be a Roadrunner. Attendees spend the day exploring our scenic campus bustling with student activity and excitement. Our information fair and presentation sessions will feature our nine colleges, financial aid, scholarships, housing and our many student services. Future students and their families should circle October 19, 2013, on their calendar, and visit UTSA between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

  • Information Fair
  • Presentation Sessions
  • Campus Tours
  • Housing Tours

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 210-458-5145.

Let Us Show You Around!

Prospective students and their parents, guardians and families can take a tour of our Main and Downtown campuses to feel the energy at UTSA. Talk to students, grab a bite to eat and learn what it's really like to wear the orange and blue. Also, be sure to save time after your tour to explore our beautiful city of San Antonio.

  • Main Campus Daily Tours
    • Weekdays 10am and 2pm
    • Select Saturdays at 10am and 12pm
    • For tour availability and to register, please visit
  • Downtown Campus Daily Tours
    • Weekdays at 10am
    • For tour availability and to register, please visit
  • 2014 Springbreak Tours

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 210-458-5145.

UTSA begins move to tobacco-free and smoke-free campuses

The transition of the UTSA campuses to tobacco-free and smoke-free status will begin June 1, 2013. Through this one-year transition period, smoking and the use of tobacco products will be restricted to designated areas on campus.

UTSA is committed to supporting students and employees who wish to stop using tobacco products. For students, resources are available through Student Health Services. For employees, resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program.

The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Administration requests our help in spreading this message by posting this Tobacco Free flyer (PDF) in your public spaces as well.

For the full article, visit UTSA Today.

Important Newsletter Deadlines

      • Newsletter is distributed the 2nd Wednesday
        of every month
      • Newsletter submissions are due by 5pm on
        the Monday before
the newsletter is distributed
      • Thank You Rowdy message for new recipient and
        photo are due by 5 pm on the Monday before
        the newsletter is distributed

Please email with your articles and photographs, or if you have questions.