Previous Week of Welcome events
How can UTSA staff make students feel at home? Adopt a freshman.
(Aug. 11, 2004)--There is a new way UTSA faculty and staff can help new students become acclimated to UTSA -- departments can adopt a group of 50 freshmen to help guide them through Rowdy Days Aug. 23-24. Volunteers for the project are needed to sign up by Wednesday, Aug. 18.
As a guide, staff members will send occasional e-mails to the students, accompany them to Rowdy Days sessions and offer general support.
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Pictured are previous Week of Welcome events. In the top photo, UTSA President Ricardo Romo greets students at a barbeque on the Convocation Center lawn. In the lower photo (from left) are master chefs Romo; Sonia Martinez, vice president for university advancement; Rosalie Ambrosino, vice president for student affairs and Guy Bailey, provost and executive vice president.
Rowdy Days, a new UTSA tradition, is required for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. The two-day event offers team-building activities, inspirational speakers, breakout sessions on academics and student life, and a chance to bond with other students.
The students will be divided into groups of 50 with university departments serving as sponsors for each group. Each department can choose how many groups it would like to sponsor.
Sponsors will attend a brief training session, then serve as guides for their student groups on Monday, Aug. 23, and briefly in the morning on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Students will check in with their sponsors Monday morning at the Convocation Center. Sponsors will then escort their groups from session to session throughout the day.
The sponsorship also involves staying in contact with students throughout their freshman year, whether through e-mails or just being available to answer questions.
Departments interested in sponsoring a group, should e-mail Lisa Blazer their department name, the number of groups sponsoring, the name of the group leader(s) and a contact list for students.
Expectations for sponsoring a Rowdy Day group:
- Be available to lead students to various group activities Aug. 23-24.
- Participate in team-building activities and lunch with your group on Aug. 23.
- Send e-mails and possibly call students during the summer, reminding them of the Rowdy Day activities.
- Connect and get to know your assigned group through other on-campus contact during the year (i.e., meeting your group at a campus or athletics event).
- Give the students an e-mail address and contact number so they have someone to contact with questions.