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Pres. Ricardo Romo and students
President Ricardo Romo with students during
Week of Welcome

Volunteers needed for new UTSA tradition: Rowdy Days

(Aug. 9, 2004)--Wanted: Responsible, fun-loving department to guide 50 wide-eyed freshmen through Rowdy Days Aug. 23-24. As our guide, you must send us occasional e-mails, walk us to our Rowdy Days sessions and offer support.

Rowdy Days, a new tradition at UTSA, 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 on 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 send 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.

--Leigh Anne Gullett

University Communications
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