(March 8, 2010)--The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging all Texas spring breakers to avoid traveling to border cities in Mexico because of drug-related violence in northern Mexico. In keeping with the concern for the safety of students and the entire UTSA community, UTSA will host events March 8-11 to raise awareness of fun and safe Spring Break activities and health resources at UTSA and in the community. Read more about the special events on UTSA Today.
"There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel-related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed," said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw.
The U.S. State Department Web site lists several travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. Travelers should check that site for the latest information related to security issues in Mexico.
During the spring break season, DPS will have extra troopers on patrol looking for DWIs, seatbelt violators and speeders.
"We want Spring Break to be memorable, but in a good way," said David Baker, assistant director of the Texas Highway Patrol. "You don't want to get arrested for DWI, receive a ticket or be injured somehow because you were irresponsible. Have fun, but please be safe."
Tips for a safe Spring Break
The UTSAPD and UTSA Outdoor Pursuits will teach and assist students, staff and faculty in basic bike repair.
Recreation Wellness Center, Outdoor Resource Center, Main Campus
he celebration will feature live music, food and drinks, Fiesta medals and royalty, and plenty of cascarones! The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Shari Huhndorf, Department Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and specializing in Native American Literature and Culture will present her current work during two public lectures.
John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
A brand new official Fiesta event is sponsored by UTSA and San Antonio Parks Foundation. This live country music festival features artists all day and night, dance lessons, merchants, a mechanical bull, food and drinks.
UTSA Park West Athletics Complex
The winners of the vocal area of the Concerto and Aria Competition will perform accompanied by the UTSA Orchestra.
Arts Building Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy invites all UTSA students to come grab a slice of pizza and introduce themselves to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons, Downtown Campus
The town hall is an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the President's Initiative for the Downtown Campus, ask questions, and offer perspectives on potential challenges and benefits.
Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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