(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
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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