(Aug. 13, 2010)--A redesigned UTSA home page will be launched the evening of Aug. 13. The new site better reflects UTSA's strategic goals and features easy-to-find information for the primary target audiences of prospective faculty members, students and parents.
The redesigned site comes with the university push for Tier One research status, recent academic advances, addition of a football program and development of a more traditional university environment. With more students living on and near the Main Campus, the new site reflects evolving campus life with more evening and weekend events and activities.
"The previous site, which was launched in 2007, included a lot of lists and links that made it difficult for users to find information quickly," said Shashi Pinheiro, UTSA associate director of Web services. "Navigation is improved tremendously on the new site. You can immediately see areas for admissions, academics, campus life, athletics, alumni and other areas."
Craig Evans, UTSA executive director of creative services, said, "The redesigned site is more contemporary. We wanted it to reflect our beautiful campuses and to spotlight the exciting things going on at the university, and I think we have done that."
In the design process, efforts were made to accommodate broad internal and external audiences with streamlined access to colleges, degree programs and campus services. The new website promotes news, events, and academic and research information, keeping in mind the primary target audiences, everyday users, the growing number of alumni, research organizations, corporations, businesses and donors.
The new site also reflects UTSA new visibility and outreach efforts in the community with consideration of the university's strategic goals of serving society through research and community outreach, promoting access and affordability, enhancing recruitment and retainment, and enriching experiences by focusing on campus life.
This is an opportunity for students to learn everything they need to know about their major and college. Each UTSA academic college has a lot to offer including mentoring, class information, support and research opportunities.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campus
This is a casual event where new students can meet their college mentor.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining President Eighmy, our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Roadrunner Nation! Show off your UTSA pride by sporting blue and orange UTSA swag to celebrate the start of the fall semester. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and Roadrunner families on and off-campus are encouraged to participate.
The UTSA community is invited to attend a series of Community Networking Socials hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population in a come and go setting.
H-E-B Student Union Harris Room (HSU 2.212) and Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA Involvement Ambassadors invite students to stop by the Paseo and take a picture celebrating the first day of classes. Share with friends and family via social media using #UTSARRDays.Theywill also be passing out 1st Day of Classes goodie bags and telling students about ways to get involved.
Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
Stop by the Sombrilla for a free paleta and say hello to President Eighmy and celebrate the start of the new school year.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
The Roadrunner Life Hacks is a series promotes ways to utilize campus resources, solve problems and make the most of what UTSA offers to all students. These workshops provide information about common issues and questions students have as they navigate university life.
H-E-B Student Union Harris Room (HSU 2.212) or Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
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