(June 1, 2011)--Running Aug. 19-27, Roadrunner Days is the official kick-off for the new school year with a wide selection of free, fun and spirited events to welcome new and returning students with a look at campus life.
All events are created to help students become engaged in the university community and to contribute to student success.
>> Students, faculty and staff can learn all about UTSA Roadrunner Days at the official website.
Highlights of this year's activities include a comedy show featuring Ross Mathews (from "Chelsea Lately" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"). Widely known as "Ross the Intern," Mathews has interviewed Olympic athletes, Super Bowl champions and numerous Hollywood stars.
Doug Fine, author of "Farewell, My Suburu," will provide the keynote address at the UTSA Fall Convocation, which will launch the week. Fine's book discusses sustainability and is the freshman common reading this year.
The week also includes the ICE Block Party, where students from various backgrounds and shared cultures can meet, hosted by the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement (ICE) Center.
The week's events give new students opportunities to preview UTSA campus life, learn about resources to ease the transition to college, experience the excitement of the growing campuses and meet other new students.
Returning students will enjoy many of the activities as well and are welcome to participate in these free events. Faculty and staff also are invited to attend most of the events.
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
UTSA Arbor Day event where volunteers will plant trees and give away 100 sapling trees to neighbors in the surrounding communities.
Brackenridge Ave. Lot 5, Main Campus
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