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Roadrunner Days: Party Downtown, feast with Greeks, laugh with comic Ross Mathews

Fajita Fest

Students at Fajita Fest
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(Aug. 24, 2011)--Get an early start on the weekend on Thursday, Aug. 25 with "Pachanga in the Plaza" at the Downtown Campus, Fajita Fest at the Main Campus and comedy with Ross Mathews, known as "Ross the Intern" on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and also on E!'s "Chelsea Lately."

Then, on Friday it's the UCinema Friday Night Movie featuring "Kung Fu Panda 2." On Saturday, don't miss Roadrunners Late Night with Putt Putt Glow Golf in the UC Ballroom.

It's all part of UTSA Roadrunner Days, a week of fun and informative events to acquaint new students with campus life and to welcome the entire UTSA community back for the new academic year.

The events on Thursday, Aug. 25 are:

  • The first "Pachanga in the Plaza" (a Spanish word originating in Cuba meaning "dance party") is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus. There will be free food, music and giveaways while supplies last.
  • The annual Fajita Fest sponsored by the UTSA Greek Councils is 5-7:15 p.m., Thursday at the Convocation Center east lawn on the UTSA Main Campus. There will be free fajita dinners and music for UTSA students. The social forum is an opportunity to learn about the fraternities and sororities on campus.
  • Free comedy night starts at 8 p.m., Thursday in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus featuring Ross Mathews, AKA "Ross the Intern" from "The Tonight Show." The event is free to the UTSA community with UTSACard. One guest is permitted with each cardholder. Note: The evening of comedy will include adult content.

>> On Friday, Aug. 26, the University Center Program Council will host the UCinema Friday Night Movie at 9 p.m. in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), UTSA Main Campus, with a free showing of "Kung Fu Panda 2." Enjoy the movie, along with free popcorn and other giveaways.

>> On Saturday, Aug. 27, cap off Roadrunner Days with Roadrunners Late Night. This week, it's Putt Putt Glow Golf from 9 to 11 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The series offers on-campus programs and activities every Saturday night except holiday weekends. Whether in the University Center, Campus Recreation Center or elsewhere on campus, the program provides options for student fun and involvement. Events are free and feature everything from comedians to bands to interactive seminars to competitions.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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