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UTSA Fall Convocation ceremony is 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Convocation Center

Doug Fine

Doug Fine, author of "Farewell My Subaru"

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(Aug. 19, 2011)--Continuing a tradition initiated in 2002, as part of the UTSA Roadrunner Days welcome events, the 2011 UTSA Fall Convocation ceremony is 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22 in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. As part of the theme "Sustainable Living," Doug Fine, author of the Freshman Common Reading, "Farewell, My Subaru," will deliver the keynote address and meet students, faculty and staff.

>> Unable to attend? View a live videostream during the Fall Convocation ceremony.

The convocation is an opportunity for the university community to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. At the Fall Convocation, new students learn about UTSA academic traditions, hear from an inspiring speaker, celebrate UTSA accomplishments, look to the future and develop pride in UTSA and the UTSA family. This year's convocation will showcase the new Roadrunner Creed.

The keynote speaker for the 2011 Fall Convocation is Doug Fine. Fine's book, "Farewell My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living," will be read by all freshmen for the Common Reading Experience. Having moved to an obscure valley in southern New Mexico to see if he could truly live a sustainable lifestyle, Fine examines in the book whether a digital-age human can live without petroleum but without giving up any of his digital-age comforts.


Processional participants continental breakfast
University Center Ballroom (1.104)
8-9 a.m.

Academic -rocessional (in academic regalia)
University Center ballroom foyer
9 a.m.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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