(April 2, 2012) -- Fiesta excitement has begun! Beginning this year, official UTSA Fiesta medals are available for $3 while the supply lasts. Buy them now at the Roadrunner Express shop in the University Center on the Main Campus.
This year's UTSA Fiesta medal features an orange-and-blue ribbon and a trumpet player from UTSA's own Spirit of San Antonio marching band on a field of confetti with the "We Are UTSA" tagline below. Running April 19-29, the annual Fiesta centers on the city's century-old parades and celebrations honoring the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.
According to the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, medal collecting and trading is one of the most popular Fiesta traditions, going back at least 50 years. No one is sure how the tradition began, but each year, more than 100 nonprofit organizations sell the medals as fundraisers. Local military organizations, private companies, individuals and other institutions create the medals as mementoes.
Roadrunner Express is on the UC Paseo between the fountain courtyard and Rios Golden Cut Salons. The store is a Ticketmaster outlet and also sells discounted Santikos movie tickets, a variety of gift items, balloons, UTSA spirit merchandise and snacks, all at reasonable prices.
Pay for merchandise by interdepartmental transfer (IDT), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, UTSACard or personal check. Store hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, email RRExpress@utsa.edu or call 210-458-6159.
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Fraternity & Sorority Councils New Member Information Session gives students information about the diverse organizations, their membership requirements, the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority, as well as discussing important information about hazing guidelines and the responsibilities of joining these types of organizations.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come be a part of your official Class of 2021 picture! The entire freshmen class gather at the Recreation Field Complex which some may know as the UTSA Football Practice Field behind the Softball Complex and Alvarez Hall.
Recreation Field Complex, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining 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
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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