(July 13, 2012) -- Roadrunner Days is the official kick-off for the new school year, running Aug. 24-31 with a wide selection of free, fun and spirited events to welcome new and returning students with a look at campus life.
Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Devil's Highway," will provide the keynote address at the UTSA Fall Convocation, which will launch the week. Urrea's book is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and he is a best-selling author and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. The book is a non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert and is the common reading for the Class of 2016.
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.
For more information, visit the Roadrunner Days new website.
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
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