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SNL comic Jay Pharoah headlines UTSA Roadrunner Days Aug. 29

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(Aug. 27, 2012) -- "Saturday Night Live" comic Jay Pharoah will headline UTSA Roadrunner Days this year. He will appear onstage for one performance at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus -- free to the UTSA community. The event is part of Roadrunner Days, a series of events that kick off the new academic year.

UTSA students will receive priority seating for the performance. With some mature material, audience discretion is advised for the comedy event.

Pharoah is known most for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Kanye West. Pharoah became an Internet phenomenon when his impersonation of President Barack Obama became widely seen on YouTube.

He debuted on "Saturday Night Live" on Sept. 25, 2010. As of August 2012, at age 24, he is the youngest member of the cast. According to the SNL website, Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age training in local comedy clubs. Pharoah went on to tour in the United States, Montreal and the U.K., and participated in the sketch comedy series, "Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy." He can be seen soon alongside Greta Gerwig, Bill Pullman and Debra Winger in Fox Searchlight's upcoming feature "Lola Versus."

Along with the rest of the men in the SNL cast, Pharoah appeared in People magazine's Sexist Man issue in 2011. Originally from Virginia, Pharoah now lives in New York City. His birthday is Oct. 14.

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Roadrunner Days is the official UTSA kickoff for the new academic year and the time to welcome new and returning students with a variety of free, fun and spirited events. First-time freshmen are expected to attend Aug. 24-31 events with the Fall Convocation and College Orientations being mandatory. Students are encouraged to participate in events throughout the week as a way to make new friends and become more familiar with the UTSA experience

 

 

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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