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SNL comic Jay Pharoah headlines UTSA Roadrunner Days Aug. 29


SNL comic Jay Pharoah

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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.


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



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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