(Sept. 4, 2012) -- UTSA Alumni Association members just got thrown a pass: Free admission to all home game tailgate parties. Touchdown! Score! This year, the UTSA community and Roadrunner fans also will notice a new and bigger location for tailgating -- closer to all the action at Sunset Station, AKA Roadrunner Station during UTSA football games.
>> Admission is free for children under 12 and $10 for guests/non-members. Alumni Association members are asked to bring their membership cards to receive their free admission.
"What's different this year from last year is we now have our own space at Sunset Station, 200 yards from the Alamodome," said Jim Mickey '78, UTSA associate vice president for alumni programs and marketing, whose team has been busy planning the biggest and best tailgate parties of the season.
The Alumni Association will provide a family-friendly place that will serve as the main tailgate location for UTSA alums and Roadrunner fans to gather before the game that will be at the center of all the action including the high-energy Spirit Walk, which features a lively procession of UTSA's marching band, football players, cheerleaders and Rowdy.
"Tailgating before the game is so much a part of the football tradition that we want to continue building here at UTSA," Mickey said. "We want to invite the entire UTSA community and the general public to join us, to be part of the fun and excitement of game day by bringing your family and friends to our tailgate. Join us in building the biggest and best tailgate at every home game."
Alumni Tailgates will take place during all home games from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Hoefgen Avenue in parking lot 2, between Roadrunner Station and the Alamodome -- look for the alumni tents and flags.
"We'll have plenty of shade with over 15 tents, swamp coolers, cold beer and water, giveaways and great food," Mickey said. The tailgate menu Sept. 8 will feature Kiolbassa sausage wraps, chicken and beef fajitas, chips and salsa, and microbrewery beers.
Membership in the Alumni Association will get you free admission to all six home-game Alumni Tailgate parties beginning with UTSA's football season opener Sept. 8. The tailgate parties alone are worth $60 and annual membership to the association is only $40. "Our alumni tailgate is a great value when you consider all you're getting and what you would be paying inside the Alamodome on concessions alone," Mickey said.
Need something to wear on game day? Membership in the Alumni Association also gets you a 10 percent discount on all UTSA merchandise purchased from the online store at shoputsa.com and the UT Co-Op store in The Quarry Market. Each year, a portion of merchandise sales benefits student scholarships. In fact, the UT Co-Op recently donated $32,000 in scholarship monies for fiscal year 2013.
Sponsors of UTSA's Alumni Tailgate are Frost Bank, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Freetail Brewing Co., Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling, and Willie's Grill and Ice House.
>> To become a member, visit the UTSA Alumni Association website.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
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.
Shrugging off retirement, the Bromley founder plans to earn a PhD and complete a 375-mile race
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.