(Aug. 14, 2013) -- UTSA Roadrunner Days is the official kick-off for the new school year, running Aug. 23 to Aug. 30 with a wide selection of free, fun and spirited events to welcome new and returning students with a look at campus life.
"We have designed this year's programming with student input from previous years and really hope it helps the Class of 2017 and our returning students make significant connections," said Barry McKinney, assistant dean of students and director of student activities. "There are some changes to this year's overall schedule that we hope will enhance our students' success in the coming academic year."Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Devil's Highway," will provide the keynote address for the UTSA Fall Convocation, which will launch weeklong celebrations. Urrea is a best-selling author and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, 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 2017.
This year, Fall Convocation and College Experience on Monday, Aug. 26 are mandatory for all new students. New students must attend these events beginning at 10 a.m. and should bring their UTSACard.
Roadrunner Days also will include performances by "American Idol" contestant Tim Halperin and Air Dubai, recording artists from Denver, Colo. Halperin will be featured at the upcoming Kidd's Kids Charity Concert, which was started by the late Kidd Kraddick, the late radio host of "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning." Air Dubai has been Westword magazine's Best Hip-Hop Band for the last three years.
Roadrunner Days 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 can enjoy many of the activities as well and are welcome to participate in these free events. Faculty and staff members also are invited to attend most of the events.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
This exhibit includes prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists who worked in collaboration with a master printer in the print studio at the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. It runs through Oct. 12.
Downtown Campus Art Gallery, Durango Building Room 1.122, Downtown Campus
This book talk will feature a presentation by the book’s co-editors Anne-Marie Núñez, ELPS associate professor, Sylvia Hurtado, professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and Emily Calderón Galdeano, director of research for Excelencia in Education.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
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