(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.
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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