(Sept. 13, 2013) -- After nearly a year of planning, the UTSA Rowdy Rush was launched Sept. 7 at the UTSA-Oklahoma State football home opener. The inaugural Rowdy Rush obviously was a lot of fun for first-year students and a great way to show their enthusiasm for the team and UTSA.
Modeled after the Baylor Line, UTSA freshmen joined the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band on the field, forming a human tunnel for players and coaches to enter the field just minutes before the kickoff. More than 500 incoming freshmen registered at student orientation and purchased a Class of 2017 orange jersey to be part of the first-ever Rowdy Rush.
UTSA Athletics Marketing and Student Activities staff collaborated in the search for a way to introduce freshmen to school spirit and increase student attendance at home football games. After visiting Waco last football season to gain first-hand information on the Baylor Line, the UTSA staff members worked throughout the offseason with the Alamodome staff, UTSA Police Department, San Antonio Police Department, student leaders and the band to develop a plan for Rowdy Rush.
In the Rush, students enter the field from the northwest corner of the Alamodome and run to the southeast corner to greet the Roadrunners team. Student wranglers manage ropes to form the tunnel lined by students and the band.
The students gather two hours before the game at the Student Affairs tailgate party at Sunset Station, then go into the Alamodome an hour before kickoff to get in position. Approximately 15 minutes before kickoff, the marching band goes onto the field for a pre-game performance, followed by the Rush at the seven-minute mark before kickoff to form the tunnel for the players' entrance. From entrance to exit, the Rowdy Rush freshmen are on and off the field within three minutes.
The sympoisum will focus on the interface between aging and neurodegenerative diseases, will educate the wider research community about advancements in this fast-paced field and stimulate collaborative research in this area. Register online for this free event.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106), Main Campus
The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics is offering four special panels open and free to the San Antonio public July 31-Aug. 3 to mark the tricentennial next year. The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Research.
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., San Antonio
Orientation marks a major step toward becoming a Roadrunner. It is a unique experience designed to welcome freshmen and transfers to UTSA and ensure a successful transition into college. They will learn about UTSA, prepare for their first semester and have fun meeting other students. There is also a special Family Orientation program too.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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