Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Rowdy Rush: UTSA students launch new tradition at football home opener

Rowdy Rush

First-ever UTSA Rowdy Rush at Sept. 7 football season opener

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(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.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

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.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

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.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

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.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

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

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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.


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