(Aug. 27, 2014) -- As students began classes, UTSA hosted a pair of dedication ceremonies. At 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, the university dedicated its thousand-pound iron roadrunner statue and UTSA-themed street signs, creating new traditions for the university community.
"A top-tier university needs impactful and lasting traditions," said Sam Gonzales, UTSA vice president for student affairs. "The initiatives to bring the iron roadrunner statue and the UTSA street signs to campus were both started by our students. They are so proud of how the university has grown and they wanted to share that school spirit."
At 4 p.m., UTSA dedicated its six-foot-tall, thousand-pound roadrunner statue. The statue's journey to UTSA began in late 2010 when several registered student organizations, including the S.G.A. and Sigma Pi Fraternity, came together to explore ways to boost school spirit among students. Their dream was to fund the commission of UTSA's first-ever roadrunner statue and to create a new university tradition.
Inspired by a conversation with UTSA Associate Athletic Director Jim Goodman, artist R.G. Box spent 1,000 hours working to complete UTSA's giant roadrunner statue. Box handcrafted the 11-foot-long statue in his forge using fires upward of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Each of the statue's 1,000 feathers was hand-sculpted. Since then, Box has been very enthusiastic about the students' efforts to make his work a part of UTSA history.
Bring Rowdy Home, a fundraising campaign inspired by students and coordinated by the UTSA Office of Annual Giving, raised more than $25,000 in one week with the generous support of UTSA students, faculty, staff, alumni and benefactors from across the country and supported the campaign to bring the statue to campus.
In the five o'clock hour, UTSA, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni, Councilman Ron Nirenberg, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, Transportation and Capital Improvements Director Mike Frisbie and other city leaders dedicated 94 UTSA-branded street signs. The street sign project is a partnership between the City of San Antonio and UTSA.
The street signs, which include the Rowdyhead, are currently under installation on public UTSA Main Campus and Downtown Campus streets and perimeters and at UTSA's Park West Athletics Complex at Loop 1604 and Hausman Road. Once installed, they will help residents and visitors recognize that they are in the vicinity of a UTSA campus. The street signs will also provide a neighborhood identity for UTSA, areas referred to as the "UTSA Gateway District."
The dedications are two of a series of events during UTSA Roadrunner Days. The events, which run Aug. 22-29, give UTSA students the opportunity to participate in time-honored traditions and connect with the campus community.
Roadrunner statue dedication
UTSA Main Campus
Central Plaza (across from the Sombrilla)
UTSA Street Sign Unveiling, during President's BBQ on the Lawn
UTSA Main Campus
Convocation Center east lawn
For more information about the Bring Rowdy Home campaign including the full list of donors, visit the Bring Rowdy Home website.
For more information and the event schedule, visit the UTSA Roadrunner Days website.
Share your Roadrunner Days experiences using hashtag #UTSARRDAYS.
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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