(Aug. 22, 2014) -- UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to start a new tradition with the inaugural Midnight Light ceremony Aug. 25 at the monument sign at the north entrance to the Main Campus.
The crowd will begin gathering near John Peace Circle at 11:30 p.m., Monday, and President Ricardo Romo will flip the switch at midnight to light up the sky. The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band will be on hand to join the celebration.
For the ceremony, the John Peace Circle entrance to campus will be closed 11 p.m.-1 a.m. The Tobin Avenue and Brenan Avenue north entrances will remain open as usual. Free parking will be available 11 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Tobin Avenue Garage.
The award-winning architectural element welcomes everyone to campus, highlights the university's presence in the community and shows that the UTSA spirit is burning bright. The lighting for the monument is full-spectrum LED lighting and can be set to display in a wide array of color combinations -- including UTSA orange, blue and white.
The official kick-off of the new academic year, UTSA Roadrunner Days features a series of events running through Friday, Aug. 29 at the Main and Downtown campuses. The events and activities give students an opportunity to take part in new and time-honored UTSA traditions and connect with UTSA resources.
For more information and the event schedule, visit the UTSA Roadrunner Days website.
Share your Roadrunner Days experiences using hashtag #UTSARRDAYS.
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.
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