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UTSA gets ready for residence hall move-in weekend Aug. 22-24

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UTSA students move in to campus residence halls

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(Aug. 19, 2014) -- Throughout the summer, UTSA staff members have worked to develop a top-tier residential living experience at each of the university's three residence facilities: Chaparral Village, Laurel Village and San Saba Hall. This week, UTSA will put the finishing touches on the facilities before approximately 4,300 students arrive Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24.

"We have been busy making sure that everything is ready for the arrival of our residents," said Daniel Gockley, director of the UTSA Office of Housing and Residence Life. "We hope that the residents really enjoy what we've done over the summer."

This year, Laurel Village will feature a special-interest community for approximately 20 students majoring in music. The themed community, designed to foster academic success, will be similar to those already in San Saba Hall including the Engineering Community, the Leadership and Service Community, and the Honors College Communities (Top Scholars and Terry Scholars.)

Gockley said UTSA hopes to offer more special-interest housing options to students in the future.

New and returning residents will find that flooring in most Chaparral Village Rooms has been replaced with new vinyl plank flooring, reminiscent of hardwood. Additionally, twin-sized beds in several locations in Chaparral Village and Laurel Village have been replaced with new full-sized beds.

"The success of our students is our primary concern," said Gockley. "Our great students need a great place to live, and we've worked tirelessly to give them a top-tier living experience here at UTSA."

UTSA Residence Hall Move-In is 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24.

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For more information, visit the UTSA Roadrunner Days Move-in Weekend or the UTSA Housing websites.

The official kick-off of the new academic year, UTSA Roadrunner Days, runs Aug. 22-29 with themed events at the Main and Downtown campuses. The events and activities give students an opportunity to take part in time-honored UTSA traditions and connect with UTSA resources. Read more.

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Events
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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