Monday, June 12, 2017

Roadrunners spring into 2017 semester at UTSA campuses

Roadrunners spring into 2017 semester at UTSA campuses

(Jan. 9, 2017) -- Class is back in session at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for the 2017 spring semester. Nearly 29,000 students return to classrooms, laboratories and research centers to focus on their top-tier education. The new year also brings new campus amenities and opportunities for students, faculty and staff to grow in a diverse and welcoming environment.

Students will notice something new cooking up inside the John Peace Library food court this spring. Steak 'N Shake is bringing its iconic steakburger to campus. Follow UTSA Dining on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the official opening.

A new app is making it easier to plan the commute to and from class. The new 'Runner GPS mobile app allows students to track their shuttle location in real-time, view schedules and arrival times, and receive up-to-date information regarding The 'Runner. The app is available to download now in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The Downtown Campus bookstore now has a new name and location. The Rowdy Store Downtown has moved to the Frio Street Building (FS 1.402), as part of an effort to expand offerings to the Downtown Campus community. The new retail space located across from Starbucks includes greater retail options, including UTSA spirit items, gifts and snacks.

The University Center provides entertainment that allows students to make new friends and participate in campus traditions. Activities include Roadrunners Late Night programs, live music, free food, games and contests. Each week, students also can watch new movies in the University Center Retama Room (UC 2.02.02) before they hit DVD and Blu-Ray.

Students can take advantage of Campus Recreation facilities at the Main and Downtown campuses to maintain their fitness and health. There are several new classes offered this semester including swim lessons, aqua cardio, dance classes and a spring climbing competition. Additionally, Student Health Services has clinics on Main Campus to provide wellness programs and care. Students also can count on the Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success for support in their academic endeavors.

The start of the new semester also brings new opportunities for service-minded students, faculty, staff and alumni. Building on the successful voter registration and education efforts from this past fall, our civically minded university community will have the opportunity to attend numerous events. Initial highlights include walking in the Martin Luther King Jr. March on Jan. 16 and the second annual Civic Engagement Summit, "Building a Civic Infrastructure for a Changing Democracy" on Feb. 9. Sign up for more volunteer opportunities at UTSA Engaged.

UTSA offers more than 350 officially registered student organizations including student government, academic clubs, social and professional organizations, fraternities and sororities, cultural groups and service groups at its Main and Downtown Campuses. UTSA colleges and offices also host a variety of free programs and events for students at both campuses. Additionally, UTSA students can show their ID to receive free admission to all home athletics events and to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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- Courtney Clevenger

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