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To celebrate Roadrunner Nation’s biggest accomplishments, UTSA Today is looking back at the top news stories of 2017. Here’s number five.
(Dec. 27, 2017) – Class is back in session for the 2017-18 academic year at UTSA. Nearly 31,000 start classes today, including 8,000 new freshmen and transfer students. The new Roadrunners comprise the largest incoming class in university history.
They also have strong academic credentials. In addition to having the highest average SAT scores of any incoming class in UTSA history, 20 percent of the students in the Class of 2021 were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.
More than 165 degree programs are offered at UTSA. Among them, this fall marks the start of UTSA’s first fully online degree program for undergraduate students. The B.B.A. in Cyber Security, offered through the College of Business, expands UTSA’s nationally recognized offerings in cybersecurity, providing a new option for working professionals, post-bac students, and transfer students.
Additionally, this fall, UTSA’s welcomes its first group of freshmen majoring in chemical engineering. The bachelor’s program will prepare graduates for careers in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals as well as environmental and materials engineering. As students proceed through the program, they will have the option to specialize in petroleum and energy systems, environmental engineering, materials engineering, bioengineering or technology management.
Other new academic programs beginning this fall include undergraduate minors in jazz studies, music marketing, music technology, and politics and law, an undergraduate certificate in professional writing and rhetoric, and two graduate certificates: one in cloud computing and another in linguistics. Dozens of new courses also will be offered at UTSA this fall.
At the same time, UTSA’s students, faculty and staff are going back to school, the Roadrunner community welcomes its sixth president. Taylor Eighmy begins at UTSA on September 1.
Eighmy joins UTSA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he has served as the vice chancellor for research and engagement. Trained as a civil and environmental engineer, Eighmy served as senior vice president for research at Texas Tech University, where he was instrumental in working with the community to realize National Research University status for Texas Tech. He also spent several years at the University of New Hampshire in a variety of roles, from professor to director of strategic initiatives to assistant vice president for research and interim vice president for research.
The new academic year also brings with it a new cohort of faculty. More than 30 professors share their diverse expertise in everything from physics to cybersecurity, account and biomedical engineering. They come to UTSA from a host of prestigious institutions, including Columbia University, Rice University and Cairo University in Egypt.
UTSA undergrads and graduate students will have the chance to work alongside these exciting new world-renowned researchers this fall to study some of the most pressing global issues of the 21st century. These types of opportunities are one of the many reasons why UTSA continues to be a destination for top ranked students across Texas and abroad.
New and veteran students will also enjoy many new changes that will enhance campus life. Stylish new furniture fills Sombrilla Plaza. A new parking lot near the Roadrunner Café provides more spaces for the growing Roadrunner Nation. Another parking lot next to the Business Building is almost complete. Construction is also underway on the new Science and Engineering Building. Over the summer, the first phase of the project began with mostly underground work. Mass excavation and deep foundation work is the current focus of construction at the site.
Also, remember that Roadrunner Days is in full swing. From now through Sunday, Aug. 27, UTSA is hosting a variety of back-to-school activities and events designed to start the new academic year off right.
The Student Success Series is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02). These engaging sessions will explore student success topics including time and financial management.
Students will wrap up the first day of class at the President's BBQ on the Lawn from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22. There’s also the President's BBQ on the Plaza at the Downtown Campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23.
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In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA students, faculty, staff, alums & families are invited to march as a unified community. Register here: bit.ly/2TYbHbR. Shuttles will be provided from the Main and Downtown Campuses.Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 3501 MLK Dr., San Antonio
UTSA's John Nix invites the community to sing "Amazing Grace" and “We Shall Overcome” at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the United States.Locations throughout the United States
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos EcheverriaMain Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Cir. #120, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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