(June 18, 2018) -- This summer, the UTSA Main Campus will be charged with a surge of energy. Thousands of new students will join the Roadrunner family at Freshman Orientation, held over nine weekly, three-day sessions.
Orientation, a milestone in each new student’s journey, helps ’Runners become Rowdy Ready for the fall. It’s an exciting experience that lets freshmen and transfer students see what it means to be a Roadrunner, meet other incoming students and meet their academic advisors.
Orientation leaves an impression on UTSA students—one that still shows even after years have passed.
“I’ll never forget my Orientation experience. It introduced me to the person who later became my best friend,” said Taylor Waits, now a senior communication major who represents the student body as Ms. UTSA.
At Orientation, freshmen will go on campus tours, get their UTSA ID card and register for fall classes. They’ll preview their first year at UTSA while their families attend concurrent programs to help them adjust to having college-bound children.
New to Freshmen Orientation this year is Rowdy Rally, an event that will be held on the second night to give Roadrunners a chance to show off their school spirit and learn about UTSA Athletics. At Rowdy Rally, they’ll meet Rowdy, learn the fight song and show off their school pride.
Also new at Orientation this year, every Roadrunner will receive an orange feather to symbolize how, despite coming from different backgrounds, they are all birds of a feather and are welcome at UTSA. All different. All Roadrunners.
While new UTSA freshmen are required to take Orientation in-person, transfer students have the option of taking Orientation online or attending a one-day session over the summer. Students who take Orientation online will receive their feather when they pick up their Orientation t-shirt and backpack from the Orientation and Family Programs Office (MS 2.01.10 on the Main Campus).
“My Orientation experience was eye opening,” said Allyson Petersen, a junior at UTSA studying history. “It gave me a sense of relief and comfort knowing that I had been adopted into this new family at UTSA. From the first day I stepped on campus for Orientation, I knew this was home.”
Learn more about UTSA Orientation.
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
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing event (weather permitting).Flawn Building (FLN 2.02.02) and Curtis Vaughn Jr. Observatory, 4th floor of Flawn Building, Main Campus
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
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