The Family Association Newsletter provides you with insight into UTSA events, resources, opportunities, and talking points for supporting your student.
The Student Union hosts Rowdy Gras, a UTSA Tradition that serves as UTSA’s unique version of Mardi Gras! This event aims to educate our campus about the rich culture of Mardi Gras by bringing together the UTSA community for a fun celebration and memorable experience.
On Tuesday, February 13, students will get to enjoy traditional Mardi Gras food, free t-shirts (while supplies last), and live jazz music! Rowdy Gras will provide entertainment through airbrush tattoos, caricatures, a photo booth, and a stilt walker from 7:00 to 10:00 PM on the Student Union Lawn!
This family-friendly event will also include an area for kids to enjoy. The crowning ceremony will reveal the next Rowdy Gras Royalty and the event concludes with a firework show!
February's Family Get Together
The Family Get Together is an event just for parents, siblings, and other supporters of students! Whether you want to meet other UTSA families or just need to relax, join the Family Association on Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant near the UTSA Main Campus. Appetizers and beverages will be available at the social. Be sure to RSVP before attending the event!
Black History Month
UTSA recognizes Black History Month as we celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to our university and nation. This month’s programs will feature workshops, various speakers, and events for families to attend! This year’s national theme is: “African Americans and the Arts”. Visit the UTSA Black History Month Website for more details on some of our upcoming events.
FAFSA/TAFSA Workshop Series
It's time for Roadrunners to complete their Financial Aid application! UTSA Financial Success will be hosting workshops throughout February and March to help students complete their 2024-2025 FAFSA or TASFA. Students can learn more about the workshops by visiting the Financial Success RowdyLink page. Families interested in attending these workshops are welcome to join their students.
Workshops will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesdays in February in the JPL - Writing Center Computer Lab. There are also two workshops currently planned for March.
Let's Go 210
The City of San Antonio has declared February 10 as Let’s Go 210 Day. Plan your best blue and orange fit for the day and come to cheer on Men’s Basketball at 3:00 pm.
Rowdy Wing Fling
Wellbeing Services and Campus Partners will be hosting Rowdy Wing Fling on Tuesday, March 5. This event is part of the Safe Spring Break Awareness Week to educate students about alcohol and drugs.
Spring Family Day
Mark your calendars to visit your Roadrunner for Spring Family Day on Saturday, March 23! Details are continuing to be finalized so be sure to visit the Spring Family Day page to stay up to date.
Resources and Opportunities
UTSA Ring Sales
The UTSA Ring serves as a symbol of pride and accomplishment. It forms a common bond between past and future graduates. No other single item replicates the uniqueness of UTSA the way the official ring does. The ring is reserved exclusively for those who have earned the right to wear it. This lasting symbol of UTSA is limited to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni.
If your student is an undergraduate with 65 or more completed credit hours, they are eligible to order their UTSA Ring. For more information visit the UTSA Alumni Association website.
- Main Campus Student Union - Monday, February 5 through Thursday, February 8, times vary
- Downtown Campus Frio Street Commons – Tuesday, February 6 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Support the Family Association at UTSA Day
All Roadrunners, and their families, have experienced the stresses of picking a school that is right for continuing education after high school.
UTSA Day is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to visit the Main Campus with their families to learn more about our community. Attendees learn about the application process, available majors, support resources, student involvement, and life as a Roadrunner.
Our team is looking for parents to speak with attendees about the experience of supporting a student while picking a school and during the first year, in particular at UTSA. There will be two opportunities this semester:
- Saturday, February 17 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
If you are available to assist with UTSA Day, email the Family Association at email@example.com.
Internships and Job Applications
The University Career Center assists all Roadrunners in discovering, pursuing, and achieving their career goals. Students can improve their career and professional outcomes through the consultants at the Career Center! Interview Preparation, Internship Assistance, Resume Building, and Work-study Information are just some of the resources available to assist your student. Visit the Career Center events page for more details on their upcoming events.
- STEM Career Expo – Wednesday, February 20 at 2:00 PM in the HEB Ballrooms
- All Majors Career Expo – Wednesday, February 27 at 2:00 PM in the HEB Ballrooms
Virtual and in-person appointments are available and can be scheduled in advance. Contact the University Career Center at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Leadership Workshops this Semester
The Student Leadership Academy consists of participatory workshops and experiential action steps allowing students to explore, develop, and better articulate strengths that relate to envisioning and enacting positive change in both civic and career leadership.
Workshops are offered twice a week and are tailored to address a specific NACE Professional Competency. These competencies are skillsets identified by employers as the key assets of new hires and new professionals. Once all steps and workshops are completed, the student will receive a Student Leadership Academy medal designed to be worn with graduation regalia at Commencement.
Conversation Starters With Your Roadrunner
Staying motivated through the semester
As your Roadrunner progresses through the spring semester, there may be some overwhelming emotions due to a heavy course load and studying. Students should keep active, get outside, and see their friends and family to help keep their spirits up. With Spring Break on the horizon, the time for a break will help rejuvenate them to push on through the semester.
- What are your plans for Spring Break?
- Where are you planning to live next year? Are you ready for the additional responsibilities of living off-campus?
- How are you staying active?
Not Yet a Member?
Join the UTSA Family Association Today!
Family Association Membership is free, and members receive:
- Priority notice to register for Family Association events
- Access to members-only student scholarships
- Networking opportunities with Roadrunner families and staff
- Email copy of the Family Association Newsletter