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Fall 2017

58 Reasons to Study Abroad

Roadrunners have been globetrotting for academic credit at UTSA for years, and they've shared their "pics or it didn't happen" moments with us

Spring 2017

Sparking Debate

UTSA educational psychologist Sharon Nichols studies how politics affects students and teachers

Mujer Unveiled

Maribel Valdez Gonzalez '13 has become the face of a movement after being a global poster child for the international Women’s March.

Fall 2016

To a Fine Art

Gallery owner Patricia Ruiz-Healy M.A. ’05 helps to showcase some of the region’s best artists

History Irreplaceable

UTSA archivists are preserving historic items that shine a light on the lives and work of some of America’s most important activists

Reinventing Teaching

Two colleges are collaborating to hone techniques for improving learning for students in the STEM fields.

Easy-Peasy Nutrition

If your arrival on campus as a student left you confused about how to eat well, you might be glad to learn that UTSA has a registered dietitian who can work with you.

Spring 2016

May the Torque Be with You

A new product created by a team of UTSA students could save companies billions

Foster Care Firsthand

UTSA experts are working to fix the failing foster care system. One Roadrunner discusses his personal experience of growing up in the system.

The Sombrilla Poll

You have opinions and insights, and we want you to share them. Tell us what you'll be doing for your Spring Break this year.

Butterflies for Beginners

Monarchs are Texas' official state insect. But how much do you really know about America's most common butterfly? Take our quiz to test your knowledge..

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Altruism and Public Health

A pair of entrepreneurial students have developed a high-tech way to help homeless individuals tackle mental health issues.

Spring/Summer 2015

Studying the Small for a Big Impact

UTSA researchers develop a possible new method for early detection of breast cancer

Heritage Divide

A UTSA professor's new book explores a religious icon that's revered in Mexico but worshipped only secretly north of the border

Camping In

Forensics, archaeology, engineering and music are some of the areas that secondary and primary school students travel to UTSA to study each summer.

Build It Better

A group of UTSA students has substantially cut the cost and time required to produce a functional robot by 3D-printing the parts for a class project.

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Click for Dollars

Crowdfunding website Launch UTSA has been exceeding targets through small donations that add up.

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Roadrunners Give Back

Each spring, UTSA faculty, staff and students fan out across San Antonio to donate time at local organizations.

Fall 2014

Anatomy of a Zombie Shoot

To photograph alumnus and acclaimed thriller writer Joe McKinney M.A. '04 for our Community section, Sombrilla staff wanted to see him in context with a familiar subject: a zombie. See a slideshow on how the pairing, shot at the historic Carter mansion in downtown San Antonio, came together.

Piano Woman

Olivia Jamandre ’07, who received her bachelor’s in music with a concentration in piano at UTSA, was also a Fulbright scholar. In this clip she talks about how her Fulbright year at the Sibelius Academy in Finland has changed her life.

Rescue Mission

Archivists from the UTSA Libraries are saving data in their Special Collections—that's been store away on outdated media—from obscurity as part of a national project that transfers the found information to cloud servers. Watch them talk about the process of uncovering research materials. And learn how to best preserve your own documents and pics for posterity.

The Veteran Inventor

UTSA engineering student, Gary Walters ’13 lost his leg in a bomb blast. He talks about his Army experience and how problems with his new prosthetic leg led to a senior class project that is now being readied for market.

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A Man, His Bike, His Art

You might have noticed Braydon Gold’s fixed-gear bicycle around campus, but did you realize it was more than just a mode of transportation?

Spring 2014

Kicking It

Research being done by UTSA Engineering and SiViRT

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Truckin Tomato

View a video about Shaun Lee’s enterprise, go to

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Under the Mortarboard

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Let the Word Go Forth

View a presentation of “Let the Word Go Forth.”

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Rowdy Cents

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Honorable Quest

The university’s newest faculty members come from around the globe and bring with them unique expertise and research.

Fall 2013


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Boomtown, Texas

It seems to have happened overnight. With the discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale, small towns across the southern half of Texas are dealing with more people, more housing needs and more money.

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A Formula for Success

The advantages of a math degree really add up.

Spring 2013


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Healing Water

In a small village in Peru, clean water is a luxury most can’t afford. A group of UTSA students is installing a water distribution system to sustain all 500 residents.

Fall 2012


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The Lipstick Effect

When it comes to choosing a mate, the decision for women often comes down to hormones

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Dress for Success

Center provides interview training and a wardrobe

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Man on the Street

Spring 2012

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The Movement

A journey through the South takes 40 UTSA students to places where civil rights history was made.

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We Are UTSA - A Top-Tier Campaign

UTSA embarks on its first-ever capital campaign.

Fall 2011

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UTSA Student Veterans

After returning from war zones, these veterans have found a place at UTSA to recover and cope. They also find the assistance they need to complete their degrees. Hear them tell their stories.

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Sacred Places

Sacred places aren’t simply the ones with golden spires that sprout above treetops. They’re often small nuggets nestled quietly in the most surprising places, as one UTSA architecture class discovered.

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The more things change…

Change has been a by-word on the UTSA campus in recent years, and the changes here are phenomenal in their scope. Guest columnist Gage E. Paine, vice president for student affairs, explores how despite these changes, some things remain the same.

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Vein Research Grant

A team of engineers from UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received a five-year, $1.8 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the causes of arterial tortuosity, also known as artery twisting or curling.

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The Tejano Sacrifice

Here's a little known fact regarding the Civil War: Approximately 2,550 Tejanos fought for the Confederacy, while 900 Tejanos served in the Union Army. Study explores the treatment of Tejano vets after the Civil War

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New York, New York

Mabry, an associate professor of music, lived out a lifetime dream in March when he was a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall. Mabry led a group of 60 performers, who included current members of the UTSA’s Women’s Choir and members of the UTSA Women’s Alumnae Choir.

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Early Intervention

How do pre-reading children use cognitive thinking skills and word skills to understand spoken text? That’s the mystery Brenda Hannon, assistant professor of psychology, is trying to solve.

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UTSA team studies Mexico’s highest point

Blake Weissling is getting a first-hand look at one of the only pieces of glacial ice left in the tropical northern hemisphere.

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Barry Klinge '06

Barry Klinge is sitting at the airport waiting to catch a flight to Gettysburg, Penn. He and his younger brother, Brad—co-stars of the Discovery Channel reality show Ghost Lab—are on their way to the Phenomenology 102 convention

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Virtual Possibilities

UTSA is joining a $250,000 UT System initiative that just might transform under­graduate education. Read about faculty and staff members who are teaching students in the virtual world of Second Life.

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The College of Architecture held its first study abroad summer program in Japan this year. See a slideshow from the students’ trip to explore traditional and contemporary architecture in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Rock ’n’ Roll, Family-Style

Power pop and straight-up rock ’n’ roll with a ’60s vibe is the celebrated sound of Hacienda, a San Antonio quartet with UTSA roots. Read an interview with band members Dante Schwebel ’03 and Rene Villanueva ’06 and check out a video for their song, "She’s Got a Hold on Me."

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