Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Meet a Roadrunner: SGA President Zack Dunn's UTSA roots run deep

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UTSA Student Government Association President Zack Dunn

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(Aug. 28, 2013) -- Meet Zack Dunn. He's our current UTSA Student Government Association president and serves as the student voice of Roadrunner Nation.

Zack comes from a UTSA family. His mother was an employee of UTSA until 2009, and his sister, Alyssa Dunn, is currently a senior at UTSA.

In addition to the responsibilities that come with representing the student body on and off campus, Zack, a finance major, plays an active role in the UTSA Investment Society, one of the most robust student organizations in the UTSA College of Business.

We asked Zack to share his Top 5 Tips for new UTSA students:

1. Take pride in your university! That means attend university events when possible and DO NOT wear another school's shirt!
2. Get involved. Whether it's athletics, band, Greek Life, student organizations or academic organizations, there is a place for everyone to grow outside of the classroom here at UTSA.
3. Make it a point to talk to your teachers. They are genuinely interested in advancing your education.
4. Maintain a planner to make sure that you can attend all the events you want, be a part of the organizations you want and most importantly, maintain a strong hold on your academics and studies.
5. When possible, rent your textbooks over buying them.

Little known fact about Zack: He was on the varsity wrestling and football teams at San Antonio's Reagan High School.

Something surprising about Zack: He recently was crowned the winner of the Mr. What-A-Man Pageant, a scholarship pageant hosted by the UTSA Black Student Union chapter.

Why Zack loves UTSA: "I love UTSA so much because it is a place where any student can come, regardless of their background or experiences... and they can make a name for themselves. Here at UTSA, the faculty, staff, administration and even one's fellow students can all be relied upon to make one's respective collegiate career truly unique. I also like the fact that we are such a young campus. As opposed to campuses that have been around for many more years, this is a campus that is continually growing and reaching new platforms of success. To me, being apart of that progression is an incredible experience, as I get to play a part in making the traditions that future generations of roadrunners will get to enjoy and take part in!"


Do you know someone whose UTSA roots run deep? Email us at social@utsa.edu and we will consider your submission for an upcoming installment of Meet a Roadrunner.



Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

UTSA Grad Fest Fall 2015

Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

UTSA Grad Fest Fall 2015

Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

Texas Water Symposium

The Texas Water Symposium will take a close look at the SAWS/Vista Ridge pipeline project. The program will feature a conversation about the regional, financial and ecological considerations of the 142-mile pipeline. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building (MB 0.106), Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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