The 'Runner GPS app makes life easier for UTSA students
(Jan. 12, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Campus Services has launched the official mobile GPS app for The ‘Runner, UTSA’s shuttle system. The ‘Runner app allows students to track their shuttle location in real-time, view schedules and arrival times, and receive up-to-date information regarding The ‘Runner. With The ‘Runner app, students always know where their bus is and when it will arrive, making it easy to plan the commute to and from campus.
The initiative started with the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA). UTSA student and SGA member Adrian Guajardo served as an advocate for UTSA students and was an active member on the selection committee for the app.
“When I was a resident at Maverick Creek Villas, I always woke up early since my apartment was way in the back of the complex, and I never knew when the bus would arrive. When it was raining or cold—or if the buses were full—we stood in the elements waiting for the next shuttle,” said Guajardo. “At that time, I was the Student Affairs Chair for SGA and a finalist for Mr. UTSA, so I began to think about ideas that would benefit other students like me.”
Guajardo researched other university transit systems. After reaching out to multiple companies to gather information on GPS mobile app technology, Guajardo contacted Kathy Funk-Baxter, UTSA vice president of Business Affairs, to discuss the benefits of bringing the technology to UTSA. Funk-Baxter loved the idea and created a selection committee, in which Guajardo was heavily involved.
The committee, which included Clay Haverland, UTSA assistant vice president for Campus Services, narrowed the list of potential companies down to five. Each company provided a proposal and data, allowing the committee to rank which service would best meet the needs of UTSA students.
With a finalist identified and a contract in place, Campus Services worked throughout the summer and fall of 2016 to outfit each bus with GPS technology, providing training to drivers. In November 2016, the app officially launched in the Apple App Store and Google Play, available free of charge.
“What excites me the most is helping UTSA students,” said Guajardo. “The app will change our daily schedules and allow UTSA students to accomplish more.”
For those without smartphones, The ‘Runner GPS information is also available online. Printed schedules remain in the shuttle stops and online for quick reference.
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus