Editor's Note: The following email was sent to UTSA faculty and staff today by President Taylor Eighmy.
(Aug. 10, 2018) -- Dear Roadrunners,
This summer has been a busy one with the launch of our Campus Master Plan and Research Excellence initiatives, both of which will accelerate UTSA’s upward trajectory as a nationally-recognized university located in the fastest growing city in the U.S.
Today I’m pleased to announce the launch of an initiative to move us closer to our goals for our athletics programs – a new Center of Excellence for Roadrunner Athletics.
This facility will provide our 350+ student-athletes with the support they need to excel in a highly competitive NCAA Division I sports program. A committee, led by Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director Lisa Campos, will work with the architectural firms Populous and MarmonMok to design and determine the best location for a comprehensive multi-sport center that goes far beyond providing much-needed practice areas and locker rooms.
When construction is complete, our student-athletes will have a hub for academic support, health, safety and wellness, with dedicated spaces for sports medicine, strength training and nutrition. The building will also feature research labs, classrooms and office spaces, leading to enhanced academic collaborations with our Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition. I am particularly enthusiastic about the potential of this project to boost UTSA’s public-private partnerships in sports medicine and other health-related fields.
This new facility will be developed in partnership with the UTSA Roadrunner Athletics Foundation. I am incredibly grateful to the Foundation for their generous offer to work with us on this initiative, which will require strategic fundraising efforts and the support of our loyal athletics donors. The cost for this facility will be fully covered by external fundraising and philanthropy.
Our two architectural firms will pool their talents on this project, combining Populous’s sports facility design expertise with MarmonMok’s familiarity with UTSA and San Antonio. They will work closely with our Campus Master Plan task force and Page, our consultant, to ensure that the center’s development aligns closely with our master planning efforts.
Some of you have heard me say that UTSA Athletics serves as the “front door” of the university, especially at this point in our evolution towards becoming a great public research university. Recruiting high caliber student-athletes—students equally as talented in the classroom as they are on the field or court—is foundational to building a strong sports program. This represents yet one more important step toward ensuring our infrastructure and student experiences are on par with our peer models of excellence.
As we inch closer to the start of the academic year, you can expect more messages from me with updates on the initiatives we launched last year. Thank you, as always, for reading!
Learn more about the UTSA strategic plan.
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
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
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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