JUNE 30, 2020 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent via email today from President Taylor Eighmy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar Mendez to all students and their parents, faculty, and staff:
We know you are anxiously awaiting more news about how the fall semester will look at UTSA.
Initially we planned to share information today regarding broad decisions shaping our fall semester. However, the surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas over the last week amplifies the need to ensure our approach fully considers the range of possibilities ahead. The pandemic’s current trajectory is highly concerning to us all. We are taking a few extra days so that we can present all of you with a more complete picture of the fall semester and its flexible design.
This much is certain: UTSA will be open this fall with a semester crafted for personalized, impactful student learning experiences and the safety of all Roadrunners. Mandatory public health compliance training will be required for all students, faculty and staff, with consistent reinforcement by a highly visible campus information campaign.
Persisting with academics, campus life and research activities this fall—with significant modifications in place as part of our shared public health responsibility—will not only offer the critical continuity our students need to support their progress but also reignite UTSA’s role as a force for social mobility and economic recovery for San Antonio. Our overall goal is to ensure widespread access to high-quality academic experiences and the safest possible physical environments, regardless of the unpredictable circumstances that lie ahead.
Our teams developing specific guidelines for instruction and student activities have made excellent progress, and we expect to release their reports next week with more guidance about the fall semester. Town halls will follow, providing opportunities for you to engage in dialogue with team leads and ask questions.
Our fall semester will be rooted in the recommendations of our Public Health Task Force and anchored by guidance from UT System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
There are a few things we can share with you now regarding the framework:
One thing is clear: Embracing a spirit of shared responsibility around the health of our UTSA community is crucial to a successful fall semester. While we will never be able to completely eliminate all risk, our goal is to reduce it as much as possible through multiple layers of protection and flexible, equitable approaches to the academic and student life experiences.
You can expect much more information and detail on all our plans in the coming weeks:
Please stay safe and continue to focus on the health and well-being of all those around you. We will get through this and be stronger for the experience. A brighter future—fueled by your dreams and thirst for opportunity—awaits.
Come to Bandera Market to celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month with Hispanic vendors from a variety of countries. Free entry.Bandera Pointe Shopping Center,11627 Bandera Road
The College for Health, Community and Policy at UTSA is proud to present the Dean's Community Lecture Series, a series of events bringing community leaders from San Antonio and beyond to foster the natural leadership abilities of students while discussing critical topics in our community.Virtual Event
A video on Instagram Live (@UTSA_MSCEJ) of Chef Jesse Moreno-Valle from Aramark creating a couple of great dishes: sopa negra (black bean soup) al estilo Costa Rica y güirilas (a crepe style item made with corn and a cheese filling) from Nicaragua.Virtual Event
Visit the library to learn how to make your own Worry Dolls. Pick up a supply packet to make at the library or to take home. Worry dolls (also called trouble dolls; in Spanish, Muñeca quitapena) are small, hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala.San Antonio Public Library, 9050 Wellwood, San Antonio, Texas 78250
For Hispanic Heritage Month this year we will be reading two books, starting in September with "I, Rigoberta Menchú", an autobiography. The October book will be "Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas. Students who join the RJBC are eligible to receive the book free.Virtual Event
Dueling Tacos are on the menu for Noon Time Helping of Mexican cuisine in San Antonio Public Library's Virtual Kitchen! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in style and discover new taco ideas!Virtual Event
Join the voice and instrument ensembles in this welcome back concert outdoors near the central fountain. Jazz, band, and choral favorites will be performed against the fall sunset--and it is all free!Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
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