JULY 30, 2021 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent today via email 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 faculty, staff and students:
As you know, we are in the midst of a surge in the COVID-19 Delta variant across much of our nation, including here in San Antonio. The new guidance from the CDC and efforts by the City and County yesterday to advocate for masking and vaccinations have many of us thinking about what life will look like in the weeks ahead with our new academic year on the horizon. Your health and well-being are paramount and we want to share our current thoughts about this development.
We are closely monitoring the pandemic situation and communicate daily with our Public Health Task Force Expert Advisory Group, our colleagues at UT Health San Antonio, our colleagues at UT System, and relevant state and federal agencies. We, along with our colleagues at UT Health San Antonio, rely on pandemic models like the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation COVID projections for Texas. Data presently suggest this surge will continue through August and early September, but be smaller overall than prior surges last winter and fall. Most importantly, the model indicates the direct positive impacts of masking.
We are extending the telecommuting agreements that have been in place over the summer until August 6, and perhaps longer if conditions warrant. Those of you who have been working remotely and were planning to report in-person to work on Monday are still free to do so, but it is not required unless requested by your supervisor or department chair. Please continue to communicate with your supervisor/chair around fall work modality planning. Other than the extended telecommuting agreement, there are no additional changes to our current summer term operations.
We continue to strongly urge all Roadrunners to get vaccinated and to wear masks while in indoor public campus spaces. On-campus COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and confirmed case report tracking are continuing this summer and through the fall.
Watch your inboxes for information on an upcoming town hall for faculty, staff and students where you can learn more about UTSA’s preparations for the fall semester. In addition we encourage you to attend our August 12 community conversation on Variants and Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fiction—this event is free and open to all, so please share widely with your family and friends.
We will update you periodically as we approach the start of the semester, knowing that this situation is fluid. In the meantime, please be extra vigilant about practicing hand hygiene, masking up, and monitoring your own health.
Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.
In the face of these challenges, we appreciate all you continue to do to keep our community safe.
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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