UTSA logo

UTSA Home UTSA Today Family Association Orientation & Family Programs

A message from UTSA Vice President of Student Affairs- Dr. Gage E. Paine


Dr. Gage E Paine

It’s mid-term on campus. Most students have completed at least one round of exams and papers – many have had more than that. The football season is in full swing, soccer and volleyball are winding up and basketball pre-season will begin soon. Temperatures have finally cooled off a little and Halloween’s around the corner. We’re in the middle. As those who are middle children can attest, sometimes the middle is a tricky place to be. In the rhythm of a semester, the new has worn off and Thanksgiving break seems a long way away. To do well, students need to be fully engaged in class right now, but maybe they are running short on sleep.

Mid-term can be challenging, so now is the time it’s particularly important for students to be connected on campus. Spending time with friends and attending campus events, when time is managed well, can help students do well in class. Going to an exercise class at the Campus Rec Center or hearing the comedian (who is also part of an alcohol awareness program) or attending free movies are all great opportunities for students to relax in healthy ways. Whatever method they choose to support their academics, feeling connected, feeling at home on campus is an important component of student success. So if your student sounds a little stressed these days, remind them that UTSA is their home away from home; there are plenty of positive ways to take a break and then head back to the books – refreshed and ready to do their academic work. The middle of the semester can be tough, but with a little encouragement, every student can get everything done and make it to the end successfully.

Gage E. Paine


Back to Top

Families Join Students for UTSA’s Family Weekend


Dr. Gage E Paine

Roadrunner families joined the rest of the UTSA community to celebrate Family Weekend on October 7th & 8th. The weekend’s events kicked off with a session led by UTSA faculty members Dr. Rick Utecht, Dr. Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, Dr. Aaron Cassill, and Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill providing tips on how to succeed in and out of the classroom at UTSA. Later in the evening, families made their way to Rio Rio Cantina on the River Walk to enjoy great food, meet other Roadrunner families, and mingle with UTSA staff members, including the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Gage Paine. The crowd was filled with UTSA pride, never more so than when members of the UTSA Marching Band and Pom Squad gave a floating performance in front of the restaurant on the River Walk. Friday evening came to an end with a Football Pep Rally on the River Walk terrace at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

family weekend footer

Over 32,000 families and fans braved through intermittent showers to enjoy tailgating, Roadrunner Station, Rowdy Town and the football game against the University of South Alabama. Even though the Roadrunners fell short in double overtime, families and students had a great time cheering on the team.

Yvonne Cantu, Parent Council President, of Houston, Texas treasures Family Weekend as “a time we can spend with our daughter, treat her (and friends) to dinner, and talk about what’s happening in her life.” Yvonne also sees the positive impact football has on the weekend. “It’s amazing and inspiring to see the school spirit come to life in such an enthusiastic and heartfelt manner.”

Rio rio

Check out picture’s from Family Weekend on the UTSA Family Facebook page below!

Facebook icon

UTSA Family Facebook Page


Back to Top

UTSA Family Association Now on Facebook!


2011 foy pic

To say that the Arispe family sticks together is an understatement. When Yslette, a Music and Education major at UTSA, was applying for colleges, her father, Gilbert, was retiring from the US Marine Corps. So, they looked to new cities and colleges as a family and were ecstatic to find UTSA in a city with such a strong community and tradition of military service. In her Family of the Year esaay, Yslette praised her family for their support and love of UTSA:

My family attends all of the men’s and women’s basketball games and Roadrunner football games where they sit in the stands, all wearing UTSA apparel, not only to support the teams, but to support me in the pep and marching bands. In addition to the fun activities, they also lend a hand to help transport equipment and uniforms for the band. So from my family to yours, U-T-S-A GO RUNNERS!

When Yslette told her family that UTSA would recognize them as the 2011-2012 Family of the Year on the field during a Roadrunner football game, she just watch as her family started screaming in the living room; “they immediately started planning on which of their UTSA shirts and hats they would wear.”

FOY Field.jpg

Along with recognition during the football game and throughout Family Weekend, the Arispe family received a $500 award from L&M Bookstore, a certificate for a weekend stay at Marriott Residence Inn at The Rim, a Family of the Year plaque, and a gift basket filled with UTSA gear and apparel. Congratulations to the Arispe family!


Back to Top

Dance with the Dead: Halloween Masquerade Celebrates Texas History


While it’s been years since Audie Murphy fought his way across battlefields and Bonnie & Clyde waged a crime spree across the South and Midwest, these Texas legends and many others may be among the characters depicted at "Dance with the Dead," a Halloween masquerade at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Oct. 28

The 21 and over event encourages guests to dress as their favorite departed Texan and enjoy an evening of entertainment, including DJ and dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

"There’s more to it than just dressing up as a departed Texan," said Lupita Barrera, director of education and interpretation at the museum. "It’s an opportunity to study up on famous and infamous Texans. It’ll be great fun to bring historical figures to life in a unique and memorable way."

Dance with the Dead admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $15 for museum members. Attendees must be 21 or over. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. For tickets, call 210-458-2269.

To find out more about the Dance with the Dead , click on the image below.

dance with dead poster

Back to Top

College of Business Receives $500,000 Gift from Kudla Foundation


Nancy Kudla

The UTSA College of Business received a $500,000 gift from the Kudla Foundation to create the Nancy and Frank Kudla Endowed Fellowship in Information Assurance and Security. College of Business alumni Frank Kudla, B.B.A. '85, and Nancy Kudla, M.B.A. '87, created the endowment to support graduate student research and education in cyber security.

"Our foundation is focused on national security and values-based leadership through partnerships with universities," said Nancy Kudla, president of the foundation. "We are excited about this concept and spreading the word about UTSA being a leader in cyber security."

Selected through a competitive application process, Kudla Fellows will be graduate students studying and conducting research in information assurance and security. The first fellows will begin in fall 2012.

"It is our hope that our contribution will help foster continued growth in the ongoing alliance between UTSA, the military and the federal government cyber-security communities," said Nancy Kudla. "We look forward to the invaluable contributions UTSA and its graduates will make in ensuring our nation's cyber-security readiness."

The National Security Agency designated UTSA a "Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research," one of only 47 programs in the country, and a "Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education," based on the coursework in the College of Business.

Click here to learn more about the fellowship, the Kudla Foundation, and UTSA’s leadership in the growing field of cyber-security.


Back to Top

Family Association Updates


new family association siteFour Freshmen Awarded UTSA Family Association Scholarships

The UTSA Family Association awarded $500 scholarships to four, first-semester students during the first week of October. Bernard Hurte, Theresa Trevino, Shelby Miranda, and Destiny Santillan were recognized for this honor by Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Gage Paine and the Orientation and Family Programs office. In their application essays, the students discussed their commitment to contribute to UTSA and the San Antonio community by taking advantage of the opportunities available at UTSA, from VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education & Service) to Air Force ROTC. The Family Association looks forward to supporting these students as they step into leadership roles across campus.

Scholarship Group Picture
scholar Theresa

From left to right: Dr. Gage Paine, Bernard Hurte, Destiny Santillan, Shelby Miranda, Jeff Mayo

From left to right: Theresa Trevino, Dr. Gage Paine

Back to Top

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities


Best Fest – October 28
UTSA’s annual fall festival organized by Campus Activities Board (CAB) and held in the Sombrilla on the Main Campus.

Dance with the Dead – October 28
For details, please see the above article “Dance with the Dead: Halloween Masquerade Celebrates Texas History”

For the Kids Fashion – November 4
An evening for children who are battling cancer to walk down the runway dressed in the fashion of their dream profession.

ftk show


Back to Top



Thank you for reading the Family Connection