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A Message from VPSA Sam Gonzales

“Pictured Above: Vice President for Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales” Pictured Above: Vice President for Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales

Things are quiet on the UTSA campuses this week.  Final exams have concluded.  Some students are preparing for internships, some for summer classes and some are relishing the success of graduation. We completed three amazing commencement ceremonies at the Alamodome last weekend.  I encourage you to see all the photos at our Facebook page.  

I thoroughly enjoy participating in graduation as part of the stage party because from my vantage point, I am able to witness the joy for both the student and the families in the crowd.  There are no words to adequately describe the sense of joy and pride that both feel in that moment.  I am blessed to witness it all.

College completion is a victory for the entire family.  Our community of scholars is supported by the most dedicated group of families whose love and support has a huge impact on what students are able to achieve.  Thank you for all that you do.

Graduation is also an encouraging symbol for students that are still completing their coursework.  It reminds them to never give up.  College is a journey that is not always easy.  Stay focused and do the work.  Reap the rewards and remember that we are here to support you and your student in the fun-filled and challenging times ahead.  To paraphrase our Roadrunner Creed:  Now and forever, we are Roadrunners.


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UTSA Spring Commencement


The UTSA commencement ceremony is the biggest celebratory event of our student’s success at our university. It is not just a symbol of their academic achievement in completing their degree, but it is a symbol for the next chapter in their lives.

The university puts forth great effort to make this a day that will be memorable for both the students and their families. It is our intention to make the students last experience with UTSA a great one.

The university’s band (The Spirit of San Antonio) joins the ceremony playing the traditional pomp and circumstance the alma mater. A mariachi group joins us in celebration at the processional. Moving to a larger venue has given us the opportunity to make the ceremony even better for our students. Students are now able to invite as many guests as they want to celebrate this exciting accomplishment. UTSA has always prided itself on taking the time to call out each student’s name and recognize them as they walk the stage for their big moment. At the end of the ceremony, streams of blue and orange streamers pop off to show the student’s how proud we are of them.

We want to recognize the parents and their contributions towards the student’s success because without them many of this wouldn’t be possible. We look forward to seeing your students when they cross the stage at the end of their college journey. Welcome to UTSA!

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Purchase a Graduation Gift Package at Roadrunner Express

Sending your college student a care package or gift basket is a great way to show them that you care and are proud of them, especially come graduation time! Students love receiving plain, old snail mail, so imagine their excitement when they are delivered with a beautiful gift package.  Since graduation is just right around the corner, make it an extra special occasion for your students by sending them a UTSA Graduate Gift Package from the Roadrunner Express. The gift packages can ship directly to your student's campus, and more information on how to order one please visit http://utsa.edu/uctr/retail.html.

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Volunteers are needed for the 43rd annual Texas Folklife Festival June 7-8

The Texas Folklife Festival is June 7-8, and it will be here before we know it. With that in mind, volunteers are needed. We welcome new and previous volunteers to help our festival guests.

The Texas Folklife Festival is the biggest cultural celebration in Texas. Annually, individuals and groups representing more than 40 ethnic communities come together to celebrate their heritage. On the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, the two-day event showcases the Lone Star State's diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts and crafts.

This year, there are several added volunteer positions for those who would like to take on a larger role with more than just the usual 3-4 hour shift. We’ve created team leaders for sales, soda/water booth and gate teams. Team leaders will be responsible for ensuring the booths are running smoothly, volunteers are in place, stock is replenished and for communicating with staff.

As always, if you have a group of friends, family, co-workers, teammates, club members or church members who would like to volunteer, contact us and we will try to accommodate your group. Several positions are ideal for small groups to volunteer together.

These positions include gate teams (10-12 volunteers), children’s crafts and games (8-10 volunteers), outdoor information (6-8 volunteers working in pairs), command center (8-10 volunteers) and soda/water booth (6-8 volunteers).

Volunteers must be at least age 16 for all positions except the children’s crafts and games booth, where volunteers can be as young as age 13. However, volunteers younger than age 18 must volunteer with a parent or guardian.

To volunteer as a master of ceremonies or stage manager, visit the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website at http://www.texancultures.com/festivals_events/mc_stagemanager/ for the application.

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The University Center offers an Alumni Career Counselor

How much would you pay to have your resume reviewed and enhanced by a professional? One hundred dollars? One hundred and fifty dollars? Two hundred dollars or more? Well, consider that fact that as a UTSA Alum, the cost to you for the same professional service is zero dollars. That’s right, free, as in no charge. And that’s not all. As a UTSA graduate, our Alumni Career Counselor is dedicated to helping former students transition to the world of work by providing each of the following services for free: conducting a job search, preparing for an interview, composing a polished, professional cover letter, enhancing your LinkedIn profile, and applying to graduate or professional school. For those of you Roadrunners who might be transitioning to new careers, we can assist you with that process too.

The mission and purpose of the Career Center is to facilitate the pursuit of lifelong career goals. This applies to all registered students and alumni as they seek to identify and develop the necessary skills for the world of work.

To make an appointment with the Alumni Career Counselor, contact the University Career Center at (210) 458-4589.

Barbara Jackson, Career Counselor- College of Business, UTSA Career Center

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Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Meal Plans Now Available to Purchase

Leave the cooking to us and sign your student up for a meal plan today. It’s easy to order online:

  1. Visit https://asap.utsa.edu
  2. Log into the account
  3. Click “Student Services”
  4. Click “UTSA Card”
  5. Click “Meal Plan Application” & Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Meal Plans will be available

For questions contact: utsafood@aramark.com or call 210-458-6352


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Thank You for Your Service! Parent Council Former Members: Roadrunners for Life

Pictured Above: David and Evelyn Gonzalez, Parent Council Members 2010-2014 and Vice President for Student Affairs, Sam Gonzales

The UTSA Parent Council and The Family Association thanks David and Evelyn Gonzalez for their 2010-2014 service as members of the UTSA Parent Council. We gratefully acknowledge all that they have done to serve our UTSA families and their students. They truly are Roadrunners for life- Go ‘Runners Go!

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