2021 Roadrunner Days Welcome Events

Fall 2021 Edition

Roadrunner Days immerses new and returning students in the culture, traditions, and values of UTSA. Students will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff and fellow Roadrunners during programs and events that connect them to the resources, places, and people that make up our diverse community, contribute to their success, and help them discover a sense of belonging.

Roadrunner Days will continue as planned for Aug. 20 – Sept. 3. Measures will be put in place to reduce density and opportunities for transmission, and masks will be strongly encouraged.

Thursday, August 19th

Movie Under the Stars

Hosted by the Honors College & Housing & Residence Life

Time: 9 PM - 10:30 PM

Join your Roadrunner peers for a Movie Under the Stars hosted by the Honors College & Housing and Residence Life. We will be showing Monsters University on the Convocation Center East Lawn (the lawn between the Convocation Center and Recreation Wellness Center). First 200 students receive a free picnic blanket and a mini bag of popcorn. This event is open to all students.

Friday, August 20th

Adobe Roadrunner Rally

Time: Friday, August 20 2021 at 8:00 AM - Friday, September 3 2021 at 11:45 PM

Want to learn how to get Adobe apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere for free? Want a chance to win a free Adobe Creative Campus t-shirt? If so, come join the fun of learning all about Adobe tools that are free to you while you walk around main campus and enjoy the scenery!

Walk the Talk - Envision Your Student Experience (Virtual)

Time: 12:00 PM - 1 PM

Join us for a virtual session where you will explore resources available for business students. You will also get an exclusive look into what you can do to be successful as a business student and envision your student experience through a live visual board! After the virtual session, you can stop by the Business Building (entrance facing the Bauerle Road Garage) to pick up some swag!

Walk the Talk - Envision Your Student Experience (Drive-Through)

Time: 2 PM - 4 PM

Stop by the Carlos Alvarez College of Business to pick up fun swag! We will be located on the entrance of the Business Building facing the Bauerle Road Garage.

Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) Premiere Welcome Social

Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Vibe with us! Come enjoy a free Kona Ice and listen to the sounds of DJ Koop. You can come with friends or make a friend when you arrive. This night is about relaxing and having a good time. It's also about being a part of our wonderful tradition to hear the Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA), UTSA’s Marching Band as they help us kick off the academic year! For new students, this is the first time you will have to hear SOSA. For graduating seniors, this is your last time to hear the SOSA Premiere as a student.

Sunday, August 22nd

Midnight Light

Time: 11:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Join our UTSA President Taylor Eighmy and the rest of the UTSA community at our front entrance monument for the magic of Midnight Light. After lighting the monument, we will celebrate UTSA with an amazing fireworks show and live music from SOSA!

Monday, August 23rd

Adobe Creative Campus Kickoff

Time: 10 AM - 11 AM

The Adobe Creative Campus Kickoff will introduce students to Adobe software and how they can use it to both produce professional content for their courses as well as how they can create content for their side hustle. The hour-long session will teach you how to gain FREE access to downloadable software such as Photoshop and Illustrator as well as web-based programs such as Adobe Spark.

Multicultural Student Welcome

Time: 11 AM - 1 PM

Join us on zoom to meet some of the cultural and identity based student organizations at UTSA. The student organizations will have videos and information about who they are, how you can connect with them, join as a member, and check out their meetings and events.

If your student organization has a cultural and/or identity focus and you want to be presented at the event, sign up here:
https://utsa.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/493067
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome at the event!

Get to Know Campus Services

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Swing by and learn more about Campus Services. Campus Services enhances the campus experience by providing resources designed to support university goals and individual success outside the classroom. Our services include parking, UTSA Dining, The Runner, Rowdy Campus Store, UTSACard, vending, and housing facilities.

Tuesday, August 24th

Roadrunner Safety Station

Time: 11 AM - 1 PM

UTSAPD and Emergency Management will host a table with safety information, give-a-ways and interactive demonstrations. Both departments will provide information on services available to the UTSA Community.

Connect with UTS

Time: 11 AM – 2 PM

Connect with UTS - We want you, the student, to understand just who is behind tech support. Put a face to the name regarding any technological questions that you may have!

‘Runners who Roll - Main Campus

Time: Noon – 3 PM

Introducing the Tito Bradshaw Bicycle Repair Shop and the amenities available to your for bike repair. The Bike Repair Shop is an outdoor space for students to relax, study and be social. Come by to visit and tour the facility. Get your bike checked by our mechanics and take a survey for a chance to spin the wheel for prizes!

UTS Ambassador & Internship Program: Informational Meet & Greet

Time: 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Join us as we share what the University Technology Solutions department has offer, including the new CareerFuel program.

UPM 2000 Virtual Meet and Greet

Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

First-Gen Second Year Experience Students drop in to meet your peer mentor and connect with other First-Gen SYE students!

An evening with Angie Thomas
(New York Times Bestselling Author)

Time: 5 PM – 6 PM

The entire UTSA community is invited to join an evening with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Angie Thomas. This special virtual event will speak to the heart of race, activism, and social change in America today. Angie Thomas’ captivating novel, The Hate U Give was selected as the 2021 UTSA Summer Read. The UTSA Racial Justice Book Club hosted discussion groups throughout the summer, and the keynote author event during Roadrunner Days is a culmination of the UTSA Summer Read.

Student Leadership Academy - The Hate U Give and Cross-Cultural Communication

Time: 6 PM – 7 PM

Student Leadership Academy - The Hate U Give and Cross Cultural Understanding: In this workshop, you will explore their values and communicate with others who have different values and opinions. Activities highlight conflict management skills and campus resource guidance. Through the Social Change Model, you will learn ways to facilitate positive change while being a leader on UTSA's campuses.

Wednesday, August 25th

Birds Up Downtown

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Join us for a back to school event on the UTSA Downtown Campus for Birds Up Downtown. Come grab some snacks, listen to music, and connect with friends, staff, and faculty!

This event will be outdoors and masks are also strongly encouraged for all attendees.

Fraternity|Sorority Life Mix & Mingle Virtual Informational

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM (Online)

Students are invited to attend our annual Fraternity and Sorority Life Mix & Mingle. This is a two part series with a virtual Informational and an in person social. This virtual session is an opportunity to meet members of our community through a panel discussion of each our councils. Attendees who attend and check into this event are eligible to win one of 10 give-a-ways! The in person social is an opportunity to meet various members of our community and council to discuss joining opportunities. Fraternities will be available in the SU Lawn from 6-6:50pm and Sororities from 7-7:50pm. You must RSVP to the event in order to participate.

Whataburger Resource Room Re-Brand Opening

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM

Come to the NEW AND IMPROVED Roadrunner Pantry Re-Brand Opening at the Student Union! Take a look at this essential service for all students as it rebrands to the Whataburger Resource Room. Thanks to a generous three year partnership with Whataburger, we invite you to take a tour of the renovated pantry, grab a snack during lunch, and learn how this resource is here for your success.

Community Conversations: Returning to Campus

Time: 1 PM – 2 PM

This past year has brought a lot of change and challenges to our lives. We invite the UTSA community to a restorative justice conversation to process and reflect on the many feelings we are experiencing as we return to campus this fall 2021 semester.

Recreation Wellness Center - Wellbeing Fair

Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

Drop by and check out the programs and services provided by the departments housed in the Recreation and Wellness Center. During our Wellbeing Fair you can challenge yourself on the bike obstacle course or in a kickboxing demo or on the other spectrum of wellness you can relax by participating in a guided mediation, yoga, or a relaxation activity. It is your choice; our programs are about enriching your personal wellbeing.

Fraternity|Sorority Life Mix & Mingle: Social

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (In-Person)

Students are invited to attend our annual Fraternity and Sorority Life Mix & Mingle. This is a two part series with a virtual Informational and an in person social. This virtual session is an opportunity to meet members of our community through a panel discussion of each our councils. Attendees who attend and check into this event are eligible to win one of 10 give-a-ways! The in person social is an opportunity to meet various members of our community and council to discuss joining opportunities. Fraternities will be available in the SU Lawn from 6-6:50pm and Sororities from 7-7:50pm. You must RSVP to the event in order to participate.

Thursday, August 26th

College of Engineering and Integrated Design Welcome Back Bash

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

The College of Engineering and Integrated Design is hosting a welcome back event where students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty in their department and learn about CEID student organizations. There will be music, food, and t-shirt giveaways for students who participate. We hope you join in on the fun!

Graduate School Trivia Tables

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

As part of Roadrunner Days the UTSA Graduate School will be hosting Trivia Games through the Main Campus. The first level begins at the Sombrilla, where you will have a chance to pick up free swag and participate in our level 1 trivia questions.

Huddle Up with Academic Peer Coaching!

Time: 3 PM – 4 PM

Didn't study the playbook? Avoid getting sacked! Huddle up with your Academic Peer Coaches to help improve your study habits. Score an A this semester!

College of Sciences - Welcome Back!

Time: 3 PM – 6 PM

Spend the afternoon with the College of Sciences. We will hand out our exclusive t-shirts, food and snacks, along with some activities for you to join. The departments and student organizations will have tables for you to visit and learn how to get involved. Music will be guaranteed so come and have some fun!

Writing Center Giveaway

Time: 4 PM – 5 PM

Join us to learn how the Writing Center can help you throughout your college years! Come for the information, stay for the prizes!

UTSA Black Convocation

Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

UTSA Black Convocation is a Roadrunner Days welcome event that brings together UTSA's Black community to network, share interest, meet student organizations, and learn about UTSA's resources.

UTSA Soccer vs California Baptist

Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

UTSA Soccer takes on California Baptist at Park West. Please follow @UTSAWSOC on Twitter for gameday info!

Friday, August 27th

Key Tools for Fall: Navigating Zoom and Blackboard

Time: 11 AM – Noon

Ready for a successful semester? Whether you are learning in-person or online, Academic Innovation is here to help you get set-up with some key tools. Join us as we review the best practices and features for using Zoom and Blackboard! We’ll show you how to access your UTSA Zoom account and share some best practices and tips for using Zoom for class, office hours, and more! We’ll also tour the new Blackboard homepage, navigation, and features for the upcoming semester.

COLFA Roadrunner Day Celebration

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

College of Liberal and Fine Arts Celebrates Roadrunner Days!

Get to Know the University Career Center

Time: 1 PM – 2 PM

The University Career Center (UCC) is available to assist UTSA students explore their career interests, as well as prepare for jobs and internships. Attendees will learn about the UCC and its variety of resources.

Handshake 101

Time: 2 PM – 3 PM

The University Career Center (UCC) is available to assist UTSA students explore their career interests, as well as prepare for jobs and internships. Attendees will learn about how to use the Handshake system to search for jobs and attend virtual recruiting events the UCC will host throughout the year.

Howdy Rowdy Bash

Time: 5 PM – 11 PM

Join us for HOWDY ROWDY BASH on August 27th. UTSA is hosting an exclusive night at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The evening will feature a concert featuring Tinashe and hosted by Roadrunner Productions followed by exclusive park access to food, rides, and special appearances by UTSA Athletics! This event will be outdoors with socially distant seating. Masks are also strongly encouraged for all attendees. Click below for more information and to GET YOUR TICKETS! Howdy Rowdy Bash Tickets

UCinema

Time: 6 PM

UCinema Nights - Blockbuster hits brought monthly to the Student Union. Follow us on social with updates on future movies.

Don't miss seeing the Retama get turned in to our on-campus movie theater. Sit back and relax with friends while watching F9: The Fast Saga. Free popcorn* (while supplies last).

*Social distancing observed; Limited capacity seating

Saturday, August 28th

Roadrunner Days Service Projects

Time: 9 AM – Noon

Kick off the fall semester volunteering with other Roadrunners during the Roadrunner Days Service Projects! Each project focuses on various issues affecting our UTSA community including hunger, environmental clean-up, and campus beautification.

Sunday, August 29th

UTSA Soccer vs Grand Canyon University

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

Check out a day game at Park West as UTSA Soccer faces GCU in whats sure to be an exciting game! Follow @UTSAWSOC on twitter for game updates!

Monday, August 30th

Coffee With A Cop

Time: 9:30 AM – 11 AM

Coffee with a Cop is aimed at building better relationships between members of our university police force and the campus community as we work collaboratively to improve the overall safety at our multiple locations. This program brings together officers and our campus community members – over coffee – to discuss issues and learn more about each other.

Strategies for a Successful Learning Experience
In-Person and Online

Time: 11 AM – Noon

Fall is here ‘Runners! Tune in to learn about the best tips and strategies for having a smooth learning experience. Whether your learning takes place in-person or online, we’ll show you how to access essential digital tools that are free and share with you some best practices for studying and learning in-person.

Student Leadership Academy - True Colors Workshop

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM

In this workshop, you will discover your unique personality style and participate in hands-on activities that boost self-awareness. You will also explore different personality types and identify ways to strengthen peer collaboration.

Tuesday, August 31st

Academic Success District Open House

Time: 11 AM – 2 PM

Help celebrate the launch of the new Academic Success District at UTSA with refreshments, games and an exploration of some of the renovated and relocated student success spaces. Learn about the academic support services that will help you be successful -- whether you’re getting a jump-start on your freshmen year or nearing graduation. As one of UTSA’s strategic initiatives toward becoming a model for student success, the Academic Success District enhances the visibility and navigability of critical offices that support the student academic experience and promotes collaborative learning environments for students and faculty.

COEHD Scavenger Hunt

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

Students will participate in a scavenger hunt that will take them around to the different offices of the college to help them acquaint themselves with the services and staff available to help them.

Wednesday, September 1st

Get Involved Fair

Time: 10:30 AM – 1 PM

Are you interested in getting involved? If so, make sure to come out to the Get Involved Fair and meet over 175 organizations, non-profit partners and various UTSA departments! Ensure you also check out our Leadership Expo happening next to the Rowdy Statue! While you are there, look out for our Volunteers in Get Involved Shirts to check in and register for our give-a-ways!

Thursday, September 2nd

SGA Meet & Greet

Time: 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Come and meet your elected SGA representatives! Get to know the students that represent you and share your thoughts, ideas and feedback.

Later in September

UTSA vs. Lamar

Date: Saturday, September 11th
Time: 5 PM

The Roadrunners – coming off a season that saw UTSA advance to the second bowl game in program history – will open its 2021 season at home with a matchup on Sept. 11 versus Lamar Be sure to get your free ticket at https://am.ticketmaster.com/utsastudents/. Kick-off is at 5PM.

Finding Your Classes Tours

Date: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Need help finding your classes? Our UTSA Ambassadors are excited to show you around campus by helping you understand how to read your schedule, identify the UTSA Buildings, and finding your classes!

Kickback at the Union

Date: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 6 PM - 10 PM

All students are invited to come relax and "kickback" in the Student Union. Come enjoy free food and live DJ music, then head over to the Roost Game Room for more fun! Check out our photo booth, or spend some time playing outdoor games on the Union lawn. The Union is a place where all 'Runners belong - come learn about all the services we offer including the Pantry, Info Desk, Retail Stores, and more! Arrive early for free t-shirts!

UTSA Dining Food Truck Frenzy

Date: Wednesday, September 15th
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Join us at the John Peace Library Plaza for some delicious food samples served out of our Rowdy food truck! If you are still looking for your perfect meal plan, we can assist you in finding your fit or with any meal plan questions you may have.

Late Night at the Rec

Date: Thursday, September 16th
Time: All-day

Hang out at Campus Rec all day long with inflatables and representatives from over 20 clubs and departments across campus while participating in live Group Exercise classes, fitness competitions, climbing at the rockwall, an inflatable obstacle course in the Aquatic Center and all the other great fitness activities and facilities the Rec has to offer. Don’t miss your chance to receive an exclusive Late Night at the Rec shirt! *Shirts available while supplies last*

Accommodation Requests

If you need an accommodation to fully participate in any program or event, please contact UTSA Student Affairs at least 72 hours prior to the event via email at studentaffairs@utsa.edu.