2021 Roadrunner Days Welcome Events

Spring 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.

Before classes start...

It all starts on January 15...

Spirit Friday – Show Us Your Mask

Wear your UTSA gear today for #UTSASpiritFriday! Post a photo on your social media account in a shirt, hat, or even your mask, and tag #UTSARRDays.

Saturday, January 16

The Campus Experience: Tours and Wellbeing Bags

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Recreation & Wellness Center, Main Campus

Sign up for a social-distanced tour where you will get to learn about some of the incredible programs and offerings UTSA is bringing you this semester. Tours start in Campus Rec and head through campus up the Paseo walkway. Best of all, finish your tour with a FREE Roadrunner Days long-sleeved t-shirt and a wellbeing bag, full of UTSA items to help you have a healthy and successful semester. RSVP required.

Welcome Social featuring PlayFair

7 - 8 p.m.

The Welcome Back Social is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. You can also win some prizes! Playfair is a high-spirited, high-energy event that allows students to interact with each other and laugh with each other and feel a part of an exciting campus community. This year, we feature Playfair Online! as part of the event.

Tuesday, January 19

College of Engineering / College of Architecture, Construction and Planning College Showcase

10 - 11 a.m.

Join us to kickoff the spring semester! We will have events happening all week and please participate in all that you can. Learn about upcoming opportunities within your academic department in virtual sessions with faculty, alumni, and student organizations. This is a great way to get involved in the UTSA COE/CACP community.

Adobe Creative Campus Kickoff

11 a.m. - Noon

The Adobe Creative Campus Kickoff will introduce students to Adobe software and how they can use it to produce professional content for their courses. Students will learn about UTSA’s Adobe Creative Campus program and how they can access the software. Time permitting, there will be an overview of Adobe Creative Cloud. Live captioning will be available during this event

Study Abroad 101

11 a.m. - Noon

This will be a virtual session to outline study abroad opportunities and things to know when looking into a program.

5 Must Haves for a Successful Digital Spring

1 - 2 p.m.

Tune in to learn about the best picks for having an easy and fun digital Spring. We will be introducing you to the new Blackboard experience and showing you how to access essential digital tools that are FREE! In this session, you’ll find resources that are UTSA exclusive. You’ll also get the inside scoop on the best apps that help you quickly and easily access your courses from anywhere and you’ll get a preview of a Blackboard course filled with study tips and campus resources. Join us for these must haves that will get you ready for a smooth and successful semester! Live captioning will be available during this event

Communicate Across Campus with Zoom

2 - 3 p.m.

Zoom is now available to all UTSA faculty, staff and students as part of the newly acquired university site license! Join us as we review the features best practices for using this software for education and think about the best way to use it to work with fellow students, provide opportunities for student organizations, and more.

Communicating a Social Media Message with
Adobe Spark

4 - 5 p.m.

Meet with Writing Center tutors to learn how we can help you with every stage of the writing process for your writing projects. Then learn about how to communicate a message effectively using Adobe Spark. Some of your creations will be featured on our Writing Center social media platforms!

College of Engineering / College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Student Success Center

2 - 3 p.m.

The COE/CACP Student Success Center will help build your resume of experiences outside the classroom. Join us to learn about what we do, upcoming events, and how to get involved in the colleges.

Stalking: Know it.
Name it. Stop it.

6 p.m.

Join UTSA Police Department and SGA on January 19th at 6pm on Instagram Live. January is National Stalking Awareness Month and this event will raise awareness for our UTSA community. Join an in-depth conversation about stalking, how to recognize it, what UTSA resources are available, and most importantly how to keep yourself safe. Students have a chance to win prizes during the 'trivia questions' challenge.

Wednesday, January 20

College of Engineering / College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Undergraduate Research

10 - 11 a.m.

COE/CACP students interested in undergraduate research should join this session. Students will learn about current research topics and hear from students and faculty about their experiences.

UTS CareerFuel Ambassadors & Interns Invitational Roundtable

10 - 11 a.m.

This program is the perfect opportunity to gain experience towards your career goals and establish professional relationships. This program provides the opportunity to fulfill course internship requirement. Students will also have the opportunity to gain experience working with publications and presentations. Students will learn about research support, community outreach, and advanced technology.

Multicultural Student Welcome

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This event welcomes all Roadrunners to campus and the start of a new academic year with opportunities to connect with student organizations, departments, and other students, as well as to learn about some of the events and programs we host throughout the year!

College of Engineering / College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Student Organizations

1 - 2 p.m.

If you are looking to get involved in COE/CACP specific student organizations, please join us! We will be talking about our professional organizations and our project-based organizations. Students will talk about their experiences in the organizations, their upcoming events, and will be recruiting new members.

Get to Know Campus Services - Spring 2021

2 - 3 p.m.

Come and learn 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.

First-Gen & Transfer Mixer

3 - 4 p.m.

This event is to help first-generation and transfer students build community with meeting other students. By partnering with UTSA partners, we will provide resources to students and create a sense of belonging.

UPM Meet & Greet

4 - 7 p.m.

Enrolled in University Peer Mentorship (UPM 1000) this Spring? Come and meet your First-Year Experience (FYE) UPM Peer Mentor! As a first-year student at UTSA, you will be meeting with a peer mentor in your Academic Studies area. Your peer mentor is here to support and guide you academically and socially, as you navigate your first year of college. At the Meet & Greet, you will virtually connect with your UPM peer mentor, schedule your first meeting, and ask any questions you may have as a new Roadrunner. Check your email for an invitation from your UPM peer mentor, as well as more information about the UPM Meet & Greet. You can learn more about the First-Year Experience and your Academic Studies on the FYE website.

Netflix & Chat

6 - 7 p.m.

Interested in a little Netflix & Chat?
Join us on Jan 20th for a virtual conversation.
Participants will come prepared with having watched episodes 1 & 2 of the Netflix American Psychological thriller series "You".

Birds of a Feather:
Tell it like it is 

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Grab your best mug and come get the real tea on what it’s like to get involved and how to make the most out of your roadrunner experience. Join us as we sit with UTSA students who talk their experience within student life here.

Thursday, January 21

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Come join COEHD and ATE in our Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Learn about the resources that our college and department has to offer.

Community Conversation: Post-inauguration and Moving Forward Together

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us for a restorative justice conversation to provide space for students and the campus community to process and reflect how to continue to move forward together post the inauguration and challenging political times. During this conversation we will process, reflect, and heal together in support of our Roadrunner Community.

Building the Pillars to Success in the College of Business

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The College of Business (COB) welcomes our new students with an interactive event focused on building success and excitement around the COB Four Pillars of Engagement: Research and Innovation, Service and Community Learning, Global and Intercultural Fluency, and Professional Development and Leadership. Student leaders, faculty, and staff will share engaging opportunities and resources that will energize students to get involved by exploring and discovering what the College of Business has to offer.

College of Engineering / College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Alumni Panel

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The COE/CACP Student Success Center will be hosting a panel discussion with alumni currently working in industry. Students will be able to interact and network with alumni. You will hear about their experience at UTSA, their current positions, and advice for current students.

Guided Meditation Information Session

12 - 1 p.m.

Learn about mindfulness and your UTSA Counseling and Mental Health Services at a Guided Meditation Information Session! Mindfulness is a way for us to be more aware of our thoughts and emotions so we can respond appropriately to stressful situations and is looking to be the next health no-brainer like brushing your teeth. Learn how you can use mindfulness to cope with the stresses of everyday life and what services your Counseling and Mental Health Services provide to support you!

Don't Be a Mess,
Avoid the Stress:
Time Management Tips
with the TRC

2 - 3 p.m.

Having a routine is critical when taking online classes. Our Academic Peer Coaches will review basic time management tips to help students understand the importance of balancing their academic and personal lives. Noting due dates, day planning and making time to use campus resources are all important elements that go into having a successful semester!

College of Engineering / College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Community Conversation

2 - 3 p.m.

Join us to have a conversation regarding Mental Health! We would love to have COE/CACP students contribute to this important conversation. We will discuss how you are feeling, how the student success center can support you, and strategies to help you succeed in the 2021 semester.

Racial Justice Book Club Interest Session

3 - 4 p.m.

The heightened attention on issues of racial (in)justice in the world today is the catalyst for starting the Racial Justice Book Club at UTSA. Come to this Interest Session to learn more about the Club and some of the topics we discuss.

SGA Meet & Greet with Deans

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Meet and Greet event will include Deans from our ten academic colleges, as well as your elected Student Government representatives. Join us to learn more about the programs and services offered on campus, ask questions, and give input. We especially encourage our Transfer and First-Gen community to join us for this fun event, to learn more about UTSA and connect with our Academic administration!

Study Abroad 101

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This will be a virtual session to outline study abroad opportunities and things to know when looking into a program.

College of Sciences
Trivia Night

6 - 7 p.m.

Come join us on a night of fun, games, and prizes!!! Show your knowledge about all things science, music, film, and much more while learning about The College of Sciences.

The COS Trivia Night will be presented by the University of Texas San Antonio’s College of Sciences.

Come to play or cheer on your new classmates and friends.

Being Well:
A Wellbeing Trivia Night

7 - 8 p.m.

Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Services will be hosting, Being Well: A Wellbeing Trivia Night. A night focused on bringing together new and returning students to learn and engage in the 8 Dimensions of Wellbeing with fun and interactive trivia. Top winners have the chance to win free prizes.

Friday, January 22

Alumni Panel: Social Change & Active Leadership

11 a.m.

Join us as we hear from four alumni who use their voices in the community to promote positive change. Use this time to learn about the rise in leadership and ask questions to build your advocacy skills. The alumni joining us will be:

  • Christian Menefee ’10, Harris County Attorney
  • Andrea Ramos ’18, Outreach Manager for Texas Business Immigration Coalition
  • Kimiya Factory ’19, President of Black Freedom Factory
  • Josefina Fernandez ’20, Recent Alumni and Community Activist

Welcome Back Goody Bag Drive By Pick Up

2 - 4 p.m.

If you are living on or near the UTSA Main Campus, Honors College staff will be set up outside the GSR Building from 2-4 pm handing out Goody Bags while supplies lasts. Goody Bag quantities are limited. Not in the San Antonio area? Unfortunately we will be unable to ship a goody bag to you but will be sure to have goodies for you when you return to San Antonio.

Wellbeing Team
Meet & Greet

3 - 4 p.m.

Meet the new UTSA Wellbeing Promotions and Education Team! Your wellbeing is an essential component of your success. Learn about upcoming wellbeing initiatives, programs, and services that you have at your disposal to improve your wellbeing!

Get to know the
University Career Center

1 - 2 p.m.

Students are invited to get to know the University Career Center. Attendees will learn about the University Career Center, its resources, and upcoming events.

This presentation will be facilitated by University Career Center team members and will highlight ways in which students may access the office's services.

Pictionary with the Graduate School

3 - 4 p.m.

The Graduate School is excited to welcome back our graduate students with a virtual game of pictionary.

Who's in Recovery?

6 - 7 p.m.

Are you in or interested in Recovery? Do you want to be a part of a community where you can be supported and support others? Come find out Who's in Recovery and learn more.

Lip Sync Battle

8 – 9 p.m.

“Lights, camera, action! Attention UTSA students. It’s time to grab your microphone and practice your best dance moves and get ready to participate in Roadrunner Productions’ Virtual Lip Sync Battle! Organizations and individuals will submit an application with a video link from YouTube, TikTok, Instagram Reel, or IGTV video that follows certain guidelines to be premiered at our event. All submissions will be reviewed, and once approved, will be shown at the event. Roadrunner Productions and fellow UTSA students will vote on superlatives to be awarded to each participating team! Some examples include “Funniest”, “Fan Favorite”, and “Most Creative”. This is purely for FUN and entertainment. Come sing and dance along!

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.