Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Letter from UTSA president

Interim President Pedro Reyes addresses students. Benjamin Shirani, The Paisano.

Dear New Roadrunners,

Welcome to UTSA! We are so excited that you have joined us as the newest members of our Roadrunner family, and I want to personally congratulate you on all of your hard work and effort leading up to this day. You have earned the opportunity to be a part of a community of top-tier students and world-class faculty at UTSA who share a passion for knowledge and discovery.

UTSA was founded on the core values of integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation. Whether you are preparing for a career in the arts and humanities, business, science or engineering, architecture, public policy or education, at UTSA you will be challenged to think in new ways, to value different perspectives and to see a world of amazing possibilities.

UTSA is among a distinguished group of universities to be recognized for academic and research excellence. Times Higher Education, one of the foremost international authorities on higher education performance, consistently ranks UTSA among the top four young universities in the United States and among the top 100 young universities in the world.

We are home to many groundbreaking programs and discoveries. Our cybersecurity program is ranked the very best in the United States. Government, military and business leaders turn to us for our research expertise and for UTSA graduates, who are well prepared to lead in the workforce.

The dean of our College of Sciences, Dr. George Perry, is considered one of the world’s leading researchers in Alzheimer’s disease. There is also groundbreaking cancer research taking place at UTSA.

The university is home to world-renowned artists and musicians and historians. Our archaeology department is called upon regularly to help identify, document and preserve Texas history, including a current research project underway at the Alamo.

These are just a few examples of the exceptional opportunities awaiting you at UTSA. Here, you will be surrounded by faculty members who come from distinguished universities including UC Berkeley, Wisconsin, Harvard, Stanford, Yale and MIT. They are here because they believe in you, and they want to help you succeed.

During your time at UTSA, I also encourage you to explore all that the university has to offer outside the classroom and laboratory. Consider joining one of the more than 350 student organizations that focus on academics, shared interests, culture and community service.

Attend our athletics events, concerts and exhibits.

Become involved in UTSA’s unique traditions including the freshman Rowdy Rush at Roadrunners Football games, the lighting of the UTSA Monuments and fireworks at midnight on the first day of classes and our annual Homecoming celebration. Make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.

In just a few short years, your dream of a college degree will come true because of your perseverance, and because of those who stood beside you throughout your education–your family, your friends, and your teachers.

We all share in your dream. We have been waiting many years to welcome you to UTSA.

I look forward to seeing you on campus and telling you, in person, how proud and excited I am that you have chosen UTSA for your college education. This is your home, and you will always be a Roadrunner!


Pedro Reyes, Ph.D.

President Ad Interim

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