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UTSA official apologizes for ‘insensitive’ email to donors

The Main Building and JPL at the UTSA Main Campus. A UTSA official apologized to donors for an email that mentioned both the COVID-19 pandemic and estate planning.

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 7, 2020

On April 3, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Karl Miller Lugo apologized to UTSA alumni for an earlier email that Senior Executive Director of Gift Planning Kimberly West sent soliciting donations which Miller Lugo called “insensitive.” West’s email began by describing the diffi...

UTSA to take part in virtual career fair hosted by UT System

Student walks through UTSA Main Campus. The UT System virtual career fair will take place Tuesday, April 7.

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

On April 7, the UT System is holding a virtual career fair for students and alumni to meet employers nationwide during a live, online recruitment event. This event sparks a precedent for the UT system to host a virtual career fair collaborative with other UT colleges and was made possible with effort...

UTSA faculty member, student both test positive for COVID-19

UTSA faculty member, student both test positive for COVID-19

Josh Peck, News Editor

March 28, 2020

According to a statement from UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy, a student and faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19 after their separate international travels. They became symptomatic after returning to the U.S. during a period of self-isolation. Because of privacy laws, UTSA is not releasi...

UTSA Steel Bridge Team takes first place in regional competition

The UTSA Steel Bridge Team celebrates their regional competition victory in front of their bridge. They will go on to the national competition at Virginia Tech in May.

Josh Peck, News Editor

March 23, 2020

The UTSA Steel Bridge Team placed first overall at the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Regional Steel Bridge Competition on March 8 in Arlington. The team is made up of a group of UTSA civil engineering majors who use their machine shop skills, structural engineering skills and other te...

President Eighmy updates the UTSA community on the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

President Eighmy updates the UTSA community on the university's response to the coronavirus pandemic

Breahna Luera, News Editor

March 18, 2020

On March 17, President Dr. Taylor Eighmy sent students an email with an update on COVID-19’s effects on the UTSA community. The email stated that virtual instruction will last through the end of the spring semester, Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed and all able students who live...

Letter from Editor-in-Chief Rudy Sanchez

Letter from Editor-in-Chief Rudy Sanchez

Rudy Sanchez, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

  Dear Reader, Since 1981, The Paisano has served the UTSA community with its independent reporting of campus events. Despite the current pandemic of COVID-19 and UTSA’s recent halting of operations, The Paisano’s 40-year commitment to the UTSA community is not going away. Over the la...

UTSA extends spring break and moves classes online due to coronavirus pandemic

UTSA extends spring break and moves classes online due to coronavirus pandemic

Breahna Luera and Josh Peck

March 12, 2020

On March 11, President Taylor Eighmy announced to the UTSA community via email that the university will extend spring break through the week of March 16. As a result, the university will move classes online starting March 23 through at least April 13 in light of growing concern about the spread of COV...

UTSA cuts Italy study abroad short over coronavirus

Gondola rides through Venice, Italy. UTSA recently decided to recall all students, faculty and staff from Italy
study abroad programs. Photo Courtesy of Grace Bermúdez.

Josh Peck, News Editor

March 4, 2020

UTSA is recalling all 70 students, faculty and staff from study abroad programs in Italy, according to an email to students from President Dr. Taylor Eighmy on March 2. In another email sent to students on behalf of Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Senior International Officer Dr. Lisa Montoya on Feb. ...

UTSA, COLFA dean, forums, Dr. Rhonda Gonzales, Dr, Stuart Benkert

UTSA, COLFA dean, forums, Dr. Rhonda Gonzales, Dr, Stuart Benkert

Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

The open forums for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) dean candidates came to a close Feb. 24 and 26 with Dr. Rhonda Gonzales, interim COLFA dean at UTSA, and Dr. Staurt Benkert, head of the department of performing arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, respectively. Early...

UTSA opens downtown campus food pantry

UTSA opens downtown campus food pantry

Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

UTSA opened its second food pantry, this one at the Downtown Campus, on Feb. 20, in hopes of limiting food scarcity among UTSA students who frequent the campus. UTSA did not return The Paisano’s request for comment regarding the new Downtown Food pantry, but the university has partnered with Whataburger...

Active Minds brings attention to eating disorders during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Active Minds brings attention to eating disorders during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Christina Troy, Copy Editing Coordinator

March 4, 2020

On Feb. 27, Active Minds hosted Licensed Professional Counselor Jamie Mershon and her friend Lauren Walls, who has struggled with an eating disorder, to speak about eating disorders. The event followed the National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) “Come as You Are” theme for this year’s...

SGA Personal Hygiene Inititative supplies free menstrual products

SGA Personal Hygiene Inititative supplies free menstrual products

Christina Troy, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

The Student Government Association (SGA) Personal Hygiene Initiative, which aims to reduce stigma around menstruation by providing students with free menstrual products, began planning and collecting data in Fall 2018. On Feb. 4, 2020, Jose Escobedo, business affairs committee chairman and College of...