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As several Texas universities announce COVID-19 testing on campus, UTSA remains unclear

As several Texas universities announce COVID-19 testing on campus, UTSA remains unclear

Josh Peck, News Editor

August 1, 2020

It remains unclear whether UTSA will mirror decisions made by several UT institutions and the entire Texas A&M system to provide COVID-19 testing on-campus in light of statements from UTSA administrators, a comment from a university spokesperson and a change to UTSA’s coronavirus FAQ page.  The ...

UTSA administrators release more information about Fall 2020 reopening

UTSA's Multidisciplinary Building. Administrators sent a university-wide email with information about campus reopening procedures for this fall.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

July 8, 2020

UTSA administrators President Taylor Eighmy, Provost and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Kimberly Espy and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Veronica Mendez sent a university-wide email on July 7 with more details about how campus will reopen this fall.  ...

Mandatory face coverings and move to online classes after Thanksgiving among fall plans

President Taylor Eighmy Speaks at the grand opening of the Westside Community Center in September, 2019. On Tuesday, Eighmy and two of his fellow administrators released part of their plan to reopen UTSA in the fall.

Josh Peck, News Editor

June 30, 2020

UTSA will require masks to be worn on campus and classes will move online-only following Thanksgiving break according to an email from university leadership on Tuesday. The two decisions mirror acts taken by UT Austin and Texas A&M University.  The fall academic calendar will remain the same, with c...

Experts explain how to handle mental health and trauma during COVID-19

Experts explain how to handle mental health and trauma during COVID-19

Josh Peck, News Editor

May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions to lose their jobs, led to tens of thousands of tragic deaths and forced students to learn from laptops and Zoom meetings. Research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2019 and in Frontiers in Psychology in 2020 concluded that college students’ mental health has been on the decline in the past decade and uncertai...

President Eighmy says UTSA will ‘broadly re-open’ in Fall 2020

President Eighmy speaks at a podium. Eighmy announced on May 11 that UTSA campuses will reopen in the coming fall.

Josh Peck, News Editor

May 11, 2020

President Taylor Eighmy announced on May 11 that the UTSA campuses would reopen in Fall 2020 and that a detailed plan of the process and safety measures that will be put in place when the university reopens would be released in late June.  The announcement came 12 days after UT System Chancellor J...

UTSA supports students with financial relief fund

A Roadrunner banner at UTSA. The university has released information regard its reopening this fall.

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

May 10, 2020

UTSA Roadrunner Student Alumni Association (RSAA) has created the Student Emergency Fund (SEF), which offers students experiencing temporary financial insecurity some financial relief. UTSA’s RSAA Student Emergency Fund is for students unable to meet immediate expenses because of emergency situat...

Panel discusses the economic impact of COVID-19 in San Antonio

The Torch of Friendship sculpture in downtown San Antonio. San Antonio's tourism industry is one of those being hit hardest economically by the pandemic.

Adrianne Kristianto, Social Media Coordinator

May 6, 2020

Economic experts from UTSA discussed the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in a virtual panel on April 22. The panelists included Tom Tunstall, senior director of research for the Institute for Economic Development; Richard Sifuentes, director of the Small Business Development Center; Pamela Smit...

UTSA administrators announce major budget cuts and restrictive measures due to COVID-19

UTSA administrators are set to make substantial budget cuts for FY 21. These come as the COVID-19 pandemic damages university revenue streams.

Josh Peck, News Editor

May 1, 2020

Even after being awarded a federal emergency grant of nearly $30 million earlier in April, UTSA continues to struggle to make up for lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, university administrators led by President Dr. Taylor Eighmy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kimberly Andrews Esp...

UT System chancellor says all UT institutions ‘will be open in the fall’

James B. Milliken is the chancellor of the UT System. He recently said that UT universities would be open in some capacity in Fall 2020.

Josh Peck, News Editor

May 1, 2020

In an interview with the Texas Tribune on April 30, UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken addressed whether UT System institutions would open in the Fall 2020 semester after Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University-San Antonio announced on April 30 they would be opening in the fall.  ...

University makes changes to counseling and mental health services, student health services following external recommendations

University makes changes to counseling and mental health services, student health services following external recommendations

Breahna Luera, News Editor

April 27, 2020

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Espy sent an email to the UTSA community on April 14 with an update on the President’s Initiative on Enriching Campus Wellbeing. The email included a report from Hodgkins Beckley Consulting (HBC) on UTSA’s Counseling and Mental Health Se...

Trial date for former UTSA lecturer Rose Rodriguez-Rabin pushed back

Trial date for former UTSA lecturer Rose Rodriguez-Rabin pushed back

Breahna Luera, News Editor

April 27, 2020

The jury selection and trial for the case regarding the alleged drug distribution by former UTSA lecturer Rose Rodriguez-Rabin has been moved to May 26 under Judge Robert Pitman in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.  The original trial date was set for March 23, but on March 5, th...

UTSA Spring 2020 commencement will be held virtually

UTSA Spring 2020 commencement will be held virtually

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 25, 2020

UTSA will be holding a commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 virtually on May 23 and 24, according to a public statement made on April 14. The university says it is also considering other ways to celebrate the upcoming graduating class of UTSA.  President Dr. Taylor Eighmy had announced in ...