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Two students die from COVID-19

Two students die from COVID-19

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 1, 2020

Two UTSA Roadrunners, Raymond Shappa and Rudy Stephen Valenzuela, died, aged 50 and 32 years old respectively, this summer after contracting COVID-19. Shappa, an information systems major, died on Aug. 13. Valenzuela, who was supposed to attend his first semester at UTSA as an economics major this seme...

UTSA welcomes over 71 new faculty members after having to release 69 from their service this fall due to COVID-caused budget cuts

The rowdy statue in the Sombrilla is wearing a mask. UTSA announced that they were eliminating 243 staff and 69 faculty positions for fiscal year 2020 due to budget cuts caused by COVID-19

Breahna Luera, News Editor

August 28, 2020

A recent UTSA Today article announced UTSA’s addition of over 70 new faculty members — 68 tenure/tenure-track (TTT) and 3 non-tenure track (NTT) — to seven of its colleges for the Fall 2020 semester. This comes just short of two months after UTSA’s announcement of their fiscal year 2021 (FY202...

University dorms experience internet outage during first week of the fall semster

A UTSA banner stands on the main campus. On-campus residents had no internet access in their dorms for about 10 hours on Aug. 26.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

August 28, 2020

UTSA dorms had an internet outage on Wednesday for roughly ten hours. Kevin Reichle, chief operating officer of Apogee, the company responsible for the university dorms’ internet services, said it was caused by a cut fiber that was “likely the result of vandalism.”  “When the outage happened, teams were depl...

New $95 million Science and Engineering Building opens

The new Science and Engineering Building (SEB) sits across from the Biotechnology Sciences and Engineering Building. The SEB opened on August 22 after its construction began in 2018.

Josh Peck, News Editor

August 25, 2020

The new Science and Engineering Building (SEB) opened to the UTSA community on Aug. 22. The $95 million project has been under construction since 2018 and is a part of the university’s plans to center itself as a research institution. The SEB is located across from the Biotechnology Sciences and En...

Free COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students among announcements in recent town hall

Free COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students among announcements in recent town hall

Josh Peck, News Editor

August 25, 2020

UTSA will be offering free COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students in the fall. The funding will come from the CARES Act’s emergency coronavirus relief funds and is one of a variety of policies being implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.  The testing is being conducted through Quest...

UTSA announces COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students in new Public Health Task Force report

The Sombrilla Plaza fountain in front of the John Peace Library. Student Health Services will offer COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students, according to the new report from the Public Health Task Force.

Josh Peck, News Editor

August 12, 2020

UTSA will offer COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students through Student Health Services (SHS), according to a new report released by the Public Health Task Force (PHTF) on Tuesday. 

UTSA commits to offer in-person courses for new international students so they can live in the U.S. in fall

The Rowdy statute standing in front of the Multidisciplinary Studies Building. New international students at American universities will not be allowed to stay in the U.S. during the fall, according to DHS, if they are taking all online classes.

Josh Peck, News Editor

August 9, 2020

UTSA will ensure that all new international students in Fall 2020 will have a partially in-person course load so they remain eligible to enter the U.S., according to a university spokesperson.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded previous guidelines that would have denied all interna...

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 statement, which was made on July 28, came from Pr...

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...