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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 ...

UTSA says no more COVID-19 cases reported among students, faculty, staff

UTSA says no more COVID-19 cases reported among students, faculty, staff

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 has continued to spread through San Antonio, as evidenced by the fact that more than 1,000 people in San Antonio had tested positive for the virus as of April 20, according to Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The pandemic has also affected the UTSA community; President Dr. Taylor Eighmy released a statem...

UTSA to receive almost $30 million in emergency federal aid

UTSA will receive a large federal emergency aid package to support students and the institution. The grant requires at least half of the funds to be used to support students.

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 21, 2020

UTSA is set to receive $29.7 million from the federal government as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency relief funds are meant to support the university and its students during a pandemic that has led to spikes in unemp...

How COVID-19 impacts UTSA students with a history of foster care

Students and staff stand with donated check from the Student Alumni Association. Israel Brown, back, third from left, has struggled at times with the transition to online learning caused by COVID-19.

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 17, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the decisions universities and colleges have made in response to it. Most students participate exclusively in online classes, and many students have had to move back home from campus. While all students...

Keep track of coronavirus updates from UTSA administration members

The mostly-empty Sombrilla sits in the center of Main Campus. UTSA has recently decided to transition classes online for the remainder of the spring semester.

Josh Peck and Breahna Luera

April 8, 2020

For the most up-to-date information, visit UTSA’s coronavirus information page. April 8 Update from UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy On April 8, President Dr. Taylor Eighmy sent an email to students announcing that summer courses will be held online for the upcoming Summer 2020 terms. According to Eighmy, the univer...

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...