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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...

Head coach Jeff Traylor speaks on football program during the pandemic

Jeff Traylor speaking to the media during his introductory press meeting. Traylor becomes the third head coach in UTSA football history.

Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

First-year head football coach Jeff Traylor has led the Roadrunners through uncharted territory for the UTSA football program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traylor and the ‘Runners will face Louisiana State University (LSU), the reigning College Playoffs National Champions, for the first game of...

COVID-19: How I turned the pandemic into something positive

Photo by Robyn Castro

Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 20, 2020

I sat in my room on a dreadful Monday afternoon staring at my roof. I overheard on my TV that COVID-19 was spreading quickly throughout the U.S. It was only a matter of time before it reached my hometown of Austin, Texas. I looked outside my window to watch the rain build up and flow down my neighborhoo...

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...

Q&A with STEM majors dealing with virtual learning

Illustration Robyn Castro

Sofia Garcia, Arts and Life Editor

April 28, 2020

We have seen COVID-19 take over the fast-paced daily lives of UTSA students by forcing all face-to-face classes to move exclusively online. All students depend on face-to-face classes to grasp many ideas and concepts within subjects, and it has been a major adjustment for all. Students in science, tec...

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...

Taking losses and giving back: small businesses during COVID-19

Photo by Ethan Gullett

Christina Troy, Copyediting Coordinator

April 20, 2020

Small businesses across San Antonio have fallen victim to the coronavirus outbreak and seen unprecedented decreases in sales. In an attempt to flatten the curve, Mayor Ron Nirenburg issued a Stay Home, Work Safe order, forcing all non-essential businesses to close. This has caused emotional and financ...