Updates for May 1, 2020
UTSA is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak with a commitment to supporting the safety of the university community while enabling the academic progress of students. Here is your digest of university news and tips.
SIGNS OF THE SEASONS
May is here, ’Runners, and although it’s technically a spring month, we Texans know that summer will descend on us at any moment. That also means the end of the spring semester is in sight. The final day of classes is Friday, May 8, with final exams set for May 11–15. And then it will be time to bid farewell to our graduating Roadrunners. For information and final deadlines for UTSA’s virtual commencement ceremonies on May 23–24, check out the Commencement page. But for now, let’s keep enjoying these unseasonably cool mornings.
COMMUNITY NEWS
LIBRARY RETURNS: With the end of the spring semester fast approaching, UTSA Libraries has created a system that allows people who’ve borrowed books and other items to safely return them to the John Peace Library on Main Campus. Return bins will be placed in the foyer of the second floor entrance, overlooking Sombrilla Plaza, from noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends of May 2–3, May 9–10 and May 16–17. Since the library building will remain closed, if you have a borrowed laptop, someone from Tech Café will contact you with instructions about returning it.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE: The Roadrunner Pantry on Main Campus pantry is operating on a self-service model. Guests will be asked to log in their personal information on site. Anyone with a UTSA ID can stop by weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. to get up to seven bags of food, limited to one visit per week. If you have questions, email RoadrunnerPantry@utsa.edu.

LOCAL ASSISTANCE: The City of San Antonio’s one-page resource for residents needing assistance has contact information for housing, COVID-19 testing, child care, prescription assistance and more.
VIRTUAL EVENTS
MAKE YOUR ESCAPE: Need a break from the real world? Put your skills to the test in this Virtual Xscape Roomz special event, brought to you by Roadrunner Productions. Join any time during the active dates using the event key. Once you’ve entered, (1) read the instructions in full for the optimum experience, (2) attempt the virtual escape room only once, since multiple attempts will impact your time and score, and (3) refrain from sharing answers to make the experience fun and unique for everyone. Active dates are May 1–3. Use event key 2b3jP1x4 (case-sensitive).

NETWORK & BUILD SKILLS: Join in the inaugural Leadership and Career Summit for skills building and networking with experts. Open to all UTSA students.

  • Leadership and Career Summit: Networking with expert presenters, UTSA alumni and industry partners. A variety of breakout sessions are available, including Marketable Leadership Skills Workshops. Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (RSVP via Handshake by Thursday, April 30 at noon to attend.)

  • Planning a Project/Event: Another don’t-miss Marketable Leadership Skills Workshops event. It’s a highly interactive session that allows you and other participants to collaborate on a mini project. There will be twists and turns as you navigate the seven-step guide, all culminating with participants highlighting their plan’s strengths and improvement areas. Monday, May 4, noon.
SMART VIEWING: If you’ve missed any of the recent livestream events with our experts, you can watch the recorded streams on the Trainings, Webinars and Town Halls page. And be sure to read University Update next week for details on upcoming events:

  • A new town hall: So You’re in a COVID-19 World and Graduated. Now What?

  • Next in the Community Conversations series: The Future of Education in San Antonio in a Postpandemic World.

  • And a new webinar: Research Funding Opportunities for COVID-19–Related Studies.
HEALTH
STAY WELL: The university’s Student Health Services is offering telemedicine appointments via the MyMed Patient Portal to all currently enrolled students. Services are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EVERY PART OF YOU MATTERS: #Tools2Thrive is the theme of May’s Mental Health Month, and we want everyone to know that if you feel you need some assistance, reach out. UTSA’s Counseling and Mental Health Services has multiple ways to access services. If you have questions, email counseling.services@utsa.edu or call 210-458-4140. 

NEED TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS? The Happiest Hour (every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.) and Survivors support are just two of the many support groups happening weekly through Counseling and Mental Health Services.

VIRTUAL SERVICES: If you prefer the self-guided approach, the Therapy Assistance Online program provides strategies, mindfulness techniques and ways to manage stress
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