Updates for May 8, 2020
UTSA is committed to supporting the university community during remote learning and operations. Here is your digest of university news and tips.
As you gear up for finals week, students, your professors from across the university have a message for you, encouraging you to stay Roadrunner Strong. It’s truly a tough time across the globe, but hope—and support for each other—is something we all can share.
PASS/FAIL DEADLINE REMINDER: The opt-in deadline is today at 5 p.m. for the credit/no-credit “pass/fail” option for spring classes. If you do not opt in, you will receive the traditional letter grade you earned. Visit the FAQ: Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Options for more information and instructions on how to opt in.
BE COUNTED: The U.S. Census wants to ensure everyone is being counted—and in the right place—even as we all practice physical distancing. While shelter-in-place guidelines have caused many of you to reside at your permanent addresses in recent weeks, college students should still be counted where they spend most of their time during the academic year.

If you lived on campus at the beginning of this semester in university-owned residence halls, you don’t need to take any action, since you will be counted in the group-quarters process that the university will complete with the U.S. Census. If you lived off-campus, you are encouraged to complete the census process online, noting the location that you spent most of your time while attending UTSA.
SPRING COMMENCEMENT PLANS: To ensure everyone’s well-being while honoring graduating students, the university will hold virtual Spring Commencement ceremonies the weekend of May 23–24. A plan is being developed for an in-person celebration to honor graduating students once large public gatherings are allowed. Check out the details on UTSA’s Commencement page.
ACCESSIBLE FROM ANYWHERE: Now all your favorite MyApps applications can be run through virtual desktop console UTSA MyAppsVDI on any supported web browser. This means you can access your most important apps on any device, including your laptop, desktop, tablet or phone. The service is preconfigured to work with UTSA resources and software. Try out UTSA MyAppsVDI.
The team in Student Affairs is revved up to support you with programs and services during finals week, May 11–15. Whether you’re interested in meditation, live music, support groups or nutrition, they’ve got you covered! So let’s finish strong, ’Runners!

DIY ART WITH INTENT: Take a break from studying and join Student Activities for do-it-yourself virtual event “How to Make Your Own Intention Bracelet.” Visit the RowdyLink event page for registration and instructions. Monday, May 11, 1 p.m.

LIVE AT THE LOUNGE: Tune in to Instagram Live for a special concert featuring local singer-songwriter Marcy Grace. Connect with @UTSAStudent_U. Visit the RowdyLink event page to learn more. Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m.

LAUREL VILLAGE CHAT: Join this session to get well-being tips, just gather with some friends, or ask the attending Counseling and Mental Health Services counselor anything. Join the chat via Zoom. Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m.

TAKE A BREAK AND DESTRESS: The Student Union and Counseling and Mental Health Services are teaming up to bring you Guided Meditation. Join the live session with a counselor to learn how to practice mindfulness during final exams. No experience necessary, but visit the event page to register and get instructions. Thursday, May 14, noon.

GROUP IS IN SESSION: You can join in online for any of the support groups from Counseling and Mental Health Services. Connect with the Survivors Group via Zoom to learn about trauma, ways to cope and more while you get the opportunity to connect with other Roadrunners. Visit the RowdyLink event page for registration instructions. Thursday, May 14, 2 p.m.

TIME TO RHYME: Are you a poet and definitely know it? Counseling and Mental Health Services invites you to participate in the “Let’s Write About It!” poetry contest. Create a short poem about hope, looking forward or finishing strong and DM it to the team via social media for a chance to win some swag and have your poem highlighted on social media. One entry per student via Twitter or Instagram or Facebook and may the best poet win. Submissions accepted until Thursday, May 14.
MESSAGE OF SUPPORT & PEACE: During this time of required isolation, domestic violence is on the rise. Watch this important message about the silent crisis hidden within the COVID-19 crisis from the organization No More. If you are safe at home in isolation, you can help a survivor who is not—and be a Roadrunner who makes a difference. If you need to be connected to resources or consultation, contact the UTSA PEACE Center at 210.458.4077 or by email us at peace.center@utsa.edu.

FIND YOUR HIDDEN TALENT: Love learning new things? Check out the Student Union’s new on-demand video series "Stuck at Home." Talented students offer up tutorials on drawing, creating an awesome study space, how to make tasty snacks and more. Check out their YouTube playlist or follow @UTSAStudent_U on Instagram for new videos every week.

KNOW YOUR NUTRITION: Campus Rec registered dietitian Annie Bell is here to help answer all your nutrition questions. Is ground turkey or lean ground beef lower in fat? Should I drink a sports drink after every workout? Is coffee OK to use preworkout? Visit the Ask Annie! page to submit your culinary questions, and level up your nutrition game.

STAY HEALTHY: You can schedule telemedicine appointments with Student Health Services via the MyMed Patient Portal. Services are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to all currently registered UTSA students.
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