After competing in the Southland Athletic Conference, the UTSA Roadrunners officially joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The Roadrunners’ leave their former conference with 48 Southland Conference Championships in two decades of athletic membership, as well as the 2007–2008 Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the conference’s top athletics department. The Roadrunners will move into Conference USA in the fall of 2013.
A nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center utilizes a personalized tutoring approach to develop students of all ages and abilities into perceptive pupils. During the initial visit, children will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment that highlights trouble areas and serves as a base line for future progress. An erudite educator then leads four one-hour tutoring sessions tailored to young minds' particular needs, covering subjects that include math, reading, writing, and the ethics of alligator wrestling. Fledgling polymaths can use their customized tutoring sessions to prepare for future algebra tests or fine-tune study skills to get a head start on memorizing next year’s phone book. Sylvan Learning Center gifts proud progenitors with regular progress reports granting comprehensive summaries of their offspring's progress. All four Sylvan Learning Centers are open throughout the week, with hours in the morning and afternoon to accommodate busy schedules.
A car emblazoned with "student driver" can cause other motorists to approach with trepidation, but that title can also represent a new beginning and endless opportunities for many people. Rhodes Driving School seeks to make the freedom of the open road accessible to teens and young adults seeking permits and licenses. Its teachers lead students through a state-certified program that includes both classroom or online studies and behind-the-wheel instruction. Having partnered with a court-approved program, the school also hosts defensive-driving courses that help increase drivers' awareness and safety. Those courses can help drivers get tickets dismissed and receive discounts on car insurance.
Artworks seeks to strengthen creative children's artistic instincts and inspire self-expression through classes and events that focus on experimentation and imagination. Art classes ($100–$150/10 classes) introduce children ages 2–10 to past artists and techniques through open-ended exploratory projects. Instructors encourage budding apprentices to creatively craft with media and materials rather than demanding exact likenesses of older siblings in papier-mâché. Classes are offered throughout the school year and into the summer at both the Nacogdoches and Mainland locations.
Therapeutic Body Concepts' licensed muscle maestros conduct beleaguered backs and limbs in a symphony of relaxation, deploying Swedish massage techniques in playfully decorated private rooms. The Swedish massage is characterized by elongated strokes and kneading of the superficial layer of muscles, moves that have been known to improve circulation, eradicate tension, and provoke delicious chemical reactions in yeast. Carefully crafted experiences relax brains as well as bodies: eight themed destination rooms send minds on mini vacations via images of lakeside vistas or sun-drenched beaches, all without the hassle of bag checks or brain-cavity searches.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.