Association has more than 1,000 life members
Alumni Roger and Lisa Soler have
always supported their alma
mater through their business,
but recently they wanted to
contribute more to the school that provided
In December 2010, the couple became
the 1,000th and 1,001st life members on the
association’s rolls. A 1985 graduate, Roger
Soler said the distinction is nice, but he’s more
excited about his role as a life member.
"Being the 1,000th member is as important
as being the 999th member," he said. "I
wish more people would get involved as long
as they have the means to give back and be
part of the alumni association."
Lisa Soler, who graduated in 1986, said
they both believed becoming life members
was a good way to help the university. The
numbers were just an unexpected bonus.
"It just kind of tickled me, I guess," she
said about their membership card numbers.
"It was kind of an uncanny thing–it’s nice
that it’s that many people already."
Lisa Soler said she still remembers the days
when she used to park in a dirt lot on campus.
"I love seeing UTSA grow," she said.
The Solers have owned Soler’s Sports for
21 years, specializing in running and biking
accessories and apparel.
Roger Soler grew up in Lima, Peru, where
running became his passion at a young age.
He set records that drew the attention of
running coaches in the United States and
received a scholarship to Allan Hancock
College in California. He later transferred to
UTSA, where he set records in the outdoor
1,500 and 5,000 meters that still stand 25
Roger Soler said he hopes that future generations
attending UTSA will take advantage
of the opportunities that they receive.
"Not everyone is fortunate," he said. "But
if they become professional and successful, I
hope they look back and give to someone who
is coming behind them."
By Vincent T. Davis