(March 11, 2010)--A beautiful sunny morning and a new course around the UTSA campus enticed a record 1,345 runners and walkers to register for the 26th annual Diploma Dash 5K on February 27. Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, the Diploma Dash is the San Antonio City Championship, and runners, walkers and fitness fanatics showed up to enjoy a morning of exercise, music, health advice, prizes, many sponsor booths and door prizes. Proceeds from the race benefit the UTSA Alumni Scholarship Fund and alumni programs and services.
Mistress of ceremonies was Monica Taylor '98 of KABB-TV news and co-chairs were Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06.
Medals and prizes were awarded in Open, Masters and 14 age categories for the 5K run. Walkers embarked on a 1.5-mile campus trek. All received the Diploma Dash t-shirt and a goodie bag. This year, H-E-B sponsored a "Diploma Dash Kids" program, awarding a special certificate and goodie bag to each child who finished the 5K run or walk.
Wesley Keating won overall male (14:26) and Hyvon Ngetich won overall female (16:53). Top male UTSA student Greg George clocked 18:29 and female student Hope Jimenez clocked 19:37.
New this year was a UTSA Department Challenge. Four campus teams competed. The winning plaque went to team Racers Edge and members Linda Lopez-George, Eric Gentry, Albert Carrisalez, Marcos Moore, Brittany Pratt, Helene Benitez and Meghan Myers.
Also fielding teams were the Rowdy New U team directed by Kristee Phelps of the UTSA Wellness Center, Wreckers from Campus Recreation and Chili Kings from UTSA Advancement.
The student ROTC Team Challenge was won by Air Force ROTC, wresting the trophy from last year's winner, Army ROTC. Other student teams competing in the challenge were winners Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, the Early Birds, UTSA Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Psi.
Diploma Dash 2010 committee members are Melissa Aguillon '95 '99, April Ancira '03, Catherine Austin '07, Tim Boeder, Doug Campbell, Glenn Errhalt '88, Gerardo Escamilla '98, Omar Hernandez, Steven Langley '05, Joey Ramos '00, Sloan Thomas and Ed Zapata '08.
Community sponsors included H-E-B, Liberty Mutual, San Antonio Federal Credit Union, Run Wild Sports, AccuPrint, The Capital Group Companies, San Antonio Express-News, Tesoro Corporation, RunOn! Sports, Time Warner Cable, AXA Advisors, SWBC Employee Benefits Consulting, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Today's Dentistry...Today!, Campbell, Nelson and Associates, Boardwalk Real Property Management, Soler's Sports, Ancira Automotive, SBS Construction Co., TriSition Area Sports, Frost and Nix Healthcare System.
Diploma Dash t-shirts for $5
A limited supply of the 2010 Diploma Dash t-shirts is available for $5 each, tax included (mostly large and extra large). For more information, contact Cherilyn Patteson, Office of Alumni Programs, at 210-458-4133.
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Celebrate Texas' diversity with authentic ethnic cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts from the many countries that make up the rich heritage of Texas.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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