(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.
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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