(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.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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