UTSA's 26th annual Diploma Dash 5K race and fitness walk is Feb. 27
Mayor Julian Castro presents a proclamation naming UTSA Alumni Diploma Dash the official City Championship Race and Fitness Walk to Diploma Dash co-chairs Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06 (former Ms. UTSA).
By Marcia Mattingly
Communications Consultant, Office of Alumni Programs
(Feb. 10, 2010)--The 26th annual UTSA Alumni Diploma Dash 5K San Antonio City Championship Race and Fitness Walk will feature a new course around the UTSA Main Campus on Saturday, Feb. 27. A host of community sponsors, UTSA alumni and volunteers promise a morning of exercise, great amenities and prizes. There will be door prizes, giveaways and extras for winners in 14 age categories. Proclaimed the San Antonio City Championship by Mayor Julian Castro, Diploma Dash proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund, UTSA track student-athletes, and alumni programs and services.
>> The new racecourse is a certified, 5K flat and fast course for runners and a scenic 1.5-mile course for walkers. The race is chip-timed. Families are welcome. Each registrant will receive a long-sleeved event t-shirt and goodie bag. Race-day registration, packet pick-up and stretching will begin at 8 a.m. at the Convocation Center and the starting gun will fire at 9 a.m.
Medals and prizes will be awarded in Open, Masters and 14 age categories. Compete in the Corporate Team Challenge, UTSA Student Team Challenge or ROTC Challenge. A New Event Record prize for male and female also will be offered. Special divisions include Clydesdale (male, 190 pounds and up) and Filly (female, 140 pounds and up) and a Wheelchair division with first-, second- and third-place medals for men and women.
Registration is $25 for individuals by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 24, and $35 on race day. UTSA students can register for $10 and can form a team for the Student Team Challenge with any number of runners. Children age 14 and under are encouraged to sign up for only $10; there's a special DipDash Kids program sponsored by H-E-B just for them and each registrant receives a goodie bag, t-shirt and certificate.
New this year is the UTSA Department Team 5K Challenge for faculty and staff. The scores of the five team members will be averaged to determine the winning team, and a trophy will be awarded to the department to show off until the next year's Department Challenge. Faculty and staff can form one or more teams of five persons for $25 each runner, and register before Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs on the Main Campus. Each team member of the team must sign the waiver on the Diploma Dash registration form Web site. For more information, contact Cherilyn Patteson at 210-458-4133. Register online at www.active.com or the UTSA Alumni
Co-chairs for Diploma Dash 2010 are Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06, a former Ms. UTSA. Committee members are 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.
Hosted by the UTSA Alumni Association, the community sponsors of Diploma Dash 2010 include H-E-B, Liberty Mutual, San Antonio Federal Credit Union, Run Wild Sports, AccuPrint, The Capital Group Companies, San Antonio Express-News, Tesoro Corp., RunOn! Sports, Time Warner Cable, AXA Advisors, SWBC, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Today's Dentistry ...Today!, Soler's Sports, Ancira Automotive, SBS Construction Co., TriSition Area Sports, Frost, Nix Healthcare System and many families and individuals who support the UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund through their contributions to Diploma Dash each year.
For more information, call the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs at 210-458-4133.
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Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16
iTEC Spring Break Camps
Children from kinder-8th grade interested in science, technology, engineering and math will participate in fun, hands-on learning activities in robotics and programming during this week long spring break camp.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Monday, March 19, 12:00 p.m.
Book Launch: Searching for Sycorax
UTSA English professor Kinitra Brooks will discuss her new book, “Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror.” The book highlights the unique position of black women in the horror genre as both characters and creators.
H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Monday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 p.m.
The Inauguration of Taylor Eighmy
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Wednesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.
Diversity Survey Forum - Downtown Campus
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
Wednesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m.
Book Reading: A Life on Hold
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
Thursday, March 22, 9:00 a.m.
COLFA Spring Research Conference
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
Success and Motivation
I did it too. I drove by big houses and would wonder who lived there. What did they do for a living? How did they make their money? Someday, I would tell myself, I would live in a house like that. Every weekend I would do it.
I read books about successful people. In fact, I read every book or magazine I could get my hands on. I would tell myself 1 good idea would pay for the book and could make the difference between me making it or not.
I worked jobs I didn’t like. I worked jobs I loved, but had no chance of being a career. I worked jobs that barely paid the rent. I had so many jobs my parents wondered if I would be stable. Most of them aren’t on my resume anymore because I was there so short a time or they were so stupid I was embarrassed. You don’t want to write about selling powdered milk or selling franchises for TV repair shops. In every job, I would justify it in my mind whether I loved it or hated it that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
If I ever grew up, I hoped to run my own business some day. It’s exactly what I told myself every day. In reality, I had as much doubt as confidence. I was just hoping the confidence would win over the doubt and it would all work out for the best.
I remember being 24 years old, living in Dallas in a 3-bedroom apartment with 5 other friends. This wasn’t a really nice place we all kicked in to move up for. This place has since been torn down. Probably condemned. I didn’t have my own bedroom. I slept on the couch or floor depending on what time I got home. I had no closet. Instead I had a pile that everyone knew was mine. My car had the usual hole in the floorboard, a ’77 FIAT X19 that burned a quart of oil that I couldn’t afford every week.
To make matters worse, because I was living on happy hour food, and the 2 beers cover charge, I was gaining weight like a pig. My confidence wasn’t at an all time high. I was having fun. Don’t get me wrong. I truly was having a blast. Great friends, great city, great energy, pretty girls. Ok, the pretty girls had no interest in my fat and growing ass at the time, but that’s another story….
I was motivated to do something I loved. I just wasn’t sure what it was. I made a list of all the different jobs I would love to do. (I still have it.) The problem was that I wasn’t qualified for any of them. But I needed to pay the bills.
I finally got a job working as a bartender at a club. A start, but it wasn’t a career. I had to keep on looking during the day.
About a week later I answered a want ad out of the newspaper for someone to sell PC Software at the first software retail store in Dallas. The ad was actually placed by an employment agency. The fee was to be paid by the company, so I gave it a shot.
I put on my interview face, and of course my interview suit, which just happened to be one of my 2 polyester suits that I had bought for the grand total of 99 dollars. Thank god for 2-fer, 2-fer, 2-fer madness at the local mens clothing store. Grey Pinstripe. Blue Pinstripe. Didn’t matter if it rained, those drops just rolled down the back of those suits. I could crumple them. They bounced right back. Polyester, the miracle fabric.
I wish I could say the blue suit and my interview skills impressed the employment agency enough to set up the interview with the software store. In reality, not many had applied for the job and the agency wanted the fee so they would have sent anyone over to interview. I didn’t care.
I pulled out the grey for my interview at Your Business Software. I was fired up. It was my shot to get into the computer business, one of the industries I had put on my list!
I remember the interview well. Michael Humecki the Prez, and Doug (don’t remember his last name), his partner double-teamed me. Michael did most of the talking to start. He asked me if I had used PC software before. My total PC experience at the time was on the long forgotten TI/99A that had cost me 79 dollars. I used it to try to teach myself Basic while recovering from hangovers and sleeping on the floor while my roommates were at work. They weren’t impressed.
I was trying to pull out every interview trick I knew. I went through the spiel about how I was a good salesperson, you know the part of the interview where you are basically begging for a job, using code phrases like “I care about the customer”, “I promise to work really, really hard” and “I will do whatever it takes to be successful”. Unfortunately, I was getting that “well if no one else applies for the job, maybe” look from Michael.
Finally, Doug spoke up. He asked me. “What do you do if a customer has a question about a software package and you don’t know the answer?” All of the possible answers raced through my mind. I had to ask myself if this was the “honesty test question” you know where they want to see if you will admit to things you don’t know. Is this some trick technology question and there is an answer everyone but me knows? After who knows how long, I blurted out that “I would look it up in the manual and find the answer for them.” Ding, ding, ding…Doug just loved this answer.
Michael wasn’t as convinced, but he then asked me the question I was dying to hear: “Would you not go back to the employment agency at all, so when we hire you we don’t have to pay the fee?” I was in.
What does all this mean? Nothing yet. It was just fun to tell. You have to wait till part 2, if you care, and if there is a part two. Right now, it’s much more important that I go play with my daughter.