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2014-02-19 / Front Page

Upcoming run and walk to honor late dean

By Claudia Perez Rivas

Students from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy have come together to honor the memory of one of its leaders by hosting the upcoming Ties & Tennis Shoes 5K Run and Walk.

The run and walk will take place on Friday, Feb. 21 and is open to the public. Organizers said the event is meant to be a family and pet friendly event, which includes a festival with activities, health information, live music, food and beverages.

Rangel College of Pharmacy Director of Institutional Advancement Leslie Currie said funds raised from the event would be used to form scholarships for future pharmacy students.

“The goal is to establish a presidentially endowed scholarship in memory of the late Dr. James Robertson Jr.,” Currie said.

Robertson was an associate dean for student affairs at the Rangel College of Pharmacy. He died in November 2012 after complications from pneumonia. The students hope to raise awareness to what may be a preventable condition.

Currie said Robertson inspired the idea of a run.

“His students remember him as being very healthconscious and fit,” Currie said. “During his time at the College of Pharmacy he encouraged students to dress professionally to prepare them for their future working environments. That is where they came up with the idea of ‘Ties & Tennis Shoes’—fit and professional all in one.”

Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Professor and Founding Dean Indra Reddy said Robertson’s passing was a “terrible and painful loss to his friends and colleagues at the college.”

“He began his journey with the college in 2005 and helped entrench a strong foundation for student services for our past, present and future classes at the Rangel College,” Reddy said.

The festival opens at 5 p.m. and the race begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Rangel College of Pharmacy. The walk and run will begin outside the College of Pharmacy building and will continue around the university grounds and end back at the pharmacy school. Medals will be given to winners in each age categories. Three special prizes will be awarded for “ugliest tie,” “fanciest runner” (tux, prom dress, heels, etc.), and “top fundraising student organization.”

Registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for children and $100 VIP. All registrations include a commemorative T-shirt and RFID microchipped race bib. VIP’s receive special recognition and entry into an exclusive VIP lounge at the festival.

Master of Ceremonies will be Mike DaSilva. City of Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate and Rep. J.M. Lozano will start the race.

For more information contact Leslie Currie at (361) 221-0605 or by email at copmemorial5k@ pharmacy.

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