Posted: 8/26/98

A&M International Seeks Community Partners for Dusty Fun Run & Walk



Four companies have pledged their support for Texas A&M International University and its students by providing sponsorships for the University's 1998 Dusty Fun Run & Walk, an event benefiting student scholarships.

The companies, Aguirre Corporation (Dallas), Falcon National Bank, H-E-B Grocery Company and Norwest Bank, are providing sponsorships of $1,000 each for the competition. The University is seeking additional community partners to make additional scholarships available at A&M International.

The Dusty Fun Run & Walk is scheduled to take place Nov. 14 at A&M International. At the event, participants will partake in competitive 5K and 10K runs, in addition to a non-competitive two-mile Fun Walk. Sponsorship commitments will be accepted through Sept. 15.

A&M International President Dr. Charles Jennett said that community support is essential to student success at A&M International.

"At A&M International, we strive to attract the best and brightest students to our beautiful campus every year. In order to achieve this goal, however, we need to make sure our students have the necessary financial support to pursue their academic endeavors. I am sure that together with our community partners and through events such as the Dusty Fun Run & Walk, we can make this happen," Dr. Jennett said.

Michelle Alexander, vice president for Advancement and External Affairs, said that community partnerships are crucial for A&M International's success in the 21st Century.

"For years, A&M International has been the fortunate recipient of the kind assistance from the State of Texas. We know, however, that we cannot rely on this help alone. We must continue to actively seek community partners who are ready to invest in the future of our youth. The Dusty Fun Run & Walk is such an effort, and we encourage more businesses to come forward and support the event and student scholarships," Alexander said.

For further information, please call the Office of Advancement and External Affairs at 326-2175. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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