UD community members will join with other locals on April 6 to run in support of students with disabilities. The 5K run and walk, "A Run to Remember," is organized by MBA students studying Sports and Entertainment Management to honor Vern Francis, a former College of Business professor who is no longer able to teach due to injuries from a severe accident. Proceeds from the event, which starts at 9 a.m. at Braniff Memorial Tower, will benefit students with disabilities at the university.
"The College of Business is committed to providing students with an education that is experiential in nature, and this class project is as 'hands on' as it gets," said Associate Professor Scott Wysong. "Students are not only using the event management skills learned in the classroom, but they are marketing the race to runners, signing up sponsors and working with vendors."
Event sponsors include Dave & Buster's, Cumulus Radio DFW, Northwestern Mutual, Dallas Harlequins, Neuroassistance.org, FunAsia, Air Force Academy Rugby, Athlete's Best, Compete Every Day, Fiserv, Troubadour Research and Consulting, Punch Presence, Rockfish, FirstJobinSports.com, DAK Americas, the American Airlines Center, VitecOnline and Frisco RoughRiders.
While on the College of Business faculty, Francis taught operations, statistics and project management. Francis, who received his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles and worked as an executive at Sabre, Inc., brought a combination of academic rigor and industry relevance to the classroom.
"Dr. Francis taught the toughest class I took in the entire program. He was amazing and exceptionally kind," said Glynis Box MBA '11, who is a clinic manager at UT Southwestern Medical Center.