MBA Students Honor Professor, Support Disabled Students with 5K Run, Fundraiser
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
To register for the event, visit www.runsignup.com/aRunToRemember. For more information and daily updates, visit A Run to Remember's Facebook page.