The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is hosting their first annual Ties and Tennis Shoes Memorial 5k Walk/Run in memory of Dr. James Robertson Jr., the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Pharmacy.
The 5K will be on Feb. 21 at 5p.m., the running course will be lit for the evening run/walk and will take place on campus here at TAMUK. Festivities will begin at 5p.m. and the race will start at 6:30p.m. Festivities include, face painting, bounce house in the Driscoll Children’s Hospital KidZone, and will have live music as well as many other activities.
At least 20 students of The College of Pharmacy have come together to help plan this event. They wanted a way to raise funds for the Dr. James Robertson Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund. Along with, raising awareness of pneumonia in which Dr. Robertson suffered and died from.
Dr. Robertson impacted his students from even his first day of meeting them.
“Dr. Robertson extended a helping hand to me before I was even an official student at the college of pharmacy. During the interview process I had forgotten my ID card that needed to be present,” said Kevin Ferrall, pharmacy student. “I thought I was forever doomed by such a silly mistake, but Dr. Robertson laughed and patted on my shoulder saying it’ll be alright.”
Some were so impacted by Dr. Robertson that he is the reason they are here at TAMUK.
“Dr. Robertson was one of the reasons I chose to attend the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. To this date, I have not been disappointed in my choice,” Olga Bacio, pharmacy student said.
“Dr. Robertson was an avid runner and loved being healthy along with that he was always well dressed. He always encouraged his students to dress professionally as well.”
“The name ties and tennis shoes was inspired from Dr. Robertson because he was always a snazzy dresser. He was always wearing a tie and we rarely saw him in tennis shoes,” Cheri Shipman, Communications Director said.
“I feel the 5K is something Dr. Robertson would support if he were still with us today. He had a passion for health and helping people, and this event combines the two,” Bacio said. “The proceeds will go towards a memorial scholarship that will continue his legacy, future generations will continue to be impacted by the great Dr. James Robertson.”