University of California, San Diego


October 24, 2000


SUBJECT:   Chancellor's Challenge 5K Walk/Run for Scholars

This Friday, October 27, Chancellor Dynes will host his now-famous 5K run, a fund raiser for scholarships. You received earlier the general announcement. I want to remind you that you may register for the event that begins at 12:15 p.m. as follows:

            On line - http://www-chancellor.ucsd.edu/5k/index.html or call
            extension 2-1537 for more information.

            After 10:30 a.m. on the RIMAC Field.

I would like further to suggest some ways faculty could participate. This event has become one of the campus traditions. Students and staff get quite involved, and faculty might consider some of the following ideas.

What is new this year are more and more team competitions. I'd love to see a team of faculty put those undergraduate whipper-snappers in their place for overall honors, even though the distance is a bit short for the wisdom of age to triumph over youthful exuberance.

More constructive in general, however, is the following idea: A faculty PI might assemble a couple of post-docs and a few graduate students from his/her group to form a team and challenge the research group down the hall or on the next floor. Or an instructor could mobilize his/her TAs and then challenge the undergraduates in a class. Perhaps several teams would respond.

With these challenges, it isn't important to be fast, one just has to pick the right competition!

Seriously, great emphasis is placed on just participating by walking; speed is not required (or so they tell me).

Good luck, and may the best men and women wind, so long as they are Senate members.

                                                Doug Magde, Chair
                                                Academic Senate, San Diego Division