By Mikhaila Dansby
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., students, faculty and staff are invited Monday by the office of student life and wellness to participate in the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March.
Participants for the event will meet at the Main Campus student parking lot Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Main Campus at 1:30 p.m.
The office of student life and wellness has paid Star Shuttle to provide free transportation to and from the MLK, Jr. March. The march begins at 10:00 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy on the 3500 block of Martin Luther King Drive and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. Participants will march a total of 2.75 miles.
All participants are required to reserve a seat on the bus to confirm transportation. Seating is limited to 55 seats. To reserve seating, students, faculty and staff should call the office of student life and wellness today at (210) 784-1329.
Hoyt Garner, Jaguar Ambassador and vice president of administration of Campus Activities Board, said participants can leave a voicemail on the student life answering machine to reserve a seat, but this will not complete the reservation.
Garner said participants must receive a call back from the office of student life as confirmation.
Students are allowed to reserve and bring no more than two family members on the bus. Each participant must provide emergency contact information.
The office of student life and wellness is encouraging A&M-San Antonio participants to wear clothing with the university logo, available in the university’s Barnes and Nobles bookstore, open today until 2 p.m. The bookstore will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission boasts one of the largest MLK, Jr. marches in the country. With over an estimated 150,000 participants in 2012, the commission is expecting more than 100,000 participants.
Jolene DesRoches, director of student life and wellness, said this is a campus wide event.
“[Student Government Association] SGA, [Campus Activities Board] CAB, and Jaguar ambassadors are all collaborating with student life,” DesRoches said, adding that the offices of the president, provost, student affairs and the campus’ military community will all participate.
“All students and student orgs are invited to participate, as are faculty and staff,” she said.
Students concerned about cold weather can cast away heavy jackets for the the MLK Jr. March. Weather predictions for Monday in San Antonio forecast a high of 65 degrees and a low of 43 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain.
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Published Jan. 19, 2012