Annual Run Raises Money for Babson’s Student Emergency Fund

runners on Babson's campus
Babson faculty and staff runners completed two 5K loops around the Babson and Olin college campuses.

All was right for a dash about campus. The weather was good. The participants were ready. The hills were manageable.

“It was a beautiful day for a run,” said Rob Major, director of undergraduate administration at Babson College. “The temperatures were in the low 60s with a nice breeze.”

The occasion was the fourth annual Faculty and Staff Run to Support Students. The 10K race earlier this month began and ended at the Babson World Globe and winded its way across the campuses of Babson and Olin colleges.

The run raised more than $3,000 for the Melissa Shaak Student Emergency Fund, which supports students facing unexpected circumstances, such as emergency medical treatment not covered by insurance or travel expenses in the case of the death or illness of a family member.

“This gives us an opportunity to raise awareness for the Student Emergency Fund, which is so important for our students,” said Major, the run’s co-founder and organizer.

For the 10K, Major was joined by fellow runners Lauren Beitelspacher, associate professor of marketing; David Blodgett, associate professor of biology; Gloriana Chambers, education abroad advisor; Rick Cleary, professor of mathematics; Kate O’Leary, director of compensation/rewards and client engagement; and Karina Ovalles, student success advisor.

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