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5th Annual Tour de Campus is an Annual Success

October 5, 2013 2:48 PM

October 5, 2013

5th Annual Tour de Campus is an Annual Success

Rohnert Park, CA- Today, over 200 supporters from Sonoma State University and the local community participated in the 5th Annual Tour de Campus.  The 5k was hosted by the School of Business and Economics and the Accounting Forum.  While the funds are still being tallied, an estimated $3,500 will go to the charity Summer Search. 

"This is an opportunity to combine a social activity with philanthropy," explained Professor Joe Standridge, the advisor for the Accounting Forum.  "It combines the community, students and alumni all while raising money for a good cause."

Many runners dressed in business attire to take on the Dean's Challenge.  Because Dean William Silver could not attend, Professor Douglas Jordan stood in. "I will do my best to uphold the Dean's tradition of competing hard in the race," said Professor Jordan before the race started, wearing a sash that deemed him "Dean for the Day."

For every runner in business attire who beat Professor Jordan to the finish line, the Dean will donate an extra $20 to Summer Search.  Robbie Large was the first to beat Professor Jordan to the finish line with a time of 20:40, while also wearing a suit.  "I was surprised to come in first while wearing a suit," Robbie said at the finish line.  Large came in first last year, but this was his first year competing in business attire.       

Summer Search is an "organization dedicated to finding resilient low-income high school
students and inspiring them to become responsible and altruistic leaders."  Ryan Cooney, the Outreach Director of Summer Search North Bay, explained, "We surround our students with a number of experiences and invest in them to break the cycle of poverty." 

After the race, prizes were given to the top finishers, best costumes and raffle winners.  Participants and observers enjoyed the beautiful weather, live music from the band "Karmin Line" and a BBQ lunch, all while supporting a great cause.  


Learn more about Summer Search.

About Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' vision is to be the educational nucleus of a thriving North Bay economy.  Its mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond.  Creating a vibrant community, developing a sustainable business model for entrepreneurship in higher education, and developing and delivering innovative programs and processes are express goals for its campus-wide, community-reaching entrepreneurship initiative.  With undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs serving over 1,500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards of excellence. For more information, visit

About Summer Search
The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.

Professor Douglas Jordan standing in for Dean William Silver as "Dean for the Day."












sbe_tour_de_campus_1314_organizers_low_res_3.jpgThe organizers of the Tour de Campus.
From left to right: Joe Munayer, Jay Standridge and Joe Standrige.






sbe_tour_de_campus_1314_start_low_res_3.jpgRunners starting the race. 








Top three male and female runners posing for a picture after the race.


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