Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Freedom fitness classes meet for annual reunion, raise money for Steven Crandall Scholarship

KINGSVILLE - February 02, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Swim Club
Featured in the photo: Sheila Harris (left) presents donations to the
Steven H. Crandall Scholarship Fund from her Freedom Fitness
Classes to Roseanne Crandall (center) and Gettie K. Moreno
(right), interim vice president for finance.

KINGSVILLE (February 2, 2007) — A host of retired and current Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty and staff gathered together at McCulley Hall on Friday, Jan. 26, to celebrate the swim and exercise classes they have taken part in, and to lend support to a newly established scholarship fund.

It was the sixth anniversary and class reunion of the morning Sunshine Swimmers and evening “Jet and Sweat” Nite Crew exercise classes. Both classes are part of the “Freedom Fitness...Just for the Health of It!” physical fitness program offered to A&M-Kingsville faculty, staff, retirees, dependents and the Kingsville community under the sponsorship of the department of recreational sports.

This program emphasizes age-appropriate low-impact aerobics and resistance training in the evenings and morning water aerobics suitable for more mature participants, according to instructor Sheila Harris, assistant professor of health and kinesiology.

To get an idea of who makes up the groups, she gave the two classes a survey and compiled the results from the 16 forms she received back. Those 16 members alone accounted for 97 years of service to the university and represented professors and their spouses, secretaries, volunteers and food service workers, among others.

The classes operate at no expense to the university and are free for students through the recreational sports sponsorship. It’s a sponsorship that was structured through the efforts of Steven H. Crandall, vice president for finance and administration from 1990 until his passing in 2006. To pay tribute to his assistance, Harris led fundraising efforts among the morning and evening classes to give to the scholarship established in his name in October 2006.

The Steven H. Crandall Scholarship will be awarded to junior or senior students with demonstrated need and at least a 2.5 GPA who are enrolled in the College of Business Administration, majoring in accounting or finance; or the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, majoring in range and wildlife management.

At the Jan. 26 reunion, Harris presented Crandall’s widow Roseanne and Gettie K. Moreno, interim vice president for finance, with the money raised by the classes. Totaling at just over $1,500, the donation put the scholarship fund $200 away from reaching its $5,000 endowment goal.

For Harris, the two classes and their participants are special enough to originate and organize the annual get together, to give the like minded classmates an opportunity to spend time together in a casual, fun atmosphere. What makes them special?

“The positive mental attitudes, they always strive to do the best they can—with a smile,” said Harris. “They care for each other, offer encouragement to those that may be having a more difficult time…the list goes on!”

For more information on becoming a part of the Sunshine Swimmers or the “Jet and Sweat” Nite Crew, call Harris at 361-593-3102.

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