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April 16, 2012 

1st Annual April Fools 5k

1st Annual April Fools 5k

The University of Illinois Arboretum was the venue for the 1st Annual April Fools 5K, hosted by the Illinois MBA’s Graduate Marketing Association, with all proceeds benefiting the Kola Foundation.

Over 100 runners turned out for the 85-degree day for a chance to run on the course that the University of Illinois Cross Country team uses. The event raised over $2,500 for Kola, with the proceeds from the race being used to bring three high school students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.) to the University of Illinois for the ACES Research Apprentice Program.

“The funds raised will be used to pay for the students expenses for getting here,” said James Cantu, race director. “We want to give these students an opportunity to learn at a major University and expose them to higher education that they may otherwise never have the opportunity to experience.”

Ron Lavaire, a teacher at Urbana Middle School, finished first in the 5K with a time of 16:37.6 and used this race as a training session for his upcoming full marathon competition.

Special thanks to the sponsors of the race: CrossFit CU, Body N’ Sole and Community Insurance Agency.


Research Apprentice Program


The Kola Foundation and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have partnered, to bring three students from the Little Wound School in Kyle, SD to the University of Illinois for the Research Apprentice Program (RAP) this summer.
The students will participate in RAP 1, from July 1st to July 28th.  Students in the RAP program will work in small groups to solve a business problem assigned to them.  The RAP program emphasizes teamwork, problems solving, computer skills and presentation skills.  These skills will be developed through a series of special learning activities and a series of visits and seminars held by various businesses through out the four-week program.  At the end of the program students will take what they have learned and present the outcomes of their projects to their project sponsors.
The RAP 1 group will work on team projects co-designed by and co-sponsored by representatives from Kraft Foods Inc, Oscar Mayer, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, PepsiCo (Barrington Group), Archer Daniels Midland Company and Lincoln Park Zoo.

For more information about the RAP programs please visit.

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1st Annual April Fools 5k
Research Apprenticeship Program

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The Kola Foundation Leadership Team:

Shelly Wohadlo, Brian Schneider, Reshma Patel, Trent Pelmen, Bob Meinig, Sara Zigman
 Aaron Kumar, James Cantu and Stephanie Barry



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