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Milestone Members

Association has more than 1,000 life members

Alumni Roger and Lisa Soler have always supported their alma mater through their business, but recently they wanted to contribute more to the school that provided their educations.

In December 2010, the couple became the 1,000th and 1,001st life members on the association’s rolls. A 1985 graduate, Roger Soler said the distinction is nice, but he’s more excited about his role as a life member.

"Being the 1,000th member is as important as being the 999th member," he said. "I wish more people would get involved as long as they have the means to give back and be part of the alumni association."

Lisa Soler, who graduated in 1986, said they both believed becoming life members was a good way to help the university. The numbers were just an unexpected bonus.

"It just kind of tickled me, I guess," she said about their membership card numbers. "It was kind of an uncanny thing–it’s nice that it’s that many people already."

Lisa Soler said she still remembers the days when she used to park in a dirt lot on campus. "I love seeing UTSA grow," she said.

The Solers have owned Soler’s Sports for 21 years, specializing in running and biking accessories and apparel.

Roger Soler grew up in Lima, Peru, where running became his passion at a young age. He set records that drew the attention of running coaches in the United States and received a scholarship to Allan Hancock College in California. He later transferred to UTSA, where he set records in the outdoor 1,500 and 5,000 meters that still stand 25 years later.

Roger Soler said he hopes that future generations attending UTSA will take advantage of the opportunities that they receive.

"Not everyone is fortunate," he said. "But if they become professional and successful, I hope they look back and give to someone who is coming behind them."

By Vincent T. Davis

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