For Immediate Release
August 2, 2007

Three UTB/TSC Students to Run in Ferguson Run in New York City  

Three UTB/TSC students will represent the university at the annual Keith A. Ferguson Memorial Run/Walk in New York City on Sunday, August 5.  

Ruth Ruiz, Perla Noreiga, and Juan Picazo will participate in the run that benefits the Keith A. Ferguson Endowed Chair in Criminal Justice at UTB/TSC. Ruiz and Noreiga are criminal justice majors. Picazo is studying music education.  

“I actually run for fun but when a professor approached me about being a part of this event I thought it could be much more,” Ruiz said. “At the end of the race you will not only feel better because running is healthy, but also because you are helping to give someone else a chance to go to school.” 

Ferguson is the son of UTB/TSC Associate Nursing Professor Sonia Cunningham and was a member of the elite New York Police Department Hercules Counter Terrorism Team.   

In January 2004, he suffered a heart attack while responding to a fellow officer’s call for back-up. While chasing a suspected illegal street vendor on foot, Ferguson suddenly collapsed while clutching his chest and died. He was 38 years old. 

 “Keith spent a lot of time helping people and I don’t want Keith to be forgotten,” said Cunningham, who founded an endowed scholarship for Criminal Justice at UTB/TSC   “Someone in the future may say they got a scholarship to go to college and they may mention Keith’s name. I’ll be happy with that.” 

This is the third year of the run/walk and it is traditionally held several days before Ferguson’s birthday. Ferguson was born on August 7. He would have been 41 years old.

A thousand runners are expected to participate in the run that take participants across the Brooklyn Bridge to the borough where Ferguson was born.  

For more information, call the Office of Development at 882-4322.