The Perkins School of Theology team captured the Pacesetter Award for the greatest percentage of faculty/staff participation in the 2021 Virtual Wellpower 5K. The event, presented by SMU Human Resources in partnership with MS Health Promotion Management, was aimed to promote health wellness within the SMU community.

As part of the 5K event, SMU faculty, staff, students, family and friends were invited to complete the race on their own during the week of April 10 – 17.  After completing the run/walk distance, participants were encouraged to upload their results and share their accomplishments on social media.

The Perkins team was organized by Melissa Gooch, chairperson of the Perkins Staff Council and included students and faculty and staff members.

As part of the event, participants and others donated to the Applied Physiology Club fundraiser that raised $1,127 to help aid mentorship of Dallas high school students via the Leadership Forward Mentoring Program.