Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Student leaders, organizations honored for their work

KINGSVILLE - May 27, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Outstanding students and organizations at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were honored recently for their service to the university during the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet.

Jacqueline Casas, a sophomore communication sciences and disorders major from Edinburg, received the Outstanding Student Organization Member Award, one of the highest honors given. With her honor comes a $250 Presidential Scholarship. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and was selected as a new resident advisor.

The Emerging Leader Scholarship was given to Sabrina Romo, a sophomore marketing major from Lyford. This award is presented to a student who has not yet held a major leadership role in a recognized student organization, but will be in the coming school year. With this award comes a $250 Presidential Scholarship and a $200 scholarship to be used toward a leadership development opportunity. Romo has been active in the American Marketing Association and Theta Phi Alpha.

The Outstanding Leader Award was given to Justin Martinez, a senior psychology/sociology major from Pharr. This award is presented to the student who best exemplifies what it means to be a true leader. Martinez is a member of the Campus Activities Board, Psi Chi, Alpha Kappa Delta and was a Javelina Camp Pack Leader. He earned a $1,000 Presidential Scholarship.

 The Outstanding Greek Man of the Year was Emmanuel Guadarama, a senior biology major from Illinois, and the Outstanding Greek Woman of the Year award went to Victoria Martinez, a senior architectural engineering major from Moore.

Guadarama served the Inter-Fraternity Council and has served as vice president and president. He organized events including Greek Games and the new tradition Greek Splash. He is a member of Omega Delta Phi.

Martinez rose to the rank of vice president of the Collegiate Pan-Hellenic Council and ran the Greek Week festivities. She was president of her own organization, Delta Phi Epsilon.

The final individual award went to Rebeka A. Silvas, as the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor. Silvas is director of retention services for University College and is advisor to Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Two student organizations received two awards each. PEP Talk was named Outstanding Student Organization and Outstanding Community Service Project while the Campus Activities Board won the Impact Award and the Program of the Year Award.

PEP Talk received the Outstanding Community Service Project for their Designate Your Tailgate event. It was a non-alcoholic program held during Welcome Week with over 225 students participating. To receive the Outstanding Student Organization, PEP Talk hosted over 10 large-scale, campus-wide events each with a positive message to students.

The Impact Award was given to the Campus Activities Board because they went beyond the normal scope of the Fall Carnival, Spring Fling and more annual activities, and hosted the mtvU Concert Series featuring Thirty Seconds to Mars in the fall, and Music Fest in the spring. 

The Program of the Year went to the Campus Activities Board for their spring Music Fest that featured country music artist Stoney LaRue.

The Excellence in Diversity Programming award was given to the campus chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) organization. Their focus this year included a march in support of the Dream Act, a legislative proposal to help undocumented students to attend school and help them gain their citizenship.

The Outstanding Academic Achievement award was given to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Over the past year, this group has participated in many university events and attended a regional conference where they represented the university and demonstrated their skills. They also entered a competition that required several months of heavy involvement from the members.

 Gamerz Elite in collaboration with Otaku Anime Society and Special Programs received the Outstanding Collaborative Effort award for their GATO Con convention. This event was attended by over 300 people who enjoy video games, anime, comic books and other cultural interests.

The Greek Chapter Award was given to Alpha Sigma Alpha for their constant improvement in academics, service, fundraising and leadership skills. Their community service projects included Special Olympics, the S. June Smith Center and Breast Cancer Awareness.

FIAT, an interest group of Phi Iota Alpha, received the Greek Leader Award that is given to the Greek organization that attends the most leadership presentations. Theta Phi Alpha received the Servant Leader Award. This award is given to the student organization that attends at least three leadership presentations, works 80 hours of community service and participates in three community service activities.


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