The University of Texas-Pan American honored outstanding student organizations and their exemplary members at the annual awards dinner on April 22.
"We're a community service based sorority. We help at the Comfort House (a residence home for the terminally ill) in McAllen," said Cindy Mata, a junior in Marketing and a member of Kappa Delta Chi. "It's a nice event and it makes us feel important."
Kappa Delta Chi was honored with two of the most prestigious awards given "Service Project of the Year" and "Organization of the Year."
Awards were chosen by the Committee on Student Organizations and nominations were submitted by advisors and student organizations. Dr. Dora Saavedra, associate professor in Communications received the "Advisor of the Year" award.
Annual Student Organizational Awards Convocation was an inspirational evening for students, faculty and staff.
There are more than 2,000 students involved in student organizations at UTPA. These organizations build school spirit, encourage group participation and develop responsibility among the students.
"With this organization they have to work like a team. It's like running a small business," said Kappa Delta Chi advisor, Debra Grant, director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. "They have to raise funds, pay dues and provide a service. It's a great experience working with different people and learning how to compete. I'm very proud of them."
Dr. John Edwards, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, addressed the students congratulating them for their hard work and contributions to campus life. He stated that students who participate in school organizations generally have better grade point averages and a richer college experience than those who don't.
Edwards also announced that UTPA will be putting forth a student referendum next year to vote on the construction of a new sports and recreation facility.
"This facility is for the students," Edwards said.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Development and by the United Student Organization Counsel.