The 31st Annual Awards and Recognition convocation held April 11 at The University of Texas-Pan American honored the accomplishments of more than 60 outstanding students before a crowd composed of administrators, deans, faculty members and family.
"This convocation was created 31 years ago to affirm and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students at UTPA - both inside and outside the classroom," said Dr. Calvin Phillips, associate vice president for enrollment and student services and dean of students at UTPA.
Attendees also heard from UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ana Maria Rodriguez, and Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Dr. John Edwards.
Phillips presented three Dean of Students' Outstanding Student Leader Awards. This award recognizes students who demonstrate quality leadership, effective teamwork and contributions that have significantly benefitted campus life. The recipients were Tania Chavez, MBA graduate student; Rebecca M. DeLeon, senior communications studies major; and Deanna Schneyer, MBA graduate student.
Deans' Outstanding Student Awards were presented by the deans of the six academic colleges. The awards went to Kendra de la Garza, Amanda Marie Casas and Beatriz Guzman Velasquez, College of Arts and Humanities; Humberto A. Rodriguez, Sandra Acevedo, and Nidia Garza, College of Business Administration; Emily Calderon Galdeano, Rubili Loredo, and Otilia Rivas, College of Education; Maude Denise Compton, Lisa M. Beccera, and Olivia P. Zamora, College of Health Sciences and Human Services; Abraham Alvarado, Andrea Kall, Jason Stromberg, and Raghuveer Puttagunta, College of Science and Engineering; and Norma A. Herrera, Analucia Perdomo, and Krystal E. Garcia, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The President's Volunteer Service Awards, created nationally in 2003 by U.S. President George W. Bush and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, honors students' community service based on hours logged into a database for program participants. Bronze medals go to students who logged 100-249 service hours; silver for 250-499 hours; and gold for more than 500 hours. Medal winners included Analucia Perdomo and Cristina Perdomo, gold; Deborah Ruiz and Eliza Sebastian, silver; and Daniela Gonzalez, bronze.
Other student achievements recognized included the following: Amanda de la Fuente, Brandon Shuler and Beatriz Guzman Velasquez, Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press; Robert Moreira, Graduate Award for Fiction, Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers; Katherine Hoerth, winner, Nuestra Vos Chapbook Competition, Mouthfell Press; Cynthia Rios, winner, Accounting Excellence Award, Texas State society of CPAs; Lorena Garza and Nadia Tamez-Robledo, Archer Fellows; and Reel to Red Productions, 7th Annual Lone Star Emmy award.
Twenty-two students were selected for recognition in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2009-2010. In its 76th year nationally, this recognition annually bestowed this honor on outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements. Who's Who students included Eduardo Chavez Alanis, Veronica Esmeralda Bernal, Ashley C. Bose, Kimberly Dianne Cantergiani, Lorena Cantu, Celina Casas, Raquel Irene Corona, Mirela Dapo, Marianita Escamilla, Karla Vanessa Garcia, Olga Gomez, Alejandro Gonzalez, Naxiely Karinna Lopez, Steven D. Luther, Julia Maldonado, Adarsh Mamachen, Ashish Mamachen, Patricia Puente, Sandra Rios, Alyssa Darice Rodriguez, Humberto Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia, and Joseph Kevin Ryan.