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TAMU-CC Division of Student Engagement and Success Presents 2016 Leadership and Service Awards

April 29, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leadership, spirit, scholarship and excellence were front and center at the 2016 Division of Student Engagement and Success (SEAS) Leadership and Service Awards Celebration held April 22 in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. The ceremony recognized the distinguished contributions of students, staff and faculty of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“We have so many amazing students, staff, and faculty that contribute to campus life in countless, significant ways,” said Dr. Don Albrecht, SEAS Vice President. “It is a pleasure to recognize the individuals that exemplify outstanding leadership and service to the Island campus.”

The Emerging Leader Award is given to a student who exhibits leadership ability in campus activities, employment, and/or volunteer service with the University. Nominees demonstrate initiative, persistence, team and goal orientation, and an ability to influence others. This year’s Emerging Leader Award went to Alissa Ramirez, a communication major.

“I love my University, I love serving others and love being able to lead,” Ramirez. “I am grateful to be selected for this award and I give thanks to those who nominated me and for my family and friends for supporting me.”

The Amigos de la Isla Award honors one faculty member and one staff member who have been a constant support to SEAS. All nominees have gone above and beyond their roles on campus to help the division accomplish goals and serve students. This year, two faculty and two staff were nominated. In a turn of events, all four Islander employees took home the honor, including Dr. Jeff Dillard, Assistant Professor of Political Science, for his role as advisor for the Student Veterans Organization.

“To me, this award represents the challenge to continue improving campus life for important minority student populations while increasing the University’s profile locally through community service work,” said Dillard. 

All nominees and winners included:

Amigos de la Isla

  • Mr. Ed Evans (winner)
  • Ms. Judy Harral (winner)
  • Dr. Jeff Dillard (winner)
  • Dr. Mark Hartlaub (winner)

Student Organization of the Year

  • India Student Association
  • The Happy Hands Club (winner)

Student Organization Advisor of the Year

  • Ms. Kellie Smith (Comm Club)
  • Dr. Andrew Johnson (CEO) (winner)
  • Ms. Crystal Moreno (Islander Catholics)
  • Ms. Katelijne Acker (Islander Catholics)

Sports Club of the Year

  • Lacrosse
  • Table Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Sailing (winner)

Departmental Organization of the Year

  • Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) (winner)
  • Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA)

Departmental Organization Advisor of the Year

  • Mr. Adler Marchand (Islander Cultural Alliance)
  • Ms. Lisa O. Perez (Student Government Association) (winner)

Resident Advisor of the Year

  • Alexia Avila
  • Miranda Garcia
  • Kayla Stovall
  • Nia Lane
  • Delina Richardson
  • Tevin Williams (winner)

Vice President for Student Engagement & Success Impact Award

  • Christina Brooks (winner)
  • Katherine Blake
  • Joseph Reustle
  • Rebecca Holmes
  • Jasmine Rodriguez (winner)
  • Tyrone Jackson
  • Alissa Ramirez

Emerging Leader Award

  • Tyrone Jackson
  • Frank Garcia Jr.
  • Avery Scherer
  • Rebecca Holmes
  • Victoria Hines
  • Sarah Snodgrass
  • Chauncey Brandom
  • Alissa Ramirez (winner)

Partners in Prevention

  • Delta Delta Delta Sorority (winner)

Greek Woman of the Year

  • Tiffany Hawkins, Delta Delta Delta (winner)

Student Employee of the Year

  • Maricruz Alvarado (winner)

Spirit Award

  • Mike Fitch (winner)

Sports Club Advisor of the Year

  • Dr. Dale Pattison, Basketball Club (winner)

Excellence in Disability, Access & Inclusion

  • Mr. Ryan O’Malley and Ms. Lauran Guerra (winners)

Additionally, 51 students were honored as recipients of the 2016 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” To see a list of Who’s Who recipients, click here.