Two Trinity University Seniors Honored for Service

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Apr. 9, 2013

Two Trinity University Seniors Honored for Service

Alumni Association recognizes students for cheering cancer patients, honoring the environment

By Susie P. Gonzalez


Chelsea Castillo

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University's Alumni Association has recognized two seniors for outstanding service to the University and to San Antonio. Chelsea A. Castillo was honored for her service to the community and Mitch Hagney was honored for his service to the University.

The students received certificates and $250 at the Honor Awards Convocation in early April. To receive the awards, exemplary seniors with service over an extended period of time were nominated by students, faculty, and staff. A panel of Trinity alumni interviewed finalists and selected the winners.

Castillo, from Houston, is majoring in sociology with a minor in biology. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota and Alpha Kappa Delta honor societies as well as the American Medical Student Association. Head of the Trinity University Volunteer Action Community's cancer awareness program for four years, she also is a leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an associate member of Best Buddies. Castillo has volunteered in a children's ministry and at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and worked as a counselor with children who have terminal illnesses at Camp Periwinkle. Additionally, she presented research this spring at the American Association for Cancer Research and traveled to Dominca as part of Trinity's Alternative Spring Break.

Mitch HagneyOriginally from Nashua, N.H., Hagney is a double major in human communication and international studies, with a concentration in environmental studies, and a minor in geosciences. He is co-president of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication association, and president of Students Organized for Sustainability and the Trinity University Community Garden. Hagney also serves as program head for Water is Life and as a trip leader for Trinity's Outdoor Recreation program. He is a research assistant for Trinity's debate team, qualifying to a national debate tournament as a first-year student. Hagney also presented research on Chinese online censorship and nationalism at an intercultural communication conference in Chiapas, Mexico, and studied abroad in Costa Rica on an orange and mango farm conducting sustainable development studies.


Susie P. Gonzalez is assistant director of University Communications and can be reached at