Trinity University Honors Outstanding Students with Leadership Awards


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Jun. 18, 2013

Trinity University Honors Outstanding Students with Leadership Awards


Undergraduates demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to campus and beyond


By Molly Mohr

SAN ANTONIO - Nineteen students at Trinity University were honored during the 12th annual Student Leadership Awards in recognition of their leadership skills, commitment, and enthusiasm.

Nine students received the Presidential Award of Excellence for significantly contributing to Trinity, San Antonio, or the world by acting as role models and creating opportunities for other students to lead. All recipients graduated on May 18. They were:

Lucy Cevallos of Pasadena, Texas, a pre-med biology major, was the president of the Alpha Chi Lambda sorority and served as senior gift co-chair for Student Ambassadors. She was a Resident Assistant and a teacher/mentor for Trinity's Saturday Morning Experience program for elementary school students. Cevallos was honored by Campus and Community Involvement as a November 2012 Student Leader.

John Dean Domingue of Kerrville, Texas, a double major in sociology and studio art, also received the Frances K. Hendricks Fine Arts Award and the C. Wright Mills Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Sociology. In the 2012 Student Leadership Awards, he received the Diversion & Inclusion Award. On campus, Domingue was the president and social activism chair of the Sexual Diversity Alliance and a member of the Women's History Month Committee, Diversity Advisory Board, and Trinity Diversity Connection.

Laura Fraser of Sugar Land, Texas, a double major in business administration and sociology, was a member of the Residential Life Student Staff team, the Loon-E Dance Crew, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was the Mirage yearbook sales manager, an officer of the Sigma Theta Tau sorority, and a recipient of the President's Scholarship and Dean's List.

Austin Greenhaw of Denton, Texas, a pre-med biology major, was a member of the Biology Club, First Time Offenders, Trinity Distinguished Representatives, and Alpha Epsilon Delta. He served the Residential Life Office as both a Resident Mentor and Hall Manager. Greenhaw moderated the campus life panel during Trinity in Focus programs, which gives hundreds of prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the Trinity community.

Leigh Anna Logsdon of Lubbock, Texas, a pre-med biochemistry and molecular biology major, also received the Dr. Ian M. Thompson Award for Outstanding Achievement in PreMedical Studies and the Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award. She has published articles in the Journal of American Chemical Society and the American Chemical Society inChemistry magazine. On campus, Logsdon was a member of the Chemistry Club, the Chemistry Department Board of Directors, TU Distinguished Representatives, and a Resident Assistant.

Joseph Moore of Dallas, a double major in history and finance, also received honors in history. He served as president of the Association of Student Representatives, participated in Model United Nations, and was a Student Ambassador.

Salvator Perdomo of Irving, Texas, a business administration major with a concentration in finance, was a captain for Trinity's conference championship winning cross country team this past year. He was a Student Ambassador, Resident Mentor, and the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Perdomo holds the school record in the steeplechase.

Elizabeth Anne Waidelich of Floyd, Texas, a Spanish major, was a member of the women's basketball team. She was vice president of Trinity's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a recipient of the Dean's List, and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Trinity Distinguished Representatives, and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. She plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching at Trinity.

Michael Yancey of Dallas, a double major in finance and economics, was a Resident Mentor and president of the Nu Pi chapter of the business fraternity AKPsi. He has held prestigious internships at companies including USAA and Rackspace Hosting.

Five students received the Dr. Coleen Grissom Continued Commitment & Dedication Award in honor of a longtime English professor at Trinity who is known for her engaging wit as well as her leadership in the University's Division of Student Affairs. The award honors a student who has made a significant campus impact during the academic year. All recipients graduated on May 18. They were:

Luciana De la Rocha of La Paz, Bolivia, a geosciences major, also received the Outstanding Senior Student and Tinker Family Geoscience Award. She was the president of the Geology Club, vice president of the Delta XI chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, and a member of the Residential Life Student Staff and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Laura Sandling of Missouri City, Texas, a communication major, also received the Robert O. Blanchard Communication Award and the TigerTV Service Award. She started working for TigerTV as a first-year, earned a producer spot as a sophomore, and was an executive producer her senior year. Sandling was a McNair Scholar and presented a research project at the 2011 Las Vegas International Education Conference, which earned the honor of "Best Paper Award."

Si Ying Li of Houston, a double major in biochemistry and Chinese, was a McNair Scholar. She served as president of the Chinese Culture Club, treasurer of the Korean Student Association, and liaison for Trinity Diversity Connection.

Nykolas McKissic of Pflugerville, Texas, a history major with a minor in African American studies, was a starting quarterback for the Trinity University varsity football team, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha national fraternity, and a featured speaker at the New Student Orientation Diversity Session. He was one of only two students to ever be a featured speaker at the South Texas Sport Symposium in 2012. McKissic has accepted a full scholarship to the University of Toledo Law School.

Nicole Fratto-Oyler of Salt Lake City, Utah, a business administration major with a concentration in finance and a minor in religion, was a Trinity Distinguished Representatives intern and worked as the visit and lobby assistant for the Office of Admissions. She maintained her status on the Dean's List while working at a local bakery, studying abroad in Italy, working for the Trinitonian student newspaper, and doing multiple internships.

Five other students were also honored:

Amani Piers of Jakarta, Indonesia, a rising senior, received the Thurman Adkins "Unsung Hero" Award, which recognizes a student who has made an unrecognized and significant contribution to the community. She was a Resident Mentor and worked in the Office of Admissions as the overnight host intern. Piers was on the executive board for Trinity Distinguished Representatives, an active member of Trinity Women in Science and Technology, a peer tutor for biology lab, and a participant of the Sophomore Leadership Initiative.

Sean Solis of San Antonio, who graduated with a double major in political science and classical studies, received the Thurman Adkins "Unsung Hero" Award. He was vice president of the Association of Student Representatives and managed the Student Activity Fee funds. He was a Dean's List recipient, the secretary for Phi Alpha Theta, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, and a participant in Model United Nations. Solis will be attending the University of Texas Law School in the fall.

Sana Husain of San Antonio graduated with a double major in anthropology and sociology. She received the Diversity & Inclusion Award and the Margaret Mead Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Anthropology. Husain is the past president of the Muslim Student Association and worked in the Office of Campus and Community Involvement.

Breanna Willis of Jacksonville, Ark., a rising junior double majoring in international business and Spanish, received the Emerging Student Leader Award, which honors a first-year, sophomore, or transfer student who shows personal growth and exceptional leadership in the community. She is the vice president of the Black Student Union and a member of the First Generation Under-represented Students group.

Nupur Agrawal of Rajkot, Gujarat, India, a rising senior majoring in psychology and minoring in religion, received the Roman M. Lubetzky KINDness Award, which recognizes a student who demonstrates the virtue of kindness and a high level of scholarship, and the Ethel Evans Department of Religion Scholarship. She has performed extensive community service, including fundraising to replace out-of-date teaching materials in Ukraine schools and donating Christmas toys to deserving San Antonio children.

Molly Mohr is a junior at Rice University working in the Office of University Communications. Originally from San Antonio, she is pursuing a major in sport management and a minor in business.