Servant Leader of the Year
The TLU Center for Servant Leadership annually hosts a Celebration of Service to recognize the efforts of students, staff, and faculty, in addition to community partners in Seguin.
Each year TLU recognizes four individuals with the following awards.
Outstanding Community Partner
An award recognizing a nonprofit in the Seguin community that has demonstrated an exemplary partnership with TLU over the past year. This partnership could include working with a faculty member on developing a course, mentoring a TLU student through their service at the agency, or striving to build bridges between the TLU and Seguin communities. The Center for Servant Leadership chooses to highlight a community partner each year that goes above and beyond their normal duties to cultivate a relationship with TLU
Outstanding Civic Engagement Course
An award recognizing a fall or spring course from this academic year that incorporates civic engagement through an ongoing partnership with a community agency. Past recipients of this award have used creativity, technology and research to incorporate service into their classrooms. The Center for Servant Leadership chooses to highlight a course that can serve as a model for civic engagement in a curricular setting.
Outstanding Co-Curricular Service Project
An award recognizing a fall or spring co-curricular, non-academic experience from this academic year that facilitates an ongoing partnership with a community agency. Past recipients of this award have been modules, student organizations, athletic teams, or other outside-of-the-classroom experiences that have excelled at promoting community involvement. The Center for Servant Leadership chooses to highlight a co-curricular project that can demonstrate the variety of community service opportunities that exist on TLU's campus.
Servant Leader of the Year
An award recognizing individual accomplishments in the realm of civic engagement. Servant Leaders embody the philosophies of the Center for Servant Leadership, acknowledging that positive, sustainable change happens through building mutually-beneficial relationships with others. We recognize that servant leadership can take place outside of the context of traditional direct service, but can happen in other relationships as well. The Center for Servant Leadership chooses to highlight four individuals in this category each year: Staff, Faculty, Student, and Community.
How to Nominate
Please use the form below to nominate any member of the TLU or Seguin community for any of the awards. We are especially interested in receiving nominations that celebrate individuals who:
- Exhibit kindness, humility, and respect in all they do
- Impact the quality of life of people on the margins of society
- Have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to service, especially in the last year
Any member of the TLU or Seguin community can nominate individuals in any category, and previous nominees who were not selected may be re-nominated. Awards will be presented at the TLU Celebration of Service on Friday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the TLU Dunne Conference Room.
Past Servant Leader of The Year Recipients
2017 Recipients: Ms. Merry White (community), Capt. Irene Garcia (staff), Ms. Andrea Moreno (student), Professor Shannon Ivey (faculty)
2015 Recipients: Mr. Alberto “Beto” Rincon (community), Mr. Ben Villagomez (staff), Mr. Luis Perez (staff), Dr. Jerry Carr (faculty), Prof. Resa Cunningham (faculty), Ms. Chelsea Gamble (student)
2014 Recipients: Chris and Ileen Rangel (community), Kelly Smith (community), Eddie Salazar (staff), Rodrick Shao (faculty), Gabby Rangel (student)
2013 Recipients: Marie Paiz (staff), Dr. Robin Bisha (faculty), Kayla Hartmann (student), Frank Rangel (community)
2012 Recipients: Marvel Maddox (community), Dr. Bill Squires (faculty), Annette Roecker (staff), Katie Kyle (student)
2011 Recipients: Paul Castillo and Dr. Paul Martin (community), Dr. Robert Vogel (staff), Kade Leniqi (student), and Dr. Sam Hijazi (faculty)
2010 Recipients: Sarah Flores (student), Jonathan Zitelman (staff), Dr. Alicia Olson (faculty), Edward Davila and Ramon Salazar (community)
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