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University College Student Workers Demonstrate Academic Success and University Involvement

University College is proud of their outstanding student workers, their accomplishments and various activities. The program recently profiled each of their student workers to highlight their successes in and out of the classroom. According to Mari Nicholson-Preuss, interim director for the UHD Honors Program, "They're a great group of students and a good example of how academic success, university involvement and on-campus employment usually go hand-in-hand."

Aracely Garcia is an AVID mentor/tutor and a junior political science major. This spring she received both the prestigious Red Rose Scholarship and Jones Scholarship. She is the president of Golden Key International Honour Society. As a charter member of the UHD's student chapter of Texas Freedom Network, she has served as its vice president since 2012 and will take over as president in August 2014. Garcia received a paid student internship with the Texas Freedom Network for the 2014-2015 school year. In July, she will attend the Golden Key International Summit in Boston.

Francisco Delgado is an AVID mentor/tutor and works in the University College dean's office. He received the UHD history program's award for "Outstanding Underclassman of the Year" 2013-2014. Delgado is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key and the Walter Prescott Webb Society. He will be presenting his paper "Hell in the Fifth: The Great Fire of 1912" in September 2014 at the East Texas Historical Association Conference.

Nnenna Kpando is a supplemental instructor for math and is a senior biology major. This year she was given the opportunity to present her research on biofilms at Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference in San Antonio and the Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences Annual Conference at UHD. As an undergraduate she has received a number of scholarships. In anticipation of graduating in December 2014, she has been studying for the MCAT and researching medical schools.

Carolina Perez Lopez is an AVID mentor/tutor, a sophomore biology major and member of Scholars Academy. She presented her Scholars Academy service learning project entitled "Getting Children Interested in STEM" at the 2014 Student Research Conference (SRC). Lopez is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Golden Key. She holds the office of historian for Golden Key and collaborates with Alpha Lambda Delta's historian on shared projects. She was recognized for her accomplishments as a CSP/Service Learning Peer Leader at the Scholars Academy Awards Banquet on 9 May.

Henderson Jones is a supplemental instructor for chemistry/biology and completed his medical school prerequisites as a post baccalaureate student. He has been accepted into the medical school at Texas Tech University and will begin classes in July 2014. Before coming to UHD, Henderson practiced law in Mississippi. As a member of Scholars Academy, he presented his research at the 2014 SRC. In June, he will serve as a JAMP (Joint Admission Medical Program) summer camp coordinator in Lubbock, Texas.

Victor Perez is a supplemental instructor for history and math and was the 2013-2014 recipient of the Donald Bonham Memorial Scholarship from the College of Business. Perez graduated with a degree in accounting in May 2014 and plans to attend graduate school.

Lauren Vanderlys is a supplemental instructor for history and will finish her degree in history this summer. She has been accepted to the graduate program at the University of Colorado and will begin work on her master's degree in history this fall. Vanderlys is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.

Lakeia Spady is a supplemental instructor for math and has had a very successful senior year. In May, Spady graduated Cum Laude with a degree in social work. As an undergraduate, she was awarded UHD's Red Rose Scholarship and a scholarship from the Folds of Honor Foundation. In preparation for her future career, she has been very active in her field of study and presented her research at the Texas Regional Conference of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in August 2013. The College of Public Service recognized Spady with the "Excellence in Advocacy and Social Change" award for 2013-2014. The Houston branch of the National Association of Social Workers celebrated her achievements and named her "Student of the Year". She plans to begin graduate school in spring 2015.

Michelle Gutierrez is an AVID mentor/tutor and is a junior majoring in urban education. Gutierrez has successfully balanced her academic responsibilities with her involvement in the Student Government Association and Environmental Club. In November, she received a scholarship to attend the Circle of Change Leadership Conference in California. This spring, she spearheaded UHD's first annual "Women's Empowerment Day." At the One Main Event, the SGA recognized her with the "Emerging Student Leader" and "Outstanding Member" awards for 2013-2014.

Bruno Toledo is a supplemental instructor for math and has been part of the supplemental instruction program at UHD since 2008. In May, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in mathematics. He recently received "The June P. Wood Award for Outstanding Senior in Applied Mathematical Science" at the Academic Awards Ceremony. Toledo is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and has been active in the ROTC program at UH. He plans to use his degree to begin a career in the oil and gas industry, but has not ruled out the possibility of teaching and would like to attend graduate school in the future.

Melissa Greenlee is a supplemental instructor for math and is another distinguished member of the Class of 2014. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in computer science. This spring the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology presented Melissa with "The Nancy Rich Award for Outstanding Senior in Computer Science."