Yvette Andablo is an awe inspiring person who goes above and beyond in
everything she does. In the month of March she continued with that
mentality and deserves recognition for the amazing things she did.
Yvette works as the special assistant, or SA, for sustainability at
the University of North Texas. Her work entails heading up the
sustainability issues for UNT housing, raising awareness of recycling
and other sustainability issues, and recruiting and supervising a team
of sustainability advocates called eco reps. |
In the month of March Yvette did many things that demonstrated
not only her great work ethic, but her passion for helping others. In
March, RHA did a softball-tailgating event and we were really stressed
out trying to staff. Yvette stepped up to the plate and offered to
help us with the event. She devoted 6 hours of her day to helping us
set up, serve the food, and clean up. Yvette’s smiling face and upbeat
attitude motivated us to work harder and put on a successful event.
When other people were partying and relaxing over spring
break, Yvette went to Galveston on a school sponsored alternative
spring break trip and performed one week of sustainability geared
community service. I also went on the alternative spring break trip
and I got to see the passion and dedication Yvette had for
sustainability and the environment. On one of the days we were lifting
80 pound concrete bags and arranging them to make a break wall. Yvette
worked tirelessly to assist in placing the concrete bricks, but also
in planting marsh grass to help support the local environment.
During March there was a nationwide competition between
schools called Recyclemania and Yvette was in charge of housings
participation. She worked hard to entice the residence halls into
participating in the event by creating a competition between the halls
to see which one recycled the most. Yvette and her eco reps tabled and
made announcements in the residence halls to raise awareness of
Recyclemania. As an extra incentive, for the winning hall, Yvette has
promised to host an ice cream party for hall that recycles the most.
TRIORG or NRHH, RLAC, and RHA, host a huge annual festival
called ResFest. Yvette volunteered her service and that of her eco
reps to assist in making ResFest a success. She took in on the
responsibility of disposing of all trash and recyclables, as well as
staffing a table to promote being sustainable while living on campus.
Her assistance with the event that had well over 500 people attend was
invaluable and her support aided in the event running smoothly.
On March 31st the University of North Texas hosted The Big
Event, which is a day of community service that directly benefits
UNT’s surrounding community. Yvette not only participated in The Big
Event, she was a coordinator and helped inspire and direct others in
performing community service. Her group thoroughly cleaned a long
stretch of a major road that runs next to UNT. I drove on the road
after the event and was amazed at the pristine condition it was in.
Yvette has not only exceeded in her position for the month of
March but has gone above and beyond to help other organizations under
Housing exceed as well. While many people were celebrating their last
spring break as seniors, Yvette focused so much time and energy toward
providing service in many different aspects while preparing for grad-
school exams and graduation. Her great volunteer work and fantastic
personal drive inspires others to make UNT the best and most
sustainable place to live in the world.
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