Month: August 2017


Student of the Month

School: University of Akron Region: CAACURH
Nominee: SaiPranay Vellala Nominator: Bethany Truax

On-Campus Population: 2,800 Chapter Size: 28

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

SaiPranay Vellala is a sophomore at the University of Akron who lives next door to me in the Honors Complex, who is affectionately known as Sai ‘Cutie- Pie.’ He had been involved with residence life and housing throughout his freshman year, especially with his involvement in the Emerging Leaders program, the Sigma Lambda Honor Society, and with residence hall government. We have gotten to know each other very well and become very good friends over the past year as we both have been so involved in residence life and housing. This semester, Sai decided to take a step back from having so much official involvement with residence life and housing and by solely participating as an active member in Sigma Lambda as his positions with other on-campus organizations increased. Other than his participation in residence hall organizations, he is very involved in activities such as Nuance, the University of Akron’s premier men’s a cappella group, and Honors Business Group. Sai is also a very impressive student academically, studying computer engineering.

While studying a difficult major and juggling his many activities, Sai has made an enormous impact in the residence halls, both with his conscious actions to promote community and with his casual habits that show his genuine nature. Sai is extremely intentional about his daily interactions with every resident. From the first day in August that he moved back to the residence halls, he was engaged with every student and he formed connections with each individual on his floor. Sai helped to create a community on our floor, from inviting new residents to get food at a local drive-thru together on their first night to continually keeping his door open to be available to anyone who needs a friend. Sai has most definitely gone above and beyond to build a better community, especially for first year students in our residence halls.

In addition to being so actively engaged with individuals in our own residence hall, Sai has also stepped up in more ways throughout the month of August to help make the University of Akron a greater place. The day after moving in, Sai was already volunteering with the department of residence life and housing to help move in other residents. In doing this, Sai spent twelve hours over the next two days pushing carts to help deliver new residents’ belongings to their new home and helping to make residents in other building to feel welcomed into the Zips community. By spending a few hours volunteering, Sai made a difference in the move-in experience of residents across campus and helped to support the mission of residence life.

Beyond that, Sai had been involved in residence hall government as a technology chair during his first year at Akron and he volunteered to speak about getting involved in hall government during our first official floor meeting. Sai strongly encouraged residents to get involved by joining residence life organizations and spoke about how these organizations had helped him in his own transition to college the previous year; afterwards, Sai even stayed to answer questions from the new residents.

Overall, Sai has made an outstanding impact in the lives of all residents through his love for residence life, his time spent volunteering, and his genuine caring nature for others. Without Sai, I can honestly say that our floor would not be as much of a tight-knit community as it has become due to his actions, both intentional and unintentional. It has been amazing to see the difference Sai made in residence life in such a short time in the month of August.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-09-07 15:02:35

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