Month: April 2018


Student of the Month

School: Southern Methodist University Region: SWACURH
Nominee: Luis Marcelo Sanabria Segura Nominator: Audrey Lee

On-Campus Population: 3400 Chapter Size: 34

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

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have, or even what you have accomplished… It’s about who you have lifted up, who you have made better. It’s about what you have given back.” – Denzel Washington

Marcelo exemplifies this quote because of his remarkable efforts to give back and serve during this month of April. Marcelo is a second year international student from Costa Rica who not only has served as an example of a stellar student but also took on many leadership responsibilities in his organizations, including Relay for Life and Armstrong Commons community council.

On April 6th, Marcelo served on the Relay for Life planning committee to raise $73,595.11 for cancer research and programming. As a leader on the committee, Marcelo stated “We’ve made a lot of progress in overcoming it (cancer), but there’s still work to be done. I joined a Relay For Life event to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to free the world from the pain and suffering from cancer.” Leading up to this event, Marcelo actively was fundraising and reaching out to other students to participate in the event. Marcelo then had to rethink plans on the day of when the weather didn’t allow for an outdoor walk, so Marcelo and the rest of the planning committee had to implement their rain plan indoors. However, Marcelo’s efforts to make the world better did not stop here.

In fact, during the month of April, Marcelo also volunteered with the SMU Hunt Institute to educate attendees on the development of the 3Dponics system. Marcelo helped introduce “Evie”, a converted camping trailer, now a mobile greenhouse to the audience of the EarthX 2018 Convention and Expo. Marcelo, who’s majoring in Biology, used this opportunity to explained how 3Dponics is a precise irrigation method that allows plants to grow without soil, providing accessible freshly grown produce to everyone facing environmental or financial obstacles. This is just one example of how Marcelo wishes to make a difference by raising awareness of important issues.

Not only does Marcelo aspire to serve people both locally and nationally, but also here at his university campus. This month, Marcelo started a new tradition for his residential community. In efforts to create a strong community in Armstrong, Marcelo proposed the idea of hosting an end of year banquet to celebrate all of the accomplishments of students in the building. Despite receiving little support from other students on the council due to the busy time of year, Marcelo planned a beach themed party, called Armstrong End of the Year Banquet, filled with beach themed decorations, a taco bar, an ice-cream bar, outdoor games, summer tunes, and recognition awards. The event was the only event that Armstrong put on this month, and it had more attendance than any event since January. Residents stayed much longer than just a few minutes, listening to music or playing with soccer balls or footballs and enjoying their last few days before finals as a community. Marcelo faced several challenges in implementing this new tradition. Days before, he received word that there wasn’t funding for his original plans, causing him to pivot his ideas and come up with a different plan that costed less yet implemented flawlessly.

Despite his stellar campus involvement, Marcelo was also recognized as an exceptional student. Marcelo received the Italian Language Award at the university honors convocation. Marcelo has inspired others with his actions to serve, educate, give back and lead in his community. Marcelo’s tremendous initiative and passion clearly qualifies him for Student of the Month!

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Date of entry into database: 2018-05-05 21:11:03

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