Red Carpet Recognition Affair celebrates students’ accomplishments

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    Students and organizations were recognized for their achievements Sunday at the Red Carpet Recognition Affair hosted by the office of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services. 

    Students and organizations were given awards and students who participated with Minority Student Leadership Conference were honored. The Community Scholar Scholarship Class of 2013 also recognized their advisors and presented their first study-abroad scholarship.

    Awards were given for social justice, outstanding service, global citizenship, organization of the year, rising freshman, emerging sophomore, outstanding junior, accomplished senior, and many more. The Diversity Poster Competition winner was also announced at the event. 

    "The purpose of the Red Carpet Recognition Affair was to basically just celebrate the entire academic year, the accomplishments and achievements of student individuals as well as organizations, and it also was an event to make up for not having the bigger event known as the Intercultural Banquet," Timeka Gordon, assistant director for Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, said.

    IIS usually holds the Intercultural Banquet at a local hotel to honor students and organizations for their achievements during that year.

    Gordon said lack of money was the main reason IIS did not hold the Intercultural Banquet this year. Gordon said they held the Red Carpet Recognition Affair because they did not want to let the year pass without recognizing students' achievements. 

    Awards and winners from the Red Carpet Recognition Affair:
    Rising Freshman Award: Minh Anh Dinh
    Emerging Sophomore Award: Michael Daniels
    Outstanding Junior Award: Miles Davison
    Accomplished Senior Award: Vanessa Norris
    Outstanding Service Award (Individual): Stesha Colby
    Social Justice Award: Jonathan Davis
    TCU Game Changer Award (2 recipients): Marisol Sigala and Cory Wegner
    Yellow Ribbon Award: Women Veteran's Society
    Global Citizen Award: Students for Asian Indian Cultural Awareness 
    Organization of the Year Award: Brothers of a Successful Standard 
    Alumni Frog Spirit Award: Jason Wallace
    Celebrating CommUNITY Award: Brothers of a Successful Standard and Student Veterans Organization "We Are All Purple"
    Distinguished Achievement Award: Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
    Best Intercultural Event Award: United Latino Association "Fiesta and Carnival"
    Breyer/Mills Collaboration Award: Asian Student Association "Asian New Year Festival"
    Outstanding Service Award (Organization): Student Y: Scholarship College Application Process Program

    Omega Delta Phi Fraternity member Gilberto Vazquez said that his members were surprised that their organization won the Distinguished Achievement Award and that it is a great accomplishment for them since it is the fraternity's third semester on campus. 

    Senior community scholar Marisol Sigala said she worked closely with IIS to put together the event. 

    Members of the Senior Community Scholar class were presented with their Community Scholar graduation medallions.

    The Community Scholar Class of 2013 presented junior Janet Hernandez with a $500 study abroad scholarship. Hernandez will be studying abroad in Europe with the College of Education. 

    Senior community scholar Natasha Zinsou said they wanted to create scholarship for something that future students may have trouble getting funding for. 

    "We decided to do this as our class legacy because it's something that will directly impact future students in a positive way," Zinsou said.