DATE:  April 13, 2007       
CONTACT: Sharon Herrera 361.825.5976; or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
University Center/Student Activities Coordinator Named Student Employee of the Year at Annual Ceremony
Tanya Lopez and Dr. KillebrewTanya Lopez, who received the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Employee of the Year Award, is congratulated by University President/CEO Flavius Killebrew.  

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - In the eight months Tanya Lopez has worked as an office coordinator for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s University Center and Student Activities, she has impressed supervisors and peers with her enthusiasm and swiftness and accuracy in completing projects. 

Lopez, a junior media communications and business major, was named the University’s Student Employee of the Year at a ceremony Thursday, April 12 to honor the finalists for the fourth annual award.
Lopez works 20 hours a week and supervises eight student workers, training them in proper telephone etiquette and effective customer service skills. She also manages student schedules, oversees the ordering of office supplies and delivers campus mail.

“I’ve accomplished another goal in my life,” Lopez said.  “I try my best at everything and this award reflects on my hard work.”

Lopez was chosen from a field of 17 finalists nominated from the ranks of A&M-Corpus Christi’s 716 student workers and was awarded a $250 scholarship, an engraved desk clock,  a $100 SandDollar card, a plaque and certificate and a backpack.  
The Student Employee of the Year award is sponsored by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) to recognize students for superior work qualities in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.

“She has a very positive attitude and her work is always very reliable,” said Stephanie Box, University Center and Student Activities assistant director. “She has assisted with several major projects that we couldn’t have done without her.”

As student marketing coordinator for the Homecoming committee, Lopez collaborated with the Coastal Bend Blood Center for a blood drive competition between student organizations. She also helped organize the Homecoming Kickoff Picnic.
The other Student Employee of the Year nominees were: Amanda Allsup, Institutional Advancement; Jonathan Anthony, Central Receiving and Purchasing; Shanda Bass, Department of Accounting and Business Law; Raymond Claudio, Campus Mail Services; Daniel Cooper, Office of Special Projects; Christina Ferrino, Library/Systems; Jerreta Hartfield, Computing Sciences; Luis G. Hernandez, Payroll Department; Tiffany Marie Herrera, Student Affairs; Elise Hopkins, Education; Mike Maldonado, Recreational Sports; Amber Marcil, Women’s Center for Education and Service; Claudette Morin, Human Resources; Dee Marie Olivarez, Marketing and Communications; Lisa Reinertson, Career Services; and Elizabeth Rea Salazar, Office of Financial Assistance.