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Islander Student Receives Graduate Teaching Award for the State of Texas

October 22, 2013

Carlos Garanzuay

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- Carlos Garanzuay, graduate student and Teaching Assistant for the Department of Communication and Media at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the recipient of this year’s ‘June Smith Graduate Teaching Award.’ The award was presented by the Texas Speech Communication Association at their 2013 annual convention.

“Just being considered for this award amongst the most qualified and respected Teaching Assistants in the state of Texas makes me feel an extreme sense of appreciation,” says Garanzuay. 

This award is designed to reward an outstanding graduate student in the state of Texas for his/her activities as graduate instructional assistant in undergraduate classrooms. The individual awarded should combine personal qualities of dedication and commitment to teaching with innovation, creativity, preparedness, and efficiency in the classroom.

Garanzuay was also honored by the School of Media, Arts and Communication (SAMC) as the ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ in 2013 and the Department of Communication and Media’s ‘Graduate Assistant of the Year.’ He says his success would not have been possible without the strong faculty who guide him every day.

“They go above and beyond their duties by personally mentoring individual students, helping them to better their lives, and continue to grow,” said Garanzuay.

Garanzuay received his bachelor’s degree in Communication from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and will finish his graduate degree in December.  Garanzuay plans to continue his education at the University by entering the Counseling program to become a Licensed Practical Counselor and eventually pursuing a PhD.

“Carlos is a stand-out, because of his dedication to helping the students in his section,” says Cheryl Spaniol, Professional Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts.

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