Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Daniel Lucio

An Outstanding Islander

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Public Improvement
As a graduate student in the Public Administration program, the Island University has afforded Daniel Lucio many opportunities to become involved in the development of downtown Corpus Christi. These projects have involved surveying downtown business owners, employees and residences to determine what they feel is needed (downtown housing, eateries, entertainment and RTA routes between the University and downtown) to boost the growth and improvement of the City. The El Paso, Texas, native, who has a degree emphasis in environmental science, began his MPA classes in fall 2009 and is particularly interested in sustainable development. Currently, Lucio is working with President Flavius Killebrew and Dr. Eliot Chenaux to promote sustainability on campus through recycling and promoting the Green Fund, in which students will have the option to pay a flat fee to go toward green projects. He works with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club in which he has been asked to help with community organization. Lucio is also active in the University’s Environmental Advisory Council, the Student Environmental Action League (SEAL), and he sits on the Mayor’s Clean City Advisory Committee, the Brownfields Committee and the Homeless Issues Partnership Board. He is vice president of Students Taking Action Now for Darfur (STAND), a founding member of Hispanics for Advancement of Community and Educational Readiness (HACER), a member of Young Democrats, a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and a former senator in the Student Government Association. Away from classes, Lucio considers ways to give back to his community. He volunteers to feed the homeless, assists Democratic candidates and has taught surfing to disabled children through the Surfrider Foundation’s Surf Camp.

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