This year, eight students were nominated for the OLÉ Award by professors and instructors who recognized their outstanding talent. Dean Vasti Torres attended the event and remarked that nominees for the OLÉ award should be proud of their heritage and accomplishments. They are certainly an impressive and inspirational group, and each recipient received an award and a scholarship to further their studies. Award winners received an engraved glass award, while those students recognized with an honorable mention received a certificate signed by Dean Torres, the OLÉ Committee Chair, and Co-chair. Click here to view photos of the OLÉ Awards Dinner event. Winners and honorable mention in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level are listed below.
Honorable Mention: Valeria González. Valeria is a senior, majoring in social science education. Born in Puerto Rico, González moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She serves as the only bilingual tutor in the tutoring lab at Hillsborough Community College, regularly helping Spanish-speaking students. Drs. Bárbara Cruz and Cheryl Ellerbrock nominated Valeria for the OLÉ award. See the video of her nomination below.
OLÉ Award recipient: Maggie Mularz. Maggie is a graduate student in elementary education. She brings her Cuban heritage and international experience in theater and choral music to her studies and works at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa. Maggie has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and worked with special needs children and those in the foster care system. Dr. Anne Anderson nominated Maggie for the OLÉ award. See the video of her nomination below.
Honorable Mention: Scott Sandoval. Scott is a graduate student in secondary English education. As USF’s Student Body Vice President, Sandoval also sits as a Board Member on USF’s Board of Directors. He is president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, which participates heavily in different philanthropies and community service projects. Dr. Joan Kaywell nominated Scott for the OLÉ award. See the video of his nomination below.
For related information in Spanish, you may see a press release published by Centro Tampa. Congratulations to the 9th Annual OLÉ Award recipients!