Lately, those walking through the Student Union Building might trip over something new to Javelina Nation. It’s part of an operation that Texas A&M University-Kingsville is using to dial in on appreciation for its students—and it is hitting all of the right buttons. TAMUK is in the middle of its first-ever Student Champions Week. It has been a slot in the spring semester’s schedule to stop and snap photographs of the leaders of student organizations, to file through submissions of those nominated for awards, and to parcel out a new badge each weekday.
As the university’s webpage for Student Champions Week records: “Each day, the students of Javelina Nation do remarkable things. From conducting research alongside leading researchers in their field to giving back to the community through selfless service, students are contributing to campus, region and nation in diverse and exciting ways.”
Collectively, we as the staff of The South Texan would like to submit that Student Champions Week is more than a nice gesture; it is encouragement for members of the student body whose efforts might not always be lauded.
Angela Garza, editorial editor for The South Texan, is decisive in her take of Student Champions Week: it is timely, and it is needful. For Garza, the week is a welcome wedge of time of recognition for students who might not often hear the click of a camera. “The chance for student leaders, workers, researchers and more being recognized is wonderful. All these young adults who normally are working behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly get their chance in the spotlight.”
Samuel Galindo, reporter for The South Texan agrees, seeing it as an opportunity for the university to show that while the hours of service that many students offer might not wind up on a time sheet, their efforts are by no means secondhand. “Personally, I fully support the idea of recognizing the hard work of so many students around campus. It’s important to keep in mind that the majority of the students who participate in these organizations are volunteering their time, all the while, continuing to meet deadlines for their school work assignments,” he explains.
Galindo furthers this with an observation on TAMUK students going above and beyond the line of duty—or notebook margins. “What I also find especially impressive is that they’re more than happy to do so. You walk around campus, and you see different events going on, put together by students who are proud to be a part of something bigger than themselves—whatever the organization may be,” Galindo notes. This style of service is worth acknowledgment.
We at The South Texan would like to commend the university for taking this snatch of time to applaud students—even if the laurels come as small, metal discs.
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