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Mindy Green – Virginia Moore Chi Omega Scholar

22 May

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The Virginia Moore Chi Omega Scholarship was established in 2011 to honor Virginia Moore’s legacy of dedication to service, loyalty to her sisters and her strong leadership skills. It was these qualities that set the foundation for the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega, and it is these qualities that set the standard for the deserving young woman who receives this scholarship award.

We are excited to celebrate the 2013 recipient of the Virginia Moore Scholarship: Mindy Green, Public Relations major at Texas State University.

Mindy has played an active role in Chi Omega, especially as the organization’s scholarship chair: “One of my proudest moments was getting positive feedback from my chapter and the Chi Omega national consultant about how I was helping the chapter increase our GPA. Knowing I am making a difference gives me motivation to work harder,” Green said.

Mindy had this to say about receiving this scholarship, “I feel so honored to have received the Virginia Moore Scholarship. Virginia Moore is such an influential leader. Because of her influence, the Chi Omega chapter at Texas State University is still going strong almost 50 years later.”

Melinda Keller, Vice President of the Stelos Alliance and a Chi Omega alumnae, had this to say about this year’s recipient,” It is always a pleasure to honor my former advisor, Virginia, because of the impact she had on me while I was a student at Texas State. Mindy Green sets the standard for the strong caliber of young ladies in Chi Omega and is a wonderful steward for Virginia’s legacy. “

Following graduation, Mindy plans on working in the public relations field in either Austin or Houston. Mindy is a proud Bobcat, a proud sister of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega and will go on to make both of them proud as she continues to fulfill her potential.

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Ryan Elliott – Stelos Superstar

29 Apr

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On any given day in San Marcos, Texas you’re likely to see a young man riding his longboard down the hills of Texas State University’s campus. Ryan Elliott is not only an avid skateboarder, but a Californian, an honorary Texan, and a Housley Principled Leadership Scholar. 

Ryan took part in the spring 2013 Housley Principled Leadership Program and was selected to receive one of three scholarship awards because of his demonstrated commitment to his own personal development and to the themes explored throughout the course.

Housley made me analyze not only myself, but my actions and their effect on others around me. I feel as if I’ve developed greatly as a leader – a development I hope to share with others as I move forward with my future endeavors,” said Elliott about his experiences in Housley.

Bill Poston, the president of the Stelos Alliance, had this to say about Ryan, “Ryan was not afraid to buy into the themes that we cover in Housley, but he also wasn’t afraid to push back. Having students come alive during our program is the greatest way we honor our friend Kevin, and Ryan definitely came alive.”

Upon receiving his scholarship Ryan had this to say, “I don’t get much financial support, so being awarded this scholarship makes me very proud of the work I put into Housley.”

One of Elliot’s proudest moments involving his leadership was creating his own organization: the Extreme Sports Club. The organization has since been renamed to the Adventure Club, through which Elliot and his members foster a sense of community through various outdoor activities. “Creating something that bears fruit is one of life’s greatest rewards,” said Elliot.

Following graduation, Ryan plans to move to Austin, Texas and begin working in the non-profit sector. His long term goal is to create a non-profit that provides international microloans and microfinance opportunities for leaders in developing countries. Elliott would like to give people the chance to change their own lives for the better, and he wants to see it happen on a global scale.

It was a pleasure having Ryan Elliott in our Housley program, and we expect great things from him. He is a Stelos Superstar.

Honoring Likeminded Folks

26 Apr

 

2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners

2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners

 

On Sunday, Stelos Alliance will honor these four individuals who continue the mission of Stelos Alliance by providing post-graduate opportunities to dynamic young people.

Learn a little about this year’s recipients:

Rex Gore

Rex Gore is the owner of PJS of Texas, a commercial cleaning company, and Cleanscapes, a commercial landscaping company. Rex has always served and supported his community alongside his wife of 29 years, Debra. Rex was involved in the founding of El Paso Éxito or the The Path to Success, a nonprofit aimed at helping employees and their children raise their academic outcomes, and recently partnered with Hudson Baird to form PelotonU — an innovative college program. PelotonU melds a college education with a mentorship model that provides the best parts of a traditional residential College experience, which provides a debt free Bachelor’s degree combined with maturity, life and job readiness..

Carrie Hurt

Carrie A. Hurt is president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, and was recently named interim chief executive officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  Carrie has excelled in her career at BBB since 1995 and she has turned her BBB in to one of the largest BBB’s in the country. Her BBB has been awarded the BBB Marshall A. Mott Award for excellence in outstanding communications, a Hermes Creative Award, a MarCom award and an American Marketing Association award. Her BBB has also been named a top workplace by the Austin American Statesman, as well as a top 50 Best Non-Profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times. In 2011, Carrie was named a Women of Influence by the Austin Business Journal. In 2009, she received the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award from Texas Governor Rick Perry, which recognizes outstanding Texas women for their significant contributions to Texas.

Dixie Van Eynde

Dixie Van Eynde is a counseling psychologist and coach specializing in career enhancement strategies.  Dixie spent many years working in university counseling centers helping students identify and develop their career. Since 2003, Dr. Van Eynde has been involved with LeaderSteps, a program for high school seniors that seeks to provide them with information, inspiration and specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to their development as leaders in their future careers and communities.

Don Van Eynde

Dr. Donald Van Eynde is a Professor of Management at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Don’s areas of expertise include the management of change, management education, and the development of executive teams.  From 2004–2006 Don worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Mission Management Team on issues related to decision making and group dynamics. Working with students is Don’s passion in life.  A part of him says “it’s getting time to retire,” but the other part has trouble envisioning a time when students are no longer a major part of his life.  During his 29 years at Trinity, Don has been recognized on 38 occasions by students and campus organizations as an “Outstanding/Favorite Professor.”

 

This is our favorite time of year – stay tuned for individual profiles over the coming weeks

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