Highlighting last week’s Spirit Week at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) was the election by students of Mr. and Ms. TAMIU.
The honorary positions are charged with representing TAMIU at events and highlighting the University’s mission, outreach and vision.
Students cast over 1200 online ballots, electing Ryan Hodgson and Valerie Nuñez to serve as 2016 Mr. and Ms. TAMIU from among nine candidates.
Hodgson and Nuñez were introduced at the conclusion of the Spirit Week Basketball game between TAMIU and Oklahoma Christian University, which TAMIU won, 83-79.
Nuñez is a senior Communication major from McAllen. She has held on-campus employment with the Office of Recruitment and School Relations and the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement.
A seasoned student leader within the Orientation Leader program at TAMIU, she currently serves as vice president for the Campus Activities Board, one of the University’s largest recognized student organizations. She is a proud member of Sigma Nu Delta, a multicultural Greek society at TAMIU.
Nuñez said she feels her election provides her with a change to give back to TAMIU.
“I feel so blessed and honored to have been crowned Ms. TAMIU. I am excited to be a representative of the University that I love, and that has given me so many opportunities to grow as a young professional. It is my turn to give back, and hopefully inspire other students to do the same,” Nuñez said.
Hodgson is a senior Business Administration (Finance) major from Sunderland, England. In addition to on-campus commitments, he is an employee with the Office of Information Technology, Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services. A member of the TAMIU Campus Activities Board and student in the Orientation Leader program, Hodgson is a former student-athlete who won both Conference and regional awards as a member of TAMIU’s Men’s Soccer team.
He says the University is his second home and he looks forward to representing TAMIU.
“It is truly an honor being crowned Mr. TAMIU. This University is my second home and has helped me to grow both as a person and leader. I am looking forward to representing TAMIU in 2017 and continuing to improve as a member of the TAMIU community,” Hodgson noted.
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