Jennifer RuffStaff WriterSurprised students Pat Graham, Ryan Langley, Felipe Mora Vera and Nathaniel Padilla received the most prestigious honor, a Viking award, Thursday May 23 at the LAC.All four had been called into Dean Connie Sears’ office T2301 with no knowledge as to why, but had hopes it might have had to do something with the Viking award. To win a Viking award, students must have had to previously received an honor certificate and a leadership and service awards. A student can be nominated by their peers or an employee.
Next, the student would have been notified of their nomination and must have completed an award consideration application by May 15. For all three awards, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be enrolled in six units in the current semester and for the last two awards, 30 community service hours is needed.
Due to the requirements, Pam Garrison, Student Life administrative assistant, said the amount of winners vary each semester, with the most awards that can be given, being 15 per semester. In the past five years this is the lowest amount of awards given out also with no female recipient.
The four winners this semester knew someone had nominated them and upon discovering what they’ve received, were happily surprised. Graham, Langley and Padilla have received the leadership and service award, the LAC Star award while Vera has received the PCC equivalent Crystal award.
Also, all four have received an honor certificate at least once and agreed they did not set out to win awards and it came as surprise when you don’t expect it. Although as Graham said, “It’s nice to be recognized.”
Graham, 64, a radio and television and communications major, has a 4.0 GPA and has been the Student Senate representative for the KLBC Radio Club for three years and affiliated with the club since 2003. He’s received two honor certificates and a certificate of recognition from ASB for best club member in 2005 for KLBC.
Graham said at LBCC, students don’t have to look for things to do, similar to a buffet; students can find what interests them and participate. He said on campus he just went for it and he’s gained a “whole lot more than an education.”
Langley, 27, a kinesiology major, has a 3.0 GPA and is the Kinesiology Club’s vice president, intramural representative and Senate representative. He also had been a part of the Viking Fit Club from 2010-2013, LBCC athletics, has served on the Mini Grand Prix and Spring Sing Committee from 2009-2013 and volunteers for the LBCC rabbit project.
While he’s been at LBCC and along with his awards, Langley said he feels like he’s accomplished something. He advises students to “stay active in Student Life.” He said students don’t have to be shy, they can start small, by asking if there is anything they can do. The project doesn’t have to be a big thing. Langley said by being a part of campus life it has let him “learn so much more than my major could ever teach me.”
Vera, 23, a music major, has a 3.1 GPA and is a part of multiple clubs at LBCC. He is vice president of the Young Poet Society, president of the Faithful Peaceful Unity Club and a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma. He has also been affiliated with TNT, Alpha Omega Club, Prayer club and Leaders across Campus. He has volunteered for LBCC rabbit project, Christ Chapel, has supervised children at the Farmers Market child care and other organizations.
Vera suggests students to find a balance with all students do on campus to avoid getting overwhelmed, by take a little bit at first and getting used to it. He also said students can ask their friends to nominate them if they want to be able to receive the awards.
Padilla, 22, a sociology major, has a GPA of 3.66 and is the Aztlan president and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He has also received the Star presidential award, has an interest in LBCC men’s basketball and the Long Beach Wrap program and has supported the Grand Prix.Padilla said “there’s stuff posted all over the place” and students should help out and look for something to do.