Vasquez Named 2022 Hurie Award Recipient


博亚体育 senior Vicente Vasquez Velasquez, an environmental studies major from Chitre, 巴拿马, is the recipient of the 2022 Hurie Award, given to the outstanding member of the senior class.

The award was presented during the University’s annual Honors Day ceremony, 周三举行, 5月4日, in the Walton Fine Arts Center. University President Richard Dunsworth (pictured, left) presented the award to Vasquez (right).

Voted on by the faculty, the award is named for Dr. Wiley Lin Hurie, who served as president of this institution from 1923 to 1949. The Hurie Award is the highest honor an Ozarks student can receive. The faculty members choose a graduate who has been an exemplary scholar, a campus leader and a person of outstanding character.

瓦斯奎兹毕业的 以优等成绩毕业 honors with minors in sustainable agriculture, sociology and art. He was also named the University’s Outstanding Student in 环境研究 in Natural Science in 2022.  He has served as president of the Chess Club and as garden manager for the University’s Food for Thought Garden.

He has worked on numerous research projects during his time at Ozarks and was co-author of a chapter in the 2022 book “Biodiversity Islands: Strategies for Conservation in Human-dominated Environments.” He also completed a summer internship with Dripping Springs Garden in Huntsville, Ark.  Vasquez has used his art talent to paint several murals for downtown businesses in Clarksville and place second in a regional collegiate art competition in 2019. He has been a volunteer with the Red Cross in 巴拿马 since he was 12.

在他的提名, 他的一位教授说, “Vicente has approached his educational and professional career holistically. He is now a dedicated researcher, an engaged community member, and a global citizen. I have had the opportunity to engage with Vicente as a student, 扎克社区成员, 和他的同事. 作为一名学生, Vicente has demonstrated impeccable engagement with the learning materials and class discussions. He has applied what he has been learning to examine issues, which pertain to his home country 巴拿马. 作为社区成员, I have seen Vicente being part of various extracurricular activities on campus. This includes his participation in Young Democrats and Republicans debates, 社区花园, and International students’ events. Vicente has also contributed to the Clarksville community thanks to his art works, which are visible now to everyone. 作为一个同事, I had the opportunity to work with Vicente for more than a year and half on a scientific chapter on reforestation with collaborators from Yale and Boise State. 通过这次合作, I learned about the serious and diverse engagement of Vicente in international efforts to promote reforestation in his home country 巴拿马 and the world.”

毕业后, Vasquez plans to pursue a job in conservation or organic agriculture and eventually obtain a Ph.D. 在生态.

“I knew from the moment I got to 博亚体育 what I wanted to study and do,”Vasquez说. “I firmly believe environmental degradation is the greatest threat to my generation and the ones to come. I decided to study environmental studies because the crisis that we are about to face are existential, and we will need all the scientific knowledge and political disposition to deal with it. I think my generation is due to face great challenges. 我想去那里.  I want to be in the frontlines of the environmental crisis and use critical thinking to find concrete solutions that protect the environment and human interests. The crises that I talk about are everywhere, 来自博亚体育app官方的食物系统, to matters of equality and environmental justice. I alone am not enough to solve these problems, but from the little place of earth that I inhabit, 我想有所作为.”

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