The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Brandon Ibarra as the Roadrunner of the Month: Dean of Students Outstanding Leadership Award Winner for January 2017. Brandon was nominated by Giselle Castillo, UTSA Ambassadors Coordinator.
Brandon is from Mission, Texas where he graduated from Veterans Memorial High School. He is currently a junior studying Medical Humanities. After finishing his degree, Brandon plans to attend dental school. He hopes to attend one of the three dental schools in Texas.
Brandon has shown the community the meaning of perseverance. He has been able to maintain his 3.7 GPA as well as his job as a fitness assistant at UTSA’s Recreation Wellness Center all the while back home his brother, Abraham, was battling stage three cancer. Giselle had this to say about Brandon during this difficult time, “He’d show up every day to work and to school, put a smile on his face, and inspire others with the way he carried himself despite his difficult times… Some people have wondered why he hasn’t gone back home permanently to be with his family, but he says he knows Abraham would’ve wanted him to continue succeeding at UTSA. Some people save others by being a lifeboat. Brandon is more of a lighthouse. Instead of rescuing others he helps others find their own way back to shore, guiding them by example. He’s carried himself with grace, humility, and kindness throughout his difficult time and by doing so, he’s inspiring others to do the same.”
Brandon also defines his leadership style as leading by example, “I've never really been one to lead others necessarily vocally, but lead them with my actions. I've always held myself to a very high standard. I try to exceed expectations and go above and beyond.” His leadership skills extend to his job as a fitness assistant. He always encourages people to reach their fitness goals. Giselle recalls this character-revealing moment of Brandon, “There was one time I was working out at the rec and a young freshman wandering around looking lost. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Brandon approach him and then lead him to the bench press machine where he proceeded to spot him.” To Brandon, leadership is making a difference and an impact on the lives of others, which he continues to do in his career here at UTSA.
The Roadrunner of the Month: Dean of Students Outstanding Leadership Award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions.Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:
- Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
- Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
- Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community
Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center Website: www.utsa.edu/slc/ and our RowdyLink account.