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LBJ Civic Leadership Award Recipients

Congratulations, 2018 Recipients

Our 2018 LBJ Civic Leadership Award recipients (left to right): Kendria Shields-Rhodes, Cynthia Jacobo Sandoval, Glen Stevenson, Alicia Ward, Alexis Lopez, and Eugenio Perez Torroella.

Kendria Shields-Rhodes 

Kendria has served as a Resident Assistant in the Department of Housing and Residential Life for two years, impacting the lives of each and every person she comes in contact with. She has established relationships with her residents and has built a positive, engaged community in San Jacinto Hall. Through her leadership in the Chi Alpha Christian ministry, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Alpha Chi organizations, she has dedicated her time and energy in mentoring and helping others as well as giving back to the community in different leadership projects. Kendria was recently selected to study abroad in Costa Rica this summer through the Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Program, broadening her awareness of a new culture and knowledge in academia. An excellent student, she has clearly shown that she not only loves her campus but also wants to become an asset to those students who call Texas State their home. A Special Olympics volunteer, a frequent volunteer in the University Theater department, and a participant in Bobcat Build as well as a number of mission trips, Kendria is an excellent example if the character and legacy of LBJ. 

Cynthia Jacobo Sandoval

Cynthia's involvement on campus has had a far-reaching effect. From working with incoming students through Bobcat Preview, serving as a university ambassador, working as a lifeguard, and serving an officer within a number of student organizations, Cynthia's strengths are in problem-solving and relationship building on campus. She is also an intern at McCoy's Headquarters in San Marcos. An excellent student, she is on the Dean's List and has been recognized by a number of scholarships for her leadership and service. 

Glen Stevenson

Glen is a veteran, a student, a leader, and an active community member. He served our country as a United States Army medic in Uganda and other foreign assignments. Upon returning to civilian life, he has been a student supporting students through tutoring, teaching, advising, and serving as a lab instructor and training other veterans to tutor students in need of assistance. His leadership brought a 400% increase in the participation of the Veteran Academic Success Center in just one year. His educational endeavors have included earning a bachelor's of science in mathematics, followed by his current work for a bachelor's in computer science. His global interests are being fulfilled by his research in the security of cyber-physical systems. 

Alicia Ward

Alicia's involvement through civic engagement, leadership, and service on- and off-campus embodies the legacy of LBJ due to her great passion for serving and bettering the community. Civic engagement is clearly displayed through her community service and leadership positions held. Alicia believes in making changes by actively working with the community rather than just talking about the issues. She truly does embody the legacy of LBJ by putting others before herself and she continually wants to better the community. As a member and officer of Chi Beta Delta, she has amassed over 350 community service hours while leading within her organization. She has had a profound impact on incoming students through her roles as an Orientation Leader and a Bobcat Preview PAL. She has grown her leadership through the Capstone Leadership Program and as a SLAC lab assistant. As she prepares for her life after Texas State, she is an active volunteer and intern in the juvenile system as well as providing after-school support for underprivileged and children with special needs. 

Alexis Lopez

Alexis is the president of the Golden Key International Honor Society at Texas State. Alexis has attended national leadership conferences and has been involved in community service projects such as book drives and Golden Key's Little Free Library project. Alexis' involvement in the community has included shadowing and internship experiences in his chosen field of Physical Therapy, working with HOSPICE, and working at Seton Hospital in Kyle. As the chief Volunteer Coordinator for Medical Explorers, Alexis coordinated with community agencies for medical volunteer services. At the San Marcos AWARE center, he assisted with Therapeutic Riding program for children and adults with special needs and has served in a number of healthcare areas as a volunteer. 


Eugenio Perez Torroella

Eugenio has provided leadership in increasing Medical Explorers involvement by providing first aid operations for three counties of Central Texas Special Olympics. He also provided leadership in encouraging involvement with the Hays County Emergency Preparedness program of Community Emergency, having served himself during Hurricane Harvey at telephone information banks. In the past two years, Eugenio has taught First Aid and CPR to over 100 Hays County residents including students, teachers, coaches, church members, and firefighters. He has mentored several other Texas State students and helped them become American Heart Association CPR instructors. As Co-President of Medical Explorers, Eugenio has been a strong force in encouraging his organization to volunteer in local Hospice 11th Hour programs. He has grown into a strong advocate for volunteer community service. Eugenio has "led from the front" showing others how to be a valuable addition to any community through leadership and service.