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Monday, April 1, 2019

ACC Student Awarded Retention Honor

ACC Student Awarded Retention Honor

Alvin Community College student Denise Aviles was recently named the Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education Region IV Conference.

Aviles is a Respiratory Care student who works for the ACC Office of Retention.

It has been a privilege to work for ACC,” she said. “I feel very honored and grateful receive this award. Just knowing that I have made an impact on those around me fills me with joy and motivates me to continue to be an example for others.”

The Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (also known as NODA) provides education, leadership and professional development for the field of student orientation, transition and retention. Region IV includes Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Student Retention Director Holly Williams said that Aviles has demonstrated a tremendous amount of leadership in her time at ACC both as a student and as an employee.

“I was immediately impressed with the amount of energy and enthusiasm that she has,” Williams said. “She is absolutely fearless, and that tenacity has proven well throughout her college career.

In her time at the college, Aviles has excelled in the classroom, in her student worker position and as a student orientation leader.

“While working at ACC I learned skills like listening to others, taking initiation, being dependable and many others,” Aviles said. “However, one of the most important skills that I feel has had major impact on me was learning  to work with everyone around me even though it is not always easy.”

Aviles is due to graduate this semester and plans to obtain her Respiratory Care license. She plans to further her education and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.

The skills she learned at ACC will help prepare her for the workforce, she said.

“Being a leader involves more than taking initiation and putting others before you,” she said. But I also feel these two qualities play an important part in my future career as a respiratory therapist because patient’s lives depend on me being able to make rapid decisions and assuring their safety even if I'm exhausted.”

For more information about NODA, visit www.nodaweb.org.

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