Yolanda Romero Named 2014 Winner
IRVING, Texas- North Lake College history professor Yolanda Romero has been named a 2014 Daily Points of Light Awardee
. This national recognition follows a lifetime of service to her students and her community.
“I never thought I would be recognized like this. Truly. I am beyond honored,” Romero said of the news. “Points of Light was built by former President George H.W. Bush. It is a real privilege to be part of his legacy.”
Upon entering office, President Bush focused on volunteer service as an answer to America’s social problems. In January 1993, he submitted a national report detailing his efforts to engage Americans in service. He called these volunteers “points of light,” saying, “They are ordinary people who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, care and friendship.”
That same year, Yolanda Romero became the first Mexican-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in History in the state of Texas. Since that time, she has served countless hours of volunteer work for organizations that include Keep Irving Beautiful, the American Cancer Society and AIDS Lifewalk. One of Romero’s favorite forms of community service, however, is her work advising Phi Theta Kappa
, a student honor society working to champion college completion. “I spend about 450 hours annually encouraging these students outside of class,” says Romero. “And the results are amazing.”
Under Dr. Romero’s supervision, NLC’s Phi Theta Kappa has been recognized as a Texas Top Chapter every year since 1999 and has held a spot in the Top 25 internationally since 2000. Recently their video “The ABCs of Financial Literacy
” appeared on CNN iReport. The students attribute their success to having Romero as their guide.
“Dr. Romero is a woman who gives her time, her energy and her skills to better the community,” explains student Joshua Hamlin, Vice President of Membership for Phi Theta Kappa at North Lake. “She never gives up on anything or anyone. Her encouragement and support is a beacon to many students.”
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