Rachel Villanueva has only been a Leo for a few months and is already making the University of La Verne proud. The movement and sports science major was awarded the Young Outstanding Community Service award at the 18th Annual Awards Gala Night for the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce in Orange County October 27.
“I felt like everything I did in the past shows,” Villanueva said. “All of my actions said it for me.”
Villanueva, who recently transferred to La Verne from Cerritos College, was recognized by the OC community for generating scholarships for Filipino-American students. Additionally, she was recently nominated for “Woman of the Year” 2012 at Cerritos College.
Her accomplishments are reflective of the level of involvement she maintains outside of her studies. She has worked as a student athletic trainer, Kabarkada, (Filipino), Club president and a coordinator of student-athlete involvement among several other leadership positions.
“Rey is a conscientious student who is attempting to create a balance between her work (she works several jobs), school and social lives,” Professor of Management Dr. Janat Yousof said. “This has not precluded her from community service activities.”
“I am proud of her, and the recognition that she has received,” Yousof added. “She is a role model rejecting the rationale that ‘I do not have the time,’ and it is wonderful that she has been recognized for her services through this award.”
Villanueva said she enjoys working in athletic training, but eventually wants to run her own business so she is also majoring in organizational management. Her plan is to work on prerequisites for a doctorate in physical therapy.
“I have some big dreams and nobody can stop me,” Villanueva said.