Student CCVI Award lauds life of recipient

Manuel Edward Esquivel received the 2011 CCVI Student Spirit Award, which is considered is the highest award a student can achieve at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Esquivel, who is majoring in biology and pre-pharmacy, was recognized by his peers, faculty and staff “as living the mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in his service to the University and/or the broader civic community.
The student who is chosen exemplifies the five tenets of the mission: Faith, Innovation, Truth, Education, and Service.
“Manuel exemplifies the tenets of the mission in all that he does,” said Elisabeth Villarreal, director of University Mission and Ministry, at the Mass on Incarnate Word Day, March 25.
Esquivel, a San Antonio native, has been active at UIW as a resident assistant, a Student Ambassador and summer orientation leader.
“In these capacities he provides programming that addresses physical, spiritual, and mental health issues,” Villarreal said. “But he most exemplifies the values of all the tenets through example.”
Esquivel won the Community Service Award in 2009, Resident Assistant of the Year in 2010 and was nominated for Student Leader of the Year in 2010.
“In the greater community, three of Manuel’s educational programs have been published on a national Residence Life website, he has been a constant promoter of blood donation and recruiter for the bone marrow program for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the City of San Antonio Community Outreach Program, and The Village of the Incarnate Word,” Villarreal said. “Manuel undoubtedly lives the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the university.”

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