Published: October 17, 2016
The September Valubility of the Month honorees are caring individuals who go out of their way to improve the lives of others.
Jeremy Montoya takes on tasks to help out co-workers, knowing that any additional tasks will mean he’ll get home later from work.
Joseph Sanchez has come to the rescue of students time and time again, making it possible for them to continue their studies during difficult times.
Student Elizabeth Chen has helped her classmates by baking big batches of cookies to help them get through stressful times.
Alex Branch uses his talent for writing to tell impactful stories about UNTHSC while also helping others whenever he is needed.
And Emily Mire embodies compassion with her dedication to assisting students facing a crisis.
These recipients of the Valubility of the Month honor were selected from among dozens of nominees that a UNTHSC committee read through.
Jeremy Montoya, Department of Lab Animal Medicine
Jeremy Montoya is a part-time employee with a full- time commitment to the UNTHSC Values. Always upbeat, he’s quick to take on responsibilities that are not part of his job. Recently he offered to help with a very technical task, knowing it would keep him busy past his shift. He still offered his help on a Friday afternoon when everyone else had left for the day.
Nominated by Ryan Mackey
Joseph Sanchez, Student Affairs
Students have a true friend and supporter in Joseph Sanchez. His job involves making sure UNTHSC is compliant with federal guidelines so students can receive financial aid. But he’s known for going the distance for students. When several international students were unable to pay their bill due to economic issues in their home country, Joseph sought out solutions. As a result the students were able to continue their studies.
Nominated by Kristi Wolfe and Cathy Sanchez
Elizabeth Chen, TCOM OMS-II
Baking delicious treats is just one of the ways that student Liz Chen puts others first. She’s famous for making large batches of baked goodies for her classmates. The delicious cookies arrive at the perfect time: during those stressful days before a big exam. But her dedication to serving others first does not stop there. She makes charts for her classmates that condense each professor’s information for quick review.
Nominated by Dan Farnsworth
Alex Branch, Office of Communication
He’s always willing to lend a hand, whether that means writing impactful stories about UNTHSC or carrying boxes for a co-worker. Alex Branch has turned his talent for writing into a way to reach out to others on campus and in the community. He’s more than a man of words. He contributes his time and talent to the Best Place for All committee and is quick to step in whenever there is a need.
Nominated by Jennifer Nanni
Emily Mire, Office of Student Affairs
Emily Mire works tirelessly to support students, connect them with community resources and make sure they get help during critical times. She works as part of the CARE Team and strives to raise awareness for suicide prevention. She has gone out at 9 p.m. to meet a student at a hospital and accompanies HSC Police on welfare checks. Emily also makes sure students’ basic needs are met through the Food Pantry.
Nominated by Trisha VanDuser and Kristina Clark