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APSU student wins coveted statewide honor for service

April 22, 2003

An Austin Peay graduate student received the Harold Love Community Service Award for 2003 during a recent reception at the Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville.

On April 2, Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president who nominated Louise Morales for the honor, received notice of Morales selection in a letter from Dr. Richard Rhoda, executive director of THEC. Morales was one of only five students statewide selected by a 12-person taskforce to receive the honor.
April 22, 2003

An Austin Peay graduate student received the Harold Love Community Service Award for 2003 during a recent reception at the Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville.

On April 2, Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president who nominated Louise Morales for the honor, received notice of Morales' selection in a letter from Dr. Richard Rhoda, executive director of THEC. Morales was one of only five students statewide selected by a 12-person taskforce to receive the honor.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Harold Love Community Service Award is presented annually to five college/university students who excel in campus and community service and leadership. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize.

The daughter of Maureen Boom, a former Kenwood High School teacher who is now a resident of Smyrna, Morales is pursuing a master's degree in corporate communication. Last December, she completed a bachelor's degree in computer science and information systems.

At her 2002 graduation, Morales received the coveted William McClure Drane Award, which is presented to the most outstanding baccalaureate graduate as chosen by vote of all faculty. The faculty vote was unusually heavy, with Morales receiving a strong consensus.

In Spring 2002, she also was named Student Leader of the Year, Student Greek Leader of the Year and recipient of the Vice President's Excellence in Leadership Award.

Morales serves as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Affairs. She is editor in chief of the student newspaper, The All State, and an active member of the Peay Pride Committee.

As an undergraduate, she was president of the Student Government Association. In that capacity, she served on the President's Cabinet and was student representative to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

A consistent Dean's List scholar, Morales is a member of Pi Nu Spanish Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta and Order of Omega honor societies and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. She is member in the International Student Organization and the Governors Ambassadors, and she is an Orientation leader.

Within the Clarksville community, a few of her volunteer efforts include assistance with the Spanish Language Festival, story time at local elementary schools, the Teddy Bear Drive for the Clarksville-Montgomery Fire Department and Special Olympics.

In her letter of nomination, Hoppe said, “Ms. Morales is an outstanding young woman who, through her experiences at Austin Peay State University, has emerged as a strong leader dedicated to campus and community.

“She possesses the skills essential for being a success in whatever she chooses. Louise is well-known among her peers and the campus as an individual of outstanding personal integrity and as a doer.”