One of this year’s recipients of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award is community health and nutrition double major Danielle Sanders. The spirit award is one of the highest awards a student can receive at Texas A&M.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet but it feels good to know that I’ve made an impact on the university at large and also an impact on the students who are just like me,” said Sanders.
Sanders currently works at the Huffines Institute as the lead administrative assistant for Dr. Lightfoot and Dr. Thornton, and studies community health and nutrition aimed at finding ways to improve human performance. She is also involved in the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC).
The Buck Weirus Spirit Award honors up to 55 students each year who demonstrate high involvement, create positive experiences throughout the Aggie community, impact student life at Texas A&M and enhance the Aggie spirit. Unlike other awards, the Buck Weirus Spirit Award recognizes those students who make contributions to the university through participation in student organizations, Aggie traditions and university events.
The Buck Weirus Spirit Award, named for Richard "Buck" Weirus '42, recognizes students for their outstanding contributions to student life programs at Texas A&M University. Weirus served as executive director of The Association of Former Students from 1964 to 1980. Because of his unique leadership, vision, and support of student involvement, the award was established by The Association's board of directors in 1982 in his honor.
A committee composed of faculty, staff and students, appointed by the Buck Weirus Committee Chair, reviewed the applications.