Alumni Association Selects Maldonado Senior of the Year

Posted: April 24, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By David Driver

On April 18, the George Mason University Alumni Association held its annual Celebration of Distinction, honoring dozens of outstanding people — alumni, faculty and students — for their achievements and contributions to the university. The Gazette will be profiling the student award winners this week.

Andrés Maldonado set big goals for the Hispanic Student Association (HSA) when he became its president at the beginning of his junior year.

Andres Maldonado
Andrés Maldonado accepted a student leadership award in 2005 on behalf of the Hispanic Student Association.

“I definitely wanted to educate, empower and unite the Hispanic population here on campus, and also educate others about our culture,” he says. He served as president again this academic year.

This was just one of his achievements and contributions to the university that led the George Mason University Alumni Association to name Maldonado Senior of the Year. He is also a member of the President/Provost Student Advisory Council, the Student Athlete Advisory Council and the Mason track team.

The HSA has indeed prospered under Maldonado, who is majoring in management. The group had about 15 to 25 loyal members before he became president. It now attracts 50 to 70 students to its meetings and has about 350 people on its listserv.

Through the HSA, Maldonado helped create the Adopt-a-Highway program at Mason, and the group maintains a stretch of Route 123 near the Fairfax Campus. He also helped the HSA start a web site.

After graduation, Maldonado plans to work at a camp this summer, then join the Peace Corps in the fall. He plans to return to Mason for graduate study once his Peace Corps term ends.

Maldonado’s parents were born in Guatemala, but their children have established an American tradition: Andrés Maldonado now joins his two older brothers as Mason graduates.

What was Maldonado’s reaction when he learned about the Alumni Association honor? “I was speechless. To win was a shock for me. I was amazed. The first thing I did was call my parents,” he says.

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