AUSTIN, Texas–Dee Campanella, a graduate of Plano high school and now a senior public relations major at The University of Texas at Austin, has received one of two Outstanding Student Awards from the UT Parents’ Association. This annual award recognizes outstanding student leaders who are active both on campus and in the community.
When nominating Campanella, Cristi Biggs, an executive assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students, said, “To her fellow Longhorns, Dee serves as an inspiration and as an example of the great heights individuals can reach in their undergraduate experience. She has tireless determination and spirit.”
While maintaining a 3.67 grade point average, Campanella has devoted her time to the University’s orientation program, the Camp Texas program for incoming freshmen, as a peer mentor for a Freshmen Interest Group, and as an Honors Colloquium mentor. In her role as an orientation advisor this past year, she served as an integral member of the Diversity Committee. “Dee’s drive and vision helped create a highly successful diversity program in which thousands of new students became better acquainted with the unique diversity of UT,” Biggs said.
Campanella is president of the Texas Exes Student Chapter, an executive board member of Camp Texas, director of campus activities for Chi Omega sorority, and is a clerical assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students. She is a member of a number of honor societies including National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key Honor Society.
After she graduates in May, Campanella plans to pursue a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. She is the daughter of Barbara Campanella of Dallas, and Carl and Arlene Campanella of East Lansing, Mich.