A collage of headshots of the 2023 Alumni Award Winners
Meet the 2023 Alumni Award Winners
Seven outstanding alumni are honored for their contributions to their communities

This October 26-29, Trinity University will host Alumni Weekend, where alumni can reconnect with their Trinity community. One of the weekend’s events includes the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday evening, October 27, during which seven incredible alumni will be awarded for their work with Trinity and the broader community.

Distinguished Alumni Award 

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award presented by the Trinity University Alumni Association. Candidates will have distinguished themselves through personal or professional achievement.

 

Her Excellency Dame Froyla Tzalam ’93, GCMG

Her Excellency Dame Froyla Tzalam ’93, GCMG, is a Mopan Maya leader who is dedicated to her work in culture, history, and indigenous rights. Dame Froyla has authored and co-authored articles, curated exhibits, and was the executive director for the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management before becoming the Governor General of Belize.

 

Spirit of Trinity Award

The Spirit of Trinity Award is given to a loyal alumnus/a who embodies what it means to be a Trinitonian. The award recognizes exceptional service to the community or University. The alumnus/a makes significant contributions to volunteer or professional organizations and demonstrates the attributes of Trinity's liberal arts education: exhibiting creativity, purposefulness, and a commitment to improving the quality of their community.

 

Rick Hill '91

Rick Hill ’91 is a true Trinitonian, demonstrating success in his career and a strong dedication to the University. Hill’s dedication has helped bring the Valero Alamo Bowl onto the national stage over his 25-year career as vice president of Marketing and Communications. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity and is an active board member of the San Antonio Alumni Club.

 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is given to young alumni whose achievements in their profession or chosen field and/or in service to the community set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition by the University and the Alumni Association. 

 

Jaskirat Singh Batra ’12, Ph.D.

Jaskirat Singh Batra ’12, Ph.D., built upon his Trinity education and has worked diligently to achieve many great accomplishments as a young alumnus. He has been recognized for his innovative virtual reality teaching and education research and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Houston Methodist Research Institute to develop implantable and wearable biomedical devices.

 

Tower Awards 

The Tower Awards recognize alumni who have maintained a commitment to connect with and improve their alma mater or made a significant contribution to their field, profession, or greater community. 

 

Portia Lowe Hoeg ’01 

Portia Lowe Hoeg ’01 was a member of the Trinity Women’s Basketball team and has used her Trinity education and college athletics experience to forge a path to become the first Black commissioner in Division III athletics. She has been a collegiate athletic director, served on numerous DIII boards and committees, and led her conference in being recognized as the NCAA LGBTQ Conference of the Year.

Ellen Riojas Clark ’74, Ph.D.

Ellen Riojas Clark ’74, Ph.D., has had a storied 35-year career as a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and was honored for her work with an endowed chair position in her name. She has authored many publications, been a cultural resource for several television series, and stays active in the Trinity alumni community.

Jamie Thompson ’05, Ed.D.

Jamie Thompson ’05, Ed.D., has become a leader in the Trinity community and is setting the tone for the next generation of both Trinity students and alumni through opportunities for student-alumni mentoring (1869 Scholars), strengths education, and collaborative efforts to implement initiatives that enhance the student journey and the overall Trinity experience.

 

Fraternity/Sorority Life Alumni Adviser of the Year Award

The Fraternity/Sorority Life Alumni Adviser of the Year Award recognizes outstanding service to a Trinity University fraternity or sorority by an alumnus/a who has served in an advisory capacity.

 

Amy McGee ’92

Amy McGee ’92 has served Sigma Theta Tau for over 20 years, even before the University created the official position of alumni adviser. She has guided these students personally and professionally, creating a lifelong connection that is cherished by all.

Know any outstanding Trinity alumni? Nominate them for next year’s Alumni Awards here.

The Office of Alumni Relations facilitates mutually beneficial connections between Trinity University and its alumni by fostering the ideals of diversity and inclusion, lifelong relationships, and personal and professional growth.

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