The senior class of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, has named the University campus minister as recipient of the annual Terrence Portis Mentor of the Year award for "outstanding guidance, education outside the classroom and significant contributions to their college experience."
Miguel Chavez, Director of Campus Ministry, holds his B.A. and M.A. from Walsh in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Fulfilling his role as campus minister, he is very involved in the lives on students on campus, according to the University.
Miguel works closely with Walsh students on a daily basis, getting to know them on a personal level. He uses his acquired knowledge to guide them in areas where they can excel. Students are quoted as saying the following about this year's recipient, "He is a role model who has taken special interest in the development of each student" and "His open door policy goes beyond what most people would consider 'open."
In 2012, Walsh University dedicated the Mentor of the Year Award in Memory of Recipient Terrance Portis. Terrance Portis passed away on January 25, 2012 at the young age of 27. A 2008 Walsh University alum, Terrance served as the manager of the Academic Resource Center and as one of the advisors for the Black Student Union. Known for his outreach to all students, Terrance was nominated as the 2011 Mentor of the Year for "constantly communicating with students and encouraging them to better their studies." The Walsh University Student Government and senior class have honored his memory and legacy on campus by formally naming the award as the Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year Award.
Walsh University is recommended at TheNewmanGuide.com for its strong Catholic identity.
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