University of Texas at Arlington – Thu Tran

VSA Member of the Year Nomination: Thu Tran

Why was this person selected as “Member of the Year” for your organization? What was the criteria to be a recipient of this award?

There are many members in our local VSA, so it is difficult to pay close attention to ever single one of them. But there are a select few that stand out as being the most active. Active as in they participate in almost all the events, come out to support the event as well and accurately embodies our VSA values. These values include being friendly, being open minded, celebrating our Vietnamese heritage and other values not listed. Then within that particular group is one person who stands out the most and truly represents what our VSA should be. Thu has been joined VSA as a Freshmen and have participated in VSA ever since it began in the beginning of the school year. But not only does she practice our values but she excels and pushes our VSA to do even more with a burning passion. Popularity isn’t considered for being member of the year but she is liked by all of the other members. Member and officers view Thu with a positive attitude.

Describe the roles the nominee has held in his/her community and how these roles have influenced your organization. Provide examples.

As a regular member Thu comes out to most if not all VSA events. In some of those events our local VSA would volunteer in the Vietnamese community during Lunar new years. During this event we would perform with a traditional Vietnamese dance and also sell food with other vendors. She would actively participate in both so that we can be noticed within the community. Our traditional dance group have been recognized by other organizations and businesses. So much that we were asked to perform for other events. Then with our food sells, her work was recognized enough that customers would recognized her and come back not only for our food but also because of her charming personality. She worked hard and lead by example so that other members would follow suit.


What qualities does the nominee have that makes him/her stand out within your organization? Provide examples.

Like as mention before, not only does Thu actively participate in almost all our VSA events but she makes an effort to improve them for everyone. This year she was secretary and wanted to make sure that every member feels welcomed. When she does come out to our events she talks to all the members present and help them feel more comfortable around VSA. For example during our Christmas Secret Santa gift exchange she personally engaged with all the members and made sure that they were having a good time. Even though there were already so many members present, she still kept a friendly and outgoing attitude. She symbolizes what VSA should be while also keeping a cool and friendly attitude.