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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gaxiola Earns SU's Allen Memorial Award for Military Veterans

Gilbert GaxiolaSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University junior Gilbert Gaxiola is the spring 2016 recipient of the campus’ Terry D. Allen Memorial Award for Military Veterans or Active Military Persons.

The award was created by Dr. Diane Allen, SU’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, in memory of her late husband, Terry. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Terry became part of the campus community after the Allens arrived in 2009, and helped advise SU’s Student Military and Veterans Association (SMVA) until his death in 2013.

Gaxiola served in the Army from 2008-12, before enrolling at SU. He is a member of SU’s SMVA and works in the Registrar’s Office, assisting with Veterans Affairs. He is majoring in secondary education with a concentration in mathematics. 

“I feel honored to receive this award and I am going to use it toward taking the Praxis test for my teaching career,” he said.

The Allen Award is given annually to a veteran or active military student who exemplifies outstanding contributions to the greater campus community through service at the junior or senior class levels.

“Terry was very proud of the service the young men and women in the student veteran group give to our country,” Allen said. 

Gaxiola is a native of Chandler, AZ, and is a 2003 graduate of Chandler High School.

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