UA Student Receives Morris L. Mayer Award
The University of Alabama's Morris L. Mayer Award honors one member of this academic year's graduating class and one member of the teaching faculty who exemplify the life of Dr. Morris L. Mayer: selfless and significant service and leadership for the UA community and significant contributions to student life and integrity. The 2019 winner is Alexis Matallana.
Service is great in and of itself - but it can be a learning experience as well, as Lexi Matallana discovered when working on UA's 125 Years of Women celebration.
Matallana, a political science and public relations major, served as a committee member for the 125 Years of Women celebration. Matallana has given a lot of time to UA particularly in her capacity as president of the Alabama Panhellenic Association and director of Homecoming's Paint the Town Red. She also committed to improving communication in the UA community by taking the Sustained Dialogue moderator course at the Crossroads Community Engagement Center.
Her participation in cross-cultural conversation and her seeking to learn how to facilitate deeper communication has gained the support and encouragement of staff members on campus dedicated to enhancing those facets of the community.
"Not surprisingly, she has approached this new, challenging work with her consistently thoughtful determination to be the best servant leader she can be," said Lane Busby McLelland, director of the Crossroads Community Engagement Center. "Her traits as a natural and dynamic leader have been a gift to a University. On a daily basis, Lexi Matallana works selflessly to bring others together for good."
In addition, Matallana is involved in the Public Relations Council of Alabama. Her parents are Charles and Melissa Matallana.