Award-winning leadership at UNI

Before we get to college, everyone tells us how important it is to be involved and make the most of the short time we have here. 

That wasn’t a problem for senior Juan Hernandez, who was recently awarded the Undergraduate Award of Distinction by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., where he currently serves as the president.

Hernandez, a Spanish Language and Literature major, became involved with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. through his attendance at Kirkwood Community College. He found an interest group working towards bringing this fraternity back to UNI.

“I learned more about the organization and found that it helped me become a more well-rounded student,” Hernandez said. “I also enjoyed the brotherhood aspect of the fraternity.”University of Northern Iowa senior Juan Hernandez displays his Undergraduate Award of Distinction by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Frat

Hernandez was presented with the Undergraduate Award of Distinction by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, which recognizes fraternity men who have found an outlet to become better leaders and better men. Through his leadership, the colony has partnered with several organizations on campus that provide cultural and educational programs and presentations to the campus community.

“My involvement in Lambda Theta Phi has helped our organization connect with many other student organizations I never thought I would be able to work with,” Hernandez said. “Lambda Theta Phi forces me to do well in classes, be prepared and manage my time effectively. I have built lifelong friendships and memories at UNI because of the fraternity.”

In addition to his involvement in the fraternity, Hernandez serves as an event coordinator for UNIdos, the Latino/Hispanic organization that holds public cultural events on campus. He is in Ethnic Student Promoters, serving as an ambassador for UNI in the surrounding Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. He was also on Summer Orientation Staff this summer and will participate in the Jump Start program as a Pathfinder in August.

“Being involved on campus helps you meet more people in an interesting setting. I feel that getting involved makes the UNI experience better by helping students get organized, get more connected, and grow professionally. Most importantly, it helps students learn how to utilize resources, and to learn how organizations run,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez plans to graduate in May 2019 and pursue a career in translating at Methodist Hospital or the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines. He hopes to return to UNI to enroll in the masters program to pursue higher education.