TCU Daily Skiff Orientation Issue 2004
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TCU commends student for exceptional service

By Jennifer Jenson
Skiff Staff

With the end of the school year approaching and graduation right around the corner, TCU would like to commend one student who has touched the lives of many during her four years as a Horned Frog.

Abbey Jones, a senior political science major from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is the recipient of the 2004 Tucker Award for Leadership and Community Service. This award is named for Chancellor and Mrs. Tucker because of their commitment to both the campus community and the community at large.

The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership abilities, contributed in meaningful ways to the local community, contributed to the university community and has served as a role model to others in the tradition of Chancellor and Mrs. Tucker.

Jones has served as TCU Community Action Network director, Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega (a community service organization), member of Theta Alpha Kappa (the Religion Honor Society), member of Mortar Board and resident assistant in Sherley Hall.

Jones also volunteers with TCU Reading Frogs, Lena Pope Children’s Home, James West Alzheimer’s Center, Cook Children’s Medical Center and Tarrant Area Food Bank.

“These organizations are great and make people aware of community service options around campus,” Jones said.

Jones had many responsibilities as Alpha Phi Omega’s service vice president. She was responsible for planning five, 10 weekly community service projects of the organization members. This required coordination with non-profit agencies throughout the Fort Worth-Dallas area.

Jones does not take all the credit for the person she is today. She said growing up, her parents and friends were community focused and were good examples of people who were physically engaged.

“Abbey is a great leader who is dedicated to what she does,” Chelsea Carr, a senior Spanish major, said. “She is not the type of person who does the bare minimum. She really goes out of her way to help others and to be a good friend.”

Jones has also made the most of her four years at TCU by traveling and studying in other countries. Last summer she studied abroad in Budapest for a month and backpacked across Europe for three weeks. Last fall she studied in London with the TCU London Centre.

“Abbey is very attentive to contemporary news and is always aware of events going on in the world,” said Dr. Jim Atwood, a professor in the religion department. “I’ve been on the religion faculty at TCU for over 20 years and Abbey is by far the most enthusiastic student who is genuinely interested in learning.”

It is hard to believe Jones ever finds free time, but when she does she enjoys reading, crafts, crossword Puzzles and hanging out with friends.

Despite the fact she has been on the Dean’s List every semester at TCU and is a TCU Scholar, Jones said she loves going to class and learning, but the friends she has met have taught her just as much if not more than she ever learned from class.

“When it comes down to it, having friends is more important than having A’s,” she said.

When asked what advice she would give to fellow TCU students, Jones said, “Knowing what areas you are strong in and working on them is a good idea. Also looking for areas you can improve in helps. Most of all, be receptive to constructive criticism.”

Jones plans to work for Teach for America in Las Vegas, Nev., for two years after graduation.

After that she hopes to teach abroad.
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