Two FPA students honored with Student Luminary Awards

Left: Lizbeth Daniela Chavez. Right: Thao Duong.
Left: Lizbeth Daniela Chavez. Right: Thao Duong.

Two Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts students were among 10 honored with Student Luminary Awards to recognize their exceptional leadership and commitment to improving the campus and community.

Lizbeth Daniela Chavez, a senior art major from Grand Island, Nebraska, and Thao Duong, a senior dance and public relations major from Saigon, Vietnam, were honored.

The awards were announced during an April 16 reception at the Nebraska Champions Club. Those selected demonstrate help every Husker feel valued, create a positive campus environment, advocate for positive change, demonstrate a significant and active commitment to inclusion and model academic excellence inside and outside the classroom. Each student was nominated by faculty or staff members and will receive $1,000.

Chavez was honored as a Student Luminary for her passionate involvement in honors clubs and ASUN Student Government, and for helping establish the Dr. Michael W. Combs Honors Scholars.

“The day I learned I won the award, I couldn’t believe it,” Chavez said. “I am very honored to be considered among several other student leaders who strive to improve our campus community.”

Duong was honored as a Student Luminary for her advocacy for mental health, the LGBT community, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Her efforts to mobilize students, alumni and community members helped save the dance program at the university.

“When receiving the news, I was beyond thrilled and surprised,” Duong said. “I never expected to receive an award for the things I did for the people and communities around me, simply because that was not the reason why I did the work. I am fortunate to be involved and engaged in communities that make Lincoln my home for past years.”