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President's Core Values Coin presented to student
Tarleton State University
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton freshman Reece Nicholson says coming to the aid of a friend in need never needs second-guessing—it’s just a result of how his parents raised him. And on Tuesday, Reece, of Holland, Texas, was recognized for doing just that: assisting a fellow Tarleton student injured in a vehicle accident and providing comfort until her parents could make the three-hour drive to Stephenville.
President F. Dominic Dottavio welcomed Reece and his father Bret Nicholson to a brief reception in his office and presented a Tarleton Core Values coin to the 19 year old, who became the first student to receive the bronze token engraved with the Tarleton State seal and university’s six core values: Integrity, Leadership, Tradition, Civility, Excellence and Service.
The coin presentation was the president’s way of recognizing Nicholson’s actions and living up to the university’s core values, which serve to develop students of high moral and ethical conduct, and scholars and leaders who will contribute meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.
Dottavio became aware of Nicholson coming to the aid of a fellow student who was involved in a vehicle accident on Jan. 31 in nearby Brown County after the girl’s father wrote to him expressing his gratitude.
“At the time we were nearly three hours away from arriving to her aid,” wrote Derrick Ard, father of the accident victim. “The friend she called was fellow student Reece Nicholson, who despite having a busy weekend immediately dropped what he was doing and drove to Comanche to assist a friend in need. Not only did he pick her up and bring her back to (campus), he stayed with her offering comfort until we could arrive.”
Ard said Reece “showed his true character, which is also a testament to the quality of students” attending Tarleton.
Dottavio cited the letter of appreciation and expressed his gratitude for Reece’s selfless acts. “Our intention is for me to present the coins to students, faculty and staff that we see have exhibited the core values in very special ways,” he said. “We want to give Reece the first of the coins because he reflected the core values in such a powerful way….”
“It’s quite a surprise, but my thoughts are who wouldn’t do this for a friend?” Reece said after receiving the coin. “I’d do it again, for anyone. It’s the way I was raised and what I do.”
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye