** Story updated on April 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO -- Fourth-year senior and team co-captain Elena Galvez has been selected as the Dean's Honor Award recipient from the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) at Sacramento State.
Originally selected as the Department of Kinesiology and Heath Science's nominee for the award, Galvez spoke at the Dean's Honor Award Dinner on March 27 along with five other nominees. Three days later, on March 30, she was selected as the HHS Dean's Honor Award recipient.
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen will now select one of the Deans' Honor Award winners from the University's eight colleges as recipient of the President's Award at the Spring 2018 commencement ceremony. Students are selected for the honor based on academic excellence, leadership and community engagement.
Galvez, who will be the first in her family to graduate with a college degree, is currently in her fourth season on the Sacramento State rowing team. A first team all-American Athletic Conference selection and the recipient of the Hornets' Most Outstanding Rower award a year ago, Galvez is one of two team captains on this year's 36-member rowing squad. She has never missed a race during her career, and was nominated as Sacramento State's Female Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
A two-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and a two-time American Athletic Conference all-academic selection, Galvez is a kinesiology major who is on pace to graduate this spring.
The Porterville, Calif., native has served as a peer mentor and academic advisor to first-generation college students from migrant farm working backgrounds through Sacramento State's College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). In addition, she spent a summer interning under Assembly Member Jim Wood, Chair of the Health Committee, at the State Capitol.
Two weeks ago, Galvez helped Sacramento State's varsity eight to a silver medal at the San Diego Crew Classic, the boat's highest finish at the event since 2009. The Hornets, who have competed in three spring regattas thus far, return to the water on April 14-15 when they host the Lake Natoma Invitational at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.