Written by Katie Pritchett
Baril is being honored with one of the President’s 2013 Outstanding Staff Awards on April 23. Amory works for the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement (LCCE) under the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). In her capacity as Program Coordinator for the LCCE, Amory’s chief responsibility is to serve as the advisor for The Project, UT’s Largest Day of Service. This event draws more than 2,000 UT students, staff and faculty participants for a day of service, in partnership with a local under-served community. In her role, Baril serves as the link between ardent community partners, enthusiastic students, engaged sponsors, excited Texas Exes, and committed staff in DDCE. This year marks the 14th year of Project and while the program maintains a strong tradition on the UT campus, the care and dedication that Amory devotes to the program and the student steering committee is what makes this day special, and produces a tremendous impact on student volunteers and community members alike.
Yvonne Loya has served as Amory’s direct supervisor for five years and notes that “not only does Amory possess a positive attitude, extreme competence and ingenuity, her commitment to her work, our mission and the students we serve is unparalleled.”
This past fall semester, Baril coordinated two large days of service—Be the Change in September, and Engage UT in October. For both events, Amory served as the volunteer coordinator, taking frantic texts and calls from volunteers all over the city. Dr. Suchi Gururaj, assistant vice president for civic engagement, said although the huge effort Baril puts into the coordination of the events illustrates her passion, she does even more. “What I find remarkable is that, at both events, Amory got down in the dirt also and volunteered. Amory walks the walk, which is something that makes her a truly exceptional leader,” said Gururaj.
Baril is held in particular esteem by the student team leaders and student organization officers whom she helps to develop and to whom she commits so much of her time. Many of these student leaders also nominated Baril for the award because of the confidence she instills in them through their leadership roles in LCCE’s civic engagement efforts.
DDCE is proud to honor Baril as one of the President’s Outstanding Staff members because she remains true to the University’s core values of learning, discovery, leadership. We know that what starts here with Amory’s work in civic engagement has already begun to change our community and world. Congratulations, Amory!