Andres Camarillo ’16 Receives the 2016 Golden Oak Service Award

Andres Camarillo ’16 Receives the 2016 Golden Oak Service Award

It is no wonder that Andres Camarillo ’16 received the 2016 Menlo College Golden Oak Service Award, an honor that exemplifies the true spirit of scholarship and volunteerism in the community. He personifies volunteerism, as marked by his role as Director of Programming for the Menlo College Student Government, and his more general involvement in many of the student clubs and activities on campus. He is the Captain of the Ambassador Program for the Admissions Office, President of the Gay Straight Alliance, an entertainer for Apollo Night, and more.

“Andres has been an invaluable member of the Student Ambassador team and Office of Enrollment Management family, said Tess Rewick, Assistant Director of Admissions/Campus Experience. He genuinely embodies the Menlo College spirit and experience. He has welcomed countless students and their families to Menlo, and, as Ambassador Co-Captain, has fostered a team that is truly representative of the diversity and achievements of the student body.”

His interest in programming was kindled as a freshman, when Jake Fohn ‘15 and Luamata Tagaloa ‘15 took him under their wings to perform with them in Oakapella, an a cappella performance group at Apollo Night. Their performance took the top award. This year, Andres competed solo at Apollo Night and once again won the prize.

Andres is leaving as his legacy two new programs of which he is particularly proud: the Ambassador Program and the Diversity Board.

“The Ambassadors are now directly involved with the students one-on-one beyond their time on campus” he said. “I’m also very proud of the Diversity Board. I wish I could be here to watch it grow. One of the fun activities we recently held was I am _ but I am _ . Students had to think about themselves before they filled in the blanks. Over the same time period, we had a Latino lunch, the Jewish Passover, and an LGBTQ field trip. It is a collective of programming experiences.”

Andres has been able to do all of this and graduate with 150 credits, a requirement for students interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He will start a job as an auditor at KPMG after he completes the Becker program this summer to earn his CPA license.