Bill Byers Heart Award recognizes coach’s dedication to VC students
Bill Byers
Bill Byers is pictured volunteering at one of many events at Victoria College.

A new award established by Victoria College’s Student Activities Department was named in honor of its first recipient. The Bill Byers Heart Award was presented at VC’s annual Student Activities Awards Reception and will be awarded each year to an individual, department or club that demonstrates exemplary dedication to students and campus life.

“Coach Byers truly exemplifies what it means to be dedicated to building a campus life for our students,” said Elaine Everett-Hensley, director of Student Activities and the Student Center. “He is all heart.”

During his 18 years as a physical education instructor at VC, Byers taught everything from fitness walking, weight training, physical fitness, basketball and bowling to sports officiating. He chaired VC’s Physical Education Department for 15 years and served as the advisor of the Sports Club for 11 years. Byers was named professor emeritus when he retired in May 2015, and he continues to teach physical education classes as an adjunct instructor and remains one of the Sports Club’s greatest supporters.

“It has always been apparent that Coach Byers is truly committed to the students,” said Everett-Hensley. “He worked hard to get students involved in campus activities, and you will always find him right there alongside the students volunteering at events.”

During the reception, the Zeta Gamma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa was awarded the Community Service Project of the Year for members’ volunteer work as mentors with Communities in Schools Golden Crescent. Phi Theta Kappa was also awarded Club of the Year; Katie Molina, PTK president, was named Student of the Year; and Everett-Hensley, advisor for the Student Government Association, was named Advisor of the Year.

The awards were voted on by members of the Student Activities Awards Committee.

Published: Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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