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George Daniel

May 3, 2016

Service, mentorship and the will to succeed have shaped George Daniel’s life. They are why he joined his fraternity at UNCW, why he became a resident assistant, and why he eagerly took time recently to talk with elementary school children at the chancellor’s house about reaching high and making the most of their education.

“I live by the philosophy that ‘Blessings go through you, not to you,’” said the UNCW senior, who will complete his degree requirements this summer. “There is nothing more important to me than helping others, because that is what consistently motivates me to work diligently.”

Daniel is president of Alpha Phi Alpha, a fraternity for African-American men that emphasizes leadership and community involvement, and credits the fraternity for helping him remain motivated academically and encouraging his passion for service.

His years at UNCW have kept him on the go. A psychology major with a neuroscience minor, he is a research assistant in the Neuropsychology Lab, where he also is working on a project related to his study-abroad experience in South Africa. As a resident assistant, he is available to 48 students 24 hours a day, and he has been a member of numerous campus organizations.

Last month, he sat among children from Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, a high-poverty public school, at a breakfast at the chancellor’s residence hosted by Jose and Kathy Sartarelli. “I talked with the students about my career goals as a neuropsychologist, the collegiate experience and the most valuable aspects of my own, as well as about scholarships and the benefits of hard work,” Daniel said.

He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology and credits his time at UNCW for helping shape his goals. “I would like to focus on serving underrepresented populations, foreign and domestic, and use that experience to further my research investigating the role of culture on neural functioning,” he explained.


-- Tricia Vance