Diaz-Ceballos works with same focus in classroom and on course
Just a sophomore, Hector Diaz-Ceballos, a native to San Diego now living in Morelos, Mexico, already has made quite an impression at The University of Texas, not only as a member of the men's golf team, but also in his field of study -- advertising.
"I was happy when I heard about being named Student-Athlete of the Month," Diaz-Ceballos said. "I am trying to get as much out of every part of my experience at The University, so to receive this honor pleases me that others feel as though I am doing so."
One is Dr. John Fortunato in the Department of Advertising in the College of Communications.
"Hector epitomizes the tremendous dedication and work ethic of The University of Texas student-athlete," Fortunato said.
"And it is that work ethic," Fortunato continued, "that has enabled Hector to succeed both on the field and in the classroom."
Diaz-Ceballos was touched by the remarks from Fortunato.
"I have very much enjoyed his class and I feel like I have gotten a lot from him," Diaz-Ceballos said. "I look forward to taking another class from him very soon.
"I do feel I am working with the same focus in the classroom and the golf course."
Diaz-Ceballos competed in the Hall of Fame Invitational and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate as a freshman. In 2001, he finished first in the Mexican Junior Nationals -- both in stroke play and match play.
Dr. Randa Ryan, the senior associate athletics director for student services, talked about the first impression Diaz-Ceballos made when they met.
"Hector is one of those distinct people that, from the first time you meet them, you know they will do something special in the world," she said. "He is regarded with esteem and affection by his coaches and his teammates alike. He pursues everything with commitment and class.
"Hector's professors often comment about how much respect he shows in the classroom and how dutiful a student he is."
Diaz-Ceballos repeated that he is trying to get as much out of every day of his UT experience, both in the classroom and on the golf course.
"I'm enjoying being here," he said.