The Forever Buffs Student Award honors CU Boulder students who demonstrate the Forever Buffs tenets of connecting, contributing and celebrating their CU pride through extraordinary service to the university.
Alexander "Xander" Martin (Geog'18)
For more than 800 recent Baker Hall freshman, one person played an outsized role in their lives: Xander Martin was their resident cheerleader, their mentor, their leader and their event planner.
As a Baker Hall resident advisor and student coordinator, Xander jumped into the students’ lives with enthusiasm. A nature-lover, he was especially interested in motivating others to get outdoors. He planned climbing nights in the rec center, organized bus rides to local trailheads and guided hikes under full moons. If students without a car were interested in an outdoor volunteer activity, Xander drove them there himself.
“In my 40 years as a faculty member at CU, Xander rises to the top,” said the hall’s academic director.
During his time in the Baker Residential Academic Program (RAP), Xander prioritized the hall’s weekly coffee hours to share his own college experiences, offer advice and recommend courses to first-year students.
“He ably handles difficult situations through his humor, genuine altruism and compassion for others,” said Baker’s resident faculty member.
Xander aspires to a career in environmental law and policy after he graduates this year. In the spring, he started his work as an intern for the Colorado State Senate.
Said the Baker RAP director: “Xander is the epitome of what we look for in a CU student — caring, hard-working and exerting the highest level of integrity.”