Love and Honor Story Project Honors Wes Payne

Wes PayneWes Payne, January’s Love and Honor Story Project recipient, is a true example of what the Code of Love and Honor means. Payne is majoring in journalism and sports leadership and management. Friends describe him as “passionate about everything he’s involved in and everything he loves.” He lets that passion shine through while serving as a mentor and advocate for others in the Miami community. 

As soon as he arrived on campus, Payne got involved. His first step was running for a student senator position in the Associated Student Government (ASG). From there, he went on to serve as speaker pro tempore for the ASG and is now the speaker himself. “I’ve developed a lot as a person and leader since then,” said Payne. “It’s sent me on a leadership journey that will benefit me for the rest of my life.” 

Through ASG, he was able to focus on two areas deeply important to him: student activism and professional development. He has cultivated a growth mindset that recognizes everyone has room to improve and become a better person. According to his nominator for the Love and Honor Story Project, “Wes shows genuine care and empathy towards everyone.”

Payne also serves as president for Soul2Soul A Cappella, where he has built a supportive and collaborative community for members. Additionally, he volunteers with the Governor's Scholars Program in Kentucky, an initiative that empowers high school students to think critically about the world before entering college.

Many people have supported and inspired Payne as a leader. He is grateful for all that his sister Grace, his friends in Soul2Soul, and his mentors in ASG have done to help him become the person he is today. Motivated by his own experiences, he hopes to be an inspiring force for others.

In addition to all the opportunities Miami has given him to become a better student leader, Payne also values the guidance provided by the Miami Code of Love and Honor, which he believes everyone on campus can aspire to and work toward.

The Love and Honor Story Project is a platform for students to recognize and honor students enacting the values articulated in the Code of Love and Honor. If you know someone who exemplifies the Code of Love and Honor through their extraordinary care for their community, nominate them to be recognized!

To nominate someone, visit the Office of the Dean of Students' website and complete a brief nomination form.