Dec. 8, 2006 by Bryant Million NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University will recognize the hard work of several outstanding seniors and graduate students during a banquet held in their honor at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the Corbett Center East Ballroom.
The NMSU Alumni Association will honor a senior from each college, one international senior and two graduate students based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, ability and participation in university and community activities.
The College of Agriculture and Home Economics will honor Milagra Weiss of Taos, a horticulture major in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Weiss has a 3.95 grade point average, has been on the dean’s list every semester while attending NMSU, has received the Roy Nakayama and the Noble T. Jones scholarships and received the American Society for Horticultural Science Scholars Award in 2006.
The College of Arts and Sciences will honor John J. Pfeiffer III of Las Cruces, a computer science major with a minor in music and a supplementary in math. Pfeiffer has a 3.98 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and belongs to both the Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Chi academic honor societies. He spent four co-op tours with NASA, and during one of them he developed software that will go to Mars.
The College of Business will honor Jackie Choi of Corpus Christi, Texas, an accounting and economics major. Choi has a GPA of 4.0 and has received the NCAA Volleyball Athletic Scholarship. She served on the Student Athlete Advising Committee and a member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity.
The College of Education will honor Debra Morales of Anthony, N.M., an elementary education major. Morales has a 3.9 GPA and has received the John and Romayne Thomas Endowed Scholarship.
The College of Engineering will honor Gena Smith of El Paso, an industrial engineering major. Smith is a member of the Alpha Pi Mu industrial engineering society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She has received the Boeing Scholarship and the Industrial Engineering Department Scholarship.
The College of Extended Learning will honor Ellseo De Pietto of Las Cruces, a creative media and animation major with a minor in Spanish. De Pietto is a Guatemalan Mayan Indian who immigrated to the U.S. in 1998. He earned a GPA of 3.6 while attending NMSU. His animation story titled “I am a Mayan Indian” has been chosen as a finalist in the National Geographic All Roads Film Project contest.
The College of Health and Social Sciences will honor Jennifer Arrieta of Las Cruces, a nursing major. Arrieta has made the dean’s list seven times and was on the National Dean’s List in 2005. She is a Crimson Scholar and is the secretary and treasurer for the National Society for Collegiate Scholars.
International Programs will honor Waleed Al-Kohlani, an electrical engineering major from Yemen. Al-Kohlani has a GPA of 4.0, has made the dean’s list since 2004 and was nominated for the National Dean’s List in 2005. He is the president of the Muslim Students Association at NMSU and was recently elected president of the Las Cruces Islamic Center.
The Graduate School will honor Daniel J. Robertson of Rio Rancho, who will receive his master’s in accountancy. Robertson has a 4.0 GPA. He received the Outstanding Senior Award previously in 2005 from the NMSU College of Business. He is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Alpha Psi honor societies.
The Graduate School also will honor Thomas B. Ryan of Albuquerque, who will receive his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in learning technologies. Ryan has a 4.0 GPA. He is the executive director of technology for Albuquerque Public Schools and has contributed to the educational system in the Albuquerque since 1980.