May 10, 2004 by Jennifer Kistler NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University will honor the Spring 2004 outstanding seniors and graduate students as part of commencement Saturday, May 15. This semester, the Alumni Association will honor one senior from each of the university’s six colleges, one international senior, one senior in the American Indian Program and two graduate students based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, ability and participation in university and community activities.
The College of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) will honor Adriana Leyvas, an agricultural economics and agricultural business major, with minors in agricultural and extension education and marketing. Leyvas, of Pie Town, N.M., has a grade point average of 3.6, is a Crimson Scholar and is on the dean’s list. She serves as an editor for the CAHE Council and also as a student ambassador. She has volunteered at La Casa Battered Women’s Shelter and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Las Cruces. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Leaders of Tomorrow.
The College of Arts and Sciences will honor Angelica Juarez-Monger, a criminal justice major, with a supplementary major in law and society. Juarez-Monger, of El Paso, has a 3.8 GPA and is a Crimson Scholar, McNair Scholar and on the national dean’s list. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She completed a thesis for the University Honors Program on “Static Efforts: A Comparison of Correctional Programs at a Juvenile Facility.”
The College of Business Administration and Economics will honor Chris McDermott, a finance major, with a minor in accounting. McDermott, of Alamogordo, N.M., has a 3.9 GPA and is a Regent’s Plus Scholar, Crimson Scholar, on the dean’s list and in the Honors Certificate Program. He has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Alamogordo and Habitat for Humanity. He has held internships with the Dallas Mavericks, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Reeves Law Firm and is currently a staff specialist with State Farm Insurance.
The College of Education will honor Aimee Wells, an elementary education major. Wells, of Albuquerque, has a 4.0 GPA and is a Crimson Scholar, on the dean’s list and has been listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for three years. Wells has received the lottery scholarship and two scholarships from the Chi Omega sorority. She served as president for the Order of Omega Honor Society and vice president, recruitment chair and scholarship chair for Chi Omega. She is an NMSU Sundancer, a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Rho Lambda Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society. Wells was selected as the NMSU homecoming queen in 2002 and won the Ms. Greek pageant in 2000.
The College of Engineering will honor Angela Chacon, a civil engineering major. Chacon, of Vadito, N.M., has a 4.0 GPA and is a Crimson Scholar and on the dean’s list. She is a member of Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the American Society of Civil Engineering. She has served on the NMSU Engineering Council, as an ambassador for the College of Engineering and as a senator for the student government. She also is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Highway, NMSU Halloween Howl and judged the regional science fair.
The College of Health and Social Services will honor Dora Nunez, a social work major. Nunez has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the Phi Alpha social work honor society. She has participated in community health fairs and in recruitment for Head Start. She also has volunteered in area schools as a teacher’s aid.
The American Indian Program will honor David Manuelito, an animal science and pre-veterinary medicine major. Manuelito, of Tohatchi, N.M., has a 3.5 GPA and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Honor Society and has been listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” He is a Crimson Scholar, on the dean’s list and has received the Dean’s Award of Excellence. Manuelito has served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, treasurer for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and as a member in the United Native American Organization. He also is fluent in Navajo.
The Center for International Programs will honor Matej Danter, a computer science and mathematics major. Danter, of Slovakia, has a 3.4 GPA and is a Crimson Scholar and on the dean’s list. He presented his thesis on “Behavioral Properties of Random Curves Generated by Computational Methods” at the University Honors Program’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium in April. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics club, the Cycling Club, the Climbing Coalition and the International Business Association.
The Graduate School will honor Oliver Hampton as the Outstanding Master’s Graduate Student and Erin Harvey as the Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student.
Hampton is majoring in computer science and minoring in bioinformatics. He has a 3.6 GPA and has received the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship, Outstanding Teaching Award and NMSU Leadership Scholarship. He served as the NMSU Graduate School Council president and as a senator for the student government. His papers have been published in five publications such as the “Journal of Applied Microbiology” and the “Journal of Bacteriology.”
Harvey, an English rhetoric and professional communication major, has a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the American Association for Business Communication, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Council of Writing Program Administrators and National Council of Teachers of English. She serves as the associate director for the NMSU Writing Program and as a teaching assistant for English classes. Her dissertation is a study on graduate assistant’s reactions to student writing. She also has presented papers at conferences in Denver and Minneapolis.