NMSU Alumni Association announces Fall 2010 Outstanding Seniors

December 12, 2010 by Layra Nicli, NMSU News Center

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor the fall 2010 Outstanding Seniors at noon Dec. 10 during a luncheon in their honor at the Corbett Center Student Union ballrooms.

Based on outstanding scholarship, leadership and participation in university and community activities, these students are honored with a banquet and recognition ceremony.

The Alumni Association selects students every semester from each of the university’s seven colleges and two graduate students based on academic excellence.

The College of Arts and Sciences will honor Christopher Anaya of Moriarty. Anaya is pursuing a major in government and holds a 3.9 GPA. He is a Crimson Scholar and was on the dean’s list from 2007-2009. Anaya is currently a member of the New Mexico Student Loans Board and ASNMSU senate from the College of Arts and Sciences. Anaya is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is currently an alumni member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where he served as rush chairman and a member of the executive board. He received the ASNMSU Leadership Scholarship, Pi Kappa Alpha Scholarship Award and the Pierce and Barbara Hubbard Scholarship Award. Anaya, a 2006 Honors graduate of Moriarty High School, is the son of Steve and Shara Anaya.

Elizabeth Cobb will be honored by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Cobb, from Alamogordo, is a human nutrition and food science major with a 3.9 GPA. She is a Crimson Scholar and is on the dean’s and president’s list. Cobb is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Chi. She volunteers with the therapeutic riding program, Big Sisters Program and as a literacy tutor.

The College of Engineering will honor civil engineering major Joye Moore of Roswell. Moore has a 3.76 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar, has been on the dean’s list since 2006 and is the vice president of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society. She is the recipient of the J. Maughs Brown Endowed Engineering Scholarship, the Richard Leza Engineering Scholarship, the Rhonda Faught Transportation Scholarship and the Chi Epsilon Endowed Scholarship. She was a member of the NMSU Pride Marching Band and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Economics major Eric Layer will be honored by the College of Business. Layer, from Albuquerque, graduates with a 4.0 GPA and on the dean’s list. He is a President’s Associates Scholar, a National Merit Scholar and a Truman Scholar. He is a founding member of the Strike Force Organization and a member of the NMSU College Republicans.

The College of Education will honor Olivia Peña of Las Cruces. Peña will graduate from kinesiology and exercise science with a 3.8 GPA. Peña is a Crimson Scholar and was on the dean’s list. She is an ASNMSU Electoral Board member and also participates in Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Societies. She was the recipient of the James B. Delamater Scholarship.

The College of Health and Social Services will honor nursing major Teresita Arellano. Arellano, from Las Cruces, will graduate with a 3.71 GPA. She is a part of the NMSU Student Nurses Association, Pi Gamma Nu-NMSU, Chicano Club and volunteers with the Special Olympics. Arellano also participates as mission coordinator for volunteer medical missions in Guatemala.

Douglas Beckman, from Las Cruces, was chosen by the College of Extended Learning for the honor of outstanding graduate. Beckman graduates with a major in individualized studies and a minor in history; he holds a 3.59 GPA and has been a Crimson Scholar since 2008.

The Graduate School will honor Capt. Stacy Marie Baber as outstanding master’s degree student, and Annajirao Garimella as the outstanding doctoral degree student.

Baber will graduate with a master’s of science in chemical engineering with a 3.8 GPA. Her honors include the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal in 2007, Commander of the Year for the 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron Flight for 2007-2008 and 53rd Test Management Group Engineer of the Year.

Garimella will receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer engineering with a GPA of 3.93. He was the recipient of the Graduate School Merit Based Enhancement Fellowship, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Corporation Award, among others. He has participated in more than 28 publications and articles throughout his time here at NMSU.

For more information, contact the NMSU Alumni association 575-646-3616 or http://www.alum.nmsu.edu.

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