NMSU Alumni Association recognizes Fall 2005 outstanding seniors

Dec. 8, 2005 by Jenna R. Frosch NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University will honor the hard work and dedication of several outstanding seniors and graduate students as part of commencement Saturday, Dec. 10.

This semester, the Alumni Association will honor a senior from each of the university’s six colleges, 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 Jennifer Brown of Farmington, a hotel, restaurant and tourism management major. Brown has a grade point average of 3.8, is on the dean’s list and is a crimson scholar. She has served as president of Phi Eta Sigma honor society, as a member of Gamma Beta Phi national honor society and as a member of Eta Sigma Delta. Brown has also been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Jardin de los Ninos.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering will honor Marzyeh Ghassemi, an electrical engineering and computer science double major. Ghassemi, of Las Cruces, has a grade point average of 3.9, is a 2005-06 Goldwater Scholar and has been on the dean’s list each semester since 2000. She has served as president of the NMSU Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, ambassador for the NMSU College of Engineering and president of Alpha Chi honor society. She has volunteered with the Dona Ana County Detention Center as a math teacher, the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Dona Ana County Teen Court, Jardin de los Ninos and NMSU Habitat for Humanity.

The College of Business will honor Daniel Robertson of Rio Rancho, an accounting major. Robertson has a 4.0 grade point average, is the recipient of the Ernst and Young Business Leaders Scholarship, a crimson scholar and a meritorious scholar, graduating in the top 15 percent of the business college. He is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and received the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 1999. He is a member of Alpha Chi, Gamma Beta Psi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and secretary of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society.

The College of Education will honor Lindsey Fort of Lovington, an early childhood education major. Fort has a 3.7 GPA, is a crimson scholar and is a recipient of the Dean Barbara Simmons and Claude C. and Essie Dove scholarships. She has volunteered with Relay for Life, Toys for Tots, Jardin de los Ninos, Special Olympics, Noche de Luminarias, Meals on Wheels and Good Fellows, and has been active in Sigma Delta Phi and Circle K International.

The College of Health and Social Services will honor Linda Weiman of Alamogordo, a nursing major. Weiman, who has a grade point average of 3.9, was honored with the Leader in Excellence Award for the Department of Health District Three. She has served on the Alamogordo Area Aids Awareness Committee, Quality Assurance Board for the state of New Mexico and as a charge nurse at the Betty Dare and Casa Arena Blanca nursing homes. She is involved in Alamogordo Community Theater, the local emergency planning council, the DWI task force of Otero County and is the nurse manager of the Otero County Health Office.

International Programs will honor Ricardo Hernandez, an agronomy major. Hernandez, of Juarez, Mexico, has a grade point average of 4.0, is on the dean’s list and is a crimson scholar. He received the alumni scholarship and the Emmette Chapman Memorial Scholarship, among others. He is a member of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science.

The Graduate School will honor Melanie Goodman of Mesilla, who will receive her master’s in public health. Goodman has served NMSU internationally as a program coordinator for Accent International in Florence, Italy. She is involved in Dona Ana County advocates for children and families; Dona Ana County Health Care Services Funding Review Committee; Con Alma Health Foundation Community Advisory Committee; State-Wide Association of County Maternal and Child Health Councils; and the Association of County MCH Councils. She received the Las Mujeres Magnificas Award in 2002 for outstanding contribution in the area of improving the lives of women from the New Mexico Women’s Summit.

The Graduate School also will honor Ivan Vlassiouk, who will receive his Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Vlassiouk, of Las Cruces, has a grade point average of 3.7 and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Novosibirsk State University in Russia. He received the Owen B. Weeks Graduate Research Award, the Walter Lwowski Graduate Research Award and the outstanding young scientists research award recipient from the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion at Novosibirsk. Vlassiouk has worked as a research assistant in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2000.

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