May 11, 2006 by Bianca L. Granado 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, May 13.
The Alumni Association will honor a senior from each of the university’s six colleges, International Programs, the American Indian Program and two students from the Graduate School. The awards are based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, ability and participation in university and community activities.
The College of Agriculture and Home Economics will honor Quentin Ray, an agricultural economics and agricultural business major. Ray, of Clovis, has a 3.96 grade point average, is on the dean’s list, is a crimson scholar and currently serves as the vice president of the Associated Students of NMSU, the student government.
The College of Arts and Sciences will honor James Christopher Coggeshall, a double major in physics and music. Coggeshall, of Los Alamos, has a 3.96 grade point average, is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and a crimson scholar. He also has received the Chuck and Anita Schillo Endowed Scholarship as well as the New Mexico Lottery Success Scholarship. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a member of the Las Cruces Brassworks brass quintet, which was selected to the final round of the 2004 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame.
The College of Business will honor Vicki Hu Poirier, a double major in general business and economics. Poirier, of Las Cruces, has a 3.8 grade point average, is on the dean’s list and is a crimson scholar. She has received the Michael R. Cervin Memorial Leadership Award, the Karen Bailey Current Use Scholarship and was listed in “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2006.” She also is an ambassador for the College of Business.
The College of Education will honor Milo McMinn, a double major in secondary education and history. McMinn, of Grants, has a 4.0 grade point average, is on the dean’s list and is a crimson scholar. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and vice president of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The College of Engineering will honor Andrea V. Solis, a civil engineering major. Solis, of Embudo, has a 3.86 grade point average and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. She also is a Crimson Scholar and is on the dean’s list. She has received the Harold Elmendorf Scholarship, the Los Alamos Employee’s Scholarship, the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the Chi Epsilon Scholarship. She is an Engineering Council representative and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The College of Health and Social Services will honor Andrea J. Osuna, a community health major. Osuna, of Silver City, has a 3.87 grade point average, is the vice-president of Eta Sigma Gamma Beta Omega chapter. She is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and a member of the American Public Health Association. She is a Crimson Scholar and on the dean’s list. She has served as an Aggie-Welcome Week camp counselor and is the recipient of the Virginia & Dutch Raabe Memorial Scholarship Recipient
The American Indian Program will honor Donny J. Jones, a finance major. Jones, of Mentmore, is a Lilly Endowment Fund Scholar, a NMSU William and Whelm Wench Scholar, American Indian Services Scholar and an Association of American Indian Affairs Scholar. He is the president of the Native American Business Student Association. Jones assisted in creating a transfer program for the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute into the NMSU College of Business Administration and Economics.
The Center for International Programs will honor Juliana Maio, a double major in marketing and international business. Maio, of Brazil, has a 3.35 grade point average and has served as an ASNMSU Senator for the College of Business Administration and Economics. She is the recipient of the Bailey Scholarship and is on the dean’s list. She has participated in the Rotary and Roteract Club Community service projects and is a volunteer teacher at the Radium Spring Community Center.
The Graduate School will honor Gary D. Bond, who will receive his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. Bond, of Las Cruces, is a member of the Phi Kappa Honor Society, Golden Key
Honor Society and the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. He also has received a bachelor’s and master’s from NMSU. Bond has served as the president of the Graduate School Student Council for two years. He has jointly written five journal articles and presented papers at eight professional conferences including the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society.
The Graduate School also will honor Lalitha M. Kayani Garimella, who will receive her master’s in electrical and computer engineering. Garimella, of India, has a 3.89 grade point average and is a member Hispanics Offering Promise of Education for Children. She was recently awarded the Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award Corporation Motorola Scholarship and the NMSU Graduate School Conference Travel Award.