Office of Student Diversity and Outreach honors graduates, staff and faculty

January 25, 2011 by Office of Student Diversity and Outreach honors graduates, staff and faculty @NMSU

Jared Dial and Eduardo Trujillo pose with NMSU Provost Wendy Wilkins at December's Lavender Graduation Dinner and Reception. Dial, Trujillo and Christy Lauterbach were honored at the reception with Academic and Student Leadership Diversity Stoles. (submitted photo).

New Mexico State University’s Office of Student Diversity and Outreach was busy in December, as a host of graduates were honored with diversity stoles and faculty and staff were recognized for their contributions to campus diversity.

The American Indian Program recognized nine students who graduated from NMSU in December. The following students received AIP Diversity Stoles Dec. 3:

  • Yvette Lynn Aguilar – Bachelor’s, community health
  • Mauricia J. Chavarria-Quam – Master’s, business administration
  • Roy A. Garcia Jr. – Bachelor’s, criminal justice
  • Priscilla Herrera – Bachelor’s, human nutrition and food sciences
  • Roxanne Long – Master’s, animal science (concentration in domestic animal biology)
  • Shayna Rae McCabe – Bachelor’s, psychology (minor in counseling and educational psychology)
  • Andrea Jane Murphy – Bachelor’s, journalism and mass communication
  • Darrel James Nutima – Bachelor’s, sociology (minors in American Indian studies and management)
  • Mylan Daniel Panteah – Bachelor’s, biology

Black Programs recognized December graduate Aaron Ofori, an international student from Ghana, who earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, with a minor in mathematics. Ofori was a member of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

Chicano Programs and the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus jointly recognized 28 December graduates. The following students received Academic and Student Leadership Diversity Stoles:

  • Sylvia Acosta – Doctorate, educational administration
  • Ricardo Amaya – Bachelor’s, finance
  • Chris Anaya – Bachelor’s, government
  • Ricardo Calderon III – Bachelor’s, nursing
  • Nathan Chavez – Bachelor’s, family and child sciences
  • Ashley Curtis-Mermis – Bachelor’s, business management
  • David Diller – Bachelor’s, accountancy
  • Yadira Dominguez – Bachelor’s, family and consumer science
  • Ray Foote – Bachelor’s, accountancy
  • Isaac P. Garcia – Bachelor’s, engineering technology
  • Kalyn Garcia – Bachelor’s, accountancy
  • Cesia Gillard – Bachelor’s, family and child sciences
  • Violet Henderson – Master’s, education (curriculum and instruction), with specialization in language, literacy and culture
  • Manuel Lopez – Bachelor’s, foreign language and journalism and mass communications
  • Federico Freddy Marquez – Doctorate, educational administration
  • Erika Martinez – Master’s, education (curriculum and instruction)
  • Mycca S. Montoya – Bachelor’s, family and child sciences
  • Maura Najera – Master’s, accountancy
  • Marivel Oropeza – Doctorate, educational administration
  • Isaac Peddy-Coart – Bachelor’s, accountancy
  • Joanna Perez – Bachelor’s, criminal justice
  • Yesika L. Perez – Bachelor’s, business
  • Jacob Romero – Bachelor’s, biology
  • Maria Samaniego – Master’s, family and consumer science
  • Eva Telles – Master’s, education (curriculum and instruction)
  • Jennifer Washington – Bachelor’s, nursing
  • Juliet Welsh – Bachelor’s, accountancy

Chicano Programs and the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus jointly provided certificates of appreciation to 11 additional individuals:

  • Sylvia Acosta, for completing her doctorate and for her years of service at NMSU.
  • Chris Anaya, for his years of service on NMSU’s Board of Regents.
  • Lupe Dominguez-Flores, for her years of service to NMSU; Dominguez-Flores retired Dec. 31.
  • Mozella Garcia, for her service as chair of the Diversity Council and for her efforts with the first Inclusive Excellence Report, issued in November. This report documents NMSU’s accomplishments in diversity and the steps needed to improve diversity at NMSU and its four community colleges.
  • Carmen Gonzales, vice president for Student Success, for her years of service to NMSU; Gonzales retired Dec. 31.
    Miley Gonzales, director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, for his years of service to NMSU and NMDA; Gonzales retired Dec. 31.
  • Eric Lopez, for his promotion to full professor in the College of Education.
  • Marlene Melendez, for her promotion within the Office of Financial Aid and for her support of underrepresented students.
  • Freddy Marquez, for completing his doctorate and for his efforts with ENLACE and EXITO at NMSU.
  • Marivel Oropeza, for completing her doctorate and for her efforts on behalf of NMSU’s students.
  • Guillermo Rico, faculty member from the College of Engineering, for his years of service to NMSU; Rico retired Dec. 31.

On Dec. 1 Provost Wendy Wilkins was the keynote speaker at the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center’s second Lavender Graduation. The SGDRC recognized three graduates with Academic and Student Leadership Diversity Stoles:

  • Jared Dial – Bachelor’s, hotel, restaurant and tourism management
  • Christy Lauterbach – Bachelor’s, early childhood education
  • Eduardo E. Trujillo – Master’s, biology

In addition, Sharna Horn, coordinator for the SGDRC, announced that the SGDRC and Division for Student Success had established the Christina Chavez Kelley Award for Excellence and Service, and presented it to its namesake. Chavez Kelley, assistant vice president for Student Diversity and Outreach, was honored due to her numerous years of service on behalf of diversity at NMSU. She was recognized for her support of the SGDRC and ensuring that NMSU is a safe zone for all students at NMSU.

In other Office of Student Diversity and Outreach news, Joe Graham, director of the Indian Resource Development Program, was invited by New Mexico legislators to discuss the progress of IRD at the Indian Affairs Committee meeting held in Mescalero, N.M. on Oct. 12. IRD continues to work closely with Native Americans in STEM, the American Indian Program and similar programs at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of New Mexico. The program also has facilitated an agreement between NMSU and the Navajo Agriculture Products Industry – a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony initiated the development of the NAPI Scholars Program.

Throughout 2010 IRD continued to facilitate NMSU’s Tribal Voice Working Group. The group meets eight times a year to provide a forum for the university’s American Indian employees to discuss issues regarding tribal students, professionals and communities.

IRD also is working with the Native American Student Advocacy Institute to bring together a dedicated community of educators and tribal leaders to address the educational challenges that face Native American students. NASAI emphasizes promoting partnerships between community-based organizations, K-12 school systems and higher education institutions.

The Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, as well as the American Indian, Black, Chicano and Indian Resource Development Programs join the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center on NMSU’s Diversity Council. Representatives of each group also are working closely with Provost Wilkins on the Minority Recruitment and Retention Fund, created to assist the ethnic programs, as well as on the I.D.E.A. (Inclusive, Diversity, Excellence and Access) Grant, which has solicited proposals from deans, vice presidents and directors for diversity programs.

The Office of Student Diversity and Outreach will be housed in Garcia Annex effective Jan. 31.


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