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Sororities recognized for retention

Five sororities from the New Mexico State University campus were presented with the Outstanding Student Retention and Graduation Award at the Spring Convocation Jan. 11.

Freshman women who entered NMSU in Fall 2003 and affiliated with the Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha chapters returned their second year at a rate of 82.3 percent.

Initiated in 2004 by NMSU Provost William Flores, the award serves to distinguish those campus entities that demonstrate the highest retention and/or graduation rates.

"This award brings attention to student academic success as well as to the program services extended through the campus to foster student success," said Gladys DeNecochea, vice president for student services and the dean of students.

Currently, the award is based on statistics. Flores said as improved retention rates continue to become a goal for NMSU, he would like to see a more formal nomination process.

"Recognizing retention efforts is important because it is recognizing the students themselves for creating a climate for other students to succeed," Flores said.