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New Mexico State University Alumni Association honors outstanding seniors

New Mexico State University honored the Fall 2004 outstanding seniors and graduate students as part of commencement Saturday, Dec. 11. This semester, the Alumni Association honored one graduating 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.


lege of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) honored Felicia Ybarra, a hotel, restaurant and tourism management major. Ybarra, of Las Cruces, had a grade point average of 3.9, was on the dean's list and served as the NMSU student regent since 2003. She also served as a parent volunteer at Hillrise Elementary School, a board member for Maize Blossom Coalition, was a Crimson Scholar and was a member of the Crimson Crew. In 2004, she received the Hispanic College Fund Scholarship, the Travel Industry Association of America Scholarship and was named a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholar.

The College of Arts and Sciences honored Josette Arvizu, an English major, with a minor in dance. Arivizu, of Peralta, N.M., had a 4.0 GPA and was a Crimson Scholar, McNair Scholar and on the dean's list. She received the President's Associates Honors Scholarship, two research scholarships from the Alpha Chi National Science Honor Society and the Robert C. Byrd State Department of Education Scholarship. She was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

The College of Business Administration and Economics honored Jami Beck, who double majored in finance and international business, with minors in French and accounting. Beck, of Bloomfield, N.M., had a 3.9 GPA and was a Crimson Scholar, New Mexico Scholar and on the dean's list. She served as the secretary and president for the Financial Management Association.

The College of Education honored Elizabeth Sullivan, a secondary education and mathematics major. Sullivan, of Carlsbad, N.M., had a 3.9 GPA, was a Crimson Scholar and on the dean's list. She received the NASA Space Grant Consortium Scholarship, the President's Associates Scholarship and was in the Honors Certificate Program.

The College of Engineering honored Daniel Archuleta, a civil engineering major, with minors in mathematics and Spanish. Archuleta, of Albuquerque, had a 4.0 GPA and was a Crimson Scholar, on the dean's list and completed an honors thesis. He was a member of the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He participated in the Alliance for Minority Participation's Undergraduate Research Program and was a student ambassador for the College of Engineering.

The College of Health and Social Services honored Wendy Rodkey, a community health major. Rodkey, of Las Cruces, had a 3.8 GPA, was a Crimson Scholar and on the national dean's list. She volunteered with Senior Programs of Las Cruces, Washington Home and Hospice and helped fund-raise for Columbia Hospital for Women.

The Center for International Programs honored Misato Saito, an athletic training education major, with a minor in mathematics. Saito, of Tokyo, had a 3.5 GPA and was listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." She was a member of the NMSU swimming and diving team and is a member of the National Athletic Training Organization.

The Graduate School honored John Moraros as the Outstanding Master's Graduate Student and Michelle Levy as the Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student.

Moraros received his master's of public health in community health education. He had a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, the Alpha Chi National Science Honor Society and received the Society of Public Health Education Student Scholar Award. In 2004, he received first place for his poster presentation on "The Nature and Extent of Victimization of Pregnant Women in Juarez" for the NMSU Health Oriented Themes (HOT) Projects.

Levy majored in education while concentrating on technology education, equity and cultural diversity. She had a 3.9 GPA and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Educational Research Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 2000, she received a three-year, $500,000 grant to assist in the professional development program "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology." She also served as a graduate instructor in the NMSU Department of Curriculum and Instruction.