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NMSU Alumni Association to recognize NMSU-Dona Ana Outstanding Seniors

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana will honor the hard work and dedication of several outstanding seniors.


fall semester ends, the NMSU Alumni Association will honor five seniors graduating from NMSU-Dona Ana, based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, ability and participation in university and community activities.

The Health and Public Services Department will honor JoAnne Otero, a nursing major. Otero, of Las Cruces, has a grade point average of 3.2 and is a crimson scholar. She has served as a summer intern at MountainView Regional Medical Center and has participated in the center's externship program. She also has participated in the Student Nursing Association.

The Business and Information Systems Department will honor Rose Avalos, a business office technology major. Avalos, of Las Cruces, has a grade point average of 3.7, is a crimson scholar and on the dean's list. She has served as a volunteer at East Picacho Elementary School and the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She also has worked in the Business and Information Systems Department at NMSU-Dona Ana.

The Technical Studies Department will honor Sylvia Jaramillo, a water technology major. Jaramillo, of Las Cruces, has a grade point average of 3.6 and is a crimson scholar. She has served as vice president of the Water Technology Club and as a tutor to other students in the water technology field.

The White Sands Education Center will honor Aberlena Bell, a criminal justice major. Bell has a grade point average of 3.7 and is a retired Army veteran of 20 years. She has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, a leader for the Youth Usher Board, Toys for Tots, Adopt-a-Soldier and the Bataan Memorial Death March. This is the second degree Bell has earned from the community college.

The General Studies Department will honor Stephanie Faucette, who will receive an associate of arts degree. Faucette, of Clinton, Md., has a grade point average of 3.5 and will serve as assistant director of the NMSU-Dona Ana play "Fences" in February. She will continue her education at NMSU-Las Cruces in the field of mass communications.