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NMSU Honors students serving as ambassadors

Six New Mexico State University Honors students were named Crimson Scholar Ambassadors by the Honors College recently.


The students are the first to be involved in this new Honors College program.

"Crimson Scholar Ambassadors will help the college at recruitment activities, will serve as mentors for younger students and will help to keep students informed of the opportunities the Honors College has available for them," said Jill Grammer, assistant dean for external relations with NMSU's Honors College.

The ambassadors were selected after submitting application forms and going through an interview process. Eligibility requirements included a minimum 3.5 GPA, sophomore or junior standing and an outstanding background in leadership and community service.

During their one-year term of service, Crimson Scholar Ambassadors will gain leadership experience, team-building skills, learn about NMSU and the Honors College and build a network of relationships with students and faculty.

The six students chosen to represent the Honors College as the first generation of Crimson Scholar Ambassadors come from a variety of fields and backgrounds.

Carla Trujillo, a sophomore, graduated from Las Cruces High School in 2005. Trujillo is double-majoring in microbiology and biology, and does biomedical research as a Howard Hughes research scholar.

Karina Samaniego, a sophomore, graduated from Onate High School in Las Cruces in 2005. Samaniego is a nutrition major, and is active with Colleges Against Cancer, sponsor of the upcoming Relay for Life.

Ingrid Gonzalez, a sophomore, graduated from America's High School in El Paso in 2005. Gonzalez works part-time on campus in the Physical Sciences Laboratory as a clerical aide, assisting with lab projects and English-Spanish translation. She is majoring in psychology.

Charlotte Lane, a sophomore, graduated from Cibola High School in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2005. Majoring in international business and German, Lane was awarded the President's Associates Honors Scholarship as a freshman. She works tutoring students in kindergarten through 9th grade.

Nickolaus Wiegel, a sophomore, graduated from Tucumcari High School in Tucumcari, N.M. Weigel is majoring in business management. He is the vice president of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the vice president of finance for the Inter-Fraternity Council.

Rosalba Quezada, a junior, graduated from Francisco Villa Preparatory School in Chihuahua, Mexico. An accounting major, she also is a student ambassador for the Business College. Quezada works as a tutor with NMSU's Student Support Services.