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NMSU Alumni Association to recognize outstanding graduates

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor the Spring 2007 Outstanding Graduates at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Stan Fulton Athletics Center.

Each semester the Alumni Association selects outstanding graduates from each of the university's seven colleges, two graduate students, one international student and one American Indian student based on outstanding scholarship, leadership and participation in university and community activities.

The College of Agriculture and Home Economics will honor Adrian Wise of Las Cruces, an agricultural economics and agricultural business major. Wise has a 3.5 GPA, is an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and is a member of the NMSU Block and Bridle Club. She also was an intern for Sen. Pete Domenici in Washington, D.C., in 2006.

The College of Arts and Sciences will honor Danielle Deemer of Las Cruces, who is majoring in English and anthropology. Deemer has a 4.0 GPA, received the McNair Scholarship, the Verna Newman Rule Scholarship and Lambda Alpha National Dean's List Scholarship. She also was executive vice president of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and the president of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.

The College of Business will honor Justin Sims of Rio Rancho, who is majoring in finance and marketing as well as German. Sims has a 4.0 GPA and received the Congressional-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Scholarship and the James R. Hanssen Memorial Scholarship. He is a Crimson Scholar, vice president of the NMSU German Club and studied abroad at Friedrich-Schillen University in Jena, Germany, from July 2005 to July 2006.

The College of Education will honor Laura Marie Dosher of El Paso, a communication disorders major. Dosher has a 3.79 GPA, is on the Dean's List of Academic Achievement and has received the Garrett, Owen, Wood Alumni and Friends Endowed Scholarship. She also served as president of the NMSU National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association from April 2006 to April 2007.

The College of Engineering will honor Kevin Konchalski of Las Cruces, a mechanical engineering major. Konchalski has a 4.0 GPA, has made the Engineering Dean's List seven times and received the 2007 Outstanding Senior Award in the NMSU Mechanical Engineering Department. He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, is a member of ASME and Pi Tau Sigma and is the president of the NMSU Hockey Club.

The College of Extended Learning will honor Erin Weech of Hayden, Idaho, an individualized major in art history and English literature. Weech has a 4.0 GPA, is on the Dean's List and has received the New Mexico State Alumni Scholarship. She tutors in English at the NMSU Dona Ana Community College, is an Art Society member and won first place in black and white photography at the NMSU DACC Spring 2006 Art Show.

The College of Health and Social Services will honor Catherine Mitchel of Alamogordo, a social work major. Mitchel has a 4.0 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar, is on the Dean's List, and is recognized as an Exemplary Black Scholar at NMSU. She also is a member of the Phi Alpha Kappa Omega Honor Society and has been the president of the Otero County Boys and Girls Club TEENSupreme for three years.

The Graduate School will honor Jean Reece Wilkey of Las Cruces as the Outstanding Master's Graduate Student and Marti Morales of Las Cruces as the Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student.

Wilkey, who will receive a master's degree in fine arts, has a 4.0 GPA and has received the Catto Scholarship Fund Award, the New Mexico State Commission on Higher Education Fellowship and a Study Grant for the Vermont Studio Center. Wilkey has worked as a graphic designer and art teacher in Central America, managed a multimedia historical archives library in Israel and has taught drawing and painting at NMSU as a graduate assistant.

Morales, who will receive a doctorate in biology, has a 3.62 GPA, has received the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Fellowship and was a Southern Regional Education Board-Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate Doctoral Scholar in 2003. She won first place for an Oral Graduate Research Presentation at the NMSU Biology Symposium in 2006 and is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.

The Center for International Programs will honor Christian Ryan Daniel Halligan of Starnberg, Germany, a finance and accounting major. Halligan has a 3.71 GPA, is on the Dean's List and is a Crimson Scholar. He has received the NMSU Alumni Out-of-State Scholarship, the Allan H. Savage Scholarship and the Commissioner's List Award. Halligan also is an All-Academic Scholar Athlete, a Beta Alpha Psi member and is on the Student Athlete Advisory Board.

The American Indian Program will honor Tiffany Lovato of Santo Domingo Pueblo, an environmental science major with a minor in environmental management. Lavato has a 3.01 GPA, was on the National Dean's List in 2004 and was a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar from 2000 to 2005. She is an ambassador for the NMSU American Indian Program, the secretary for the Environmental Science Student Organization and a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

For more information, call the NMSU Alumni Association at (505) 646-3616.