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NMSU Alumni Association will honor outstanding seniors

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association has chosen the Fall 2007 Outstanding Seniors and will recognize their achievements at an honors banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms.


An outstanding senior was chosen from each academic college, as well as one international senior and two graduate students, based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, ability and participation in university and community activities.

The College of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) will honor Roxanne Kidd of Des Moines, N.M., a hotel, restaurant and tourism management major. Kidd has a 3.65 GPA, was a member of Collegiate FFA and served as the public relations chair for CAHE in 2004. She also was the secretary and president of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Student Association in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

The College of Arts and Sciences will honor Kimberly Arnold of El Paso, an English major. Arnold has a 4.0 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and was on the National Dean's List in 2004 and the Dean's Honor List of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. In 2004, she participated in the Summit, a worldview and leader seminar focusing on global perspectives, in which she went to Ethiopia as staff for a team of 35 American teenagers who worked with Mother Teresa's home for orphans and mentally disabled children.

The College of Business will honor John Sebesta of Albuquerque, a finance major. Sebesta has a 3.97 GPA and served as the vice president and treasurer of the Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He also had two co-ops with NASA and won the NASA Johnson Space Center Fall 2006 Outstanding Achievement Co-op Award.

The College of Education will honor Bobbi Wahle of Fort Collins, Colo., who will graduate with a major both in Spanish and in Secondary Education with a focus on Social Studies. Wahle has a 3.75 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and earned the Sunbelt Conference Student Athlete Award while competing on the NMSU Swim Team. She also studied abroad one month in Mexico and seven months in Spain.

The College of Engineering will honor Jose Alanis of Las Cruces, an engineering technology major in electronics and computer programming. Alanis has a 3.87 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and was on the Dean's Honor List. He served as president of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honors Society of Engineering Technology and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

The College of Extending Learning will honor Leo Paz of Las Cruces, a management, accounting and economics major through the individualized studies degree program. Paz has a 3.94 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar, is on the National Dean's List and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. He also is a member of the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Board and serves as vice president of the Hacienda Acres Neighborhood Association.

The College of Health and Social Services will honor Ruth Romero of El Paso, a nursing major. Romero has a 3.83 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. She served as a senator for the College of Health and Social Services in the student government in 2006, was the lead coordinator for the Nursing Career Fair in 2006 and is a member of the Student Nurses Association.

The Graduate School will honor Sri Raga Sudha Garimella of Las Cruces, who will receive a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering. Garimella has a 3.7 GPA and is treasurer of the Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Association. She has earned scholarships from the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award Corporation and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and she won first place at the national level All India Mathematics Talent Test in 2000.

The Graduate School also will honor Xiumin Diao of Las Cruces, who will receive a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Diao has a 4.0 GPA and he received the NMSU Merit-based Enhancement Fellowship of the Graduate School in 2006 and 2007 and the Paul W. Klipsch Graduate Scholarship in 2006. He also won the Excellent Graduating Graduate Award from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronauts in 2003.

The International and Border Programs will honor Katharina Martina Andrea Sosna of Plettenberg, Germany, who will receive a bachelor's degree in both business management and international business. Sosna has a 4.0 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and is on the Dean's Honor List. She received the Holloman Officers' Spouses' Club Scholarship in 2005 and is a member of the Pi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.