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NMSU DACC honors Outstanding Graduates

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association honored the Spring 2008 NMSU Dona Ana Community College Outstanding Graduates during a luncheon May 7.


Each semester the Alumni Association selects outstanding graduates based on outstanding scholarship, leadership and participation in university and community activities.

The Business and Information Systems Division honored Melissa Nayares of Las Cruces, a business office technology major. Nayares has a 3.6 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and is on the Dean's List. She is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society and is the chief communications officer for Students in Free Enterprise.

The Health and Public Services Division honored Kathryn P. Cosimati of Las Cruces, who will receive an associate's degree in nursing. Cosimati has a 3.94 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and is on the Dean's List. She has received the Stafford Family Endowment Scholarship, the Raymond Slattery Scholarship and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society.

The Technical and Industrial Studies Division honored Rhona Holden of Las Cruces, a creative media technology and digital graphics major. Holden has a 3.71 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and received the Leadership Award in 2007. She is president of the Creative Media Technology Club and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

The General Studies Division honored Joseph Keith Varner of Rincon, N.M., who will receive an associate's of arts degree. Varner has a 3.53 GPA and teaches children from ages 6 to 11 at Church Triumphant. He also participates in Safe Harbor, an organization that works with autistic children.

For more information contact the NMSU Alumni Association at (575) 646-3616.