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Outstanding freshmen inducted into honor society

More than 225 New Mexico State University students were inducted as charter members of the NMSU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for college freshmen, at a recent inauguration and induction ceremony.


President of the NMSU chapter is Nate Rushforth of Las Cruces, a computer science major. Other officers are: Felicia Madero Ybarra of Las Cruces, majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, senior adviser; Joshua Silver, secondary education major from Las Cruces, president-elect; Lavon Nicole DeAnda of Roswell, communications major with minors in dance and American Sign Language, secretary; Monika Richards, chemistry major from Rio Rancho, treasurer; Michelle Cornell of Alamogordo, a mechanical engineering technology major, historian; and Jennifer Wood, government major from Moriarty, community activist.

The chapter's representatives to the Associated Students of NMSU, the university's student government, are Jennifer Cordova of Albuquerque, an industrial engineering major, and Lance E. Miller of El Paso, a math and computer science major.

To be eligible to join Phi Eta Sigma, students must have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher in their first semester or year of college. Founded in 1923, Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest freshman honor society in the country.

The grand secretary-treasurer of Phi Eta Sigma, John Sagabiel of Bowling Green State University, presented the chapter charter to Juan N. Franco, NMSU vice president for administration, who accepted the charter on behalf of NMSU. Franco and John C. Owens, NMSU executive vice president, were inducted as honorary members at the April 27 ceremony.

The NMSU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma is sponsored by the University Honors Program. Faculty advisers are William Eamon, director of the Honors Program, and Enedina Garcia Vazquez, university fellowship coordinator and associate director of the Honors Program.

For more information call the Honors Program office at (505) 646-2005.

Karl Hill
May 11, 2000