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NMSU's 2011 Outstanding Spring Graduates announced

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor the spring 2011 Outstanding Seniors at noon May 6 during a luncheon in their honor at the Corbett Center Student Union ballroom.


Based on outstanding scholarship, leadership and participation in university and community activities, these students are honored with a recognition ceremony.

Students are selected every semester by deans from each of the university's seven colleges and two from the graduate school based on academic excellence.

The College of Arts and Sciences and International and Border Programs will honor Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya of Las Cruces. Lozoya will graduate with a double major in English and French as well as a minor in creative writing. Scholarships she has received include: the Mary Powell Ambrose Endowed Memorial Scholarship, the NRCSA Summer Abroad Scholarship, Debra Orozco Leadership Scholarship, the Arts and Science Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grant, among others. She has been on the dean's list since 2007 and was Living Learning Community (LLC) Leader of the Year in the spring of 2010. Lozoya graduates with a 3.97 GPA with Crimson Scholar status.

Pate Chavez will be honored by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Chavez, from Garfield, N.M., is an Agricultural and Extension education major with a 3.4 GPA. He was the recipient of the Alfred Triviz Scholarship as well as the Dell and Ray Chappell Scholarship. He participated as NMSU Collegiate FFA as well as ACES Council rep, president and treasurer during his college career. He was also ACES ambassador and NMSU Collegiate Farm Bureau treasurer.

Economics and International Business major Mario Gonzales Jr. will be honored by the College of Business. Gonzales, from Mesilla Park, graduates with a 4.0 GPA, on the dean's list and as a Crimson Scholar. He is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. Gonzales is also a five-time NMSU Interfraternity Council Certificate of Academic Excellence Recipient and a nine-time NMSU College of Business Dean's List Scholar. He was cofounder and vice president of operations for MGK Incorporated and volunteered his time with the Las Cruces Big Brothers, Big Sisters Club and the Las Cruces First Assembly of God.

The College of Education will honor Katherine Cady of Jackson, Wyo. Cady will graduate from secondary education with a 3.9 GPA. Cady is a Crimson Scholar and recipient of the Ellen and Alan Dus Memorial Fund Scholarship as well as the out-of-state scholarship. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honors Society, Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. She volunteered her time with the Boys and Girls Club, prison family services and the Relay for Life.

The College of Engineering will honor chemical engineering major Michelle Wilson of Farmington. Wilson has a 4.0 GPA, and is a member of the Hugh M. Milton II, Donald Othmer Halliburton Global Scholars and of the society of Petroleum Engineers. Wilson was the president of the NMSU student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a member of the society of women engineers. She is a recipient of the Dow Outstanding Junior Award and a Crimson Scholar. She spent her free time volunteering at the Wesley Animal Shelter.

The College of Health and Social Services will honor nursing major Yesenia Acosta. Acosta, from Deming, will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. She is on the dean's list, a Crimson Scholar and the recipient of the lottery scholarship and a full scholarship from NMSU. Acosta is also a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. She is the first in her family to graduate from college.

David Almaguer, from Las Cruces, was chosen by the College of Extended Learning for the honor of outstanding senior. Almaguer graduates with a major in applied studies with a concentration in emergency management. He holds a 3.1 GPA and has worked for the Dona Ana County/City of Cruces Office of Emergency Management as supervisor, with the New Mexico Army National Guard and American Red Cross Southwestern Chapter Board of Directors among others.

The Graduate School will honor Charlene Shroulote as outstanding master's degree student, and Patrick Alexander as the outstanding doctoral degree student.

Shroulote will graduate with a master's of public administration with a 3.7 GPA. She is the recipient of the 2011 AIGC Fellowship as well as the ASNMSU Leadership Scholarship. She is chair of the 2011 Graduate Research and Arts Symposium (GRAS), vice president of operations of the Graduate Student Council, ASNMSU Graduate School senator and vice president of the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) NMSU.

Alexander will receive a Ph.D. in biology with a GPA of 3.79. He gives community talks throughout the state on plant species of New Mexico and has participated at annual and regional meeting of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico. He is placed by faculty members at the top one percent of his class as a scholar and teacher.
For more information, contact the NMSU Alumni association 575-646-3616 or http://www.alum.nmsu.edu.