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New Mexico State University students selected as student ambassadors

Eleven New Mexico State University students were recently selected as student ambassadors.


ambassadors assist the admissions office with recruiting. They participate in visitors' days, attend university recruitment events around the state and give group and individual tours of the campus. The ambassadors are trained on the history of the university, financial aid information and the degree programs available at New Mexico State.

Randall Bates of Las Cruces is a senior majoring in criminal justice. Son of Marlane Bates of Las Cruces and Jim Bates of Grants, he is a member of the Farmhouse fraternity on campus and has served as its president and vice president. He has been an ROTC cadet for four years and is a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard. He also is a member of the Wildlife Society and of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society.

Mercedes Marinelarena of Las Cruces is a senior double-majoring in government and Spanish. Daughter of Frutoso and Maria Luisa Marinelarena of Springer, N.M., she is a recipient of the Regents Scholarship and participated in a university exchange program to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1999 and 2000.

Gloria A. Tovar of Dona Ana is a senior double-majoring in biology and Spanish. Daughter of Jaime and Alicia Tovar, she is a tutor for the Upward Bound Program at New Mexico State and a returning student ambassador.

Karina Merjil of Sunland Park is a junior majoring in accounting. Daughter of Ines and Maria Merjil, she is a returning ambassador.

Other students selected as student ambassadors are Kristen Borden of Clovis, Bernadette Gallegos of Albuquerque, Ana Mabel Gonzalez of Farmington, Kali Henz of Roswell, Jessica Russo of Rio Rancho, Amanda Valerio of Ranchos de Taos and Chi Man Lam of Hong Kong.