Writer: Erin Waldron
New Mexico State University has announced its fall 2001 outstanding seniors and graduate students. This semester, the Alumni Association is honoring one senior from each of the university's six colleges and two graduate students, based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, ability and participation in university and community activities.
lege of Arts and Sciences is honoring Terrina Harford, a criminal justice major with a supplementary major in law and society and a minor in security technology. Harford, of San Antonio, Texas, received the Exemplary Black Scholar Award in the spring 2001 semester and carries a grade point average of 3.968. She served as president of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society and as president of the Women's Residence Center Community Council and is vice president of the Black Allied Student Association.
The College of Agriculture and Home Economics is honoring Kimberly Nell Smith, an agricultural economics and agricultural business major. Smith, of Mills, N.M., represents the College of Agriculture and Home Economics as a member of the student senate and has a 3.89 GPA. She works as a staff assistant for U.S. Rep. Joe Skeen and has been an active leader in the campus community, serving as charter president of Sigma Alpha, a professional agriculture sorority.
The College of Business Administration and Economics is honoring Michael Bisaro, a marketing and finance major with a minor in political theory. Bisaro, of Grosse Ile, Mich., serves as the president of the Financial Management Association of New Mexico State University and carries a GPA of 4.0. He is a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi national honors fraternities and has received several academic scholarships.
The College of Education is honoring Susan Archuleta, an elementary and special education major. Archuleta, of Los Lunas, N.M., has been a substitute teacher in the personnel department of the Las Cruces Public Schools, a tutor in the Upward Bound College Preparation Program and carries a GPA of 4.0. She has also been a student intern at Sandia National Laboratories.
The College of Engineering is honoring Brad Weldon, a civil engineering major. Weldon, of Carlsbad, N.M., serves as the president of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honors society, and has a GPA of 4.0. He has worked on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop educational materials for use in undergraduate courses and presented them at various conferences and festivals.
The College of Health and Social Services is honoring Jamie Sells, a community health major. Sells, of Las Cruces, delivers health education curricula to area schools as a grant assistant at the South Central New Mexico Prevention Coalition and carries a GPA of 3.579. She was also a Paso del Norte Health Foundation grant recipient for HOT Projects and has received several academic scholarships.
The Graduate School is honoring Robert Marquez as the Fall 2001 Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student and Karen Price as the Fall 2001 Outstanding Master's Graduate Student.
Marquez, a chemistry major from Deming, carries a GPA of 3.4. He designed, built and tested a brick kiln prototype with high potential for remediating pollution in the Juarez/El Paso/Southern Dona Ana County airspace, which earned him a Charles Lindberg Award. Marquez has accepted a post-doctoral position by the International School of Medicine at the University of Virginia and will apply his technology in Ghana.
Price, a math major from Grand Island, N.Y., has a GPA of 4.0. She prepared a teaching project, "Navigation and Map Making," that uses history to teach the mathematics of navigation and map making to elementary-level students through college-level calculus students.
For more information about this semester's outstanding seniors and graduates, call the Alumni Office at (505) 646-3616.
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