Student Achievements

Elvia Lorena Navarro, Doctoral Candidate in Counseling and Educational Psychology at New Mexico State University earned two awards at the 2013 American Psychological Association Conference. The first award was the APA/APAGS Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Professional Psychology for “demonstrating outstanding practice and application of psychology in working with an underserved population in an applied  Read More…

Victoria Pando has been chosen as a 2013-2015 UCEA Jackson Scholars. Her mentor is Cristobal Rodriguez from NMSU’s Department of Educational Management and Development in the College of Education.  The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. The Jackson Scholars participate in a two-year program that provides formal networking, mentoring and professional development for graduate students of color who intend to become professors of educational leadership.

This year the College of Education will honor Valerian Billingsley-Garay, from San Antonio, Texas as the outstanding senior. The Dean’s Academic Award is presented to the outstanding senior and nine other students each fall and spring semester. The communication disorders major and crimson scholar will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. Read more…

College of Education Student Ambassador Kristina Chavez chosen for Student Panel at the 2012 Domenici Public Policy Conference. The student panel is made up of 10 students from NMSU, eight from UNM and two from NNMC. Only students nominated by faculty members or administrators from their universities were considered for the panel. A committee of the Domenici Institute Advisory Council then reviewed the nominations.  Read more

Rachel Henderson and Morgan Kimminau are the recipients of the New Mexico State University Roberts Memorial Student Awards for 2012. This marks the thirty-third year during which these awards have been given. Rachel Henderson, received the first-place award of $3,000; a senior majoring in Special Education. Morgan Kimminau, received the second-place award of $1,500; a junior majoring in Elementary Education. In their honor, a ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 in the Corbett Center (New Mexico room) from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Read more

Santa Teresa native Peter Sanchez Jr. has been named a student ambassador for New Mexico State University’s College of Education for the 2011-2012 school year. “A College of Education student ambassador is a prestigious honor and a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth,” said Ashley Jurado, student ambassador coordinator.

Victoria Flores, second-year graduate student in the College’s Communication Disorders Program, has been selected by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) as one of their Minority Student Leadership Program Fellows. As a member of this highly selected group, Flores will travel to the ASHA convention in November 2011 to be held in San Diego, California, and will participated in a six-day leadership training program. Flores has also been honored as the recipient of the College’s Owen Wood Alumni and Friend Endowed Scholarship.

TRIO Talent Search participants have been selected as 2011 Daniels Scholarship recipients. The Daniels Scholars program provides support for over 200 high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to obtain a college education. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of strength of character, academic promise, leadership, the potential to contribute to the larger community, and financial need. In New Mexico, 43 students were selected, including Conrado Bobadilla, Santa Teresa High School; Mario Bujanda, Gadsden High School; and Natalie Campos, Chaparral High School. NMSU President, Dr. Barbara Couture, was one of eight community leaders serving on the interview committee that selected the regional finalists for this prestigious scholarship. Bobadilla, Bujanda, and Campos have all been outstanding participants in the NMSU College of Education TRIO Talent Search program directed by Alicia Salazar.

Two members of the NMSU DanceSport Team brought home laurels from the 2011 National DanceSport Championship held in early April in Baltimore. Dance partners Jonathan Neiser and Ariel Freilich qualified for the national competition by placing 1st in the regional Bronze Smooth and 2nd in the Silver Smooth events held in February in Phoenix. At the national championship, they placed 4th in Silver Smooth (waltz, fox-trot, and tango) and 5th in Bronze Smooth (waltz and fox-trot). They both hope one day to become professional dancers.

Luciano Orozco and Perla Castillo also qualified for the national championship by placing first in Bronze International Latin (Cha Cha and Rumba) at the regional competition in Phoenix. Other medalists from the Phoenix regional competition included Robert Zimmerman, Leonard Thurman, Danee Gerbitz, Miles Mojica-Freeland, and Amber Brockman.

The Counseling and Educational Psychology Department’s students distinguished themselves at the 2010 APA annual conference in San Diego, California. Doctoral student, Cynthia Guzman, received the 2010 Latina/Hispanic Woman Student Scholar Award from Div. of the Psychology of Women. And doctoral student, Sandy Newsome received the Prevention Section in the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Dissertation of Year Award. In addition, NMSU faculty members Rachel Navarro, Jonathan Schwartz, Eve Adams, and Michael Waldo and doctoral students Cynthia Guzman, Lorena Navarro, Laura, Luna, Brady Garrett, Dianna Gonzalez, Sharna Horn, Richard Martinez, and Vanessa Berens, and master’s degree student Brett Shumway participated in 12 paper presentations, poster presentations, panel discussions, round table discussions, and conversation hours.