The University of Texas-Pan American held its 24 annual Awards and Recognitions Convocation honoring recipients of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Academic Deans' Outstanding Students and student leaders.
"There is a formula for success," said Dr. Gilberto Delossantos, keynote speaker and associate professor in Educational Leadership program. "There are six steps one needs to take to achieve great things. First, love what you do. Second, have a vision - know what you want to accomplish. Third, plan. Fourth, set miles stones and objectives. Fifth, focus and sixth implement."
The convocation celebrated the brightest and most accomplished students at the University. Many of them maintain a full-class load, work full-time and raise families.
"I am thankful for my professors at UTPA," said Ana Lisa Treviño, an education student at UTPA. "I hope to be like them. I want my students to say that I was a tough teacher, but a good one."
Students selected for Who' Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2002-2003 must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher as an undergraduate and a 3.5 GPA or higher as a graduate student to be eligible.
"Success is not a destination, but a journey," said Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, UTPA president.
The event was well attended as over 50 students were honored. Those honored were Tanzeer Ahmed, Elizabeth E. Parker, Jeanette Smith, Hiram J. Corona, Lars G. Gilberts, Cynthia E. Ledesma, Marina P. Lopez, Erica Marie Tanguma, Ana Lisa Treviño, Lorena Carrizales, Leticia M. Hawkins, Maureen F. McClain, Aaron A. Acuña, Julie L. Fife, Sarah A. Owens, Raul Ramiro Mendoza, Maciej (Matt) Zdzislaw Ruszczak, Nancy Pearl Treviño, Maylin Gerardo, Dandy Pilon, Enedelia Rios, Alyssa Muñoz, Erica H. Salinas, Jesús Contreras, Sandra A. Alcocer, Mary Garza, Eduardo Joel Alaniz, Marla Melinda Anaya, Monica Edith Cantú, Etem Tabogho Chu, Laura De La Garza, Angelica Galindo, Jessica Marie Galvan, Mara Garcia, Tania R. Garcia, Diana Christina Garza, Evelyn A. Garza, Seth Gillen, Rosa Esthela Gonzalez, Valentin V. Guerra, Mathew Alan Hall, Fabio Hernandez, Ruby Ann Justilian, Nadia Gallegos Marin, Eric Martinez, Mara E. Martinez, Juan G. Menchaca, Nadia Patricia Mercado, Sheryl R. Milford, Gloria Mireles, Claudia Moreno, Ezequiel Moya Jr., Elizandro Muñoz, Jay Ashok Patel, Elias Perez III, Jessica B. Ramirez, Enedelia Rios, Laura Helena Rubinos, Vanessa Marie Suarez, Nisha Varghese, Marco Antonio Vega and Debbie Lee Winslow.