The University of Texas-Pan American will honor more than 60 students at the 23rd annual Awards and Recognitions Convocation Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Those students being honored include 35 recipients of "Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges"; 18 recipients of the Academic Deans’ Outstanding Service Award and three for the Dean of Students Leadership Award; student leaders from the Student Government Association, University Program Board, Bacchus and Gamma; and editors of The Pan American and Panorama.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Salma I. Ghanem, Department of Communication chair and associate professor. She will be joined by UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez; Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs; Dean of Students Elvie Pérez Davis; and the deans of each of the six colleges.
The honored “Who’s Who” students are Antonio Aguirre Jr.; Eduardo Alaniz Jr.; Margarita Anguiano; Melissa Arjona; Joy D. Cain; Claudia Cajiri; Cynthia Cano; Sandy Cantu; Aracely Cavazos; Vito Chavana; Cody Colchado Jr.; Ariana M. de la Garza; Michelle Duran; Melissa A. García; Daniel R. Gibbs; Rebecca Gonzalez; Daniel P. Hawes; Kelley Allyn Heller; and Radovan Kuzet.
Also, Devin Brian Lacey; Reshma Lakhiani; Lucy T. Ledesma; Hector Luna; Marvin B.J. Manns II; Isaías R. Martínez; Elisabet Mateos; Eric Alan Nava; Kathryn O'Neil; Flor L. Peñuelas; Adam Rice; Tania Rivas-Chavez; Lisa Ann Serna-Sánchez; Asheré D. Thigpen; Elias Torres Jr.; and Qiang Zeng.
To qualify, juniors and seniors must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and graduate students must have at least 6 hours earned and a 3.5 GPA. Selections are made based on academic excellence and leadership, as demonstrated by involvement in campus and community activities.
Recipients of the Academic Deans’ Outstanding Service Award are selected by the dean of each college based on recommendations from the faculty.
For more information, contact David Mariscal, assistant dean of students, at 956/381-3676.