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May 11, 2001

SMU STUDENT NAMED OUTSTANDING LATINA UNDERGRADUATE

DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University senior Nancy Lira was named the Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year by the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) at the first Latino Greek Awards reception held recently in Dallas. NALFO is a national organization of 26 registered Latino Greek organizations.

Lira, the daughter of Camerino and Delfina Lira of Dallas, was honored for her contributions to her sorority, both at the local and national levels, and for her contributions to Latino Greeks as a whole.

She is a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma, the largest, fastest growing Latina sorority in the nation with 56 chapters nationwide. She was named Outstanding Undergraduate Leader from the sorority's national board for her contributions to her local sorority. Her local sorority gave her the Pi Chapter Gamma Rose Award, given to the woman who most exemplifies the five principles of the sorority: academics, cultural awareness, community service, morals and ethics, and social interaction.

SMU's Department of Intercultural Education and Minority Student Affairs also named Lira as its Most Outstanding Senior, and Lira was one of two graduating seniors awarded the Alfred B. Carrizales Outstanding Role Model Award for contributions to the SMU Hispanic community and Dallas Hispanic community. Other awards she has won include the Kenneth Pye Outstanding Greek Leader Award and the "M" Award, Southern Methodist University's award for outstanding service to the university.

A Hockaday High School graduate, Lira is the first in her family to attend college. While at SMU, Lira has been a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority and has been involved in numerous activities including Mustang Corral director, the Daily Campus student newspaper staff, SMU Program Council, College Hispanic American Students (CHAS) and Hispanic Issues Forum. She received recognition for being HIF Chair and implemented recognition of two Hispanic community leaders who have contributed to improving education for Hispanics.

In the Dallas community, Lira has worked with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


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