18th Annual Minority Academic Awards
Ceremony Recognizes Achievements
More than 550 students who have achieved a cumulative
grade point average of 3.0 and above were recently recognized during
the 18th annual Minority Academic Awards.
President R. Gerald Turner, Altshuler Learning
Enhancement Center Director Vicki Hill and Director of Retention Anthony Tillman
spoke at the event, which drew nearly 200 students, family members and faculty
and staff to the Hughes-Trigg Theater.
"The ceremony is a time to honor our students' academic
achievements as well as highlight four outstanding seniors, who speak about
their experiences and share advice," says Nessa Duque, coordinator of Asian
American Student Services for Student Activities & Multicultural Student
Affairs, which sponsors the awards.
This year's senior speakers were:
- Kymberly Gonzalez of Richardson, Texas, the
keynote speaker, is majoring in business administration and
minoring in biology and chemistry. She will attend
UT-Southwestern Medical School to pursue her doctorate in
medicine and master's in public health.
- Yasmine Alvarado of Garland, Texas, is
double-majoring in psychology and Spanish and plans to
serve two years overseas with the International Service
Corps. She serves as president of the Multicultural Greek
Council, new member educator of Kappa Delta Chi and founder
of Destino on campus.
- Lee Hinga of Dallas, Texas, is majoring in
biology and plans to go to graduate school for higher
education and work with students in student affairs.
- Aisha U-Kiu of Hurst, Texas, is a pre-law
student double-majoring in political science and
international studies. She serves as president of SMU's
Muslim Student Association, is a Vaughn Internship
recipient and was recognized as Senator of the Year by the
Student Senate in April 2007.
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