April 2008

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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