Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
May 12, 2005
Distinguished graduates honored
with new Dean’s Award
graduating Sacramento State students have been honored for outstanding achievement
with the new Dean’s Award. Given for the first time this year, the award
recognizes a top student from each of the University’s seven colleges.
During upcoming commencement ceremonies at the Sacramento State campus on May
20 and May 21, University President Alexander Gonzalez will award one of these
students with the President’s Medallion. A complete schedule of commencement
ceremonies can be found below.
Though the seven Dean’s Award recipients are as varied as the colleges
where they study, each student balances strong academic performance with community
Luciano Arce graduates this month with bachelor’s degrees
in economics and government from the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary
Studies 13 years after arriving in the United States from Mexico as an unskilled,
undocumented immigrant who spoke no English. While running a grocery store in
Winters with his brother, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and serving as a translator
for small ranchers, Arce became a U.S. resident, earned his GED and in fall
2002 transferred to Sacramento State. He plans to enter the University’s
master’s program in economics.
Nikky Chahon earns her bachelor’s degree in nursing from
the College of Health and Human Services after a 35-year career as a registered
nurse, including 19 years as a nurse manager of a local medical center’s
critical care unit. During her community health nursing clinical rotation, Chahon
won praise from the nursing faculty for her sensitive and skillful work with
several high-risk families. She also helped organize “Organ Donation Day”
on campus and assisted with examinations in the area of critical care for general
nursing students at Sacramento State.
Brandon Jackson enrolled in Sacramento State as a single teenage
father with no clear academic goal. Encouraged by a classmate and his freshman
remedial math instructor, Jackson chose engineering as his major and soon became
an honors student, serving as a tutor on campus and as a mentor to middle- and
high-school students. Agilent Technologies in Roseville, where Jackson worked
as an intern, recently hired Jackson as an engineer and chose him to be one
of four engineers nationwide to take part in its new fast-track executive training
Melissa Johnson, a biological sciences major in the College
of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is “the best raw problem-solver I
have encountered in the past nine years of teaching at the college level,”
says Biological Sciences professor Jennifer Lundmark. Johnson’s
accomplishments include conducting primary research in the Dominican Republic,
and being selected to the University’s McNair Scholars program, which
aids students from under-represented populations. Johnson was recently among
12 students nationwide selected as prospective student researchers to work at
the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Tak-Kim Eddy Kwong, the Dean’s Award recipient from the
College of Business Administration, hopes to become a business consultant and
ultimately a university professor. An international student from Hong Kong,
Kwong majors in management information systems. Since fall 2003, he has worked
as a tutor for the Business Education Equity Program. He also serves as a mentor
in the MIS 161 Alumni Group.
PuiChing Lam graduated with honors in fall 2004 with a bachelor’s
degree in child development in the College of Education. As an international
student, Lam overcame a difficult adjustment to life in the United States to
become a successful student and active volunteer on campus and in the community.
During her last semester, Lam volunteered in Sacramento State’s Child
Care Center and at the Discovery Learning Center in Fair Oaks.
Stephanee Ruiz, a summa cum laude graduate in history from
the College of Arts and Letters, attracted her professors’ attention with
her motivation and thorough scholarship. A grader for several lower-division
history courses, Ruiz received the Peter H. Shattuck Undergraduate Scholarship
and is active in the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor
society. Ruiz recently took part in evaluating prospective History faculty.
She plans to continue her history studies in Sacramento State’s master’s
Spring commencement ceremonies for each of the University’s seven colleges
will take place on campus on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. All graduates
will assemble 30 minutes before their respective ceremonies at the practice
track between Hornet Stadium and the baseball field, just west of Tahoe Hall.
The following colleges will hold commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 20:
College of Arts and Letters, 12:30 p.m., Hornet Stadium; College of Engineering
and Computer Science, 5:30 p.m., Outdoor Theatre; and College of Social Sciences
and Interdisciplinary Studies, 7 p.m., Hornet Stadium.
Colleges holding commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, include: College
of Health and Human Services, 8 a.m., Hornet Stadium; College of Natural Sciences
and Mathematics, 10 a.m., Outdoor Theatre; College of Business Administration,
noon, Hornet Stadium; and College of Education: 6 p.m., Hornet Stadium.
More information about commencement is available at (916) 278-4724 and www.csus.edu/commence.
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