Six honored as Distinguished Students during winter commencement

KINGSVILLE - December 15, 2015

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590


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Six graduates at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s winter commencement ceremony received the Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award, sponsored by the Student Government Association. Only one bachelor’s degree student from each college receives the award.

To be nominated, a student must be a graduating senior with no less than 60 credit hours earned at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and must be involved in extracurricular activities. The student also must have the endorsement of the dean of the college from which he/she receives a degree.

This winter’s recipients are:

  • Nnana Wokoma Edmund, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences
  • Brittney L. Soliz, College of Business Administration
  • Nancy Palacios Alvarado, College of Education and Human Performance
  • Francois Bossomakou Brou, Honors College
  • Dylan Dimock, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tom Loc Tai Tiet, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering 

Nnana Wokoma Edmund, of Nigeria, graduated with a degree in agricultural science. He is the public relations officer in the Omega Leo Club and is the Student Government Association senator for his college. He was a member of the Provost Search Committee and co-chair of the Bigger Event. Edmund is a member of the Alpha Tau Alpha National Agriculture Honor Society, the International Students Organization, the African Students Organization and the Nigerian Students Association. He has contributed to five different research and scholarly articles in his department. He is a recipient of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and the 2014 Step Up to USDA scholarship. Edmund has been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. He graduated with a 3.60 grade point average.

Brittney L. Soliz is from San Diego. She earned a degree in marketing and has worked at The South Texan, Javelina Broadcast Network and TAMUK TV-2. She has received a number of scholarships including the Academic Achievement Scholarship, the Adelante National Leadership Conference Scholarship and the MillerCoors National Scholarship. Soliz is a member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business and Javelina Marketing. She is a recipient of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and College and has been on the Dean’s List. She graduated with a 3.59 grade point average.

Nancy Palacios Alvarado, from Bishop, received a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She has earned her Texas Teacher and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility Certifications. Alvarado was a field observer at Driscoll Elementary and Bishop Primary Schools and student teacher at Bishop Elementary School. She has been on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. She graduated with a 3.80 grade point average.

Francois Bossomakou Brou is from the Ivory Coast. He graduated with a degree in finance and a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is a member of the Honors College, the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Board, the TAMUK Red Cross, the African Students Association, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and the TAMUK Tennis Club. Brou is president of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business and the Financial Management Association and treasurer of the International Students Organization. He received several scholarships, including the Bill and Judy Colston Honors Scholarship and the College of Business Administration General Scholarship. Brou was a recipient of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was chosen to attend the Adelante Leadership Institute and the University of Houston Clear Lake Annual Student Leadership Conference. He was on the President’s List and Dean’s List.

Dylan Dimock hails from Canada. He graduated with a degree in psychology. He is a member of the university’s track and field team and helped his team win the Lone Star Conference Championship. Dimock has been on the President’s List and the Dean’s List and is a member of the Honor College, Psi Chi Honor Society, the Golden Key Honor Society and is public relations officer for the Philosophy and Ethics Society. He participated in the Pathways Research Symposium and the Javelina Regional Research Symposium. He was a recipient of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Dimock received several scholarships, including the Track and Field Athletic Scholarship and the Alumni Association Fund for Excellence Scholarship. He has received the Golden Key Global Forum nomination, the Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award and was on the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He graduated with a 3.94 grade point average.

Tom Loc Tai Tiet is from Corpus Christi. He received a degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the Bio Medical Engineering Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Tiet is president of the Golden Key Honor Society and a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He received the CITGO Scholarship, the NRC Nuclear Engineering Scholarship and the Outstanding Senior Award. Tiet interned for Horton Automatics and Flint Hills Resources. He was on the President’s List and the Dean’s List and was among those nominated to Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges. He graduated with a 3.78 grade point average.

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