Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Four Honored As Distinguished Students During Winter Commencement

KINGSVILLE - January 07, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590


Four 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.

Winners of the award and the college they represent are David Russell Broyles, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering; Jonathon A. Benton, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences; Andrea Michelle Gerla, College of Arts and Sciences; and Cecilia Marie Burley, College of Education.

Broyles, from Corpus Christi, received a degree in civil engineering. He is a student member of the National Civil Engineering Honor Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. Broyles was named Outstanding Student by the Institute of Transportation Engineers and Student Engineer of the Year for Civil Engineering by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He also was involved with international research in Taipei, Taiwan. He completed his degree program with a grade point average of 3.56.

Benton is from Ingleside and he earned a degree in range and wildlife management. He is a member of The Wildlife Society-Student Chapter and Alpha Chi College Honor Society. He has been included on both the PresidentÕs List and DeanÕs List. He graduated with a 3.74 grade point average.

Gerla, a Van Vleck resident, received a degree in biomedical sciences. She is a member of the Honors Student Organization, the American Medical Student Association, Alpha Sigma Alpha, the Pre-Pharmacy Association and the American Chemical Society. Gerla also is a member of Alpha Chi, Tri Beta Biology Honor Society and a McNair Scholar. She has made the PresidentÕs List, DeanÕs List and Honor Roll. She is a Presidential Gold Scholarship recipient and is graduating with a 3.83 grade point average.

Burley, from Center Point, earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She has been on the President's List, Dean's List and Honor Roll. Burley also participated in numerous community service projects including the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and the Cesar Chavez Walk. She completed her degree with a 3.67 grade point average.

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