Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Four Honored as Distinguished Students

KINGSVILLE - May 26, 2009

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


Four graduates at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s spring 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 spring’s recipients are Angeline Zamorano, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences; Billy U. Hales Jr., College of Arts and Sciences; Aldo E. Martinez, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering; and Jennifer L. Effenberger, College of Education.

Zamorano, of Kingsville, graduated with a degree in animal science. She is a member of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resource and Related Sciences where she served as president and vice president. She was a representative on the college’s student council and a member of the TAMUK Guitar Club. Zamorano was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was named outstanding animal science student this year in the animal and wildlife science department. She is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and has been on the President’s and Dean’s Lists. She is the recipient of the South Texas Rising Scholars Scholarship, the Texas Department of Public Safety Officer’s Association Scholarship, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship and the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Silver Scholarship. Zamorano completed her degree with a 3.93 grade point average.

Hales, of Orange Grove, earned a degree in geology. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society and has been on the Dean’s List. He also is a member of the Geosciences Club. He received the CCGS Scholarship and the SIPES National Scholarship. Hales graduated with a grade point average of 3.70.

Martinez, of Mission, received a degree in chemical engineering. He is president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and historian of the American Chemical Society. He is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Mexican American Engineers and Scientists and the Student Government Association. Martinez is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, is president of Omega Chi Epsilon Honor Society for Chemical Engineering and treasurer of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He graduated with a grade point average of 3.76.

Effenberger, of Sweeny, received a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and has been on the President’s and Dean’s Lists and Honor Roll. She attended the NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute and received the American Legion Award, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and is a Platinum Torch Honorary Member. Effenberger is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi. She received the Conoco Phillips Scholarship, the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Gold Scholarship, the Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship and the Texas Knights Templar Education Foundation Scholarship. She earned a 3.92 grade point average.

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