Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Five honored as Distinguished Students during spring commencement

KINGSVILLE - May 16, 2011

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

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Five 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 Emily Grace Sczepanik, College of Arts and Sciences; J.D. Henshall, College of Business Administration; Ricky A. Balderas, College of Education and Human Performance; Thomas Scott Janke, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences; and Andy Regan Vigstol, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering.

Sczepanik earned her degree in biomedical science and was one of four spring graduates from the new Honors College. She hails from Hobson. She is the secretary/treasurer of the University Village House Council, vice president of internal affairs for the Residence Hall Association and a member of the Honors College Student Council election committee.

She also is a member of the Pre-Pharmacy Association, Honors College Student Council, American Chemical Society and Food Advisory Board. Sczepanik was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s and Dean’s Lists.  She was named Resident Advisor of the Semester, Best Critical Community Issue Program, Office of Development Punctuality Award and Most Money Pledged Award and was a top five finalist for Homecoming Queen.

Sczepanik received the Darlene Sue and John Talmer Peacock Scholarship, the Carte Blanche Scholarship, the Presidential Blue Scholarship, CB Incentive Fund Scholarship, South Texas Higher Education Foundation Scholarship and the Chas, Lela and Mary Slough Scholarship. She completed her bachelor’s degree with a 3.87 grade point average.

Henshall is from Skidmore and he earned his degree in accounting. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, Accounting Society of Texas A&M-Kingsville and the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity.

He was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s List. Henshall also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants-Student Affiliate, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants-Student Member, Institute of Management Accountants-Student Member and Association of Information Technology Professionals-Student Member. He completed his studies with a 3.84 grade point average.

Bishop resident Balderas earned his degree in kinesiology. He is a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa Professional Honor Fraternity, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, American College of Sports Medicine and the Texas American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM).

He received the TACSM Undergraduate Scholar of the Year Award, the TACSM Major of the Year for 2010-11 and the department of health and kinesiology Undergraduate Major of the Year. Balderas was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been the President’s and Dean’s Lists. He had a grade point average of 3.83.

Janke, who hails from Bartlett, earned a degree in range and wildlife management. He was one of four spring graduates from the new Honors College. He served as vice president and freshman representative of the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

He also is a member of Alpha Tau Alpha, the agriculture honor society and the Archery Club. Janke was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s List.

Janke received the Colin M. Caruthers Memorial Scholarship, the Presidential Silver Scholarship and Undergraduate Wildlife Scholarship. He is a Student Ambassador and received the Wildlife Leadership Award, Wildlife Undergraduate Student of the Year and Undergraduate General Chemistry Award. He graduates with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Vigstol earned a degree in civil engineering. He is from Kingsville. He was named Student Engineer of the Year from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers-Nueces Chapter. He helped with the Keep Kingsville Beautiful Xeriscape Garden and contributed to The Bigger Event.

He received the NASA Texas Space Grant Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship for three years and has been on the President’s List. He completed his studies with a 3.94 grade point average.

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