Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Five honored as Distinguished Students during spring commencement

KINGSVILLE - May 23, 2012

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 Donella Delgado, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering; Dustin Kyle Schwandt, College of Arts and Sciences; Jacob Carl Eckert, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences; Ezinne Geraldine Offordile, College of Education and Human Performance; and Edward Thomas Vargas, College of Business Administration.

Delgado, from Alice, earned her degree in electrical engineering. She is president of the Robotics Club, secretary of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, webmaster for the Society of Hispanic Engineers and secretary for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society. Delgado is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers and Baptist Student Ministry. She has been on the President’s List and Dean’s List and graduated with a 3.84 grade point average.

Virginia native Schwandt earned a degree in social work. He served as president of the Student Government Association and was a student senator. He was vice president of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and is a member of the Rotaract Club, Alpha Kappa Delta, Psi Chi and Sigma Tau Delta. He is a founding member of Kingsville’s Next Generation and Javelina Students for Sustainability. Schwandt was a board member of Keep Kingsville Beautiful and a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was secretary of the Student Organization Forum Committee, co-chair of the Student Service Fee Advisory Council, member of the Foundations for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, International Education Exchange Fund Scholarship Committee, Dean of Students Search Committee and Dean of Arts and Sciences Search Committee. He graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Eckert is from Kingsville and received a degree in general agriculture science. He is a member of Alpha Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society. He graduated summa cum laude and was named Outstanding Agriculture Sciences Student. Eckert has been on both the President’s List and Dean’s List and is graduating with a 3.65 grade point average.

Offordile also is from Kingsville and she received a degree in interdisciplinary studies.  She served as junior senator for the Student Government Association, was chair of the Student Organization Funds Committee and secretary of the Peer Educator Program. Offordile served as public relations officer for the Catholic Student Organization and was a student member of the Texas A&M University Disciplinary Committee. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society. Offordile was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll.  She graduated with a 3.83 grade point average.

Vargas is from Corpus Christi and received a degree in accounting. He was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the Dean’s List. He is a member of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Fraternity, was president of Delta Sigma Pi, treasurer of the Catholic Student Organization and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He graduated with a grade point average of 3.68.


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