Academic Achievement Celebrated at Banquet

Alpha Chi initiates pictured left to right are Romanita Urrabazo, Ramcel Rodriguez, Jose Limon, Cindy Johnson, and Anna Balderas. Not pictured are Frida Bernal, Lynn Deming, and Chanel Perez.  

By Laura Nelson

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College students gathered in the Ramada Inn Ballroom in Del Rio on Sat., Apr. 28, for the annual RGC Honors Banquet.

Ebdawna Jo Músquiz, RGC Student Services Specialist, welcomed students and their guests and then Del Rio High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps presented the colors. Guest speaker Carmen Gutierrez, Del Rio community leader, RGC graduate, and Field Representative for U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, offered an inspirational message and spoke of the blessings and hardships in her life.

The first eight RGC students honored met or exceeded the requirement of a 3.5 grade point average (based on a 4.0) and were inducted into Alpha Chi, a national collegiate honor society open to students studying in any area. This year’s initiates include Anna Balderas, Frida Bernal, Lynn Deming, Cindy Johnson, Jose Limon, Chanel Perez, Ramcel Rodriguez, and Romanita Urrabazo. RGC’s Dr. Patricia Nicosia, Chair of the Natural and Behavioral Sciences department and Professor of Mathematics and Dr. Tim Wilson, Professor of Education, led the induction ceremony where students received a medallion and a pin.

SRSU’s Provost and Executive Vice President, Jim Case, recognized the students who made the spring and fall 2017 Dean’s List. The list recognizes undergraduates who are enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and who maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Dr. Jose Perez, Principal of Del Rio High School, congratulated this year’s RGC scholarship recipients and announced the RGC Student Government Association honors.

The annual recognition ceremony heralds the Sul Ross State Univ. spring commencement, set for Sat., May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the International Center for Trade in Eagle Pass.