FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  August 10, 2004
CONTACT: Lucy Torres, Director, Student Support Services, (361) 825-3695; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336 

Student Support Services Graduates honored during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Academic Achievers Dinner
 
The 27 graduates of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Trio/Student Support Services (SSS) program were honored recently during the annual “SSS Academic Achievers of 2003-2004” dinner.

Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO Program that helps low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. The emphasis is on providing an environment in which students can come for assistance in meeting their academic, personal, career, cultural awareness, and social needs.

In her keynote address, Nelda Martinez, an A&M-Corpus Christi graduate and President of the Holly Road Division of Stewart Title, told the graduates “Don’t ever subscribe to the school of hard knocks. Take responsibility for your lives… that means no blaming, no complaining, no justifying, and no defending.”


Liz Mucheru-Wisner, a recent SSS graduate, spoke of what the program has meant to her.

“Student Support Services has been like a great welcoming face when I was having a bad day at school or work and needed a person to talk to or just a smile and a hug,” said Wisner. “The staff at Student Support Services has been a major reason why my experiences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have been so wonderful.”


Student Support Services Graduating Class of 2003-2004

Student

Fernando Salinas Albiar
Brian Michael Balthazor
Carmen Nino Bueno, Magna Cum Laude
Melinda Joyce Downie-Graham
Amanda Ryan David, Magna Cum Laude
Efrain Franco, Jr.
Andres Lauro Garcia, Jr.
Christopher Adam Garcia
Michelle Garcia
Bryan B. Hubbard, II
Marie A. Hubbard, Cum Laude
George Edward Laurel
Vanessa Marie Lopez
Sarah J. Luera Tijerina
Candice Lee Mendiola, Cum Laude
Reynaldo Moreno, Jr., Magna Cum Laude
Liza N. Mucheru-Wisner
Nancy Rowland
Nancy Dee Salinas
Ken Thomas Turner
Georgina Chinwe Uzoigwe, Cum Laude
Jose C. Velasquez
Josie Vidaure
Jessica Suzanne Wallace
Nicole Bates White
Connie Williams
Virgie Sue Williams

Major

Theatre
History
Art
Management
Spanish
Psychology
Psychology
Management Information Systems
Finance
Kinesiology
Science
Management Information Systems
Criminal Justice
Accounting
English
Occupational Training & Development
Computer Science
Occupational Training & Development
Occupational Training & Development
Marketing
Nursing
Biology
Criminal Justice
Psychology
Psychology
IS-Early Childhood Education
Nursing