Seven UNM seniors are recipients of this year's Clauve Awards. The awards are presented each year to graduating seniors based on leadership, involvement and academics. Recipients must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and have made significant contributions to UNM and the surrounding community.
Shayla Leigh Armstrong
Shayla Leigh Armstrong, daughter of Rich and Bobbi Armstrong, is Business Administrative major and a 2006 Silver High School, Silver City, New Mexico graduate. Armstrong is president of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, president of Trailblazer Student Alumni Ambassadors, a UNM Presidential Scholar and an ASUNM Senator.
Lazaro A. Cardenas
Lazaro A. Cardenas Jr., the son of Lazaro Cardenas Sr. and Ramona Cardenas, is a Sociology major and a 2007 Taos High School graduate. Cardenas participated and held office for several organizations. He has been the ASUNM student body president, chair for Student Free Review Board and has participated in the University Honors Program. He has also been a member of Navy ROTC and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Greg Golden graduates from UNM in May with a degree in human resource management. His campus involvement includes membership in the Sigma Chi fraternity, co-founder and president of Greeks against Drunk Driving, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, and a senator for the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico.
In the past two years, Golden says he has found a passion for campus and community involvement and is thankful for the friendships and knowledge he has acquired. He had little involvement during his first two years at UNM and he realized something had to change. "In the previous two years I have simply done all that I can to have fun and serve students," says Golden.
Golden thanks Debbie Morris, Director of the Student Activities Center, and Laura Valdez, former director of the New Student Orientation Program for their help and support. Golden says that they both helped him to become "a strong leader and a person of high ambition."
Golden graduated from Farmington High School in 2007. The award touches Golden on a personal level. His father, the late Gary Golden, used to present the Clauve Outstanding Senior Award when he was the Dean of Men at UNM. "I was humbled and honored to receive an award that my father so proudly handed out for nearly a decade," says Golden.
David Griffith, the son of Julie Porter and John Griffith, will graduate with a major in Sociology. He is the chair of the Queer Straight Alliance, co-founder of the LGBTQ Resource Center, president of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, a member of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and a UNM Presidential Luminaria Award winner. Griffith graduated from Natick High School in Natick, Massachusetts in 2004.
Heidi Overton says that the BA/MD program in addition to the Regents Scholarship has provided her the opportunity to learn and gain experience. "UNM gave me a place to shine, helped me find balance, and has taught me the importance of leadership," says Overton.
Overton graduated from Gallup High School in 2007 and is the daughter of William and Natalie Overton. She will graduate summa cum laude with a degree in health medicine and human values. Overton will begin coursework at UNM's School of Medicine in July. She is a UNM Regent Scholar, part of the Combined BA/MD Program, an Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Senator, part of the UNM Women's Rugby Team, and a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member.
In her four years as an undergraduate, Overton has found a place to grow and mature at UNM. "I am honored to be a recipient of the Clauve award and to join a long legacy of people who love the University of New Mexico and go on to do great things," says Overton.
Zoe E. Riebli
Zoe E Riebli, the daughter of Anne Riebli, is a Mass Communications and Political Science major and a 2007 Taos High School graduate. Riebli is a UNM Presidential Scholar, an ASUNM Senator, a Fred Harris Congressional Intern and UNM's 2010 Homecoming Queen. She is a member of Pi Beta Pho Sorority.
Cate Wisdom, the daughter of Ernie and Alta Wisdom, will graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a concentration in Biology. She was a student member of the UNM Board of Regents, a presidential scholar, a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the former executive director for ASUNM Lobo Spirit and a member of the UNM Trailblazers. Wisdom graduated from Cibola High School in 2006.
The Clauve Award is named for Dean Emeritus Lena Clauve.
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