LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State University Alumni Association honored Derek Brown as the spring 2018 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Education at a luncheon Friday, May 11.Considered by his faculty to be “natural educator” who was “born to the discipline,” Brown is a Crimson Scholar who has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his four years at NMSU and named to the dean’s list every semester since his enrollment, according to an NMSU news release. He is the recipient of numerous NMSU academic scholarships, and in his final semester, completed an honors thesis capstone project to fulfill requirements to graduate with University Honors.
Brown’s faculty adviser describes him as an effective student-teacher in the classrooms of every school in which he has had taught — including by leading instruction, tutoring and assisting teachers — and has been observed to exhibit a clear dedication to foster beginning, emerging and advanced skills of his learners.
“The opportunities I’ve had at NMSU to grow as a person and work with the community are not easily found elsewhere,” Brown said. “My faculty played a large role in my participation in a lot of the activities and organizations I joined, and I would not have gotten nearly as far as I did without them.”
Brown has held leadership positions on the NMSU campus with Phi Eta Sigma (national honor society), the Arts and Sciences Councils, the Communications Club and the Golden Key International Honor Society. In each role, Brown has been instrumental in improving administrative processes to better serve the organization’s members and subsequently, the campus community, according to NMSU.
Brown has supplemented his achievements at NMSU with numerous volunteer efforts. He has consistently worked with NMSU’s Big Event and Keep State Great events, as well as community service events to support the greater Las Cruces community. In spring 2015, Brown logged more than 100 hours for the College of Education’s Service Learning for Education Distinction program to help construct a bookroom at Hillrise Elementary School in Las Cruces.
Brown received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education for English Language Arts at NMSU’s Commencement Saturday.
In addition to Brown, other outstanding graduates are:
- William “Chase” Shelton – The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
- Daniela Barraza – The College of Arts and Sciences
- Cailee Nelson – The College of Business
- Grace McMurry – The College of Engineering
- Kimberly Anguiano – The College of Health and Social Services
- Kayla Myers – Master’s candidate, The Graduate School
- Johanna Esquivel – Doctoral candidate, The Graduate School
The Outstanding Graduate Award is presented every semester to a student from each academic college, as well as to a master’s and a doctoral candidate from the graduate school. Honorees are selected by the deans or leaders of their respective colleges or programs, recognizing exceptional performance in academic achievement, active participation in activities that illustrate leadership skills and extracurricular commitment to the university and the community through volunteerism.