Outstanding 2010 CSUSM Graduates Honored


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2010 Presidential Award Recipients

From left to right: Herminia Ramirez (women's studies), Anabel del Valle-Calnan (Spanish), Louella Mesina (nursing), Kaitlin Werle (biology), Mary Sisti (integrated and special education credential), and Bradlee Baldwin (accounting) received recognition at the annual Presidential Student Awards ceremony for their outstanding personal and academic success at CSUSM.

At a recent awards dinner, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen S. Haynes honored six outstanding graduates in the Class of 2010. The honorees were nominated by faculty members or staff, and their nominations were endorsed by the dean of the college, the director of the School of Nursing, the dean of graduate studies, or the dean of students.

These outstanding graduates were selected from the nearly 2,400 students in the Class of 2010 for their academic excellence, service to the community, and, in some cases, overcoming great personal odds to achieve their goals.

Herminia Ramirez (women's studies) - President's Outstanding Student Award and Dean of Student's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

Herminia Ramirez will graduate with a major in women's studies and minors in both sociology and ethnic studies. She has demonstrated that she is an excellent student, devout organizer, and a very hard worker.

Ramirez has served as a staff member of the Associated Student's, Inc. Women's Center since 2007, and this year is operations coordinator for the Center. She helped plan the All People's Celebration for the past two years, participated in the Leadership Retreat in 2007, and played a leadership role in the Social Justice Summit in 2009. 

Kaitlin Werle (biology) - Dean's Award to an Outstanding Student in the College of Arts and Sciences

Kaitlin Werle, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, will graduate with an overall GPA of 3.61. She is almost universally known among her peers as the "Stat Queen."

For the last two years she has been the supplemental instruction leader for Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis, which is required for all biology majors. Werle's competence and demeanor in her work have inspired other students to apply to become instructors.

Bradlee Baldwin (accounting) - Dean's Award to an Outstanding Student in the College of Business Administration

Bradlee Baldwin is a top accounting student and a leader in sharing his knowledge with up and coming accounting students. His GPA of 3.81 illustrates his academic achievement, but his participation in class demonstrates his desire to expand his understanding of the material.

Baldwin has also undertaken voluntary roles that exemplify his willingness to give back to his academic and local communities. He has been an accounting lab tutor and coordinator and also a tax preparer for North County Lifeline of Vista. 

Mary Sisti (integrated and special education credential) - Dean's Award to an Outstanding Student in the College of Education

Mary Sisti is a student in both the Integrated Credential and Education Specialist Credential Program. Sisti has been on the dean's list throughout her time at CSUSM and is among the half a percent who have received a score of four on the four-point rubric for the Teacher Performance Assessment. 

Sisti is also someone who naturally provides leadership during group work without eclipsing others' contributions. She continually provides support to struggling classmates to ensure that her peers have gathered the appropriate information for success. 

Louella Mesina (nursing) - Dean's Award for the School of Nursing Outstanding Graduate

Louella Mesina's accomplishments have extended well beyond her educational requirements.  She is class representative to the California Student Nurses Association, co-founder of the CSUSM School of Nursing Alumni Association and serves as the elected student representative to the School of Nursing Curriculum and Evaluation Committee.

Mesina's scholarly achievements include appearing on the Dean's Honor Roll since 2007. She is the recipient of the Scripps Clinical Education Loan Scholarship and a recipient of the Martin Luther King Scholarship.  She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society since 2007.

Anabel del Valle-Calnan (Spanish) - The Graduate Studies Outstanding Student Award

Anabel del Valle-Calnan is completing her studies for an M.A. in Spanish. She has a remarkable capacity to excel in demanding courses that require extensive readings; weekly analytical commentaries, and a final research paper. Her work has always called attention for its combination of reflectiveness and insight, in addition to a significant commitment to social justice and equality. 

Beyond academics, del Valle-Calnan is a leader as one of the founding members of the Psi Epsilon chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, and she later become its elected president. In less than a year, Sigma Delta Pi has organized four activities, including faculty lectures and a special reception in honor of Tijuana writer Heriberto Yépez.

2010 Commencement

CSUSM will host its 19th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15 at the Main Grandstand of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Approximately 1,830 candidates are expected to participate of 2,399 eligible.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.