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SSS Graduates Recognized

5/15/2009 6:46:39 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Thursday, May 7, twenty-six graduates and transferees of New Mexico Junior College's Student Support Services (SSS) program were honored at a luncheon at the Black Gold Casino in Hobbs.

According to program director Dr. Gayle Abbott, SSS is a part of the federally funded TRiO program at NMJC and offers services and support to first-generation college students. The program, which was begun at NMJC in 1997, serves 175 students.
The 2009 SSS graduates and transferees are Susana Alvarado, Ivonne Arguelles, Elisa Autry, Whitney Bullok, Esmerelda Enriquez, Mireya Estrello, Gabriella Franco, Jeffrey Heinz, Chloe Herrera, Torry Hodge, Martha Jiminez, Tiffany Michelle Lopez, David Lucero, Karina Marquez, Leo Martinez, Maribel Martinez, Azucena Molina, Lucero Munoz, Anna Palma, Laura Perez, Regina Rendon, Angelica Saenz, Erica Salazar, Sarah Tarin, Dianne Villegas, and Viviana Villegas.

Also honored for their work were SSS tutors Tonya Fisher, Lorenzo Guzman, Jerry Hamm, and Maribel Martinez. Singled out for her help tutoring was Lark Lacey, a nuclear engineer with Louisiana Energy Services (LES). After reading in a weekly bulletin at work about the need for SSS tutors in the areas of math and science, Lacey decided it was something she could do. "I decided it was a way to integrate myself with the community," she said. "I remember when I was studying and attending school, I struggled with math and science. Now I'm a nuclear engineer. I like helping people attain a goal."

Dr. Regina Organ, Vice President for Student Services, praised the students for their hard work and commitment and shared words of encouragement. "I congratulate you on all the successes you've had to this point," she said. "We know that it's not the easiest thing to do to get your college education and the classes you need. I commend you for your dedication to get your degrees or required coursework. I challenge you to not stop learning, to be lifelong learners, and to learn something new every day."

For more information about the SSS program, please contact Dr. Gayle Abbott at 575.492.2617 or

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