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April 6, 2010

Two Albuquerque Natives Selected for UNM Clauve Outstanding Senior Award

Two University of New Mexico students have been selected by the UNM Division of Student Affairs with the Clauve Outstanding Senior Award. They are Marina Weisert, a 2000 graduate of Albuquerque High School; and Teresa Goering, who was homeschooled and graduated in 2005. They will be honored at a recognition reception at UNM Thursday, April 15.

Weisert, daughter of Tracy Weisert and Brian Piatek and Robert Weisert, is a communication and psychology double major.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Clauve,” Weisert said. “For a person who never thought she would go to college after high school, it is an extreme honor to have accomplished so much."

Weisert has held several leadership positions while attending UNM, including: treasurer of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, founding member of Meal Exchange, founder and president of the College and University Shared Ideas Network, member of Amnesty International at UNM, New Student Orientation Leader, Resident Advisor, Residence Hall Association Representative, president of the Resident Hall Association, director and programmer of the Student Hall and a member of Casa Esperanza.

She has also received several other academic awards, including: Recognition of Service award, ASUNM Service Award, Dean’s List, Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Honor Society, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, Jean Mullins Macey Scholarship, John "Puffy" Leonard Memorial Scholarship, and Association of Intermountain Housing Officers Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year.

Teresa Goering, daughter of Elizabeth Rees and Tim Goering, is a mass communication major with a concentration in advertising.

"I honestly didn't expect to receive such a high honor," Goering said. "I immediately went to the Student Activities Center to share the exciting news with my advisers who nominated me. Then, of course, I shared the news with my family and friends."

Goering also won several other awards during her UNM tenure, including: Greek Woman of the Year, Who's Who Among College Students, UNM Greek Service Award, Dean of Students Scholarship Award, Dean's List, Chi Omega Marge Legette Service Award and Order of Omega Founders Scholarship.

She has held various leadership roles and has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations, including: Chi Omega Fraternity, College Panhellenic Council, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Lobo Edge Advertising Club, Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

"My campus involvement has played the largest role in my college experience and I've enjoyed the opportunity to serve these organizations," she said.

Student Affairs recognized five other UNM seniors in addition to Weisert and Goering to receive the Clauve Outstanding Senior Award based upon exemplary leadership skills, community involvement and academic excellence.


The University of New Mexico is the state's largest university, serving more than 32,000 students. UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation.