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April 6, 2010

Hallee Kells Awarded the UNM Clauve Outstanding Senior Award

The University of New Mexico Division of Student Affairs announces that Hallee Kells, a 2005 Moriarty High School graduate, will receive the Clauve Outstanding Senior Award at a reception on Thursday, April 15.

Kells, daughter of Ross and Michelle Kells, is a public relations major and psychology minor, and native of Edgewood.

"It was extremely rewarding and humbling to receive the letter that I would be awarded the Clauve amongst such outstanding students," Kells said. "Once I saw the letter, I immediately called my mom and cried with excitement on the phone with her."

"I remember I attended the recognition reception in 2006 and saw Chelsea Armstrong receive the Clauve Award. She was the director for ASUNM Community Experience at the time, the first group I joined. I remember how much I admired her and I made a goal to make a similar impact on campus," she said.

Kells has been involved in, and held office in several organizations at UNM, including: Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Community Experience, ASUNM Senator, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, volunteer at Agora Crisis Center, New Student Orientation Leader, founding member of a committee to create an event for the Class of 2013 called "Freshmen Request Live", member of the Las Cantantes Women’s A Cappella Choir.

She has also been awarded various other academic awards including the National Orientation Directors Association Region III Outstanding Student Award, the Dean of Students Service Award and Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities.

Kells and six other UNM students were chosen to receive the Clauve Outstanding Senior Award, given to seniors who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The award is based on leadership and involvement as well as academics. The award is named after Dean Emeritus Lena Clauve.


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.