Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hmong students win leadership awards

California State University, Stanislaus awarded the 2009 Student Leadership Awards to six individuals and six organizations, with two of the awards going to the Hmong Students Association.

The Hmong Students Association received the Outstanding Student Organization Award, and the group's faculty advisor, Kou Yang of the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies, was honored as Advisor of the Year.

Two fraternities on campus were also singled out for awards. Kappa Sigma was bestowed with the Award of Excellence and Nu Alpha Kappa won the Greatest Achievement award.

Other group winners were: Math Club for Most Improved; Sociology Club won the President's Trophy; and the Cheer and Stunt Team won the Most Spirited award.

Individual recipients were: Richard Albert of Roseville, Outstanding Student Leader of the Year; Diana Heredia and Michael Sederquist, both of Turlock, Carol Burke Memorial Award; Tiffany Darling Gelbaum, Student Empowerment; Harkaman Ghag of Ceres, Miriam V. & John L. Keymer Memorial Award; and Margaret Stepro of Turlock, Judge and Alverta Hughes Humanitarian Award.

Mathematics, geometry programs

scheduled at CSU Stanislaus

The California State University, Stanislaus Office of Mathematics Grants, coordinated by CSU Stanislaus Math Professor Viji Sundar, will sponsor three instructional programs for junior high school and beginning high school students in June and July.

The Summer 2009 Math/Science Prep Camp is open to students entering the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The camp will run from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., June 22 through July 2, Mondays through Thursdays. The fee is $200.

Students who are entering high school this fall and have completed first-year algebra and geometry are eligible to participate in the High School Math Access Program Strategies for Success in High School Algebra program. Scheduled for July 6-30, the Monday through Thursday sessions are conducted from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $250.

A separate HiMAP session on geometry for entering high school students who have completed first-year algebra is also scheduled for July 6-30 at the same time. The fee is $250.

For more information, contact Rita Glynn in the Math Grants office at or 667-3780. Applications are available online at Sundar's Math Web site:

- Sabra Stafford


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