2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards


Chris Baker graduated from the college of Arts and Sciences in 1986 with a degree in Journalism. He has served as the publisher of the Taos News which has been named the “Best Weekly Newspaper in the United States” by the National Newspaper Association. In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Baker has also contributed significantly to the university by providing 25 paid summer internships totaling more than $100,000.



Dr. Ramoncita Maestas graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1977 as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1978. Currently, Dr. Maestas is a family physician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Maestas has hosted students from NMSU during their involvement in the Summer Medical Dental Early Preparation Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Maestas participated in a recruitment trip to NMSU and in 1988, she was invited to present, “Preparing for the Next Century: Minority Education,” at the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Minority Biomedical Support Program at NMSU.

Dr. Patrick Kerry Moore graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both History and Government and a Master of Arts in Public History in 1992.  Currently, Dr. Moore works as the Public History Program Director at the University of West Florida where he was the co-creator of the Next Exit History™ smartphone app and was the recipient of the Carnegie Foundation/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year award for the State of Florida.  In addition, Dr. Moore is currently the president-elect for the National Council of Public History and has made return visits to Las Cruces to mentor and lecture for the NMSU graduate history program.

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