by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 18, 2008 – Two New Mexico Tech students who are current officers of the university’s Newman Association chapter recently were elected to national posts with the National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC) at the organization’s annual leadership conference, held from December 28, 2007 until January 1, 2008 in Los Angeles.
Right: Nicholas Carter
Nicholas Carter, a senior majoring in technical communication at New Mexico Tech, and Sarah Gonzales, a Tech senior majoring in environmental engineering, were elected by their peers attending the conference to the respective positions of Public Relations chair and Western Regional chair for the NCSC.
Carter, a graduate of Belen High School, currently serves as the president of the St. Patrick’s Newman Center, while Gonzales, a graduate of Las Cruces High School and a past president of the New Mexico Catholic Student Coalition, serves as a liaison for the Catholic college student center in Socorro.
In addition, Carter, who is also the music coordinator and a guitarist for the St. Patrick’s Newman Center choir, is a treasurer of the New Mexico Tech Trinitite Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and is a member of the Socorro Striders and Riders triathlon group. He is the son of Bernadette and Ken Carter of Belen.
Gonzales is the secretary of the New Mexico Tech Women’s Rugby Club and is the vice president of the university’s Environmental Engineering Club. She is the daughter of Greg Gonzales and Regina Griego of Las Cruces.
Both New Mexico Tech undergraduates are actively involved in research at the university: Carter is working on instructional design for high-stress environments; and Gonzales is using a lab technique known as forward osmosis to remove salt from extremely concentrated solutions (about six times saltier than sea water).
The Newman Association is one of New Mexico Tech's oldest student organizations: Catholic students at New Mexico Tech have been joining together as part of the group for more than 40 years on the university campus; although, the St. Patrick’s Catholic Newman Center is a relatively new addition, having opened almost four years ago at a site located two blocks away from the university campus.
Current members of the Tech Newman Association regularly conduct weekly fellowship meetings, prayer services, and lead a church choir at San Miguel Parish, among many other faith-based and secular activities.