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Family and Consumer Sciences student is awarded

July 18, 2011

Melanie DeHerrera, a family and consumer sciences major from Antonito, Colo., was awarded the Lucille and Charles Terrell Memorial Award for the 2011 school year.

Excelling in academics

Melanie DeHerrera was chosen from juniors and seniors in the College of Applied Human Sciences for this prestigious award. She entered Colorado State University in 2007 as a Boettcher Scholar and Honors Scholar. She graduated this spring with a 4.0 GPA completing a major in family and consumer sciences, a minor in business administration and a minor in merchandising.

As a member of the Honors program, she completed her honors thesis in which she compared family conflict on the television show Modern Family to college students’ perceptions of family conflict.

A dedicated volunteer

While at CSU, DeHerrera was very active in extra-curricular on-campus activities, organizations, and volunteering. She participated in Campus Corps, a multidisciplinary service learning course and mentorship program offered through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, which pairs CSU students and at-risk youth who have been referred primarily through the juvenile justice system. DeHerrera was a mentor coach as well as the public achievement facilitator for Campus Corps.

She volunteered for Special Needs Swim, Habitat for Humanity, Alternative Spring Break – Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla., and the Campus Step Up –A Social Justice Retreat. She also volunteered at The Family Center/La Familia – After School Program, Kids at Heart-Fundango, and the 22nd Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference. DeHerrera completed an internship the fall semester of 2010 with United Way of Larimer County.

Received El Pomar Fellowship

Most recently, DeHerrera received an El Pomar Fellowship. The El Pomar Fellowship is a highly competitive, two-year post-undergraduate leadership training program that develops today’s young professionals into tomorrow’s leaders. DeHerrera is an excellent representative of the FCS program and has a bright future ahead of her.

Family and Consumer Sciences is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491.5182