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Mustaffa wins SWT Sallie Beretta Award

Date of release: 04/29/02

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS Miriam Mustaffa of McAllen has been named the recipient of the 2002 Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award at Southwest Texas State University.

Mustaffa will receive a bachelor’s degree with a major in criminal justice and Spanish and a minor in psychology at SWT’s 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony on May 11.

Mustaffa is a member of the SWT Golden Key National Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She is actively involved in community programs. She teaches for the children’s church at Primera Iglesia Bautista in San Marcos, volunteers as a translator and children’s teacher with the Hays/Caldwell County Women’s Shelter, and for the past two years, Mustaffa has raised $1,000 for and participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Austin.

Mustaffa has decided to attend law school and expects to work as a prosecutor for a district attorney’s office. She wants to specialize in felonies against women and children.

The Beretta Award is named for Sallie Beretta, who served on the university’s Board of Regents from 1933 to 1951. The award has been given by the university since 1963 to an outstanding senior woman based on leadership, scholarship, character, potential and loyalty.