An Angelo State International Student wins Alpha Chi Research Awards, the ASU Chamber Choir and Opera Musical Theatre Concert, and Media Students win Statewide Awards!


Vikash Ramnanan, a senior psychology major/philosophy minor at Angelo State University, was selected as a program presenter and was awarded two scholarships at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society’s annual convention held April 6-8 in Louisville, Ky. 

Research projects presented at the convention by students from across the U.S. were grouped by academic discipline and adjudicated by faculty advisors. Thirty presentation prizes recognizing outstanding research and creative entries were awarded, with the winning students then presenting their work to the entire convention. 

Ramnanan won a presentation prize in the Research Presentation contest for his project titled “Enclothed Cognition and How Our Self-Perception Affects Our Cognitive and Emotional States.” His ASU faculty research mentor is Dr. Crystal Kreitler, associate professor of psychology, and his project was funded by an ASU Faculty-Mentored Research Grant. 

Based on his convention presentation and academic standing, Ramnanan also received an Alpha Chi Region I Scholarship of $1,000 and the ASU Alpha Chi Iota Chapter Scholarship of $250. 

An international student from Trinidad, Ramnanan is a member of the ASU Honors Program and has also presented research at a Great Plains Honors Council Conference. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, the ASU psychology program’s Cognitive Lab, and the ASU Psych Club student organization. He also serves on the board of the West Texas Community Reinvesting in Educational Opportunities (CREO) nonprofit organization.

Alpha Chi is open to college and university juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in any academic discipline and has over 300 chapters nationwide with more than 400,000 members. To be eligible, students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class. More details are available at

Chamber Choir & Opera Musical Theatre Concert

The Angelo State University Chamber Choir and Opera Music Theatre (OMT) Workshop will present their spring concert on Thursday, April 20, at the Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig Ave. in downtown San Angelo. 

Titled “OMT Bytes,” the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open free to the public. The musical program will include scenes from Broadway musicals “Cinderella,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Showboat.” Opera scenes will be performed from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” as well as duets from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute.” 

The Chamber Choir and Opera Music Theatre Workshop will be under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee, director of choral activities at ASU since 1994.

Media Students Win Statewide Awards

 Ten students in Angelo State University’s communication and mass media programs earned awards for their work on campus media during 2016 at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s 2017 TIPA Convention held March 30-April 1 in Dallas. 

Six student staffers of the ASU Ram Page campus newspaper combined for awards in eight categories. Copy Editor Erika Walker won second place in the General Column category, while Marsalis Mahome won second place in News Photo, and photographers Kaitlin Trujillo and Josh Lopez won second place in Picture Story for their coverage of 2016 Homecoming activities. 

Trujillo, Ram Page photo editor, also earned honorable mention in the Sports Column category, and Lopez earned honorable mention in the Feature Photo category for his photo of the ASU Lake House. Music columnist Hanna Schindler won honorable mention in both the Critical Review and Feature Page Design categories, and Sam Fowler earned honorable mention in the Sports News Story category. 

Four student staffers of the Ram TV campus television station earned awards in two categories. Brooke Cowey, Russell Howard and Sarah Jenkins took second place in the Documentary category for their entry “Angelo State Veterans.” Steven Salas won third place in the Production category for his entry “Rape Crisis.” 

The ASU students competed against students from colleges and universities throughout Texas in the contests judged by out-of-state media professionals.

Dr. Cathy Johnson, professor of mass media, is the faculty advisor for the Ram Page. Leah Mangrum, associate professor of communication, is the director of Ram TV.

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