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NMSU Round Up

2017-2018 Staff

Albert Luna


Albert is in his second year as the Editor-in-Chief and his first full year as the head of The Round Up. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Luna brings to the table years of experience in journalism, including working as the Head of ...

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Jianna Vasquez

Managing Editor

Jianna Celeste Vasquez is a journalism major and managing editor at the Round Up. She has been writing for the Round Up for three semesters. Vasquez began as an intern and was brought on to the Round Up team as the Cultural Editor...

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Derek Gonzales

Director of Content

Derek E. Gonzales enters his third year as an employee for the New Mexico State University Round Up and first as the Director of Content. The homegrown product played prep basketball at Oñate High School and has held a variety...

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Ryan Maez

Online Designer

Ryan Maez joins The Round Up team as an Online Designer after an illustrious three-year start to his college career at New Mexico State University. The 21-year-old Computer Science major holds a 4.0 GPA and held a Summer Internship...

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Hannah Smith

Advertising Representative

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Rene Medina

Advertising Representative

Rene Ignacio Medina is entering his fourth year at New Mexico State University as an Information Systems major, and is excited to be joining the Round Up staff for his first year as an Advertising Representative. A Las Cruces...

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Kaylie Carlson

Marketing Coordinator

Kaylie is a marketing major going into her Senior year here at NMSU. She is from Alamogordo, NM but has lived in Las Cruces for the past three years. She has two years of general business education and one year of marketing classes...

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Bryan Chavez

Multimedia Editor

Bryan Chavez started off with the Round Up as a photography intern during the fall semester of 2016 and was promoted to multimedia editor in the fall of 2017. Majoring in Animation and Visual Effects, as well as having an interest...

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Christian Iglesias

Photography Editor

Christian is a first year at New Mexico State from El Paso, Texas. His passion for photo journalism began when he took up the mantle of head photographer for his high school newspaper. Christian wishes to graduate New Mexico State...

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Nolan Fox

Lead Sports Writer

Nolan Fox is a senior at New Mexico State, he will graduate in May with a degree in Journalism in Mass Communications. Nolan was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2014.  ...

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Andres Valle

Features Writer

Andres is a junior studying journalism and mass communication with an emphasis in broadcast. Yet that doesn't stop him from learning all sides of what journalism has to offer. He's beyond excited to take on the roll as a feature...

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Mia Drake

Staff Writer

Mia takes on the real world as a first year Journalism major, and staff writer NMSU's very own The Round Up. Born in Escondido California, and Raised in El Paso - coming to Las Cruces, New Mexico has been quite the change for...

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Gianni Nicole Villegas

Staff Writer

Gianni Nicole Villegas is entering her 4th year at New Mexico State University and majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in history. She is born and raised in La Mesa, New Mexico and attended Gadsden High School. At...

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Luis Finston

Staff Writer

Luis “Luigi” Finston is a Senior majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in PR. He is an NMSU Presidential Ambassador, an active brother of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Radio Host & DJ...

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James Martin

Staff Writer

James is a first year Staff Writer and an incoming freshman majoring in journalism. He was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and graduated from Oñate High School last May, having played both football and basketball but ...

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Stephanie Frisch

Staff Writer

Stephanie is a first year kinesiology major who is beginning her career at the Round Up as a staff writer. She is originally from Silver City, NM and gained experience with interviews and creative writing at her high school. As...

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Camila Mota

Staff Writer

Camila Mota is a second year Finance major, and an International Baccalaureate graduate from Orlando, FL. She is treasurer of the Delta Zeta sorority and will be a staff writer at The Round Up this year. Camila was an editor at...

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Zane Chaffee

Staff Writer

Zane Chaffee was born on November 16th, 1997, to parents Jason and Tammy Chaffee in Austin, Texas, where he lived for six years until his parents move to Las Cruces, New Mexico. A Cruces native by heart, Zane has lived in Las Cru...

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Jonah Gallegos

Staff Writer

Jonah J. Gallegos enters his first year at The Round Up and is currently a senior and  journalism major. Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he has a love and passion both for the city and as well as New Mexico State...

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