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Franzoy joins NMSU's Rural Tourism Project

LAS CRUCES -- Deborah Franzoy began work in May as program coordinator for New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development through Tourism (REDTT) project. She will work with the hospitality industry to develop and deliver workshops in Doņa Ana, Eddy, Lea and Lincoln counties.

REDTT is a project of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

Franzoy said she will be putting her internet skills to work for the project by helping county programs develop World Wide Web sites.

While a student, she was a research project coordinator in NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for the Digital Desert Library, a school-enrichment web site designed under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.

Franzoy worked as a teaching assistant with NMSU's hotel, restaurant and tourism management department in 1996 and 1997. She earned a master's degree in agricultural and extension education in May and a bachelor's degree in home economics education in 1994, both from NMSU. In 1994, she received the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences ' Outstanding Graduate in Home Economics Award.

Franzoy has been a resident of Doņa Ana County for 20 years. She is married to Alan Franzoy and has two children, Caleb and Anny.