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Six Leaders Made Honorary Members of NMSU's Sam Steel Society

LAS CRUCES - Six leaders have been named honorary members of the Sam Steel Society at New Mexico State University.


They are Jacob Saiz, Associated Students of NMSU president; Cristobal Eloy Roybal, Vaughn Municipal Schools superintendent; Anita Roybal, educator and school administrator; Edward "Jack" Wallace, former district director for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service; Dorman Brookey, former supervisor of NMSU's 4-H program; and Fernando Macias, Doņa Ana County manager.

Jerry G. Schickedanz, dean and chief administrative officer for NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , presented the honorary memberships May 12.

The society honors the memory of Sam Steel, who would have been the university's first graduate had he not been killed just months before his graduation in 1893.

Saiz received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice May 13. He has been a member of NMSU's presidential search committee, a voting student member of the Commission on Higher Education and an ex-officio member of NMSU's Board of Regents. Saiz will begin serving with the U.S. Navy on July 8, to pursue his dream of becoming a naval aviator.

Superintendent Cristobal Roybal also is the band director and technology director for the Vaughn Municipal Schools. He has been band director in Peņasco and superintendent in Mosquero. During his 20 years with the Mora Independent Schools, he directed music programs and started computer-aided drafting classes. Roybal also upgraded facilities, introduced school staff to computer technology, secured computers for students and strengthened reading programs.

Anita Roybal has worked with four school districts in New Mexico, serving as an elementary and high school principal, interactive TV coordinator, bilingual director, grant writer, English and language arts teacher, in-school suspension coordinator and elementary music teacher. Anita and Cristobal own a ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos. They currently grow hay. For 10 years, they owned a woodworking business, making handcrafted furniture and custom cabinetry.

The Roybals were inducted into the society along with their oldest son, C. Nathanial Roybal. He is their first child to graduate from college, receiving a bachelor's degree in animal science from NMSU. He will be attending the University of New Mexico's medical school. They also have three other children attending NMSU.

Wallace worked for Extension for 30 years. He received a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from NMSU and a master's degree in Extension administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wallace has been an Eddy County 4-H agent, rural development coordinator, and southern and southeastern district Extension director. He now manages pecan orchards in Las Cruces.

Brookey, of Las Cruces, began his Extension career in Lea County as an assistant, associate and county agent. From 1956 to 1980, he served as assistant director, associate director and supervisor of NMSU's 4-H program. Before his retirement in 1984, Brookey was Extension's equal employment opportunity director and training specialist for the Egyptian Major Cereals Improvement Program in Cairo. He has chaired committees for the Homemakers College, Extension Conference, National 4-H Conference, New Mexico Cattle Growers and Wool Growers. Brookey received his bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1950 from New Mexico A & M and his master's degree in Extension education in 1955 from the University of Missouri.

Macias, a native of La Union, earned a law degree at Georgetown University. In 1984, he was elected state senator for district 38. He has chaired six senate committees during his career. Macias was the first director of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance from 1995 to 1997.

Macias has contributed to NMSU by championing funding to make NMSU's dance program possible. He also delivered the first state matching funds for the Center for Sustainable Development of Arid Lands. Macias brought in $100,000 in state severance tax revenues for the proposed NMSU Equestrian Center and got another $500,000 on the general obligation bond ballot for voters' consideration in November.