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NMSU alumni to be honored during Homecoming week

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor the 2000 Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award recipients at a luncheon during NMSU's Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 12-14.


The James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service will be presented to John "Jack" Oestreicher. He was instrumental in raising $550,000 for NMSU's Coca-Cola Weight Room. He was a founder of the US West Aggie-Lobo Shoot-out golf tournament, which raised over $85,000 for scholarships. He is also a past president and founding member of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Aggie Scholarship Association.

The 2000 Distinguished Alumni being honored are:

--Carl Faubion, '50, College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
--Gary King, '76, College of Arts and Sciences.
--Philip W. Cook, '84, College of Business Administration and Economics.
--Thomas Esparza III, '89, College of Education.
--Walter Hines, '66 and '67, College of Engineering.
--Kay Cargill Jenkins, '77 and '86, College of Health and Social Services.
--Anibal Pordomingo, '90, International Distinguished Alumnus.

The awards luncheon for the James F. Cole Service award and International Distinguished Alumni will be held at noon on Friday, Oct. 13, in the Senate Gallery in Corbett Center.

The 2000 Distinguished Alumni will be honored at the Eye Opener breakfast on Saturday. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m in the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms.

The Distinguished Alumni awards are given each year to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields and brought recognition to NMSU.

Faubion is honored as the distinguished alumnus from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. He earned his bachelor's in agriculture in 1950. Faubion was also honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1988 during NMSU's centennial celebration. He lives in Las Cruces.

King currently lives in Moriarty, N.M. He is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a 12-year member of the New Mexico House of Representatives. King graduated in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

Cook is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Business Administration and Economics. He is the vice president of Burlington Resources. He graduated in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Esparza is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Education. He was named the Las Cruces Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2000. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in science in secondary health physical education.

Hines is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Engineering. He is a senior engineer at CH2M, an engineering consulting firm. He graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He lives in Albuquerque.

Jenkins is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Health and Social Services. She is the supervisor of the cardiac/trauma unit at Memorial Medical Center. Jenkins currently lives in El Paso. She graduated in 1977 with an associate's degree in nursing and in 1986 with a bachelor's degree, also in nursing.

Pordomingo graduated from NMSU in 1990. He was an International Rotary Scholar from Argentina. He completed his master's and doctorate in three years while at NMSU. Pordomingo is known as an international ambassador for NMSU. He is currently living in La Pampa, Argentina.

The Distinguished Alumni recipients will be introduced at college receptions on Friday at various locations on campus. Receptions include:

--College of Education, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., O'Donnell Hall Lobby.
--College of Arts and Sciences, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Dona Ana Room, Corbett Center.
--College of Business Administration and Economics, 3 to 4 p.m., Business Complex Lobby.
--College of Engineering, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Engineering Complex III Lobby.
--College of Agriculture and Home Economics, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Gerald Thomas Hall room 330.

Friday's luncheon is by invitation only. For more information, call the Alumni Association at (505) 646-3616.

Maria C. Lucero
Oct. 5, 2000