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Jennifer Cervantes has been appointed assistant dean for advancement and alumni relations at New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services. She will be responsible for leading development-related activities as well as coordinating and directing alumni relations activities, including annual giving, major and planned gifts, alumni relations, media relations and event coordination.
"It's exciting to be a part of one of the fastest growing colleges at NMSU," Cervantes said. "I'm also excited to work with this dynamic team who is so committed to our students and this region's healthcare needs. I hope to make a meaningful contribution and look forward to meeting the exciting challenges ahead."
Cervantes has taught in NMSU's English department for the past six years. She received her bachelor's degree in communication studies and her master's in rhetoric and professional communication from NMSU.
"I am very pleased to announce this appointment," said Tilahun Adera, dean of the College of Health and Social Services. "Jennifer is an NMSU alumna and understands the value of giving back to her alma mater. She has a deep commitment to NMSU and has the expertise necessary to nurture alumni relations with her proven communication and organizational skills."
During her tenure in the English Department, Cervantes developed the New Mexico English Teacher Exchange, a collaborative, professional development project to improve student preparedness for college-level writing as well as increase student retention.
In addition to developing community partnerships, Cervantes also has served as a court appointed special advocate for abused children, and served as a board member for the Women's Intercultural Center, the Women's Resource Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Cervantes is also a published author. Her children's novel "Tortilla Sun" was named a "New Voices Pick" by the American Booksellers Association. The book also was recently named a finalist for the New Mexico Book Award. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and events, including the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the Texas Book Festival and the Festival of International Books and Arts.
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