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New Mexico State faculty members to receive Globalization Awards at reception

International Programs (IP) at New Mexico State University will honor two university faculty members with the 2002-2003 IP Globalization Awards at a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Corbett Center, Room 317.

New Mexico State University professor Richard Rundell is one of the two recipients of the 2002-2003 Globalization Awards. (Courtesy photo)

Hugo Vilchis-Licon, associate professor in the College of Health and Social Services, and Richard Rundell, professor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, were chosen to receive this year's awards for their significant contributions to the internalization of the university.

Vilchis-Licon is the first and only director of the Border Epidemiology and Environment Health Center (BEC) and has been instrumental in developing numerous binational programs and increasing the staff at the BEC from two employees to seven full-time staff and six student interns.

He also is the director of the New Mexico Outreach Office of the U.S. Border Health Commission and the liaison between the New Mexico Health Department, the university's College of Health and Social Services, the Department of Health Science and Mexican national and state health and environment authorities.

Vilchis-Licon teaches epidemiology and international health courses at New Mexico State to promote greater knowledge and understanding of binational and border health issues and to prepare health educators to serve border at-risk populations. He created a summer course for those in health professions that includes international visits to various health authorities in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

He is involved in and heads various binational health and environmental technical work groups of the United States-Mexico Border Governors Conference and is an active member of the United States-Mexico Border Health Association and numerous binational associations and working committees and groups that address health issues along the border.

Vilchis-Licon has authored and co-authored several professional publications addressing immunization and disease issues in the border region of the United States and Mexico.

Rundell has been actively involved in internationalization of New Mexico State for the past 30 years. He teaches German language, culture, literature and film and other courses in the university's Honors Program. He has taught at the German Summer School of New Mexico in the Taos Ski Valley since 1976.

He also promotes study abroad to German students through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). During his sabbatical in 1999, he visited almost all of the German and Austrian ISEP sites, met with students and faculty and collected university course catalogs, maps and other printed information to facilitate advising of students who participate in ISEP.

Rundell currently serves on screening committees for students who apply for ISEP and the Fulbright Program. He also was a member of a screening team for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Houston that considered approximately 80 graduate-level Fulbright applications for study and research in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has served on the Central Administration Committee of International Programs, which awards Internationalization Supplementary Grants and Mexico Small Grants to university faculty for research abroad.

The Globalization Awards are given annually to New Mexico State faculty members, staff, students or community members who promote international understanding, cooperation, involvement and development at New Mexico State.

Recognized activities include serving exceptionally on international committees and projects, incorporating global perspectives in teaching, research and service, advising extensive numbers of international students or U.S. students studying abroad, actively supporting technical assistance and training programs, and organizing opportunities for international students and faculty to experience U.S. culture and life.

Refreshments will be provided at the reception. The public is invited and reservations must be made by Monday, April 14.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Yolanda Sanchez, IP, at (505) 646-4528.