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New Mexico State University faculty and staff awarded Globalization Awards

The New Mexico State University Center for International Programs has selected three university faculty and staff members to receive the 2001-2002 CIP Globalization Awards for their contributions to the internationalization of the university.



Kate Fahrbach, financial aid adviser, will be awarded one of three 2001-2002 CIP Globalization Awards in recognition of her contributions to the internationalization of the university. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Kate Fahrbach, financial aid adviser, Nadipuram Prasad, associate professor of engineering, and Beth Pollack, head of the department of languages and linguistics, will be honored at a reception at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 330, on the university campus.

The Globalization Awards are given annually to university faculty members, staff, students and 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 in Las Cruces.


Fahrbach has worked in the Financial Aid Office at New Mexico State since 1998. She has worked with international programs to revise study abroad agreements so that more accurate financial information and sources of income for students can be processed.

Fahrbach has also streamlined the processing of financial aid documentation for students going abroad so that their aid is distributed as soon as possible, while working to find additional aid for students so that study abroad can be possible for low income students.

Prasad has mentored more than 30 international graduate students at the university. He has worked with maquiladoras in Mexico, improving industrial performance and helping to preserve jobs for many workers.

As the founder and director of the Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (Riosoft), Prasad works to establish a world-class soft computing research center.

He has been featured in several professional journals in the Indian and Vietnamese scientific communities for his contributions to improvements in low-cost, environmentally friendly electric power generation in those countries.


Pollack's Spanish to English translation of "Windward," a book of personal essays by Ricardo Aguilar Melantzon, will appear in the upcoming issue of Puerto del Sol, a literary magazine published by the university's English department.

Pollack and Aguilar also co-translated Ron Arias' Chicano novel "The Road to Tamazunchale" from English to Spanish. The book will be in print this spring from Bilingual Review Pres and Bassari Press in Spain. They also co-translated Denise Chavez's novel "Loving Pedro Infante" into Spanish. It is currently in press with Vintage Books.

She has led student groups on study programs in Mexico, Chile and Spain and helped organize a New Mexico State Master's program in Tubarao, Brazil.

Recipients of the 2001-2002 Globalization Awards were selected by a committee composed of CIP staff members. For more information, contact Yolanda Sanchez at the Center for International Programs, (505) 646-4528.

First photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/fahrbach_kate.jpg.
CUTLINE: Kate Fahrbach, financial aid adviser, will be awarded one of three 2001-2002 CIP Globalization Awards in recognition of her contributions to the internationalization of the university. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Second photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/prasad_nadipuram.jpg.
CUTLINE: Nadipuram Prasad, associate professor of engineering, will be awarded one of three 2001-2002 CIP Globalization Awards in recognition of his contributions to the internationalization of the university.

Third photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/pollack_beth.jpg.
CUTLINE: Beth Pollack, head of the department of languages and linguistics, will be awarded one of three 2001-2002 CIP Globalization Awards in recognition of her contributions to the internationalization of the university. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Erin Waldron
April 15, 2002