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Three to receive honorary doctorates at commencement

Nancy Archuleta of Huntsville, Ala., and Bob and Jo Asprey of Huntsville, Ala., and Las Cruces will receive honorary doctorates at New Mexico State University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11.



Nancy E. Archuleta, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of MEVATEC Corp., will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's spring commencement May 11.

emonies are scheduled. Archuleta, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of MEVATEC Corp., will be honored during the morning program, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Pan American Center on the university's main campus in Las Cruces. Graduates of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, the College of Business Administration and Economics, and the College of Education will participate in the morning ceremony.

Bob Asprey, a founder and chief technology officer of Huntsville-based 2C Computing, and Jo Raabe-Asprey, owner of Adventure Aviation in Las Cruces, will be honored in the afternoon program, scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Pan American Center. Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the College of Health and Social Services will participate in this ceremony.

Tickets are not required. The Pan Am Center will open an hour before each ceremony.

More details about commencement ceremonies.


Archuleta is being recognized for the example she has set in overcoming early obstacles to become founder and CEO of one of the fastest-growing Hispanic-owned companies in the country. MEVATEC is a high-technology company with more than 450 employees in 13 states.

A native of Las Cruces, Archuleta completed high school by taking evening classes as a young mother with three children. She went on to study psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles and business administration at New Mexico State University.

She has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year and featured in Fortune magazine in a profile on perseverance. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Minority Business Round Table, which represents minority- and women-owned businesses that have exceeded $50 million in revenues, a member of the board of directors of First Commercial Bank in Huntsville, and has served on NASA's Minority Business Resource Advisory Council.


MEVATEC has diverse capabilities in research and analysis, software engineering, systems design, development and integration, and technical support systems. Within the information technology area, the company focuses on integrated data environments, Internet and Web applications, Legacy systems redesign and geographic information systems (GIS). The Management Services Group provides a range of financial management solutions. The company's technology and management solutions reach across Department of Defense, NASA and commercial customer bases. A leader in missile defense engineering, the company has been recognized as NASA's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year.

The Aspreys are being honored for their professional and civic accomplishments and in recognition of their support of higher education.

Bob Asprey, who earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at New Mexico State, has helped to pioneer new technologies that make it possible to operate networks of computers from a distance. He became associated with Cybex Computer Products Corp. in Huntsville in 1982 and was named chief scientist in 1986. During that period, Cybex became a world leader in the KVM (keyboard/video monitor/mouse) switching and extension market.

2C Computing, formed in 1999, produces Cstation network transmission extension products using Digital Extension Technology.


Jo Raabe-Asprey received her associate's degree in radiologic technology at New Mexico State University's Dona Ana Branch Community College and worked with doctors' offices and clinics in Huntsville. She was extensively involved in political and community activities in Alabama, including serving as vice president of the Alabama Women's Political Caucus and volunteering for nonprofit organizations such as the Rape Task Force Help Line and Hope Place, an abuse shelter.

After returning to Las Cruces, she started Adventure Aviation, a new business with 30 employees, in 1998. The company provides a wide range of aviation services at the Las Cruces Airport, has been a major sponsor of the Las Cruces Air Fair and has supported the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activities of the university's Physical Science Laboratory.

She is the membership chair of the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and a board member of Community of Hope, a human service agency.

The Aspreys met while attending NMSU and have been married for 24 years. They have one son, Clint Raabe.

First photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/archuleta_nancy.jpg.
CUTLINE: Nancy E. Archuleta, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of MEVATEC Corp., will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's spring commencement May 11.

Second photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/asprey_bob.jpg.
CUTLINE: Robert Asprey, a founder and chief technology officer of Huntsville-based 2C Computing, will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's spring commencement May 11.

Third photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/asprey_jo.jpg.
CUTLINE: Jo Raabe-Asprey, owner of Adventure Aviation in Las Cruces, will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's spring commencement May 11.

Karl Hill
April 19, 2002