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New Mexico State University students receive Roberts Awards

New Mexico State University students Tawny Leahy and Azori Dodd were awarded the Roberts Memorial Student Awards for 2002.


daughter of Kevin and Reeva Leahy of Kent, Wash., received the first-place award of $1,500. A junior majoring in journalism, she helped to develop the Bridges International program at New Mexico State, which provides transition services for the university's international students. She plans to work as a photojournalist for a socially conscious or humanitarian magazine after graduating next year.

Dodd, daughter of Dennis and Dena Dodd of Melrose, N.M., received the second-place award of $750. She is a sophomore double majoring in agricultural economics and business and agricultural and extension education. Dodd is also a senator for the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, the student government, and a student embassador for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2004.

The two Roberts Awards are presented each spring to New Mexico State students who have helped to enhance the university's quality of life. The endowment for the awards was established by George and Bernice Roberts of Las Cruces in memory of their sons, Stephen W. and Robert Roberts, who were killed in an automobile accident in 1978. Stephen graduated from New Mexico State in 1974 and Robert was a student at the university at the time of the accident.

The awards have been given annually for 23 years.

Sarah Wheeler
April 29, 2002