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Jack Kemp to speak at annual scholarship breakfast at NMSU

Jack Kemp, former professional football player, U.S. Congressman and vice presidential nominee, will be the keynote speaker at New Mexico State University's Third Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

Jack Kemp will be the keynote speaker at New Mexico State University's Third Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast Thursday, Oct. 30. (Courtesy photo)

Kemp served four years as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and represented Buffalo, N.Y., in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years. He was a professional football quarterback for 13 years, serving as captain for the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills. He co-founded the American Football League Players Association and served five terms as president of the organization.

Kemp is now co-director of Empower America, a public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded in 1993. The organization is dedicated to expanding freedom and democratic capitalism in the United States and abroad. It also works to promote policies to expand economic growth and entrepreneurship and advance social reform policies.

Villanueva was born in Tucumcari, N.M., and graduated from New Mexico State in 1960. He received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1999 and is a member of NMSU's Foundation Board. He played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys and is a former Aggie football star and Round Up editor. Villanueva is a founding member of the Univision and Telemundo television networks.

He established the Danny Villanueva Scholarship Endowment in 1991 to assist Hispanic students who demonstrate leadership qualities at NMSU and in their communities. The scholarship is administered through the Office of Chicano Programs.

"We expect the tickets to this year's scholarship breakfast to sell out quickly, so we want to encourage people to buy their tickets early," said Laura Gutierrez Spencer, director of Chicano Programs.

Tickets are on sale in Hadley Hall Room 120 for $20. Proceeds will benefit the Danny Villanueva Scholarship Endowment. Tickets will not be sold at the door and reservations will not be taken. For more information call Chicano Programs at (505) 646-4206.

The breakfast is part of the university's Homecoming 2003 events. Other homecoming activities are scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.