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Model UN dinner presents a former New Mexico governor and a former U.S. Ambassador

Former New Mexico Governor Garrey Carruthers and former U.S. Ambassador to Malawi A. Ellen Shippy will be the keynote speakers during New Mexico State University's Model United Nations fund-raising dinner Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Sonoma Ranch Country Club. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m.

will also have a U.S. Department of State recruiting session, "Be the Face of America to the World," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Commons Room of the Conroy Honors Center.

Shippy is currently a Diplomat in Residence at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. She was the dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute from 2000 to 2003. Before becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi in 1998, Shippy was the director of the Office of Science, Technology and Health in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs from 1995 to 1997. She has been a member of the Board of Examiners of the Foreign Service and a member of the Senior Seminar. The Silver City native received her bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1966 from UNM and a law degree in 1977 from George Washington University.

Carruthers is currently the dean of the College of Business Administration and Economics at NMSU. Carruthers was president and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan from 1993 to 2003. He served as governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1990 and was a professor in the department of agricultural economics and agricultural business at New Mexico State before running for governor. Carruthers earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at New Mexico State and received his Ph.D. in economics at Iowa State University in 1968. He joined the NMSU faculty in 1968 and remained at the university until 1985, with interruptions for governmental appointments.

NMSU's Model United Nations program builds leadership, key skills and awareness of global politics. Students compete at the National Model United Nations simulation in New York City where they meet high-level diplomats, serve on multilateral committees and research, write and debate international issues of the day. NMSU's Model UN program is the only one of its kind in New Mexico and West Texas.

Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person or $50 per couple. Seating is limited. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Nigel Holman at (505) 646-4158 or at nholman@nmsu.edu. Contributions, which are tax deductible, will be greatly appreciated if attendance to the dinner is not possible.