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NMSU's Union Program Council places in top three at conference

New Mexico State University's Union Program Council (UPC) received first place in the Web site competition at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 13 Conference at the University of Arizona.

o received first and second place in the T-shirt design competition and third place for the promotional campaign of an event competition. UPC was awarded most creative in the school brag/information board competition.

Members of UPC presented four educational sessions and participated in a case study competition. Seniors Sarah Cox and Jennifer Grimes were awarded first place in the case study competition. Cox, a psychology major from Albuquerque, is president of UPC and Grimes, an industrial engineering major from El Paso, is vice president of UPC.

UPC advisor Bruce Vandevender was awarded the first Rodie-Keintz Outstanding Staff Mentor Award. The award was created to recognize staff who have been employed in the college union and student activities field for five years or more and have served as an outstanding mentor and role model to students.

Vandevender, NMSU's assistant director of campus activities, has worked in the field for 14 years and is credited for directing at least five students to study student affairs and activities in graduate school.

Region 13 includes universities and community colleges in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

ACUI's purpose is to be the leader in advancing campus community builders by supporting its members in the development of community through education, advocacy and the delivery of services.