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Journalism professor among Outstanding New Mexico Women

Beverly Merrick, associate professor of journalism at New Mexico State University, has received the Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women (NMCSW) for her public service, research and teaching.



Beverly Merrick, associate professor of journalism at New Mexico State University, received the Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women (NMCSW) for her public service, research and teaching.

The award, which has been given out since 1986, honors 30 women from around the state each year for their achievements and contributions to women in New Mexico. The awards were presented May 5 by Gov. Gary Johnson and Darlene Smart-Herrera, chairwoman of the NMCSW, at a banquet in Albuquerque.

Merrick teaches courses in "Women and the Law" and "Women in the Mass Media" at NMSU and has written a book of poetry, "Closing the Gate," which deals with women pioneers in the Great Plains in the early 20th century.

The award also recognizes Merrick for her work on reference biographies about women writers and journalists. She is a member of the NMSU women's studies steering committee.

The NMCSW was created in 1973 to increase awareness of the rights, responsibilities and interests of women and to preserve their history and contributions to the state.

For more information call Merrick at (505) 646-1567.

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