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NMSU award named in honor of Hershel Zohn

New Mexico State University student Patia Bartlett has received the first Hershel Zohn Outstanding Senior Award, established this year in honor of Professor Emeritus Hershel Zohn.

NMSU theater student Patia Bartlett received the first Hershel Zohn Outstanding Senior Award, named in honor of NMSU Professor Emeritus Hershel Zohn, seated on left. (NMSU photo by Melissa Alderete)

The award will be given annually to an NMSU theater arts student who has made a great contribution to the theater arts department.

During his tenure at NMSU, from 1950 to 1975, Zohn directed more than a hundred plays, ranging from Shakespeare to modern theater. When the original university theater in Hadley Hall was condemned, Zohn was instrumental in transforming the school's Air Mechanics Building into a theater that seats almost 400 people. In 1978, a new building was built and the Board of Regents named the theater after him.

This year's honoree was chosen by a committee of NMSU faculty and professional staff.

Bartlett has been stage manager for four plays at the university, including "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Tongues." She also has been stage manager for several other Las Cruces theaters and has received the Sutherland/McManus and Eve Yoquelet scholarships.