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NMSU Greek community gives faculty and staff awards

New Mexico State University's Greek community honored some of NMSU's faculty, staff and Greek alumni during its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reception on April 30.


gherty of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority received an Alumni Award for her work as president of the Greek housing corporation and her service over the years as adviser of Zeta Tau Alpha. The award is given annually to a Greek alumni member for significant contributions or long-term service to the Greek community or a chapter within the community.

Barry Law, manager of transportation and equipment services, received the Faculty/Staff Award for his work on NMSU's Homecoming and Aggie Day. The award is given annually to a university faculty, staff or administration member for significant contributions or long-term service to the Greek community or a chapter within the community.

Law, who has worked at NMSU for three years, believes that it is important to help the Greek community because of the large number of frathernity and sorority members involved in university activities.

"If I help the Greeks, I know that what they're doing will help the university," he said.

Law has a bachelor's degree in business from NMSU and is also an alumnus of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Journalism professor J. Sean McCleneghan, a 22-year NMSU faculty member, received the 2004 Professor of the Year Award. He was given the award for his classroom passion, academic scholarship and service to undergraduates.

McCleneghan administers a paid summer media experience program that can lead to internship credit for NMSU students. Since he started the program in 1983, 546 undergraduate students have earned more than $1.56 million in summer media internships.

The author of more than 65 scholarly publications and 80 academic conference papers, McCleneghan is also the deputy editor of "The Social Science Journal." In 2002, he was the recipient of the Pioneer Award at the Silver Anniversary Symposium of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. He was also awarded teaching excellence awards in 1989 and 1994 by the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Association.

McCleneghan served as head of NMSU's journalism program and its director of broadcasting from 1982-1994. He earned his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.