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New Mexico State Hispano Alumni Association honors alumni at banquet

The New Mexico State University Hispano Alumni Association honored State Rep. J. Paul Taylor as the Outstanding Hispano Alumnus for 2002 at the association's first annual banquet. Eight graduating students from the university's six colleges, graduate school and Dona Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) were also honored.

Representative J. Paul Taylor was honored as the first Outstanding Alumnus of the New Mexico State University Hispano Alumni Association.

Taylor is in his eighth term representing District 33 in the New Mexico Legislature. He serves on the House Appropriation and Finance, Health and Human Services and Voter and Elections Committees.

Taylor received four degrees from New Mexico State University, including an honorary doctorate awarded in 1985. He served in the Navy from 1942-1946.

A retired educator, he served more than 30 years in the Las Cruces public schools as a teacher, principal and senior administrator. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, the New Mexico Border Commission, the Rio Grande Historical Collections, the New Mexico Historical Foundation, Brannigan Library, Dona Ana Mental Health Association and Rivers Academy. He is married to Mary Helen Daniels Taylor.

Student honorees were selected on the basis of academic achievements, university service and community service.

Eva Marie Madrid was honored from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Madrid, a agricultural biology major with a minor in chemistry, has served as a college ambassador and as a member of the college Speaker's Bureau.

Grace Olivares Doan was honored from the College of Arts and Sciences. Doan, a sociology major, is completing an honors thesis on ethnic identity which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Carmen Flores was honored from the College of Business Administration and Economics. Flores served as president and fund-raising chair of the Hispanic Business Students Association and was president of the Hispanic Student Council.

Delia Arzapalo was honored from the College of Education. Arzapalo, a communication disorders major, was selected as the College of Education's Outstanding Junior for Fall 2000. She is active in the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Jennifer Rivera was honored from the College of Engineering. Rivera is active in the Air Force ROTC, the Air Force Reserve and the Red Cross. She was vice president for two engineering organizations and was commander of the Arnold Air Society.

Ysela Tellez was honored from the College of Health and Social Services. Tellez, a social work major, served as the president of the Student Social Work Association. She has been a community volunteer with Jardin de los Ninos, Medisend and the Good Samaritan.

Carlos Nieva-Lozano was honored from the Graduate School. Nieva-Lozano, of Cuernavaca, Mexico, is a master's degree candidate in electrical engineering and has served as a teaching assistant.

Javier de la Cruz was honored from the Dona Ana Branch Community College. De la Cruz is graduating from the Technical Studies Division of DABCC.

The keynote speaker at the banquet was former first lady of New Mexico Clara Apodaca, an alumna of New Mexico State.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/taylor_paul.jpg.
CUTLINE: Representative J. Paul Taylor was honored as the first Outstanding Alumnus of the New Mexico State University Hispano Alumni Association.

Sarah Wheeler
May 8, 2002