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NMSU Phi Alpha Theta members win awards at regional conference

Three New Mexico State University students recently received awards for their presentations at the third annual NMSU-University of Texas at El Paso Phi Alpha Theta Joint Conference in El Paso.

Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society.

NMSU's Adren Nance, who graduated May 15, received first prize for his paper "Partisan Politics and Roosevelt's New Deal in New Mexico." Tara Ballentine, also a May 15 NMSU graduate, earned second prize for her paper "The Mabel Dodge Luhan History and Legacy."

In the graduate degree category, NMSU's Karen Keehr placed second for her United States history essay "Sex had Everything to Do With It: Mae West and Hollywood Production Codes, 1932-1943." Keehr received her master's degree in history from NMSU May 15.

At the conference, NMSU and UTEP history students presented papers based on research they have conducted. Faculty members from both universities served as judges and commentators on student papers, providing ideas for further research.

For more information on Phi Alpha Theta, contact NMSU assistant history professor Margaret Jacobs at (505) 646-4601.
Joy Victory
May 28, 1999