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Medoff to speak at NMSU nursing scholarship fund-raiser

Acclaimed playwright Mark Medoff, whose father was a doctor, will be the featured speaker at an event to raise money for the Sandra and Denton Holmes Endowed Scholarship Fund. The title of his talk is "Doctor in the House."

d-raiser will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, at the Stan Fulton Center on the New Mexico State University campus.

Proceeds will support the Holmes Endowed Fund, a scholarship that helps students enrolled in the College of Health and Social Services' Roadrunner Accelerated Nursing Program. The fund currently endows one scholarship, but the goal of the College of Health and Social Services and Denton Holmes is to add enough money to create a second student scholarship. There is now about $34,000 in the fund, and when it reaches $50,000, the second student scholarship will begin, Holmes said.

"The scholarship money for these students is especially vital, because they are obtaining a second bachelor's degree and are therefore not eligible for the lottery scholarship," said Alison Mann, a professor of nursing at NMSU and director of the Roadrunner Program.

Holmes established the endowment in memory of his wife, Sandra, a psychiatric nurse, who died in October 2004.

Memorial Medical Center of Las Cruces and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Mexico are cosponsoring the event.

Tickets to the event are $50 each and include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, May 5. For additional information, call Denton Holmes at 522-2732 or Yvonne Tellez in the College of Health and Social Services at 646-2810.

Bob Nosbisch
May 2, 2006