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U.S. Senator to speak at Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar from Colorado will be the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms.

Salazar was elected to the senate in 2004 and is a member of five senate committees - agriculture, ethics, energy and natural resources, veteran's affairs and aging. Before becoming a senator, Salazar served as Colorado's attorney general for six years.

Salazar is a fifth-generation Coloradan and members of his family have been ranchers and farmers in the San Luis Valley since before Colorado became a state.

He has worked with Sen. John McCain from Arizon in evaluating American health care, helped pass the National Energy Policy Act of 2005 and teamed up with members of both parties to reauthorize the Patriot Act in a manner that would protect individual rights while aiding law enforcement's pursuit of terrorists.

Villanueva, a native of Tucumcari, N.M., attended NMSU on a football scholarship and after graduating in 1961 played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys. After he retired from professional sports, Villanueva became a Spanish language television pioneer. He co-founded the investment firm Bastion Capital in 1992 and more recently co-founded Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, an investment firm aimed at helping family businesses.

Every year Villanueva matches the amount raised at the breakfast. All proceeds go to the Danny Villanueva Scholarship Endowment, which assists student leaders at NMSU. Villanueva is also chairing the steering committee for NMSU's "Doing What Counts" comprehensive campaign.

Tickets for the breakfast are $25 and are available at NMSU's Chicano Programs Garcia Annex Room 138. Tickets will not be sold at the door and reservations will not be taken. For more information call (505) 646-4206.

Austin Craig
Sept. 28, 2006