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Lt. Gov. Denish to attend NMSU College of Arts and Sciences luncheon banquet, address women studies group

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish will attend a Homecoming luncheon banquet honoring four distinguished and honorary alumni of New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences. The banquet is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.


Gary Cataldo will be recognized for his dedication in keeping Army ROTC alumni in touch with each other, Kira Davis for her accomplishments as a film producer, Robert "Nick" Franklin for his leadership in government and public affairs, and Kevin Marvel for his advancement of astronomy policy.

After the banquet, Denish will lead a discussion with Women Studies students and faculty, focusing on the role of women in government. The talk will begin at 2 p.m. in Breland Hall, Room 333.

Two room dedications in honor of people who have made great contributions to the College of Arts and Sciences also are scheduled Oct. 20.

At 2 p.m., Room 258 in Breland Hall will be named the "Hull History Seminar Room" in honor of Lydie Thiery Hull. Hull moved to Las Cruces in 1983, became friends with NMSU history professor emeritus Monroe Billington and his wife, Wilma, and donated her entire estate and its earnings for student scholarships. History graduate students receiving these funds are designated "Hull History Scholars."

At 3 p.m., Room 179 in Breland Hall will be named the "Franklin Seminar Room" in honor of Robert "Nick" Franklin, who earned his bachelor of arts in government at NMSU in 1965. Franklin and his wife, Susan, have established scholarships and endowments for the Department of Government with the purpose of promoting excellence and high achievement among its faculty and students.

Both room dedications are open to the public.