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Distinguished alumni honored at NMSU Homecoming 2006

New Mexico State University's Alumni Association will recognize the 2006 Distinguished Alumni and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service recipient during Homecoming, Oct. 19-21.


The 2006 honorees are:
-- Patsy Romo of Los Lunas, College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
-- Kira A. Davis of Beverly Hills, Calif., Robert N. Franklin of Newport Beach, Calif., and Kevin B. Marvel of Alexandria, Va., College of Arts and Sciences.
-- Bradley Gordon of San Diego, Calif., College of Business.
-- Kay Brilliant of Santa Fe, College of Education.
-- John C. Galassini of Safford, Ariz., College of Engineering.
-- Barbara J. Bishop of Las Cruces, College of Health and Social Services.
-- Enrique Cazares Rivera of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, International Distinguished Alumni.
-- Frank A. Dubois of Las Cruces, James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

Romo received her bachelor's in home economics in 1953. She taught elementary school for 26 years and served as a member and president of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Alpha Beta Chapter.

Davis received her bachelor's in theater in 1994. After graduation, Davis began work as a costume assistant on the New York set of "Love is All There Is." In 1997, Davis began working as the assistant to the two co-presidents of Alcon Entertainment. She recently formed her own production company.

Franklin received his bachelor's in government in 1965. He recently retired as senior vice president of public affairs for PacifiCare Health Systems. At one time, he was senior vice president of public affairs for FHP International Corp. He is a member of the New Mexico State University Foundation Board.

Marvel received his master's in astronomy in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 1996. Marvel is the associate executive officer for policy programs for the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Council for Excellence in Sciences.

Gordon received his bachelor's in business administration and marketing in 1978 and his master's in business administration in 1981. He is the vice president of finance and corporate planning for Signal Pharmaceuticals.

Brilliant received her bachelor's in elementary education in 1971. She is the executive director for the National Education Association-New Mexico. She spent 27 years teaching with the Tucson Unified School District and was a president for the Tucson Education Association.

Galassini received his bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1986. He is the senior vice president of North American mining for the Phelps Dodge Mining Co. He serves on the College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Board. He is the member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

Bishop received her bachelor's in nursing in 1979 and her certification as a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) in 1981. She was a CNP for several local clinics and hospitals, and in 1987 she became a CNP for the New Mexico Department of Health. She retired in 1998 and is currently a member of a health care collaborative working to expand the medical services available to the homeless.

Rivera received his bachelor's in civil engineering in 1979, his master's in environmental engineering in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1992. He is the director of the civil engineering department at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Twice he has earned first place in the "Romulo Garza" Award for Research and Development Technology.

DuBois received a bachelor's and master's degree in agricultural and extension education. He has served as a field inspector, agricultural policy specialist and the assistant director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. He has been a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and a strong supporter of rodeo athletics.