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NMSU Hispanic Business Student Association wins national recognition

The New Mexico State University student chapter of the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) was named Chapter of the Year at the Tenth Annual Hispanic Business Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, Feb. 10-13.

The NMSU chapter of the HBSA has approximately 90 members, 36 of whom attended the national conference. The NMSU group ranked above chapters from 40 other schools at the conference, which was sponsored by the National Hispanic Business Association (NHBA). In awarding the Chapter of the Year honors, the NHBA focused on factors such as community service, fund raising, professional events and the services that HBSA provides its members.

Also during the conference, NMSU finance and marketing major Imelda Villalobos was named NHBA Representative of the Year. Villalobos, a native of Silver City, N.M., is a senior in the NMSU College of Business Administration and Economics.

The purpose of the HBSA is to enhance the personal and professional skills of its members. The organization also helps students develop an appreciation for a multicultural heritage and prepares them for the future through networking, job opportunities, social events and community service.

The NMSU chapter of the HBSA conducts resume and interview workshops for its members and is responsible for numerous community service projects. Each year the HBSA "adopts" and aids impoverished families during the holidays, and donates its time to events sponsored by such organizations as the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Danny Villanueva Golf Tournament.

The NMSU faculty advisers to the HBSA are Marie Mora, assistant professor of economics and international business, and Judy Maese, associate professor of finance.

Rachel Kendall
Feb. 23, 2000