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Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union creates new NMSU awards

The Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union has created two new awards to recognize outstanding performance by New Mexico State University faculty and staff members, and has doubled the cash amounts of all its NMSU awards.

The new awards will recognize one faculty member and one staff person annually for outstanding contributions in the area of research and creative activity. The winners will receive $1,000 each during the university's annual fall semester opening convocation.

Fort Bliss FCU's four existing faculty and staff awards, also presented during the fall convocation, will be increased from $500 to $1,000 each.

"The credit union is pleased to offer these awards recognizing our long-standing relationship with the educational community in Las Cruces," said Kelly Cooke, Fort Bliss FCU president and chief executive officer. "New Mexico State University is a world-class organization. Often the credit union uses the resources of the university for a variety of projects and programs. These awards are one way to thank NMSU for the great work they do every day."

Since 1994, Fort Bliss FCU has honored two faculty members annually -- one from the main campus and one from a branch campus -- for contributions to the university and service to local, state, national or international agencies. In addition, one professional staff member and one classified staffer are recognized each year for exceptional service to students, other NMSU staff members, outside contractors or agencies, or the general public.

The new Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union Faculty Research Award will honor faculty members with sustained records of research and creative activity. Nominees will be judged on the quality of their work, the impact of that work in the nominee's field, and the nominee's national or international reputation.

The Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union Professional/Classified Staff Achievement Award in Research will recognize staff members who have contributed exceptional service to research and creative activity at the university.

"We are very pleased that the Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union has decided to provide these additional awards," said NMSU Administrative Vice President Juan N. Franco. "It is a wonderful opportunity to recognize faculty and staff for excellence in research, in addition to the recognition we are able to provide, with the credit union's support, for outstanding faculty and staff members who are involved in service."

Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union is a $318 million, full service, federally chartered credit union with offices in El Paso and Las Cruces. The El Paso offices serve the financial needs of active military and civilians assigned to Fort Bliss, Biggs Field and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and retired military. The Las Cruces offices serve anyone who lives or works in Dona Ana County.

Karl Hill
Jan. 30, 2001