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NMSU professor to receive lifetime achievement award

The Center for Latin American Studies will present Ricardo Aguilar, a professor of language and linguistics at New Mexico State University, with the first Nason Award for Lifetime Achievement at a noon reception Friday, May 5, at the Nason House on NMSU's campus.

Aguilar, former department head for language and linguistics, has taught at NMSU for more than a decade. Born in El Paso, Aguilar grew up in Juarez, Mexico, and received a bachelor's degree in French and master's degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1976, Aguilar earned his Ph.D. in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico. He received the Fuentes Maras Award for a collection of stories published in 1988 and has recently published a book exploring old Juarez.

Founded by the Nason Foundation, NMSU's Center for Latin American Studies funds programs for NMSU students including scholarships and educational trips to Latin America. The foundation was created by the Nason Family in memory of their son, Willoughby Nason.

The Nason House is located at 1200 University Avenue. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Center for Latin American Studies at (505) 646-2842.

Sarah Lautman
May 3, 2000