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Hill Named Family Policy Advocate of the Year

LAS CRUCES- Student government president Jake Hill was named Family Policy Advocate of the Year by New Mexico State University's home economics and family and consumer sciences departments.

Jake Hill, student government president at New Mexico State University, won the Family Policy Advocate of the Year Award from the departments of family and consumer sciences and extension home economics. Hill was honored for his support in creating a campus Family Resource Center to provide educational programs. He also focused attention on family issues such as domestic violence. (05/06/2003) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The award recognizes individuals who have a dramatic impact on family policy within their organizations.

As president of Associated Students of NMSU, Hill has actively sought ways to tackle the issue of domestic violence in family housing and to improve the lives of students and their families.

He helped transfer two units in family housing to the extension home economics and family and consumer sciences departments to create a Family Resource Center for NMSU students. The center provides programs about parenting, money management, nutrition, safety, family counseling and child development to help students with family responsibilities. Hill also helped allocate $22,000 in student fees to operate the center.

Department Head Ann Vail thanked Hill for his leadership. "His efforts have provided the conditions and services for students and their families to learn and apply information to help them improve their lives," she said.

Hill was the first student in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics in 21 years to become ASNMSU president. He has also served as vice president, senator and college ambassador. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key National Honor Society and the National Agri-Marketing Association.

This is the fourth year that the Family Policy Advocate award has been presented. Shirley A. Jaquez, manager of the New Mexico Department of Health's Women, Infants and Children program in Las Cruces, was last year's recipient. William T. Strouse, executive director of the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, received the award in 2001. State Sen. J. Paul Taylor of Mesilla was the 2000 honoree.