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NMSU President To Co-Teach Leadership Class

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University President Michael Martin will head back to the classroom this fall to teach hospitality leadership and management with faculty member Greg Blanch.

New Mexico State University President Michael Martin will teach a class on hospitality leadership and management this fall with faculty member Greg Blanch. (08/11/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by Darren Phillips)

"The joy of teaching and interaction with students is what drew me into higher education," Martin said. "I like to try to stay connected. It's what universities are really all about."

The class will feature several guest speakers on leadership, including Louis Caldera, University of New Mexico president; state Sen. Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces; Ron Solimon, president and CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; and hospitality business owners Frank and Mary Yates of Yates Petroleum, Blanch said.

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management 211 will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with guest speakers planned for Thursday sessions from 2:35 p.m to 4:35 p.m.

"This format gives students the opportunity to interact with the speakers and have an extended conversation with them," Blanch said. "We plan to create a digital video archive of our guest speakers and perhaps tape other speakers who visit campus to speak on leadership as a teaching resource for our students."

Class readings will include current leadership authors and excerpts from well-known writings ranging from Antigone to Martin Luther King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail," Blanch said.

As of Aug. 11, 52 students had registered for the class, which has 60 seats. For more information, contact Blanch at (505) 646-2633 or the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at (505) 646-5995.