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High school students from Southern New Mexico to attend MESA conference at NMSU

More than 100 high school students from Math Engineering Science Achievement programs in the southern region of New Mexico will attend the 2011 New Mexico MESA Leadership and Diversity Conference on April 29 at New Mexico State University.

Participants in the conference will be students from Ruidoso, Socorro, Alamogordo, Bayard, Deming, Las Cruces, Anthony and more. The mission of NM MESA is to empower and motivate New Mexico's culturally diverse students with science, technology, engineering and math enrichment.

Monica Blea, coordinator for the southwest region of NM MESA, said the conference is important because of its interactive nature and because it allows the students to learn about the services and resources NMSU provides.

"It is a day filled with opportunities for the students to explore their academic options," Blea said. "It's also a great opportunity for NMSU to show that it is a diverse and welcoming community and that students from all different backgrounds have a place at NMSU."

The students will attend informative presentations by NMSU Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Housing and Residential Life during the conference. They will also attend small breakout sessions with organizations such as the NMSU American Indian Program, Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center, Office of Study Abroad, Chicano Programs, Black Programs, ROTC and the Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education program. Through these presentations, students will learn about leadership, life skills and the promotion of diversity while gaining awareness of the services and programs that will be available to them if they choose to attend NMSU.

Students also will participate in an etiquette dining luncheon presented by Elizabeth Albin, assistant professor of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management at NMSU.

"Manners count today, especially in business," Albin said. "The knowledge of etiquette is important to the future of our young students for their professional development. Business and dinning etiquette will never go out of style, and everyone needs to learn and keep learning about the topic."

In the afternoon, the students will participate in interactive sessions with STEM departments at NMSU to learn about more opportunities in those fields.

The event is made possible in part through the Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access grant from NMSU.

For more information, contact Blea at mblea@nmmesa.org.