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Rosemond, Telles to receive Racial Harmony Awards

Las Cruces business leader Curtis Rosemond and Elva G. Telles, New Mexico State University director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans With Disabilities and Employee Relations, will receive the university's Racial Harmony Awards Friday, Jan. 11, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Breakfast sponsored by New Mexico State's Black Programs Office.



Curtis Rosemond, director of Las Cruces' Walmart and community activist. Elva G Telles, NMSU director of Equal Employment Opportunity/American with Disabilities and Employee Relations.(Photos courtesy of NMSU)

Rosemond, the store director of Las Cruces' Walmart, is being honored for his community activism, which transcends race and color lines, said Black Programs Director Mike Davis.

Rosemond received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Las Cruces Fire and Emergency Services in 1999 and was the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year in 1998. He is on the community planning committee of Mountain View Hospital and has served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and president of Las Cruces' Whole Enchilada Festival.

New Mexico State's EEO/ADA director for the last 24 years, Telles is a quiet, strong person who has made sure many people's civil rights have not been violated, Davis said.

Telles received the university's Ralph B. Crouch Award in 2000, served as president of the Affirmative Action Council of Higher Education in 1988 and was chairperson of the first Governor's Regional Career Development Conference for Women in 1986.

"I credit my work ethic to my parents, Soloman and Flora Telles, who set the example by working hard and doing right, despite obstacles and discomfort," Telles said.


The Racial Harmony Awards are presented to one person from the university and one or more from the community who have promoted racial harmony and been supportive of students. Nominations are made by students and the selections are made by the directors of New Mexico State's ethnic programs.

U. S. Sen. Pete Domenici will be the guest speaker at the breakfast, the theme of which is "Remembering America's Heroes."

Also featured will be the presentation of the Andrew L. Wall scholarships, awarded to selected area high school seniors planning to enroll at New Mexico State in fall 2002.

The cost of the breakfast is $15 and proceeds will be used to support scholarships, emergency loans and outreach activities for New Mexico State students. For more information or to make reservations, call (505) 646-4208. Reservations and information are also available by fax and e-mail at (505) 646-1984 or sjalford@nmsu.edu. Reservations must be received by 3 p.m. Jan. 10.

First photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/rosemond_curtis.jpg.
CUTLINE: Curtis Rosemond, director of Las Cruces' Walmart and community activist, will receive a Racial Harmony award from New Mexico State University's Black Programs Office at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast Friday, Jan. 11. (photo courtesy of NMSU)

Second photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/telles_elva.jpg.
CUTLINE: Elva G. Telles, New Mexico State University director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans With Disabilities and Employee Relations, will receive a Racial Harmony from the university's Black Programs Office at the annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration Breakfast Friday, Jan. 11. (photo courtesy of NMSU)

Jack King
Jan. 4, 2002