NMSU alumni to be honored at Homecoming 2005

Oct. 11, 2005 by Jenna R. Frosch NMSU News Center

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will recognize the 2005 Distinguished Alumni and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service recipient during Homecoming, Oct. 27-29. The 2005 honorees are:

— Jesus R. Chavez of Tesuque, College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

— Stuart L. Pimm of Durham, N.C., Georgia Lewis of Charlotte, N.C., and James C. Manatt Jr. of Roswell, College of Arts and Sciences.

— Joseph Semprevivo of Sebastian, Fla., College of Business.

— Geraldine Romero-Roybal of Albuquerque, College of Education.

— Dr. Larry G. Stolarczyk of Raton, College of Engineering.

— Leonel Briseno of Las Cruces, College of Health and Social Services.

— Abdul Melham of Aleppo City, Syria, International Distinguished Alumnus.

— Jim Dunlap of Farmington, James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

Chavez received his bachelor’s in agronomy in 1938. He is the owner and operator of El Paisano Cattle Ranch and serves as an extension agent for Mora and Santa Fe counties. He has served as a board member for the Bank of Belen (Wells Fargo), chairman of the agriculture committee of the Kiwanis Club, and member of the Finance Committee for NMSU.

Pimm received his Ph.D. in biology in 1974. He is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the author of more than 150 scientific papers and books, including his global assessment of biodiversity’s future, “The World According to Pimm; A Scientist Audits the Earth.”

Lewis, who received her bachelor’s in history in 1954, is an attorney in Charlotte, N.C. In 2001 she was honored as the Hispanic National Bar Association Latin American Excelente Award Community Service Person of the Year. She serves on the National Association of Commissions for Women and the Hispanic Voters Coalition, among others.

Manatt received a bachelor’s in journalism in 1971. He is the president/CEO/founder of Providence Technologies Inc., a geophysical, imaging, mapping, field operations, marketing and consulting firm in energy development projects. He is a member of the Physical Science Institute in Las Cruces and a former president of the NMSU Board of Regents.

Semprevivo received his bachelor’s in management in 1997. He is the president/CEO of Joseph’s Lite Cookies, which he started at the age of 15. In 2003, Joseph’s Lite Cookies earned $6.9 million. Semprevivo is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Romero-Roybal, who received her bachelor’s in elementary education in 1979, is the assistant secretary of education for the New Mexico Public Education Department. She serves on the Executive Board of the Governor’s Business Executives for Education and the Executive Board of the Alliance for Teaching and Learning.

Stolarczyk received a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from NMSU. He is the co-founder, vice president of research and chairman of the board of Stolar Inc., an engineering firm whose purpose is to enhance the safety and productivity of underground mining through technical advancements.

Briseno, who received his bachelor’s in social work in 1982, is AmeriCorps program director for Families and Youth Inc. He served on the Hispanic Adoption Network Advisory Panel, the Las Cruces Housing Authority Educational Services Board, Las Cruces Gang Task Force and the ENLACE Latino Education Program Leadership Team.

Melhem, who earned his master’s and doctorate in civil engineering from NMSU, is dean of civil engineering and a professor in the structural engineering department at the University of Aleppo in Syria. He has published four Arabic textbooks and numerous articles in both Arabic and English.

Dunlap received his bachelor’s in agriculture education and his master’s in vocational education from NMSU. An agriculture teacher for 26 years, he was active in the Future Farmers of America program throughout his career. He serves on the NMSU Ag/FFA Advisory Board and as chairman of the New Mexico Interstate Streams Commission.

For more information about Homecoming 2005, call the Alumni Association at (505) 646-3616 or visit http://www.nmsu.edu/homecoming.

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