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Nominating deadline nears for governor’s service awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The deadline to nominate New Mexicans for the Governor’s Distinguished Public Service Awards program is rapidly approaching – 10 days left, to be precise.

Winners will be feted during a gala dinner program Dec. 2 at the Marriott Pyramid and this year’s awardees will include Edward Lujan as a lifetime award recipient.

Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 25.

The program honoring exceptional service by individuals from throughout the state for has been going on for more than 44 years. Developed by Dr. Albert Rosenthal, professor and director emeritus in Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, in the 1960s, it has raised thousands of dollars in scholarships at three New Mexico universities.

Each year, about 10 to 12 honorees typically are chosen. The group is looking for individuals who not only have served the public admirably but have an established track record of community service.

The program has also maintained a focus on finding and honoring deserving individuals from throughout the state and especially from smaller towns and pueblo and tribal areas. Last year’s distinguished list of winners included individuals from Mesilla, Corrales, Tijeras, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Las Cruces, Belen and Rio Rancho.

To nominate someone, call JoLou Ottino at 505-344-6177.

Awards are given in four categories: federal government and national laboratories, state government and universities, local and Indian government, and business and civic.

The program currently is chaired by New Mexico Tech President Dr. Dan Lopez and Gov. Susana Martinez.