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A Christmas Celebration—NMJC Style

A Christmas Celebration—NMJC Style photo
Virginia Mendoza leads a group of colleagues in a conga line at NMJC's annual Christmas Celebration.

12/8/2007 11:08:46 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. What's black and white and fun all over? New Mexico Junior College's 2007 Christmas Celebration, that's what!

On Friday, December 7, approximately 250 members of the NMJC family and their guests attended the annual event, which was held this year in the Lea County Event Center Banquet Hall.

Taking their cue from the designated theme of black and white, attendees dressed in a wide -- and sometimes wild -- array of black and white attire, ranging from Delores Thompson's elegant beaded chiffon evening outfit to Pat Gorman's and Randy Cook's tuxedo tee's to Robert Guthrie's enviably comfortable-looking workout shorts. Whatever the attire, gents were also provided with sparkly black top hats while accessories for the ladies included campy black and white feather boas, bead necklaces, and glistening tiaras.

Even the Banquet Hall was decorated appropriately in black and white table linens, helium balloons, and wrapped centerpieces that, when opened at the evening's end, revealed an interesting and fun assortment of gifts.

Professional entertainment was provided by contemporary troubadour Travelin' Max, who delighted the crowd throughout the evening with his musical and comic talent. Whether he was orchestrating a dance-off, a singing contest, a "drinking" competition (of sparkling grape juice, of course), or a conga line, Max delighted and engaged the audience with his diverse, zany, and wildly energetic repertoire.

As part of the annual event, Service Awards were presented to NMJC faculty and staff who were celebrating milestone years. Earning five-year awards were Sylvia Alves, Philip Berry, Randy Hargrove, Dallas Hulsey, Brandon Hunt, Kim Latimer, Barbara Summer, Patricia Youngblood, and Cynthia Zambrelli.

Ten-year awards were earned by August Fons, Joe Garcia, Christie Gressett, Ophelia Huerta, Shelly Murphy, and Lisa Seed.

Fifteen-year awards were presented to Kay Goad and Nelda Helms.

Brenda Pierce was the recipient of a twenty-year award, with Pat Knapp earning the only twenty-five year service award.

The finale of the Celebration included presentation of the two outstanding personnel awards, selected by the NMJC campus. Neil Sudduth was named the Maintenance / Security Employee of the Year, and he was awarded a $1000 check from Wells Fargo Bank in recognition of his outstanding service. Sandy Hardin received the Support Staff Employee of the Year award, as well as a $1,000 check from First National Bank. The awards first began at NMJC during the 1996-1997 academic year.

Thanks go out not only to the Social Committee for their hard work and creativity in putting together a memorable event of fun, food, and festivities, but also to the NMJC Foundation for underwriting much of the associated expenses.

Although the evening's theme and color scheme were officially black and white, NMJC's 2007 Christmas Banquet proved to be a genuinely colorful event.

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