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Library Holds Student Essay Contest for Sunshine Week

swlogo2_smallThe NMSU Library is co-sponsoring a student essay contest as part of a celebration of Sunshine Week.  

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.  It is held each year in March to coincide with James Madison’s birthday and will be celebrated during the week of March 10-16, 2013.

The contest is open to all students currently enrolled at New Mexico State University.  1st prize is a $200 gift card and 2nd prize is a $100 gift card, both from the Barnes & Noble at NMSU bookstore. 

Choosing either New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act (10-15-1 NMSA 1978 et seq) or Inspection of Public Records Act (14-2-1 NMSA 1978 et seq), contestants are asked to write an original 600-800 word essay answering the following questions: 1) How does the law encourage citizen participation in state government?  2) Does the law provide citizens with sufficient access to the work of our state government?  and 3) Are the sanctions for violations of the law sufficient?

Entry forms and detailed contest information are available at the Library’s Sunshine Week libguide at

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 25, at 9:00 a.m.  Winners will be announced the first week in March, and prizes will be awarded at a reception to be held at Zuhl Library on Wednesday, March 13.

The contest and NMSU’s Sunshine Week activities are sponsored by NMSU alumnus Tim Parker, the NMSU Library and the NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications.

For more information, contact Library Specialist Jonathan Butz at or Government Documents & Maps Librarian Josefine Smith at






January 15, 2013 Categories: News Library Holds Student Essay Contest for Sunshine Week