The New Mexico State University Library will host its first annual Sunshine Week reception on Wednesday, March 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on the third floor of Zuhl Library. The free public event is being held in conjunction with National Sunshine Week, running March 10 to 16.
Sunshine Week is a national event that coincides with James Madison’s birthday, aiming to promote and educate about the importance of open government, transparency and freedom of information. Madison was a strong proponent of open government.
1st and 2nd place winners of the Library’s Sunshine Week essay contest will be honored, followed by featured speaker Walter Rubel, Managing Editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News. Rubel will share his own experiences fighting for open government and discuss the important role Sunshine Laws play in modern democracy.
Walter Rubel first came to Las Cruces to work at the Las Cruces Sun-News in 2002 as a news editor. In 2004 he was appointed the newspaper’s bureau chief in Santa Fe and covered the state government. He returned to Las Cruces in 2007 and has been managing editor of the paper since that time. He is primarily responsible for the editorial page, but is also involved in the planning and editing of the news section. Rubel is a native of Denver and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. A seasoned newsman, he has been a journalist since 1982, working with newspapers in Kansas, California, Wyoming and Colorado before coming to New Mexico.
The Sunshine Week Essay Contest and reception are sponsored by NMSU alumnus Tim Parker, the NMSU Library and the NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications. For more information visit http://nmsu.libguides.com/sun or contact Library Specialist Jonathan Butz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Government Documents & Maps Librarian Josefine Smith at email@example.com.