The Pan American Center is set for a celebration as more than 600 Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students and their families will attend the spring graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Some students do not attend graduation but in total 1,400 students are expected to recieve an associate degree or certificate from fall 2018 and spring and summer 2019, dependent on final grades. DACC is the fourth largest educational institution in New Mexico and had more than 7,900 students in fall 2018.
Prior to the commencement ceremony, DACC Interim-President Monica Torres will host a reception to honor Paul Dulin and his contributions to the community college throughout his tenure as a school board member for Hatch Public Schools and his service to DACC. The reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Barbara Hubbard room at the Pan American Center. He will receive an honorary Associate of Public Health degree during the graduation ceremonies.
Beginning in 2011, Dulin served on the Hatch Valley School Board (four years as President) and the DACC Advisory Board for 8 years including a year as President of the Advisory Board. A great advocate for students he started the Hatch Valley Current Use Scholarship in 2006 for Hatch students attending DACC. His fellow farmers knew of the scholarship and he would rally them to give and over the years they awarded dozens of scholarships.
Dulin is currently Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau and is responsible for southwest New Mexico. He is spreading awareness of the 2020 Census and the need for people to respond.
Dulin graduated in 1976 from East Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Environmental Geography. He has nearly 40 years of professional experience spanning 29 counties and four continents working extensively in the design, management, and evaluation of social and environmental impact mitigation and management programs. He has been involved in projects that have included elements of environmental and public health, occupational safety and health, and infectious disease surveillance and prevention.
He worked tirelessly with local communities in Doña Ana and Luna Counties and health authorities on both sides of the US-Mexico border—much of it while he was Director of the Office of Border Health with the New Mexico Department of Health from 2006 to 2013.
Dulin was also a great advocate for the community of Hatch. He served on the Hatch Valley Chile Festival organizing committee and as President of the Rincon Water Cooperative for 8 years. He was also President of the non-profit Border Partners which works in the Palomas, Chihuahua communities.