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Monday, July 14, 2003

Salas, Wiltenmuth exchange wedding vows

Emilia Salas of Lafayette and James Wiltenmuth of Slidell were joined in matrimony during a noon nuptial Mass Jan. 3 in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

The Rev. Etoile officiated at the Mass attended by family and friends. The couple have selected the surname of the bride.

The bride is the daughter of Roy and Deborah Salas of Lafayette. She graduated from Lafayette High School and attends UL Lafayette.

The groom, son of Michael Wiltenmuth and Kathleen Wiltenmuth, both of Slidell, is a graduate of Northshore High School in Slidell and attends UL Lafayette.

The bride was escorted by her father.

Maid of honor was Sonja Salas, sister of the bride, who also served as a witness, along with Gerald Allgood.

A reception will be held at La Belle Maison on Jan. 11. The couple plan to live in Lafayette.

Lara considers future in medicine

Amanda Lara of Pecos, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 22 through July 1, 2003. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in career related to science and health, Lara joined more than 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum.

Lara learned first-hand from medical ethics, the global effects of infectious disease, genetic research, public health and many other subjects relevant to the field.

The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offers students like Amanda Lara a behind-the-scenes look of what it takes to become a medical professional," said Donna Snyder, executive director of NYLF. "The curriculum for the Forum on Medicine complements the classroom experience and allows its participants to gain an understanding of how to get where they want to be within the universe of medicine."

"Its quite an amazing time to be in medicine, thanks in large part to recent leaps in technology," said Dr. Ian Taylor, dean of Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor spoke to the NYFL students about the advances made in the field of medicine that benefit both patients and physicians. "To fully appreciate all that is going on in the world of medicine, make connection here at NYLF that will continue to follow you throughout your education and career."

Throughout the program, Lara and fellow students experienced problem-based learning in a series of intense and stimulating simulations, many exercises of which are faced by students in medical schools throughout the country.

NYLF/MED culminated in the Public Health Symposium, in which students developed programs to directly impact their communities on the issues of adolescent fitness, health care for the elderly and chronic disease, among others. The goal of the exercise was to encourage the students to develop and implement programs as leaders, addressing concerns on public health issues in their communities.

During NYLF/MED, students had the opportunity to visit some of the best institutions of medical learning and research in the country, including Tulane School of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, East Jefferson General Hospital, Memorial Medical Center - Baptist Campus and several others. Not only did students visit these renowned places, they also interacted with doctors, nurses, scientists, and professors to gather a greater understanding of medical history, standards and trends.

"Many who participate in our program arrive thinking they have a clear idea of the type of medicine they want to practice," continued Snyder. "By opening new doors for them, students can confirm or adjust their professional plans accordingly, prior to college."

NYLF is a nonprofit, educational organization committed to empowering young people to make well-informed career choices. For additional information, visit us at

Amanda Lara would like to thank her many sponsors who made her trip possible.

She is the daughter of Deana and Carlos Lara of Pecos.

Nichols named Employee of Month

Alicia Nichols has been selected Employee of the Month for the month of June at the Reeves County Detention Center.

Nichols is assigned to the Personnel Office as a Personnel Officer III.

She has been married to Carlos Nichols, Jr. for 38 years and enjoys reading and sewing.

Her greatest joy however, is spending time with her 12 grandchildren (six grandsons and six granddaughters).

Nichols began her career for Reeves County in November 1980 and at the Reeves County Detention Center in March of 1995.

She is a veteran staff member who has proven herself to be both extremely reliable and professional, according to RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

"She is also a dedicated member of the RCDC Employees Club, where she currently holds the treasurer's position," said Franco. "Her work ethics and attitude are of the highest level and she is a model example for other staff members employed at the Reeves County Detention Center," he said.

As a Personnel Officer, Nichols' primary responsibilities are to maintain security and control of all staff member's personnel file, scheduling In-Take sessions for newly hired staff and scheduling of all Psychological interviews.

"Mrs. Nichols has continuously accepted and performed her responsibilities and duties in the highest professional manner, and has always taken pride in being a staff member at the Reeves County Detention Center," said Franco.

The Reeves County Detention Center, Personnel Department and Training Department are proud to recognize Alicia Nichols as the June Employee of the Month.

"Her high standards, quality of work performance, and self-motivation have earned her this honor," said Franco. "We wish her continued success in her career with the Personnel Department and the Reeves County Detention Center," he said.

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