The UNM West Advisory Council presents Don Bullis, local historian and author, delivering the lecture, "New Mexico's Struggle for Statehood: 1846-1912," on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the UNM West campus, lecture hall 1225. UNM West is located at 2600 College Blvd. NE, in the Rio Rancho city center. Light refreshments will be served.

Bullis was named New Mexico's Centennial Author by the New Mexico State Library in 2011.

Bullis graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor's degree in American history and American literature. He attended graduate school at the University of New Mexico. He worked in public relations, educational projects and business before he had a career in New Mexico law enforcement.

He also worked as a columnist for the New Mexico Independent newspapers and served as editor of the Sandoval County Times-Independent. He wrote a regular column for the Rio Rancho Observer called "Ellos Pasaron Por Aqui" for 20 years. He wrote book reviews and served as a political correspondent for the Observer and the Cibola County Beacon. His columns have appeared in the New Mexico Magazine, the New Mexico Stockman and in Tradición Revista and other periodical publications.

Bullis lives in Rio Rancho, N.M., with his wife Gloria.

He is the author of eight non-fiction books on New Mexico history and two novels, also set in New Mexico.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu