Association meets goal of chartering
|Alumni on the Go
|by Debbie Widger, '81, '93
|Alumni Relations Director
|NMSU Alumni Association
|MSC 3AS, P.O. Box 30001
|Las Cruces, NM 88003
Another spring has come and gone. They say time flies when you are having
fun. Judging by how fast this year is going, I am really having a great
time. As I have said before, I have the best job in the world.
High School Honors Nights
When the Honors Nights start each year, I look at the schedule and it
is hard to fathom that we will ever finish. This year we honored more
than 3,726 students in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, from mid-February
We added a couple of new features this year. In Tucumcari I went to
Esperanza High School to present certificates. The Clayton High School
sponsored an enchilada dinner for students and their parents. What a
hit! Our thanks to Jack Wiley, 72 ,89; John Burgess, 71,83;
and Bill Cantrell. 67. The dinner was their idea.
Thank you to all of our alumni who donate dollars and time to make
this program a success. Without your help we would not be recruiting
so many bright students.
Outstanding Seniors, Graduates
NMSUs Outstanding Seniors were recognized at our Commencement
buffet on May 12.
The Outstanding American Indian Senior Award, sponsored by the NMSU
Alumni Association, was presented for the first time this spring. Cheryl
L. Riley, the first recipient, was honored at the American Indian Student
recognition Banquet May 4.
Four Outstanding Graduates from the Dona Ana Branch Community College
were recognized for their achievements April 26. Anna Mejia Chieffo,
90, Alumni Association president, and Barbara Harrison, 84,
past president, made the presentations.
NMSU-Alamogordo and NMSU-Carlsbad Outstanding Graduates were added
to the list of awardees this spring. On April 30 the Alumni Association
and the Alamogordo Aggie Alumni Chapter sponsored a luncheon to recognize
three students. Five Outstanding Graduates were recognized at the May
Commencement at NMSU-Carlsbad.
It is wonderful to meet these students, who all have great stories
The Alumni Association had a goal of chartering 25 chapters by June
30, and by press time, we knew we would have at least 25.
Our next goal is to have a total of 50 chapters by June 30, 2002.
Bay Area Chapter
On March 11, Bay Area alumni and guests enjoyed a Sunday brunch in San
Jose, Calif., followed by a tour of the San Jose Art Museum and the
traveling retablo exhibit from the NMSU Art Museum. Associate Arts and
Sciences Dean Reed Dasenbrock provided an overview of the history of
retablos and the origins of the collection. Engineering Dean Jay Jordan
updated the group on news from the university and the College of Engineering.
Jack Burleson, Herb Edde and Bill Wunsch accepted the charter for the
Bay Area Alumni Chapter and requested input on future events from those
present. Interesting stories were told about events on campus during
the 1940s. One concerned ag students coating the blarney stone
(that engineers were required to kiss during Engineers Week) with
material gathered from one of the stock pens. The engineers retaliated
by kidnaping one of the calves from the ag college and leading it up
the stairs to the second floor of Foster Hall.
Old School House Dance
On March 17 alumni in the Bean Valley (Corona, Vaughn, Encino, Estancia,
Mountainair and Moriarty, N.M.) held an Old School House Dance. Over
150 Aggie alumni and friends participated in a potluck dinner and dance.
Bertha Macon, 65, was the one with the great idea. She was able
to get Bill Bailey, 67, and Emmit Brooks, 61, of the Aggie
Ramblers to play tunes well remembered by this group.
Houston Spring Gathering
On March 31 nearly 50 Aggie alums gathered in Bear Creek Park under
sunny skies in Houston to enjoy Luthers Bar-B-Que, renew old friendships
and make new ones. The event was co-hosted by the Department of Chemical
Engineering. Department Head Charles Johnson entertained the crowd with
a history of his professional football career.
The Houston Aggie Alumni Association was officially chartered with
President Joe Ledvina, 70, and Vice President Archie Beckett Jr.,
77, taking office for the first year. Discussed were events in
conjunction with the NMSU-UT football game in September and an Astros
game. Joe and Archie are open to suggestions for events from Houston
Santa Fe Chapter
On April 23 a small but enthusiastic alumni group gathered at the La
Posada Hotel for a luncheon to charter the Santa Fe Aggie Alumni Chapter.
Louise Cavatta, 89, is the chapter president. Stories of earlier
days at NMSU abounded. Harold Cunningham, 48, told of being assigned
living space with three other students in a barracks on the south side
of campus. Holes in the building and gaps around doors
and windows let in blowing sand. When President Milton heard of the
students plight, he allowed them to move into his garage, rent
free, for the remainder of the semester.
Dr. Warren Noland, 58, 63, emeritus associate dean of the
College of Health and Social Services, was in Yemen this spring and
held an alumni luncheon. He had a great turnout, and there is a lot
of interest in future events. We may get this one chartered soon too.
June 23 Spokane Aggie Alumni Chapter river boat cruise
and barbecue, Templins Resort Post Falls, Idaho.
July 15 Diablo baseball, El Paso, Texas.
July 28 Diamondback baseball, pre-game party, Phoenix,
Ariz., pre-game, 4-6:30 p.m., Jefferson Street Bar and Grill; game,
Aug. 3 Chuck wagon breakfast, NMSU Ag Science Center,
Aug. 11 Barbecue at the Bernalillo County Fair, noon,
fairgrounds, Espanola County Fair event, 4:30 p.m., Espanola, N.M.
Aug. 12 Northeastern New Mexico roundup, Bruce, 82,
and Trina, 84, Davis CS Ranch, Eagle Nest, N.M.
Aug. 18 Colorado chile roast, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Aug. 23 Tailgate party, Louisville, Ky.
Sept. 1 Tailgate party, University of Texas at Austin.
Sept. 15 Tailgate party, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Sept. 22 Alumni team roping, barbecue and dance, Calhoun
Arena, Las Cruces, Tailgate party, Kansas State University, Manhattan,
Sept. 29 Beans, Burritos and Beer, Washington, D. C.,
Oct. 1 Tailgate party, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.
Oct. 11-13 Homecoming 2001 at NMSU.
Nov. 17 Tailgate party, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The NMSU Alumni Association honored outstanding May 2001 graduates
at the main campus and the NMSU Dona Ana, Carlsbad and Alamogordo
At NMSU-Carlsbad, the students honored are Eloy Moreno, Manufacturing
Sector Development Program; Brandy Berman, Communication Arts,
Business Studies, Developmental Studies, Engineering and Welding
Division; Patricia Gail Carter, Social Sciences, International
Relations and Special Studies Division; Donald R. Allen, Sience,
Mathematics and Computer Science Division; and Jennifer Giles,
Nursing, Allied Health and Wellness Division.
At NMSU-Alamogordo, the honorees are Jessica Gallo, Business,
Humanities and Social Sciences Division; Jenni R. Trumble, Math,
Science and Technology Division; and Sharon Weaver, Technical
main campus spring 2001 Outstanding Seniors gather at a May 12 luncheon
sponsored by the Alumni Association. Front row, from left, are Sally
Salazar, College of Business Administration and Economics; Marilyn
Kerschen, College of Arts and Sciences; Phoenix Rogers, College
of Agriculture and Home Economics; Lina Benavidez, College of Education;
and Laura E. Boucheron, College of Engineering; Back row, from left,
are Chris Halverson, Graduate School; Tekle Tewolde Ghide, Center
for International Programs; and Ronald Roberts, College of Health
and Social Services.
Photo by Michael Kiernan
Photo by Melissa Bollschweiler
Ana Branch Community College Outstanding Graduates for spring 2001
are, from left, Guadalupe Reyes, Business and Information Systems
Division; Mary Elizabeth Triller, Health and Public Services Division;
Mike Perez, Technical Studies Division; and Terrence L. Righi, White
Sands Center, Business and Information Systems Division.
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