NMSU Foundation recognizes donors
New Mexico State University honored donors for their giving to both athletics and university programs at the annual Presidents Associates Recognition Ball in early March.
NMSU recognizes donors for their cumulative giving at
several levels: University Ambassadors, $10,000
This year the university created a new recognition level, Circle of Excellence-Gold, for donors with cumulative giving of over $1 million and honored six donors at this level.
University Ambassadors: Rick and Laurie Baish,
Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Benjamins, Bohannon Huston Inc., Ben and Janis
Boykin, Doris and James Cassan, Peter and Jeanne Culbertson, Ammu
and Rama Devasthali, the Dona Ana Chapter of Certified Public Accountants,
Joe and Susan Ellington, Alma and Paul Feil, Barbara Funkhouser, Jack and Rebecca
Groves, Dr. Bill and Kaylynn Holloman, Denton and Sandra Holmes, Arturo
and Maria Elena Jurado, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Knackstedt, Eric Liefeld
and Trina Witter, Dorothy M. Lockman, the Gordon McMillan
family, David and Janie Orr, Ray and Betty Sadler, Alvy Ray Smith,
Sunrise Lions Club, John and Romayne Thomas, Bob Vitolo, Clint F.
and Robin W. Welsh and Janet A. Zingale, D.D.S., and Michael J. Zingale,
Les Davis, 1919-2001
Longtime Aggie booster Les Davis, a Cimarron, N.M.,
cattleman, died in May after a long illness related to injuries sustained
during World War II.
Although he was not an NMSU alumnus, he sent his four sons, Warren Mitchell, 77; Randy, 80; James Kirk, 81; and Bruce, 82, to the university.
He hosted or attended all Aggie alumni events in north-eastern New Mexico and opened his home to presidents Thomas, Halligan and Gogue when they were in the area.
Less wife Linda is a member of the NMSU Foundation Board. The couple were recognized for their financial support of NMSU as members of the University Ambassadors at the recent Presidents Associates Recognition Ball.
In 1941 Davis found his way to the family-owned CS Ranch in northeast New Mexico following graduation from Dartmouth College. He said he fell in love with ranching and returned after service in World War II that earned him three purple hearts. He became general manager of the CS Cattle Co. in 1946 and president in 1964. His six children and seven grandchildren are actively involved in CS interests.
I always wanted to pay back my parents for their encouragement and NMSU for that first scholarship, Samaniego said.
This year he did just that, creating the Fabian and Virginia Samaniego Endowed Memorial Scholarship fund for the Department of Languages and Linguistics. This endowment provides full-tuition scholarship support for Hispanic students majoring in Spanish.
I have always been interested in Hispanic students, Samaniego said. My goal is to help them in the way that others helped me.
In retirement he is focusing on his other career: writing Spanish language textbooks for native and non-native speakers. Nationwide, his textbooks are used by about 30 percent of the students studying Spanish in junior high school and high school. His books for native Spanish speakers command about 75 percent of the market.
Samaniego now finds more time for his other passion world traveling. He recently returned from a 37-day cruise that went from Hong Kong to Greece with several stops along the way.
Ann M. Palormo