|FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dr. Jay Gogue
Sometimes pushing the boundary is a matter of offering programs at
a more accessible time. New Mexico States Master of Business
Administration program is now offered entirely at night, and the change
has been a boon to people whose job and family responsibilities make
it impossible to take classes during the day. In making the change,
the College of Business Administration and Economics worked closely
New Mexico is a big state for a land grant university to
serve, but thanks to new technologies and innovative faculty
and staff, the boundaries of time and place dont loom
as large as they once did.
A case in point: Our Cooperative Extension Service recently
dedicated its first distance-education learning center, in
Clayton, 414 miles from the main campus. An online news conference
demonstrated the Internet technologies the learning centers
will use to bring university courses and training opportunities
to communities throughout the state.
Business Advisory Council, composed of business and professional people
from around the region.
These initiatives are building on the successes of similar, more established
programs. A graduation ceremony was held at the Boeing Co.s
headquarters in Seattle in December for a group of Boeing employees
who earned masters degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial
engineering by distance education. And at the Autonomous University
of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, we recognized the first
11 graduates of a masters degree program in industrial engineering
that we began in 1997 to help improve the competitiveness of industrial
plants in Mexico, both Mexican-owned and U.S.-owned.
As you can see, the boundaries are being expanded in a variety of
areas and the changes are driven by specific needs. Thats how
the universitys ventures into distance education and other innovations
began and thats how they will grow.
Photo by Meghann Dallin
New Mexico States skyline keeps evolving as the tower of
the new Jornada Experimental Range Headquarters, right, takes shape.
The new tower and the tower of Skeen Hall look closer than they are
in reality. Student photographer Meghann Dallin created the illusion
using a 300 mm lens with 2X converter. The Jornada building, which
will house USDA employees and university researchers working on the
Jornada Experimental Range project, is scheduled for completion this
Ackerman, Amador receive honorary docorates
Two New Mexico State University graduates who have distinguished
themselves in business and medicine Public Service Company of
New Mexico Chairman Emeritus John T. Ackerman, 71, of Albuquerque
and retired neuro-surgeon L.V. Amador, 41, of Los Angeles
received honorary doctorates at NMSUs spring Commencement ceremonies
Saturday, May 12.
For the first time, the university divided its Commencement into
two parts to reduce the length of the programs and better accommodate
large audiences. More than 1,500 students were candidates for degrees.
Ackerman attended the morning and afternoon cere-monies in the Pan
American Center. Because of illness, Amador was unable to travel
Ackerman, who received a masters degree in electrical engineering
in the electric utility management program at NMSU, was honored
for his professional achievements and contributions to business
and civic affairs in New Mexico. Ackerman joined PNM as a junior
engineer and had worked his way to senior vice president of operations
by 1984, when the company acquired the Gas Company of New Mexico.
He served as president and chief operating officer of the Gas Company
of New Mexico until 1990, when he was elected president and chief
executive officer of the parent company. He took on the additional
role of chairman of the board in 1991.
He served as president, CEO and chairman until 1994 and continued
as chairman until 1999, when he was elected as the only chairman
emeritus in PNMs 82-year history.
At NMSU, Ackerman is a member of the Klipsch School of Electrical
and Computer Engineering Academy and has served on several advisoryboards.
He helped to create the PNM Professorshipin Utility Management within
the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
John T. Ackerman, recipient of an honorary doctorate, is congratulated
by student Regent Antonia Royal at Commencement May 12.
Amador, a native of Las Cruces, received his bachelors degree
in biology with honors at NMSU and his M.D. from Northwestern University
in Illinois. He was honored for his distinguished career as a neurosurgeon
and medical educator, during which he earned inter-national renown
as a leading authority on brain tumors in the young.
In the 1950s and 60s, Amador was a research associate for the Rockefeller
Institute for Research in Europe, lectured in Sweden and Germany
as a Guggenheim Fellow, and served on the medical faculty of the
University of Illinois at Chicago. He later joined the faculty of
Northwestern University, served for many years as medical director
of the Research Foundation for Spastic Paralysis and Related Diseases
of the Central Nervous System, and was a visiting scientist at the
Brain Research Institute at the University of California at Los
Angeles. He is the author of Brain Tumors in the Young and
a contributing author of the three-volume Atlas of the Brain.
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On the Cover
Aggie Panorama borrowed early drafts of published works
by New Mexico State University English professors
Kevin McIlvoy and Kathleene West for this issues cover. See
pages 6-7 for stories on the universitys new Master
of Fine Arts degree program in creative writing.
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