The alumni office has been busyhonors nights, chapters and keeping up with alumni. This spring we ran our database against a national database company and we found lots of Aggies out there we didnt have connectedour thanks to the great Aggies in Advancement Services, Jim McKinney 70, Warren Plante 77 and Kennis Berard 93. These guys did a wonderful job getting the data ready to run, and have reconnected lots of alumni.
Greg Bryan 99, Ryan George 98, Theron Harvey 98 and Jake Northrup 99 were just a few of the PGM alumni who met in Orlando, Florida, on January 24, 2003. Patrick Gavin 87 91, New Mexico States Professional Golf Management program director, set up a social event for PGM graduates during the Golf Show in Orlando. Everyone had fun discussing New Mexico State and, of course, the new trends in golf.
In our last Panorama, we listed high school honors nights around New Mexico and in El Paso. From the middle of February to April 16, we awarded more than 1,000 certificates to high school juniors. We are fortunate to have devoted alumni who came out from all of the counties to lend support. I know we will also have a lot of Aggies from the class of 2004. My sincere thanks to all of you who came, presented certificates and made donations to the program.
Dale Alexander 60 provided entertainment at five honors nights this year. His Fun with Gas is always a hit. I never thought chemistry could be so enjoyable.
Music Educators of Texas
Aggie alumni who teach in Texas get together each February in San Antonio. This year the Alumni Association sponsored the event and Greg Fant 90, New Mexico State University music director, attended on my behalf. From the comments weve received, we will be doing this again.
Santa Fe Office
I am sad to report Karen Browne 00 has left the Alumni Association to pursue a career in environmental engineering. She made some good contacts during her time with us and we will have the office open again soon. Our best to you, Karen.
Joe Ledvina 70 organized a Houston gathering and barbecue on March 29. Our numbers were not huge, but those Aggies who braved the cool weather had a great time. They will be having another meeting soon.
Homecoming and Class Reunions
Homecoming dates have been set. Mark your calendar for Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1. This years theme is Legacy of Heroes.
On April 5, the Alumni Association sponsored Float Building 101 for student organizations, who have already started work on their floats. A good number of students attended and learned from the pros. This should prove to be the best homecoming in years.
Members from the classes of 53 and 63 have begun preparations for their reunions. We will be mailing information as soon as plans become final. Events will be posted on the web.
In June we will begin our 2003-04 membership campaign. In looking at the various reasons why New Mexico State warrants such loyalty from its alumni, we discovered that tuition covers less than 30 percent of each students educational costs. We are lucky to live in a state interested in education to the point that it helps cover the costs of educating our students.
The Alumni Executive council has been working on the membership letters. Why not take a moment to think of the fond memories of your days at State and when your letter comeswhy not join!
As you all know, there was talk about changing the fight song lyrics. Many of you voted, and it was really neat to see your loyalty and pride. Well have a full update on the response in the fall 2003 issue of Aggie Panorama.
Calendar of events
Aggies in many areas are lining up events you wont want to miss. These are posted to our website, www.nmsu.edu/~alumni, where you will find up-todate information as it is available. Below are dates and locations of upcoming Alumni events. There are plenty more in the planning stage so keep checking. If you dont find one in your area let me know, and we can add you to the list.
28 Frank DuBois retirement party and rodeo team reunion
8 Aggie Alumni Chuck Wagon Breakfast, Tucumcari, New Mexico
13 Aggie Football pre-game party at Oregon State, Corvallis,
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