Support from service organizations has a global impact

By Kristie Garcia ’07

Service organizations in Las Cruces have been making an impact with their gifts to New Mexico State University for nearly a century. Recently, the Rotary Club of Las Cruces gave $128,000 to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship in the College of Engineering.

Photo Above: NMSU communication disorders graduate students Marysa DeBlassie, left, and Jessica Bozzell, center, conduct speech therapy with a young boy during a faculty-led international program course to Lima, Peru, in 2014.

“We are exceptionally pleased to be able to increase our support of university students in honor of Alec C. Hood’s long and dedicated service to Rotary and our community,” says Bill Harty, Rotary Club of Las Cruces Treasurer.

Derived from “service to mankind,” the Sertoma Club of Las Cruces donates an average of $10,000 per year. The club has contributed to the Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center at NMSU since 1964, including a $25,000 donation in 2006. The club funds a scholarship in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.

“Sertoma International focuses on speech and hearing, and we have a long history with the NMSU program,” Sertoma Club of Las Cruces President Charles Wagner says.

Sertoma also donates to KRWG, athletics and the College of Business.

The Carlsbad Downtown Lions Club, Doña Ana County Lions Clubs, Las Cruces Elks Lodge, Las Cruces Optimist Club and WIA Las Cruces Woman’s Club all provide scholarship funding to NMSU.

Most of our members are NMSU alumni, and it’s important we provide scholarship support for students.

– Charles Wagner
Sertoma Club of Las Cruces President

 Numerous other organizations provide generous funding year after year. What ties these groups together is a desire to make a difference in the lives of students. “Most of our members are NMSU alumni, and it’s important we provide scholarship support for students,” Wagner says.

NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney says the impact of the support from these service organizations reaches beyond the NMSU system.

“The students and programs supported by these generous groups are themselves responsible for providing outreach and research to improve our local and global communities,” she says. “By giving to NMSU, they’re extending the reach of their impact and helping our students make a difference in the world.”