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Three generations of the DeMund family are pursuing degrees at NMSU

Across-country road trip to California in 2002 started the DeMund family’s journey to New Mexico State University.

When the family was looking to relocate from the United States Virgin Islands and continue their academic studies, the DeMunds remembered travelling through Las Cruces. Norma DeMund, her son, Sulieman, her daughter, Ilé, and Ilé’s son, Alchesay, visited NMSU’s campus in 2010.

Three years later, Norma, her husband, Harold, Ilé and Alchesay moved to Las Cruces, and Sulieman, an U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran, followed in 2014.

Since arriving at NMSU, Norma has completed the course work for her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

“Being in the College of Education, it feels like home,” says Norma, who dreams of starting a school. “They make you feel very, very comfortable.”

Ilé is working on her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and Sulieman is pursuing his government and international relations master’s degree. 

Sulieman says he hopes to recruit more family and friends to NMSU. 

“When you are in this school, this school takes care of you,” he says. “I can’t ask for a better university. I brag to everybody about this gem.” 

Alchesay, who graduated from Las Cruces High School in 2017, is a freshman and Harold, a retiree who will be 75 in October, audits courses. The pair is taking a government course together. 

“I’m taking courses I never would have taken when I was in school,” Harold says. “I’ll probably go to school until they throw the dirt on top of me. My mother says continue to learn something new every day – keep your brains in gear. She’s 98 years old.” 

Tiffany Acosta 

Three generations of the DeMund family moved to Las Cruces to continue their academic careers. From left to right: Alchesay DeMund, freshman, Ilé DeMund, graduate student, Harold DeMund, audits courses, Norma DeMund, doctoral student, and Sulieman DeMund, gradute student, found the right fit at New Mexico State University.

Posted by webcomm_admin in Fall 2017


The Floyd-Rogers family has eight generations of Aggies between them

The blood in the Floyd-Rogers family definitely runs Aggie crimson. On the Floyd side, five generations have attended or are attending New Mexico State University, while the

Rogers side claims three generations of Aggies. The connective tissue between both families is Siiri Rogers, who graduated from NMSU in 1987 and works at the university as director of Student Information Management. Of Rogers’ four daughters, two – Mary and Michelle – are recent graduates, and her other two – Melissa and Megan – are currently attending NMSU.

It all started with Rogers’ great-grandmother, Isabella McClernon, who studied general science at NMSU in 1923. Four years later, Rogers’ grandmother, Mary Edith Floyd, received a B.S. in science, while her grandfather, Richard Floyd, received his B.S. in agriculture in 1931.

Rogers’ father, two uncles and one aunt all graduated from NMSU between 1952 and 1956.

“Both of my husband’s parents graduated from NMSU, and he attended for a while, too,” Rogers says. “His mom belonged to Zeta Tau Alpha, the same sorority as my girls, so that was kind of a neat connection.”

The Floyd side of the family also made a major contribution to Aggie pride, according to Rogers’ father, Dick Floyd.

“My uncle was an engineering student and he was part of the crew of engineers that went to the top of Goddard Hall and they straightened the A on A Mountain,” Floyd says. “Every time I look at ‘A’ Mountain, I think of my Uncle Kenneth.”

-Janet Perez


Top: Several generations of the Floyd-Rogers family gathered for a photo recently at Dove Hall on the Las Cruces campus. They are Dick Floyd and Siri Rogers, seated, and Megan Rogers, Mary Rogers Holcomb, Michelle Rogers and Melissa Rogers, standing from left to right.
Bottom right: A historic photo of the Floyd family includes Siiri Rogers’ grandparents, Richard Thomas and Mary Edith Floyd, center, along with her father, Dick Floyd, at right, and his siblings, Charles and Stewart Floyd, at left, and Gretchen Floyd, seated beside him. 

Posted by webcomm_admin in Spring 2017