Alumni Connections

There’s an app for that

The Alumni Association at NMSU has recently launched its own smartphone app – available for free download on Apple and Android devices – to better connect alumni and friends of the university. Find out about NMSU updates, important information and events – like our 2017 Homecoming celebration, set for Oct. 23 to 28.


Posted by webcomm_admin in Spring 2017

Public health alumna makes a global impact at Gates Foundation

Sue Gerber, an alumna of New Mexico State University working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio in the Middle East and Africa, visited campus this spring for the first time since the 1980s.

During her visit, Gerber, the senior program officer for the Gates Foundation’s polio team, spoke to students and faculty in the College of Health and Social Services about her work with the Peace Corps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Gates Foundation.

Gerber graduated from NMSU in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in community health. She later went on to earn her master’s in public health from Walden University, and will finish her doctorate in public health/epidemiology from Walden this year.

“The interaction students are having with the faculty and staff here is very impressive,” Gerber says about her impressions during her visit. “There’s really great student participation here.”

Gerber’s visit was hosted by the NMSU Foundation in collaboration with the College of Health and Social Services, which invited Gerber to visit her alma mater.

As the Gates Foundation polio team’s senior program officer, Gerber manages a portfolio of grants, contracts and consultations that support surveillance, program operations, operational research and innovations, and is a member of the global surveillance task team for polio. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Gerber worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and served as deputy director of the CDC Global AIDS program in Namibia. Gerber was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, supporting that West African country’s immunization program.

During her visit, Gerber took a tour of colonias, or underserved communities, in Doña Ana County, visited a public health science class and hosted two roundtable discussions, one with students and the other with community health leaders chosen by CHSS Dean Donna Wagner. 

Adriana M. Chavez

Posted by webcomm_admin in Spring 2017

A familiar face returns to Alumni Relations

The new director of New Mexico State University’s Alumni Relations Office is no stranger to the department.

Mallory Driggers, who took on her new role in January after earning her doctorate in educational leadership from NMSU in December 2016, previously served as associate director of the office before taking a role in 2015 as assistant manager of Barnes & Noble at NMSU.

Driggers has a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso and a bachelor’s in journalism and public relations from Baylor University.

“I’ve been part of New Mexico State University for more than five years as a student, a staff member and an affiliate employee,” Driggers says. “I have listened to alumni talk about their Aggie pride and lifelong connection to NMSU. When I walked across the stage in December and became an Aggie myself, I truly understood the pride and connection to this top-tier institution that I had only heard about before.”

In her role as director of Alumni Relations, Driggers says she hopes to encourage proud Aggies everywhere to connect with NMSU through volunteering as an alumni leader, attending NMSU Alumni Association events and supporting the NMSU Foundation.

Mallory Driggers celebrates with Pistol Pete after receiving her doctorate in December. 

Posted by webcomm_admin in Spring 2017

Lopez showcased by Brawny for strength, perseverance

New Mexico State University alumna Patty Lopez ’80 ’82 ’89 was one of four accomplished women in science, technology, engineering and math fields who were included in a new ad campaign from paper towel maker Brawny in honor of Women’s History Month.

Lopez, a platform applications engineer at Intel who holds seven patents, was among the first three women at NMSU to earn a Ph.D.

She remains connected to her alma mater, serving on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and several advisory boards at the university.

She is also a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, a founding member of the national Latinas in Computing organization and a 2010 winner of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference/Great Minds in STEM Community Service Award. Watch Lopez’s video at

Posted by webcomm_admin in Spring 2017

Music alum shares talents at his fourth presidential inauguration

When Gunnery Sgt. Douglas Quinzi ’02 ’04 graduated from New Mexico State University, he probably couldn’t have guessed he would one day perform at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

It was Quinzi’s fourth inauguration since joining “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a French horn player in 2004.

“It’s a privilege to be able to make music for a living, and it is indeed an honor to do it while representing the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps,” Quinzi says.

As he performs with the band around the country, Quinzi is also continuing his love of learning that began at NMSU by pursuing a doctorate of music arts at the University of Maryland.

“The faculty at NMSU definitely taught me how to conduct myself like a professional and how to prioritize practice and study,” he says, “but the most valuable thing was observing people working and succeeding in a career they loved.”

– Taylor Vancel

Posted by webcomm_admin in Fall 2016