Aggie Milestones

125 years

The New Mexico Collegian, the college’s first paper began publication in February 1893. The Round Up replaced the paper 14 years later in 1907. 

120 years

The NMSU Alumni Association was founded in 1898. It is one of the oldest organizations on campus. The group was formed to provide a means of continuing communication between graduates of the institution and the formulation of social events.  

50 years

The Pan American Center opened Nov. 30, 1968. It is home to the Aggie men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The arena has hosted the NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional, state high school basketball tournaments and hundreds of concerts featuring some of the top entertainers in America, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Notorious B.I.G. and Carrie Underwood. 

45 years

Pistol Pete became the NMSU mascot in 1973, and he made his first public appearance at an NMSU home football game against Utah State University. The pistol-toting cowboy is named after Francis “Frank” Boardman Eaton, who avenged his father’s murder in 1881 in Albuquerque. Eaton earned his nickname "Pistol Pete" for his quick draw. 

40 years

The President’s Associates Scholars program was created in 1978 and is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the state. Former NMSU President Gerald Thomas, former Vice President for Development Steele Jones and local business and community leaders established the scholarship, which is awarded to New Mexico high school students who exhibit a combination of outstanding academics, leadership skills and a commitment to community service.  

The Pan American Center.

Pistol Pete.