Letters from leadership

It’s a great time to be an NMSU Aggie! We recently completed our new strategic plan – NMSU LEADS 2025. In it, we highlight a set of four strategic goals: enhance student success and social mobility; elevate research and creativity; amplify extension and outreach; and build a robust university system. Going forward, we will align all of our efforts in support of these goals. 

Regarding student success, we are very pleased to announce an increase in overall student enrollment numbers – the first such increase since 2010. Not only has enrollment stabilized, but we are now poised for sustained growth in both our undergraduate and graduate student populations. New students consistently express that they chose NMSU because they want a top-tier education with a highly diverse student body at one of the lowest costs in the nation. That is certainly something we can and will continue to deliver!

Thanks, and go Aggies!

Dan Arvizu, Ph.D. ’73
NMSU Chancellor

As the end of fall approaches, we have another wonderful issue of Panorama to share with you filled with highlights and exciting stories of our alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. 

Fall is a great time for Aggies to connect back to campus. We celebrated Homecoming in October, and it was a treat to see the reunions for the ’59 ’69 ’79 ’89 ’94 ’99 and ’09 classes. Not only is it special when Aggies join together on campus, but it is also meaningful when you share the impact NMSU has made in your life with the next generation. Alumni play a critical role in recruiting future Aggies to campus. Did you know the NMSU system had its first enrollment increase since 2010? We are always happy to welcome new Aggies each semester. 

In addition to inspiring the next generation, Aggies from across the country are participating in #AggieServe and giving back to their community. No matter where you live, you can join this volunteer initiative. Whether it’s working in a soup kitchen during the holidays or helping with a community garden – let us know when you plan to meet up with fellow Aggies and we will send you T-shirts to wear during the event as a small thank you for helping your communities.  

Finally, please join us for the fifth annual #GivingTuesday Dec. 3. A gift of any amount benefits our students at all five campuses. Last year, NMSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends joined together on a global day of giving to raise $2.1 million, and we couldn’t do it without you. To learn more, visit support.nmsu.edu/GT. 

We hope to see you soon, 

Leslie Cervantes ’86
Associate Vice President of Alumni and Donor Relations, University Advancement

This issue of Panorama is produced by the office of Marketing and Communications, New Mexico State University, 575-646-3221.

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Panorama is published two times annually.

ISSN 2470-0649

New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and educator.

The magazine can be found online at panorama.nmsu.edu.


Tiffany Acosta

Assistant Editor

Adriana M. Chávez ’19

Art Director

Gerald Rel


Amanda Adame ’19, Carlos Cuesta Alboroz, Vladimir Avina ’18, Josh Bachman ’07, Minerva Baumann ’13, Eddie Binder, Megan Hansen ’06 ’09, Carlos Andres López ’10, Savannah Montero ’18, Jane Moorman, Melissa Rutter ’17, Faith Schifani, Erik Winter ’06


Dan Arvizu ’73



John Floros


Interim President and Chief Operating Officer, NMSU Foundation

Tina Byford ’00 ’11


Associate Vice President of Alumni and Donor Relations

Leslie Cervantes ’86


Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Justin Bannister ’03 ’13


Executive Director of Marketing and Web Communications

Melissa Chavira ’03 ’05 ’11


Director, Alumni Relations

Rebecca Galves ’01

NMSU Alumni Association International Board of Directors Executive Council


Scott Sponseller ’96 ’98 



Carol Smallwood ’83



Michael Law ’05


Past President

Tony Martinez ’96 ’98


Executive Council Members

Nancy Flores ’88, Erika Swan ’95, Adam Thompson ’08 

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