Letters from leadership

It’s always an exciting time to be a part of New Mexico State University. We have just sent another amazing class of talented NMSU graduates into the world to help shape the future. We are also preparing to welcome an equally amazing and talented class of new students to campuses this fall. Our athletic teams continue to excel in their competition as well as in the classroom. Our researchers, faculty, staff and other employees are also doing tremendous work to advance the university in all aspects. You’ll read more about the wonderful things happening at NMSU throughout this magazine.

Additionally, we have just launched our new strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025. The plan includes updates to our mission, vision and values. It also outlines the new strategic goals we have set for the entire university system. I encourage you to visit nmsu.edu/LEADS/ to provide feedback on this important document. 

Thanks, and Go Aggies!

Dan Arvizu, Ph.D. ’73
NMSU Chancellor

Hello, Aggies! This year seems to be moving fast with many great successes and stories to share – both on campus and in our alumni community.

In the past five months, hundreds of NMSU alumni and friends reunited or connected at various events throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona – even Idaho! Whether these Aggies were meeting to cheer on our championship-winning teams at Aggie watch parties or volunteering in their local communities through #AggieServe, many chapters of the NMSU Alumni Association hosted events to stir up Aggie pride, some of which featured Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros. We look forward to working with the chapter leaders more this fall to host even more events near you.

One event weekend you can already plan to attend is NMSU’s Homecoming Oct. 3-5, 2019. It’s the greatest time of the year for our Aggie alumni and friends, some of whom will be recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders and partners of NMSU. From the annual parade and football tailgate to the awards dinner and happy hour gatherings, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a weekend full of Aggie celebrations – one where we give special recognition to the classes of ’94, ’89, ’79, ’69 and ’59. Full registration information is available on the back of this magazine.

We can’t wait to see you at either Homecoming or another event this year. Thank you for all that you do to make NMSU proud.

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

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Angel Mendez

Assistant Editor

Tiffany Acosta

Art Director

Gerald Rel


Amanda Bradford ’03, Minerva Baumann ’13, Josh Bachman ’07, Josh Borchert, Adriana M. Chávez, Randle Dominguez ’17, Beth Hillis, Matthew Legaretta ’17, Andrés Leighton, Carlos Andres López ’10, Karrie Lucero ’16, Steve MacIntyre ’01, Jane Moorman, Darren Phillips, Kiana Pinter, Melissa Rutter ’17, Michele Sequeira


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

Director of Marketing and Web Communications

Melissa Chavira ’03 ’05 ’11

Director of News

Darrell J. Pehr 

Director, Alumni Relations

Rebecca Galves ’01

NMSU Alumni Association International Board of Directors Executive Council


Tony Martinez ’96 ’98 


Scott Sponseller ’96 ’98


Kay Brilliant ’71 

Past President

Crystal Lay ’02 ’10 

Executive Council Members

Kim Archuleta ’95 ’02, Steve Duran ’90, Connie Lee ’69 ’73,
Carol Smallwood ’83, Daniel Sonntag ’14, Andrea Sparkevicius ’91 ’99, Adam Thompson ’08

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