The Global Aggie – Bringing the World to Southern New Mexico
Our 2014 Student Ambassadors
By golly, IBP cares
veryone needs a little TLC now and then and, by golly, the Office of International and Border Programs provides it. In what has become an annual NMSU tradition, the By Golly We’ve Gone Global event helps to raise funds that the Study Abroad Ambassador Club uses to provide welcoming care packages to international exchange students. About 200 members of the NMSU and Las Cruces community attended the By Golly event in November. “The care package has evolved much
from being the extra items in a Study Abroad Ambassador’s parent’s closet, to being a bonafide package containing a bed-in-a-bag, towel, pillow, pan or pot, cup, silverware, toilet paper, and any extra items the ambassador wants to give their student,” said Clinton T. Hourigan, the incoming exchange adviser for the Office of Education Abroad (OEA). The care packages go to more than 100 foreign exchange students who spend a semester or a year at NMSU. Hourigan credits Kristian Chervenock, director of OEA and interim
international student clubs
hen Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines in November, it killed more than 6,000 people and left tens of thousands more homeless and lacking food, water and basic medical care. It didn’t take long for NMSU’s international student groups to mobilize and raise money for disaster relief efforts. The Study Abroad Ambassador Club pledged a percentage of the proceeds from its By Golly We’ve Gone Global event, which raises money to provide welcoming care packages to international exchange students, to typhoon relief efforts. Along with the By Golly event, the Study Abroad Ambassador Club and the International Club of NMSU joined forces to raise even more funds to help typhoon victims.
director of the Office of International Initiatives, for developing the By Golly event in 2007. But Hourigan credits the Study Abroad Ambassador Club and the International Club of NMSU with trying to expand the project to the approximately 1,200 international students on campus who are earning their degrees. “We would very much like to provide every international student a care package, along with greater integration into Las Cruces and the Southwest,” Hourigan said.
“Together they made $1,046.63,” said Clinton T. Hourigan, the incoming exchange adviser for the Office of Education Abroad (OEA). “This was all made from literally asking every single person who walked by different locations around campus if they would like to donate.” Hourigan added that while the international student groups’ efforts were praiseworthy, so was the generosity of all NMSU students. “I believe it speaks volumes about the NMSU student body’s capacity for care and empathy,” he said. “Both of the clubs were facilitators toward channeling this emotion and were instrumental in showing that global events are, all the while, local and national events as well.”