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he best part of my job is how often I have the opportunity to spread the good news about the wonderful things happening at New Mexico State University. I’m excited to report that we’ve assembled an outstanding new team in University Advancement, led by Vice President for University Advancement Andrea Tawney. The new leadership group also includes Chief Operations Officer Tina Byford, Associate Vice President for Development Terra Winter and Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement Leslie Cervantes. Working together, I know this talented team will take University Advancement to new heights. Whether you happen to be an NMSU alum, a friend of the university, a current student, faculty or staff member, an NMSU retiree, or some combination of those, thank you for what you do. It’s because of your efforts that NMSU continues to be one of the finest institutions in the country.

Contents Spring 2016 P16

Aggie Love

Honorary captain Lori Paulson gives football team something to fight for


Diving headfirst into research

NMSU’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute program brings undergrads into the lab

Garrey Carruthers ’64 ’65 NMSU President and Chancellor of the NMSU System Panorama is produced by the office of University Communications and Marketing Services, New Mexico State University, 575-646-3221. Correspondences may be sent to University Communications and Marketing Services, MSC 3K, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003-8001 or panorama@ Panorama is published twice yearly. ISSN 2470-0649 The magazine can be found at Editor
 Justin Bannister ’03 ’13 Associate Editor
 Amanda Bradford ’03 Art Director
 Gerald Rel Photographer
 Darren Phillips Contributors
 Tiffany Acosta, Minerva Baumann ’13, Dana Beasley ’14, Ellen Castello, Adriana M. Chávez, Christ Chávez, Gilbert Duncan, Kristie Garcia ’07, W. B. Ledbetter Jr., Andrés Leighton, Jane Moorman, Mark Nessia, Greg Owens, Darrell J. Pehr, Charlotte Tallman ’02, Oli Winward President
and Chancellor Garrey Carruthers ’64 ’65

NMSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Amy Bigbee ’79 President Elect Crystal Lay ’02 ’10 Past President James “Lee” Golden ’89 Secretary/Treasurer Joel L. Granger ’98


Executive Council Amy Bigbee ’79, Kay Brilliant ’71, Steve Duran ’90, James “Lee” Golden ’89, Abigail Goodin ’12, Joel L. Granger ’98, Crystal Lay ’02 ’10, Connie Lee ’69 ’73, Tony Martinez ’96 ’98, Andrea Sparkevicius ’91 ’99, Scott Sponseller ’96 ’98, Adam Thompson ’08

Creation Innovation Reinvention

Class Representatives Kay Brilliant ’71, Karen Bardwell ’74, ’78, ’86, Barbara Harrison ’83, John Galassini ’86, Patty Wagner ’91 ’92, Cyrus Salazar ’96 ’99 ’01, Daniel Archuleta ’05, Cindy Brown ’04 ’06, Daniel Sonntag ’14 College Representatives Kim Archuleta ’95 ’02, Nancy Flores ’88, Connie Lee ’69 ’73, Krista Madril ’01, Marianne Shipley ’83, Lloyd Williams ’04 Representatives at Large Michael Law ’05, Paulo Tomasovich ’02, Mauri Weidnaar ’13, Andrea Sparkevicius ’91 ’99, Adam Thompson ’08

Vice President for University Advancement
 Andrea Tawney

Copyright 2016 New Mexico State University

Associate Vice President for University Communications and Marketing Services
 Maureen Howard

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

Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement, Participation and Stewardship
 Leslie Cervantes ’86

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Art education looks to the future, blending talent with skills that span disciplines


2 Pete’s Corner........................ 29 Alumni Connections.......... 30 Press Check........................... 34 Aggie Pride............................. 36 Around Aggieland.....................

On the cover: NMSU fine art students look to the future, blending their talent with skills that span disciplines. Photos by Christ Chávez and Karrie Lucero.

Spring 2016 | New Mexico State University | Panorama


Panorama - Spring 2016  

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