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From the

Alumni Association

Many elements contribute to the New Mexico State University experience: distinguished faculty, hardworking staff, an exceptional and diverse student body and extraordinary library, laboratory and technology resources. Annual giving plays a critical role in each of these areas, which ultimately has an impact on our students. This edition of Panorama highlights some of the people, programs and progress supported by annual gifts. These stories show how NMSU alumni and friends who give annual gifts demonstrate their loyalty to the university while providing immediate, critical support for top priorities such as student scholarships and enhanced learning opportunities. From a monthly $5 gift to a $1,000 end-ofyear contribution, every gift makes a difference, regardless of the amount. Contact us today to see how your gift can impact the lives of our students.

What an exciting time to be an Aggie! Nearly every single day, I see something that confirms New Mexico State University produces amazing alumni. Some return to NMSU to work in research, helping NMSU earn recognition from top organizations like Forbes. Others head out into a career in which they can showcase their talents, skills and NMSU education. If I had to pick one word to describe our Aggies, it would be amazing! Every year at Homecoming, a carefully selected group of Distinguished Alumni and a James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service recipient are celebrated in front of their peers and NMSU leaders. One distinguished graduate is selected from the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Health and Social Services for standing out above the rest professionally, while bringing honor to the university and making significant contributions of time or philanthropy to the university and their community. One James F. Cole Award recipient is selected for their support of and involvement with the university and their civic, humanitarian and professional service.

Go Aggies! Amy Bigbee ’79 Alumni Association President

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Winter now leads development efforts


Homecoming is Oct. 1, and nominations are being carefully considered by our awards committee. Visit http://advancing. alumni-association-awards/alumniassociation-awards to learn more about the Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole programs. For more information, call the NMSU Alumni Association at 575-6467551.

Andrea S. Tawney, Ph.D. Vice President for University Advancement

Terra V. Winter ’01 ’05 joined the leadership team in the Office of University Advancement last fall as its new associate vice president for development. She most recently served as assistant dean for donor development and alumni relations in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. In her new role, Winter oversees annual giving, campaign planning, planned giving, development officers and corporate and foundation giving. She joins Leslie Cervantes, who was named associate vice president for alumni engagement, participation and stewardship in August, and Tina Byford, who now serves as the chief operating officer for University Advancement and the NMSU Foundation. Winter has more than 13 years of experience in development and earned her certified fundraising executive designation in 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Communication Studies and Master of Public Health degrees from NMSU and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary doctorate in management and educational leadership administration. Prior to joining the College of ACES in 2012, she served as director of development for Mesilla Valley Hospice for 10 years, concurrently serving as executive director of the Mesilla Valley Hospice Foundation for two years.


Every gift has an impact on our students

Panorama - Spring 2016  

Panorama is NMSU's Alumni and Friends magazine. To read the current issue, visit To view the Fall 2016 issue as a...

Panorama - Spring 2016  

Panorama is NMSU's Alumni and Friends magazine. To read the current issue, visit To view the Fall 2016 issue as a...