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DARREN PHILLIPS

ANDRÉS LEIGHTON

Family gift continues athletics legacy

The student-athletes of New Mexico State University’s swimming and diving team now have a private area to prepare for practices and meets, thanks to a substantial gift from Aggie alumna Smoky Glass Torgerson and her husband, Alan. Smoky’s sister, Linda Glass Schroeder, was the first head coach of NMSU’s women’s swim team in the 1970s. Smoky and Alan, along with other members of the Glass family, named the facility for Smoky and Linda’s mother, Wanda Glass. Above, Torgerson, left, and Schroeder surprise their mother with the news at the locker room’s February unveiling. Torgerson, who is a member of the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors, said her family saw an urgent need for a private space for the team at the Aquatic Center, where they had previously been sharing locker accommodations with public users of the facility.

State doubles $1.25 million in private gifts The New Mexico State University Foundation’s permanent endowment recently increased by $2.5 million as a result of contributions by private donors and appropriations from the New Mexico Higher Education Endowment Fund. The $1.25 million from the state, along with the required matching $1.25 million from donors, will allow NMSU to continue to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. The funding will support endowed professorships and faculty chairs in several colleges. The application process for state funding was extremely competitive, and NMSU received four of 16 total awards. The College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences received a total of $125,000 for the Dr. John A. and Margy Papen Endowed Professorship in Actuarial Science. The actuarial science program is a partnership between the

two colleges. Coursework in the program focuses on the analysis of risk and its applications to insurance and finance. “Actuarial science is an intellectually challenging and lucrative career path, and this interdisciplinary program is preparing students for some of the best jobs in the country,” says James Hoffman, dean of the College of Business. “Creating an endowed professorship will help NMSU retain and attract top faculty in this field, so this very generous gift will create value for our students and for the entire state of New Mexico.” Both an endowed chair and professorship were awarded to the College of Engineering. The college has $300,000 for the John Kaichiro Nakayama and Tome Miyaguchi Nakayama Endowed Chair in Engineering. Another $125,000 was awarded for the PESCO Endowed Professorship in Industrial Water Quality and Reclamation Research.

Robert Peterson, who is the gift planning director with NMSU’s Office of Advancement, was a close friend of the late Joe Nakayama, son of John and Tome. “Joe’s dream was two-fold,” Peterson says. “He wanted to honor the legacy of his parents, and to establish a position that would bring NMSU to the next level of excellence in cutting-edge research, as research tremendously helped his family in its farming efforts.” The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences received $700,000 for the Dr. Herb and Barbara Ward Endowed Interdisciplinary Chair in Environmental and Water Sciences. The state appropriations and private donor contributions allow NMSU to continue to provide a high-quality education for its students, lead cutting-edge research and address industry needs. Kristie Garcia ’07 Spring 2016 | New Mexico State University | Panorama

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Panorama - Spring 2016  

Panorama is NMSU's Alumni and Friends magazine. To read the current issue, visit https://panorama.nmsu.edu. To view the Fall 2016 issue as a...

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