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NMSU’s College of ACES alums to gather in Santa Fe Feb. 7

Alumni in New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are invited to the first Sam Steel Society social of the year following the conclusion of Ag Fest in Santa Fe on Tuesday, Feb. 7.


The event is the first of several the Sam Steel Society Council will be organizing statewide throughout the year to bring Sam Steel Society members together for networking and fellowship. All graduates of ACES are invited to the event, dubbed “Aggie After Fest,” which will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Admission is free and a cash bar will be available. The event is open to all ACES alumni and guests and Ag Fest vendors.

The Sam Steel Council has been established in an effort to support the goals and objectives of the College of ACES and to oversee the operations of the Sam Steel Society, the College of ACES’ alumni organization. The council’s mission is to assist the College of ACES through recruitment, increasing internship and employment opportunities, public relations advocacy, cultivating political influence and seeking partnerships that support the College of ACES through private donations and gifts.

The council is made up of no more than 17 members of the Sam Steel Society and one current ACES student. All former students of the College of ACES who received a degree are regular members of the Sam Steel Society and are eligible to serve on the council.

The council is led by an Executive Committee, which includes Anthony Chavez, president; Crystal Diamond, president-elect; Ryan Perry, member-at-large; Colleen Payne, secretary; and Kelsi Cureton, treasurer.

Other members of the Sam Steel Council are Arcel Allsup, Kris Chavez, Kerrie Cox Romero, Felicia Frost, Nicole Lujan, Chaddy Robinson, Claudia Salopek, Greg K. Smith and a student representative still to be named.

The council will be implementing a giving level structure to help raise funds for Sam Steel activities and to assist in developing scholarships to be awarded in the future. With a gift of $25 or more, donors will receive invitations to the quarterly Sam Steel Society mixers across the state. A Sam Steel Giving Pin, which resembles the Sam Steel brand, has been created to give to all donors giving $100 or more to the Sam Steel Society Fund during the 2017 inaugural year.

While gifts of any amount are welcome, donors will be given the bronze Sam Steel pin with a $100 gift. A $250 gift will allow them to receive a silver Sam Steel pin. With a $500 gift to the fund, a gold Sam Steel pin will be given.

To make a gift to the fund, donations may be made at giving.nmsu.edu/SamSteelSociety.html. Donors wishing to make a gift via check may send it to:

New Mexico State University
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Sam Steel Society
P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3AG
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Please make checks payable to NMSU Foundation

The council looks forward to meeting with Sam Steel Society members across the state and welcomes any input members may have. For more information, contact Cindy Nicholson at 575-646-4665 or Heather Richman at 575-646-6495 or any member of the Council.