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NMSU College of Arts and Sciences seeks nominations for ‘A Starry Night’ honors

For the fifth year, New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a gala and fundraising event to recognize and honor businesses, community leaders and members of the faculty and staff for their contributions to the college and the university.


This is the second year that the college is asking the community at large to submit nominations for these awards, which will be presented during the “A Starry Night” gala event next spring on Feb. 23.

“Last year, we decided to engage the broader community in the process of identifying potential awardees, by opening up the nominations to anyone in the region. We are very pleased with the outcome – that led to a greater variety of nominations and a greater visibility for the event,” said Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We want to again invite people in our community to submit a nomination this year. Once received the nominations will be reviewed by a committee within the Dean’s Council, who will select the recipients.”

“A Starry Night” was started in 2013 and presents honors in four categories: The Town & Gown award, the Star of the Arts award, the Star of the Sciences award and the Star of the College of Arts and Sciences award. The awards recognize individuals who have achieved state, national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership while supporting their community and NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

This year, the funds raised during the event will contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences Elizabeth Ayres Pollard Sustaining Academic Progress program, which provides awards to students who are making academic progress but are facing financial challenges that prevent them from continuing in their academic endeavors. For more information about the fund, visit https://artsci.nmsu.edu/giving/sustaining-academic-progress/.

During the event, the college will also honor a star faculty member, student or alumnus from each of its 26 departments. The spring fundraiser begins with a reception at the Bank of the West showcasing these department stars, followed by the awards ceremony in the Rio Grande Theater in downtown Las Cruces.

Nomination forms are available online through http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/starry-night.

For more information, contact Ashley Jurado at ajurado@nmsu.edu.