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Anthony Aranda receives NMSU’s 2018 ‘A’ Mountain award

Five characteristics within a New Mexico State University staff member’s work lead to becoming the recipient of the “A” Mountain award: diversity and inclusion, accountability, excellence, discovery and engagement.


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New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, right, presents Anthony Aranda, farm ranch manager of Fabian Garcia Research Center, with the “A” Mountain staff award during the 2018 Founders Day event. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

Anthony Aranda, manager of the farm ranch at the Fabian Garcia Research Center, demonstrated these qualifications to be selected as the 2018 “A” Mountain award recipient. On Friday, April 20, NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers presented Aranda with the award during the Founders Day picnic and celebration in Traders Plaza.

“It feels amazing to receive the 2018 ‘A’ Mountain award,” Aranda said. “It is a wonderful token that all of my hard work does not go unnoticed.”

Aranda has worked at NMSU for nearly 20 years. In the last five years, he has worked as the farm ranch manager at Fabian Garcia Research Center. Aranda received his bachelor’s degree from NMSU, and he grew up in Las Cruces and attended Las Cruces High School.

“My favorite part of working for NMSU is the comradery between faculty, departments and staff alike,” Aranda said. “The best part of my occupation is the chance to learn; whether it’s from researchers or students, the opportunity is always there.”

Aranda works well with the farm crew, researchers and students. He sets a goal of completing daily tasks to the best of his ability. His largest work achievement was assisting with the first phase of the construction of the Heritage Farm.

“I am a hard-working individual who constantly strives to do my best,” Aranda said.

When Aranda is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family along with his pet rabbit, dog and cat, and he loves fishing on his days off. Aranda sees himself in the following five years continuing his work for NMSU.