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NMSUís 2018 Domenici Conference student panelists announced

Since the selection in April of this yearís student panelists for the Domenici Public Policy Conference, the students have been working with mentors to develop rigorous questions for the conference speakers at the 11th annual event held at New Mexico State University.

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Garrey Carruthers, director of the Domenici Institute at New Mexico State University and former NMSU chancellor, greets Harris Ahmed, 2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference student panelist and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine student. The 2018 student panelists for the Domenici Public Policy Conference have been announced and are preparing for the conference on Sept. 12-13. (NMSU photo by Niki Rhynes)

The two-day conference is set for Sept. 12 and 13 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. This yearís topics will focus on national defense, immigration and the political landscape of the nation and state.

Members of the Domenici Institute Advisory Council mentor the panelists over the course of the summer and through the conference in the fall. Working as teams, the students have used the summer to expand their understanding of the conference speakers and topics while learning to develop challenging, concise questions. Each student panelist will receive a two-night hotel stay in Las Cruces, a $250 Visa gift card sponsored by US Bank and a group dinner on Sept. 11.

Panelists have the opportunity to extend their summer research into a fall semester course as a Domenici Student Scholar. In its third year, the Domenici Student Scholars program has been expanded to include panelists from universities across the entire state of New Mexico.

The 2018 Domenici Public Policy Conference student panelists are:

Norah Alshadadi, New Mexico State University
Sara Armstrong, University of New Mexico
William Bradford, New Mexico State University
Chalyss Evans, New Mexico State University
Samantha Garza, New Mexico State University
Joseph Gergel, Eastern New Mexico University
Amador Gonzales, New Mexico State University
Brendon Gray, University of New Mexico
Brian Liu, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bowen Perry, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
Jacob Ring, University of New Mexico
Joel Robinson, University of New Mexico
Julisa Rodriguez, University of New Mexico
Larimar Rodriguez, University of New Mexico
Cherie Romero, New Mexico Highlands University
Kyle Stark, New Mexico Tech
Aaron Stiles, New Mexico State University
Arjun Tandon, New Mexico Tech
Lisa Valleroy-Djang, New Mexico State University
Leah Wofford, New Mexico State University

Kevin Boberg, Domenici Student Panelist chair, Tom Dormody, NMSU agricultural and extension education Regents Professor, Janet Green, Domenici Institute program manager, Tim Ketelaar, Honors College associate dean and psychology associate professor, Carol Owensby, teacher at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, and Neal Rosendorf, government associate professor, are mentoring the student panelists and preparing them to discuss policy issues.

Additionally, the newly established Domenici Student Scholars Research Papers archive will preserve public policy student research papers in the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections in Branson Library. These student archives are open to students in the Domenici Student Scholars program.

Online registration for the conference is available at http://domenici.nmsu.edu. Registration fees are $50 before Friday, Sept. 1, and then increase to $75. The conference is free to NMSU students but registration is required. For more information, call the Domenici Institute at 575-646-2066.

For a detailed agenda or more information on the speakers visit http://domenici.nmsu.edu/domenici-public-policy-conference/.