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NMSU Alumni Association awards up for grabs with new category

Every year during Homecoming, the New Mexico State University Alumni Association recognizes some of the institution’s most successful graduates and friends through time-honored awards.


Nine people standing in a row with star awards in their hands.
The 2018 recipients of the NMSU Alumni Association awards, include Tommy Sheppard (second from left), Tara Jaramillo, Patty Lopez, Rance Miles, Dion Messer, Rebeccah Brown and Eric Powell. They are joined by Scott Sponsellor (far left), president-elect of the NMSU Alumni Association, and Chancellor Dan Arvizu (far right). (Photo by Christ Chavez)

Nominations are now open for the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service and a new category, the Young Alumni Service Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award began in 1956 to recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership that show specific, meritorious service to the quality and advancement of NMSU. Six alumni, one from each of the academic colleges at NMSU, will be honored.

In 1966, the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service started to recognize one individual or one couple every year who have shown progressive support, dedicated involvement and impactful civic and humanitarian service to NMSU and within their communities. Nominees can be either alumni or friends of the university.

Starting this year, the NMSU Alumni Association will award its first-ever Young Alumni Service Award to one alum who is an emerging professional. The nominee must be age 40 or below and must demonstrate making great strides in shaping their community’s future while bringing great distinction to NMSU.

“We love sharing the successes of our current students and outstanding faculty year-round, but these awards give us a special opportunity to honor those outside of NMSU who wear the Aggie name proudly while transforming the world we live in,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president of alumni and donor relations. “Every year, we are humbled by the impact these alumni and friends make on their communities and our great university, and we look forward to seeing who our Aggie community nominates this year.”

Nominations are due Fri., April 5, 2019, and can be completed online by visiting https://support.nmsu.edu/connect/awards-scholarships. Although registration is still to come, the annual Alumni Awards dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Fri., October 4 at NMSU’s Corbett Center.