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NMSU to honor Sen. Pete Domenici during basketball game

New Mexico State University will honor U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici by "retiring" a Domenici baseball jersey during halftime of the NMSU men's basketball game Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Pan American Center. The game starts at 7 p.m.

NMSU President Michael Martin said the senator's kindness and generosity to New Mexico State make him a valuable friend. He added that Saturday's ceremony is an important and fun way for the university to show its appreciation.

"Sen. Domenici has achieved a long and distinguished career of service, not only to New Mexico, but the nation and indeed the world. His commitment to bipartisanship and progressive policymaking we hope will be a model for all future public servants," Martin said.

During the ceremony Martin and NMSU Board of Regents Chair Laura Conniff will present the senator with the framed NMSU jersey. While the senator did not attend NMSU or play sports for the university, he did play baseball for the Albuquerque Dukes in the 1950s. Domenici's NMSU jersey will have the number 36 on the back, signifying the number of years he has represented New Mexico in the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this year, NMSU announced the Pete V. Domenici Legacy project, an effort to preserve, honor and continue the legacy of Sen. Pete Domenici. Project activities include the transfer of Sen. Domenici's archives to the NMSU Library; the Domenici Legacy on Public Policy Conference to be held at NMSU in the fall; the formation of the Domenici Institute for Public Policy at NMSU; and the planning and construction of a building on the NMSU campus to house aspects of the senator's legacy and ensure the legacy's continuation.