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NMSU announces Sen. Pete V. Domenici Legacy project

New Mexico State University has established the Pete V. Domenici Legacy - a multifaceted effort to honor the senator's impact on public policy and his contributions to the State of New Mexico and the country during his historic tenure in the U.S. Senate.


"Senator Domenici's importance to New Mexico and New Mexico State University cannot be overstated. This project will let us celebrate the senator's remarkable career," said NMSU President Michael Martin.

The university has named the Domenici Legacy Committee to help steer the project's various components. This committee will be led by Garrey Carruthers, former New Mexico governor and current NMSU business dean, Gov. Bill Richardson, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and former U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan. A number of business and community leaders from across New Mexico will also serve on the Legacy Committee.

Committee members from the Albuquerque area include Mike Anaya, Moriarty; Carla Aragon, Los Ranchos; Gov. Robert Benavides, Isleta Pueblo; Don Chalmers, Rio Rancho; Floyd Correa, Albuquerque; Phil Eaton, Albuquerque; Viola Florez, Albuquerque; William B. Keleher, Albuquerque; Rose Martinez, Albuquerque; Sherman McCorkle, Albuquerque; Agnes Noonan, Albuquerque; and Van Romero, Socorro.

Committee members from the Santa Fe area include Reed Dasenbrock, Santa Fe; Bob Gallagher, Santa Fe; Matt Martinez, Las Vegas; Denise Ramonas, Santa Fe; and Larry Stolarczyk, Raton.

Committee members from northwestern New Mexico include Greg Anesi, Farmington; Karen Bayless, Farmington; Ben Heikkinen, Farmington; and Chili Yazzie, Shiprock.

Committee members from eastern New Mexico include Blake Curtis, Clovis; Bob Forrest, Carlsbad; Jim Maddox, Hobbs; Mark Murphy, Roswell; and Peyton Yates, Artesia.

Other committee members include Steve Bell, Washington, D.C.; Stan Fulton, Las Vegas, Nev.; Charles Gentry, Kerrville, Texas; and Danny Villanueva, Pasadena, Calif.

Pete V. Domenici Legacy activities will include housing Domenici archives at the NMSU Library; the Domenici Legacy on Public Policy Conference to be held at New Mexico State University Aug. 21 and 22, 2008; the planning and construction of a building and adjoining garden on the NMSU campus to honor the senator and his wife, Nancy; and the formation of the Domenici Institute for Public Policy at NMSU. The university also plans to commission a book chronicling Domenici's time in the Senate.

"We are delighted to take part in this kind of effort," said Carruthers. "I believe this is a project in which both the Senator and the university can be very proud."

The library will hire a political papers archivist and additional staff to process and later display the Domenici archive collections, which include memorabilia, print and digital material. The documents, when processed, will be made available for scholars wishing to research Domenici's career.

The library plans to eventually house portions of the archives and memorabilia in a new four-story Domenici building, currently in the planning and design phase, that would be located between the Business Complex and University Avenue. It would have a garden named for Nancy Domenici linking the common area between the new building and the existing Business Complex and College of Health and Social Services building.

The Domenici Legacy Conference in August at NMSU will focus on areas important to the senator during his time in Congress, including economic development, energy, mental health and budgetary and fiscal matters. Dignitaries and friends of Sen. Domenici will be invited to speak during the conference. The conference is meant to be a recurring event at the beginning of each fall semester at NMSU.

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in Domenici Legacy activities. The university plans to release additional details throughout the year.