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NMSU Homecoming celebration honors alumni who make an impact

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor its 2017 Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Award for Service recipients during a special dinner that’s part of the weeklong Homecoming 2017 celebration this month.



The theme of New Mexico State University's 2017 Homecoming celebration is “Dia de los Aggies.” (Courtesy Image)

Homecoming 2017 kicks off Oct. 23 for a week of events highlighting Aggie traditions, culminating in the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 28, against Arkansas State University’s Red Wolves.

Activities will include reunions for the classes of 1957 and 1967, the Celebration of Traditions Memorial Ceremony event honoring Aggie military veterans, a bonfire and pep rally, the Golden A’s luncheon, and the Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate.

Saturday morning’s Homecoming game day parade will feature parade marshal John Cordova, a College of Business alum and executive at the Coca-Cola Company, and his wife, Diane Cordova, a College of Education alum and teacher.

The Aggie Shark Tank event on Thursday, Oct. 26, is free and open to the public at the NMSU Music Center’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The event, in which student entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to local “Shark” investors, will be followed by a reception. Registration is available at sharktank.nmsu.edu.

The Alumni Association’s annual dinner to honor the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service will be Friday, Oct. 27.

The Distinguished Alumni awards, established in 1956, recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments, leadership and meritorious service that reflects the quality and advancement of NMSU.

This year’s recipients are Esteban Hererra, a 1974 graduate of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, who is retired from a career of research in horticulture specializing in pecans; Irene Oliver Lewis, a 1975 and ’78 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, who is retired from a career in theater arts; Del Esparza, a 1991 graduate of the College of Business and founder and CEO of Esparza Advertising; MaryLou Davis, a 1969 graduate of the College of Education, who is retired from a career in education; Eloy Torrez, a 1970 graduate of the College of Engineering and founder, owner and president of SEI Group, Inc.; and Sue Gerber, a 1984 graduate of the College of Health and Social Services and senior program officer of the polio team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service, established in 1966, recognizes those who have shown progressive support, dedicated involvement, and impactful civic and humanitarian service at NMSU and within the communities around them, and notable professional service. This year’s recipient is Frank Seidel, a 1982 graduate of the College of Engineering and president and founder of Seidel Technologies.

“We welcome all of our alumni back to campus during Homecoming week to celebrate Aggie pride, see how the university has grown and changed, and reflect on their experience during their time here as students,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president for alumni engagement, participation and stewardship.

For more information about Homecoming, visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/homecoming or download the free NMSU Alumni Association smartphone app, available on Android and Apple devices.