College of Business celebrates scholarship recipients, distinguished alum

November 6, 2014 by Amanda Bradford, NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University’s College of Business will host events Friday to celebrate scholarship recipients and alumni, as Homecoming Week continues on campus.

The college will recognize 153 students who have received scholarships this academic year during its annual scholarship luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

Students in the college have been awarded a total of 72 scholarships totaling $175,110 for the 2014-15 academic year.

Scholarship recipient Nicolette Serrao, a senior finance major with a minor in accounting, will speak at the luncheon. A graduate of St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, Serrao is the recipient of the Finance Department Scholarship and Farm Credit College of Business Scholarship.

College of Business alumnus Perry Elders will also speak to students and their families at the luncheon. Elders received his Bachelor of Accountancy from NMSU in 1983 and has extensive experience as a public accountant and executive, most recently as chief financial officer and senior vice president of McDermott International Inc. Elders frequently visits NMSU to give lectures and mentor students.

Earlier Friday morning, Elders and his wife, Alane, will be on hand as the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems hosts a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. for a classroom – Business Complex Room 108 – being dedicated in honor of Professor James Bullock thanks to a contribution from the couple.

The College of Business will honor its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, Bobby Lutz, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Traders Plaza on the south side of the Business Complex on campus. Lutz came from Oklahoma to NMSU to play golf and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1973 and his MBA in 1975. He was a member of the golf team from 1969 to 1973, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a founding member of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary accounting fraternity, and a student senator from the College of Business. He’s now a businessman living in Dallas, Texas. Lutz and his wife, Rebecca, have created scholarships for students in the college, with preference for members of the men’s golf team, and continue to contribute to the college as specific needs arise.

The public is welcome at the 3 p.m. Distinguished Alumni recognition ceremony. For more information about the ceremony or the scholarship luncheon, contact Anthony Casaus, 575-646-5817 or

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