Sept. 26, 2006 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center
Students at New Mexico State University’s College of Business will soon benefit from a $17,000 donation from ConocoPhillips. The energy company presented the gift Tuesday morning during the college’s Business Career Fair at NMSU.
The donation represents ConocoPhillips’ annual gift to New Mexico State University. In the past, ConocoPhillips has given anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to different colleges at NMSU. This year’s donation will be used for scholarships in the College of Business.
“With these donations, NMSU and ConocoPhillips are really building a partnership,” said Rebecca Dukes, vice president for university advancement.
A number of NMSU alumni now work for ConocoPhillips. “It seems like each year they send more NMSU alumni back to recruit for their company,” said Business Dean Garrey Carruthers. “It helps ConocoPhillips find quality people, and it helps our students find quality jobs.”
ConocoPhillips recruiters agree with Dean Carruthers. “Students at NMSU always seem to be so eager, willing and motivated,” said Maria Schick, supervisor of heavy product accounting for ConocoPhillips. Schick as well as other ConocoPhillips recruiters Jarrod Bourger and Adriana Lopez are all NMSU alumni. Schick said being former NMSU students helps them better understand and communicate with current students.
Schick said the money is intended to help the university provide an even better education for its students, which later helps ConocoPhillips recruit better employees.