Domenici Public Policy Conference sold out, free Randy Travis tickets still available

July 28, 2008 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center

Registration for the inaugural Domenici Public Policy Conference is now closed, after the event sold out three and a half weeks before it opens. The conference will conclude with a free concert from country music singer Randy Travis. Tickets for the concert are still available at the Pan American Center Box Office.

“We are elated about the conference and the excitement it has generated,” said Christina Chavez Kelley, NMSU senior assistant to the president and Domenici Legacy project manager. “We only wish we had more space to accommodate everyone who wants to participate.”

A prominent list of speakers, including U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, former U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan, Jr. and U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman have all agreed to speak during the event Aug. 20-22, along with a host of other local and national leaders.

The Domenici Conference is part of the Pete V. Domenici Legacy, a statewide effort led by NMSU to honor the senator’s historic tenure in the U.S. Senate. Domenici will retire this year as the longest serving senator in New Mexico history.

Domenici Conference sessions will focus on topics important to the senator during his time in office, including behavioral health, national security, the federal budget and nuclear nonproliferation. A complete conference agenda can be found on the Domenici Conference Web site,

Other confirmed conference speakers include Paul Robinson, former ambassador and president emeritus of Sandia National Laboratories; Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; William Hoagland, a former member of Domenici’s staff; and Siegfried Hecker, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

While the conference will take place at NMSU, it is a statewide effort, with support and participation from universities around New Mexico. Students from NMSU, Doña Ana Community College, New Mexico Tech, University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University and Western New Mexico University will have a chance to review academic papers written by presenters and ask questions of their research.

Additional Pete V. Domenici Legacy activities will include housing the Domenici Archives at the NMSU Library, the planning and construction of a building on the NMSU campus to honor the senator and the formation of the Domenici Public Policy Institute. For more information on the conference, e-mail

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