October 26, 2012. Retrieved online October 31, 2012 from Richard Coltharp, Las Cruces Bulletin
Homecoming reception to fete NMSU business grads
For the fifth straight year, a New Mexico State University College of Business alumnus has earned the prestigious James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.
The recipient this year is Don Beasley, a 1972 NMSU accounting graduate and a partner in the Beasley, Mitchell & Co. certified public accountant firm in Las Cruces.
Beasley and Jackie Kerby Moore, this year’s NMSU Distinguished Alumna award winner for the College of Business, will be honored at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the annual alumni mixer and reception at Trader’s Plaza outside the business complex.
“It’s great when these alums come in and speak to our students,” said Andrea Tawney, the assistant dean for the College of Business. “The students are ecstatic to see how successful these alumni have been with an NMSU degree. This education really prepared them to be some of the top executives in the country.” Tawney said the public, graduates and students are invited to the afternoon reception. “We’re going to honor them in the afternoon and we’d love to have people come and help us recognize them,” Tawney said.
Moore, a 1982 NMSU graduate with a double major in management and marketing, is currently the executive director of the Sandia Science & Technology Park in Albuquerque. The park is a 300-plus-acre technology community affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories and adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base. Resident companies and organizations have easy access to world-class facilities, technologies, scientists and engineers. Moore oversees all aspects of the Park – management, marketing and recruiting of tenant companies.
Beasley and Moore will also speak at the College of Business Scholarship Luncheon earlier in the day.
“The luncheon is a time for students to come together and express appreciation for their scholarships,” Tawney said. “It’s a time for these award recipients to express ways of giving back, from donations to mentoring.”
One way Beasley has given back is through internships for students.
Beasley’s firm actively seeks NMSU accounting student interns and graduates. Each year, the firm brings in 10 to 15 interns, which helps the students with both academic credit and finances.
Despite the pressures and responsibilities of running a facility that is home for 33 companies and organizations employing almost 2,500 people, Moore has consistently served as an advocate for NMSU and lends her expertise for the advancement of the Arrowhead Research Park. She is a strong supporter of Arrowhead’s Entrepreneurship Center and mentors staff and faculty. She has supported College of Business endeavors and engaged with faculty.
“A really neat thing about the James Cole award is that it is an NMSU-wide award that anybody can compete for,” Tawney said. “And in recent years, it has gone to College of Business alumni. That speaks to the service of our graduates and how much they give back to the college and to NMSU.”
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