May 24, 2013 by Amanda Bradford, NMSU News Center
Contributors to a new fundraising initiative of New Mexico State University’s College of Business will be giving more than a simple financial contribution to a growing business program — they’ll also help inspire the creativity of the university’s top art students.
In any fundraising effort, recognizing contributions — often with a plaque, brick or other marker — is an important way to thank the university’s donors for their generosity. But a unique collaboration between the Business College and the Art Department will take a new approach to this show of gratitude.
The fundraising initiative, “500 for $500,” will raise $250,000 for College of Business programs and continuing construction costs. The now-vacant Hershel Zohn Theatre building is currently being transformed into the completely refurbished Pete V. Domenici Hall, and students in the university’s art department are being invited to submit design concepts for a unique wall display in the building’s atrium to honor donors to the 500 for $500 campaign. The contest’s winner will receive a $500 prize in addition to seeing his or her concept realized. Second- and third-place winners will receive $250 and $100, respectively.
“It’s our first time tackling this type of project, and I think it will be a great applied project for the art students,” said Art Department Head Julia Barello. “It will challenge them to figure out a way to do it in an artful and unique way.”
College of Business Dean Garrey Carruthers, who will become NMSU president on June 1, said the funds will benefit students in both fields, and he hopes that makes the 500 for $500 Initiative an even more attractive option for potential donors.
For the Business College, Domenici Hall will provide additional classrooms, a large atrium where students can study and office space for graduate students and faculty members. It also features a renovated auditorium that will be outfitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. The building, set to be completed in the fall of 2014, will also be home to the Domenici Institute and some Arrowhead Center offices.
“This contest is excellent, because we’re asking students to use their artistic talents to design something that will be a part of NMSU’s history,” Carruthers said.
Barello said being entrusted with such an important project for the university is an empowering experience for the art students.
“It validates their judgment as artists,” she said. “And it underscores that the institution values their contribution.”
The contest will take place during the fall of 2013, and the 500 for $500 Initiative is underway now.
For more information on the 500 for $500 Initiative or other gift opportunities in the College of Business, contact Andrea Tawney at email@example.com or 575-646-4917. To make a secure online donation, visit http://giving.nmsu.edu/cobexcellence.html.
For more information on the art student design contest, contact Julia Barello at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-646-2728.