NMSU College of Business Today: December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010 by College of Business online newsletter for alumni

Tom Ridge speaks at NMSU’s first Domenici Institute Forum

The first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge took part in New Mexico State University’s first Domenici Institute Forum on Oct. 7. His talk focused on national security and will be followed by a question and answer session. Ridge currently serves as the president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management firm, headquartered in Washington, D.C. From 1995-2001, he served as the 43rd governor of Pennsylvania. He also served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more + Video

NMSU wins more than $2.3 million to study algae-based jet fuel for the Air Force

The U.S. military wants New Mexico State University to find improved ways to turn algae into a sustainable source for jet fuel. The research project is part of a $2.346 million grant funded by the Air Force where NMSU will study better ways to grow algae and refine its oil while working with the University of Central Florida to determine the effects of algae-based fuel on jet engines. Read more + Video; Meghan Starbuck video, exploring the economic and environmental implications for producing liquid transportation fuels from alga; and KRWG-TV Turning Algae into Jet Fuel

Businessman Bradley Gordon honored at NMSU commencement

New Mexico State University awarded businessman and NMSU alum Bradley Gordon (’78) an honorary degree during the fall 2010 commencement ceremony for his generous support of the College of Business, his leadership in the national and international business community and his overall commitment to New Mexico State University, the place he credits for giving him a second chance. Speaking at commencement, Gordon advises students, “Don’t be complacent, don’t settle, don’t underestimate your potential.” Read more + Commencement Video

$250,000 gift funds NMSU’s new Lionel Haight Professorship

A quarter-million dollar gift from longtime New Mexico State University supporters Mike and Judy Gray Johnson will help create the Lionel Haight Professorship in NMSU’s College of Business.

“We’ve been very supportive of the university,” said Judy Gray Johnson, who majored in accounting at NMSU before later transferring to the University of Houston. “My husband and I both received a great education at NMSU, and wanted to do something to give back.”

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NMSU Alumni Association announces Fall 2010 Outstanding Seniors

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association honored the fall 2010 Outstanding Seniors on December 10 during a luncheon in their honor at the Corbett Center Student Union ballrooms. Based on outstanding scholarship, leadership and participation in university and community activities, these students are honored with a banquet and recognition ceremony. The Alumni Association selects students every semester from each of the university’s seven colleges and two graduate students based on academic excellence. Read more

American Indian Student Center grand opening on NMSU campus Oct. 9

A new American Indian Student Center on the New Mexico State University campus opened Oct. 9 with the goal of assisting those students make the cultural and social transition between life in their tribal communities and life at college. Located by Corbett Center Student Union and Chamisa Village student housing, the 7,451 square-foot American Indian Student Center houses the American Indian Program, provides a home away from home for American Indian students and serves as a venue for cultural sharing with the NMSU and Las Cruces communities. Read more + Video

NMSU Doing What Counts campaign creates more than 300 new endowed scholarships

An increase in scholarship endowments is just one of the huge successes New Mexico State University is celebrating at the close of the NMSU Foundation’s first comprehensive campaign, the largest undertaken by the university to date. Several of the 323 new endowed scholarships added during the “Doing What Counts” campaign will benefit non-traditional students, meeting the needs of the student population and furthering the goals of the university. Read more

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NMSU receives fourth designation as a military-friendly institution.
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