NMSU College of Business Today: September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010 by College of Business online newsletter for alumni

Dear Aggies and Friends

Peer Giving Levels: University Average Alumni Giving Rate

  • Kansas State Univ.: 20%
  • Washington: 18%
  • Texas Tech Univ.: 17%
  • Iowa State Univ.: 16%
  • Oklahoma State Univ.: 15%
  • Oregon State Univ.: 15%
  • Univ. of Idaho: 15%
  • Montana State Univ.: 11%
  • Univ. of Nevada–Reno: 11%
  • Univ. of Wyoming: 11%
  • Colorado State Univ.: 10%
  • Univ. of New Mexico: 10%
  • Utah State Univ.: 10%
  • Univ. of Texas–El Paso: 8%
  • New Mexico State Univ.: 7%
  • Univ. of Arizona: 7%

Source: U.S. News and World Report, “America’s Best Colleges Survey,” 2009 edition.

Over the last several years New Mexico State University has been working on benchmarks that would move us to higher ranking in the U.S. News and World Report College edition. One of the items that can be most readily impacted and improve our ranking is alumni giving. Currently our participation rate at the university is 7 percent. That is significantly lower than our peer institutions.

Our goal is to try and increase the College of Business alumni participation rate to 11 percent within the next few years. Our overall goal is to bring the participation rate to 17 percent. At that participation level NMSU would rank among the top five of our peer institutions.

We need your help. The amount of the gift does not factor into the ranking, only that you make a contribution. Any amount would help to improve our ranking. What is measured is participation. I am asking that you help us to meet our goal by making a gift of any size to the College of Business. Please encourage other Aggies to do the same. Again, I appreciate your continued support of the College of Business and NMSU. Thank you.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Sylvia Acosta at sylviaa@nmsu.edu or call her at 575.646.2917.

Go Aggies!!!

Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business

To make a gift visit the NMSU Foundation webpage at http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/giving.php

Political heavy-weights headline 2010 Domenici Conference

New Mexico State University’s Domenici Public Policy Conference is turning NMSU’s campus into a popular meeting place for national political movers and shakers each fall. This year, New Mexico governor candidates Susana Martinez and Diane Denish joined Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, retired Sen. Sam Nunn, political analysts Karl Rove and Joe Lockhart and newsman Sam Donaldson for the 2010 Domenici Conference. Topics covered financial reform, border issues/national security and 2010 mid-term election analyses. Webcasts | Media Coverage | The Pete V. Domenici Legacy website

College of Business Hall of Fame and Traders Awards

Business leaders Arturo D. Jurado and Bill Myers were inducted into New Mexico State University’s College of Business Hall of Fame on September 24. Additionally, NMSU professor emeritus John Loveland received the college’s 2010 Traders Award, and New Mexico Mutual received the 2010 Corporate Traders Award during the Hall of Fame ceremony. The Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor outstanding business college alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The Traders Award recognizes friends of the college who are not NMSU alums. Read more about our honorees

2010 Distinguished Alumna

Julie A. Dill (’81), president of Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy company. Union’s storage and transmission system forms an important link in the movement of natural gas from western Canadian and U.S. supply basins to central Canadian and northeast U.S. markets. Dill has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, having served in a number of executive capacities in the natural gas and power industries. Dill chairs of the Canadian Gas Association and serves on the board of the Ontario Energy Association. She is also a member of the United Way of Chatham-Kent Women’s Leadership Council, the NMSU Alumni Association and sits on the Business Advisory Council. Julie was just awarded the 2010 energy leader of the year by the Ontario Energy Association. More

NMSU President Barbara Couture commits to a new path of excellence

The inauguration of Barbara Couture as the 25th president of New Mexico State University on August 17, 2010, was truly a community event. People came from around the state – and around the world – to help Couture usher in “A New Era of Excellence through Partnership.”

“The response from the university community and the community in general was incredibly supportive,” said Regent Chair Isaac Pino. “That so many took part in participating in the celebration is a great indication that President Couture has genuine and overwhelming support as we all usher in the new era of excellence.” Read more + Videos

NMSU researchers shop around for healthier grocery carts

Healthier eating could be as easy as selecting the right shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store.

“Customers are bombarded with literally thousands of messages about food as soon as they walk into the grocery store,” said Collin Payne, an assistant professor in marketing at NMSU’s College of Business. “Food manufacturers have tremendous amounts of money to research what influences people to buy their products.”  Read more + Video

NMSU’s 2010 Innoventure Competition

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center hosted the 2010 Innoventure Competition for over 350 high school and middle school students who presented business plans and inventions to a panel of judges. Students also learned about social entrepreneurship from Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, a social entrepreneur whose company gives one pair of shoes to a needy child for each pair he sells. Innoventure 2010 1st place winners were middle-schoolers from Tony Hillerman Middle School who created a solar oven specifically to assist in efforts to curb deforestation in Haiti. The invention has extreme relevance and was picked up by a non-profit organization in New Mexico which will take the product to Haiti for distribution. Read more + Video

NMSU wins $1.5 million for further improvements to Arrowhead Drive, Research Park

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded NMSU’s Arrowhead Center a $1.5 million grant for infrastructure improvements to the Arrowhead Business and Research Park and to expand the newly created Arrowhead Drive.

“This funding will help the park continue its expansion and aid us in attracting companies seeking to work with NMSU faculty members and students,” said Pam Wood, research park director. More

Ask the Dean

Do you have a question for Dean Carruthers? Email him at cobdean@nmsu.edu.

NMSU receives third designation as a military-friendly institution
NMSU system enrollment grows nearly 5 percent for fall 2010
NMSU ranks among the best colleges
NMSU recognized again by Diverse magazine for producing minority degrees

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