April 12, 2016 by Charlotte Tallman, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University Foundation’s inaugural 2015 Giving Tuesday event was recently celebrated with an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and organizers of the Giving Tuesday event want to share the accolade with the real winners: NMSU’s community of donors and alumni.
“Giving Tuesday was successful because of our generous donors and the incredible support we received from our campus and Aggie communities,” said Andrea Tawney, vice president of University Advancement. The final total for the one-day campaign held Dec. 1, 2015, was $5.7 million added to scholarship funds across the NMSU system. “This award is their award. It belongs to every single person who decided to make a difference in the lives of students on Giving Tuesday.”
Each year, CASE recognizes best practices in advancement, considering outstanding programs and events that contribute to the growth of higher education and the advancement of student success. Competing with more than 70 entries from institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the NMSU Foundation won the Bronze Award in the category of “Project or Special Event” for Giving Tuesday. The award was presented on April 4 at the CASE District IV Conference in Dallas to members of University Advancement attending the conference, as well as Foundation Board member Bobby Lutz.
“We are excited to have a team of professionals that works hard every day to make a positive difference in the lives of our students,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president for University Advancement. “We are also grateful to have such a strong backbone of supporters who give to the university as well as our community colleges, and who support us throughout the community. I hope our faculty, staff, local businesses and donors take great pride in this highly competitive award.”