NMSU opens additional space, venues for public to attend Domenici Public Policy Conference

August 11, 2008 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center

There is still a chance for anyone wanting to take part in the sold-out Domenici Public Policy Conference at New Mexico State University. Today the university announced it would make additional space and venues available for the public to attend multiple events.

“From the beginning, this event was meant to be a celebration of Senator Pete Domenici’s historic career and what he has done for the people of New Mexico. It’s only fitting that we try to accommodate as many people as possible who would like to take part,” said Garrey Carruthers, co-chair of the Domenici Legacy project.

The conference welcome ceremony will now take place at NMSU’s Pan American Center, Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. The public is welcome and invited to hear from Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, NMSU President Waded Cruzado and LSU Chancellor and former NMSU President Michael Martin.

At 7 p.m. that night, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd will speak at the Corbett Center Ballrooms. The public is welcome and invited to this event as well. An overflow room with a video feed of the address will be available if the ballrooms reach capacity. Dodd’s address will also be simulcast on the Aggie Memorial Stadium Jumbotron to 1,500 NMSU students taking part in Aggie Welcome Week and any member of the public wanting to hear Sen. Dodd’s speech.

NMSU will make all conference sessions available live online via a webcast. Those wishing to view the webcast should log on to http://domenici.nmsu.edu during the conference and follow the link.

Christina Chavez Kelley, NMSU senior assistant to the president, also announced that a limited number of tickets are still available for the Randy Travis concert that closes the conference. The concert is free, but those wishing to attend must pick-up their tickets from the Pan Am box office ahead of time.

The Domenici Conference is part of the Pete V. Domenici Legacy, a statewide effort led by NMSU to honor the senator’s historic tenure in the U.S. Senate. Domenici will retire this year as the longest serving senator in New Mexico history.

Domenici Conference sessions will focus on topics important to the senator during his time in office, including behavioral health, national security, the federal budget and nuclear nonproliferation.

While the conference will take place at NMSU, it is a statewide effort with support and participation from universities around New Mexico. Students from NMSU, Doña Ana Community College, New Mexico Tech, University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University and Western New Mexico University will have a chance to review academic papers written by presenters and ask questions of their research.

Additional Pete V. Domenici Legacy activities will include housing the Domenici Archives at the NMSU Library, the planning and construction of a building on the NMSU campus to honor the senator and the formation of the Domenici Public Policy Institute. For more information on the conference, e-mail pdl@nmsu.edu.

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