NMSU’s Spiritual Center Opening

January 16, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email

Sign marking the location of the Spiritual Center
Spiritual Center ribbon-cutting
Spiritual Center Dedicaton Ceremony
Spiritual Center Dedication Text
James Wetherbe addresses attendees at the ceremony
Jan.16, 2015: Cutting the ribbon at NMSU's new Spiritual Center
Inside NMSU's new Spiritual Center
Anthony Moreno interviews Jim Wetherbe, donor of NMSU's Spiritual Center

On Friday, January 16th, 2015, NMSU celebrated the grand opening of the new interfaith Spiritual Center on the main campus in Las Cruces.

The Spiritual Center is the first of its kind at NMSU. The purpose of the Spiritual Center is to be available to meet the spiritual needs of students, staff and faculty.

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers (left) and College of Business alumnus James Wetherbe address the crowd at the grand opening of the new NMSU Spiritual Center, January 16, 2015. (Photo by Steven Romero)

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers (left) and College of Business alumnus James Wetherbe address the crowd at the grand opening of the new NMSU Spiritual Center, January 16, 2015. (Photo by Steven Romero)

Several on-campus faith-based student organizations will be able to utilize the space for their meetings and services.

It will be available for weddings and other ceremonies.

The Spiritual Center is made possible by a generous donation from College of Business alumnus James Wetherbe (’71) and his wife Brynn. He feels very passionate about having a facility available for the students to be able to use in times of mourning and in times of celebration. He says a facility such as the Spiritual Center would have been very good to have when he was a student at NMSU.

Inside NMSU's Spiritual Center, ribbon cutting ceremony, January 16; 2015. (Photo by Steven Romero)

Inside NMSU’s Spiritual Center, ribbon cutting ceremony, January 16; 2015. (Photo by Steven Romero)

The interior furniture was made possible by another generous donation from College of Business alumnus Bobby Lutz (’73, ’75) and his wife Rebecca.

The center’s patio was made possible by Garrey Carruthers and an additional $25,000 donation he made to the project in the name of his wife, Kathy.

Earlier in the day, Wetherbe spoke with KRWG News Director Anthony Moreno regarding a book he co-authored, titled “Hispanic Immigration, Separating Fact From Fiction,” which thoughtfully addresses the many misconceptions about the Hispanic Community and the impact they make on society both economically and socially.

Wetherbe has also authored 35 other books, and currently holds the Stevenson Chaired Professorship with the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.


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