Second installment of GM gift will benefit two colleges, departments

May 2, 2005 by Jeany Llorente NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University recently received the second installment of a $225,000 gift from General Motors, the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, during a check presentation.

The $75,000 installment will benefit the College of Engineering, the College of Business Administration and Economics, Placement and Career Services and the Special Projects Fund.

Tom Norkiewicz, manager of Technical and Operations Services at GM, and Hector Mendoza, a 1997 NMSU mechanical engineering graduate and a thermal development engineer at GM, were present at the event.

“We have a great working relationship with New Mexico State University,” Norkiewicz said. “We get some great students out of here, specifically from the engineering and business colleges. They are great contributors to GM.”

The College of Engineering will receive $51,625 to support the following: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Capstone Design Project, Mini Baja projects, New Mexico BEST program, RASEM summer program, Las Cruces Pre-freshman Engineering Program, Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter, college student ambassadors, scholarships and recruitment and retention.

The business college will receive $17,875 for undergraduate scholarships and the Front Line Manager Program, a program under development that will equip graduates to work in manufacturing facilities.

Placement and Career Services will receive $2,000 for operational support and the Special Projects Fund will receive $3,500 for the enhancement of new programs; support of student organizations and projects; support of the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy; and alumni events, among other things.

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