September 9, 2013 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center
A $1 million donation from businessman Stan Fulton will help New Mexico State University fund construction of Pete V. Domenici Hall. The building will be home to NMSU’s Domenici Institute for Public Policy, portions of the Arrowhead Center, which specializes in economic development, and will be the third building for the NMSU College of Business.
“Stan Fulton has been a good friend to NMSU for many years and his name is now linked to many of the university’s premier academic support programs and facilities,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, who also serves as director of NMSU’s Domenici Institute. “This particular gift will allow us to complete this exceptional building and be ready in time for the fall 2014 semester.”
To recognize Fulton’s contribution, the university will name the building’s atrium in his honor. The Stan Fulton Atrium will serve as a student lounge and as a pre-function space for events taking place in the Pete V. Domenici Hall auditorium. Fulton owns Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in Sunland Park, N.M., and has made several large donations to NMSU in the past decade.
In April, NMSU officially broke ground on the construction project to transform the university’s Hershel Zohn Theater into Pete V. Domenici Hall. The building will have state-of-the-art audio-visual technology that will enhance NMSU’s distance education capabilities. The building will have one of the few large auditoriums on campus, which increases classroom space capacity and directly benefits students. In addition to holding classes in Pete V. Domenici Hall, it will be used for forums, seminars and other large meetings often open to the campus and community. Graduate student and faculty space also is an integral part of the building.
NMSU’s Domenici Institute for Public Policy is named for retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and was founded in 2008. It hosts a yearly public policy conference, various public policy forums and sponsors public policy research projects. Its goal is to engage the general public and encourage them to discuss and take part in issues of public interest, specifically when it comes to important policy matters.
Funding for Pete V. Domenici Hall comes from a combination of federal, state and private funds. The building’s auditorium will be funded through a significant contribution from the PY Foundation, led by Peyton Yates of Artesia, N.M., in honor of his parents.