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NMSU Aggies to hold pre-legislative reception in Santa Fe

The New Mexico State University Santa Fe Alumni Chapter and NMSU President Garrey Carruthers will host an alumni reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art Gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St., in Santa Fe.


"This is an exciting opportunity for NMSU alumni to hear about what's happening on campus and learn about the university's priorities during this year's legislative session," Carruthers said.

More than 2,400 NMSU alumni and friends are in the Santa Fe area.

Elizabeth Jaramillo-Lopez, a 2003 graduate of NMSU and one of the local organizers for the event, said she got involved as a way to connect to other NMSU alumni in northern New Mexico.

"It's always great to meet people who have gone to NMSU because you feel an automatic connection and get a sense of home," said Jaramillo-Lopez, who is serving as the Santa Fe Alumni Chapter president this year. "It allows you to connect to Aggies from all over the world and get to know the alumni in your area. It also allows alumni to keep in touch with what's going on at the university where they spent four or five years of their lives."

The event will include music sponsored by the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. The NMSU Jazz Quintet, which includes NMSU music professor Frank "Pancho" Romero and NMSU student musicians Adriel Hernandez, Andres Hernandez, Andrew Anaya and Emilio Vargas, will perform.

A showcase of student art will be on display at the gallery. Graduate students Aubrey De Cheubell, Andrea Gohl, Yolanda Cooper and Kris Wilson's work will be showcased through video projection. Gallery owner Sandy Zane serves as a member of the NMSU Foundation Board.

The Santa Fe Chapter hosts other events throughout the year, but Jaramillo-Lopez said this one includes many representatives from the university and that many legislators attend, so it is a great opportunity to learn and share ideas.

Jaramillo-Lopez, who is a former track athlete at NMSU, said another event hosted by the chapter is the House vs. Senate basketball game, which will be played Feb. 7 this year. Hall of Fame Coach Lou Henson is coaching the House this year.

"It is always fun to see the legislators play basketball," Jaramillo-Lopez said. "Our chapter's goal is to connect Aggies in our area and have fun doing it."

The pre-legislative reception is sponsored by St. Clair Winery and there will be door prizes. The event is open to alumni and friends of NMSU. To register, visit alum.nmsu.edu.