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NMSU College of Business celebrates scholarship recipients, distinguished alum

New Mexico State University?s College of Business will host events Oct. 23 to celebrate scholarship recipients and alumni during Homecoming week on campus.


The college will recognize 140 students who?ve received scholarships this academic year during its annual scholarship luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

Students in the college have been awarded a total of 75 scholarships totaling $170,795 for the 2015-16 academic year.

Scholarship recipient Stephanie Sessions, a graduate student working on her Master of Accountancy degree, will speak at the luncheon. Sessions, who earned her Bachelor of Accountancy in May from NMSU, is set to complete her masters in 2016 and will then pursue her certified public accountant designation.

NMSU alumnus Andy Rice, senior vice president of international business at private equity firm The Jordan Company, will also speak to students and their families at the luncheon. Rice attended NMSU on a full tennis scholarship and earned his bachelor?s and master?s degrees in industrial engineering from NMSU in 1979 and ?80. A nationally ranked tennis player and active student leader, Rice was named NMSU?s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1979. In his roles with The Jordan Company, he has helped coordinate more than 50 acquisitions, joint ventures and wholly-owned start-up operations in China, Russia, India, Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, Western Europe and other regions.

The College of Business will honor its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, Jerry Smith, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Traders Plaza on the south side of the Business Complex on campus. Smith is the president and chief executive officer of Laguna Development Corporation of Albuquerque and has more than 25 years of executive and economic development experience with expertise in Native American business and community improvement. Smith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from NMSU in 1977. He serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the Cibola County School District Board of Education. He is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and has served three terms on the Laguna Tribal Council.

The public is welcome at the 3 p.m. Distinguished Alumni recognition ceremony. For more information about the ceremony or the scholarship luncheon, contact Anthony Casaus, 575-646-5817 or acasaus@nmsu.edu.