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Nontraditional student group to form at New Mexico State University

A nontraditional student organization is in the works at New Mexico State University.

percentage of New Mexico State students are nontraditional students, said Vickie Galindo, faculty adviser to the group.

"Nontraditional students are defined as students who have had a break in their education or attend the university through nontraditional ways," Galindo said. This definition includes older students attending college for the first time after raising families or because of career changes, home-schooled students, GED recipients and transfer students.

The group will not receive funding until it becomes an official university organization. To become a university organization, the group needs to write bylaws, elect officers, submit other paperwork and apply to the Associated Students of New Mexico State University.

"I've found that students learn the most from other students," said Donna Ruble, one of the group's organizers. "Nontraditional students who have other obligations don't have as much contact with other students."

The proposed organization would provide students with social events, networking opportunities and a support system, Ruble said.

The group could also be a way to reach community members that may want to attend NMSU or use the facilities or services the university provides, said Laura Solberg, another of the group's organizers.

"It's not often you get a chance to be at the ground floor of something," Ruble said.

For more information, contact Ruble at druble@nmsu.edu.