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Program in College of Business Administration and Economics calls for volunteers

A New Mexico State University volunteer program allows professors in the College of Business Administration and Economics to reap the knowledge of local retired business people.


ired Executives Adjunct Program (REAP) was created so that retired business people could share some of their real-world experience with business students by volunteering in the classroom. Danny Arnold, dean of the College of Business Administration and Economics, started the program about two years ago.

"The program is voluntary on both ends," Arnold said. "We sign up the volunteers, get them a campus ID, and then leave it up to the faculty to call them if they'd like."

The volunteers may do guest lectures, review resumes, mentor students or help with projects in their areas of expertise.

In a retirement community such as Las Cruces, there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from retired business executives, said Gabriel Fusco, program coordinator for REAP.

Fusco, who retired in 1998 from 40 years of working in business and sales management, said the professors should take the opportunity to have a new voice in the classroom occasionally and give themselves some relief from the daily grind.

Arnold said there are 10-12 volunteers signed up with the program, but only two or three are very active. His goal is to increase participation in the program either by recruiting more volunteers or by increasing participation of those already involved.

"The program is great because the REAP members are able to bring a real-world insight to the classroom," Arnold said. "And they like to share their knowledge and be around the students."

For more information on REAP or how to get involved, contact Fusco at (505) 647-4474 or Arnold at (505) 646-4083.