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NMSU Alumni donors nearly double

New Mexico State University alumni donors grew from 3,337 in the 2004-05 fiscal year to 6,445 in the 2005-06 fiscal year, according to data the university is preparing for an annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) Report.

Report is required of members of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and allows for comparisons to other universities.

"This growth indicates that we have really increased our outreach and our alumni awareness of the needs on campus," said Rebecca Dukes, vice president for university advancement at NMSU. "We still have some catching up to do in comparison to some of our peer institutions, but we are getting there and will continue outreach efforts."

Dukes said outreach improvements have included working more closely with alumni chapters, creating e-news for distribution to alumni on a regular basis and changing the primary alumni publication from a newsletter to a magazine.

As New Mexico State continues its five-year comprehensive "Doing What Counts" fundraising campaign that was publicly launched in October 2005, Dukes said alumni giving will be important.

"This increase certainly indicates that people are aware of the campaign and want to be a part of something important at the university," she said.

The number of alumni giving back to NMSU also is important because it is 5 percent of the measure that U.S. News and World Report uses to rank universities, Dukes said.

"We need to be mindful of and help anyone who wants to participate in giving back to the university because it impacts our standings in many ways," she said.

NMSU received a little more than $15 million in cash gifts and private grants in the 2005-06 fiscal year. For more information contact the Office of University Advancement at (505) 646-1611.

Aug. 31, 2006
Julie M. Hughes