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NMSU will launch a major fundraising campaign tonight

The New Mexico State University Foundation will launch its $150 million five-year "Doing What Counts" fundraising campaign in Aggie style tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 26) with a western dinner and concert celebration featuring a special performance by country musician Michael Martin Murphey.

unch is the culmination of many months of self study, evaluation and planning, as NMSU prepared for the public phase of a comprehensive campaign designed to move the institution forward. NMSU's "Doing What Counts" celebration dinner is being held under a Big Top on the Horseshoe and will include an announcement that $40 million has already been raised towards the campaign goal.

"Donor support is absolutely essential in making New Mexico State University all it can be in serving New Mexico's citizens - current and future," said NMSU President Michael Martin. "A successful comprehensive campaign is critical in shaping our exciting future at NMSU."

The board of directors of the NMSU Foundation has strongly supported this endeavor from the beginning and several board members serve on the campaign steering committee. Heading up the campaign steering committee is NMSU alumnus Danny Villanueva, a former NFL football star and Spanish language television pioneer. Villanueva said he views NMSU as his jumping off point and is anxious to do his part to help the university rise to the next level of excellence.

"My wife and I will always be grateful to NMSU, where we began our marriage," Villanueva said. "It was here that we set the foundation for our family that has become the cornerstone of whatever success we have enjoyed. This is our chance to pay back."

Joining Villanueva on the steering committee are NMSU Foundation board president Tom Mobley, Clara Apodaca, Jack Cooper, Carl Everett, Ed Lujan, President Martin and Rebecca Dukes, vice president for university advancement.

"The beauty of a comprehensive campaign," Dukes said, "is that we have numerous opportunities to tell the many success stories of New Mexico State during its 117-year history. We share these stories when talking to our many alumni and friends who believe in this institution and want to see it achieve the national recognition it deserves."

The university community has identified its top priorities as endowed faculty chairs and professorships, scholarship endowments, funds to complete the renovation of the College of Education's O'Donnell Hall, construct a Native American Center and a Center for the Arts, and naming opportunities across campus.

"It's exciting to imagine the difference we can make in New Mexico State University's ability to provide academic opportunities for our most important people - the students who come here for their education and go out and make a difference in the world," Dukes said.

The campaign dinner will include remarks from Mobley and Martin. Gifts of Selfless Service Awards will be presented to Don Thome, a partner at Del Valle Physical Therapy Associates, and Paul Herzog, the chief executive officer at Memorial Medical Center.

Thome and his partners, colleagues and employees have provided free physical therapy and rehabilitation services to Aggie Athletics for 24 years, saving NMSU and the individual athletes many thousands of dollars each year.

Memorial Medical Center has for many years given support and expertise to the university and its community college campuses by providing teaching space, clinical experience and mentoring for nursing and healthcare students.

For more information about NMSU's comprehensive campaign, call Dukes at (505) 646-1613.