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New Mexico State University celebrates Homecoming 2006 "Countdown to Xcellence"

Reunions, parades, luncheons and breakfasts highlight New Mexico State University's Homecoming 2006 "Countdown to Xcellence" Thursday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct 21.


ebration begins Thursday, Oct. 19, with the Sixth Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in NMSU's Corbett Center Ballrooms. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds benefit NMSU students. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Honors College will host the Crimson Scholar Student and Alumni Picnic at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Conroy Honors Center.

"The Crimson Scholars student and alumni picnic is, first of all, a great way for honors students to meet one another and honors faculty in a relaxed setting," said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College. "This year, for the first time, we've scheduled the picnic to coincide with homecoming and have invited alumni and friends so that our students can meet former honors students as well. We look forward to everyone having a good time."

Homecoming continues with more events honoring Alumni on Oct. 20.

The College of Agriculture and Home Economics will host a Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. in a tent by the Gerald Thomas Hall Windmill. The breakfast will honor outstanding alumni and donors.

"The breakfast provides an opportunity to say 'thank you' to those who have assisted in activities of the college," said Barbara Wise, major gifts officer for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. "Started in 1996, the breakfast gathers alumni, students, faculty and friends to celebrate the college and its achievements."

The College of Engineering will host an Alumni Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

The College of Arts and Sciences will host a Distinguished Alumni Recognition Luncheon at noon at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Banquet Room.

The College of Business will host a Distinguished Alumni Reception at 3:30 p.m. at the Trader's Plaza.

The College of Extended Learning will host '100 MPG' Premiere Production of the new Creative Media Institute for Film and Digital Arts at 5 p.m. in the Creative Media Institute, Milton Hall Room 171.

All NMSU alumni and friends are invited to the Alumni Social at 5:30 p.m. at the Alumni Visitor's Center.

The College of Education will host a Distinguished Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Corbett Center New Mexico Room.
The final day of homecoming, Oct. 21, starts with a parade and the President's Reception.

The President's Reception will be at 10 a.m. at the Williams Hall Art Gallery. Also at 10 a.m. is the 2006 Homecoming Parade, which will start at the Pan American Center, travel west on University Avenue and turn south on Knox Street.

The College of Health and Social Services will host a Distinguished Alumni Reception for Nursing at 10 a.m. in the Aggie Memorial Tower.

For more information regarding Homecoming 2006 activities, contact the Alumni Association at (505) 646-3616. A complete list of events is available at http://alum.nmsu.edu.

Bianca L. Granado
Sept. 25, 2006