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Honors College offering sponsorships for new communitywide event

The New Mexico State University Honors College will launch a new communitywide event, "Great Conversations," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

"'Great Conversations' is a new, unique event in Southern New Mexico featuring prominent community leaders and NMSU professors hosting conversations on diverse, exciting and stimulating topics," said Bill Eamon, dean of the Honors College.

Arranged much like a dinner party, "Great Conversations" allows participants to select a topic they would like to discuss during a buffet dinner. The conversations will be hosted by Honors faculty and guest experts. Tables are set to seat 10, and a different conversation topic is assigned to each table in advance.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for NMSU Honors students and sponsorships are currently available to businesses and organizations ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each.

"Sponsorship opportunities are a great way for the community to support scholarships for these outstanding students," Eamon said. "The community rarely gets to interact with faculty and students in an informal setting. This is an opportunity to meet with the community and let them know about vital teaching and research at NMSU and raise money for scholarships at the same time."

More than 40 topics are available on a variety of subjects, such as global warming, the Middle East crisis, stem cell research, as well as art, culture, the music industry in America, collecting antiques and many more.

"The event also increases public awareness about the important cultural and intellectual role that NMSU plays in the city of Las Cruces and the state of New Mexico," Eamon said. "Everybody loves dinner time conversation; it should be informative and fun."

Tickets are $75 per person, $55 for recent NMSU graduates (2002-2007) or individuals can sponsor attendance of a current Honors student for $50.

To register for the event or for more information about sponsorships, call (575) 646-2005 or visit http://honors.nmsu.edu/gc/.