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Many partnerships formed to make NMSU inauguration a success

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A partnership can be defined as people coming together to work toward a common purpose or goal. New Mexico State University and the surrounding community have not only come together to make sure the inauguration of Barbara Couture as the 25th president of NMSU is a success, but they also are reinforcing the new president's vision that partnership fosters excellence.



President Barbara Couture (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

"I was really excited when I first heard that the theme of this inauguration was 'A New Era of Excellence through Partnership,'" said Janet Green, head of NMSU School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. "Our state land-grant institution, by its very nature, was created through significant partnerships. This inauguration will encapsulate the partnerships with the community, community colleges, the agricultural industry and many other partners who contribute to make this an institution of excellence."

Several businesses, organizations and individuals have stepped forward in the last few months to sponsor various events and activities to help defray the costs associated with inauguration and convocation ceremonies.

Though it would be nearly impossible to properly acknowledge and thank every individual who has contributed to make this event a success, Green said, there are some partnerships that warrant recognition - particularly those who have donated their time to feed celebrants during many events the week of Aug. 16.

Several organizations have pooled their resources to provide assorted lunches and other refreshments to attendees of the inauguration and convocation ceremonies Aug. 17.

The many contributors include: the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the New Mexico Chile Commission, the New Mexico Dry Onion Commission, the New Mexico pecan industry, Southwest Dairy Farmers, New Mexico dairy producers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture -Agricultural Research Service Jornada Experimental Range, Farm Credit Service of New Mexico, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the New Mexico Beef Council, NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico Woolgrowers, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District and Aramark.

"For the people who are partners, this event gives them an opportunity to draw closer to the university; it gives them an up-front working relationship with the president," said Blake Curtis, secretary/treasurer of the NMSU Board of Regents. "The people who are willing to step forward and are willing to get to know the president and know the inner workings of this university and its challenges, that in itself fosters a better working relationship."

Curtis said he was excited to see so many people working together to make this event one to remember.

"I am just so proud of Dr. Couture because she understands the charge of the university president and she is so good at reaching out to the partners in the community and helping to identify the roles of the university and meet the needs of the community and the students," Curtis said.

The public is invited to attend the inauguration/convocation ceremonies Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to send Couture their well wishes via an online guestbook. The guestbook can be accessed at http://www2.nmsu.edu/inauguration/guestbook/index.php.

The event can be viewed live online at

http://mediasiteserver.nmsu.edu/ictmsite5/Viewer/?peid=3400313e661c4543b9ff8da6a60227ed.

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For details about the inauguration/convocation event, and to RSVP, visit http://inauguration.nmsu.edu/.