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Alumni association honors accomplished Aggies

Accomplished Aggies will be honored by the New Mexico State University Alumni Association with a "Distinguished Alumni Dinner" at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Corbett Center's West Ballroom.


At the dinner, the Alumni Association will also present the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service to NMSU alumni who have demonstrated outstanding involvement with NMSU, civic, humanitarian and professional.

This year, the James F. Cole Memorial Awards for Service goes to:

-Michael Rogers, '73, College of Business.
-Dan Perry, '62, College of Arts and Sciences.

The 2011 distinguished alumni are:

-John E. Antonio Sr., '74, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
-Kimberly Baranowski, '97, College of Arts and Sciences.
-Todd L. Bisio, '94, College of Business.
-Melanie R. Goodman, '06, College of Health and Human Services.
-Joel B. Mozer, '88, College of Arts and Sciences.
-Martin Small, '73, College of Engineering.
-Emily A. Tobey, '73, College of Education.
-Subhankar Banerjee,'94, International Distinguished Alumnus.

Rogers is a James F. Cole Memorial Award winners and is the chapter president of the NMSU Alumni Association of San Jose, Calif. He graduated in 1973 from NMSU's College of Business and has worked in the advertising industry from coast to coast. Rogers is currently vice president at QuinStreet, the leading vertical performance marketing company online. He has been active in the Bay Area NMSU Alumni group, growing its membership to almost 300 and coordinating annual events like the Hatch Green Chile Roast.

Perry, also a James F. Cole Memorial Award winner, graduated from NMSU in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Perry is currently president of the San Antonio chapter of the NMSU Alumni Association. After graduating from NMSU, Perry went on to have a notable 27-year military career and rose to the rank of colonel before he retired. After military retirement, Perry earned a master's degree in counseling and has spent the last 18 years as a marriage counselor.

John E. Antonio Sr. is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Antonio graduated from NMSU in 1974 with a degree in wildlife science and went to work as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, served as director of the Navajo Fish and Wildlife Department and went on to serve two terms as governor of Laguna Pueblo. Antonio helped found the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, the nation's foremost professional society pertaining to wildlife issues on Indian reservations. Antonio is currently the national climate change coordinator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and serves on the American Eagle Foundation's Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team.

Kimberly Baranowski is one of the distinguished alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in sculpture in 1997, she went on to earn several degrees including an Ed.M. in psychological counseling. Baranowski has helped develop after-school arts programs in New York City, has worked with the U.S. Polar Program in Antarctica, and has established a no-cost group and individual therapy service for children and adolescents in underserved communities. Baranowski is now dedicated to pursuing a career in academia and is currently working on her Ph.D. in counseling psychology.

Todd L. Bisio is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Business. He graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and financial management. While working for Schafer corporation, Bisio provided programmatic and business management support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense High Energy Laser Joint Technology office. Bisio is currently the president of Qynergy Corporation, an energy development company. Bisio serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Rio Grande Leadership Council and is a founding contributor and acting director of operations for the Wellness Network Pilot Project in Albuquerque.

Melanie R. Goodman is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Health and Social Services. Goodman earned her master's in Public Health in 2006 and currently serves as health liaison and field representative in Southern New Mexico for Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Goodman has taught courses at NMSU, serves on the MPH advisory committee and works closely with faculty on health-related issues. Goodman is also a community adviser and committee member with the Con Alma Health Foundation and is a board member of the Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico.

Joel B. Mozer is one of the distinguished alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences. Mozer earned his bachelor's degree in physics in 1988 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Arizona. Mozer currently works as the associate chief of the Battlespace Environment Division and the Space Vehicles Directorate for the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base. During his career Mozer has developed measurement and analysis techniques and has done work relating to man-made battlefield obscurants on electro-optical sensors. Mozer has also worked with various departments at NMSU to encourage the development of graduate students with expertise in space science and engineering.

Martin Small is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Engineering. Small graduated from NMSU in 1973 and earned bachelor's degrees in computer science, mathematics and electrical engineering. Small is the president and CEO of Calculex, a company that develops and produces electronics and software systems. Small has served on the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy and works to support NMSU's Computer Engineering Department's teaching, research, and development programs. He also serves on the Las Cruces High School Technology Consortium and the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Emily A. Tobey is the distinguished alumnus from the College of Education. Tobey earned her bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Pathology in 1973. Before working in academia, Tobey worked as a teacher of the deaf and speech pathologist. Tobey went on to work as a professor for many years and is currently provost at the University of Texas at Dallas and the Professor and Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Early Childhood Disorders. Tobey also heads the Executive Committee of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program and was named the Polykarp lecturer, the highest honor granted by UT-Dallas to an individual faculty member.

Subhankar Banerjee is the distinguished alumnus from the International and Border Programs. Banerjee earned master's degrees in computer science and physics from NMSU in 1994 and has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and for Boeing Corporation in Seattle. Banerjee's avocation has been photography and he chose to leave his scientific career behind in 2000 to begin a large-scale photography project in the American Arctic. Banerjee has since published a book titled "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land." Banerjee's photographs have been exhibited in more than fifty museums and galleries in the US, Europe and Mexico. He also founded climatestorytellers.org, a website dedicated to gathering stories about global warming around the world.