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NMSU Regents receive updates on legislative session, fundraising, athletics

SANTA FE - At a regular meeting Monday, Jan. 30, in Santa Fe, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents heard updates on the legislative session, fundraising and athletics.

A group photo of the NMSU Board of Regents with Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, center, welcomed New Mexico State University Board of Regents and administrators, from left, Regents Christopher Dulany and Mike Cheney, Executive Vice President and Provost Wendy Wilkins, President Barbara Couture, and Regents Laura Conniff, Isaac Pino and Javier Gonzales to Santa Fe for their Jan. 30 regular meeting. (NMSU Courtesy Photo)

Ben Woods, NMSU's senior vice president for external relations and chief of staff, updated the Regents on the progress of the university's priorities during the legislative session to-date.

Woods said the progress is steady and NMSU's governmental affairs staff is working hard to share the university's priorities with the legislature.

For more information on the university's state funding requests as they move through the legislative process, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~legislat/.

The Regents also received an update from Dennis Prescott, vice president for university advancement and president of the NMSU Foundation.

Prescott highlighted the opening of a new call center that will greatly impact the Foundation's reach to alumni and friends of the university. NMSU students will make about 60,000 calls per year. He also indicated that the NMSU Foundation's 2011 investment data, which will be released later this week by the National Association of College and University Business Officers as part of their annual survey, is expected to be a significant improvement from 2010.

Athletics Director McKinley Boston gave an annual update on athletics highlighting the success of NMSU student athletes. There were 121 student athletes that received Academic All-WAC honors for 2010-2011. In fall 2011, 49 athletes were honored for academic success, the highest in the WAC.

The board also presented the Above & Beyond Award to Jane Moorman, a senior communications specialist for University Communications and Marketing Services, based in Albuquerque. The Above & Beyond Award recognizes full-time employees who go the extra distance in service to any and all aspects of the NMSU system. Individuals are recognized for performance that goes "above and beyond" their regular responsibilities and for demonstrating a positive attitude that inspires others.

Moorman provides communications support for the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, covering the Cooperative Extension Service as well as the Agricultural Experiment Station. Her territory includes five tribal Extension offices, 15 county Extension offices and five agricultural science centers.

"Jane is always ready for new challenges. She shares her enthusiasm for new projects with other members of the news team," said Maureen Howard, associate vice president for University Communications and Marketing Services. "To expand the reach of her news stories, Jane has gone beyond the existing media contacts and developed new relationships with media outlets specializing in agricultural stories. For example, many of Jane's stories have aired in more than 100 markets on the syndicated television show AG Day. This expanded coverage has been a strong tool to get the word out about our premier stories."

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss was a special guest at the meeting and welcomed the Board of Regents to Santa Fe. Coss is a 1977 graduate of NMSU.

"New Mexico State University has an amazing reach across the state. I am proud to be an Aggie," Coss said.