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Fostering Resilience in Our Students

During times of great crisis, the NMSU Aggie family has consistently stepped up to ensure that future Aggie alumni succeed. More

The Value of Education

Richard Leza's mother, Corina, treasured education, and her legacy to her 10 children was an opportunity to pursue higher education. More

The Roots of Philanthropy

How far can the service, leadership and giving of one couple reach? In the case of Evelyn and Elwood "Buck" Waid, the answer is much like the roots of a strong tree—far, wide and across generations. See how the impact of their generosity continues to be felt by NMSU students, like Waid Scholar Ryan Salcido. More

When Loyalty Pays Off

Even from a young age, Derek Dictson knew he would be an Aggie at New Mexico State University. His pride for the institution grew during his father's more than 40-year career with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service—a career for which Billy Dictson, a retired director, would eventually be honored by the New Mexico Association and the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Hall of Fame. More

The Key to Resiliency

Dr. Blanca Campa, '08 alumna of NMSU, credits teachers and professors in her life for inspiring her to continue investing in herself. She pledged in her estate plan to fund an NMSU endowed scholarship that rewards minority students transferring from any community college in the United States. More

The Perfect Match for NMSU

It all started with a $250 scholarship—one that would take an Aggie from first-generation college student in the 1960s to New Mexico State University System Chancellor by 2013. But that $250—or about $2,000 today—not only set this Aggie onto a course for personal success but, in turn, benefited the future of NMSU and communities across New Mexico with two leaders who understand the power of giving back. More

Professor Pays It Forward to Support Students and Educators

A professor's planned gift to the NMSU Teaching Academy is a deeply personal way to give back for the scholarship support she received as a student. More

Sustaining Public Media Builds a Strong Community

Susan Eidson has been a longtime supporter of public radio and says it helps her stay connected to her community. It's why she's giving back to KRWG (and NMSU) with a planned gift. More

A Legacy of Appreciation

1888 Society member Palmer "Jack" McCarter wants to tell stories about family when he talks about his legacy. He describes the achievements of his daughters and son, and the adventures that he had with his wife throughout the years. More

McIntosh Gift Honors Family's Commitment to Agriculture

When Kent and Anne McIntosh decided to retire after 45 years of farming in Kentucky, they checked out several locations but none of them felt "comfortable." More

Connie Lee Supports Her Love of Music

Connie Graham Lee first arrived in Las Cruces when she entered New Mexico State University in 1966 on a music scholarship. She played in both the university band and the orchestra while earning her degree in education. She was also a member of Chi Omega sorority and a student senator. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1970 and a master's in teaching in 1973 More

Papen Shows His Aggie Pride in Many Ways: Retired Banker Follows Uncle's Example to Strengthen NMSU

John A. Papen III was not really thinking about going to college. He started working in his uncle's bank while he was still in high school, so he felt he was "all set." However, both his father and uncle believed that a college education was important, and with New Mexico State University located right in John's hometown of Las Cruces, N.M., they felt he should take advantage of the opportunities the university offered. More

Jack and MaryLou Davis Have Strong Aggie Roots

Jack and MaryLou Davis met as students at New Mexico State University in the late 1960s. They share the belief that education is a vital tool no one can take away and say the education they received at NMSU contributed to the success they have enjoyed. "We learned from our parents the importance of sharing and giving back," MaryLou says. That philosophy inspires their strong support for the university. More

Rogers Honors Legendary Coach Presley Askew

Aggie coaching legend Presley Askew made such a lasting impression on one of his former players, Robert C. Rogers, that Robert set up an endowment in Askew's name to honor his former mentor and coach. More

Norma Fisher's Legacy Supports Scholarships

Norma Jean Fisher and her husband, Lester Dean, were born in Kansas but called New Mexico home for many years. This was one reason they decided to give the bulk of their estate to New Mexico State University, reinforcing their belief in the importance of a college education. More

Ermelinda Quintela's Double Remembrance

For a person who didn't think she wanted to attend college, Ermelinda Quintela has forged an amazing bond with New Mexico State University that goes beyond the four degrees she earned from the university. More

Family Tradition Inspires Generous Gift to NMSU

Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, believes that the Nakayama family has always been one of New Mexico's agricultural treasures, and two new endowments established by Joe Nakayama will continue their outstanding agricultural legacy in perpetuity. More

New Endowments Enrich NMSU

Recent endowments from Elizabeth "Betty" Wichert and Mary and Bill Huey provide more for New Mexico State University. More

Alumnus Honors Former Work Associate With Scholarship at NMSU

For Charles and Geneva Huff, the gift they made to New Mexico State University in 2009 just keeps on giving—back to them. More

Tiny Faye Jones Leaves a Large Legacy

Tiny Faye Jones grew up in a family of eight children outside Floyd, N.M., where her family had moved in 1902 to homestead 160 acres. More

A Legend Lives on Through Endowment

Walter Lwowski, emeritus research professor in the department of chemistry at New Mexico State University, passed away in April 2010 at the age of 81. More

Endowments Create Lasting Legacies at NMSU

Honoring a loved one through an endowed fund at New Mexico State University creates a permanent legacy for that individual by supporting a program that had a special place in his or her life. More

Holcomb's Gifts Enrich Chemical Engineering Department

William Franklin (Bill) Holcomb, B.S. Chemical Engineering '60, has been a strong supporter of the Department of Chemical Engineering for many years. More

Azada Beatty Henry Plans for the Future

Azada Beatty Henry '45 has an enduring love for New Mexico State University. More

Gile Endowments Help Students Interested in Soil Sciences

The word "retirement" doesn't exist in Leland Gile's vocabulary. More

Friels Establish Charitable Trust for Athletics

Start a conversation with Bill and Lois Friel, and they will say, "We're not academics." They will quickly follow that with "We love New Mexico State University." Their love for the Aggie athletics program began not long after they arrived in Las Cruces in 1963. More

Carr Takes Advantage of the Many Ways to Give and Touches Many Lives

Elsie Raye Rigney Carr's family has been associated with this university for nearly a century. More

Cook Estate Enriches College of Agriculture and Home Economics

Jacqueline Cook wanted to make a difference when she decided to give the bulk of her estate to New Mexico State University. She had no academic connections to the university, but she loved animals-particularly horses and dogs. More

Frankie Clemons Has Many Legacies

For Frankie Clemons, retired assistant dean of the College of Business at New Mexico State University, it has always been about the students. More

Atkinson Gift Enriches Music Department

When F.E. Atkinson passed away in June 2007 at the age of 97, he included a major gift to the NMSU music department in his will. More