A Touch of Fall in the Air

By Chancellor Dan E. Arvizu | Published October 12, 2018


It’s been an intense yet exciting week and a half for New Mexico State University. It started Oct. 3 when President Floros and I were able to outline our strategic direction and performance metrics during the Board of Regents meeting. That was followed by a Foundation Board meeting and all of our events related to Homecoming. Then, we capped it off with a celebration of NMSU Alamogordo’s 60th anniversary just yesterday. I came away from everything with an incredibly positive feeling about how bright our future is at NMSU.

I can’t say enough about all of our Homecoming events. It was wonderful meeting and interacting with so many alumni who care so deeply about NMSU. We have some very impressive Aggies around the nation who have gone on to have great success. It was inspiring to hear their stories, their accomplishments and to learn how NMSU made an impact on their lives. The Homecoming Parade was fun and festive and it was great to see all the colorful floats.
The Veterans Memorial the Saturday morning of Homecoming was also very moving. I encourage everyone to attend next year.

Of course, the icing on the cake for Homecoming Week on Saturday was a victory by the NM State football team over Liberty. You may have also seen the performance by the Aggie Pride Band. I was honored to have the band ask me to come out and play with them. It had been a while since I had practiced the music for the Aggie Fight Song, but I had a great time.

NMSU is moving forward in a very positive direction and we’re starting to turn the corner. I fully expect our new processes will lead to growth in our enrollment and grow our overall budget. Now we need to roll up our sleeves and get to it.