Alumni Stories

Impact of Alumni, Partners & Donors

Tara Jaramillo Tara Jaramillo
Jaramillo has established an endowment to support graduate students in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders in honor of Stephen and Judy Farmer. Jaramillo obtained two degrees from NMSU, completing her master’s in speech language pathology in 1995. In 1999 she founded Positive Outcomes, Inc. with the single focus of providing pediatric therapy to the diverse county of Socorro.  Read more…
Abel Covarrubias Abel Covarrubias

Abel Covarrubias, MA, of Las Cruces, New Mexico was recently selected as a Fellow with the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program – a prestigious fellowship that engages, enriches, and inspires leaders who are dedicated to advancing the health, development, and well-being of infants and toddlers. Mr. Covarrubias is the chief executive officer for Aprendamos Intervention Team, an organization providing early intervention services in Dona Ana County. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the fellowship program from his leadership in Las Cruces to increase access to high quality early intervention services for young children with developmental delays and their families. Read more ...

Tony Sanchez Coach Tony Sanchez

Congratulations to NMSU alumnus Tony Sanchez. He recently led his Bishop Gorman Gaels to a Nevada Division I State Championship for the 2014 Football Season. Coach Sanchez was recently named the University of Nevada’s, Las Vegas head football coach. Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science from New Mexico State in 1998 and a master’s in special education from New Mexico State in 2003.  Continue Reading…

10/27/05: Danny Myrna Villanueva (photo by Darren Phillips)

Danny and Myrna Villanueva

Danny Villanueva

Danny Villanueva, a former Aggie football star, former NFL player and Spanish-language television pioneer, leaves behind a lifetime of success, a loving family and a legacy of giving that has benefited New Mexico State University in many ways. His support for various university programs over decades included several million dollars.

Villanueva was a key contributor to the “Doing What Counts” fundraising campaign in the early 2000s. He served as chair of the campaign and donated one of the anchor gifts, designating a portion of that gift to Myrna’s Children’s Village, a preschool program that serves children of students and faculty and staff. The program was named in honor of Danny’s wife as a birthday present. Continue Reading »


Brenda & Bob Porter

Brenda Porter

The father-daughter team of Bob and Brenda Porter is dedicated to NMSU

The father-daughter team of Bob and Brenda Porter established the Bob Porter Point Guard Endowed Scholarship in 2007, but that wasn’t the beginning or the end of either’s dedication and generosity to New Mexico State University. The endowment established in 2007, the first fully funded endowed position scholarship for Aggie Athletics, was a direct result of Bob’s love of the game and of NMSU, but it was a true team effort, as Brenda committed a portion of what was to be a share of her father’s estate to fully fund the endowment. Income from this endowment is now used annually to fund the scholarship for the point guard position on the men’s basketball team. Read more..