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Inspiration from Our Faculty

We all have stories to tell! What we gain from such stories is based on your own personal perception about the story being told. In the following videos, current and former faculty of the Arts and Sciences College at NMSU tell their own unique stories that have molded them into the brightest academics here at NMSU!

If you want to find out more information about a particular professor, the professor’s webpage is linked through their names (highlighted in red) in the video.

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Awards

The Outstanding Faculty Achievement Awards is an annual event held by the College of Arts and Sciences that recognizes and rewards our faculty members for exceptional service. Rewards are earned based on merits that involve research, teaching, scholarship, creative activities, and outreach services. For more information on the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Awards, please visit their webpage!

2016

Dr. Fumi Arakawa (Anthropology) – Outstanding Teaching.
Dr. Peter Houde (Biology) – Research
Dr. Brook Milligan (Biology) – Manasse Scholar
Dr. Lois Stanford (Anthropology) – Outreach

2015

Dr. Mary Ballyk (Mathematical Sciences) – Outstanding Teaching
Dr. Gary Eiceman (Chemistry and Biochemistry) – Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activities
Dr. Michael Hout (Psychology) – Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activities
Dr. Patti Wojahn (English and Interdisciplinary Studies) – Outstanding Teaching
Dr. Timothy Wright (Biology) – Manasse Scholar

2014

Dr. Michaela Burkardt (Physics) – Outstanding Teaching
Dr. Anne Hubbell (Communication Studies) – Outreach
Dr. Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza (Language and Linguistics) – Outreach
Dr. Margaret Malamud (History) – Manasse Scholar
Dr. Bruce Olberding (Mathematical Sciences) – Scholarship and Creative Activities
Dr. Donald Pepion (Anthropology) – Outstanding Teaching

2013

Dr. Greg Armfield (Communication Studies) – Outreach
Dr. Jeff Arteburn (Chemistry and Biochemistry) – Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities
Dr. Nathan Brooks (History) – Outstanding Teaching
Dr. Chris Burnham (English) – Outreach
Dr. Jeanne Flora (Communication Studies) – Outstanding Teaching
Dr. Stephen Pate (Physics) – Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities
Dr. Elba Serrano (Biology) – Manasse Scholar

Starry Night

Since 2013, The Stars of Arts and Sciences awards ceremony has been awarding exceptional people for displaying exemplary leadership within their communities while supporting the College of Arts and Sciences. There are four award categories that candidates may apply for. For more information regarding “A Night of the Stars”, please visit A Starry Night’s website for more information about the awards ceremony, the qualifications that candidates must meet, and important dates that applicants must adhere to.

2017

R. Nick Franklin, retired lawyer and Chairman of the NMSU Foundation Board. Mr. Franklin is the star of the “Arts and Sciences” award.
Connie Hines, interior designer and NMSU alumnus. Ms. Hines is the star of the “Arts” award.
Dr. Maryce Jabobs, toxicologist and NMSU alumnus. Dr. Jacobs is the star of the “Sciences” award.
Patrick Lamb, retired bank consultant and journalist. Mr. Lamb is the star of the “Town and Gown” award.

2016

Larry (president of Allen Theaters) and Diane Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Allen are stars of the “Town and Gown” award.
Jag Cheema, financial advisor at Wells Fargo. Mr. Cheema is the star of the “Arts and Sciences” award.
Glenn and Sally Cutter are the owners of an antique furniture, jewelry and fine arts store called The Cutter Gallery. Mr. and Mrs. Cutter are stars of the “Arts” award.

2015

Michael and Judy Johnson, NMSU alumni and university donors. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are stars of the “Sciences” award.
Frank Leto, former publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News. Mr. Leto is the star of the “Town and Gown” award.
Lou Sisbarro, owner of multiple car dealerships in Las Cruces. Mr. Sisbarro is the star of the “Arts and Sciences” award.
J. Paul Taylor, retired politician and social justice advocate. Mr. Taylor is the star of the “Arts” award.

2014

Ammu Devasthali, NMSU alumnus from the art department and university donor. Mrs. Devasthali is the star of the “Arts” award.
Heather Pollard, co-chair of the Legacy Circle at Mesilla Valley Hospice and president of the Amador Hotel Foundation. Mrs. Pollard is the star of the “Town and Gown” award.
Pat Sisbarro, vice president of the Sisbarro car dealerships and co-chair of “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” Mrs. Sisbarro is the star of the “Sciences” award.