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Advancement Office In Midst of Phone-A-Thon

SOCORRO, N.M. November 18, 2014 – New Mexico Tech’s Advancement Office is half way through its annual phone-a-thon and is well on its way toward achieving its goal of raising $300,000.

Undergraduate volunteers are staffing the phones, calling Tech graduates to solicit donations that will help current students with scholarships, capital improvements and other amenities.

Former students should receive phone calls from one of our amazing and talented students in the evening of Wednesday and/or Thursday, Nov. 19 and 20. The volunteers also were on the phones Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12 and 13. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. Techies are encouraged to support the unrestricted Alumni Fund, but donors can also specify a recipient or project.

Anyone who does not receive a phone call is encouraged to donate by calling LaVern Robinson at (575) 835-5616 or visiting the secure website at https://advancement.nmt.edu/donate.

This year’s efforts reflect both the Board of Regents directive to increase private giving and the new five-year strategic plan that emphasizes the same.

“The Board has directed us to enhance our private giving campaign,” university President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez said. “In response, we’ve initiated a series of activities, including developing strong relationships with major givers and reaching out to our alumni and seeking smaller donations. This effort is also consistent with our strategic plan.”

The Advancement Office continues to host alumni receptions across the country to interact with Tech graduates. In September, Tech staff hosted events in Bethesda, Md., Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va. In October, alumni receptions were held in Silver City, N.M., Phoenix and Tucson, Az. December events will be in Farmington, N.M., and San Francisco.

Heidi Brown, the new associate director of the Advancement Office, said this year’s receptions have been well attended by Techies and serve as a great way for the university to connect with donors and for graduates to get acquainted.

The Advancement Office is also reaching out to build relationships with industry. As one example, Tech hosted Intel representatives this fall, providing tours of five academic departments – Biology, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Brown said she expects to host more get-to-know-Tech events with potential supporters of New Mexico Tech.

– NMT –