NNMC’s 20th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala Raises Funds To Aid Students

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus chats with Española Valley Public Schools Acting Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez during NNMC’s 20th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala Saturday evening at the Ohkay Convention Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus with SOC’s Liddie Martinez and Jack Killeen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Northern New Mexico College President Dr. Nancy ‘Rusty’ Barceló announced at Saturday’s event that she will retire in 2016. She has served as president since July 2010. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

More than 500 people gathered Saturday evening for Northern New Mexico College’s 20th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala at the Ohkay Convention Center in Española.

Several officials from Los Alamos attended the special event including Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, LAPS COO Joan Ahlers and her husband LAHS Coach Gary Ahlers, SOC General Manager Jack Killeen and SOC Director of Community & Economic Development Liddie Martinez, who is chair of the NNMCF, Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office Director Kathy Keith and Jim Danneskiold of LANL’s Public Affairs Office.

Northern has moved into its second century as an educational institution and aspires to meet the higher educational needs and demands of the community and changing world. With 13 Baccalaureate degree programs and a growing student body, there are increasing demands for qualified faculty, new and improved facilities, and state of the art technologies.

The Northern New Mexico College Foundation — a non profit 501(c)(3) corporation — has been raising funds to support scholarships and other college initiatives since 1995. The Foundation exists to promote and further the interests, objectives and purposes of the College; to seek and receive gifts, legacies and grants of money or other tangible assets; to administer such for the benefit of the college; and to provide active leadership, direction and expertise in fund raising efforts for the College.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment Funds have grown to more than $3 million. The endowments are one additional way to ensure access to higher education for students from throughout northern New Mexico. The majority of the students balance work, school and family in an effort to improve their lives. Scholarship support can keep students focused on completion of their education.

The Foundation office is located in the Administration Building, Room 133, on the Española campus of Northern New Mexico College, 921 Paseo de Oñate. For more information, call Terry Mulert at 505.747.2147 or email tmulert@nnmc.edu.

Sen. Nick Salazar, left, and his wife Maria Ana. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dancers from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo perform for the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dancers from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo perform for the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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