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Fall 2023 Convocation!

Congratulations to all Faculty Award recipients! 

Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching
Betsy Stringam, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence
David LoConto, Sociology
Paola Bandini, Civil Engineering
Kim Lopez Gallagher, Government, History and Philosophy (NMSU Alamogordo)

Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award
Gain Park, Journalism and Media Studies
Susana Ibarra Johnson, Curriculum and Instruction

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What is Convocation?

Convocation kicks off the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters each academic year. Faculty and staff come together to learn about the university's achievements and plans and to recognize significant faculty accomplishments.

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Upcoming Dates

The dates listed below are upcoming convocation dates. All will be held at Atkinson Recital Hall at 9:00am (breakfast and check in at 8:30am). Please note they are subject to change due to any changes in the academic calendar.

  • Spring 2024 — January 16
  • Fall 2024 — August 20

Faculty Awards

Faculty awards are presented during the convocation ceremony. Faculty members apply or are nominated for these awards during the semester prior. Applications are then reviewed by a committee who selects the recipients based on the individual award criteria. 

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The 2023 Fall Convocation award winners Betsy Stringam, Susana Ibarra Johnson, Paola Bandini, Kim Lopez Gallagher, Gain Park. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)