Young Alumni Service Award

The Young Alumni Service Award recognizes living New Mexico State University alumni under the age of 40 who have made great strides in shaping their community’s future and have brought distinction to New Mexico State University.

Eligibility

  • This individual must be a graduate of NMSU and an active member in the Alumni Association (make an annual gift of any amount to NMSU).
  • This individual must be available to attend Homecoming, which is scheduled for October 3-5, 2019. Recipients will be recognized at the Awards Dinner on the Friday evening of Homecoming week.
  • Only one award will be given annually.
  • Members of NMSU faculty or staff are eligible for the Young Alumni Service Award as long as they are alumni and active members of the Alumni Association.
  • This individual must be a living alumni of NMSU and be the age of 40 or below at the time of the application deadline.
  • As an emerging leader, this individual will demonstrate commitment to excellence in service for their professions and exemplify ongoing contributions to their communities, multicultural relations and/or volunteerism.
  • This individual, through deeds and action, reflects and recognizes the importance of his or her education at NMSU, demonstrates pride in their alma mater and possesses an evident interest in and loyalty to NMSU.
  • This individual has impacted others through demonstration of integrity, stature, philanthropy and ability.
  • Any student, alumnus, friend, family member, faculty member, staff member, department head or dean may submit a nomination for the Young Alumni Service Award.

Those ineligible for nomination:

  • A candidate for any public office.
  • One currently serving as a member of any NMSU Advancement Board, including the Foundation Board of Directors, the NMSU Alumni Association International Board of Directors or the Pioneers Board.

Procedure

Application Deadline: Completed nominations must be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations prior to April 3, 2020. Nomination forms must be complete, thorough and contain supporting documents. This information will be used as the basis for the evaluation and selection of the Young Alumni Service Award.

Review Committee: Members of the Alumni Association Awards Committee will review all completed award nominations and make the final selections. Each Award recipient will be honored during NMSU Homecoming, which is scheduled for October 2020.

Nominee Review and Consideration: Candidates with previous nomination forms on file will need to provide updated material using this new form. Once submitted, the application will be on file and considered for an additional two years from the current submission date.

Questions: Office of Alumni Relations, alumni@nmsu.edu, 575-646-3616

2019 Young Alumni Service Award Honoree

Natasha Nesiba, Class of 2013 and 2015

Although a recent NMSU graduate, Las Cruces native Natasha Nesiba has already made a profound impact professionally, philanthropically and in her mission to promote diversity and inclusion in the Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

Nesiba earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from NMSU, all while volunteering for and giving back to the university. During her freshman year, Nesiba arranged to redirect her own funds from a Google scholarship into the Mark Nesiba Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which she established to support women pursuing Computer Science studies.

She was also a research assistant and volunteer with NMSU’s Young Women in Computing, helping promote interest in C-STEM among young female students in southern New Mexico. With YWiC, she helped the initiative reach an estimated 10,000 students and collaborated with dozens of local and national organizations.

As a graduate student, she collaborated with public school teachers to develop curriculum that incorporated computer science into liberal arts classes, producing research that resulted in an award-winning publication.

Nesiba also consistently worked for Google while earning her degrees and, upon graduation, was offered a permanent position as a software engineer on Google’s Cloud Enterprise Software Platform. Today, she lives in San Jose, California, and continues to connect with NMSU students as a Google mentor and advocate nationwide for women and minorities in C-STEM.

Nesiba’s husband, Francisco Natividad, her mother, Josephina Sarid, and late father, Mark Nesiba, are all NMSU alums. She also has three sisters, Nicole, Katrina and Jessica.

“It is critical to spend time building relationships with people. At some point, it won’t matter where you work, but who you work with, and instead of following brand names, you’ll end up following leaders. You can learn so much from those around you and opportunities will arise naturally when you invest in those relationships.” – Natasha Nesiba

YearYASA HonoreeCollegeMajor/s
2019Natasha Nesiba Natividad, '13 '15Arts & SciencesComputer Science