Since 1966, the New Mexico State University Alumni Association has honored numerous alumni with the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.
This award instills the tradition of excellence NMSU has upheld throughout the years, and each recipient (one per year) is selected based on support to NMSU, involvement with NMSU, civic and humanitarian service and professional success.
A committee of the NMSU Alumni Association Executive Council selects the award recipient according to that person's support of NMSU, involvement with the university and their civic and professional service, after graduating from NMSU. Nominations for this award remain active for three years following the date of nomination unless the nominee is selected for the award. The recipient must have attended NMSU or be an active member of the Alumni Association before the date of selection. Alumni who are members of the NMSU faculty or staff are also eligible.
This award is presented during the annual Homecoming festivities at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner.
Nominations for the 2019 James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service closed on April 5, 2019.
2019 James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service Honoree
Van A. Bullock, Class of 1972 and 1974
Van A. Bullock came to NMSU from Artesia, New Mexico, and graduated with a BS in Engineering in ‘72 and a MA in Economics in ‘74. Donating time, financial support, expertise, his sense of humor and voice as an auctioneer for NMSU fundraisers, Van is the picture of a dedicated, lifelong Aggie.
Deeply involved in NMSU during his student days, Bullock is one the founding members of the NMSU chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity and played on the golf team, for which he was inducted into the Aggie men’s golf team Hall of Fame. His love of Aggie athletics continues today: he founded the Aggie Men’s Golf Support Group and, along with his twin brother, Joe Bullock, sponsors an academic award for student athletes.
Professionally, Bullock developed a successful career in the real estate industry and at NMSU as an instructor. He was president of Mather’s Realty until the company merged with Steinborn and Associates Real Estate, where he is now an associate broker. Bullock started teaching at the university in 1978 and continues to teach on a part-time basis as the instructor for the introductory Agricultural Economics course and a graduate class on Real Estate Appraisal.
Much like his career, his service and philanthropy has extended to both NMSU and the Las Cruces community. At NMSU, he served on Foundation Board Committees, advised student organizations and assisted the performing arts. His service to the community ranges from volunteering at St. Paul’s Methodist church and Mesilla Valley Hospice, to leadership roles on the Memorial Medical Center Board, the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation, the Jardin de los Niños Board and First Step Clinic, among others.
Bullock is married to Colette Bullock, and they have one daughter, Courtney, and a two-year old granddaughter, Alexandra Rose.
“I probably don’t deserve this recognition, but then again, I never thought I deserved to be bald, so maybe it evens out. I owe so much to NMSU, it would be unconscionable not to do what I can to help. Most of the good things in my life can be traced back to being at NMSU.” – Van Bullock
|Year||Recipient(s) Name||Year||Recipient(s) Name|
|2018||Dr. Patty Lopez '80, '82, '89|
|2017||Frank A. Seidel '81||2016||Dino Camunez '81|
|2015||Morgan Nelson '41||2014||Lou Henson '55, '56
Carol Smallwood '83
|2013||J. Paul Taylor '42, '54, '63||2012||Don Beasley '72|
|2011||Michael Rogers '73|
Dan Perry '62
|2010||Jerean Camunez Hutchinson '79|
|2009||Shari Jones '80, '81||2008||Dave Cooley '78
Betsey Cooley '78
|2007||E. Larry Lujan '76||2006||Frank Dubois '73, '78|
|2005||Jim T. Dunlap '54, '67||2004||Gary Cataldo '70|
|2003||Tomas Chavez '54||2002||Julie Hall|
|2001||Jack Ward||2000||John Jack Oestreicher '71|
|1999||Walter Gerald Hines '66, '67||1998||William "Bill" Sauble '70|
|1997||William "Bill" Cantrell '67||1996||Rosco Vaugn '65, '69, '84|
|1995||Laura Coniff '74||1994||W.K. Bill Shriver '58|
|1993||Betty Sims Solt '59||1992||Gertrude Kretek '52
Geraldine Kretek '52
|1991||Kent McIntosh '41||1990||Blance Lear Hubbard|
|1989||Marshall Scott '62, '64||1988||Martin D. Alexander '60|
|1987||B.J. Bob Porter '51, '56||1986||Lombre Sue Hepburn '48|
|1985||Edward Gregg '33||1984||Larry Ramirez '74|
|1983||George Dawson '50||1982||Angie Stroup '66|
|1981||Horace Hubert||1980||Archie Beckett '51|
|1979||Leon Wagley '47|
Anthony Romo '52, '54
|1978||Helen Strickland Hampton '40, '54|
|1977||J. Henry Gustafson '40||1976||George Ray Smith '52|
|1975||Carolyn Henry '63||1974||Albert Burleson '44|
|1973||Kathleen Kit Elliot '62||1972||Melton Shelton '57, '60|
|1971||Dick Reeves '25||1970||Edward Oliver '52|
|1969||Albert Vallin '33|
Fred P. Geibel '32
|1967||Edward Wallace '52||1966||Dorothy Cole '70, '78|