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Cadet campaign raises over 3K for local charity

NMMI’s Regimental Commander, cadet Katianne Flury (left), presents a check from the ‘Cadets For A Cure’ campaign to Chaves County Cancer Fund president Brittnye Lamb (center) and CCCF volunteer Misty Tarin (right).


NMMI Sports Press

During a halftime ceremony at the Bronco basketball team’s previous home game vs. Odessa on Jan. 8, the NMMI ‘Cadets For A Cure’ Campaign presented a check to the Chaves County Cancer Fund totaling $3,321.41.

The campaign is a year-long series of events and activities, organized by Institute cadets, designed to help raise both money and awareness for all types of cancer.

Last spring, the cadets held a ‘March for Cancer’. This fall, the cadets held a variety of activities during several home NMMI athletic events, including dunk tanks, pie-in-the face booths, balloon launches, and sales of t-shirts and bracelets.

The Chaves County Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to “provide caring support and financial assistance to Chaves County community members and their families as they go through cancer treatment.”

“It was a successful campaign, especially for the first year,” said head Colt football coach Randy Montoya, one of several staff liaisons helping out this year’s campaign. “Being new, I thought everything went very well,” he continued. “The cadets did a great job and we had a lot of support from the faculty, staff and our coaches. It was just a good team effort, everyone pitching in and pulling together for a great cause.”

When asked if this will become an annual activity, Montoya nodded in the affirmative. “Any time we can help out of local community, it’s a plus for both us and them,” explained the coach. “We’re going to try and make this a yearly event and have already been talking about what we can improve on for next year – things like getting more people involved – hopefully growing each and every year.”

As the Term Comes to a Close…

By LTC Kalith Smith, Associate Dean Cadet Academic Services Division/Director of the TLRC

When the final few moments of a term filled with hard work, sweat, tears of joy (and occasionally the agony of defeat) comes to a close and the last rays of a setting sun fill empty rows of books, I remember. It is always at this moment where the clarity of the struggle is made clear. It is isn’t the grade, but the journey. Not the conference championship, but the camaraderie. Not the new position in the Corps, but those family, friends, mentors and challenges that made you strong enough to accept the challenge. As one semester comes to a close at this extraordinary institution, I remember all of the Cadets, alumni, faculty and staff that make the journey possible and I am glad to be a small part of the legacy that is NMMI.

Happy Holidays from NMMI!

On behalf of everyone at New Mexico Military Institute, we wish you and your family a very joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Holidays at New Mexico Military Institute!

By Cadet Alan Romero

Celebrating the holiday season at NMMI is a blast! Even though cadets are stressing about final exams after Thanksgiving break, celebrating the holidays at NMMI is special because of the friends that are made here. During the holidays, being with friends is like being with family on Christmas morning. That warm feeling enables cadets to ease the stress off of finals and focus more on resting and having fun. That said, participating in holiday events with friends at NMMI include having fun at the corps-wide Superintendent’s Christmas party, NMMI club Christmas parties, holiday etiquette dinners, troop Secret Santa’s, and decorating rooms.

Diversity at NMMI is Shaping My Future

By Cadet Rafael Valles

College years provide more than just academics, but opportunities for students to have exposure to other backgrounds and cultures. The world is an extremely complex, everchanging place, and entering a diverse and inclusive learning environment is very important for me and other applicants that hope to attend New Mexico Military Institute. I am a Puerto Rican/Mexican-American (tricultural) bringing my social values and diverse ideals. As a Hispanic student, I realize how important diversity is; for example, New Mexico Military Institute’s diverse culture, allows me to create long lasting friendships and insight on the importance of cultural diversity. The Corps of Cadets here at NMMI is no joke as it is  ranked #1 in diversity by Boarding School Review. The characters and personalities I found here are completely different compared to other schools that I have attended. The relationships I have created here are unique, and each person I have met has a special quality about them that has allowed me to acknowledge both their character and culture. I can truly say that while attending a university, diversity plays a huge role in one’s life.

When seeking diversity on campus here at NMMI, I looked at many opportunities to express myself and find a community with others. I felt that the opportunities available to me from the different cultures and backgrounds at NMMI made me realize that different views and ideas can be positive and meaningful in many different ways.

My goal is to become a U.S. Army commissioned officer, because I want to serve my country and become a better leader. Being involved in the Early Commissioning Program (ROTC Program), I experienced diversity in working with ROTC cadets from around the world. Here at NMMI, I noticed that the various leadership styles being used in ROTC has its own repertoire of social values and techniques. I found this to be an impact of my leadership in showing me the assortment of skills used to view and solve objectives differently. Another great honor I gained from diversity is being bilingual and utilizing it in the Admissions Office, recruiting/ assisting future cadets from around the world. Not only that, but being the Regimental S-2 Provost Marshall Officer, interaction among many Spanish speaking cadets gained me more respect, credibility, and authority around the corps. Having all these experiences, coming to understand how the range of students interact in a college creates a specific work culture and environment that follows the ideals of NMMI’s honor code: Duty, Honor, and Achievement.

Diversity has helped to shape my future for an ever changing and dynamic education, and effort invested in my leadership will reflect upon my lifestyle for years to come. NMMI is very diverse across all factors. Passing my wisdom and knowledge to my longtime friends here at NMMI, I will continue to learn and prepare myself and others for the demanding role I hope to soon undertake in my life, and I can only thank NMMI for it.