Mesalands seeking funds for wind institute

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Mesalands Community College’s Board of Trustees approved the services of a new lobbying firm for the 2008 legislative session on Tuesday at its monthly meeting.

Mesalands president Phillip O. Barry asked the board to approve Butch Maki and Associates as the college’s lobbyist.

Barry said the firm was being sought out to help the college raise funds for its $12 million North American Wind Research & Training Center (NAWRTC).

The board of trustees also approved the request for funding from the New Mexico Higher Education Department for two projects: the rodeo program and Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum.

The request for funding totals $352,764 which is covers $188,425 for the rodeo program and $164,339 for the museum.
“We are trying to get funding for our athletics program and museum that other institutions have been receiving for similar programs,” said Barry. “We have tried for multiple years and have not received the funding. The request for the museum funding was done by Craig Currell and the rodeo funding request was done by the Dean of Student Services Aaron Kennedy.”

Other items before the board included:
l The grant approval of $17,000 for the Mesalands Rodeo program which was written and submitted by the rodeo coach C.J. Aragon. Of that, $15,000 will be used for a bucking machine and $2,000 will be used for new equipment and the repair of equipment.

l Presentation of the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 four-year and two-year college’s funding formula enrollment summary.