The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the newly renovated Rodgers Hall and Heritage Room located at 803 National Avenue. The reception will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2022, with the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.  

The new Heritage Room located in Rodgers Hall features an exhibit honoring NMHU alumnus Leveo V. Sánchez. Sánchez graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business. Among his national and international accomplishments, he led a life of service to northern New Mexico and Las Vegas in particular. Sánchez established the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, helped Mainstreet Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Community Foundation, and served on twenty boards of directors, including the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation Board and the Highlands University Board of Regents.  

Rodgers Hall currently houses the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Finance, Academic Affairs, Higher Learning Commission, Title IX, two conference rooms, the boardroom, and a classroom that is utilized by many departments across campus. The renovations have earned two awards. Albuquerque-based Baker Architecture + Design won a Distinguished Architecture Merit Award from the American Association of Architects of New Mexico for integrating modern features while preserving the building’s historic elements. Additionally, NMHU earned the PNM Energy Star as the result of the new energy-efficient materials and technologies incorporated into the building’s renovations.

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