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New Horizons Luncheon 2013

New Horizons Luncheon Honors Donors

Drea Kendall

Posted August 6, 2013

Guests at the New Horizons luncheon ejoying a moment with Lobo Louie.

Guests at the New Horizons luncheon enjoying a moment with Lobo Louie.

On March 19th, the UNM Foundation celebrated the remarkable generosity of forward-thinking friends and alumni of the university who have included UNM in their estate plans. New Horizons Society (NHS) members joined UNM President Robert Frank, UNM Foundation Board of Trustees members and academic leaders for the annual NHS luncheon at Albuquerque’s Embassy Suites.

Director of Gift Planning, Sheila Hard, opened the program  by noting that donors have pledged an astounding $100 million+ in planned gifts since the UNM Changing Worlds Capital Campaign kicked off in 2006.  “New Horizons members have pledged future gifts for interests that range from Athletics to the Library and from Pharmacy to Fine Arts,” she said, extending thanks on behalf of the students who will someday benefit.

UNM Foundation Board President, Gary Gordon led the lunch ceremony with the message, “we can make a big, big difference…and the University of New Mexico is a place we can do that.”

UNM friends and new NHS members Kyla and Roger Thompson were highlighted in a video presentation. They spoke about their affection for UNM and of their gifts to benefit three of UNM’s programs: the UNM Veteran’s Resource Center, the Rick and Debbie Johnson Marketing Center at the Anderson School of Management, and the Presidential Scholarship Program. “Looking back, we did the right thing. We didn’t anticipate that kind of success…meaning we would find the kind of programs that suited what we wanted so perfectly. We feel very good about that,” Kyla noted.

Concluding the program was Presidential Scholar and UNM Senior, Kyanne Rietta Fields.  She stressed the importance of her scholarship and thanked the members for their support of the university. “I’m under no illusion that I would have made it this far, this fast without the generous help (of donors like you),” Kyanne said. She closed by saying that New Horizons Society members have inspired her to give back to UNM.

If you would like more information on ways to support the University of New Mexico and students like Kyanne in your estate plans, please visit or contact Associate Vice President for Planned Giving, Bonnie McLeskey at (505) 313-7610 or