A message from International Board of Directors member, Daniel Sonntag '14
Several years ago, I was moving in to the Monagle Residence hall at NMSU - as an Aggie Freshman who was born and raised in Albuquerque with a family full of Lobos. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the “school down south,” and I never could have imagined the wild and wonderful ride it took me on during and after my undergraduate years.
Having no family, and few friends in Las Cruces, I made it a mission to discover all that I could about my school, my state and myself during my time at NMSU.
I quickly became involved on campus with several organizations and roles that developed me both personally and professionally, including the ASNMSU Student Advocacy Board, the Residence Hall Leadership Council, a political student group, a religious student group and Kappa Sigma fraternity. I ended up holding appointed and elected positions in ASNMSU and Kappa Sigma throughout my entire college experience.
Daniel Sonntag (second from right) with the ASNMSU Student Advocacy Board.
ASNMSU gave me a tremendous amount of exposure to the inner workings of my great university. I was able to meet regularly with students, faculty and staff to learn their stories of what brought them to NMSU and what kept them there. Time and time again, I got to see the positive impact the university had on me and other students, and I did my best to positively influence the future of the university for the sake of future students.
Kappa Sigma taught me the importance of leadership, community and service to others. Some of the greatest friendships in my life started because of my fraternity, and some of the greatest and most impactful community service opportunities also came from Kappa Sigma.
As members of Kappa Sigma, we cared deeply about each other, our school and our community, and we competed against ourselves to improve each of these areas.
Members of Kappa Sigma fraternity at ASNMSU's "Keep State Great" day-of-service community event.
As an Aggie, I was able to see the positive impact that individuals can have on each other, and equally important, NMSU taught me the significance of a strong community and the influence groups have to make a community better. After graduation, I have carried that message with me.
I no longer live in New Mexico, but my connection to the university and the Aggie community is stronger than ever. I know that I am better off because of NMSU, and I am excited when I can give my time or money to help other students experience their own version of growth, learning and development.
Daniel Sonntag (left) with NMSU Phoenix chapter alumni.
I currently serve as the Development Committee Chair for the NMSU Alumni Association International Board of Directors and am an active member of the NMSU Alumni Phoenix Chapter (looking forward to the upcoming Tempe Chile Roast!). As often as I can, I try to attend NMSU Athletic events, Alumni events and Homecoming because it always brings back that warm feeling of community and fun that I remember so well from my time as a student.
My message to you is “Join Me!” My fellow alumni friends and I are excited to hear your story and reconnect with you as we all reconnect with the University that has had such a positive impact on us, the students and the community.
However you choose to connect with our collective alumni community, we are excited to reminisce with you and look forward to seeing you at Homecoming and the other alumni events across the country!
David and Judi Voelz
“I had a huge crush on him when I was a junior,” Judi explained. “I flirted and flirted until I could flirt no more… and he dated my best friend for a year and a half.”