Honorees Mike McLeod of Xcel Energy, left, and Edward K. David, president of David Petroleum, exchange pleasantries during the 12th annual Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation Banquet at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, Tuesday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
The Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation recognized Xcel Energy and David Petroleum Corp. President Edward David for their support of the university during its 12th annual Foundation for the Future banquet Tuesday at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
Foundation President Betty Patton said the university has enjoyed a partnership with Xcel Energy for many years, collaborating on various energy projects.
The organization also provides funding for ENMU-R’s Kids Kollege, which offers free math and science activities for children aged 8 to 14.
Patton presented the Diamond Service Award to Xcel Regional Manager Mike McLeod and the company “for their innovation and foresight in bringing these wonderful opportunities to our campus, our community, and most importantly, to our students.”
McLeod thanked the faculty for its vision in realizing what their partnership could mean not just for the university, but the city as well.
For his support of university events, such as the annual banquet and golf tournament, and contributions to its Presidential Scholarship program, David received the President’s Distinguished Service Award.
“He recognizes the value of education and understands the mission and vision of ENMU-Roswell,” said university President Dr. John Madden.
David said the city is fortunate to have a facility such as ENMU-R and encouraged those in attendance to recommend the institution to others.
The Foundation also recognized scholarship recipients, including students joining its Presidential Scholars program. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for students who are among the top 10 percent of their high school’s graduating class.
“These students are the cream of the crop,” Patton said.
The scholarship allows ENMU-R sophomore Emely Stubbs to participate in a work-study at the university’s advising center.
“It’s opened up many opportunities,” she said. “It really helps.”
The Foundation also presented Staff Merit Awards to senior security officer Bill Dean and payroll supervisor Nancy Vale.