2013 Domenici Conference Student Panelist Program

Domenici student panelists chosen

marcella-martinezOne of the highlights of the Domenici Public Policy Conference is the participation of students. In fact, students have a featured role in the two-day conference as they are the only members of the audience invited to ask questions of the speakers. Earlier this year, faculty members and administrators of universities in New Mexico nominated their top students to participate as panelists at the conference. After reviewing the many impressive nominations, a committee of the Domenici Institute’s Advisory Council selected the 20 students who will comprise the panel. Congratulations to all who were nominated, as such a nomination is indeed recognition of each student’s accomplishments and academic record.

The following students have been selected for the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference Student Panel:

  • Joshua Aurand – Eastern New Mexico University
  • Heather Bloemhard – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Nicolas Cooper – University of New Mexico
  • Peter Dailey – New Mexico State University
  • Nicole Devereaux – University of New Mexico
  • Estevan Flores, II – New Mexico Highlands University
  • Kyra Grant – New Mexico State University
  • Andrea Harvier – Northern New Mexico College
  • Stella Lucero – New Mexico State University
  • Holly Marquez – University of New Mexico
  • Flor Ogaz – New Mexico State University
  • Veena Patel – University of New Mexico
  • Lindsey Rasmussen – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Edna Reyes – Western New Mexico University
  • Earl Shank – University of New Mexico
  • Chandni Sharma – University of New Mexico
  • Christian Sorensen – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Jennifer Ward – New Mexico State University
  • Ivy Wilborn – New Mexico State University
  • Jeremy Witte – New Mexico State University



Our thanks to U.S. Bank for generously funding student participation in the conference.

Student panelist commitment:

Because student panelists play an important role, some preparation is expected. Those who have been selected will be notified by email on or before June 14. They will then begin work with a committee of the Domenici Institute Advisory Council who will help prepare them for their role in the conference. Over the summer, student panelists are expected to participate in research initiatives resulting in the development of comprehensive and relevant questions to be addressed by the conference speakers. Students will work in teams and each team will be assigned to research and prepare questions for one speaker. It is possible that some panelists may serve on more than one team. Over the summer, this team preparation will take place over the phone and via email. Participating students can anticipate the following time commitment: two or three team prep sessions (each one hour in length), time spent doing independent research, travel to Las Cruces on Sept. 17, participation in a student panelist dinner banquet and orientation on Sept. 17, and participation in all conference activities during the two-day conference (Sept. 18-19).

All student panelists will receive:
  • $250 U.S. Bank Visa gift card;
  • admission to the conference;
  • reserved seating;
  • hotel accommodations in Las Cruces (9/17 and 9/18) arranged by the Domenici Institute;
  • student panelist dinner banquet and orientation on 9/17 at the hotel;
  • lunch on 9/18 and 9/19 at the conference;
  • breakfast on 9/19 at the conference; and,
  • a private meeting (as a group) with Senator Pete V. Domenici.

Students or their universities will be required to cover:
  • transportation to and from the hotel and conference; and,
  • any miscellaneous expenses not covered above.


Questions regarding the Domenici Student Panelist Program should be directed to Sara Patricolo at the Domenici Institute: 575-646-2066 or spatrico@nmsu.edu.