Student Panelist Program

2014 Domenici Conference Student Panelists

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One 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. From the many impressive nominations, a committee of the Domenici Institute’s Advisory Council reviewed the nominations and selected the twenty 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 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference Student Panel:

Elisabeth SallbergEastern New Mexico University
Sarah SzymonskiEastern New Mexico University
Christine DobischNew Mexico State University
Noel MartinezNew Mexico State University
Jessica NunnNew Mexico State University
Sage PetersonNew Mexico State University
Vanessa PutnamNew Mexico State University
Kathryn SanchezNew Mexico State University
Adam SayreNew Mexico State University
Ismael TorresNew Mexico State University
Cassandra RodarteNew Mexico Tech
Allen MatsikaSt. John’s College
Rosstin AhmadianUniversity of New Mexico
Melissa AuhUniversity of New Mexico
Emma GrazierUniversity of New Mexico
Megan KashmerUniversity of New Mexico
Hunter ThompsonUniversity of New Mexico
Xochitl Torres SmallUniversity of New Mexico
Nicole TaylorUniversity of New Mexico
Genesis MartinezWestern New Mexico University




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


Student panelist commitment

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, email, and via an interactive online platform.

 All student panelists will receive:

  • $250 U.S. Bank Visa gift card;
  • admission to the conference;
  • reserved seating;
  • hotel accommodations in Las Cruces (Sept. 16 & 17) arranged by the Domenici Institute;
  • student panelist dinner and orientation on Sept. 16 at the hotel;
  • lunch on Sept. 17 & 18 at the conference;
  • continental breakfast on Sept. 18 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