05/22/2017: Associated Students of New Mexico State University president Kevin Prieto, left, and vice president Emerson Morrow. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

WRITER: Kristie Garcia, 575-646-4211, kmgarcia@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Emerson Morrow, 575-646-4415, asnmsuvp@nmsu.edu

Kevin Prieto and Emerson Morrow will serve the Associated Students of New Mexico State University for the 2017-2018 school year as president and vice president, respectively. Both are Las Cruces, New Mexico, natives.

More than 2,400 students voted in the election April 3 to 7, while more than 1,600 voted in the presidential runoff election April 10 to 17. The new administration took office May 16.

Prieto, who graduated from Las Cruces High School in 2014, immediately joined ASNMSU his first semester at NMSU as part of the Roadrunner internship program, which provides incoming freshmen, sophomores and transfer students with an understanding of how student government works. That same semester, he was elected senator for the College of Business, serving two terms in that capacity. Prieto was elected ASNMSU Vice President in 2016 and just wrapped up his 2016-17 term.

Prieto is eager to represent the NMSU student body as president.

“Whether it is on campus or in Santa Fe, the NMSU student voice will be heard,” Prieto said. “I want to increase university involvement on campus, as well as in the community. It is also imperative that we make sure NMSU is always a comfortable and fun learning environment where everyone can be proud to be an Aggie.”

A business management major, Prieto plans to work in the health administration field after college.

Morrow, who graduated from Mayfield High School in 2015, ran for vice president after serving three semesters as an ASNMSU Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. He said senate and student government services are more valuable than ever due to the current budget situation.

“We need to have an efficient reimbursement process for the many students who request funding for travel, community service and competition,” Morrow said. “My priority is to be as organized as possible, so that the senate can serve as many students as possible through timely reimbursements.”

In addition to the president and vice president, the following senators from their respective colleges were elected or re-elected:

Newly-elected senators:
Linda Cisneros, Arts and Sciences
Kwame Ponschock, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Jordan Woodbury, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Lillie Alexander, Business
Alexandria Beatty, Business
Joseph Szymber, Health and Social Services
Adam Amador, Graduate School
Gasapard Mucundanyi, Graduate School

Re-elected senators:
William Jones, Arts and Sciences
Cody McCarty, Arts and Sciences
Alexander Warner-Garrett, Arts and Sciences
Cassidy Downing, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Laura Loya, Education
Drew Cassidy, Engineering
Jonathan Ortiz, Engineering
Z. M. Saifullah, Graduate School
M.D. Sarker, Graduate School

The following students were appointed to the executive staff by ASNMSU President Prieto and confirmed by the senate:

Uriel Munoz, director of governmental affairs
Taylor Brown, comptroller
Luis Terrazas, director of public relations
Adrian Llanez, director of community outreach
Nancy Mestre, chief elections officer
Jan Bonestroo, director of services
Donovan Olvera, director of activities

ASNMSU was founded in 1910 and remains committed to enhancing the college experience of all Aggies by providing valuable programs, events and services to NMSU students.