Events Coordinator Sandi Lucero helps in putting together a variety of programs that showcase and raise money for New Mexico Tech University throughout the year. El Defensor Chieftain visited her crowded advancement office as the school was preparing for the 100th anniversary of the 49ers parade.
Question: What types of events do you coordinate?
Answer: I do a lot event for the president and alumni for the most part.
Q: How long have you been with NMT?
A: About two-and-a-half years. I moved to Socorro and had done events previously for many years. This position came open so I applied and here I am now.
Q: Are you born and raised in New Mexico?
A: I am. Originally I grew up in the Cloudcroft/Alamagordo area. I spent most of my life in that area and left in 2014 to Albuquerque before coming to Socorro.
Q: How has your experience been now that you have made your way to New Mexico Tech?
A: I love it here. The students are crazy smart and amazing. Plus the faculty have an amazing level of compassion for the students every year. Everything that is Tech makes it a great place to work.
Q: What is your day-to- day work week like?
A: Nothing stays the same. Everything is always changing. Other than perhaps the yearly presidents golf tournament. It all depends on what events come up such as donor thank you dinners, grand openings and ribbon cuttings. There is no rhyme or reason to my day. I just go with the flow and do whatever needs to be done to make sure the event goes off. I’m in charge of somewhere around six large and ten small events per year.
Q: Explain how you get an event together.
A: Most of our events are alumni and donor based so we have those contacts already because they love Tech just as much as we do. We send out invitations and utilize social media and e-mails.
Q: What is it that you enjoy with this position?
A: At the end of the day when I see people happy and enjoying an event that is my own level of self gratification. I get to see a finished product and can take that home with me.
Q: What is the busiest week for you?
A: Definitely the 49ers celebration. We pretty much go until midnight all weekend long. Just look at how packed my office is with various prizes right now. It’s crazy because we’re constantly moving from one thing to the next. But it’s also a great time. However my favorite event is the golf tournament because we’re raising money for students.
Q: A few random questions. What is your favorite movie?
A: That’s tough because there’s so many. If I were stranded on a desert island I suppose it would be “Grease” and that’s from having grown up with it. I love the singing and dancing plus I also know all of the words to every song. But I also want to throw in a television show and that is “Mister Rodgers Neighborhood”.
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
A: I’m an all around music person. Basically everything except the heavy metal stuff. My favorite would probably be Kelly Clarkson because she’s so positive, not to mention she has a beautiful voice.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do here in Socorro?
A: Camping up in Water Canyon. It’s beautiful and peaceful while also being close enough to home.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: Somewhere in the mountains, such as the Reserve area here in New Mexico. A nice cabin in the mountains. I love New Mexico and I know some people call me crazy. It’s not the land of entrapment for me, it’s the land of enchantment. You can go anywhere in a days drive and have so many different experiences.
Q: Is there a particular moment in life that you will never forget?
A: I have a few. One would be the day I got baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as my lord and savior back in 2016. I knew that is where my heart belonged. Another one was finding out when one of my nephews, Gage Marshall, had autism. He is four now and just the most amazing little boy. I wouldn’t have him any other way.
Q: Do you have any regrets looking back on your journey?
A: I would have stayed in school and finished it start to finish. That way I could have began my career much younger as opposed to starting in my 40s. There’s no telling where that would have led me but it would have been nice to have started sooner.
Q: If there was something that you would change about Socorro, what would it be?
A: I wish there was more funding and resources for education here. There are a lot of kids here and the schools do the best they can with what they have, particularly with special education students. But unfortunately kids have to go to places like Albuquerque to get what they really need.
Sandi is always looking to put together events to raise money for Tech students. Visit her office on the top floor of the Fidel center if you would like to get involved with any NMT event.