CASE Award Recognizes Commitment, Leadership of Pat Sisbarro
When it came time to put together the case for Pat Sisbarro to receive the Distinguished Friend of Education Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, commendations came from all quarters of the New Mexico State University and Las Cruces communities. With this award, CASE, the national fundraising association, highlighted a legacy of support and generosity that has marked Pat and Lou Sisbarro’s thirty year connection to the university. The award was formally bestowed at CASE’s Chicago event on July 13, 2015. Pat Sisbarro has been a longtime friend and supporter of NMSU. For over thirty years, she and her husband Lou have helped with fundraising campaigns on behalf of the Gerald Thomas Scholars, NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough To Wear Pink, and a host of other efforts.
The Sisbarros are also generous donors who have made multiple gifts to programs across the university, including the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Current Use Fund, which supports critical projects. The Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park bears the couple’s name and recognizes their impact on the lives of students, community members and faculty. From cancer research to scholarship, Pat, and Lou, have made it their mission to strengthen NMSU’s programs and impact the lives of students. With the decision to nominate the Sisbarros for the national CASE award, the university decided to elevate recognition of the Sisbarros to the national stage, a decision that was lauded by educators and administrators.
President Garrey Carruthers praised the Sisbarros’ loyal and consistent support and noted the achievements that have made Pat so worthy of recognition. “The fact that Pat was selected for this award shows how important her work is and how deeply committed she is to the university,” remarked the President. “NMSU is fortunate to have someone like Pat Sisbarro as a friend and supporter.”