b'A LEGACY OF LEARNINGNew classroom to be named for renowned ACES professor Neil BurchamtDan Delaney 78 and Ret. Professor Neil Burcham catch a glimpse of the new Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities near the corner of Knox and Stewart Streets.professor, he was one of the best livestock judges and collegiate judging team coaches in the nation. He made NMSU livestock famous throughout the continent by helping create definitive breeding programs for Brahma, Angus and Brangus cattle.Delaney leads the fundraising campaign to name the classroom after Burcham. Hes called or written to over 500 potential donorsbut it always takes longer than he expected. I can only average three or four calls per hour because everyone wants to share a story about Neil. Some of his quotes are so unique, we call them Burchamisms.Burcham leaves an indelible mark on the lives of many NMSU students and indeed the entire cattle industry. After teaching, he moved into a fundraising role, securing hundreds of thousands Retired Animal Sciences professor Neil BurchamBurcham, who retired in 2018. The facility, nearin donations for the water system at the NMSU made such an impact on his students at Newthe corner of Knox and Stewart Streets, iscollege ranch, the livestock improvement Mexico State University that for years, thenearing completion. Contributions have pouredfund, and the corrals at the universitys ranch Department of Animal and Range Sciences neverin from students, faculty members, alumni andheadquarters. needed a job placement center. It was Burchamcattle breeders across the nation to name theHis wit, wisdom and colorful tales still inspire who matched hundreds of students with theirclassroom in honor of Burcham. former students and colleagues today. Sadly, future employers due to his deep connections inProfessor Burcham passed away in early the livestock industry. Two words describe him best: educatorDecemberand mentor, said Dan Delaney 78, a former After a five-decade career, a fund has beenstudent, past Director of the American Quarter established to name a classroom in the newHorse Association and owner of Dan Delaney Food Science, Security & Safety facility forReal Estate. Aside from being an outstanding 4 2022 Annual Report'