Activity Report April 20-24

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • New Student Orientation: The highlight of my week was greeting next year’s freshman class during the now required student orientation.  There will be 14 sessions, each having about 200 students, who are here for one day to learn about NMSU and to enroll in classes.  This year, due to remodeling in the Corbett Center, the students and parents were separated; hence, I dropped by the parents orientation after speaking to the students.  One student seemed to express the attitude of most when she said “I am so excited about coming to NMSU.”  I did tell the parents about our new mentoring/counseling program patterned after the Georgia State model where the mentors are constantly and consistently in touch with their cohort of students to make sure things go well for them in their first year.  We have been doing this for years for our NMSU athletes.  I also praised the faculty for agreeing to post 6 week grades so we will get an early warning if students are having academic difficulties.
  • Trip to Washington, D.C.: I did spend three days in Washington, D.C.:
    • University Research Associates: My reason for the trip was to attend a Board meeting of the University Research Associates, a University membership group with a principal mission of co-managing the Fermilab near Chicago.  I accepted this appointment at the request of Dean Slaton and members of the Physics Department.  Several NMSU Physics faculty members and students are undertaking research projects at this important facility.
    • Visits with Congressional Members: I visited with four of our five Congressional members.  I thanked Senators Udall and Heinrich for their support of our request to have NMSU named as one of the Unmanned Aerial System test centers, which we expect to happen soon.  Congresswoman Grisham Lujan hammered me a bit on our management of the 4-H program in the Albuquerque area, although she admitted we were drawn into a dispute between a foundation and the County of Bernalillo over the ownership and management of a building.  Congressman Pearce referenced how much he liked the work at Arrowhead Center and expressed an interest in spending more time on the NMSU campus. 
    • Domenici Conference: I visited with Senator Domenici to work on finalizing our Domenici Conference lineup.  We need one more speaker on energy policy so he will call Senator Murkowski of Alaska to see if she will join us.  We have a confirmation from a recent Ambassador to Syria who has agreed to speak on the trials and tribulations in that part of the world.
    • Visit with NASA: I had a very pleasant chat with Donald James and some of his associates in NASA Education regarding internships, EPSCOR, and Space Grant activities.  I invited him to visit NMSU and to tour the Spaceport. 
  • Alumni International Board of Directors Meeting: I attended and spoke to the Alumni International Board of Directors.  I brought them up to date on the news at NMSU and then listened as a consultant reported on his study of our Alumni operations.  Although I don’t have his complete report my takeaways were Alumni/Development activities are not integrated at all, the Alumni group needs to focus by doing fewer things better, and Alumni employees need to be relocated to Dove Hall to join their brothers and sisters in Development.  It was clear to me that he was diplomatically trying to tell us that we are underperforming.

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Western Academic Leaders Forum: I spent most of the week at the Western Academic Leaders Forum (WALF), an organization designed to bring Provosts, and other academic leaders together to discuss issues of concern to the academic community.  I am now a member of the Executive Committee of WALF, and much of the first day was spent in a committee meeting discussing the conference that was about to take place and future meetings and conferences.
  • George Kuh and Learning Assessment: The next day, George Kuh, a leader in the field of learning assessment discussed the current state of learning assessment in American colleges and universities.  He began by noting that we have little to show for 20 years of learning assessment.  At too many institutions, according to Dr. Kuh, we have a culture of compliance, not a culture of assessment.  One of the major reasons is that we collect assessment data without anticipating that they will actually be used.  If we first identified a use for the data, and then collected them, they would be more meaningful.  Kuh also discussed the movement across higher education toward a focus on essential learning outcomes and the need to make wise decisions about measuring these proficiencies, such as critical thinking. He ended his talk by noting that learning assessment is an ongoing, continuous process that must be embedded in the everyday work of teaching and learning.  Moreover, assessment results must be available in an understandable form to those who have a need to know and act on them.
  • Jane Wellman and the Value Proposition in Higher Education: Later in the day, Jane Wellman addressed the value proposition in higher learning.   She noted that the general public simultaneously holds two conflicting perceptions of higher education.  On one hand, the general public values higher education, it trusts the faculty, and it believes higher education is good for the country and for social equity.  All in all, this is good news for higher education.  However, at the same time, the general public believes higher education is unaffordable and relatively inaccessible.  The highest priorities of the public are: protect access at all costs, lower student debt, and get students into jobs.  These priorities resemble those of most state legislators who would like to see public colleges and universities increase productivity, produce more graduates, and create jobs and drive economic development.  According to Wellman, the priorities of the public and of state legislators are not consistent with those of many faculty members who would like to see public universities raise standards, stop talking about productivity, and reverse the tide of administrative growth.  Whether or not you agree with Wellman on the priorities of the faculty, she does make a persuasive argument that the value proposition in higher education has changed over the course of the past 40 years.  Forty years ago, value in higher education referred to instructional quality, faculty quality, level of research funding, class sizes, the number of books in the library, and admissions selectivity.  Currently, value in public higher education refers to graduation rates, employment outcomes, and earnings of graduates.
  • Georgia State and Student Success: The final talks that I will discuss were by Tim Renick and Ed Venit who went over lessons learned at Georgia State University as it has implemented proactive advising and predictive analytics to improve student success.  Among the lessons learned:
    • The importance of adaptive math courses and drop-back options in math;
    • The importance of English composition early;
    • The importance of cutting down on options and providing students with a clear road map to a degree;
    • The importance of intervening when students receive C’s in introductory courses;
    • Effective advisors do not take no for an answer, they close the loop by making sure that students keep appointments and receive necessary help, they work with faculty, and they make appointments that are convenient for the student rather than for the advisor.

 

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Extension Plant Sciences: Turfgrass experts, Dr. Elena Sevostianova and Dr. Bernd Leinauer, from the Extension Plant Sciences Department taught approximately 1300 third and fourth graders at the Las Cruces Water Festival about the water needs of artificial turf. They set up a patch of artificial turf next to natural grass at their station and let the kids measure heat build-up and heat dissipation from artificial turf. Both teachers and kids commented after the demonstration that the station was informative and interesting to learn that artificial grass needs to be watered in order to make it a safe and cool playing surface.
  • State 4-HState 4-H: Peter Skelton, Associate Professor, Memorial Middle School Agricultural, Extension and Education Center, was selected to receive NMSU’s Founders Day Award because of his inquiry-based learning and experiential education activities. His mission has been to develop a teaching and learning model of excellence for agriculture and natural resources science that complements in-class instruction by providing context to content through ands-on learning opportunities. He is engaged in non-formal education relevant to the agricultural and natural resource needs of the Las Vegas community in northeast New Mexico. Every student in Memorial Middle School has participated in some type of educational activity in the Las Vegas Science Center. Peter is one of those instructors that changes the lives of students and has become an excellent role model for children and the community.

NMSU Rodeo Team

  • Mesalands Community College Rodeo: The Rodeo teams attend the Mesalands Community College Rodeo last week. The Men’s Team placed first and the Women’s Team placed second.  Students placed high in the following categories: Bareback, Breakaway, Tie-Down, Saddle Broncs, Steer Wrestling, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, and Team Roping. We are proud of our University Rodeo Team members! Way to go rodeo Aggies!

 ACES Deans Office

  • College Awards Day Ceremony: College Awards Day Ceremony took place on April 17.  Faculty and staff were honored for their hard work and dedication to ACES and NMSU. Also honored were Friends of ACES who have made a significant contribution to Agriculture and the college.
    • New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award — Dina Chacon-Reitzel
    • Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction — Stirling Spencer
    • Fabian Garcia Founders Award — Jeanne Gleason
    • Malone Farms Endowed Staff Award-Off Campus — Deborah Sandoval
    • Mobley Family Endowed Research Award — Alexander “Sam” Fernald
    • Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award — Soumaila Sanogo
    • Distinguished Staff Award-On Campus — Dana Wiebe
    • Kringle The Cat Distinguished Teaching Award — C. Scott Bundy
    • NACTA Teaching Award — Laura White
    • Distinguished Extension Award — Rossana Sallenave
    • Distinguished County Agent Award — Karim Martinez
    • Distinguished Professional Staff Award-On Campus — Jason French
    • Distinguished Professional Staff Award-Off Campus — Jason Box
    • Team Award — New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp
    • HRTM Industry Leader Award — Rebecca Bolton
    • Outstanding 4-H Agent Award — John Allen
    • FCS Industry Leader Award — Robert (Bob) DelCampo
    • Outstanding Agriculture Teacher — Tony Johnson

The awardees were given a framed certificate and medal. 

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Las Cruces Water Festival: On Thursday 16 April, the NMSU Wildlife Museum, under direction of Dr. Jennifer Frey, delivered educational programs on the importance of water to local wildlife at the fourth annual Las Cruces Water Festival.  The event was attended by 1,300 third and fourth graders and 225 adults representing 13 different schools in the area.

Family and Consumer Sciences/Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child abuse prevention documentary: Esther Devall, department head, and Shelly Bucher, senior operations director, were featured in a 30-minute documentary on preventing child abuse in New Mexico.  Over 100 people attended the Las Cruces premiere of the documentary at the Domenici Center on April 17.  Following the documentary, a panel of local experts in child well-being answered questions from the audience.
  • Recruitment event: Efren Delgado and Dr. Nancy Flores, food science faculty, gave a talk on careers in food science and technology to 300 middle and high school students who are members of MESA clubs across the state.  Whitney Biel provided samples of gelato made by food science and technology majors who work in Crimson Creations, the student-run store located in Gerald Thomas Hall.
  • USDA grant on reducing childhood obesity: Devon Golem, Dr. Merranda Marin, and Dr. Esther Devall are part of a 3-state initiative to reduce childhood obesity along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The 5-year, $4.9 million dollar grant is funded by USDA, and is a collaboration between NMSU and Texas A & M.  The grant targets families residing in colonias in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
  • Theme meal: Amanda Esquibel, graduate student and dietetic intern, Theme Mealprepared a theme meal for the grand opening of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo.  The theme meal was part of her hospital foodservice supervised practice rotation at Gerald Champion Hospital.

 

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton

          No Activity to Report

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon: In conjunction with Administrative Professionals’ Day, Staff Appreciation Luncheonwe held our annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday.  Congratulations to Veronica Bicknell, Yvonne Mendoza and Josh Salmon, who were awarded the Gold Standard Staff Award for 2014-2015.
  • Development Meetings: I spent most of the week in Denver meeting with alumni, employers and donors.  The later part of my trip was reserved for attending the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition with Bruce Huhmann and the NMSU team who participated in the competition.  The competition is intended to challenge students’ ethical reasoning, provide a significant networking opportunity, and in the end, raise students’ awareness of the importance of principle-based ethics.
  • Help-A-Horse Day: Our professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, joined forces with the Equine Protection Fund in organizing an ASPCA Help-A- Horse Day Fundraising Celebration on Wednesday at St. Clair Winery & Bistro.
  • PGA of America Accreditation Team: Pat Gavin was selected to serve on the PGA of America Accreditation Team for the next two years.  He traveled to Penn State University last week to conduct a reaccreditation site visit.  
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

 

Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Educator’s Job Fair: Dean Morehead attended the Educator’s Job Fair and reception at the Stan Fulton Center.

James O’Donnell, Associate Dean

  • Various Events: Attended and conducted an accreditation visit for a university in Texas; Attended the American Education Research Association annual conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Gladys De Necochea, Assistant Dean for Budget & Planning

  • Sustainability Committee Earth Day Celebration: The College of Education Sustainability Committee conducted a college-wide celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 with an event entitled, FARM to TABLE to EARTH: A Celebration of the Food Cycle.  The event began with an educational information fair that included a tasting of healthy, locally grown food choices.  It proceeded with a panel presentation to address sustainable practices in edible education ranging from organic farming, to making healthy choices about food preparation and consumption, to developing curriculum on edible education and getting started in composting.   Presenters included: 
  • Mark Uchanski, Associate Professor of the Plant & Environmental Sciences Department, to speak on the “NMSU Organic Student Gardens;”
  • Marianne McLaughlin, Certified Nutrition Therapist of Natural Grocers, to present on “Organic Meal Planning;”
  • Ruby Estrada, Curriculum & Instruction doctoral candidate, to present on “Edible Education: On the Edge of Shifting Paradigms;”
  • Gary Ivory, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Administration, to share insights from “40 years of Composting in my Backyard;”

Faculty, staff and students participation reflected a growing interest in sustainable practices.   The raffle drawing of gifts donated by local community sponsors created much excitement.   A good time was had by all!

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Ronald Dziwenka, Program Manager for Assessment

  • Accreditation Preparations: Dziwenka corresponded with representatives from the CAEP Conference concerning preparation for our accreditation visit in 2017, and set up a Q & A phone call with a CAEP representative for May 7.

Kelly Coffeen & Ashley Jurado, Advancement Team

  • Development Activities: Traveled to Tucson to visit with CEP and C&I alumni; shared updates on the College of Education.  Met with GG&A, campaign consultants, on Campaign Preparedness report for upcoming development campaign; met with Ellen from Annual Giving Team to confirm next direct mail piece for support the College of Education. 
  • College of Education Scholarships: Started the reviewing process of the College of Education’s scholarship applications.  The college received almost 900 applications for 2015-2016!
  • Ambassador Etiquette Dinner: Hosted the College of Education Student Ambassadors for a formal etiquette dinner sponsored by the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality.

Adelina Rodriguez, Recruiter

  • Calling All Aggies Campaign: Met with Gena Bermudez to discuss the “Calling all Aggies Campaign”. Solicited support from departments to assist in calling over 1180 undergraduate students to support retention.
  • New Student Registration Packets: Provided updated Welcome letter for Advising to be included in packets for incoming students during this weekend’s Aggie Welcome Orientation.

 

Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Verge Lecture: A Verge Lecture featured four of NMSU’s University Innovation Fellows (students from Mechanical and Aerospace, Chemical and Materials, Electrical and Computer and Industrial Engineering) in a panel led by engineering Technology Assistant Professor Luke Nogales.  The students discussed their innovation efforts on campus and the benefits of the University Innovation Fellows program.  NMSU currently has six UIFs and is recruiting the next cohort now.
  • NMSU College of Engineering 2015 Doctoral Enhancement Stipends: Four high-achieving graduate students in the College of Engineering were awarded NMSU College of Engineering 2015 Doctoral Enhancement Stipends:
    • Ehtesham Shareef, Electrical and Computer Engineering, adviser: Muhammad Dawood
    • Xuesong Xu, Civil Engineering, adviser: Pei Xu
    • Lu Lin, Civil Engineering, adviser: Pei Xu
    • Shanka M.H. Gedara, Civil Engineering, adviser: Nirmala Khandan.
  • Recruiting Grads: Associate Dean Martha Mitchell had dinner with five undergraduate students, as well as Industrial Engineering Department Head Ed Pines, to discuss opportunities for graduate education in engineering. The students were dean’s list students and were nominated by their respective departments to join in the discussion.
  • 15/16 Engineers’ Council Officers: Engineers’ Council elected new officers for the 15-16 academic year.
    • President: Elijah Wade (CHME)
    • Vice President: Diana Nguyen (CHME)
    • Vice President of Internal Affairs: Melissa Ochoa (ME)
    • Vice President of External Affairs: Teddy Herrera (AE)
    • Vice President of Finance: David Marek (ECE)
    • Vice President of Public Relations: Nancy Torres (CHME)

This group of students is looking forward to representing the engineering students and are eager to work with the college and university.

 

Interim Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • Relay for Life: The College of Health and Social Service’s Student Council participated in the “Relay for Life” event on campus Friday, April 17.  The council did a fantastic job with their fundraising efforts, and received 3rd place for overall funds raised.

Associate Dean for Research, Joe Tomaka

  • National Autonomous University Presentation: Jill McDonald, Professor, presented at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City on Wednesday, April 22 as part of a binational conference on maternal health in the United States and Mexico. Her presentation was entitled, “Monitoring maternal health in the border region: adolescent birth, cesarean delivery and prenatal care”.
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  • Multicultural and Multiracial Rural Health Conference: Cindy Kratzke, Assistant Professor, presented research about chronic disease self-management, patient engagement, and technology use among Hispanic and non-Hispanic adults at the annual Multicultural and Multiracial Rural Health Conference in Philadelphia, April 14-17.

School of Nursing

  • Lamaze Reception: Martha Morales, Lamaze ReceptionCollege Assistant Professor, held a reunion reception in the Memorial Lounge for students that participated in her Lamaze classes during November and December.  During the reception, Dr. Morales was able to meet the now-born babies

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium: The Honors College held the 20th annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium, which was a venue for more than 100 NMSU undergraduates to present posters and presentations about their scholarship. The topics ranged from new short stories to breakthroughs in technologies that will permit greater stewardship of our natural resources. The event was the product of students’ work, from the content, to the design of the program and publicity — reflecting the creative energy of our best undergraduates. At the luncheon Dean Emeritus William Eamon gave a wonderful keynote talk on the topic of “discovery” throughout the history of science — a fitting topic indeed.
  • RISE-fest: We hosted the first “RISE-fest”, a wonderful gathering of the students participating in the RISE program. This program promotes the competitiveness of graduate students from underrepresented groups in their pursuit of graduate degrees in biomedical and biobehavioral research, and mentors under-represented groups who are pursuing graduate study and research.  It is coordinated by Dr. Elba Serrano of the Department of Biology. Each of the participants gave a very brief presentation on the state of their research project, and it is clear that they are receiving wonderful mentoring from the faculty and administrators who serve as their mentors.

Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar

  • 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium Conference: Had lunch with Emeritus Dean William Eamon.  We discussed his upcoming keynote address for the 2015 URCAS conference and explored several excellent suggestions for recruiting strategies for the Office of National Scholarships and International Education.
  • ASNMSU Presentation: Gave a brief presentation on National and International Scholarships at the April 23 meeting of ASNMSU.  I encouraged our student senators to meet with me to discuss opportunities for turning their leadership experiences into competitive national and international scholarships.
  • Various Student Meetings: Met with Lindsay Redman, a Rhodes Scholar applicant to discuss preparations for her application, including the planning of several mock interviews this summer.  I also hosted individual meetings with students enrolled in my HON 214/314 Successful Fellowship Writing courses to discuss preparation of their resumes, executive summaries and personal statements that they can use in applying for competitive Fellowships/scholarships.

 

Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • NMSU Library Supporters: While in California at the 2015 Annual Academic Library Advancement and Development Network Conference, Dean Titus and Development Director April Anaya had an opportunity to meet with a former alumni of the College of Engineering and his wife to thank them for their contribution and support of the NMSU Library.
  • New Mexico and World War I Exhibit: Now showing at the Milton Galley, WWI Exhibit4th floor East, of the Branson Library is the exhibit “New Mexico and World War I: Documents, Photographs and Artifacts.” It highlights the records of former engineering professor Ralph W. Goddard, who worked with the War Department on radio communication, and the Rio Grande Historical Collections’ de Bremond Collection, a prosperous farmer and sheep rancher from Roswell, New Mexico, who was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the New Mexico National Guard Battery A in 1910.

Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking

  • America’s Innovation Grant: The Partners in the America’s Innovation Grant came to a close last week with the departure of Universidad de La Salle’s faculty and students.  Dean Loui Reyes, Mick O’Neill, Blair Stringham and Dr. Menking participated in an emotional goodbye ceremony for the students on Tuesday, April 21.  The Albuquerque Journal did a nice front-page piece on the project.   
  • Campus VisitorCampus Visitor: NMSU hosted a visit by Hebei Normal University’s Dr. Xianlin Xue, Director of International Office.  HNU is NMSU’s new Confucius Institute partner.  Over the course of the day Dr. Xue had meetings with Provost Howard, Dean Slaton, Dean Reyes, Beth Pollack, Elvira Hammond, Ken Hammond, Ashley Ryan, Colin Large, and Cornell Menking.

Center for English Language Programs

  • Language Improvement: Meeting with Dr. Xue Xianlin of Hebei Normal University on Monday, April 20. We discussed areas of collaboration between the two universities, particularly in the area of language improvement.
  • Awareness: UCOMM is working with me to create a marketing plan to help CELP increase visibility/awareness as well as begin to recruit new students.
  • Classroom Access: Ryan and I are working to requisition classrooms for CELP final exams. With the number of buildings offline so high, we may need to continue to adapt our schedule in the Fall to have better access to classrooms.
  • ESOL and U.S. Culture Program: CELP is on track to receive 15-45 students from ULS in Bogota for a short ESOL and US culture program in June/July. Students from HNU may also participate.
  • Upcoming Workshop: CELP will be hosting the first NM Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Roadshow Workshop on May 30 in Pete Domenici Hall. TESOL educators from the southern part of NM are invited to present and attend professional development sessions. Participants in the Go Teacher program are invited and there will be a reception on Friday, May 29 to provide them with time to meet and socialize with their NM TESOL peers.

International Student and Scholar Services

  • Global Coffee Hour: A Global Coffee Hour was held on Friday, April 24 highlighting a group of NMSU students who participated in an Aggies Go Global trip to India over Spring break.  The group studied city and rural water and sanitary conditions in northern India.

Aggies Go Global

  • Non-credit International Support: Gary Lowe, Director of Aggies Go Global, reported that his office expects a grand total of over 100 students to have benefited from that non-credit international support program.

Office of Education Abroad

  • Fall 2015 Exchange Students: OEA has been busy working on the incoming exchange student DS2019s and finalizing admission to NMSU.  Incoming international students are up to 67 students coming in the Fall!   The office is working with departmental advisors around campus to ensure a smooth registration process.
  • Summer and Fall Program Deadline: The application deadline for all summer and fall programs is May 1. OEA staff are busy collecting the applications and paperwork to finalize placements. All students who are studying abroad either summer or fall semesters will be participating in the Pre-Departure orientation May 2, from 9:00am – noon in Domenici Hall, room 109. Dr. Eric Morgan will be present to discuss culture shock and cross cultural understanding. They are looking forward to a great event. 

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Bee Colony Relocated: Grounds personnel have been responding to increased bee activity on campus.  This week they addressed bee activity at Foster Hall, Milton Hall, and the Undergraduate Learning Center construction site.  We utilize a local vendor to relocate the bee colony. 
  • UPS Maintenance Complete: ICT has completed maintenance on the Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) in Hadley Hall, Branson, and the Computer Center buildings. The UPS is a critical component of the university’s central computing and networking business continuity and disaster recovery planning efforts, providing near-instantaneous protection to servers and other power-sensitive technologies from damage caused by electrical power spikes and drops.
  • Roof Maintenance: The Structural Maintenance Shop completed a roof refurbishment of the Academic Research Center buildings A, B and C.  This involved a thorough cleaning of the roof, re-flashing all the joints and penetrations with the flashing materials and a roof coating of the entire roof surface.  This is the first of a series of roof coatings that will be installed over several roofs through-out campus with the intention of extending the roof life.  
  • Thermal Storage Unit: Plant Operations has been monitoring the repairs on the Thermal Storage Unit piping.  The project is on schedule and the Thermal Storage Unit will be returned to service on May 2, 2015.  The piping repairs for the Thermal Storage Pool have been completed.  Plant Operations personnel filled the pool and returned it to operation on April 24, 2015.
  • Project “GUTS”: Joni Newcomer and Jack Kirby presented to about 90 area middle school students this week as part of Project GUTS — Growing Up Thinking Scientifically.  It is a New Mexico serving summer and after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students. The topic of their presentation was “Water – A Shared Resource”; drought, climate change, and New Mexico water availability and usage were discussed. 
  • Undergraduate Learning Center: The Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center is coming along rapidly ~ it is visibly changing day by day now.  While workers are inside installing Electrical, HVAC, and drywall, others are on the outside applying the Exterior Insulated Finish System, framing, and roofing. 
  • Guthrie Hall 1st Floor Restroom Renovation: The first touchless restroom in Guthrie Hall first floor is officially open to the public. The restroom features touchless lavatory fixtures; touchless water closet, and urinal flush valves; motion activated light switches; a touchless hand dryer; and contactless sensors for the automatic door openers.
  • Earth Day Celebration: An organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS) Earth Day bikeand Office of Sustainability hosted the eighth Earth Day Fair, but the first on-campus Fair on the Horseshoe.  There were educational booths, many kinds of local vendors, food vendors, and live performances all day long celebrating Mother Earth.  “We also had a bike-smoothie-blender on campus to show people we can reduce our energy consumption in fun ways!”  Sodexo participated in the celebration with activities that included, “I commit. . .” initiative featuring local NM cherry tomatoes, water infused with local NM cucumbers; Sodexo/ NM State sustainable mugs were provided.  They also sponsored Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club, and  Campus Housing residents competed in “Weigh the Waste”  for the title of “Most Sustainable Residential Hall” by reducing and weighing food waste from their plates.
  • Preparing for WAC Softball Tournament: The shops have been working at the softball field in preparation for the 2015 WAC Tournament.  Illuminating the batting cages by the equipment building is a top priority task for the Electric shop.

 

Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • Arrowhead Park Luncheon: Montoya was invited to be a guest at the Arrowhead Park Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22 to discuss NMSU and our student population.
  • Mark BacceiStaff Recognition Awards: The SAEM Employee Staff Recognition Awards were held on Wednesday, April 22 to celebrate academic and career milestones. This is an annual event held to celebrate and recognize those who work hard for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management each year.
  • Aggie Welcome and Orientation: Provided a welcome to the students and their families attending this year’s first Aggie Welcome and Orientation on Friday, April 24. We look forward to hosting additional orientations over the summer to welcome new Aggies to NMSU.
  • American Indian Student Recognition Luncheon: Gave a welcoming address at the American Indian Program’s Graduating Student Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, April 25 to congratulate spring 2015 graduates.
  • Student Leadership Awards: Attended the First Annual Student Leadership Awards held on Sunday, April 26 at the Las Cruces Convention Center led by Mark Baccei, Assistant Dean of Students, and student leaders. University Student Leadership and Recreational Service Awards were presented and Dr. Montoya spoke on leadership lessons and the value of leadership skills learned at NMSU. It was a pleasure to celebrate tremendous leadership accomplishments by members of our student body.

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Launch: On Wednesday, Arrowhead Center finalist from this year’s Launch Competition gave presentations of their startup products and technology to the Arrowhead Advisory Board. This presentation marked the final stage of the Launch Competition for 2015, of which one winner will receive up to $25,000 in seed funding to help move their viable product to market. Following the presentation sessions, Arrowhead hosted a reception to celebrate three years of Launch at NMSU. The reception was attended by executive university leadership, faculty, staff, students, and current as well as past Launch participants.
  • Visitors to Campus: Arrowhead’s hosted a meeting of Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (Southwest Regional Office) University Centers on April 23, 2015. The visiting universities were University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Southern University at Baton Rouge, and University of Texas Brownsville. Jessica Falk, Project Officer for the University Center program, Southwest Regional Office, led the collaborative discussions.
  • Visiting Speaker: Arrowhead hosted Frank Seidel, NMSU Chemical Engineering alum, featuring a roundtable discussion with student entrepreneurs and technology commercialization associates.
  • Launch Reception Keynote Speaker: Arrowhead’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Brad Gordon, spent the week in Las Cruces consulting on matters relating to commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation. He was the keynote speaker at the Launch reception on April 22, 2015.
  • Arrowhead Advisory Council: Arrowhead’s Advisory Council met on April 22 to provide strategic insights into the innovation landscape of New Mexico.  Dave Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, led a tour of several agricultural research labs for the Council.
  • Business Development Workshops: Last week, Arrowhead Center hosted two development workshops across the state. On, representatives from Arrowhead Center held a Business Model and Value Proposition workshop at the SBDC NMSU Alamogordo branch. And, on Friday, the Arrowhead team held a Feasibility Analysis workshop at the South Valley Economic Development Center in Albuquerque that was attended by community members from all over the state who have an interest in establishing a kitchen community startup mentorship program in their town.

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Binational Intelligent Manufacturing Institute: Office of Research Development hosted Gopal Rao and Paul Behrendsen at NMSU to discuss with various stake holders, Binational Intelligent Manufacturing Institute (BIMI) planning effort. The visitors represented Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) through the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC).
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research Council: Vimal Chaitanya participated in designing the agenda for the Council of Research of Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) as an executive member and will give a talk on “Functioning with Limited Resources to move the Research Agenda Forward”.
  • Research Success: The VPR Office organized and celebrated the success of two externally funded research projects for Professor Brad Schuster from NIH and NSF. His research deals with discovering how elements of the cell’s architecture contribute to cell division and embryonic development using sea urchin embryos as a model system. This research can lead to better understanding of growth of cancer among other things.
  • Student Launch: New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) sponsored a student launch at Spaceport America with seven experiments built by students and teachers from Las Cruces Public Schools, Doña Ana Community College, Hot Springs Middle School and High School and Roswell Middle school. The rocket launch took place from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area (VLA), achieving an altitude of approximately 12,600 feet. They were assisted by F.L.A.R.E (Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts). 
  • Student Colloquium: NMSGC is hosted its annual Student Colloquium on April 17.  17 students made a presentation in topics ranging from Galaxy Evolution to Environmental Changes through Remote Data Set and Thin Film Metal Oxides to Cellulose Nanocrystals from Pecan Nutshells.
  • National Balloon Operations Contract: The subcontract with Orbital Sciences Corporation has been signed by NMSU for support of the National Balloon Operations Contract. The NASA Technical Capabilities Assessment Team (TCAT) has released a request for interest and capabilities to support the commercial operation of the NASA balloon program.  PSL is responding to this initial inquiry.
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: The Transaction Authority that will replace the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center for the operation of the NMSU/PSL Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Test Center is in its final works.
  • TESLA: PSL is part of the TESLA contract, which has been awarded by the Space and Missile Command.  The first task for PSL will start May 1, for approximately $0.5M.
  • Proposals: OGC submitted two proposals to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for about $2.5 Million on behalf of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, a 0.75 Million proposal to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), on behalf of the College of Engineering and about a $1.0 Million proposal to Dynetics, Inc. on behalf of the Physical Science Laboratory.
  • Funding: OGC negotiated and processed additional funding from the U.S. Department of the Army, White Sands Missile Range for about $1.8M on behalf of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
  • Career Workshop: The Office of Research Development conducted a two and a half hour NSF CAREER Workshop that was attended by 13 tenure-track faculty in the sciences and engineering.   In addition, several other faculty members requested a taped version as they were unable to attend the session.
  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Sam Fernald attended the one-day 2015 All Hands Meeting of New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), funded by the National Science Foundation. The meeting included a review of strategic plans and planning for the coming year. Sam Fernald is the NMSU lead for University’s EPSCoR effort.
  • Southwest Water and Energy Summit: Sam Fernald gave a presentation at the Southwest Water and Energy Summit in Albuquerque.

 

Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

  • Launch Competition Visitor: Hosted business alum and Foundation board member Brad Gordon in collaboration with Arrowhead Center for a visit during the Launch Competition. 
  • Visiting Speaker: Hosted engineering alum and donor Frank Seidel for a campus visit to mentor students and speak at the Verge Lecture series. 
  • Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Programs: Cheryl Harrelson, Andrea Tawney and Terra Winter met with Professor Wanda Eastman and Paso del Norte Health Foundation regarding registered dietician program and other funding collaborations for BCOM students. 
  • Skybox Plans: Andrea Tawney, Cheryl Harrelson and Office of Facilities team visited the EP Chihuahua stadium suites for reference on the President’s skybox. 
  • Alumni International Board of Directors: The Alumni International Board of Directors met on Friday.  There were several presentations to the board including an update from President Carruthers and Grenzebach, Glier and Associates.  The Office of Admissions provided a Part 2 Workshop on how alumni can assist with recruiting and retaining students.
  • Networking: The Advancement Office connected eight scholarship recipients with members of the International Board of Directors at a luncheon on Friday.  Students represented departments of Accounting, Geological Sciences, Special Education, Agricultural Economics and the Equestrian team.

 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • NMSU Swim and Dive Banquet: Attended the NM State Swim & Dive banquet held at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. Coach Lou Henson was a guest and honored Head Coach Rick Pratt for his 10 years of service. Our seniors were recognized and individual awards were given out.
  • Sellout Football Game: Had lunch with Lou Sisbarro and discussed our Sellout September 12 Football Campaign.
  • Northern Arizona University Presidential Installation: I attended the Installation Ceremony of Dr. Rita Cheng, 16th President of Northern Arizona University. I spoke with Mark Killian, Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents. After the ceremony a private reception was hosted at her home. In addition to discussing her official installation, we chatted about the Big Sky Conference. 
  • Spring Football Game: Our football program hosted their spring game at Aggie Memorial Stadium.  I interacted with a number of fans and supporters of the program. After the game, our football team had an autograph session and interacted with the fans.

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Eye on Research: This week’s Eye on Research focuses on the work of Associate Professor Brad Shuster, who is the recipient of two prestigious grants totaling more than $1.2 million. He received $813,171 from the National Science Foundation to study “G protein regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in the cleavage stage embryo.” His other grant of $426,500 is from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health, for a project titled “Spindle orientation along the development axes in echinoderm embryos.”
  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature: This week’s Sunday feature profiles Las Cruces entrepreneur, philanthropist and mentor Royal Jones. Jones will receive the honorary doctorate degree during the 2015 spring commencement on May 9.
  • Marketing Services: Working with Admissions, the marketing services team placed mall banners in El Paso as part of the spring recruitment effort.
    Admissions Marketing
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations had a lot to brag about as the Aggies won five Western Athletic Conference Championships over the week. The Men’s Golf Team won its eighth WAC title in 10 years, while the Women’s Golf Team won back-to-back championships. On Friday, the Softball Aggies scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning against Grand Canyon to walk off with the WAC Regular Season Championship. A weekend sweep of GCU gave the Aggies a 40-win season. And on Sunday the Women’s Tennis Team beat Texas-Pan American 4-0 and the Men’s Tennis Team beat UTPA 4-3 as both teams won their first-ever WAC Championships.
  • KRWG: KRWG staff made their annual trip to Silver City for a coffee break hosted at Mimbres Hospital. Over two dozen people joined in the event to talk about public media and activities in the area. These visits provide an opportunity to connect with our supporters and gather valuable feedback from listeners and viewers.
  • Web Communications: A new homepage video was released this week.  As we get ready for graduation next month, commencement is among the highlights in this video.

 

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

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Director/Secretary New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Jeff M. Witte

  • NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council Meeting: Spoke at NM Food & Ag Policy Council meeting, on April 20, regarding legislative outcomes and the next steps.
  • Land Use Plan Meeting: Staff Facilitated a Land Use Plan Kickoff Meeting for Rio Arriba County and the Upper Chama Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) on April 21.  The event was well attended with 25 people present.  Representatives from Rio Arriba County the Upper Chama, East Rio Arriba, Taos, and Santa Fe Pojoaque SWCDs, United State Forest Service (Carson and Santa Fe national Forests), non- governmental natural resource conservation groups, and State Forestry were present.  Staff gave a presentation regarding land use planning and its role in interacting with federal land management agencies.
  • Ag Day: Staff participated in “Ag Day” at Fairacres Elementary School to explain a little about NMDA and what is done to protect animals and consumers purchasing regulated products.  Demonstrations of sampling tools and techniques for various products was also conducted.
  • Navajo Technical University Veterinary Science Program Presentation: Staff presented at the Navajo Technical University Veterinary Science Program Cattle Conference in Crownpoint, NM.  Presentations were given on Friday describing duties and on Saturday demonstrated official sampling tools and techniques utilized by Inspection staff in sampling bulk and bagged feeds as well as hay bales. 

 

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

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