Activity Report April 27-May 1

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Burrell College Groundbreaking: A very nice crowd appeared for the ground breaking for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The representative of the American Osteopathic Association indicated this is the new prototype for establishing a College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Most of the recently established new Colleges are branches of existing Colleges.  The Burrell College is a standalone private, $106 million start up!  The community support is tremendous.  I am optimistic the College will attract a number of students in the sciences who aspire to be physicians or study other health sciences. 
  • Vision 2020 Forums: I have completed the rounds of the Colleges and Community Colleges with respect to their interest in and recommendations for our Vision 2020 strategic plan.  I appreciate the attendance and participation at the meetings and commit to visiting with all units more frequently as the meetings have been informative and lively.
  • Documentary Project: Arcie Chapa from UNM was in town, scoping out her new project – filming a documentary on one of the most famous of all Aggies, Fabian Garcia.  It is her intent to film this fall and to perhaps release it at our next Founders Day event.  While Garcia has been remembered in the naming of the Garcia Halls, I am not sure anyone has developed a documentary about this famous NMSU plant scientist. 
  • Budgetary Strategy: The memos to Deans, Vice Presidents, and unit supervisors regarding the budget reduction process have been issued.   I am also extending the probationary periods for all in this status until June 30, 2016 so we can finish the staffing study and develop a reallocation strategy that will best serve NMSU and all employees. 
  • NMSU Ring Ceremony: I attended the Ring Ceremony where new graduates are given their NMSU rings and instructions on how to reorient the ring on their pinkie during the graduation ceremony.  This is a relatively new tradition but a tradition we should encourage and expand.  Pistol Pete delivered the rings on horseback and we all sang the Aggie Fight Song.  The best part of this tradition is we are graduating another group of outstanding Aggies!
  • The Pete Domenici Conference: The Domenici Conference is rounding into shape.  Governor Jim Hunt, former Governor of North Carolina and a legendary education Governor, will keynote the Conference.  We have a session on the “Aging U.S. Infrastructure,” to include remarks by Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation.  The Thursday session is dedicated to economic development, to include Governor Martinez and Angelos Angelou, a noted international economic development consultant.  The next session will feature speakers on energy independence and what that means for both domestic and international policy.  The final speaker is former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Algeria, bringing us up to date on U.S. Middle East Policy.  It is a great line up so pencil in September 16 and 17 for the Conference.
  • Marketing: One of our former students, Aaron Villalobos, who works for a firm that manages collegiate brands, marks, and colors, came by to discuss such things as what the real Aggie color is and who else uses it.  We also discussed the need to be more consistent with our marks and colors if we are to achieve our market potential in the sale of items and attendance at games.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Institutional Communication: On Wednesday, I met with Margarita Porter at the New American School to learn more about the school and how we might enhance communication between our two institutions.  She and I both believe that many of her students would matriculate at NMSU if they had a better understanding of the university, financial aid options, and student success initiatives now underway here.
  • Teaching Academy Champagne and Chocolate Gala: Later that day, I had the honor of speaking at the Teaching Academy Champagne and Chocolate Gala honoring faculty and donors who have done so much to make the Teaching Academy one of the singular successes of NMSU. I used the opportunity to discuss student success and the role of the faculty as we move toward proactive advising at NMSU. One important role for the faculty is using QuickConnect to alert Student Success Navigators and advisors when students are not attending class or are clearly struggling in class. An even more important role for faculty is the willingness to engage students who are struggling by approaching them directly and by being available during office hours. Student Success Navigators will be advising students to take advantage of office hours and we expect a significant uptick in student visits during the coming year.  Faculty mentoring will continue to be an essential component of an NMSU education as these faculty-student connections form the foundation of a caring community that values student success.
  • Clara Belle Williams Dinner: On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the 9th Annual Clara Belle Williams Dinner hosted by Black Programs.  As always, it was a joyful evening, highlighted by a warm welcome for our incoming Dean of the College of Education and a very fine speech by our outgoing Dean. Congratulations to the graduates and to Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo for organizing the event.
  • College of Health and Social Services Dean’s Symposium: On Friday morning I welcomed 450 conference participants to the College of Health and Social Services Dean’s Symposium “A Beautiful Death: What will you choose”.  I congratulate Interim Dean Donna Wagner and the College for identifying a theme that clearly resonated with the local community. 
  • Lavender Graduation Ceremony: On Saturday night I was the keynote speaker at the 11th Biannual Lavender Graduation Ceremony.  It was a lovely event organized by the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center (SGDRC).  I used the opportunity to praise SGDRC for the central role it has played in updating our Campus Pride Index.  NMSU received 4.5 out of 5 stars and we are one of the leading universities in the Southwest area.  I also noted the good work of the SGDRC in student recruitment efforts, in increasing the number of gender neutral restrooms on campus, and in making it easier for students to change their names on university documents.  Congratulations especially to Coordinator Seng Defibaugh-Chavez and Assistant Coordinator Zooey Sophia Pook.


Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Rodeo Team

  • NMSU Rodeo Contest: NMSU’s Rodeo Team received high marks this Saturday during the rodeo contests on the NMSU Campus. NMSU Men’s Team came in First and the NMSU Women’s Team came in Second.  Nicole Sweazea came in first for the Women’s AA.  Way to go Aggies!

Family and Consumer Sciences/Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Earth Day Theme Meal: Eloise Mena, graduate student and dietetic intern, prepared an Earth Day theme meal as part of her hospital foodservice supervised practice rotation at Providence Hospital in El Paso.  Stuart Adams, another dietetic intern in the photo on the left, helped make nutritious smoothies.  Pictured in the photo on the right are Debi Hicks, RD, Eloisa’s preceptor at Providence Hospital and undergraduate dietetics alumnae, and Dr. Wanda Eastman, director of the Dietetic Internship program at NMSU.

 Earth Day Theme Meal

  • District Meetings: Esther Devall, department head and state advisor for the Extension Association of New Mexico (EANM), attended district meetings in Silver City on April 21 and in Capitan on April 24.  EANM works with county faculty to help extend adult education in family and consumer sciences throughout New Mexico.
  • University Award: Devon Golem, assistant professor in human nutrition and dietetic sciences, received the Student Association Advisor of the Year award on April 26 in Las Cruces.  Dr. Golem was nominated by members of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics at NMSU. 
  • Campus Visitors: Stu Munson-McGee and Dr. Efren Delgado hosted 30 culinary arts students and their teacher from Deming High School on April 29.  Following a demonstration of techniques used to make food products, students enjoyed samples of gelato from Crimson Creations and learned more about the food science and technology major at NMSU.
  • Fashion show: Roselyn Smitley and students in clothing, textiles, and fashion merchandising held a fashion show at Barnes and Nobles on April 29.  The show featured the works of 6 senior student designers and three alumni designers.  The Round Up featured a front-page article about the fashion show and the student designers in their April 21 issue.
  • State award: Devon Golem, assistant professor in human nutrition and dietetic sciences, received the Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year award from the New Mexico Association of Nutrition and Dietetics on April 24 in Albuquerque Dr. Golem was nominated by nutrition faculty and students in the department. 

 Devon Golem


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

  • Development Activities: Patrick Knapp and I spent three days in Colorado meeting Alumni and Donors. The enthusiastic support our alumni have for New Mexico State University is truly uplifting.
  • Student Ambassador Dinner: The College hosted a dinner for our Students Ambassadors—those who will be graduating, returning, and entering—at La Posta. It is a very lively group, who constantly strive to excel and to represent the college very professionally.

Enrico Pontelli, Associate Dean

  • Confucius Institute Film Series: The Confucius Institute Film Series presented the film “Nowhere to Call Home” about discrimination in China against Tibetans.  La Sociedad para las Artes announced that the final reading of the year would be given by visiting professor Lee Abbott, one of America’s best contemporary short story writers.  He is a Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate.  Visiting scholar Jan Van Dijk presented “Digital Democracy: Promises and Realities,” a discussion about digital democracy, e-government, tele-democracy, cyber-democracy and the effects of Internet usage on political participation.  Katya Reka (Art) gave an artist lecture and a bookmaking workshop at El Paso Community College, and she will exhibit her work in a juried show “International Textile Competition: Textile Festival 2015: Waterline” in Leiden, Netherlands opening on May 13, 2015.  Matt Reynolds (Theatre Arts) had two publications from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology conference, one on the sustainable qualities of the new ASNMSU Center for the Arts and another on cable management techniques. 
  • Various Awards: Enrico Pontelli (Arts and Sciences) received $361,961 from NSF for the project “ABI Development: An Open Infrastructure to Disseminate Phylogenetic Knowledge.”  Michael Johnson (Chemistry & Biochemistry) will receive $579,702 from NIH for the 38th year of funding for the NMSU MARC program.  Nancy Chanover (Astronomy) and David Voelz (Engineering) received a budget extension and an additional $7,646 from JPL for their project “Field Testing of Rock Climbing Robot and Microgravity Coring Drill.”  Heather Throop (Biology) received $22,257 for her NSF-CAREER award “Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics in Response to Long-Term Ecological Changes in Drylands.”
  • Summer Travel Awards: The College of Arts and Sciences approved travel awards for six graduate students to attend a summer collaboration and conferences.  A number of departments held ceremonies to honor their students and to announce awards that they gave to students.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Bank of America Professorship: It is my pleasure to announce that Bill Gould has been selected to fill the Bank of America Professorship for a three year term beginning fall 2015.  Please join me in congratulating Bill for this achievement and in thanking the donors for their support of the College and on-going contributions to NMSU.
  • Professor of the Year: Congratulations to Carlos Santos and Matt Holt for being two of the four nominees by student athletes for professor of the year – and to Matt Holt for being the winner of this honor.
  • Risk Manager in Residence: The Risk Management and Insurance Studies program received a grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation to bring a “Risk Manager in Residence” to campus this fall. Christopher E. Mandel SVP, Strategic Solutions for Sedgwick will be this fall’s RMIR. 
  • Classroom Visits: I had the opportunity to sit in on student presentations Tuesday for BCIS 485, which is a cross-disciplinary elective which integrates Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Economics and Information Systems. This course provides an opportunity for upper-division business majors to apply all of the skills they have learned throughout their degree programs. 
  • Guest Speaker: Leslie Cervantes, Las Cruces Public Schools Chief of Staff and College of Business alumna, spoke with our ambassadors on Wednesday.  To show the Ambassadors that everyone has the capability to brainstorm ideas and to think as an entrepreneur, Leslie had them break up into groups for a few minutes to develop ideas for a new app, its purpose and uniqueness, and a marketing plan. One piece of advice she offered the ambassadors interested in starting a new business is to make sure their business ideas are sustainable; having a plan is critical for the business to survive.
  • Beta Alpha Psi Professional Development Seminar: I had the opportunity to attend lunch at the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Development seminar on Friday.  It was a well-attended event with students having the opportunity to network with employers.  Later that evening BAP held their annual banquet.
  • The College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Meeting with new Dean: Dean Morehead met with incoming Dean, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis to discuss the transition plan and to go over several topics including budget, external funding, and enrollment. They also discussed the strengths of the college and challenges facing various programs and departments.
  • Guest Speaker: This week Dean Morehead was the featured speaker at the Black Program’s graduation celebration, he spoke on modeling as part of leadership and expectations and how that impacts a leader’s success.
  • Clinic Approval: The College of Education continues pursuing final approval for the college clinic from the Health Department and we are hopeful to open the doors for clients in the near future.
  • Graduate Reception: The College sponsored a graduate reception for undergraduates and graduate students this week and over one hundred attended. Students were given pins and comments of congratulations were presented by Dean Morehead and the Alumni Office.  

James O’Donnell, Associate Dean

  • Grant Work: Met with PIs on the continuance of PED Aggie Prep Grant.


Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience Program: The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation program will hold its Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience program June 1-26 at NMSU and four other statewide universities, including University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico Highlands University. Thirty-two students will participate in this year’s program statewide. The ReNUWIt (Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure) program will collaborate with the NMSU SCCORE program by funding five of the eleven participants and by providing the students the opportunity to work as research assistants with faculty mentors, Nirmala Khandan, the ReNUWIt Community College Education Lead and campus co-PI, and Salim Bawazir, ReNUWIt Investigator. The ReNUWIt program has provided funding for some of the NMSU SCCORE participants every summer since 2012.
  • 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference: Twenty-five members of the NMSU American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter attended the 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference in Boulder, Colorado from May 17-19 and returned with an armful of awards, a group of new friends, and memories that won’t soon fade.
    Rocky Mtn. Regional Conference
  • Undergraduate Research Paper Presentation: In the undergraduate research paper presentation, NMSU took two of the top three awards:
    • 2nd Place: Joshua Gomez – Optimization of Algae Derived Carbon for Water Treatment Applications.
    • 3rd Place: Aaron Lindsey – Modeling Diffusion Through Porous Materials: Applications of the Narrow Escape Problem.
  • CHEM-E-Car Competition: In the CHEM-E-Car competition, the first NMSU car team run was very good, but was disqualified because the car was picked up before the distance could be measured.  The car was then wired incorrectly, shorting it out and failing to move on the second attempt. Chalk up one for next year’s list of not-to-dos.  Regardless of this unfortunate error, the NMSU team was presented with the Spirit Award.
  • CHEM-E-Poster Presentation: NMSU won second place in the poster presentation. The CHEM-E-Car poster prepared by Josh Catanach and Sicilee Macklin and presented by Eric Delong took second place.  The team accurately answered all of the safety questions, a feat for a first-time entry.
  • Chemical Engineering Jeopardy Competition: NMSU also took 3rd place in the Chemical Engineering Jeopardy competition; only the top two go to nationals.  NMSU CHME has reason to be proud of this group, they accomplished more in one regional conference than has been accomplished collectively in two decades!
  • Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest Board of Directors Inductee: Program Manager Tracey O’NeilTracey O'Neil was inducted onto the Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest Board of Directors on Saturday, April 25, in Odessa, Texas. The board serves more than 10,000 girl members in partnership with more than 1,500 adult members throughout 33 counties in southern New Mexico and west Texas.
  • Shared Knowledge Conference: Four industrial engineering graduate students presented their research at the Shared Knowledge Conference at the University of New Mexico April 23-24. The goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for graduate/professional and undergraduate students to present their research and gain presentation experience, to serve as role models for other students, and to participate in networking and social events that help them plan their academic and professional careers.
  • Spring Verge Fund Lecture Series: Frank Seidel, president of Seidel Technologies, was the fourth speaker in the spring Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation, entitled “Startup Creation in Today’s Economy,” was held on April 24. There were approximately 40 attendees.
  • Vado Career DayVado Career Day: Industrial Engineering Professor Delia Julietta Valles-Rosales and her students went to Career Day at Vado Elementary School. Bonnie Gao, a visiting professor from Hebei Agricultural University, participated as well.






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

          No Activity to Report


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Celebrations: The last week of classes was a great time to celebrate students’ achievements. We hosted a reception for all of the members of Phi Kappa Phi. This is perhaps the oldest honorary society on campus and is unique in that students from the baccalaureate through the doctoral programs are invited to join. We share coffee and conversion as we saluted their achievements and thanked President Rene Guillaume for his service — especially notable given his sleep-deprived state since the birth of his son a couple of weeks ago. 
  • Phi Eta Sigma: Phi Eta Sigma, a national honorary society that inducts students as freshmen, invited the best and brightest of the first year students to join this service organization. The induction ceremony was very nice and attended by many family members of the new inductees.  It was especially nice as chapter advisor Dr. Tim Ketelaar announced that chapter President Viridiana Arellanos won a $6,000 scholarship from the National Office of Phi Eta Sigma.  
  • Academic Year End: Many of the students who are completing senior capstone projects were checking in about the format and  requirements for the written portion of their final project, and I participated in two MA defenses and two MA proposal hearings as our graduate students also anticipate the end of the academic year.
    Dr. Tim Ketelaar, Associate Dean
  • Various Activities:  Met with Lindsay Redman, a Rhodes Scholar applicant to discuss preparations for her application.  Met with Richard Stanton from the Honors College IT Staff to work on revisions to the ONSIE Website.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus
Library Service Awards

  • NMSU Library’s Years of Service and Bonus Program Awards: On Thursday, April 30, all library faculty and staff participated in the NMSU Library’s Years of Service and Bonus Program awards at the NMSU Library’s annual ceremony. The Bonus Program awards exceptional performance above and beyond a faculty/staff member’s normal scope of duties and the Carl Faubion Outstanding Library Staff Employee of the Year is given to an employee who has shown excellence in customer service, innovation, and exceptional contributions to the NMSU Library. Library student employees who were graduating were also recognized with dedicated bookplates in their name.
  • Pouring the Foundation for the Future: Dean Titus attended “Pouring the Foundation for the Future” ceremony for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. NMSU Library is working with the BCOM team on the provision of library services to their new college.
  • Teaching Academy Gala: Library faculty and the Dean attended the Teaching Academy’s Champagne and Chocolate reception for the annual Teaching Academy Gala which honor teachers, teaching, and professional faculty development. Mardi Mahaffy, Associate Professor and Acting Department Head of Reference and Research Services provided a harp music performance for this event.
  • Therapaws: Thanks to the NMSU Counseling Center, TherapawsBranson Library became a stop on the Therapaws Stress Buster Days tour. For two hours, students were able to pet and get hugs from various cuddly canines.

Associate Dean, NMSU Library, Norice Lee

  • New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries: The first meeting of the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL), Joint Purchase Assessment Task Force took place on April 27. The Task Force is developing a charge to gather usage and other data to assess statewide, consortial database and ebook packages made available through library GO Bond funding.
  • Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Council: The Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Council (LSAAC), Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Councilcharged by the NMSU Student Fee Review Board to make recommendations to the library and provide oversight of the library student fee budget, approved final FY15 expenditures in support library collections. The students also directed funds from the FY16 budget to support a portion of next year’s periodical subscription renewals, and student staffing for “after midnight” hours at Zuhl library. This was the first Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Council and we look forward to working with next year’s student leaders.

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

  • Visit to MexicoVisit to Mexico: On April 28 and 29, a delegation from NMSU including Drs. Cornell H. Menking, Imelda Olague, and Iñigo Garcia-Bryce, travelled to Chihuahua City to explore collaborative opportunities for NMSU.  They were received by the congressional majority leader, Diputado Rodrigo de la Rosa, the Rector of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Chihuahua Enrique Seáñez Sáenz, and others. More information about the visit can be found here.  While there they visited Aggie alumni, including Armando Segovia Lerma (Ph.D., ACES Agronomy, 2000), the Director General of COECYTECH.

International Student and Scholar Services & Center for English Language Programs

  • End of Year Reception: An End of the Year reception was held on April 30 at the Alumni and Visitors Center.  This event was in honor of the Spring graduating students and students completing the CELP program.  Individual students and student organizations who participated in the International Festival and the soccer tournament sponsored by IBP and the International Club were recognized for their support and achievements. 
  • IBP Student Leadership Award: CELP student Abeer Al-Saedi received the first International and Border Programs Student Leadership Award. She was honored for volunteering at CELP, organizing the CELP and Saudi Arabian tables at the International Festival, serving as the photographer for the IBP soccer tournament, and participating in the Saudi Arabia Global Coffee Hour.
  • Various Events: Four CELP Faculty and the CELP Director, Colin Large, attended the 2015 TESOL International Convention in Toronto, Ontario.
    • Instructors Jan Snyder and Tamara Anatska attended the CEA Accreditation Candidates Workshop.
    • Instructor Alice Poole attended the Graduate Writing Consortium.
  • Global Coffee Hour: CELP student Abeer Alsaedi presented on Saudi Arabia at the Global Coffee Hour – Saudi Arabia on March 31.

Confucius Institute

  • Documentary Screening: This week the institute hosted film maker Jocelyn Ford who screened her documentary “Nowhere to Call Home” both at NMSU and UTEP. The film tells the story of a Tibetan migrant in China and her struggles to provide opportunities for her young son. She has to battle Han Chinese discrimination, patriarchal traditional cultural norms of her native community, and her own “fate” to succeed. In addition to two public screenings (one each at NMSU and UTEP), Ms Ford also screened her movie for Mary Lamonica’s “News Writing” Journalism class and Cynthia Bejarano’s “Women Crossing Borders” class (both at NMSU).


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Qualifying Party for NMSU: Mike Luchau, Electric Shop Supervisor, has taken and passed the NM EE98 licensing exam.   After he attends the Business Law seminar in May, he will become the Qualifying Party for NMSU which will allow Operations to obtain building permits for performing electrical construction and remodeling projects in house.  As the Qualifying Party, he will obtain permits, provide oversight on jobs, and work with the Construction Industries Department Electrical Inspector to ensure all of the work performed at NMSU – Las Cruces meets current codes.
  • Clothing, Textiles & Fashion Merchandising (CTFM) Student Fashion Show: The CTFM Student Fashion Show was hosted by the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Wednesday night.  A full house of nearly 200 attended to view the creations of six CTFM student designers and three alumni designers.
  • New Custodial Work Week: The new weekend Custodial shift starts on May 1, 2015.  This crew will be working Friday through Monday from 6:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Having the crew work four ten-hour days through the weekend helps the department minimize overtime while providing essential services to the I&G facilities, Athletics, and Auxiliary Services.  This was an action from the Operations proposed budget reduction exercise.
  • Aggie Welcome & Orientation: Aggie Welcome & Orientation for new incoming undergraduate students started this week and will continue through the summer.  Auxiliary Services participated through involvement in the student service fair, housing tours, holding office hours on Saturday, and hosting students overnight in Garcia Hall.
  • New Environmental Education Center: The new Environmental Education Center located in Regents Row is intended to educate the community on all of the aspects of sustainability and taking care of the environment.  More information about the center is available at:
  • Stress Buster: End of Semester Stress Buster Celebration was held Wednesday in the Taos Restaurant to provide the students an opportunity to de-stress as they near the end of the semester.


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

  • Ellucian Campus Visit: It was a pleasure to welcome the Ellucian team to our campus on Thursday, April 30 for a site visit. We look forward to enhancing the usage of our student data system, and we thank the Ellucian team for their participation. 
  • Clara Belle Williams Dinner: Attended the Ninth Annual Clara Belle Williams Dinner on Thursday, April 30 to celebrate student leadership and academic accomplishments.
  • New Scholarships: Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, met with leadership from Air Force and Army ROTC to finalize the details for 20 new scholarships to be awarded, annually, beginning with the 2015/16 academic year. The purpose of these scholarships is to support recruitment and retention within the ROTC programs and NMSU.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

  • Admissions Luncheon: University Admissions hosted over 40 high school counselors fromUniversity Admissions Albuquerque at a luncheon for their dedication, support, and willingness to promote NMSU to their students.
  • Recruitment Workshop: University Admissions Advisors hosted a recruitment workshop as part of the Alumni International Board of Directors meeting.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Professional Development: Student Engagement launched a professional development program for staff, “Discovering the Leader Within You”, on Friday, May 1. Kevin Andrew, Cooperative Education and Internship Coordinator at Career Services, developed the program as part of his graduate internship with the Educational Leadership and Administration Program. Workshops are planned for 2015-16 and an internal website was developed to create a forum to enhance staff communication on leadership in higher education topics.
  • New Student Orientation: The Aggie Welcome and Orientation hosted 310 students and 300 parents and family members at the Friday, April 24 and Saturday April 25 programs. Out-of-state students traveled from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington. President Carruthers and Dr. Bernadette Montoya helped welcome families and students to NMSU at the event.
  • Cord CeremonyCord Ceremony: Seventy-three graduating military and veteran students were honored at the Cord Ceremony on May 1 at the Yates Auditorium in Domenici Hall. Dr. Joseph Berning, Associate Professor in the department of Kinesiology and Dance and former United States Marine serving in the first Gulf War, gave an inspirational graduation address to students and their families.

Diversity Programs

  • Campus Visitors: Chicano Programs hosted a group of about 30 students for the second year from Phoenix Collegiate Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. The students visited various departments across campus participating in workshops and taking a campus tour. They visited the slime lab, the Arthropod Museum, KRWG TV studios, the Creative Media Institute Theater and other departments.

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Innoventure:  Friday, Innoventure held its final competition at NMSU. Middle Schools and High School teams from around the state participated in this year’s competition, where each team was challenged to develop a business model, marketing plan, and an innovative prototype from creatively recycled day to day products. The overall winning team for the middle school division was Knights of Light, from Anton Chico Middle School. The Knights of Light team designed the Electorlamp, a kerosene lantern that also charges electronic devices, and is constructed from reused glass jars.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

          No Activity to Report


Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

  • College of Business Scholarship: Received $25,000 pledge for College of Business scholarship.
  • Founder’s Day Celebration: The Founder’s Day celebration was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of giving by faculty and staff in support of students and the programs they love in all five campuses in the NMSU system. In the words of Suzanne Montes, “I know other families needed financial assistance for their children to attend school, so I started giving through payroll deduction. I don’t notice the difference in my take-home pay and it really makes me feel good to know I am giving back.”
  • Faculty and Staff Fundraising Campaign: This year to date, 800 NMSU employees (more than 17%) have chosen to make a gift through the Faculty and Staff Fundraising Campaign. Half of them have used payroll deduction to make a gift every month. We are grateful for your support to NMSU.
  • University Advancement Staff Gives to NMSU: In the Office of University Advancement, 95% of the staff has made a gift. We are especially proud to announce that as part of this year’s campaign, all of the student employees at the Aggie Pride Call Center have made a gift.
  • Rodeo Alumnae: The NMSU Rodeo Team welcomed over 110 Rodeo Alumnae on Saturday, April 25.  The group gathered at a reception in the afternoon before attending the rodeo that evening.  The NMSU Rodeo Team sold out each day with over 1,500 spectators!  The team has won their division with many of our students winning their divisions.  Now, we will cheer on eight of our own at the college finals this June.
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Scholarships: We are welcoming several new endowed scholarships to the College of ACES:
  • Alfred E. Porter Scholarship in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
    • Fred and Carol Owensby Scholarship in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
    • June and Dinus Briggs Scholarship in Animal and Range Sciences
  • Notes to Sponsors, Donors, and Supporters: 275 Scholarship Letters along with Thank You Notes from our students will be going out to our scholarship sponsors, donors and supporters.  We hope they are touched by some of the terrific notes our students have written. 
  • New Members of the 1888 Society: An alumnus has joined the 1888 Society by designating NMSU as a beneficiary of his life insurance policy. This estate gift will benefit the Animal and Range Sciences Livestock Judging team in the College of ACES.  Another alumnus and his wife have also joined the 1888 Society by designating NMSU as a beneficiary of their Revocable Living Trust, that will benefit the endowed scholarship that they already sponsor in Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • English Department Scholarship fund: A bequest from the estate of Earl F. Ray has benefitted the English Department Scholarship fund, as well as the ASNMSU Students Serving Students Endowed Scholarship.
  • NMSU President’s Associates Scholarship: A final distribution from the Elnora Bennett Trust has been received for benefit of the President’s Associates Scholarship Program, established by the late NMSU President Gerald Thomas.


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Partnership Discussions: Had breakfast with John Conniff, Mickey Clute, Danny Villanueva and Stan Rounds to discuss a partnership with Las Cruces Public Schools as well as Aggie Athletics.  I also had lunch with Jerry Smith, President/CEO of Laguna Development Corporation and discussed Aggie Athletics and future partnerships.
  • Women’s Golf Selection Show: Athletics hosted a selection show at the NMSU Golf Course for our women’s golf team. 
  • Aggie Athletics Donor Meeting: Had a productive lunch meeting with Scott Creagan, CEO of Graphic Connection. He became a cash and gift in kind member to Aggie Athletics.
  • Aggie/Lobo Baseball game: Spoke with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and met with City Council member Ron Trujillo, and two others to discuss the prospect of an Aggie/Lobo baseball game in Santa Fe.
  • Aggie Caravan: The Aggie Caravan traveled to Santa Fe, NM on April 28 and Gallup, NM April 30. Coaches for both men’s and women’s basketball, football and administrators spoke to fans and supporters of NM State Aggie Athletics. The caravan in Santa Fe was held at the Draft Station. The Aggie Caravan in Gallup was hosted by Sammy C’s and yielded a big crowd of about 70 attendees.
  • Athletics Sponsorship: I had a great conversation with David Abbey, Director of the NM Legislative Finance Committee and had dinner with Johnny Montoya, State Director for Century Link about increased sponsorship of Aggie Athletics.
  • Various Interviews: I did an interview with Albuquerque Business First and the Albuquerque Tribune to discuss increase of market share in the Albuquerque metro area as well as issues related to conference realignment.
  • Aggie Athletics Fundraiser: Attended the Aggie Athletic fundraiser hosted by former teammate, David Baland and Caroline Buerkle at the Albuquerque Country Club. There were over 40 alums and donors in attendance. Athletics yielded some numerous contributions as well as some football ticket sales.
  • Aggies in Paradise: Athletics held their annual fundraising event, Aggies in Paradise. We had a crowd of 300 supporters and fans.

James Hall-Associate AD, Student Development

  • Aggie Awards Ceremony: Athletics held the 3rd Annual Aggie Awards on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Pan Am main floor. Over 400 student-athletes attended the program coordinated by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is dedicated to all student athletes at NM State. They are recognized by their peers for academic success as well as their athletic success from the past year. The award categories included but were not limited to Rookie of the Year, Coaching Staff of the Year, Men’s Team of the Year, Women’s Team of the Year, Individual Performance of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year. One of the most sought-after awards given is Mr. & Mrs. AGGIE which epitomizes what it is to be a student-athlete at NM State. The selected individuals are well balanced in his/her respective sport, academic responsibility, community engagement and extra-curricular activities.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature:This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted the history of the 95-year-old tradition of painting “A” Mountain. For most Aggies, the 300-foot tall, 80-foot wide “A” atop Tortugas Mountain is a true symbol of New Mexico State University and gives both students and alumni a sense of pride.
  • Sports Information: Athletic Media Relations hailed the softball Aggies’ success in sweeping both rivalry series after taking a pair from UTEP in El Paso on Tuesday and running the team’s record to 42-13. The regular season champion Aggies host the WAC Tournament Thursday through Saturday at the NM State Softball Complex. The sports writers also had the opportunity to announce NCAA Tournament selections for the WAC Champion men’s and women’s golf Aggies and the men’s and women’s tennis Aggies.
  • KRWG: Fronteras, which explores people and issues affecting the border, featured author and sociologist Jan van Dijk. The program covered the digital divide and focused on problems of access and the use of technology.
  • Web Communications: Additional user testing with parents and alumni is in the planning stage. The survey instrument has been forwarded to IRB for approval and we are aiming to field the survey by June.

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • Higher Education Funding Formula Task Force: The Higher Education Funding Formula Task Force (FFTF) held its first meeting of the year on Friday, May 1, 2015.   The Secretary described the process, organization and timeline for the FFTF and indicated that she intends to build upon the existing formula and make adjustments to improve it.  The Secretary reestablished the steering committee, the research subcommittee (best practices, base, mission measures), the group of seven (formerly the group of five) and the technical subcommittee.  There are five issues that the FFTF will address:  First, productivity/efficiency measures; second, review sector mission measures; third, institutional size (economies of scale); fourth, institution specific measures; finally, base operating (fixed costs) adjustment.  
  • Request for Proposals: Staff has sent out requests for proposals for the non-I&G legislative requests (RPSPs) for FY17.  All proposals are due back to the Office of Government Relations by June 2.      

Upcoming  Legislative Events:

  • May 11 -13, 2015- Legislative Finance Committee- State Capitol, Rm 322


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

  • Remarks: I provided opening remarks at the Annual MAFO National Farmworker Conference & Convention on April 27, about NMDA’s commitment to strengthening rural economies and what it means to workers and communities.  I also highlighted the NMSU CAMP program to the over 300 in attendance.
  • NM Beef Council: I attended the NM Beef Council on April 27 in Albuquerque.
  • Annual Planning Conference and Awards: We held our Annual Planning ConferenceAnnual Planning Conference and Awards April 30 and May 1 in Las Cruces NM.  Corina Acosta and Felicia Frost received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award and Joel Johnson received the First Annual Community Action Award.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Reports and Citations: There were 32 police reports created, 23 supplements filed, and 72 traffic citations issued.
  • Records and Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 21 items of evidence and fingerprinted 21 people.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center: Emergency Dispatch Center handled 306 calls for service (19 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 236 police calls (19 of which were agency assist) and one warrant entry.  There were 26 fire calls (13 of which were mutual aid) including three standby, three emergency medical, one hazmat spill, one tree fire, and five fire alarms.  There were also two animal control calls.
  • Special Events Staff worked 36.25 hours and reviewed eight Events.  The rates for security of special events were explored with budget personnel for FY 2016.
  • Victim Services:  Victim Services provided case updates to victims, provided assistance with the Aggie Memorial and assisted with photo recognition.
  • Wilderness Crime Scene Investigation Training: Investigator, Sakarias Ottersland, attended Wilderness Crime Scene Investigation Training which was held at the White Sands Missile Range.  The training focused on the unique challenges in dealing with outdoor wilderness crime scenes and provided information and demonstrations on how search/cadaver dogs may best be utilized.
  • FBINAA Training:  Several first line supervisors, managers, and command staff attended the FBINAA Training in Hobbs, NM.  This training focused on intelligence driven policies and leadership.
  • Field Training Officer program: Officer Diana Renteria has successfully completed the Field Training Officer program and has been released to solo patrol.
  • Bicycle Enforcement Operation: The Police Department conducted a Bicycle Enforcement Operation on April 30 which resulted in 19 citations/warnings issued and eight bicycle only citations/warnings.  There were also 15 stop sign violations, one turn signal violation, one yield right of way to pedestrians in cross-walk and one traffic law to bicycles violation. 
  • Aggie Memorial Ceremony: The NMSU Police Department participated in the 2015 Aggie Memorial event, which remembers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees who have died in the past year.  This year was the first time the event has had a permanent home.  It was held in the Spiritual Center, where it will continue to be held each year. 
  • Police Chief’s Association Meeting:  Chief Lopez attended the New Mexico Police Chief’s Association Meeting on May 1 in Albuquerque, NM.  Topics covered included recent legislation that will impact significantly on policing in New Mexico, the Inspection of Public Records Act, and body-worn video cameras and the impact on victims.  NMSU was on the forefront in the last two areas due to efforts during the 2015 Legislative Session where NMSU was seeking changes to statute.

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