Activity Report April 6-10

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • 2016 Fiscal Year Budget Approvals: The Regents, in their special Board meeting, approved the sources and uses of funds for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which included a 2.4% blended tuition/fee rate increase (UNM approved a 3.3% blended rate increase) for the main campus; 4.5% for Carlsbad; 1.5% for DACC; and 2.3% for resident out-of-district students at Grants.  Their approval came with a couple of important caveats – that we begin to report four-year graduation rate (the standard nationally is to report a six-year rate) and that we prepare a guaranteed four-year tuition plan, which we had developed but stalled out in the Regent’s Budget Committee as our focus groups suggested it was not all that appealing.  We will revisit and advance a modification of this plan to the Regents soon.  Chairman Cheney voted “no” on this measure and sent the administration the following message(s):
    • “We need to see more work on these action items moving forward – referring to the Vision 2020 plan” (From the Las Cruces Sun News)
    • “Cheney said he was concerned that the University was not following its Vision 2020 goals”. (Las Cruces Sun News)
    • “Regent Cheney voted against it, saying his “no” vote was meant to keep pressure on NMSU administration to follow up on the issues raised during the discussion”. (Las Cruces Bulletin)

The message is very clear.  We have been committed and will now energetically recommit to advancing the Vision 2020 plan.  As a result of the satisfaction survey, I had already made arrangements to visit with each college and unit this semester to review the plan to seek their advice and counsel.  To date, we have met with the Colleges of ACES, Business, Education, and NMSU Dona Ana.  We will complete this process and have a revised plan ready for the Regent’s Strategic Planning session this summer.

  • Founders Day Events: Another big event of the week was the Founders Day events, where Hiram Hadley and his lovely wife Katherine, toured the campus in their horse and carriage and stopped by an employee appreciation picnic attended by about 2000 NMSU employees.  The event featured the naming of Founders Day awards to a number of excellent faculty members; the naming of former Dean Phillip Leyendecker as the recipient of the Aggie Legends Award; and the naming of the A Mountain Award to an outstanding staff employee, Susan Coker.  My thanks to the Employee Council (Greg Block Chairman) and all of his volunteers for putting on such a great event.  Descendants of the Col. Albert Fountain Family also announced a new endowed scholarship for Criminal Justice Students.
  • Fundraiser: Hiram Hadley had issued a beard challenge (you could contribute to get Carruthers to keep the beard or he would pay one dollar more than the sum of the contributions to shave it off).  The challenge raised $2400 for the Aggie Cupboard.
  • Community Clinics: The College of Education opened its Community Clinics offices at the Medical Academy of the Arrowhead Early College High School.  They will offer audiology testing and services as well as counseling in the facility.  The program offers much needed services to the public, many who are unable to afford or receive these services, plus gives our students an outstanding hands-on learning experience.  This is an example of a College becoming very entrepreneurial and I am hopeful others will follow suit.

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Board of Regents Meeting: At the April 6, 2015 Board of Regents meeting, the Regents approved a 2.4% blended increase in tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year.  There was no enthusiasm for the increase and Board members made it clear that they have concerns about job placement rates of graduates and our focus on six-year graduation rates instead of four-year graduation rates.  Moreover, they expressed support for a four year guaranteed flat tuition option for incoming students.  Addressing the concerns of the Regents will be a high priority for the President and me in the coming year.
  • Accreditation Team Leader Meeting: At a meeting of the writing team leaders for the self-study that will be the centerpiece of our 2018 comprehensive review by the Higher Learning Commission, we discussed the time table for organizing and writing the self-study and the resources available to guide each team as they begin their tasks.  The team leaders (Dr. Kevin Boberg, Dr. Luis Vazquez, Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Dr. Kathy Brook, and Associate Vice President D’Anne Stuart) are among the most accomplished scholars and administrators at NMSU and I am grateful for their willingness to take on this most important of tasks for NMSU.
  • Founders Day: Founders Day was a great success thanks to thespian talents of our President and his gracious wife, Kathy.  Kudos to Ben Woods, Greg Block and the entire team that organized the event for making it memorable and setting high standards for future editions.

 

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Summer Fellowship Participant: Andrés Cibils, Professor of Range Science, has been selected to participate in the Summer Institute in Israel Fellowship from May 24-June 4.  The fellowship allows U.S. faculty members to have the opportunity to network with Israeli colleagues and explore joint collaboration opportunities.
  • Collaborative Research: The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has awarded a collaborative grant titled “Implementation of Genetic Selection for Grazing Distribution to Make Cattle Grazing in the Western U.S. More Sustainable” to researchers at NMSU, Colorado State University, University of California, Davis, and University of Arizona.  Serving as PI for the 3 year project will be Derek Bailey, Professor of Range Science at NMSU.
  • Summer Research Program: Alejandra Lerma, animal science undergraduate, has been selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Exceptional Summer Research Opportunities Program.  Alejandra will work with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship program in Boston. She will conduct research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital studying developmental biology of cancer and identification of the pathways leading to cell mutation.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Technical Large Animal Rescue Training: Socorro County Extension Agents, Large Animal Trainingwith support from Socorro County Emergency Management, Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center, New Mexico Fire Fighting Training Academy, and the New Mexico Horse Council, hosted the Technical Large Animal Rescue (TLAER) training. The training was focused on providing our first responders with the knowledge to safely and efficiently handle an incident with large animals. This was an awareness level course that had attendees who were veterinarians, fire fighters, and animal control officers. The training was a huge success. Cooperative Extension Service plans to continue trainings in all counties of New Mexico.
  • FFA 1State FFA Career Development Event: We hosted the State FFA Career Development Event April 8-9.  There were 400 teams (67 FFA Chapters) approximately 1282 high school and middle school students from all over New Mexico. Events consisted of competitions in Agriculture Mechanics, Agronomy, Dairy Cattle, Entomology, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Food Science, Forestry, Homesite, Horse, Horticulture Produce, Land Evaluation, Landscape design, Livestock, Meats Evaluation, Milk Quality, Pasture & Range, Poultry, Veterinary Science, Wildlife, and Wool Evaluation. This yearly event is a great way to introduce the students to NMSU. Most of these students make NMSU their college of choice after high school.

Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • HRTM Luau: The students in HRTM’s Event Planning class (443) put on a Luau April 9 Dr. Blanch-HRTMon the lawn in front of Gerald Thomas Hall. The event was to have faculty, staff and students in the college of ACES interact with each other on a more relaxed level.  There were games, music and fun.  Greg Blanch even agreed to be the target of a pie throwing contest. This was a working learning experience for the students to plan a large event from start to finish with a wide range of attendees.

 

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

No Activity to Report

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Red to Green Money Management Program Presentation: As part of the Financial Literacy Month activities hosted by NMSU’s Red to Green Money Management Program, our own Mike McGonigle provided a presentation on Tuesday titled “Insurance: More Than a Gecko, a Lady, and Some Mayhem.”
  • 2015 Office of International and Border Programs Globalization Award Recipient: Congratulations to Dr. Yu-Feng “Winnie” Lee, Associate Professor of International Business, who was recognized with the 2015 Office of International and Border Programs Globalization Award on Tuesday.  This award recognizes those that have made significant contributions to the universities internationalization goals.
  • 2015 Legislative Session Debriefing: Ricardo Rel and Vicente Vargas visited on Tuesday to provide a debriefing of the last legislative session.  It was a very informative session and we appreciate the open communication regarding legislative issues affecting the university.
  • Update from the President: President Carruthers visited us on Wednesday to provide an overview of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan for the university.  It was an excellent opportunity to review NMSU’s goals and key performance indicators and invite feedback from faculty and staff.  We also reviewed the top initiates for the college and received feedback from President Carruthers.
  • Cakes for Kids Auction: Along with Kathy Brook and Yolanda Sanchez, I served as a judge for the Delta Sigma Pi Cakes for Kids auction on Thursday.  Several cakes that were baked and decorated by our students were displayed in the Business Complex Willis Lounge and auctioned off with 100% of the funds raised donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces.
  • Business Advisory Council: We held the spring meeting of our Business Advisory Council on Thursday and Friday.  The council is comprised of local, regional, national and international business leaders; alumni from NMSU and the College of Business; and friends of NMSU and the College of business.  We discussed college issues and provided an opportunity for our students to participate in mock interviews and give feedback to prepare them for upcoming employment searches.
  • Founders Day Award: Congratulations to Collin Payne, Associate Professor Marketing.  Collin was awarded the inaugural Founders Day Award on Friday.  The awards were given to faculty from each college to celebrate faculty who have provided a strong foundation for their college’s success.  The award recognizes faculty who are experimenting with teaching methods that will improve learning in the classroom; researching issues that hold promise for the future of citizens in New Mexico and beyond; and leading service projects that will improve lives.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet: Our week ended with the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday at the Las Cruces Convention Center.  This was a great opportunity to recognize and honor our successful graduates and friends of the College of Business who have been very supportive over the years.  This year’s recipients were Hall of Fame Inductee Don Beasley, class of 1972; Traders Award Recipient Dr. Jim Nordyke; and Corporate Traders Award Recipient Citizens Bank.  Please visit http://business.nmsu.edu/awards/alumni/hof-traders/2015-honorees/ for complete biographies.
  • The 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

  • Various Events: Dean Morehead presented opening remarks for the ribbon cutting for the ECHS clinics and attended the dinner for ReSound.

James O’Donnell, Associate Dean

  • Grant Extension: Began the process with committee members to write for an extension for the continuance of funding for Aggie Prep Grant through June, 2016.

Kelly Coffeen & Ashley Jurado, Advancement Team

  • Aggie Cornerstone Awards: Hosted our 4th Annual Aggie Cornerstone Award on April 9.  This prestigious event was very successful and we had over 150 attendees as we honored Coach Lou and Mary Henson, and Herb Torres.  The College of Education also recognized four STEM teachers from the Gadsden and Las Cruces Public Schools with the Creating a Legacy Award.
  • Board of Advocates Meeting: Hosted our quarterly Board of Advocates meeting on April 10.  The Dean’s Office had a great meeting with our board members and briefed them about the transition with our new dean, updates about the college and their actions items for this year.

Dr. Gladys De Necochea, Assistant Dean for Budget & Planning

  • Earth Day Celebration: The College of Education Sustainability Committee has announced the upcoming college-wide celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 from 2-4 pm in the O’Donnell Hall Atrium which will begin with an educational information fair and a tasting of healthy, locally grown food choices. The event will include 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.   The theme for this event is FARM to TABLE to EARTH: A Celebration of the Food Cycle.    Additional information on the event will be posted onto the CoEd Sustainability Committee website:  http://college.education.nmsu.edu/faculty/sustainability-committee/.

 

Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Engineering for Southern New Mexicans Lecture Series: Microgrid research was the topic of Engineering for Southern New Mexicans lecture series, presented by Satish Ranade, professor and department head of Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, on Thursday, April 9 at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 North Main Street. Ranade discussed research about how is power delivered to the consumer ad reviewed NMSU research in this area.  This talk is part of the Engineering for Southern New Mexicans series, sponsored by the NMSU College of Engineering. Ranade also gave a lecture on microgrids for the Academy of Learning in Retirement lecture series.
  • Data Management Workshops: Paula Johnson, the engineering and mathematical sciences librarian at NMSU arranged with the Engineering Research Center to present two workshops on April 7 and 8 about Data Management Plans for College of Engineering faculty. She discussed the basics of Data Management Plans required for competitive NSF, NIH, DOE, NASA and other tax-funded agency proposals. The sessions covered resources for learning about what’s required and recommended in a DMP, including the elements of a DMP and specific examples of Data Management Plans. Apart from complying with funder mandates, developing a DMP at the beginning of a research project can pay dividends in the long term. Having a plan for organizing, storing, securing, and sharing data can save time, reduce confusion and facilitate dissemination of research.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan met with representatives from NASA, Jacobs Technology and MVEDA to discuss a collaborative partnership to develop a test-bed for engineering student research and design efforts at the NASA test facility in Dona Ana County.  The proposed facility would build on the Regional Manufacturing Community Partnership effort led by Engineering NM and U of A to attract and grow high-wage employment opportunities in the region through strong public-private partnerships in the test, evaluation and demonstration area.  NMSU Career Services is a collaborator in this initiative and will lead efforts to expand internship and co-op opportunities under the current Jacobs Technology MOU.
  • Co-chairs Named: Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan and Associate Professor Delia Valles have been named co-chairs of the International PACE Collaboration and Innovation Challenge (CIC) Project Competition. The CIC competition showcases new ideas and mobility related projects by faculty and students using PACE software.  Collaboration is a main focus of the CIC competition, with preference given to projects that involve two or more PACE institutions. The CIC competition offers an alternative project opportunity to the larger global collaborative project. PACE is a partnership led by GM, Siemens, Autodesk, Oracle and many other industries that support the automotive sector.
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Program: Through collaboration under the Pathways to Innovation program, NMSU engineering students were provided the opportunity to apply for a summer Undergraduate Research program at Tennessee Tech.  Following an application and interview process, Taylor Fresques (ET-ME) was selected to participate in the program.  Fresques will work directly with faculty on research in the area of advanced manufacturing.
  • NMSU Alumni Event: Dean Ricardo Jacquez and Assistant Dean Juan Albert met with five alums from Qualcomm in San Diego to discuss a number of topics from course recommendations to their experiences studying at NMSU.  All of the alums are electrical engineers and obtained graduate degrees. They also met with Sukumar Shah, another alum based in San Diego.  Now retired, Shah will be the first College of Engineering Ambassador Alumnus to assist in coordinating a San Diego alumni event to be hosted by Qualcomm in early summer.
  • Featured Speaker: Briken Olson, CEO and co-founder of CommunityMed Urgent Care, was the featured speaker at the Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation entitled True North-Setting the Course for Succeeding, was held on Friday, April 10. Olson received a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from New Mexico State University and an MBA with dual concentrations in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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

  • Awards Ceremony: On April 10, CHSS celebrated the excellence of its faculty and staff at an awards ceremony recognizing the following individuals. Faculty Awards: Excellence in Research – Becky Keele (Nursing); Excellence in Teaching – Linda Summers (Nursing); Excellence in Service – Sue Forster Cox (Public Health); Staff Award: Excellence in Service – Jennifer Cervantes and Courtney Lopez.

Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Joe Tomaka

  • Published Research: Jill McDonald’s research was published this week in the Pan American Journal of Public Health.  The study titled, “Obstetric Emergencies at the United States-Mexico Border Crossings in El Paso Texas” focused on the frequency, characteristics and patient outcomes for women who accessed emergency medical services at ports of entry between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

School of Nursing

  • Governor Martinez visits NMSUVisit from Governor Susana Martinez: Governor Susana Martinez visited the School of Nursing and signed Senate Bill 341/House Bill 121 that allows eligible nurses to enter into a “loan for service” agreement through the Nurse Educators Fund. Currently, only faculty are eligible to receive aid from this fund. This legislation helps address the state’s shortage of nurses by encouraging nurses to enter the classroom and teach the next generation in their field.

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Sherman Alexi Visits NMSU: The Honors College hosted our spring University Speaker , Mr. Sherman Alexie. Alexie is a well-known poet, play write, film-maker, and Native American activist. He met with Native American students early in the day, enjoyed dinner with a number of faculty and staff, and presented a memorable talk on the intersections and tensions between Eurocentric and Indigenous world views. His presentation style made it possible to examine very sensitive topics with humor rather than rancor. The ASNMSU Center for the Arts was at full capacity, and some members of the audience stood for the full 90 minutes of his presentation as all seats were taken. After his presentation he signed copies of his books, and the line for book signing extended outside of the building and participants waited in line for nearly two hours to meet with him individually. It was a memorable evening for everyone who attended.
  • Crimson Scholar Registration: Registration began for Crimson Scholars for fall and summer classes. Consequently I met with dozens of students who had questions about fall registration, and sent out information to students and advisors about opportunities for fall.
  • The Circle Of Excellence Meeting: We hosted a meeting of our advisory board, the Circle for Excellence. Associate Dean Ketelaar gave the group an update on the activities of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education. We discussed a number of promising ideas for future advancement activities.  We had an opportunity to thank several Circle for Excellence members (Tom Clark, Ann Clark, and Ann Gardner) for their service on the selection committee for the 2015 Honors College Scholarship for International Research.
  • Student Interest: I gave a guest presentation to a class about opportunities for applying for Fulbright and other prestigious fellowship awards. Three students from this class have since followed up with more questions and expressions of interest in completing a Fulbright application.

Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar

  • Student Meetings: Met with several students to assist with planning their fall schedules as part of Crimson Scholar Registration Advising.  Met with a student to assist with her Honors Thesis preparations. Met with a High School student and his mother, both of whom were visiting from San Diego and were interested in learning more about NMSU’s Honors College.
  • Western Regional Honors Conference: Attended the Western Regional Honors Conference in Reno, Nevada.  Of particular interest where several workshops on Fellowship/scholarship Advising strategies and several workshops on Student Engagement Activities.

 

Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Precious Cargo: How Foods from the Americas Changed the World: Donor and library supporter, food historian and chile expert, Dave DeWitt’s latest book “Precious Cargo: How Foods from the Americas Changed the World” has won Best Culinary History book at the annual International Association of Culinary Professional Awards. The NMSU Library has a copy for any interested readers.
  • New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries Spring Meeting: NMSU Library Associate Dean, Norice Lee, is in Albuquerque representing the NMSU Library at the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries spring meeting. Lee will also be attending New Mexico State Library Commission as Vice Chairperson. The Commission is a five-member group, four appointed by the Governor among residents of the state interested in and informed with regard to library conditions and one appointed by the New Mexico Public Education Department.
  • Founders Day Lecture Series: The NMSU Archives and Special Collections had a lecture series leading up to the NMSU Founders Day event. Lectures were from New Mexico’s State Historian Rick Hendricks, NMSU University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews, retired NMSU professor of Range Sciences Kelly Allred, and NMSU alumnus from the Class of 1966, Walter G. Hines.
  • Visit From Hiram Hadley: President “Hiram Hadley” and his lovely wife, Hiram Hadley-Founders Daystopped by Branson Library on Friday on the way to the Founders Day events and library staff created a great welcome sign for them.

 

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

  • Partners in the Americas Innovation Grant Program: Four students and two faculty from Universidad de La Salle’s “Proyecto Utopia”, a program designed to help youth negatively affected by the conflicts in Colombia arrived on campus for their two-week portion of the reciprocal Partners in the Americas Innovation Grant program.  More about this program here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/files/2014/12/PES-Newsletter-Colombia-Trip-MKON.pdf
  • International Soccer Tournament and Picnic: Despite the weather on Sunday, NMSU’s annual international soccer tournament and picnic was held.  Following three days of elimination rounds the final game was “The Dream Team”, comprised of students from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, versus the “Go Teacher” team from Ecuador.  The Ecuadorians gave a good fight, but lost to the Dream Team 3-0 in the final game.

 International Soccer Tournament and Picnic

  • NMSU Globalization Award Ceremony:  Last week IBP held the 2014-15 NMSU Globalization Award ceremony in the foyer of the Domenici Atrium.  Provost Howard read a short bio on each participant, and in the end awarded Dr. Winnie Lee.  Full information on all nominees is available here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/2015-globalization-award-announced/.

Nominees for the 2015 NMSU Globalization Award
Dr. Yu Feng -Winnie- Lee

  • Dr. Yu-Feng “Winnie” Lee – Associate Professor International Business, College of Business (Winner)
  • Christopher P. Brown, Associate Professor and Department Head, Geography
  • Sonya Cooper – Associate Dean, College of Engineering
  • Sandra Deshors – Assistant Professor Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nancy Flores – Food Technology Specialist, College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
  • Juan Garcia – Vice President for Student Services, NMSU-A
  • Jose Gonzales-Gonzales – Associate Professor Spanish, NMSU-A
  • Ilana Lapid – Assistant Professor Creative Media Institute, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jill McDonald – Professor Public Health Sciences, College of Health & Social Services
  • Brook Milligan – Professor Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Michael K. (Mick) O’Neill – Professor, Agricultural Science Center
  • Brenda Seevers – Distinguished Professor, College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental SciencesDr. Kenny Stevens – Professor, College of Engineering
    College of Arts And Sciences Globalization Award – Presented by Dean Christa Slaton
  • Rani Alexander, Anthropology
  • Jeff Longwell, Language and Linguistics

College of Education Globalization Award – Presented by Bob Wood

  • Candace Kaye, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Frank “Paco” Gilpin, Kinesiology and Dance
  • Marlene Salas-Provance, Special Education and Communication Disorders

Office of the Vice President for Research Globalization Award – Presented by Vimal Chaitanya, Vice President for Research

  • Ross Staffeld, Mathematical Sciences
  • James McAteer, Astronomy
  • Spring Advisory Council Meeting: IBP held its spring Advisory Council meeting in the Goddard Tower room.  Updates for all IBP areas were given and a discussion of international student recruiting took place.  Advisory Council information is available here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/internationalization/
  • Cultural Diversity Day: The Confucius Institute participated in the DACC Cultural Diversity Day at their East Mesa campus. CI teacher Tina Yang performed traditional Chinese dance.”

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Compacting Receptacles: Grounds and Recycling will be installing 6 solar power compacting trash receptacles and recycling container units on campus.  The Recycling containers will be single stream collection points.  Solar Belly compacting trash receptacles are being bought with the monitoring package which will send a text message when they are full and need to be emptied.  Solid Waste and Grounds are installing 9 additional Millennium 2000 self-compacting trash receptacles on campus.  Each unit when full holds 4 cubic yards of compacted trash and they are being emptied on a quarterly basis.  We evaluate the locations on campus where we can install a Millennium and remove 3 or more exterior trash receptacles.
  • IT Services Restored After April 7 Outage: ICT has restored IT services interrupted by the inadvertent triggering of the fire suppression system in NMSU’s primary datacenter.  The event, which continues to significantly impact IT operations, impaired or damaged more than 50 primary data storage disk drives, impaired more than 250 servers, significantly damaged one production server, and caused interruptions to Banner systems’ services across NMSU.  To ensure service availability to NMSU students, IT staff worked throughout Tuesday and well into Wednesday evening to repair equipment and recover software systems and NMSU data.  As of 5:00 p.m. on April 8th, IT services were available with no data loss reported.
  • Thermal Storage Pool: Plant Operations personnel have been providing oversight as B&H Mechanical are performing the piping system repairs on the thermal storage pool.  Once the repairs are completed the thermal storage pool will be filled and returned to service.  This pool is used to store chilled water that is distributed across campus during the day as part of our energy saving efforts.
  • From Heating to Cooling: Mechanical Shop personnel are in the process of transitioning the campus building from heating to cooling.  They are verifying proper operations of the cooling systems in the building and performing start up for evaporative cooling on campus.

 

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

  • Chair Academy’s 24th Annual International Leadership Conference: Attended the Chair Academy’s 24th Annual International Leadership Conference on April 8-10 in Seattle. Dr. Montoya presented a session on Organizational Change. It was wonderful to also be joined by faculty colleagues from DACC and Carlsbad campuses at the conference.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

  • Reserved Parking: Future Aggies attending a campus visit organized Reserved Parkingby the University Admissions office now have special reserved parking spots northeast of the Educational Services Building. This recruitment effort was the result of a partnership between Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the Transportation and Parking Services Department under Auxiliaries Administration, and several Facilities and Services departments.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Aggie Welcome and Orientation StaffFFA Awards Ceremony: Aggie Welcome and Orientation Staff, Mariana Ortega, Clarissa Maldonado and Gena Bermudez, met with 200 students and their families at the New Mexico FFA Awards Ceremony held on Friday, April 10 at the Pan American Center.  The Association will hold its State Convention in Las Cruces from June 1-4 and an Aggie Welcome & Orientation Program has been scheduled on May 30th to enable FFA students enrolling at NMSU for Fall 2015 to make one trip to the campus for both events.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  • Concert Event: Aggies Activities Council hosted Moonlight Social,Crowd enjoys the band a band from Austin, Texas, at a concert event on Thursday, April 2 with over 120 people in attendance.
  • TOUR Event: Aggies Activities Council hosted the TOUR on April 6-7 with student activity booths, and giveaways while sharing fitness and health-related tips. AAC partnered with WAVE, Rec Sports, and the Health and Wellness Center to make this event possible.

Diversity Programs

  • Hispanic Council Elections: On Tuesday, April 7, the Hispanic Council elected their full slate of officers for the next academic year. Next year’s president is Mark Alarcón, a founder of NMSU’s Trio Scholars organization.
  • Success Partnership Summit: Laura Spencer participated in the local Success Partnership Summit on Friday, April 10. The Summit was sponsored by NGAGE.
  • Founders Day: Chicano Programs celebrated Founder’s Day with an exhibit detailing some of the accomplishments of Dr. Fabian Garcia, a member of the first graduating class of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and a professor of Horticulture. Staff provided quesadillas and salsa to students at the exhibit.
  • Generaciones: On Saturday, April 11, Chicano Programs hosted the mother-daughter program, Generaciones. The mothers and daughters toured Foster Hall and visited the Native American Arts and Crafts Expo at Kent Hall, and also listened to featured career speaker, Dr. Michelle Nishiguchi. .

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Studio G Networking Hour: Friday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour workshop, which was attended by 21 students and business developers. This week’s discussion focused on units 16, 17 and 18 of the Disciplined Entrepreneur Series. These units cover how to develop frameworks for pricing, customer lifetime value, and how to design sales strategies.

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Research/Academic Partnership with WSMR. Vimal Chaitanya led a group of faculty, staff and administrators to White Sands Missile Range as part of an umbrella agreement to learn about specific projects and discuss NMSU’s contribution. Others in the group included Martha Mitchell, Enrico Pontelli, Stefan Zollner, Satish Ranade, Amit Sanyal and Sudha Murthy.
  • VPR Office Recognizes Globalization Contribution. As part of the International engagement recognition event organized by the Office of International and Border Program, VPR office recognized Dr. Ross Steffeldt of Mathematics Department and Dr. James McAteer of Astronomy Department for their contribution in enhancing partnership with Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India.
  • MCA Foundation Board Meeting. Vimal Chaitanya participated in the Medical Center of the America’s Board meeting in El Paso as NMSU representative and presented advances and current status of health related initiatives being pursued at NMSU.
  • Visitation to University of Arizona and ASU. Vimal Chaitanya met with U of AZ VP for Globalization, Mike Proctor to discuss current joint funding from Mexico (SAGARPA) and future partnership opportunities in the middle east in renewable fuel technology. Vimal also visited the ASU algal biomass test bed facility with Pete Lammers and discussed current and future partnerships with ASU in algal technology.
  • Hosting NMC and NMCRDC Planning Meeting. The VPR office hosted New Mexico Consortium transition planning meeting and discussed advancement of New Mexico Research and Development partnership advancement strategies. The daylong meeting was attended by legislative staff members from Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich’s offices and members from the three research University VPR offices including VPRs as well as staff from Los Alamos National Lab. Participants from NMSU in addition to Vimal Chaitanya included Alisha Giron, Sudha Murthy and Kathy Agnew.
  • International Space Station Workshop. NMSGC and Arrowhead Technology Incubator hosted the International Space Station Workshop at Hotel Encanto. Forty-eight participants participated in the workshop including faculty and students from NMSU, NM Tech and UNM and other professionals. The workshop included informational and work sessions to discuss research capability and assets for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) for University researchers. Participants learned how to use the International Space Station to advance research and education. New Mexico’s value added resources include use of Spaceport America as a sub-orbital platform to foster low cost test bed development for space hardware and technologies.
  • NASA Submission. OGC submitted a Proposal to the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) for a $1.1M effort on behalf of NM Space Grant Consortium led by Steve Stochaj from the College of Engineering. The state wide effort included participation from University of New Mexico and others.
  • S. Department of Energy Submission. OGC submitted a large Proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) solicitation for about a $10M effort on behalf of the College of Engineering (S. Bukowski, PI).

 

Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

  • Faculty and Staff Campaign: University Advancement kicked off its first comprehensive Faculty and Staff Campaign.  The campaign is a way for faculty and staff to “give to what they love” on campus.  The campaign is about participation and showing support for NMSU and its students.
  • Visit to University of Idaho: Vice President of University Advancement and Associate Vice Presidents within University Advancement visited the University of Idaho to discuss ideas in fundraising.
  • NMSU Visitors: NMSU hosted several donors and prospective donors on campus:  Dana Christensen spoke with engineering students in chemical engineering and Birken Olsen was the guest lecturer at the Verge Lecture series and spoke with students at the Aggie Pride Call Center where he worked as a student.
  • Dinner with Donors: President & Mrs. Carruthers, and the Vice President of University Advancement hosted a dinner to discuss energy topics with donors.
  • Shear the Beard: To support the President’s Shear the Beard Fundraiser during Founders Day, faculty, staff and friends raised $1220 that has been matched by President and Mrs. Carruthers for a total of $2440 to benefit the Aggie Cupboard. Special thanks to Advancement Staff led by Lidia Paez who personally took up a collection toward this important cause.

 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Final Four: Went to the Men’s Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis, IN and was able to meet with several NMSU partners and donors including David and Betsey Cooley who is the president of the NM State Alumni Association Dallas Chapter. I also met with David Tolliver, a 2003 NMSU Alum and account manager for Express Scripts.
  • Request for Proposal Meeting: We hosted a Multi-Media Rights RFP pre-proposal meeting. The meeting was attended by three interested agencies for a Q&A session followed by a campus tour of our facilities.
  • Meeting with Alum: Met with Charlie and Mike Rogers. Mike is the NMSU State Alumni president for the Northern California Chapter. We had a great conversation on expanding our presence in Northern California.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet: I attended the College of Business Hall of Fame Banquet as a guest of Mikey Clute.
  • Networking: Saturday morning I golfed with Jerry Smith, President and CEO of Laguna Development Corporation and talked about Aggie Sports.
  • Chihuahua’s Baseball: Went to an El Paso Chihuahua’s baseball game with three athletic donors Lowell Catlett, Joni Gutierrez and Chris Dulany.

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature: This week’s NMSU Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News profiles Jacqueline Alford, a graduate student majoring in ruminant nutrition who was named outstanding senior for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. After spending a year at Texas State University, Alford visited the Las Cruces campus and “fell in love” with NMSU.  Alford attributes her success in part to the guidance and support of Clint Loest, professor of ruminant nutrition in NMSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences.
  • Sports information: Athletics Media Relations has had a busy spring with the Aggie softball team leading the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-0 mark and a 31-12 overall record that included a 6-4 victory over No. 19 Arizona State on Monday. The Aggies have been paced by junior Fiana Finau who set New Mexico State and WAC records with home runs in six consecutive games. Finau has hit 15 homers (13th nationally) and driven in 51 RBIs (11th nationally) this season.
  • American Indian Week: The News team focused special attention on social media coverage of the American Indian Week celebration this week. NMSU’s American Indian Program sponsors the weeklong event each year to highlight the presence, culture and engagement of Native American students among the campus community. The News team generated four posts about activities during the week on the NMSU News Facebook page, including two videos, which produced 6,339 views, 412 likes, 74 shares and 13 comments.
  • Web Update: Despite the accident at the computer center this week affecting numerous computer systems and websites, the NMSU homepage and emergency notification application were not affected. Safeguards (remote virtual server) have been put in place to ensure the homepage will be available as a communications vehicle.  On another note, the web governance board met this week.  The board agreed on several motions such as creating a database that contains single points of contact of responsible parties for each university website.

 

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

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

  • Expo New Mexico: Staff met with Albuquerque, Bernallilo County and state emergency preparedness partners planning a series of exercises for Expo New Mexico. The exercise(s) would refine, test and practice emergency response plans of a multitude of agencies and organizations involved in the Expo. Each exercise would increase in complexity over the next few years.
  • Retail Natural Gas Regulation: NMSU Board of Regents approved the 19 NMAC 15.112 Retail Natural Gas (CNG/LNG) Regulations during their April 6 meeting. The scope of these regulations is to set forth minimum standards for the operations of retail/wholesale natural gas fueling facilities, including mobile refueling vehicles and equipment, as defined by the Petroleum Products Standards Act.
  • Workshops and Walks: Staff participated in a discussion with the Organic Transition Team to develop a series of workshops and farm walks for 2015-2017 in nine southern New Mexico counties to assist producers who are interested in transitioning to organic production. The workshops and walks are part of a USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative three-year grant received by NMSU last fall.
  • Southern New Mexico Wetlands Roundtable Event: Staff attended the Southern New Mexico Wetlands Roundtable Event hosted by the New Mexico Environment Department in Las Cruces.  The tentative agenda included: regulations, restoration and partnerships, monitoring and assessment, and sustainable funding.

 

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Update: There were 33 police reports created, 11 supplements filed, and 27 traffic citations issued.
  • Records and Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 16 items of evidence, and fingerprinted 26 people.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center: The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 294 calls for service (12 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 150 police calls (13 of which were agency assist) and 8 warrant entries.  There were 14 fire calls (4 of which were mutual aid) including 5 fire alarms, 4 emergency medical, 1 hazmat, and 4 animal control calls.
  • NMSU Events: Special Events Staff worked 55.25 hours and reviewed 20 Events.  Victim Services provided a case follow up and the Victim Services Coordinator provided Domestic Violence Hearing assistance.
  • Pepper Spray Training: Commander Jeff Harvey trained Communication Disorders faculty, staff, and students in the proper use of Pepper Spray.
  • Crash Reconstruction Course: Officer Craig Ryan completed Phase II of his Crash Reconstruction Course with the Las Cruces Police Department.  He will complete Phase III in May of 2015.
  • Founders Day Escort: The Police Department provided escort services for President Garrey and Kathy Carruthers as they rode in a horse and buggy and stopped at designated stops on campus as part of Founder’s Day activities.

 


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