Activity Report August 11 – August 17


This week marked the wrap up of a grant partnership between New Mexico 4-H, National 4-H Council and Wal-Mart Foundation that allowed for training of over 100 teen leaders to provide comprehensive healthy living programming to 2700 youth around the state. Eight counties received mini-grants to grow programming in their communities. An additional 4000 youth were involved in short term educational experiences related to nutrition and physical fitness. Partnerships were developed and strengthened with schools, after-school programs and community organizations, through youth lead projects designed to meet the greatest need in their area. One agent stated, “I think every kid was touched in some way. I interact with the Health Ambassadors (teens) frequently so I saw the greatest change in them. The Health Ambassadors transformed into health advocates. Each of them now serving in a leadership role and wanting to make a positive difference in their communities.”

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted the 2018 Aggie Welcome for our Incoming Freshmen and Transfer students on August 14.  Students received a free Arts and Sciences shirt, pizza and had a chance to win various prizes including an ipad mini!  We had over 200 students, faculty and administrators meet and greet before the fall semester begins.


Five students from NMSU are participating in a domestic exchange program at Googleplex in the Bay Area for the entire Fall 2018 semester. The students will be taking Computer Science courses (together with students from three other Hispanic Serving institutions), participating in Google projects and receive one-on-one mentoring by Google engineers.

Congratulations to Nick Gonzales, who was named the 2018 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in May.  Nick is a finance major, who earned the nod as the first Aggie in school history to earn the honor.  Nick had a standout rookie season and was also named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and to the All-WAC First-Team.

Near the end of the spring semester, three NMSU seniors participated in an adventure of a lifetime during the Red Bull “Can You Make It?” competition.  The team included Emilio Baca (marketing & small business management major), Jonah Kennon (marking & small business management major), and Torbyn Nare (computer science major).  They finished 28th out of 200 teams in a race across Europe in one week using only Red Bull energy drink for currency.

NMSU Library welcomed new and returning students back to campus for the Fall 2018 semester. In Zuhl Library a poster gives all coming into the library a big Aggie welcome. Library staff are also manning a library information table by the international mall.

For FY19 NMSU Library awarded funding of $265,000 by the Library Student Advocacy & Advisory Council to support library materials which support NMSU undergraduate and graduate student needs. Also to support Public Safety Aides that provide security for late night building hours.

Freshman Move-in Day   On the day that the freshmen began moving into the Honors Living Learning Community in Garcia Hall, we visited all of our new students and presented them with small gift bags to welcome them to campus. We enjoyed meeting our new students and their families, and marveled at how much they can fit in a room! Many of the students are from the local area, but some have come from a long distance away, including a student from Chicago who joined us to study genetics. She was sold on NMSU when she visited campus in April and we had lovely spring weather, after leaving Chicago in a snow storm. Smart woman!



Freshman Picnic   Each year on the day before classes begin, we host all of the new Crimson Scholars at a picnic on the lawn in front of the building. Everyone enjoyed lovely weather, some food and refreshment, and some games.



Getting to know the Honors College   We hosted many students this week who came through the College to get acquainted and learn about our facilities, and see where there classes will meet. We try to make students feel like they are welcome to use our lovely space for their study time, to access computers and printers, and to just have a break in the day. Sometimes a good game of chess is a way to focus the mind, and if that doesn’t work, we have a pot of coffee available to get them through the week.


Housing & Residential Life – Move-In Weekend was a Huge Success!   NMSU Housing & Residential Life experienced a record year for Move-In Weekend! With over 1,897 students moving in, the change to a 3-day format was hugely beneficial to allow freshman a bit more time to get settled. ‘We were fortunate to have volunteers on hand at any given time,’ notes Ophelia Watkins. ‘And with freshman residence halls at 100% occupancy, this influx required ‘all hands on deck!” NMSU Housing & Residential Life organized more than 375 volunteers on Friday and Saturday to help with unloading, directions, and general questions. It truly was a team effort!

One graduate student and two undergraduate students started work with Space Grant this week. Our graduate student is working on FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, and the two undergraduates are working on the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. Good to have students back on campus!

The Aggies men’s basketball team took their NCAA allowable foreign tour this year on a ten day trip to Spain where they visited Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona playing four games in 8 days. In addition to the games, the team had an opportunity to absorb the culture of Spain with historical tours in all three cities.


Held the first NM State Aggies Coaches Show of the season. The show is hosted at Rudy’s BBQ every Wednesday from 6-7:00 p.m. with host Adam Young.





The annual all-sports kick-off meeting took place on Wednesday afternoon where all teams were in attendance to receive information in specific areas such as academics, compliance, athletic training and general athletics related information. Faculty Athletics Rep Kevin Melendrez was introduced to the group.



Crystal Wang receives the 1st Quarter Asprey Award   Crystal Wang, ICT’s Lead Enterprise Programmer Analyst, is the most recent recipient of the Asprey Award. The award, which recognizes the most outstanding ICT employee of the quarter, is given in recognition of ICT employees who have displayed outstanding service to the university. Crystal has expert knowledge in three key areas: application development, database, and operating systems. With this triple threat expertise, she easily identifies larger systemic issues and develops sustainable, best-practice solutions for all of her client areas.  Crystal made significant contributions in the Solaris to Linux operating system change, providing guidance, leadership, and innovative thinking…all while being positive and supportive of her coworkers.

ICT Help Desk Knocks it Out of the Park   ICT’s Help Desk went mobile in the HJULC wireless lounge on August 13 and 14. On Monday alone, the students of the Help Desk assisted over 570 students, faculty, and staff with their technology issues that ranged from password resets to help with student NMSU accounts. Yasaman Ghanbari, a new Help Desk student staffer, assisted 106 students alone.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore – A University Hub!   The Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus offers more than just books at NMSU. In addition to the unique spirit wear and Aggie necessities, we are bringing cutting-edge courseware solutions, combining rich content with videos and animations by piloting Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) First Day program not available through any other bookstore – online or local – for NMSU faculty and students. A truly unique option for NMSU students, First Day brings a new affordable option for faculty using electronic learning materials, ebooks, online learning environments, and labs. In addition, NMSU bookstore is able to negotiate access to course materials at a lower rate per student than they would receive by buying direct.

Corbett Center Student Union – Crimson Kickoff!   Crimson Kickoff was especially fun at Corbett Center Student Union. Game night took on a whole new meaning on campus, with free games and snacks throughout the night. Students were able to enjoy pool, ping-pong, air hockey, foosball, ESPN Homecourt Hoops, and Cornhole, even giant yard-sized games like Connect 4 and Jenga. This format really allows students to mingle and have fun while getting to know the many advantages that NMSU campus has to offer.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosted the New International Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 8.  We were excited to have 119 new students check in with us – 55 undergraduates and 62 graduate students – representing 36 countries.  It was a busy and productive day for the students, who were greeted by various student support units, the Interim Associate Provost of IBP, the Deputy Provost, and the Dean of Students.  We welcome them along with our returning international students and wish them all a very successful semester!

The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) welcomed 21 new incoming exchange students from ten countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Korea, Japan, and Brazil. OEA also kicked off the Fall 2018 semester with the traditional Welcome Back Dinner, where Study Abroad alumni, new exchange students, and the Study Abroad Ambassadors come together to share stories, make new friends, and get ready for the semester ahead.


News and Media Relations   The News and Media Relations team continues its coverage of the series of field days being put on by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Agricultural Experiment Station. A video posted Aug. 16 on the NMSU News Facebook page drew a good audience and was shared more than 20 times. In the video, Marisa Thompson, NMSU Urban Horticulture Specialist, talks about tree root systems and how to measure depth of watering during the field day at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde. The next field day will be Friday, Aug. 24, at the Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas where the topic will be chile cultivation. Here are more details on the upcoming field day:

The Special Productions Unit (AggieVision) hosted a student employee recruitment event. Over 20 students attend with majors that varied from CMI to Journalism, Nursing and Business. Each year the Special Productions Unit hires 25 + students to fill various roles during our live athletic telecasts. Students gain real-world experience operating broadcast equipment – cameras, graphics, replay, audio and more.

Aggie Move-In Day    Chief Lopez, Deputy Chief Bowen, Commander Harvey and a dozen other members of the Police Department welcomed students and assisted with Aggie Move-in Day, from 6:30 am until 4:30 pm on both Friday August 10 and Saturday August 11.  This was the smoothest move-in event in many years, thanks to changes made by Housing that allocated 2 days for moving.

Jane Jitsu Class (formerly Fight Like a Girl)    Lt Beck, Sergeant McGuire, and Amanda Bowen of the Police Department conducted two separate training classes for 30 members of the public on August 13.  This full contact class is for women and teens 16 years and older and is taught in a 4-hour format, free of charge.  It focuses on the most common sexual assault scenarios. Students are specifically taught to avoid a man’s strengths while employing their own unique strengths against a man’s weakest targets. Students use full contact responses against instructors wearing special armored suits.  Girls on Guard basic self-defense material is also taught. Courses are typically held monthly. To register for the next scheduled course, e-mail


Safety Assessment for Las Cruces Public Schools    Chief Lopez and Security Supervisor Kelly Alzaharna assisted the Las Cruces Public Schools with a safety and security assessment at the Field of Dreams Athletics Complex on Friday, August 17.  The comprehensive assessment included emergency plans, PA announcements, emergency exit signage, storage area safety, vehicle access, and other areas of potential concern.  This was part of the outreach and public service mission of the department.

Convocation    DACC celebrated convocation on Monday August 13, with a new student panel providing input to faculty and staff on their experience, the barriers they faced and the opportunities and mentors they appreciated on their academic journey.

Job Fair for Work Study Students     DACC students gave out their resumes to departments at DACC to apply as work study for the semester. Studies have shown that students who are working at higher education institutions have a higher retention rate.

NMSU-Alamogordo staff and faculty participated in “Welcome Aggies,” an event that welcomed new students and returning students to the campus on August 15 & 16.  Five tables were located throughout the campus with lists of classroom assignments, maps, pens, and various other items of interest.  All students were welcomed as they came on campus and those who needed help finding classes or reading class schedules were given personal attention and made to feel comfortable on their first day of classes.

Staff member Judy Garcia welcomes a student to the first day of classes.


On Friday, August 17, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with Artesia High School personnel to discuss the possibilities of installing a dedicated T1 line to be used for the Digital Media program of study.  The meeting was very positive and resulted in an agreement that was beneficial to both Artesia High School and NMSU Carlsbad.




The ASNMSU Senate Orientation was held on August 14. Thirty new and old ASNMSU Senators attended to kick off their Fall 2018 terms.




ASNMSU collaborated with Greek Life and other organizations on August 15 to put on Aggie Carnival featuring tables with games and activities for many students.




ASNMSU Ask Me tables were set up on August 15 and August 16 in front of Garcia, Guthrie, Gerald Thomas, and the Astronomy Building from 8am to 2pm giving out maps to students, guiding them to their classes, and answering questions that they had.





ASNMSU held its annual Welcome Back Concert on August 17. This concert featured DJ Naray, Yung Gravy, and Skizzy Mars on the Outdoor Stage entertaining approximately 2,000 students.



Congratulations to Regents Professor Elba Serrano, Department of Biology.

Serrano was honored for receiving the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. This award recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce. The National Science Foundation administers the program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Dr. Manoj Shukla, Professor from the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, visited China Agriculture University (CAU) from June 19 to July 8. Trip was sponsored by CAU. He served as one of the five international expert to assess Agricultural Engineering program of CAU. He gave several talk, discussed research with graduate students, and taught a course on “Soil Water and Salinity Management” in Shiyanghe Experimental Station of CAU. Rod McSherry, Paul Tian, Manoj Shukla also met with Vice-President Internal Office of CAU. Dr. Shukla was invited to Northwest A & F University (NWAFU) during July 25-August 9. He taught a course on “Soil and Water Resources” to undergraduate student. Dr. Shukla interacted with several faulty members and deans, and discussed opportunities for joint research and student exchange at both CAU and NWAFU. A plan for organizing a graduate student seminar at CAU and a visit of undergraduate students from NWAFU to Las Cruces was developed.

Frank A. Ward present iat the International Commission and Drainage Conference held in Saskatoon, Canada, for the week of August 12-17. His talk at an UN-FAO event held on Wednesday August 14 addressed methods to overcome barriers between researchers who conduct water policy analysis for handling climate stressed water supply shortages and communication to policymakers. His talk described an interface on water economics and policy for the Rio Grande Basin, currently posted at The web-posting gives NMSU’s southwest regional water stakeholders an opportunity to simulate all major water sources, sinks, uses, and losses as well as economic values of water and institutional constraints governing water supply and use for the Middle Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte. FAO is investigating development of similar analytical capabilities to support their overseas farm and food development work in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The College of Business held its Fall College Convocation meeting on August 14 to recognize our 2017-2018 faculty award winners Mary Jo Billiot (Outstanding Service to the University); Pat Gavin (Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching); Carl Enomoto (Outstanding Graduate Teaching); Taylor Joo (Outstanding Junior Research); Tim Query (Outstanding Senior Research).  We also hosted visitors President Floros and Honors College Dean Chaiken.

Kevin Melendrez, associate professor and department head for our Accounting & Information Systems Department, has been named as the university’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA.  Appointed on August 7 by Chancellor Arvizu, he replaces Jim Peach, economics professor emeritus who retired in June.

The NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections was awarded a $2,000 mini-grant from the Southwest Border Cultures Institute for the acquisition department of unique research materials documenting the U.S./Mexico border region. The ASC currently holds about 28,000 linear feet of manuscripts, rare books, journals, maps, photographs, audio-visual materials and other formats focusing on the history and cultures of southern New Mexico, the U.S./Mexico border region and the Southwest. These collections are used extensively by students, scholars, professional and avocational researchers, and the general public who are interested in the people, places and development of the region.

Student Tech Talk   Students and staff from ICT’s Student Technology and Planning department hosted a Move-in Day technology information table August 10 and 11 at the International Mall, welcoming incoming freshman and their families and handing out more than 250 NMSU Las Cruces campus maps. At the table, Student Tech answered questions about IT-related services, including free software downloads, Help Desk services, computing labs, and more. On August 15, Student Tech students held a Snow Cone day at Hardman Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center where they continued their work from the previous week, handing out six flavors of icy treats and passing on valuable technology resource information to over 350 NMSU students.

The Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to perform research to assist the FAA and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) community to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Air Space. The contract will support all FAA organizations and outside agencies (e.g. NASA, DOD, DHS, etc.) with mutual research interests.  Research will support FAA’s needs to identify and develop criteria and standards required for the civil certification and regulations of UAS pilots, equipment and operations.  This is a companion contract to PSL’s ongoing FAA UAS Center of Excellence UAS R&D work.  The contract runs through May 7, 2020 with a total contract ceiling amount of just over $6.5 million dollars.  PSL also hosted a visit from three Northrop Grumman Corporation management and engineering personnel representing the Aerospace Systems Sector.  The visit focused on describing protective devices developed by PSL for the modern electronic battlefield which showcased both PSL’s applied engineering solutions as well as our prototyping and production capabilities.  In addition, specialized facilities were reviewed that can provide unique collaborative interactions between industry and PSL.

On August 13, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) hosted the NMSU Water Networking Event at Corbett Center. Forty faculty involved in water-related research met to discuss their current research and learn about their colleagues’ research efforts. Deans Flores and Reddi, Associate Dean Murphy, and Vice President for Research Cifuentes made introductory remarks that emphasized the importance of cooperative, interdisciplinary water research across NMSU colleges. There was animated engaged conversation around the tables at the event, with many ideas for future collaborative water research.  Follow-up meetings are being planned for the near future.


Associate Vice President for Research, Dr. Luis Vazquez, attended the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California, where he received The Asuncion Miteria Austria and John Robinson Distinguished Mentoring Award.  The Asuncion Miteria Austria and John Robinson award was created in honor of distinguished contributions to the governance of the American Psychological Association and outstanding mentoring of ethnic minority psychologists into governance roles. Candidates for this award demonstrated significant achievements and participation in the governance of the American Psychological Association on a national level, as well as the mentoring of ethnic minority psychologists to assume roles in governance.



SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference    On May 13 to May 16, Arrowhead’s NM FAST team attended the SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, co-located with the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. At the conference, NM FAST program manager Dana Catron was part of a panel focused on providing knowledge and information to first time proposers, which was received very well by the audience. Additionally, the team was able to interview several agency program managers and captured footage of these interviews, which have been added to the NM FAST YouTube channel. At this conference the NM FAST program also hosted a networking event of SBIR/STTR service providers that saw over 30 attendees, including John Williams, the Director of the Office of Innovation and Technology at the SBA. This event kick-started some great collaborative efforts between all of the FAST sites across the country that persists today. NM FAST interviews can be viewed on their YouTube page at the following link

Congratulations to Kathryn Hanley, Department of Biology.

Hanley received the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. The Westhafer Award, presented in memory of Robert L. Westhafer, a professor in NMSU’s Department of Mathematics from 1946-1957, is given in alternating years for excellence in teaching, and for excellence in research and creative activity. This year’s award recognizes Hanley’s excellence in research and creative activity.


The College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences held its 2018 Annual Field Day at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari was a great success with very pleasant weather and 100 in attendance. Both the Chancellor and President made pre-dinner comments connecting very well with the attendees. In fact, the audience interrupted the Chancellor with an applause when he stated that one of NMSU’s goals is to prepare New Mexico’s youth to return home where they can find a meaningful career, indicating that student success and economic development within the state are both important. Most of the attendees also went on the hayride tour to hear about some of the ongoing research and other topics of interest. Presentations included a salt cedar beetle update, the new Quay County Beginning Farmer Land Access and Mentorship Program, weed management, opportune cropping, a detailed description of the nuclear chemistry of how soil moisture is estimated using a neutron probe, and summer annual forage legumes.

Over 190 farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and agricultural enthusiasts from across New Mexico attended the 2018 Field Day at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde on Friday, August 10. After Dean Flores’ welcome speech, attendees ventured into the field to learn about the center’s ongoing research including trials pertaining to fruit production, beneficial insects, acequias, corn and tepary beans, bio-reactor composting, high tunnel construction and intercropping, tractor maintenance, bind weed mites, and more. In between tours and the locally catered lunch, participants were encouraged to visit various agricultural organization exhibits including a live hive from New Mexico Beekeepers Association, an Amish made hops picker from the Farmington Science Center, and a sampling table of heritage grains from the Los Luceros Heritage grain trials. When asked about her experience at field day, one participant exuberantly commented, “[There is an] incredible wealth of research going on! So wonderful to learn about!”

The NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference was held in Chattanooga from July 29 through August 3. Not only did the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences have multiple attendees who had the opportunity for continuing professional development in extension education, but we had multiple award winners and recognitions of the extension education efforts on a state, region, and national level from the state of New Mexico.

Daren Bloomquist in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management organized and facilitated a webinar on energy and sustainability trends with a focus on the WELL Building standard as part of his duties as Director of Webinar Development for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Hospitality Council Board. Daren brought together Hrisa Gatzoulis, Senior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle, Energy and Sustainable Services Division and Jacklyn Whitaker, Senior Vice President of Market Solutions, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to present the webinar. The over 20 webinar participants from around the nation representing lodging, casinos, restaurants, institutional foodservice, consultants and education learned how to decrease the negative external environmental impacts from business operations while at the same time improving the internal building environment to positively affect the health and well-being of employees, visitors and guests through WELL Building certification.

Two Wheels and a Helmet   President Floros delivered the dedication of the NMSU Bicycle Repair Stations to David Shearer on August 7, 2018. Although David has retired from NMSU, he continues to champion bicycle safety at NMSU and within our local community. For up to date bicycle event information, David maintains the bike safety web page for NMSU at We would like to thank David for all of his accomplishments regarding bicycle safety, alternative transportation, and sustainable initiatives here at NMSU.



Representatives of the Andeavor Foundation visited NMSU’s Jack and MaryLou STEM TECH Lab on August 10 to present two gifts totaling $50,000, including $15,000 to support the 2018 NM BEST Robotics competition and $35,000 to support the STEM TECH Lab activities. VJ Smith and Leonard Bloom ’81 presented the big check from Andeavor.

The Lineberry Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to support multiple New Mexico 4-H activities, including horse and livestock schools, transportation to 4-H events in the Albuquerque area and translating 4-H curricula into Spanish.

NMSU Alumni love their green chile! The Washington, D.C. Alumni group hosted a green chile cheeseburger night on Thursday, August 16, followed up with a chile roast on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and August 18. Aggies in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and University Park, Florida have also planned gatherings to satisfy their Hatch green chile cravings.

An estate gift from Dr. John Hernandez, former College of Engineering dean, along with support from students, faculty and friends, helped create the John Whitlock Hernandez Civil Engineering Endowed Fund. This gift totaling $140,000 will support the department many say he took great pride in.

Crimson Concierge & Crimson Call Center – At Your Service!   Crimson Concierge & Crimson Call Center are two initiatives launched by NMSU Auxiliary Services and Sodexo to offer hospitality services for students, faculty and staff, that includes an onsite concierge team and a virtual 24-hour call center. In just 5 days, we had more than 170 interactions and 18 requests. Both are located onsite at Corbett Center Student Union and available via a phone call, email or a personal visit.

Athletics hosted our annual Aggies in Paradise event took place on Friday at the Pan Am Center. Aggies in Paradise is the Athletic Department’s largest fund-raiser of the year. An all-time record of $65,000 was generated at the event besting the previous all-time mark of $43,000. The event included live entertainment, dinner and silent and live auctions.





KRWG   Red or Green? KRWG FM took to the airwaves for our annual Red or Green confidential to discuss the official question of New Mexico. The program featured NMSU’s chile expert, Dr. Paul Bosland, and chile aficionado Juan Morales from Santa Fe Grill. The live call-in show featured advice on growing, roasting, cooking and even the best places in town to grab a hot bite.

Upcoming Legislative Related Events

August 20 – 21, 2018

Institute of American Indian Arts and Native American Community Academy– Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine: Outreach to Tribal Communities- Update on Tribal Colleges and the Council of University Presidents

*Dr. Jon Boren, NMSU ACES will be testifying

Staff shared a New Mexico (chile) tradition with NMSU alumni, other New Mexico ex-pats, and Fresh Market customers in the Washington DC/Alexandria area. The weekend events started with a green chile cheeseburger and quesadilla dinner for all local NMSU Alumni Chapter members, New Mexico State Society of Washington DC members, and guests (approximately 80 attendees total). Dinner was at the American Legion Capitol Hill. Pre-orders for roasted New Mexico green chile were taken and were available for pickup at the Fresh Market on King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Between the pre-orders and all other store sales, approximately 300 cases of roasted New Mexico green chile were sold.

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2018 Annual Plenary Meeting – New Mexico Sonora Commission. New Mexico hosted this annual meeting with Sonora, Mexico. These meetings are to increase cooperation between neighboring states and share ideas. One of the main topics was Economic and Agro Industrial Development.

Governor Martinez hosted the NMDA representatives their counterparts for the 2018 Annual New Mexico Sonora Commission meeting.


Staff presented information about the Chile Advertising Act at the Chile Field Day sponsored by the Los Lunas Agricultural Center.

We are pleased to welcome Erica Surova and Kelsey Bigelow into the accreditation office. Erica runs the Center for Community Analysis (CCA) at NMSU, which serves community organizations in New Mexico, with primary focus on the southern part of the state. The CCA is grant funded and is highly utilized by and respected not only in the local community, but across the state. Kelsey provides support to the CCA as a graduate assistant. You can visit the CCA website at

Beginning this month the accreditation office is assuming responsibility for managing Academic Departmental Program Review (ADPR) processes. We are currently scheduling orientations and working to help coordinate ADPR site visits for the fall semester. If you have questions about ADPR, you can email us at

Another new responsibility of the accreditation office is oversight of Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), and coordination of CIP code approval through the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED). We have been working with the Institutional Analysis, various academic programs and the Student Records Office (responsible for course-level CIP approvals) to ensure consistency across HED approved CIP codes and Banner records.

In June, the individuals from each of our NMSU campuses who are responsible for institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) attended a retreat to codify practices and create shared efficiencies across our system accreditation processes. With support from each of our campus administrators, we have since begun drafting a shared, “living” assurance argument and federal compliance report. We will continue these and additional efforts across the next several months.

Hanover Research — On Tuesday, July 27 faculty and staff attended grants training provided by Hanover Research, a firm who provides grant development support and strategic guidance to higher education institutions including DACC. Two sessions were offered in class as well as online, a morning session was held at the East Mesa Campus and an afternoon session at the Espina Campus. Two staff members from NMSU Advancement Corporate and Foundation Relations attended as well.

Faculty and staff at NMSU-Alamogordo wished Jary Rupe, Connie Breding, and Ramon Porches farewell over the summer.  Jary Rupe wore many hats during his time at NMSU-A.  He was interim VP of Academic Affairs, an interim Division Head, taught economics, business, computer science and managed a Title V grant.  Connie was the much beloved theater instructor and put on many, many successful plays over the years. Ramon Porches was a maintenance tech who showed up with a smile, and had an impeccable work ethic, and who always went above and beyond what was expected of him.  We would like to thank all three individuals for their great contributions to NMSU-A and to the students we serve, and wish them well in retirement.

Members of the NMSU-Alamogordo chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens ( LULAC) student organization attended the 89th LULAC  Annual National Convention & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 2018.  LULAC students participated in sessions and events featuring leadership development, policy discussions that impact college success, career fairs and employer interviews, health fair, college fair and recruitment for undergrad and post-grad studies. We applaud these students for staying involved in their student government group over the summer.

Alan Holguin, Banka Guerro, Roxanne Rosales and Celeste Hernandez at the LULAC convention in Phoenix, AZ.

On Friday, August 17, convocation for the Fall 2018 semester was held on the NMSU-Alamogordo campus.   Dr. Ken Van Winkle gave a talk on the new strategic plan, and what the Fall 2018 semester holds for the campus, including the NMSU-A 60th Anniversary celebration in October.  Dr. Mark Cal assisted Dr. Van Winkle to presenting awards to Cathy Aguilar-Morgan, Katie Pacelli-Klinger, Rob Klinger, Veronica Hernandez, Carlos Torres, and Brenda Garcia.

NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle explaining the Strategic Plan.

On Monday, August 13, NMSU Carlsbad welcomed back its nine-month faculty for the start of the fall semester. The faculty took part in in-service activities in the morning and that evening a meeting was held to orient adjunct faculty to college procedures and processes.

On Tuesday, August 14, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its annual Convocation.  The Roush Award recipient for 2018 – 2019 was recognized and President John Gratton delivered a State of the College Address. Presentations were received from campus departments and an Executive Team prepared cookout was held that evening for all employees and their families.

On Wednesday, August 15, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton made a guest presentation to the Carlsbad Rotary Club.  The topic of the presentation was the GO Bond election and the presentation included a discussion of NMSU system projects and the importance of the issues coming before the electorate.  The session was well-received with many questions being asked.

The first, annual Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) National Summit was held recently in Denver, Colorado.  Senior academic and unit administrative leaders from 17 federally designated Native-Serving Institutions (NSIs) – spanning geographically from Alaska to North Carolina – attended the Summit.  A personal invitation from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) was extended to NMSU Grants and three staff members received cost waivers for summit fees and complete travel coverage.  Staff members attended sessions related to recruitment, sharing resources for achieving best practices for closing the Native American student achievement gap, as well as focus sessions addressing equity and student success issues.

Health Assembly  On June 14, Arrowhead Center hosted its first Health Assembly, which marked the culmination of its 5 month HealthSprint accelerator programs. This event featured a day of panels, and speakers from major health technology industries, including Michael Jackson the Business Leader for Public Health and US Elections at Amazon Web Services, and Dr. Ries Robinson the Chief Innovation Officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. At this event the 6 New Mexico based Sprint participants gave a pitch presentation, showcasing their digital health innovations and the progress their businesses had made over the course of the accelerator program. Di Ye, founder of Zhennovate received a $20,000 seed award for her business. This event and the HealthSprint accelerator were supported by a gift from the New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company, and the US EDA. This event was held at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine the the Arrowhead Research Park on the campus of NMSU.

Strategic Doing Workshop  On July 25, in collaboration with the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab, Arrowhead Center hosted an Ag Industry focused Strategic Doing workshop at NMSU. This workshop brought together stakeholders representing the entire agribusiness and food supply chain. Individuals present were invited to work collaboratively, and leverage their resources to facilitate innovation and collaboration in the ag/food ecosystem. Business owners, university faculty, Arrowhead staff, and former industry executives from Kraft Foods comprised the 38 individuals who worked to solve challenges facing New Mexico’s small businesses and farmers. The event co-facilitated by Dr. Lauren Goldstein of Arrowhead Center and Janiece Greene of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab, continued with a round table discussions with industry guests Dr. Todd Abraham, Retired Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Kraft Foods/Mondelez International, and Ray Laudano, President of NPD Strategies Inc. and former Senior Research Scientist at Kraft Foods Group.

Haubold receives Meritorious Service Award   The Association of Physical Plant Administrators has recognized the contributions of Glen Haubold, associate vice president of facilities and services at New Mexico State University, with its 2018 Meritorious Service Award.

“Each year APPA members bestow the Meritorious Service Award upon no more than three members who have made significant, life-long contributions to the profession of education facilities management,” said Dan Bollman, vice president of Professional Affairs for APPA. “Glen is driven to provide superior leadership and tireless support to APPA, its regions, and our entire membership, as well as to the larger profession of higher education facilities management. His willingness to engage in leadership roles and bring education and professional development to others is a benefit to the industry.”

Haubold has served in leadership roles in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas chapters and is a co-founder of the Desert APPA chapter. He has held elected positions on the boards of both Rocky Mountain APPA and Central regions, including serving as CAPPA president. He has served on the APPA Board of Directors as both the junior and senior representative from CAPPA, and is an active member of APPA’s “Mexico Initiative” to expand APPA membership and involvement across the entire North American continent. Haubold is a regular presenter at APPA chapter, regional and APPA International meetings, often collaborating with others on topics of interest to multiple university departments or diverse campuses. A research project he co-authored, “Issues with Recovery and Recharge in Higher Education,” recently was published by the Center for Facilities Research.

Arrowhead Center Summer overview  The Arrowhead Center had a very busy summer, expanding services, hosting workshops and engaging with communities around the state. Innoventure, Arrowhead’s youth entrepreneurship program hosted 19 camps in cities across the state, teaching middle school students about entrepreneurship and selling their goods at local farmer’s markets. Studio G, Arrowhead’s student business incubator, launched the Foster Innovation Exchange (FIX) Prototyping Lab, which has capability to assist community and student businesses with the development of prototypes using 3-D printing and microelectronics. The Arrowhead team also partnered with the CoWork Oasis and the El Paso Library to provide workshops on business development, and Innoventure Youth entrepreneurship programs in El Paso through the Book It & Launch El Paso program.

New Mexico Space Grant Director, Dr. Paulo Oemig, represented New Mexico State University in the NASA HBCU/MI Technology Infusion Road Tour at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Two NASA Directorates were present: the Space Technology (STM) and Science Mission (SMD) Directorates.  Dr. Oemig participated in presentations and workshops with various technical and business representatives from NASA and industry.  Among others, he discussed NMSU capabilities with Wyle, Teledyne Brown Engineering, NASA SBIR/STTR, NOAA, and EPA.

Dr. Hynes attended the 2018 U.S Border Summit in El Paso on August 15.


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