Activity Report August 23-29, 2015

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Sun Belt Conference Decision: I received a call from Commissioner Karl Benson of the Sun Belt Conference that the Conference would not be extending an invitation to NMSU for membership in all sports.  The difficulty appears to be the distance and related cost of transporting athletes in the Olympic sports.  The closest Sun Belt member is 600 miles away (Texas State).  The furthest is Appalachian State in North Carolina.  The Commissioner is fond of saying that if we would move NMSU to East Texas we would be in immediately.  This decision is separate from our agreement on football, where we were given two seasons to demonstrate our “value” to the Sun Belt Conference and then the Board would assess our request to be a long term football member.  “Value” is probably going to be defined as winning a sufficient number of games to help elevate the Sun Belt Conference standings relative to the other four mid-major conferences.  It is all about money!
  • Ride for the 4-H Clover: Several of our NMSU main campus colleagues joined Chairman of the Board of Regents Mike Cheney on the motorcycle “Ride for the 4-H Clover” in northern New Mexico.  There were over 60 bikers on the ride which started in Bernalillo and proceeded over the mountains to Abiquiu, Taos, Alcalde, and Santa Fe.  At each stop we were greeted by 4-H members and the Cooperative Extension Service, served some great meals, and listened as the locals described their 4-H programs.  The most interesting part of the programs were the 4-H members discussing what participation in 4-H has meant to them.  The Ride gives our NMSU team a reason to travel the state to meet, greet, and recruit students.  Thanks to Jon Boren, Janet Green, and the team for their good work.  Bernadette Montoya took a load of Aggie shirts for the very young up to young adults so when you see Aggie gear up that way, it may be due to the Ride for the Clover.  NMSU is highly regarded in rural New Mexico, in part due to the good work of the Cooperative Extension Service.
  • New Faculty Reception: We had a very nice reception for our new faculty at the President’s residence.  I don’t recall of a more enthusiastic and energetic group.  The new comers were very impressed with the campus and their departments.  One thought our facilities were much better than those he enjoyed at one of the most prestigious eastern Universities. 
  • Education Membership Update Luncheon: The interest in education in our town was demonstrated by the great crowd that filed into the Conference Center to hear Stan Rounds (Las Cruces Public Schools), and Renay Scott and Garrey Carruthers (NMSU) discuss the state of education. Thanks to the Chamber for organizing this Conference each year.  LCPS, NMSU, and NMSU Dona Ana are making impressive gains on many fronts.
  • Staffing Study: The Deloitte Staffing Study is nearing completion.  The Employee Council will soon be organizing an all employee meeting to discuss the results and our plans for evaluating/implementing some of their recommendations. 

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Salon Discovery: The Salon Discovery program was finalized at a meeting early in the week, and the event promises to be both hugely entertaining and enlightening.   “NMSU Astronomy: Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond” will take place at 7:30 p.m., September 18, in the Atkinson Recital Hall.  My thanks to Dr. Tim Ketelaar for his hard work, and his commitment to helping the Las Cruces community understand the exciting work going on at NMSU.
  • Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council: It was a great pleasure to meet with the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and bring them up to date on initiatives at NMSU, including the Student Success Navigator Program and the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate. 
  • New Faculty Reception: The President and I, along with all the college deans, welcomed new faculty to NMSU at a reception at the University Residence held on Tuesday afternoon. This reinstatement of a long-time tradition at NMSU is part of a larger effort to welcome new faculty members to NMSU and help them feel connected to the university community.
  • Maestro 2.0: Later this semester a new and improved version of Maestro will be make its appearance at NMSU.  My thanks to Dr. Luis Vazquez and his team, Michelle Gavin, Ed Ezenisek, Sue Bonar, Nellie Guezado-Aragon, and Abel Sanchez for their good work on the upgrade and for an excellent demonstration of the new program.
  • New Mexico Provosts: On Friday morning, all seven Provosts of New Mexico universities got together in a conference call to discuss general education and dual credit issues. There is general agreement that it is time to revise the general education core curriculum to make it more purposeful in imparting the skills essential for lifelong learning and success in the workplace, such as: critical thinking, complex reasoning, effective communication, quantitative literacy, an appreciation for diversity, and ethical reasoning.  Our dual credit discussion focused on the need for a more realistic funding model and for better guidance on courses that should be offered as dual credit. 
  • Ride for the 4-H Clover: I spent the weekend in northern New Mexico trailing, and envying, the motorcyclists participating in the third annual Ride for the 4-H Clover.  Although I was confined to a truck, it was still a lovely weekend, highlighted by the stunning scenery of northern New Mexico and the wonderful enthusiasm and poise of our 4-H youth.  Congratulations and thanks to Board of Regents Chair Mike Cheney for sponsoring and promoting the event, and to the Cooperative Extension Service leadership and staff for their good work, not only this weekend, but every day.

 

Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Jim Libbin

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • 100% National Exam Pass Rate: The dietetic interns from the class of 2012-2014 achieved a 100% pass rate within the first year after graduation on the national exam to become a registered dietitian.  The pass rate is an important factor in maintaining the accreditation of the program.  Dr. Wanda Eastman, professor in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, directs the dietetic internship which is also a master’s program.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Diverse Workforce Grant: Nancy Flores, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Technology, was awarded a grant of $320,000 over four years from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at USDA.  Her collaborators are Dr. Hongmei Luo and Dr. Jessica Houston in Chemical Engineering.  The purpose of the grant is to provide Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students in food science and engineering with research experiences, professional development, and internships to develop a more diverse workforce at USDA.

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Top Animal Science Professor: Dennis Hallford, Regents Professor and Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, was recently named one of the Top 20 Animal Science Professors in the country by vettechcolleges.com.  He is noted for the flair and wit he brings to difficult subject materials in anatomy and physiology and endocrinology courses.  Hallford has received over 20 awards for his teaching, research, and service at the college, university, regional and national level in his 40 years at NMSU and is the author/co-author of over 600 refereed journal articles, proceedings, and abstracts.

Plant and Environmental SciencesCollaboration-ACES

  • Collaboration: A team from NMSU and UTEP — Rich Pratt, Professor, Jim Libbin, Interim Dean, Bill Hargrove, and Stanley Mubako (UTEP), traveled to The Institute Polytechnique, LaSalle, Beauvais  to discuss research and instruction to initiate collaboration between our two institutions.

 

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

  • Global Connections: The College announced the first presentation in the Global Connections series for Fall 2015; the first presentation will take place on September 5 at 5:00pm in the Auditorium of Gerald Thomas Hall, and it will feature Dr. Jon Hunner speaking about “Alaska from Kenai to Denali.” This is a unique opportunity for the community to experience the world through the eyes of our researchers. 
  • Art in Las Cruces: As part of what began as a Public History class project, students at NMSU are documenting every mural in Las Cruces. Norma Hartell, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology said that the project is helpful for people who live in the community as well as tourists.  “Especially since the Organ Mountains got designated as a National Monument,” Hartell said, “we’re starting to see a lot of people come into Las Cruces, a lot of visitors, so I feel like it’s a good time to also highlight the arts in Las Cruces.”
  • Various Awards: Lily Hoang (English) won the Cleveland State University Book Contest essay completion for “A Bestiary: Essays.”  The NMSU Department of Theatre Arts was one of five college programs noted in Playbill, the premiere online resource for theatre, for its innovative productions. Playbill article highlighted the department’s co-production with Scaffolding Theatre Company of this summer’s “Chicago” that was set in a women’s prison. The other four schools listed included Stanford, Harvard, Pace University and Yale. 
  • Research Funding: The College continues to gain momentum in securing research funding. Notable accomplishments include Charles Bruce (Physics) receiving $131,629 from STC, Tim Wright (Biology) receiving $249,660 from NIH, and John Xu (Biology) receiving $21,625 from NSF to support a student. 

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Guest Speaker: Bill Allen, President and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce spoke to our college Ambassadors on Wednesday, August 26.  He spoke to them about Leadership Las Cruces, a professional development program sponsored by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, a two-day leadership skill-building sessions followed by seven additional one-day sessions of the course of eight months.  He also spoke to the group about Las Cruces Young Professionals, a group of current or aspiring managers, executives, professionals and entrepreneurs which connects young professionals with other like-minded individuals, develops and advances the careers of its members, and makes a positive impact on the community as well as providing a networking opportunity.
  • Classroom Visits: I visited several sections of our freshmen BUSA 111 classes this week.  I was able to share some personal experiences with the students and encourage them to visit with me anytime during their career as a student here.
  • New Faculty Orientation: We hosted an orientation session on Friday, August 28 for all new faculty hires.
  • 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. Donald Pope-Davis

  • Fundraising Strategy Meetings: The advancement team met with Nigel Holman, Director of Annual Giving and Nancy Dunworth, Program Analyst from University Advancement regarding updates on digital fundraising.  The advancement team will be hosting strategy sessions with Department Heads and Program Directors to create user friendly online giving opportunities through the College of Education website.
  • Digital Fundraising: Debra Knapp, Director of the NMSU Dance Program met with Dr. Kelley Coffeen to develop the digital fundraising links and pages for dance scholarships, programs and dance performance events.
  • New Faculty: The College of Education hired 14 new faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Tenure: Nine faculty received promotions and or tenure for this academic year.  All were recognized by Dean Pope-Davis at Opening Program.

 

Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Open House/E-Rush: The College of EngineeringOpen House-E Rush held Open House/E-Rush on Tuesday, August 18. Approximately 100 new freshman participated in college tours, departmental Olympics, and a student organization fair. The event was organized and implemented by Program Manager Elizabeth Franzoy as part of the College of Engineering retention efforts.
  • Deans Advisory Council: Interim Dean Steve Stochaj and Dean’s Advisory Council Chair Joseph Perea, Global Curriculum Manager for ExxonMobil, led the college’s bi-annual meeting on August 24-25. The council comprises 33 industry leaders who are NMSU alums. They were joined by NMSU and College of Engineering leadership and discussed engineering college initiatives.
  • Senator Papen Visit: NM Senator Mary Kay Papen Senator Papen Visitmet with representatives of International and Border Programs Cornell Menking and Kristian Chervenock, along with and Chemical & Materials Engineering Department Head David Rockstraw and students Swagotom Sarker, Mansour Saberi, and Anna Malakian. The students shared their educational and cultural experiences while at the Baku Summer Energy School at the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment, ADA University in Azerbaijan in July. World-renowned scholars, academicians and policy makers provided students with a better understanding of global energy and environment issues and their practical application.
  • ReNUWIt award: A National Science Foundation sub-award of $436,000 for the Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) for 2015-2016 has been awarded to NMSU. Civil Engineering Professor Nirmala Khandan is the campus PI of the grant for NMSU and leads the Engineered Systems Thrust for the Center. NMSU is part of a multi-university team led by Stanford University and including the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Berkeley. The multi-year Engineering Research Center, with the goal of reinventing America’s aging and inadequate water infrastructure began in 2011 with NSF to invest $18.5 million in the center over five years, with additional funds to follow based on in-progress reviews.
  • Bridge project: A civil engineering project entitled “Feasibility Analysis of Ultra High Performance Concrete for Prestressed Concrete Bridge Applications – Phase III” was extended for one year with an increase of $108,000 bringing the project total to $428,098. The extension includes the instrumentation of a new bridge being constructed in New Mexico using UHPC developed at NMSU. This will be the first bridge in the U.S. constructed with non-proprietary UHPC. The PI for the project is assistant professor Brad Weldon; co-PIs are Department Head David Jáuregui and Associate Professor Craig Newtson.

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Rhodes Scholarship Mock Interviews: Tim Ketelaar organized the first round of mock interviews for Rhodes Scholarship applicant Lindsay Redman. Lindsay has previously won a Goldwater Scholarship for her research in biochemistry, she has participated in research through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard. Lindsay completed her senior honors thesis under the direction of Dr. Shelly Lusetti, and she is now applying for the Rhodes. As part of the competition, Rhodes finalists are subjected to tough interviews by a panel of illustrious scholars and diplomats, so Dr. Ketelaar set up a scenario that would emulate the Rhodes experience and prepare Lindsay for this challenge. Members of the Honors College Circle for Excellence (Tom and Ann Clark), Honors College Dean Emeritus Bill Eamon, and recently retired Regents Professor Yosef Lapid served as members of the panel that challenged Lindsay with interesting questions on science, public policy, global affairs, and a host of topics. This experience will surely make her more competitive as she goes forward with her Rhodes application.
  • Presidential Associates Orientation: On Saturday we hosted the orientation and informational session for the new group of Presidential Associates, some of the highest achieving students among the new freshman class. Tim Ketelaar and Miriam Chaiken joined Nigel Holman of University Advancement, advanced students who have been PA scholars, and members of the PA scholars board to welcome these students and help them learn about opportunities ahead as they become more familiar with NMSU.
  • Fulbright Awards Applications: Both Associate Dean Ketelaar and Dean Chaiken spent time working with students preparing applications for Fulbright Awards. The deadlines for these applications are coming up very soon, so reviewing and critiquing multiple drafts of these proposals is in high gear at this time of year.

 

Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Salon Discovery: The NMSU Library will be assisting with the Salon Discovery event on September 18 to promote the new Tombaugh digital collection with a slideshow and posters highlighting parts of the collection along with bookmark giveaways. The library table will be in the lobby of the Atkinson music recital hall before the show from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and during the intermission at 8:05 p.m.
  • Domenici Conference 2016: Bringing the Domenici Archives Collection experience to the Domenici Conference, the NMSU Library will be having an information booth with Political Papers Archivist Adam Heien for attendees of the conference to drop by and learn more, and see parts of the collection. Also, on Monday, September 14, the new Domenici photo exhibit will be up in the second floor of Branson Library. The images will relate to nuclear energy in New Mexico – showcasing documents from the Department of Energy Labs at Sandia and Los Alamos – to economic development in the Southern New Mexico and borderland region. Photos will also document Senator Domenici’s 1985 trip to East Asia, with his wife Nancy, as part of a US trade delegation led by Senator Bob Dole.
  • Library E-Newsletter: To enhance internal library communication, the NMSU Library has released an e-newsletter called Byte-Sized Library News. It can be found here: http://lib.nmsu.edu/sites/libnews/e-newsletter-aug-19-2015/.

 

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

  • Enrollment Counts: Pre-census international enrollment for Fall is 1,270 students, including 286 new students from 84 countries.  To date, this is a 28% increase in international undergraduate enrollment and a 2% decrease in graduate students.  The top countries are Kuwait, Mexico, China and India.
  • Summer Camp: The Confucius Institute sent 30 high school students and three teachers from Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and El Paso to China for a two-week language and culture summer camp experience.
  • Free Tai Qi Lessons: Free Tai Qi lessons for the NMSU community began (see http://ibp.nmsu.edu/free-tai-chi-lessons-in-fall-2015/ for more info).
  • CampusLink Website: A website has been established for the upcoming CampusLink project with Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua – http://ibp.nmsu.edu/campuslink2015/.
  • Study Abroad/Exchange: Exchange Students had their first full week of courses, and are settling in very well. Finalized preparations for the Study Abroad Fairs.

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Annual Expectations Meeting: Sodexo held their annual meeting and lunch for  key stakeholders including Auxiliary Services, Vice President of Student Success, Facilities and Services, Athletics, the Dean of VPSS President & Provost Office and ASNMSU.  The meeting proved very productive as participants reflected on last year’s expectations and discussed upcoming expectations for both the next 90 days and calendar year.
  • NMSU/DACC dual credit students receive career mentoring from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) department: ICT is mentoring NMSU/DACC dual credit students who have an interest in information technology.  For the fall semester, the student interns receive solid, hands-on experience working alongside ICT technology professionals, learning about computers, programming, networking, and other IT technologies.  For their work in technology, the students receive academic credit and invaluable experience in a real-life work environment.
  • Meet your Executive ChefMeet Your Executive Chef – Chef Aida Samaniego engaged students in discussion on culinary arts, cooking techniques, campus dining and even the freshman 15.  The event featured some of Chef Aida’s favorite dishes such as paleo lasagna, chicken chipotle sandwiches, roasted tilapia with caramelized ginger sauce, vanilla cream profiteroles and more!
  • Sodexo Around Campus – Flavours catering served several welcome back events, including the Welcome Dinner for the College Deans, Alumni’s Chile Roasting Dinner, and the Athletic Director’s Football Season Welcome Reception. During the week, Sodexo marketing staff hosted free drink sampling stations across campus and took the opportunity to discuss meal plan options with students, campus dining variety and the introduction of online meal plan signups.  Students could also signup for meal plans at computer kiosks located next to ID Card Services and at the entrance to Taos Restaurant.
  • Learning at Undergraduate Learning Center! – On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, while Bradbury Stamm Construction was filming a Training Session for our Facilities and Services HVAC personnel, Undergraduate Learning Centerthe fire alarm went off in the new Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center.  Although this was a ‘false alarm’, the occupants of the building and the Fire Department responded beautifully.  The alarm was triggered by dust from workers cleaning in the South end of the building which is still under construction.  So even though this caused a little disruption to the classroom schedule, we are happy to report that the systems in place are working.  To those of you who were in HJULC at the time, thank you for responding so quickly and efficiently!  And to our beloved Fire Department, thank you for keeping us on our toes and safe! 

 

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

  • The Student Navigator Program: The Student Navigator Program, located in Corbett Center, is now fully staffed. Graduate Assistants have already begun to make contact with freshmen and will continue to be involved in training for the program.
  • New Student Welcome: Military and Veterans Programs is pleased to welcome approximately 100 new students to NMSU this Fall. On Friday, April 27, the 2nd Annual MVP Welcome Back Picnic, co-sponsored by VA Health, El Paso was held with 150 students attending. Veteran service organizations and NMSU support offices including the Disabled American Veterans, the Vet Center, NMSU Counseling Center, WAVE, ROTC and the Family Resource Center also provided resource tables at the event.
  • QuickConnect Responder Training: QuickConnect Responders were trained this week. There are now approximately 50 Responders available to accept referrals from faculty and instructors. The success of the program relies heavily on timely faculty referrals and the efforts of the volunteer Responders. Student Information Systems (SIM) has made improvements to the QC System, allowing more NMSU Responders to be involved in a referral, and providing faculty with a history of their referrals that they may view at any time. 
  • Campus Tutoring has Moved: The Campus Tutoring Service has moved to a new office on the 2nd floor of Corbett Center. Higher visibility of available services has increased traffic with students seeking tutoring in biology, statistics, accounting, chemistry, and engineering within the first week of classes beginning. All tutors are undergraduate students who have received an A or B in the courses they tutor. 
  • Student Employment Fair: Career Services hosted a Student Employment Fair on Wednesday, August 26. 19 approved work-study employers recruited students for employment opportunities in their respective offices. Approximately 400 students participated in the event.

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Student Entrepreneurship Initiative in Mexico: Two Arrowhead staff, Jorge Ramos and Griselda Martinez, traveled to Mexico to listen to business pitches by 50 students competing for investment funds and entrepreneurial assistance, the latter to be provided by Arrowhead on the campus of New Mexico State University (NMSU).
  • Arrowhead Company Selected for National Water Technology Entrepreneurship program: Remote Well Solutions, which produces fully automated, off-grid water pumping systems that allow ranchers to reduce costs related to time, fuel, water and maintenance has been selected for the Village Capital Water US 2015 program. Remote Well Solutions is one of 12 companies from around the United States – including three from New Mexico – selected. The program aims to support entrepreneurs in addressing global water insecurity issues through technology and will last for six months. Read the NMSU Press Release at the link below

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11344/investment-company-selects-arrowhead-supported-business-for-competitive-program.

  • Arrowhead Startups selected for student Marketing Research Project: This week Arrowhead Technology Incubator received notice that four of their clients have been selected as participant companies for MKTG 310: MARKETING RESEARCH. This class provides students with directed learning experience in a semester long market research project for a real company. The students also provide much needed service and quality market research to budding companies of NMSU students, and faculty.
  • Studio G Networking Hour: Studio G resumed its “Networking Hour” on Friday, which was attended by 18 students. Networking Hour provides aspiring student entrepreneurs a chance to meet others who are or are interested in starting businesses. This week’s event kicked off the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series—MIT’s 24-step curriculum for starting a business—covering how to determine your company’s target market, first niche and your ideal customer.

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • University Research Officer Charter Adviser Roundtable: Vimal Chaitanya participated in University Research Officer Charter Adviser Roundtable with Education Advisory Board (EB) along with 24 other research officers from different institutions across US and Canada in Washington, DC. Top five issues facing Vice Presidents for Research were identified as (1) growing research funding, (2) partnering with Industry, (3) financing research infrastructure, (4) managing compliance, and (5) BPR leadership role.
  • International Test and Evaluation Symposium: Pat Hynes presented the Frameworks for Spaceport Operations at the International Test and Evaluation Symposium (ITEA) in Arlington, Virginia.  This database is housed on the NMSU Digital Library collection site http://contentdm.nmsu.edu, this is the only collection of its kind.  The community expressed great interest in this work. We have received another $51,000 to continue this research.
  • Visitors to NMSU: The Office of Research Development organized visit of Drs. Steve Buelow and Andree Jacobson from New Mexico Consortium (NMC) to NMSU on Thursday, August 27, to discuss high-performance computing needs at NMSU. Dr. Buelow is the NMC Director, and Dr. Jacobson is their Chief Information Officer.  Faculty/staff participated in the meeting. Discussion was centered on  (1) NMSU’s current needs and capabilities for high-performance computing, (2)  future needs (3-7 years out), (3) possible ways for the NMC and the NMC universities to share resources,  and (4) new programs/research/classes that  could be started if the NMSU had access to the right capabilities.   
  • Faculty Publication: Luis Vazquez published a chapter entitled, “Ethnicity” in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence defining the term, describing its process of development and the impact of social cultural historical experiences on ethnicity.  It can be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483346267.n109.
  • Various Projects: This week NM WRRI submitted final reports to the U.S.  Geological Survey for two multiyear international projects, one with Ethiopia and one with Iraq. These projects were led by NMSU Agricultural Economics Professor Frank Ward and included research efforts by several graduate students. The projects resulted in several workshops, two masters theses, and nearly a dozen journal publications. The NM WRRI will prepare a report that summarizes the projects, along with another similar project that concluded in July 2015 that involved Afghanistan.

 

Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Scholarships: Thirteen new scholarships have been established since June 1.
  • Foundation Board Meeting: The next Foundation board meeting is scheduled for September 17-19, 2015.
  • First Year Walk: The Alumni Relations Office and volunteers from the Mesilla Valley Alumni Chapter helped cheer on new Aggies at the Miller Gates during the Crimson Kickoff- 1st Year Walk event.
  • Take a Break!: The first Crimson Colleagues Faculty and Staff Campaign “Take a Break!”  event was a huge success.  Over 200 faculty and staff members enjoyed ice cream and great conversations about giving back to NMSU. Posters and flyers were provided to attendees to promote the new campaign.
  • Award: Received $250,000 from the estate of Joe Nakayama to support the current professorship in the College of ACES.

 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Inaugural Student-Athlete Welcome Back Ice Cream Social: Athletics held our Inaugural Student-Athlete Welcome Back Ice Cream Social at the Pan Am on Sunday, August 23. There were over 350 student-athletes and staff. Coaches and staff were introduced and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president gave a short speech.
  • Stuff the Stadium: Had the fourth Stuff the Stadium reporting session with the committee members at the Game last week. To date, the committee has sold 11,897 tickets to the home opener football game against Georgia State. There are about 4,089 tickets remaining.
  • Live Chat: Conducted a live internet chat session with Crimson Country and New Mexico State Athletic Fan Chat Board. I took and answered questions for an hour on multiple athletic related topics.
  • Women’s Soccer: Attended the women’s soccer match vs. UNM at the NM State Soccer Athletic Complex. We set an all-time attendance record of 2005 fans. We were just $70 from an all-time revenue record set in our first home game against UTEP. 
  • Inaugural Football Kickoff Event: Hosted the Inaugural Football Kickoff Event at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. There were 200 Aggie donors and supporters in attendance. Head Football Coach Doug Martin and I spoke to the crowd about the football program. I also talked about the importance of game attendance and Aggie Athletic Club (AAC) membership. There was a lot of energy and excitement amongst the crowd.

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: The station has partnered with the media department at Las Cruces High School to be a participant in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Project. KRWG will assist the students in writing, shooting and editing. This marks the first time a New Mexico school has been a part of this national program.
  • News: Carrie Jung from KJZZ in Tempe, Arizona, interviewed Stephanie Walker, Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences about the chile harvest. We anticipate that the story will be picked up by NPR’s national program. 
  • Sports Information: The team began the 2015-16 athletic season starting with NM State soccer at home and volleyball on the road. The Wednesday, August 26, soccer game against New Mexico at the Soccer Athletic Complex drew 2,005 fans, smashing the program record. Volleyball is off to a 3-1 start for the season.
  • Web Communications: The latest version of the WordPress theme was released. We worked with the College of Education to update their sites to the new templates. In collaboration with ICT, the maps.nmsu.edu application was released. The application is receiving positive comments from campus. It features a mobile friendly interface and provides a list of buildings (with abbreviations, images and descriptions), dining locations, residence halls, computer labs, wireless locations, Aggie transit locations and parking.

 

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • September 18-Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee-Las Cruces
    Barbara Hubbard Room, NMSU
    http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/agendas/TSROCagesept18.15.pdf

    • President or his designate:  Welcoming Remarks
    • Overview of NMSU health related programs
      • Dean Donna Wagner
    • Update on Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Tobacco Use Trends and Impact on Public Health Costs
      • Joseph Tomaka, NMSU
    • NMSU Cancer Research Update
      • Mary O’Connell, NMSU

 

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

  • Chile Promotions: The taste and aroma of the Mesilla Valley was transported to Washington, DC.  Staff promoted New Mexico green chile while the NMSU alumni DC chapter and the New Mexico Society each organized events around the promotion, making this one of the most successful “Chile Promotions” in the DC area. Many long time New Mexicans, converted New Mexicans and want to be New Mexicans enjoyed “Getting Their Fix” of one of our signature crops!  Three tons of green chile were roasted on site by NMDA staff for the 2015 NMSU Washington DC Alumni Chapter Chile Roast.

Chile Promotions 1   Chile Promotions 2

  • USDA Federal Seed School: Staff attended the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Seed School. 
  • After Action Meeting: An After Action Meeting (AAM) regarding the Gold King/Animas River Incident DOC activation was held.  Discussed actions taken and how to change/improve for future events.

 

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 57 police reports created, 13 supplements filed, and 47 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 23 items of evidence and fingerprinted 29 people.  The Special Events staff worked a total of 75.25 hours and reviewed six events for safety and security planning.  Staff hired 24 Security Officers this week as they continue to interview additional candidates.  Events that took place which required Security were the PAC Volleyball, UNM Soccer, Greek Night Soccer, and the Jason Aldean Concert.  Victim Services Staff assisted four victims which consisted of three on-campus and one off campus.  Cases included assisting victims with safety plans, case details and updates, hearing details, and continued support.
  • Crowed Manager Training – Chief Lopez provided Crowd Manager training to over 20 people from local churches to help them prepare for and deal with emergencies.
  • Coordination with Other Agencies – Chief Lopez and Deputy Chief Bowen had several meetings with other agencies to coordinate investigations and to discuss joint projects.
  • Preparation for Football Season – The department continues to prepare for the 2015 Aggie Football Season.  Changes this year will include bag checks at all entrances to help ensure safety, as well as an additional egress path for holders of Lot A and Lot B permits after the games.  In addition, an off-site Unified Command location has been identified for use in the event the stadium has to be evacuated.
  • Assistance to Other Agencies – Several members of the department continue to assist the FBI, BATFE, and local agencies with the investigation into the church bombings and the plethora of suspicious devices and bomb threats.  The explosive detection teams continue to be used on a daily basis in support of the larger community.  In addition, the department’s personnel continue to work leads and support the investigation in a variety of ways.

 

Interim President, NMSU-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Student Organization Day: New Mexico State University Alamogordo held its annual Student Organization Day on August 25. Student organizations that participated were PTK, Allied Health Association, Native American Student Group, Social Science Club, Stem Club, Student Veterans Association and LULAC. This activity gives organizations an opportunity to speak with students who are interested in joining one of the organizations supported by our campus.
  • Meet and Greet: On Thursday, August 27 the NMSU-A Student Services held a Mentor/Mentee meet and greet event. The program is designed to team students with a faculty or staff mentor as the first point of contact for students who may need college life or academic assistance. The faculty and staff volunteers are involved in the program to help with retention and completion rates leading to student success. 
  • Lunch Meeting: Interim President Van Winkle and Alamogordo community leaders visited Holloman Air Force Base at the request of Major General Thomas H. Deale and Robert E. Colonel Kiebler for an informal lunch meeting to discuss the role of the community college in the support of servicemen and women who are stationed at Holloman. Major General Deale is the Combat Command Director of Operations and Colonel Kiebler is the 49th Wing Commander. 

 

President, NMSU-Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • Welcome to Campus: The NMSU Carlsbad campus conducted its “Welcome to Campus” activities during the week of August 24 – 28.  The ASNMSU Student Officers presented informational programs to students and a variety of lunches were provided on Monday through Thursday.   The events were well-attended and all participants enjoyed the interaction.
  • Customer Service Seminar: NMSU Carlsbad began interactions with Intrepid Potash Company regarding the establishment of an “Effective Customer Service” seminar which would be held on the NMSU Carlsbad campus. The initial meeting took place on Wednesday, August 26 with NMSU Carlsbad and Intrepid representatives attending.  Additional discussions are being planned to further develop and implement the program which would be aimed at enhancing customer service practices and enhancing communication processes.
  • Dale Carnegie Program: The NMSU Carlsbad President has been working with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce in preparing for an upcoming Dale Carnegie program.  The program will be offered at NMSU Carlsbad on Wednesday nights for three consecutive weeks and the planned activities entail a broad series of topics related to issues and concerns encountered in the workplace.
  • WIPP Leadership Academy: NMSU Carlsbad hosted the graduation ceremonies for Cohort Five of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) Leadership Academy on Friday, August 28.  The ceremony attracted representatives from WIPP and NMSU Carlsbad and a large number of family members of the graduates attended.

 

President, NMSU-Dona Ana Community College, Dr. Renay Scott

  • Art Benefit: DACC hosted their first benefit to highlight the more than 250 piece permanent art collection. More than 80 people from the community and the community college attended and raised $1,400 toward the art endowment. The show featured the recent acquisition of the Royce Rein collection.
  • Reorganization: Monica Torres has called for committees for two dean searches based on DACC reorganization: one for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and one for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. The reorganization was recommended in the last HLC accreditation visit.
  • Dance, Meet, Greet, Eat: A new celebration of students, faculty, staff, parents and families of DACC was held on Friday and included 100 attendees. Dance moves, seldom seen before, were on display at the event.

 

President, NMSU-Grants, Dr. Felicia Casados

  • Community College Round Up: NMSU Grants is hosting this year’s community college Round Up scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2015; theme is ‘Rounding Up Best Practices’.   Registration fee is $80 for both days.  Guest tickets are available for $35 for the Friday evening dinner at Sky City Casino/Hotel near Grants.  NM Higher Education Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron is tentatively scheduled to open the first session at 1 pm on Friday, October 2.
  • NMSU Grants Convocation: NMSU Grants Fall 2015 Convocation was held Friday, August 28 and included an overview of campus department updates as well as a capital outlay update how $1,300,000 in State Higher Education General Bonds will impact campus renovation projects in upcoming few months.
  • Native Peoples Concepts of Health & Illness Exhibit: On Wednesday, September 16 from 9 am – 3 pm, NMSU Grants will host a special exhibit “Native Peoples Concepts of Health & Illness” in collaboration with the UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center in the college’s Cyber Café located in Martinez Hall.

 

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Welcome Back Concert: The Hawthorne Heights Welcome Back Concert was a huge success with 2,200 students in attendance on Friday night!
  • Senate Fall Elections: Packets are released this week for students who are interested in running in the Fall Elections for open Senate seats. 
  • Classroom Visits: We’ve been visiting multiple UNIV 150 and ENGL 111 classes to inform students of all the services ASNMSU provides.

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