Activity Report August 25 – August 31


Thirty six undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in natural resource courses offered by the Range Science program at NMSU attended the summer tour of the New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management on Friday, August 24. The tour included visits to a number of sites on the Agua Chiquita grazing allotment in the Lincoln National Forest. Students were able to gain hands-on experience with riparian conservation and management projects. They had a unique opportunity to interact with ranchers and natural resource professionals from the US Forest Service and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service – most of whom graduated from NMSU with a Range Science degree- to learn about the science and art of harmonizing animal agriculture and natural resource conservation in New Mexico.  Most of the students attending the tour are enrolled in Rangeland Resource Management, Rangeland Resource Ecology, and Arid Land Plant-Animal Interactions this semester.

The NMSU AFROTC had their first class this week and their first Leadership Lab, aka “Lead Lab.” We would like to welcome their 55 new cadets, including the 10 cross-town cadets from UTEP.

The NMSU ARMY ROTC welcomed all of their new cadets with a BBQ and Award Ceremony! Congrats to all scholarship, leadership, and athlete award winners.

CREATIVE MEDIA INSTITUTE (CMI) Visiting Faculty Member Evan Curtis recently won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Award at the 2018 NM Filmmakers Showcase for his film SATURN RETURN.  He also has a short documentary about his dog screening in two festivals, The Bow Wow Film Festival and The Dog Film Festival – both of which are traveling festivals that use each screening to raise money for local animal shelter, SPCA, and various pet adoption groups.

CMI faculty member Sherwin Lau won Best Music Video at the 2018 NM Filmmakers Showcase for his work on the music video for “Happy Song,” by the band Ruse of Fools.

Anthropology Professor Emerita Christine Eber has a new novel – When a Woman Rises – that will be launched September 28.

Tad Conner (Department of Government) has been invited by the National Bureau of Economic Research to participate in a planning session to establish a national and international network dedicated to the economic advancement of Indigenous peoples. The meeting will take place on November 8, 2018, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the recent Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) conference in Singapore, Tim Query completed his duties as Vice-President of Operations & Finance and began his term as President of the academic organization for 2018-2019.  APRIA was created in 1997 to provide a means for all persons and entities with an interest in risk management, insurance, actuarial science, and related areas to share ideas and to engage in collaborative research for the ultimate benefit of the insurance industry.  APRIA is international, drawing members from throughout the world, but particularly from Asia-Pacific countries.

The CSPAN network’s Cities Tour recently filmed a series of segments for its Book TV and American History TV programs featuring Las Cruces. Included was a stop in the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections to learn about the political and cultural history of the area. Staff members Martha Andrews, Matt Friedberg and Dennis Daily participated in interviews on the role of women in New Mexico’s history, and the manuscript collections of New Mexico senators Albert Bacon Fall and Pete V. Domenici.

Honors College Ambassadors  Honors College GAs Ana Cardenas and Yael Cano-Gonzalez held a training and orientation for the Honors College Ambassadors on Tuesday. Our Ambassadors assist us in doing outreach in the community, especially in the local schools, and host events in the Honors College and at our freshmen Living Learning Community in Garcia Hall. Veteran Ambassadors Elyssia Forbes, Lupita Ochoa, and Katelyn LaPage are joined by newcomers Abby Kane, Kim Pestovich, Kaylee Benegas, and Paulina Galarza. Our accomplished group include majors in engineering, communication disorders, education, pre-med, art, and genetics. We are so pleased to have such great advocates for the Honors College.


Debug Club Clinic Repairs Student Computers in HJLC ICT Student Technology & Planning partnered with The DACC Debug Club to host a diagnostic and repair clinic at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Wireless Lounge from Aug. 28 to Aug.30. The Debug Club fundraising event provided a wide variety of services to students and staff, including system diagnostics, virus/malware removal, hardware repairs, and LCD replacement. The Debug Club can normally be found in DAEM 119 at the DACC East Mesa campus.

New Residence Hall Construction on the New Residence Hall is under way. Construction began in March of 2018 and first on the agenda was preparing the site for the new facility. After the ground prep, the basement (which is the lowest point of the site) began to be constructed. Shortly after, the project began to move at a steady pace. The infrastructure for the new facility, such as the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC began to be installed. After the infrastructure was installed preparations for the foundation began and the 1st floor pad has started to take form.

The NMSU Office of Alumni Relations partnered with interested alumni who wanted to host two events before the NMSU vs. Minnesota football game on Thursday, August 30. The events, including a meet and greet on Wednesday and a tailgate before the game on Thursday, drew in dozens of dedicated Aggie fans. Despite the loss, alumni had a blast reconnecting with fellow Aggies rarely visited in this part of the country.

The Corporate Foundation Relations (CFR) team worked with the Halliburton Foundation, which has awarded $19,000 to the College of Engineering to continue its support of the Women in Engineering Learning Community (WELCome). The program connects first-year women engineering students with mentors and resources for student success.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, in partnership with CFR, has awarded $5,000 to Studio G to provide updated software/technology, display materials, portable tables, chairs and promotional items, so entrepreneurs at 16 sites can display their ideas.

A two-time Aggie alumnus started his first-ever scholarship to benefit Aggie Pathway students who transfer from NMSU-Doña Ana Community College to NMSU-Las Cruces. The scholarship, inspired for his daughter, awards to female, Hispanic students who declare a major in a STEM program.

International and Border Programs (IBP) hosted new and returning international students to the annual Welcome Back Lunch that took place on the lawn next to Breland Hall.  This event kicked off the Fall 2018 semester for the international students (and a few internationally minded U.S. students) who had a chance to catch up with each other on what they did over the summer break.  About 140 students attended and enjoyed delicious pizza and cookies provided by International Student and Scholar Services.  The Interim Associate Provost for International and Border Programs was also present and took that opportunity to mingle and chat with everyone there. It was a great way to kick off the semester and welcome our international Aggies back to campus!

The Confucius Institute at New Mexico State University welcomed three new Chinese teachers this fall semester. This week we participated in the Languages and Linguistics “Welcome Back Picnic,” the New Faculty Orientation, and began dual enrollment Chinese classes off-site at Centennial and Onate High Schools in Las Cruces.


Marketing Services and Web Communications   We are excited to kick off the 2019 academic year with new advertisements on billboards, in malls, airports, and on social media featuring the new tagline: BE BOLD. Shape the Future.

KRWG    The Special Productions Unit (AggieVision) covered the football home opener against Wyoming.  AggieVision shot footage for future highlights and promos.  Eight of AggieVision’s student employees were hired by ESPN for the day to assist with their national broadcast.

KRWG shot a special episode of “Newsmakers” featuring the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Howie Morales.  Leading up to the November election, KRWG will produce various forums and interviews with candidates as part of our mission to inform the electorate.  For many in our viewing area, programs on KRWG Public Media are the only way they can learn about the platforms of various political candidates.

On Friday, August 24, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council # 8095, a community organization, awarded four $400.00 scholarships to currently enrolled students of NMSU-Alamogordo. The Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME) Program through the Mexican Consulate from El Paso, Texas, matched dollar for dollar with LULAC to offer the scholarships to GED and ESL students, currently enrolled NMSU-A students or high school students in language programs. Congratulations to scholarship recipients Gerardo Sariañana, Roxanne Rosales, Ariana Cardiel, and Ashley Cuevas.

On Friday, August 24, Sherrell Wheeler led a session of “Computer Boot Camp.” The camp is for first time students taking online courses, as well as face-to-face students whose instructors use Canvas in their course.  Sherrell’s Boot Camp team included NMSU-Alamogordo instructors Noel Romero, Kim Lopez-Gallagher, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Rob Klinger, and Beth Grundhoffer.  Along with their new-found knowledge of Canvas, the participants enjoyed lunch and had the opportunity to win door prizes.  Thank you to the faculty members who made sure the camp was a success and also thank you to Administrative Assistant Dona Sennett.

On Monday, August 27, Jonle Sedar from the Centro Panomericano de Idiomas (CPI) stopped by to chat with the students about studying abroad.  Ms. Sedar gave a power-point presentation about this wonderful opportunity as well as making materials available to the students.  The students were very happy to have the chance to look into the educational possibilities studying abroad might offer.


Crimson Entrepreneur Program  Arrowhead Center team members Dr. Kramer Winingham and Dr. Ed Pines presented a new program called Crimson Entrepreneurs to the Associate Deans Academic Council (ADAC) this week. Theprogram will provide a comprehensive list of entrepreneurship and innovation courses across campus to increase student awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities at NMSU. Students completing entrepreneurship and innovation courses at NMSU will be automatically enrolled in the Crimson Entrepreneur program. Crimson Entrepreneurs will receive exclusive certificates & distinctions upon graduation, updates about how to complete the minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, funding opportunities, internships, events, and a shared workspace at Studio G – NMSU’s student business accelerator.

Studio G Networking Hour  On Wednesday, Studio G held its first networking hour of the semester, focusing on pricing strategies. The Studio G weekly networking hour provides students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and the principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events


This week the NM WRRI issued the August 2018 edition of the New Mexico Water eNews. The online newsletter included an article on NMSU PhD student Galathara Lekamlage Chathurika Lakshani Bandara who received a 2018 NM WRRI Student Water Research Grant. Bandara is working under the advisement of Dr. Pei Xu and Dr. Nirmalakhandan, both with the Civil Engineering Department. Bandara is using the grant to study the feasibility of recovering potable-quality water from wastewater through an innovative combination of three methodologies. Read about the project and learn about other important water information by viewing the August New Mexico Water eNews here.

NM FAST Grant Arrowhead received notice that the SBA awarded a continuation of the NM FAST grant for $125,000. This program provides free proposal development assistance for New Mexico companies applying for SBIR/STTR funding. The NM FAST team facilitates statewide workshops, creates SBIR/STTR resources, and provides extensive assistance and support to small businesses. The continuation of this award will also support the DoD SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit, held this December in Albuquerque. Since October 2015, NM FAST has assisted 107 small businesses, held 38 workshops/events attended by over 800 individuals, posted 83 videos on YouTube, and sent 12 companies to SBIR/STTR conferences.


In true CES style, volunteers, county agents, and a specialist cooperated to organize and deliver educational programs at the 5th Annual Rio Chama Equine Expo in Abiquiu, New Mexico, on August 25. The event continues to grow, and it attracts a large crowd of equine enthusiasts with over 120 attending this year. Participating organizations include US Forest Service, Healing Americas Heroes, Not Forgotten Outreach and WHOA. This event not only provides basic horsemanship and equine care training, but it also raises awareness of issues concerning environmental stewardship, military veteran therapy programs, and the cultural role of the horse in NM history. Talented clinicians in their field volunteered to guide attendees with concise tips on becoming a better equine owner and rider. This day proves that the Western way of life has not been forgotten. We look forward to more successful collaborations between our land-grant university and the people of NM!

Dean Hoffman and Casaus met with COB alums, Kevin Jameson (‘02) and Gabe Jensen (‘02) BA Business Administration August 30 in Bernalillo.  Jameson and Jensen are CO-Owners of Bosque Brewery in New Mexico.  Jameson and Jensen gave Dean Hoffman and Casaus a tour of their newly opened fifth location, which opened July 30 in Bernalillo.  The two business alums also have two locations each in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

Dean Jim Hoffman, Kevin Jameson, Gabe Jensen inside Bosque Brewery Bernalillo location


Thanks to Carlo Mora and Erin Blaugrund for attending a meeting with a prospective employer at the offices of the Borderplex Alliance.  If the employer comes to the area, there would be positions for people with management, marketing, and information systems backgrounds.

Beto Pallares, Sheriff Chair in Entrepreneurship, recently participated in the Contrary Capital Demo Day in San Francisco. Contrary Capital is a seed fund that backs university entrepreneurs.  The efforts funds like these are making could lead to benefit for the NMSU community, as funding could incentivize student entrepreneurship.  In addition to attending the Demo Day, Dr. Pallares met with Shomit Ghose, a veteran in the investing world whose interest is in finding ways to give back, particularly when it impacts immigrants and populations where there are those who are first in their families to attend college.  We hope to arrange a visit by Shomit to NMSU in the future to explore common interests.

The Aggies took on the University of Wyoming Cowboys in football on Saturday evening. The game  was broadcast on ESPN2 for the first time since 2007 which appears in 80,000,000 homes around the country.  While the Aggies lost the game 29-7 we recorded over 20,000 fans the highest student attendance since 2006 for a non UNM/UTEP game.

Men’s basketball held their 6th Man social event in the men’s basketball offices on Monday!  The 6th Man club is for individuals and corporations who directly support the Aggie men’s basketball program.

Football traveled to the University of Minnesota for a Thursday night football game which was aired on National TV via the Big 10 Network.  A pregame tailgate party of 60 people highlighted the event with former women’s basketball players, former football players and Jim Snee ’89 NM State alum who is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hormel Foods!

Land Grant Committee Presentation  On Tuesday, the Arrowhead team presented to the Interim Land Grant Committee of the State of New Mexico at the Tecolote Community Center in Tecolote, New Mexico. At this meeting Arrowhead Director, Kathy Hansen and staff, Amanda Bradford and Carlos Murguia provided an overview presentation on Arrowhead Center programs. During this meeting specific emphasis was placed on discussion of Arrowhead’s youth entrepreneurship program Innoventure, which is run in communities across the state, and the launch of Arrowhead’s Community Entrepreneurship Program which provides education and support to entrepreneurs in New Mexico’s rural communities. Speaking before this committee provided a great opportunity to forge collaborations for education and economic development in the state.

NMDA Director Jeff Witte attended the New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference in Albuquerque. The SWBFPEPC is the coordinating entity for this conference. The conference was well attended (with over 400 participants registered) and contained various breakout sessions applicable to department operations under ESF-11. While allowing worthwhile networking with various other emergency response partners.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (right) presented the first-ever Agriculture and Food Emergency Management Appreciation Award to Joe Kenmore Tuesday. Kenmore, Lincoln County New Mexico Emergency Services Director, received the award during the 2018 New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference in Albuquerque.

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