Activity Report August 30-September 5

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Governor’s Conference on Higher Education: I will be participating in the Governor’s Conference on Higher Education on Wednesday.  I have been invited to join Secretary Barbara Damron to co-chair a break out group on articulation and transfer modules.  As I have reported before, all of higher education must solve the articulation (course transfer) issues, to include developing a common taxonomy and course content for all freshmen and sophomore courses that will transfer for degree completion at 4 year programs.  In addition, the summit will have breakout sessions on improving and reforming public education, improving two and four year graduation rates, models for remediation, using meta majors to better place students, meeting the needs of New Mexico’s workforce, and building an employment and entrepreneur pipeline for our state. 
  • Property Discussions: Our communications continue with interested parties who wish to build a hotel on NMSU property adjacent to the Las Cruces Convention Center.  The discussions slowed until we hired Scott Eschenbrenner to assume the duties of the CEO for Aggie Development, Inc.  In addition, Scott and others are participating in an engineering study regarding how best to develop NMSU properties off of the main campus for commercial purposes.  The land where the old Golf Clubhouse and State Police Buildings stood is prime real estate. 
  • 2015 Domenici Conference: Please remember that the Domenici Conference is scheduled for September 16 and 17 at the Las Cruces Conference Center.  Great program.  There is no charge for students and the rest of us pay $50 for the best policy conference in this region.  Please join us.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Charlie Nutt Visit: Charlie Nutt, the Executive Director of the National Academic Advising Association spent two days on campus at the beginning of the week, working with all our academic advisors, but focusing especially on training the Student Success Navigators.  I had the pleasure of observing Dr. Nutt interact with our Student Success Navigators, and it was clearly a transformative experience for all.  Dr. Nutt’s enthusiasm for the program and the quality of the Navigators was confirmed in an exit interview I had with him on Tuesday.
  • Rhodes Scholarship Mock Interview: It was a great pleasure to participate in the mock interviews of Lindsay Redman, who is applying for a Rhodes Scholarship. Lindsay is a 4.0 student from Espanola, New Mexico, who has been heavily involved in biomedical research while a student at NMSU.  In 2013, Lindsay won a Barry Goldwater Scholarship.  This summer, Lindsay participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, working in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Schreiber and Dr. Anneke Kramm at the Broad Institute, a joint biomedical research collaboration between MIT and Harvard.  I was especially grateful, that Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Barbara Damron took time out of her busy schedule to travel to Las Cruces and participate in one of the mock interviews.
  • Ruffalo Noel Levitz Visit: Two representatives of Ruffalo Noel Levitz spent two days on the NMSU Las Cruces campus studying our recruitment and retention efforts and offering their assessment of our opportunities in this area.  The bottom line is that there is much we are doing well, but there are many areas in which opportunities for improvement exist.  I will be working with the College Deans and the top administrators of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to improve communication and coordination between academic affairs and student affairs, areas that are critical to our recruitment and retention efforts.

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

Dr. Jim Libbin

Animal and Range Science

  • Award Recipient: Laura White, assistant professor of animal science (equine science) received the National North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Early Career Outstanding Teacher Award for 2015. 

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Raised Garden BedsRaised Garden Beds: Luna County Cooperative Extension agent Jack Blandford joined together with Luna County Master Gardener, Dorian Dopson, and the Mayor of Columbus, Phillip Skinner to build raised garden beds. The garden beds will be used for a community garden to help the people eat healthy by adding fresh vegetables to their meals.  With the help of Cooperative Extension Service, the community plans to build a total of 28 raised beds.


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

  • Coffee with the Deans: Aerospace Studies and Military Science hosted the first “Coffee with the Deans” of the new academic year. Faculty from across the college gathered for breakfast burritos in Young Hall and welcomed new and returning faculty.
  • NMSU Alumni: Patrick Knapp visited NMSU Alumni in Houston and San Antonio, Texas. We heard great stories about our faculty, who inspired and encouraged students—Walter Zakahi (Communication Studies) and Ray Sadler (History) were identified as great mentors who encouraged struggling students to stay in school. The widow of one of our Alumni received matching funds to fully endow a scholarship in her husband’s name—the Daniel Perry Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Excellence in Research Rally: Physics professors Stephen Pate, Vassilios Papavassiliou, and Xizorong Wang were featured in the Excellence in Research Rally sponsored by the Vice-President for Research.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Classroom Guest Speaker: Scott Maloney, CEO and Co-Founder of Seed Worthy, the makers of BowTie, spoke with students in the Small Business Consulting Class.  Maloney spoke with students about his experiences as an entrepreneur and consultant working with both Fortune 500 companies as well as startups.  The Small Business Consulting Class, taught by me this semester, provides students an opportunity to draw upon previous experiences and education to apply various business concepts and analytical tools to complex problems and issues in organizational settings.
  • Marketing Department Head: Pat Gavin has decided to step down as Department Head of Marketing effective Wednesday, September 2.  Pat will focus his attention on directing the PGA Golf Management program which he has very successfully directed for many years. Please join me in thanking Pat for his service as Marketing Department Head for the past two years.
    After consulting with the Marketing Department a decision has been made to have Professor Nancy Oretskin serve as the Interim Department Head of Marketing beginning on September 3.  Nancy is teaching four courses this semester, thus she will be balancing a heavy teaching load with the department head position over the next few months.  Nancy’s home department will remain the Department of Finance while she serves as the Interim Department Head of Marketing. Please join me in welcoming Nancy to her new position.
  • Ambassador Guest Speaker: Jennifer Sandoval, co-owner and operator of R. Hines Construction Company came to speak with the college Ambassadors on Wed., Sept. 2.  She is an alumna of NMSU, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management.  Sandoval went on to start a health and fitness business called InnerBalance in the spring of 1999.  She spoke to the students about her experiences, advised them about key attributes that employers seek and the importance of networking.
  • The College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis

  • Research Funding: Karin Wiburg and the Math STEM Group received a $3 million grant to continue to design and research math games and media from the National Science Foundation.  

Curriculum & Instruction Department

  • Faculty/Staff Awards: The Excellence in Research award was received by Dr. Michelle Salazar Perez and the Excellence for Non-Exempt Staff was received by Grace Martinez.
  • Educators Rising: Educators Rising is establishing a student chapter at NMSU.  They are currently creating the Educators Rising NM website and Educators Rising NM Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Please visit the website at, and Facebook and Twitter accounts at @edrisingnm.

Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

  • Enrollment Trends: Alliance is currently working with a local media representative with information about teacher education program enrollment trends.

Educational Leadership & Administration Department

  • Stories of Champions: Azadeh Osanloo has been chosen for recognition at the Stories of Champions dinner on September 30. The celebration is hosted by KRWG and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to honor those in our community who are making a difference in local education.
  • Proposed Bachelors Degree: The proposal for a new undergraduate Educational Leadership major under the Bachelors of Science in Education degree was introduced on Thursday in the first Faculty Senate meeting of the semester. The legislation was assigned to committee and will be discussed and voted on in October.


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Patent Application: Nasser Khazeni, Ph.D. candidate in chemical and materials engineering, along with coworkers, applied for a provisional patent on the synthesis of a new subclass of metal-organic frameworks based on a zeolitic imidazolate framework with prominent selectivities to separate CO2 from gas mixtures and adsorption capacities to store CO2.  Khazeni (entrepreneurial lead), Terry Lombard (mentor), and Assistant Professor Reza Foudazi (principal investigator) were awarded $50,000 in funding from National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to systematically pursue marketing of this product.
  • Hot Dog Extravaganza: The College of EngineeringHot Dog Extravaganza served nearly 1,100 hot dogs to engineering students, faculty and staff for the Annual Aggie Welcome Back Weenie Roast. The event was hosted by Engineers’ Council and student organizations were on hand to meet with fellow students.
  • Robotics Kick-off: New Mexico BEST Robotics hosted 28 schools from across New Mexico, west Texas, and central Arizona to the kick-off of this year’s BEST Robotics Competition.  The competition is focused around robotic applications in the mining industry.  Students will be challenged with building a robot to collect various ore commodities as well as ore samples.  The participating teams are given six weeks to design and build their respective robots before the final competition, which will take place at the NMSU Activity Center.  More than 50 engineering students volunteered throughout the weekend to prepare robotics kits, host presentations, build the game field, and welcome the middle and high school students to NMSU.
  • Graduate Student Awards: Civil engineering Ph.D. candidate Lu Lin is the recipient of the 2015-2016 NMSU Outstanding Graduate Assistantship Award, 2015 National Institute of Water Resources Powell Region Conference Award, and 2015 New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute Student Water Research Grant. Her adviser id Assistant Professor Pei Xu.
  • STEM Initiative: As this academic year begins, the NMSU College of Engineering is among 20 higher education institutions welcoming incoming students in a unique way as part of a national STEM initiative called #uifresh (University Innovation Freshmen). Through this initiative, participating institutions are exposing incoming freshmen to design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation in order to attract and retain more students in STEM disciplines. The initiative was created by the University Innovation Fellows, a national student organization, to combat STEM attrition in the United States. New Mexico State University was among the first cohort of 12 universities from across the country selected to take part in the National Science Foundation’s Pathways to Innovation program in 2014. The program is co-lead by College of Engineering Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan and Industrial Engineering Department Head Ed Pines.
    STEM Initiative


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

  • White Coat CeremonyWhite Coat Ceremony: The School of Nursing held the BSN Assembly and White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, August 17 to kick off the fall semester.  More than 340 BSN students participated.

School of Social Work

  • Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association: Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome, Associate Professor, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), an international organization of over 4,500 members worldwide. EAGALA was formed in 1999 by a licensed clinical social worker and provides certification for advanced mental health professionals and equine specialists to work in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL). Dr. Whittlesey-Jerome also received $8,200.00 in funding from the American Quarter Horse Association Foundation for a training grant to strengthen the fidelity of design and methods for future clinical trials of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. The training is scheduled to coincide with Veterans Week at NMSU.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Published Article: Public Health Sciences Adjunct Professor Dr. Mai Oushy, Associate Professor Dr. Rebecca Palacios, and colleagues published their article “To Share or Not to Share-A Survey of Biomedical Researchers in the U.S. Southwest, an Ethnically Diverse Region”.  The article was published in PLOS ONE, a peer reviewed journal and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by transforming research communication.
  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Membership Committee: Susan Wilson, Associate Professor, was just appointed to the Membership Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a section organization of the American Anthropological Association. NAPA strives to promote the practice of anthropology, both within the discipline and among private, public, and nonprofit organizations.

CHSS Development

  • Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning and Engagement: Jennifer Cervantes, Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning and Engagement, will be leaving NMSU for the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico where she will serve as Vice-President for Community Philanthropy. During her tenure in the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS), Jennifer built an infrastructure of philanthropy, outreach, engagement, and stewardship. “Jennifer has been an amazing addition to the College and we will miss her energy and creativity,” shared Dr. Donna Wagner, Dean of the College of Health and Social Services. “Since she arrived at CHSS, her work has increased our community engagement reach and fund raising abilities…and we have had a lot more fun.”  Jennifer said, “These last four years have been rewarding, enlightening, and meaningful. I have developed incredible relationships and worked alongside some of the best professionals I have ever known all while affecting important change in our community. We have made great strides in the last four years and I am confident that these initiatives will continue under the supportive guidance of whoever is lucky enough to take on this role.”


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • The Stories Cookbooks Tell: The New Mexico State University Library will host an event called “The Stories Cookbooks Tell” on Thursday, September 24. The panel discussion will dive into an exploration of the stories that cookbooks tell, beyond the tastes they bring to the table. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus. The panel discussion will cover the changing nature of cookbooks, the research needed for culinary writing and the unique cookbook collection housed at the NMSU Library. Panelists for the program are Dr. Elizabeth Titus, NMSU Library Dean; Dave DeWitt, author, food historian, and library donor; Kelly Urig, filmmaker and author; Kelley Coffeen, cookbook author and Assistant Dean for Advancement at the NMSU College of Education.
  • Latin American Materials Project Award: The New Mexico State University Library has received notification of a project award in the amount of $20,255 from the Center for Research Libraries-Latin American Materials Project (LAMP) for microfilming of El Diario de Juárez newspaper issues from 2011 to 2013. The project funding was announced at the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials at Princeton University at the annual meeting of LAMP in June.
  • Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award Selection Committee: New Mexico State University Librarian Cindy Watkins has been selected to serve on the Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award Selection Committee. During its twenty year history, the Fellowship Program awarded over $90,000 to foster professional development. Amigos Award Program Selection Committee members review and evaluate all proposals based on criteria for selection. Amigos Award Program Selection Committee members are selected from a pool of distinguished librarians experienced in fellowship grant application and review.  


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • A Busy Student Union: Activities in Corbett Center have increased with the start of a new semester. Students and staff are using the renovated spaces creating a lively, welcoming and fun atmosphere:
    • Football Watch Party: The football game between the Aggies and Florida Gators was shown on the large quad-screen inside the first floor Aggie Lounge.
    • New Outdoor Stage: Renovation of the Corbett Center outdoor stage began last Saturday and is in full swing.  When complete, the stage area will feature a shade structure, a 6’ rock wall behind the stage, as well as connections for networking and electrical equipment. 
  • ICT enhances wireless security with AggieAir-WPA2: In response to various data privacy laws that require the proper protection of sensitive information, such as credit card information, social security numbers, and medical data, ICT has released to the NMSU community a new, more secure wireless network connection. AggieAir-WPA2 provides an over-the-air encrypted network connection that blocks electronic eavesdropping of wireless communication by encrypting wireless transmissions. Faculty, staff, and students who wish to transmit confidential or sensitive information over NMSU wireless networks should use AggieAir-WPA2
  • Parking Permits: Totals permits sold for the fall semester: Commuter Student: 5,570, Resident Student: 1,560, Faculty/Staff: 2,843, Motorcycle (student & faculty/staff):  167, Aggie U-Pass: 307
  • Special Events: Pan Am Ticket office continues to be busy selling season and individual game tickets for football, volleyball and soccer. Jason Aldean concert is nearing a sell out with less than 300 tickets remaining.  Special Events staff welcomed back all student employees with a reception on Wednesday in time for our first home football game.
  • Fire Extinguisher Training Class Taught at NMSU Carlsbad: Fire Extinguisher TrainingNMSU Fire Department was invited by Vice President for Student Services Michael J. Cleary to provide fire extinguisher training for the NMSU Carlsbad staff, faculty, and student employees. Fire Captain John Guerin and Fire Chief Johnny Carrillo provided training to 70 individuals on August 17. 


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

  • Ruffalo Noel Levitz: Members from Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and University colleagues met with representatives from Ruffalo Noel Levitz on Tuesday, September 1. Their visit provided an opportunity to review our current recruitment and retention practices. We will receive a final report that will describe recommendations for improving our recruitment and retention to better align with Vision 2020. 
  • Advising ConsultationAdvising Consultation: At the request of Dr. Terry Cook, we welcomed Dr. Charlie Nutt, the Executive Direct of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Dr. Nutt spent one day providing training to Student Success Navigators as well as other members of the University community. The second day of his visit, he met with colleagues across campus to learn more about our advising practices. We look forward to receiving Dr. Nutt’s recommendations on improving our advising methods.
  • Campus Health Center Initiatives: The Campus Health Center has been very busy with the start of the semester facilitating Tuberculosis testing and insurance enrollment for the current and new international students. Beginning on August 18, the CHC has conducted 324 TB clearance exams, and processed 633 insurance enrollments totaling $344,864. The Health Center has also assisted in enrollment for domestic students seeking health insurance through the NM Healthcare Exchange. 


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Studio G Networking Hour: Studio G hosted its weekly “Networking Hour” on Friday, which was attended by 15 students.  This week’s talk covered idea generation, evaluating business ideas and how to building a team to start a business.  The Networking Hour provides a chance to meet others interested in starting a business, and a place to learn best practices in how to generate business ideas, determine if an idea is worth pursuing and how to put together a team to start a venture.
  • NM Economic Development Commission Briefing: Arrowhead Center updated the NM Economic Development Commission on recent activities and initiatives this week during a visit to Santa Teresa, NM.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Collaborations: The Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) is currently collaborating with College of Education for National Science Foundation (NSF) and possibly FAA UAS Center of Excellence (COE) grants to develop and provide stimulation and interest for middle school and above students to further develop interest in aviation and aerospace careers.
  • New Mexico Water eNews: The NM WRRI distributed its monthly New Mexico Water eNews to nearly 1,500 recipients. The online newsfeed was begun in March of this year as a way to keep the water community informed on the latest water topics, emphasizing those in which the NM WRRI is involved. New Mexico Water eNews shows student and faculty involvement in applications of research to the most pressing water issues facing New Mexico and the world. This month’s eNews introduced two new staff members, highlighted two student water research projects, and announced upcoming deadlines associated with the institute’s upcoming 60th Annual New Mexico Water Conference.
  • Visitor: The Office of Research Development organized an all-day visit by Dr. Alex Dely, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, to discuss joint research opportunities. Faculty and staff from three colleges and the Physical Science Laboratory met with Dr. Dely to discuss opportunities in multiple areas, including the following: Agricultural sciences, including precision agriculture, precision water, and food safety; unmanned aerial systems, telemetry systems, and testing and evaluation; and energy and smart grids. The visit was initiated By Dr. Meghan Downes.
  • New Mexico Tech: NMSU has formed alliance with New Mexico Tech (NMT) to create a Consortium that seeks to partner with a prime contractor in the upcoming bid for Sandia National Lab’s Operation and Management contract. In this regard, Vimal Chaitanya and Van Romero, VPR of NMT visited with individuals from select corporations to set up initial conversation.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Baseball Field Gift: A gift commitment of $300,000 was received from NMSU donors to support artificial turf for the infield of the baseball field. Special thanks to Athletics Director Moccia and Coach Green for their close collaboration with these donors.
  • Take a Break! Event: Doña Ana Community College faculty and staff participated in the first Crimson Colleagues “Take a Break!” event at their campus on August 31. DACC employees enjoyed cookies and conversations about giving back to NMSU and DACC through the Crimson Colleagues Campaign.
  • Green Chile Roasts: NMSU Alumni Chapters roasted over 7,500 pounds of green chile during Chile Roasts in Dallas, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado and San Jose, California. Within two weeks the team will roll out a plan to solicit gifts from all attendees at alumni events starting this fall.
  • Various Gifts: Over $17,000 was gifted from the estate of Gale Moore to establish a scholarship in Grant County.  Over $19,000 was received from an anonymous donor to support activities in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences.
  • Domenici Conference: We raised $209,000 for the Domenici Conference, surpassing all previous years and goals by about $21,000.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: KRWG TV is working on plans to participate in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting national American Graduate program, which is scheduled for next month. With the help of a CPB grant, this program recognizes educational efforts that encourage high school graduation. Five segments were produced featuring local individuals who are education champions.
  • News: Members of the UCOMM News Group traveled to northern New Mexico to document the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ third annual Ride for the 4-H Clover. The video and photos they captured are being used on the Ride for the Clover website ( Below is a photo of Regent Cheney addressing the crowd.
    Regent Cheney
  • Marketing Services: Working closely with MarketingAssociate Professor Tim Ketelaar and computer design student Min Tan, our group helped develop promotional materials to support Salon Discovery, which is planned for September 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Atkinson Recital Hall. The theme is “NMSU Astronomy: Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond” and below is a sample of the Pluto illustration used in the materials. More details can be found at
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations is hard at work with the first week of full sporting events. The team covered Aggie football’s opening game at Florida. They also produced a feature story for the week on our new facilities and the excitement around the return of Aggie football. The weekly football news conference resumed on Tuesdays at noon.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • September 18 – Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee-Las Cruces
    • 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
      • Dr. Joseph Tomaka, NMSU
    • NMSU Cancer Research Update
      • Dr. Mary O’Connell, NMSU

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

  • Water and Natural Resource Interim Committee Hearing: Attended the Water and Natural Resource Interim Committee hearing in Silver City. Topics discussed included NM Central Arizona Project Unit Studies, Gila Diversion Financial Concerns, SWCD Dam Inundation Mapping and Planning Project, Animas River Spill Update, Regional Water Planning and Inter-basin Water transfers. NMDA presented the progress it has made on the SWCD Dam Inundation Mapping and Planning Project. Much interest in dam safety and rehabilitation was expressed by the legislators. 
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Participated in a meeting with the NMSU UAS Test Flight Center, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, and NMDA to discuss the status of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) usage, pending FAA regulations, state regulatory structure prospects, and potential need for subject matter experts in the state.  NMDA provided input on usage, concerns, and potential problems as it relates to agricultural industries in the state.
  • New Mexico Dairy Industry: Staff facilitated the initial meeting with members of the dairy industry in developing a strategic plan for the New Mexico Dairy Industry.  Representatives from the dairy producers, cooperatives, processing plants, financing, legal counsel, and the NMSU dairy extension specialist attended. A draft vision statement and action items were developed.  A follow up meeting will be scheduled in the future to continue the process.
  • FFA State Officers MtgFFA State Officers Meeting: Met with the current NM State FFA officers and their advisor.  Discussed areas of interest with each officer, gave them an overview of NMDA, and discussed current agricultural topics.
  • Arizona Pecan Growers Association: The Arizona Pecan Growers Association’s annual conference was held in Tucson, AZ.  NMDA staff was presented with an appreciation award for regulatory services directed at the pecan industry.   


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 49 police reports created, 30 supplements filed, and 30 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 26 items of evidence and fingerprinted 75 people.  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 375 calls for service (four of which were 911 calls), resulting in 240 police calls (32 of which were agency assist) and three warrant entries.  There were 35 fire calls (19 of which were mutual aid) two fire alarms, ten emergency medical, one smell of smoke, one structure fire and one public assist.  There were eight animal control calls.
  • Preparation for Football: The Police Department staff has been working diligently to support the upcoming football games.  A record 60 security officers have been hired, and a special rate for charges was submitted and approved in order to help keep costs as low as possible for Athletics and Special Events.
  • Antenna Installation: The Police Department began replacement of radio antennas that are 15 years old.  Due to budgetary considerations, the tower climbing work is being done by trained Police Department staff.  Each trip up the tower saves over $500 compared to hiring a private contractor.  On Friday, the antenna at the top of the 60′ tower at the Police Department building was replaced.  (NOTE:  60′ looks a lot farther when you look down rather than up.)
    Antenna Installation     Antenna Installation 2
  • Officer Involved Shooting Investigation: Investigators from the NMSU Police Department assisted in the investigation of a Mesilla Marshall’s Office Deputy who fired at a domestic violence suspect (no injuries) as part of the Multi-Agency Officer Involved Shooting Task Force.  The investigation is still in progress.


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

  • Safe Campus Day: New Mexico State University Alamogordo held its first “Safe Campus Day” on September 3. Students, faculty and staff had a chance to talk with law enforcement representatives about how local, state and federal organizations would support the campus during an emergency situation and ask questions about requirements for employment. The following organizations supported this event: the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety, the United States Border Patrol and the NMSU-A Campus Security.
  • Exemplary Partnership Award: New Mexico State University Alamogordo is a lead sponsor of OteroSTEM, a non-profit organization that promotes, connects, funds and supports activities that invigorate student interest in STEM careers. The STEM department at NMSU-A has regularly supported the OteroSTEM organization by providing facilities for training and assisting with the Lego robotics workshops during the summer months.  Recently the Military Child Education Coalition awarded the 2015 Exemplary Partnership Award to the “Power Up!” team comprised of the Alamogordo Public School District, Holloman Air Force Base and the OteroSTEM organization.  The Exemplary Partnership Award recognizes the outstanding partnerships formed between military installations and school districts that serve military children.


President, NMSU-Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • Formula Funding Task Force Meeting: The NMSU Carlsbad President attended a Formula Funding Task Force meeting in Albuquerque on Monday, August 31.  The G7 Task Force has begun its deliberations on the development and implementation of a proposed funding formula for higher education.
  • Leadership Carlsbad: NMSU Carlsbad has been working with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce in preparing for the Leadership Carlsbad program of activities. Conversations have been held with the Chamber in Artesia as interest has been raised in developing a Leadership Eddy County program.
  • Leadership NM Curriculum Committee: The NMSU Carlsbad President will be serving on the Leadership New Mexico Curriculum Committee and in this week’s interactions the NMSU Carlsbad President was solicited to serve as co-chair of the concluding session and graduation ceremonies which will take place in Taos in June.
  • Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP): The NMSU Carlsbad campus has begun preparations for the upcoming AQIP Strategy Forum which will take place in Chicago on October 6 – 9.  This week’s discussions involved the identification of the most successful action project which was undertaken and the identification of our greatest challenge.  The campus ideas will be captured in a story board and presented to the other attending institutions.


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

  • Enrollment Management Committee: To increase NMSU Doña Ana enrollment and retention, the Enrollment Management Committee held their first meeting and will follow best practices of Noel- Levitz to develop a strategic enrollment plan.
  • NMSU Dona Ana Advisory Board: Our advisory board met and discussed several topics. Among them, the recent NMSU Dona Ana Advisory Board/NMSU Regent meeting was discussed very positively.
  • Travel Abroad: A study abroad fair was held for NMSU DACC students by NMSU Office of Education Abroad last week.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • ASNMSU Senate: The next ASNMSU Senate meeting is Thursday at 6:00 pm in Corbett Center, Senate Chambers, room 302. 
  • First Home Football Game: The ASNMSU Kickoff Party, Pep Rally, and Foam Party will be on Friday at 7:00 pm.  We’ve also partnered with Athletics to provide shirts for Aggie Ramble, and will be hosting a student tailgate with a water slide on Saturday. 
  • Homecoming Packets: Homecoming packets will be released at the end of the week.  They’ll be distributed to each college, be available on our website (, and be in the ASNMSU Office. 
  • Student Activities: We’re working with the new CCSU Program Specialist, Kassie Ckodre, on bringing fun new activities to Corbett for students. 

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