Activity Report December 1-5

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • The President’s Academic Council (PAC) spent considerable time discussing the upcoming summit (December 15 and 16) of academic and administrative leaders of our entire system. We expect the Presidents, Chief Academic Officers, Chief Financial officers from our community colleges and most of the Vice Presidents and Deans from the main campus.  The meeting outcome is to identify those opportunities to improve operations as a system.  Topics include:
    • Enrollment and recruiting
    • Budget preparation, tuition setting and process for approval
    • NMSU and community college default rates
    • Police protection and management
    • Library operations and efficiency
    • Health and other benefits for 2 year college students
    • Articulation and “Aggie pathway to a baccalaureate”
    • HLC accreditation
    • Legislative liaison and support
    • Governance of the system
  • Thanks to Wes Jackson and his committee for supplying an excellent panel of prospective Student Regents. I have interviewed them all and submitted my recommendations to the Governor’s Office.
  • I attended the PGA Professional Golf Management re accreditation meeting, along with the Provost and Bobbie Derlin – our chief accrediting person. The review seemed to have gone very well. NMSU has a reputation of having a model PGM program. This year Pat Gavin, Department Head of Marketing and Director of the program, received the very prestigious PGA sponsored Horton Smith Award for academic excellence.  Danny Arnold, former Dean of our College of Business (and my predecessor ) was one of the reviewers.
  • I attended and spoke briefly at the New Mexico Governor’s Distinguished Public Service Awards in Albuquerque. Our own Patricia Sullivan was one of the recipients as well as Tom and Jerean Hutchinson from La Posta.  Congratulations to all.
  • Ricardo Rel made an excellent presentation to an Employee Council sponsored forum on the upcoming legislative session. I appreciate the Council’s leadership in providing these opportunities for all faculty and staff to learn of upcoming and very important activities.  As I understand it, the next planned Employee Council Forum will be jointly sponsored by the Diversity Council and will be the report on the NMSU Climate Survey, which I hope all of you completed.
  • I have just discovered (and participated in) a relatively new tradition at NMSU, the “Ring Ceremony”. It honors NMSU, our fallen warriors (it is held near the Memorial Tower), and features Pistol Pete riding in with the rings which are distributed to those who have over 60 credits toward graduation but is favored by those about to graduate.  Upon graduation, the ring owners turn the ring around as the result of instruction at graduation.  It is a relatively new tradition but I would like to see it grow.  I will be ordering a ring soon.  Thanks to Tammie Campos and her gang for doing this and to Ben Woods for relating the stories of our fallen Aggies.
  • Dan Howard and I represented NMSU at the Commission of College Accreditation for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago. Burrell College officials were in charge of the presentation but local health care administrators joined us in expressing support for having the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on our campus. News of the Commission’s findings should be revealed next week.
  • Last week of school so that means graduation (always a great time) and time off for the holidays. The Regents will meet on Friday and I will be briefing them on staffing patterns.  They are expecting progress reports from our Vision 2020 Strategic on a regular basis.

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

Community Engagement

  • On Monday, December 1, I sent out a memo to NMSU faculty and staff describing changes in research processes designed to improve service to our faculty and improve relations between faculty and support personnel in the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC), Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA), and Human Resource Services. A major innovation that was launched on December 1 is the Research Tab, which is now present on the myNMSU portal.  Through the Research Tab, faculty members can access frequently needed information including fringe rates, F&A rates, per diem rates, mileage rates, and purchase order and procurement card limits, as well as reports with award and index balances, expiring funds, and recent transactions.  Another major innovation is the Shared Service Center, the first of which is scheduled to open on March 1, 2015 in the College of Arts and Sciences.   The establishment of Shared Service Centers will provide a one-stop shop for PIs who have questions about research proposals, current grants and contracts, and human resources.  Among many other functions, Shared Service Center staff will lead efforts to define and develop budget reports that inform PIs of account balances and warn them of impending deadlines for the expenditure of funds.
  • On Tuesday, December 2, Julie Weber met with me to discuss next year’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink events. Julie would like to see more education about breast cancer incorporated into TETWP events and we discussed how to effectively message the need for mammograms to various groups of women and the possibility of making mammograms more easily available to the Las Cruces community during the Tough Enough to Wear Pink week.
  • Later in the day, I met with Professor Brook Milligan, CIO Norma Grijalva, John Roberts, and Piyasat Nilkaew to discuss the need for better support of research computing efforts at NMSU. Big datasets in many of our scientific disciplines is a reality that NMSU is not well positioned to manage.  It is especially important that we have people in place who can both manage large datasets and support scientists and engineers who must utilize these datasets.
  • On Wednesday, December 3, I met with County Commissioner Billy Garrett, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya, and Vice President Kevin Boberg to discuss the Spaceport. Our conversation focused on the importance of developing a broad and deep economic development strategy for the Spaceport that involves NMSU.  Further meetings will take place with other important stakeholders, such as representatives of Spacegrant, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, and the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.
  •  On Friday, December 5, the President and I met with Vice President Kevin Boberg and Kristin Morehead to discuss the Community Engagement Plan that has been under development for about three months. Community engagement is one of the defining characteristics of NMSU and our conversation centered on the importance of defining five or six major objectives and establishing a Council of Community Engagement that would be responsible for ensuring that we achieve those objectives.
  • Later that day, the President and I flew to Chicago, where on Saturday, we expressed our support for the pre-accreditation of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

 

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Cheryl NeeleyCheryl Neeley, graduate student in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta on November 19. Gamma Sigma Delta is the honor society of agriculture and related sciences, and has been chartered at NMSU since 1979.  To be invited for membership, graduate students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and show great potential for future leadership.  Cheryl was nominated by Dr. Wanda Eastman.
  • Five faculty members from Extension Family and Consumer Sciences 2014 Millionaire Researchers
    were honored at the 2014 Millionaire Researchers reception.  The faculty members were Kari Bachman, Shelly Bucher, Esther Devall, Brooke Stanley Tou, and Carol Turner.

Academic Programs:

  • Caleb Gustin, an Agricultural Economics/Agricultural Business major, received the prestigious title of Western Region Vice President of the National FFA (Future Farmers of America).Caleb Gustin
  • National officers commit to a year of service with the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
  • The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Media Production:

  • A food safety game produced by NMSU, Ninja Kitchen, has been accessed more than one million times since spring 2013 via the educational website GameUp (part of BrainPOP). Ninja Kitchen was collaboration between food safety scientists at Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey) and NMSU’s Media Productions/Learning Games Lab. Set in a lunch counter staffed entirely by ninjas, the game addresses youth food-handling responsibilities and helps youth develop good habits about cooking and storing foods at the proper temperature and avoiding cross-contamination. A study by Rutgers researchers in 2011 demonstrated that the game is effective in improving food safety knowledge, attitudes and intentions among middle schoolers. BrainPOP distributes a number of NMSU learning products and is a popular choice with schools and districts for providing students quality educational games and multimedia.

Agricultural and Extension Education (AXED):

  • Lauren Schlolhauer, a sophomore in AXED, received 2nd place in the College Aggies Online Competition, organized by the Animal Ag Alliance, an organization based in Washington, DC, working on behalf of animal agriculture. The competition is open to all college students with an interest in agriculture. There were more than 1,043 total participants in this year’s program, from 35 states and 58 colleges and universities.  Lauren is one of three winners of a scholarship during this competition.

 

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

  • Minerva Baumann and I attended the Classics Three performance of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and New Mexico State University, which featured pianist Antonio di Cristofano. They played the music of Beethoven and surprised the audience with a symphony rendition of Feliz Navidad.
  • Beth Pollack, Stefan Zollner, and I met with Ken Hammond to seek guidance on our upcoming trip to Donghaou University in Shanghai, China.
  • Beth Pollack and I attended the La Catrina Quartet concert. Atkinson Hall was filled with admirers, who enjoyed the performances of the quartet and their students.
  • I attended the retirement reception for Dr. McKinley Boston. His commitment to student athletes’ education will be one of his greatest legacies.
  • Associate Dean Brown, the college research staff, and I attended a meeting of the College of Arts and Sciences Shared Services Center Task Force.
  • Associate Dean Brown participated in two meetings with administrators and faculty from Texas Tech University (led by VPR Robert Duncan) with NMSU administrators and faculty and attended a presentation about the new Research Tab at a CADRe meeting.

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Congratulations to Pat Gavin, Professional Golf Association (PGA) Golf Management Program Director, who was awarded the 2014 PGA Horton Smith Award on November 20 in Indianapolis. The Horton Smith Award, which was first presented in 1965, honors those PGA professionals who have upheld the tradition of elevating the education standards of their fellow members.
  • I attended the New Mexico Leadership Institute Banquet on Tuesday, December 2, which celebrated the accomplishments of the inaugural class of the NMSU New Mexico Leadership Institute scholarship recipients. The New Mexico Leadership Institute was designed to increase the leadership capacity in New Mexico by better preparing high school students to work effectively with others, to make positive contributions within their communities, and to compete in a global marketplace. The New Mexico Leadership Institute provides 30 scholarships in the amount of $25,000 per student, New Mexico State University was awarded 17 scholarships.
  • We welcomed members of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) accreditation team to the college December 2-4. The team was here as part of the accreditation process for the PGA Golf Management Program which is occurs every five years.
  • I attended the NMSU Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony on Wednesday, December 3. The NMSU chapter was established in 1962 and Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest interdisciplinary honor society.
  • Kathy Brook and I attended the NMSU Instructional Innovation and Quality’s wine and cheese awards and celebration on Thursday, December 4. Our own Richard Oliver was recognized at the celebration with the “Leading the Way” award for his work in enhancing online education in a variety of ways. Awards were also presented to Pookie Sautter for participation in the one-year plus fellowship program and becoming a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, to Matt Holt for participation in the New2Online program, and again to Richard Oliver for obtaining QM recognition for three BCIS courses.
  • Jeanelle Chavez represented the college and the Indian Resource Development program at the American Indian Program’s Annual Fall Graduating Student Recognition Banquet on Thursday, December 4. The banquet recognizes and honors American Indian students participating in the fall commencement ceremony.

 

Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Dean Morehead is happy to report that the Speech Pathology program had 22 students attend and present at the national conference and Dr. Marlene Salas Provance was recognized by ASHA for her outstanding work in International Activities.
  • The Dance Sport Team also had an amazing weekend. The event had over 45 teams from around the United States and our team finished fourth overall.  In addition, we had over 12 first place finishes and over forty top five finishes. This is an amazing accomplishment. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Hanna Cole and her team for providing the leadership to the students.
  • Dean Morehead also attended the Ngage Executive Council meeting that was held this week, as he is part of the organization’s Leader’s Circle and has assisted in planning initiatives.

Dziwenka, Program Manager for Assessment

  • Dziwenka participated as a Panel Discussant at the 8th International Taekwondo Symposium in Muju, Republic of Korea.
  • Met International program officials at Yonsei University, Deoksung University and Sungyunkwan University to discuss the initiation of exchanges with NMSU.

Advancement Team

  • Hosted our annual thank-a-thon, where we called over a 100 donors to thank them for their gifts from the past year.

Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering Associate Dean Patricia A. Sullivan is one of ten recipients of the 2014 Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award at a gala banquet held December 2, at Patricia A. Sullivanthe Marriott Pyramid North in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The awards honor exceptional service by individuals throughout the state of New Mexico. Individuals who have not only served the public, but have an established track record of community service are selected for this honor.
  • Toria Kovacs, chemical and materials engineering freshman, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship through the Institute of International Education for studying abroad at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom next semester.
  • Brian Patterson, chemical and materials engineering master’s student, received a $20,000 New Mexico Space Grant Consortium fellowship. He will receive a $5,000 scholarship for each of the next four academic semesters.  Patterson completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in May 2013 and has been performing graduate studies under the direction of chemical engineering Professor Hongmei Luo.
  • Edward Pines recognitionIndustrial Engineering Department Head Edward Pines was recognized by the Office of Instructional Innovation and Quality for Most Creative Anecdotes and Best Jokes. Pines, who leads the College of Engineering Distance Education Program, refers to his distance education classes as “episodes.”
  • The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) Internal Dosimetry (ID) laboratory has been performing free lung and whole body counting services for adult residents living within a 100-mile radius of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through a program entitled “Lie Down and Be Counted” (LDBC) since 1997. The purpose of the LDBC program was to establish a baseline of “normal” or “background” radiation present in adults living in the region of the WIPP prior to the emplacement of radioactive waste in the WIPP. Further, once disposal operations began at the WIPP, the LDBC program allows for the continued monitoring of public citizens to determine if WIPP-related disposal activities have any observable impact on area residents’ health. CEMRC has released a report showing findings that a February 14, 2014 underground radiation event at the WIPP did not pose any measureable negative health impacts on the local populace. Additionally, children between the ages of 12 and 18, living within a 100-mile radius of the WIPP, are now eligible to receive free lung and whole body counting services.

 

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

  • Interim Dean Dr. Wagner hosted the College’s Board of Advisors for an evening social at Josephina’s on Thursday. The event was followed by a board meeting on campus Friday, where members worked with the Dean’s executive council on strategic plans for the coming year.
  • The College of Health and Social Services has established a Student Council chartered with ASNMSU. The purpose of the council is to further the aims and goals of the students of CHSS by serving as a liaison between student organizations within the college and the Office of the Dean of Students. Additionally, chartered organizations receive funding from ASNMSU each semester based on meeting attendance, community service hours, and participation in other activities. The focus for the council during the fall semester was to establish a charter, elect officials, obtain an advisor, maintain consistent attendance at council meetings, and establish by-laws and mission/vision statements. The council exceeded their goals for the fall semester.
  • The College is pleased to congratulate three initiates for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Megan Finn and Sonya Mott are students in the School of Social Work, and Darling Garcia is graduating this semester from the School of Nursing.

School of Social Work

  • New Mexico State University recognized university faculty members and staff November 20 who were responsible for attracting $500,000 or more in external funding during the past fiscal year, 2014. Honored at the reception was School of Social Work Director Tina Hancock.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Rebecca Palacios and Cindy Kratzke traveled to the UNM Cancer Center for a Cancer Group Meeting. Other universities in the Mount West Consortium were invited to attend to discuss ways to work together on future proposals regarding cancer prevention and controls for clinical and translational research.

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • In the middle of the week I travelled to Washington, DC to participate in the meetings of the American Anthropological Association. I presented a paper based on my work in humanitarian programming and response in Africa and most memorably participated in a celebration honoring one of my mentors, Dr. Barbara Voorhies, as she received the highest award given by the AAA for a person who contributed to promoting gender equity in our field.

 

Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • A team from the library who are working on various aspects of website redesign met with Melissa Chavarria to learn about web redesign activities at the campus and system level.
  • The Library’s Collection Management Workgroup team chaired by Susan Beck presented their report and recommendations at an all library staff forum.
  • NMSU Library hosted a “Pause for Paws” program at Branson Library and Zuhl Library. It was an opportunity for students to reduce end of term stress.

 

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

  • Cornell Menking met with Noreen Lehmann, Werner Lehmann and Hale Huber, members of the Las Cruces Sister Cities organization.  A very productive outcome was that these individuals will play an important part in helping IBP organize this year’s International Festival on March 21 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.  IBP is working to make the festival a major community event.

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Undergraduate Learning Center – December 2nd was a major milestone for Bradbury-Stamm as they poured concrete for the Northeast wall of the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center.  They will pour the concrete in 5 foot ‘lifts’ for a solid concrete retaining wall.  This side of the building will be the Student Success Center and restrooms with classrooms above.

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  • Golf Management Program – PGA of America representatives visited the NMSU Golf Course as part of their review for recertification of PGA Golf Management Program. These representatives spent time at the golf course reviewing policies and procedures, and had very good things to say about the operation.
  • ICT deploys new Research Tab – NMSU researchers are now piloting the new Research Tab, located on nmsu.edu. This tab provides important institutional and agency information needed in writing proposals, as well as, institutional information and reports related to administering a researcher’s awards. Both the Research Tab and the research reports were developed and implemented by a cross-functional team including researchers, the Office of Grants and Contracts, Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Projects Accounting, and the following groups from ICT: Administrative Data Management, Enterprise Information Systems, Product Development Services, Project Management Office, Enterprise Reporting Services, Systems and Server Administration, and Database Administration. The successful project is an excellent example of teamwork at NMSU.
  • Stress Buster Days – Sodexo Dining Services partnered with the NMSU Counseling Center for the Stress Buster Days information fair.  Sodexo provided fun trivia about reducing stress through healthy eating, information about healthy dining on campus, and had free hot chocolate. The semester stress buster celebration continued in the Taos Restaurant with a dinner event including fun décor, educational trivia, and students’ favorite foods.
  • Corbett CenterCorbett Center Student Union Renovation Phase 1 – The new Student Union Lobby area was completed on November 7, 2014, and Phase 2 is underway. Phase 1 consisted of the renovation of the old Bookstore area.  The renovated space is for campus activities and provides a social/study area for NMSU students.  It will consist of office areas and conference rooms for the Associated Students of New Mexico State University (ASNMSU), Greek organizations, Aggie Activities Council, and the Office of Campus Activities. In addition, the new student lounge on the first floor is now open.  Please check the Corbett Center website for updated information on available spaces as the renovation continues.
  •  Holiday Bash Buffet – The 3rd Floor Bistro in the Fulton Center held its annual Holiday Bash Buffet Wednesday, December 3.  The lunch featured grilled chicken with orange cranberry sauce, rosemary strip loin roast, lobster bisque, pumpkin cheesecake and a special holiday dessert, Buche de Noel!
  • Fire Department Break Room/Kitchenette – A new set of table and chairs were installed in the Fire Station Break Room/Kitchenette replacing an old folding table and flimsy chairs.  The newFire Dept. table is a maple veneer on fiberboard core and the chairs have stained wood seats with black metal frames.  The products are from Furniture Lab based in North Carolina, come with a 10-year warranty, and were selected to provide durable and easy-maintenance service for the active life-style of the emergency services personnel.  Bon appetite.

 

  • ICT staffers present at the NMTIE conference – Three ICTers were key presenters at the New Mexico Technology In Education conference held in Albuquerque. Alex Garcia, Senior Project Manager, presented an overview of the planning and preparation efforts that are underway for the Banner XE upgrade at NMSU. Joe Ersinghaus, Product Development Services’ Senior Programmer/Developer, summarized ICT’s use of Ruby on Rails in his group’s application development efforts. Finally, Piyasat Nilkaew, Networking and Telecom Director, participated in a panel discussion on IPv6 network deployment. IPv6 is a key component of ScienceDMZ, part of the preferred network protocols used in advanced academic research network environments. Alex, Joe, and Piyasat — good job!
  • Fire System Upgrade at Hadley Hall – A new fire protection system has been installed in Hadley Hall asFire System Upgrade part of a comprehensive plan to update systems throughout NMSU.  Construction kicked-off on September 23 and the final fire alarm test was successfully conducted on November 24.  The project involved a total replacement of all the existing detection and notification devices (i.e. smoke detectors, horn and strobe devices, and pull stations) as well as, the fire alarm control panel.  To ensure that the protection of personnel and property was never compromised, the new system had to be installed side-by-side to the existing and testing completed before removing the old system.

 

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

  • Attended the Ring Ceremony on Wednesday and American Indian Program’s Fall Student Recognition Banquet Thursday, December 4 and the Advancing Leaders Mentors Luncheon on Friday, December 5.
  • Interviewed with KFOX Thursday, which was prompted by the new Stay Safe at NMSU
  • Collaborated with Institutional Analysis on issues surrounding student retention, scholarship effectiveness, next week’s Board of Regent’s update, and data to support the 2015 Legislative Session.
  • Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Dacia Sedillo attended parent focus groups conducted by Research and Polling, Inc., in Albuquerque and on the NMSU campus. The groups were convened to gauge opinion on possible initiatives for NMSU. The parent focus groups demonstrated that overall, attitudes toward NMSU are very positive. Parent comments centered around the high quality of our academic programs, excellent value for a quality education, and the opportunity for their students to gain a real student life experience. Also important was living and learning in a safe and caring environment.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Chase ScholarsTwenty first-year Chase Scholars celebrated the end of semester at an event on December 5 at Corbett Center Student Union with mentors Meghan Ontiveros and Kaylene Womack. First-year Chase Scholars, who receive a scholarship from the Chase Foundation, attend weekly mentoring sessions focused on the transition to the University environment.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  • The Office of the Dean of Students hosted the Webinar The Future of Title IX and Gender Equity Inclusion on Wednesday, which was provided by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Knowledge Community of NASPA. The webinar examined ways in which Title IX applies to gender identity and expression as well as steps to create a campus that is more inclusive and proactive; the needs of students, faculty, and staff; and national best practices.

 

  • Counseling & Student Development hosted mobile Stress Buster Days on December 2, 3, and 4Stress Buster Days
    in front of Garcia Annex, on the International Mall, and at Zuhl Library. Over 800 students participated in the events, which included relaxation stations, massages, yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness exercises, therapy dogs, acupuncture, and a guest appearance by Striking the Wonder Dog.
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  • The Big Move: Aggie Activity Council, ASNMSU, Campus Activities, and Greek Councils moved into their new spaces in the remodeled areas of Corbett Student Union this week.

  

Diversity Programs

  • Chicano Programs has worked within the Scholar Dollar system to provide the names and information for qualified candidates for four scholarships and nine scholarship awards for the upcoming semester.
  • Chicano Programs also collaborated with the officers of the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus (HFSC) on this year’s HFSC Graduation Stole Ceremony.
  • The Social Work intern at Chicano Programs spent the week calling prospective students to remind them to complete the Scholar Dollar$ application and to provide information to them about enrollment and registration.

 

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

Studio G client wins $50,000 NMSBA Leveraged Project Award

  • This week, Antonio Arredondo, a Studio G client and the designer of Quikbite, won a New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Leveraged Project Award in the amount of $50,000. The NMSBA Leveraged Project Award supported by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories is designed to help small for-profit New Mexico businesses solve critical challenges with assistance from unique expertise and capabilities of the labs. Quikbite is a new and exciting platform for the restaurant industry that provides restaurant owners and managers a more efficient means of advertising what their restaurants have to offer, while providing customers with an added level of interaction that they have never before experienced.

Launch Winners Announced

  • Arrowhead Center’s Launch program announced the winners of its fourth annual technology commercialization competition, designed to identify promising research and business ideas developed by NMSU faculty, staff, and students. Winners are provided cash investments and development services to assist in bringing their products and services to market. This year’s winners are: Dr. Amit Sanyal with a High Control Authority Variable Speed Control Moment Gyroscope (VSCMG); Dr. Paul Furth with a High Voltage Programmable Current Regulator; Dr. Ou Ma with a Weight-Balanced Test Stand for Testing Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) or Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV); Dr. Huiyao Wang with Innovative Photoreactors Using Nanocomposite Photocatalyst Fibers for Water Treatment and Disinfection/Photocatalysis; NMSU students Chris Dunn & Brett Pelkey with Flooid Lingo; and a team of NMSU students lead by Mariel Haddad with Timer Glove. The winners will work closely with Arrowhead Staff over the next three months as they prepare for Demonstration Day in April 2015, where one project will be selected to receive up to $25,000 cash investment.

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

          No Activity to Report

 

Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

No Activity to Report

 

Athletics Director, Dr. McKinley Boston, Jr.

No Activity to Report

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • This week’s Sunday Feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted the conclusion of an NMSU international hospitality pilot program that is part of an agreement between NMSU and the Ecuadorean government. Since late April, NMSU has hosted 14 high school graduates from Ecuador as part of a pilot project to teach the students English and the hospitality industry. The students had six months of intensive English and two months of practical training from the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
  • This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News focused on a partnership between NMSU and Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona, to help Navajo sheep producers improve wool and meat marketability of their animals. Extension Service agents at both schools are helping sheep herdsmen with a breeding program that can increase economic returns.
  • UCOMM Marketing Services collaborated with Institutional Analysis and completed the 2014-2015 Quick Facts brochure, which is packed full of stats about the University. The brochure serves as a good overview on data such as headcounts, number of degrees and enrollment numbers system-wide. Copies are available at the office of Institutional Analysis.

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • 8 – 12 – Legislative Finance Committee- State Capitol
    • 9:00 am/Monday – FY 14 & FY 15 General Fund Revenue Projections- DFA
    • 9:00 am/Tuesday- Higher Education Institutions- Dr. Jose Garcia- Higher Education Dept; FY16 Instruction and General Funding Formula Request; Research and Public Service Projects and Review Process
  • 16 – LFC – Racing Commission Budget & Compliance Subcommittee – State Capitol
  •  18 – 19 – Legislative Education Study Committee- State Capitol
    • 9:00 am  General Fund Revenue Estimates
  • Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee – State Capitol
    • NM Lottery Revenue Update and Legislative Lottery Scholarship Fund Status, Glenn Walters, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Higher Education Department and David Barden, Chief Executive Officer, NM Lottery
    • NM Municipal League Legislative Proposals
    • NM Association of Counties Legislative Proposals
    • Other Legislative Proposals

 

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

  • I was invited to provide keynote remarks for the Range Field Day sponsored by Valencia County Extension. They did a great job and had over 100 in attendance.
  • Staff and I attended the 2014 Joint Stockmen’s convention Trade Show in Albuquerque to engage with produces on events effecting industry. The conference is an excellent opportunity for NMDA to learn from agricultural producers and to assist on issues and policy that are impacting their operations.
  • I also attended the board meeting of the New Mexico Beef Council.
  • Staff participated in the U.S. Pecan Team, year-end planning meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Primary topics covered were confirmation of 2015 marketing activities, international trade mission assignments and selection of 2016 marketing activity concepts to be submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agriculture Service.
  • Staff met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 to conduct the end-of-year review of NMDA’s Pesticide Program Cooperative Grant Agreement. NMDA achieved completion of all agreed upon activities and inspections, exceeding most elements, and received praise for our efforts.

 

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 206 police calls, 11 fire calls, and 6 emergency medical calls during the week.
  • There were 54 new police reports filed, 24 supplemental reports, and 26 items of evidence were processed. There were also 24 traffic citations issued and 27 individuals were fingerprinted.  There has been a slight increase in fingerprinting as students prepare for placements and internships for the Spring semester.
  • There were two victims assisted by the Victim Services Coordinator, and work was started on identifying a location for interviewing of children and battered victims that is less sterile and more comforting than the police station.
  • The Free Speech Task Force continues its work and is nearing a final draft for release to the public for final comment. It is expected to be in a final recommendation stage for the President prior to the holiday break.
  • A security review of the Zuhl Library was initiated.
  • There were several instances of students and/or employees receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be IRS agents and telling the person they owed taxes and would need to immediately make a payment in order to avoid being arrested. Thus far, no NMSU personnel are known to have fallen victim to this criminal ruse.
  • Deputy Chief Andy Bowen completed his term as the President of the NM Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and is now an ex officio member of the Chapter’s executive board.
  • Chief Stephen Lopez was honored to be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society’s NMSU chapter as a faculty/staff inductee.

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