Activity Report February 2-6

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe: Monday was Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe.  The speakers at the breakfast included Senator John Arthur Smith, who portrayed a very conservative approach to this year’s budget and suggested that nothing would happen in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee to start the budget process until the new revenue estimates were released.  Shortly thereafter, the Legislative/Administrative revenue estimating team projected there would be 83 million new dollars to spend, given the new assumptions regarding the price of oil.  This is down from a mid-fall estimate of about $380 million.  The only good news may be that there may be a surplus of about $150 million this year, which could be used for one time spending next year.  This surplus happened because the price of oil hovered around $90 for a good share of the year and the budgeteers had anticipated $66 per barrel.  The upshot of all of this is appropriations will be flat, at best.
  • Los Luceros Project: I visited with Keith Gardner, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, regarding our capital outlay needs, the Los Luceros project (which would involve the College of ACES taking over a 148 acre farm near Alcalde), the status of our student Regent appointment, and requested a supplemental appropriation for Arrowhead.  Nice discussion but more understanding than commitment on his part. I also introduced our new Athletics Director Mario Moccia to Keith.  Keith is an Aggie and huge sports fan.  Mario was also surprised to be asked to sing the Aggie fight song while visiting the Senate.
  • Thank you Luncheon: I treated the ASNMSU lobbying team to lunch while in Santa Fe to thank them for excellence as they represent our great university at the legislature.  Brice Smith leads the ASNMSU team.  President Wes Jackson was also present at all of the activities. 
  • Council of University Presidents Meeting: The Council of University Presidents met to reconfirm priorities for higher education.  In the face of revenue challenges suggested above, we still have compensation as our highest priority.  There is still a desire to fund the Endowment Fund at $20 million and an infrastructure fund for a similar amount.  Both of these would be one time funding request.  All CUP hands were on deck for a Senate Finance Committee hearing on our wish lists. 
  • Foundation Joint Investment and Entrepreneurship Committees: I met with the joint Investment and Entrepreneurship Committees of the Foundation.  We were attempting to gain support for an Arrowhead proof of concept fund which would allow NMSU inventors and scientist funding to start their own companies based upon their intellectual property as well as determining the level of Foundation interest in purchasing property along University Avenue, investing in the planned hotel, and acquiring the lease for Pan Am Plaza from the current lease holder. 
  • Common Course Identification and Numbering System: I visited with Representative Rod Montoya (R) from Farmington regarding his bill to force all of higher education to develop and use a common course identification and numbering system, such as now used in both Oklahoma and Texas.  In this scheme, all courses would be identified using 4 letters and 4 numbers and the Freshmen/Sophomore courses in a “transfer” module would be common throughout the state.  Economics 251 would become Econ 2513 everywhere, it would be entitled Principles of Macro Economics, and there would be an attempt to establish learning outcomes for this offering.  (Actually, the business programs around the state have already done this but other disciplines need to follow suit.)  Greg Fant is heading up our efforts to make this conversation within the NMSU system by the end of this year.
  • Santa Fe: I will be spending three days in Santa Fe this week working on all legislative matters.  As the session moves on, my time at this activity will increase. 


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • NMSU Self Study: Over the course of the week, I met with three of the five persons who have agreed to lead the writing teams that will be responsible for assembling the NMSU Self Study, which will be the centerpiece of our HLC Open Pathway Assurance Review in 2018.  Luis Vazquez will lead the team that will write Chapter 2—Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct.  Dr. Ken Van Winkle will lead the team that will write Chapter 3—Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support.  Dr. Kathy Brook will lead the team that will write Chapter 4—Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement.  I still have to meet with Dr. Kevin Boberg, who will lead the team that will write Chapter 1—Mission; and with Associate Vice President D’Anne Stuart who will lead the team that will write Chapter 5—Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.  Assembling teams three years in advance assures that we will have sufficient time to not only write the self-study, but address shortcomings in our operations, if any are found.
  • Faculty Senate Meeting Discussion Topics: At the faculty senate meeting on Thursday, February 5, I discussed the 135 mile tuition waiver program for graduate students and a senate memorial to increase the time students spend studying at NMSU.  There is ample evidence that full-time students spend less time studying outside the classroom now than was true 40 years ago.  This diminishment threatens the acquisition of skills, such as critical thinking, complex reasoning, and effective communication that are essential for lifelong learning and for success in graduate programs and in the workplace.  Teaching more rigorous courses that call for more reading and writing is a goal that I support.  However, implementation should be coupled with a lesser reliance on, or a modification of, student evaluations because such evaluations sometimes punish faculty members who teach challenging courses.
  • Water Research Institute: At the end of the week, I met with Feng Weizhe, Director of International Programs at China Agricultural University, to discuss the establishment of a joint Water Research Institute between China Agricultural University (CAU) and New Mexico State University.  At the meeting, Dr. Feng expressed CAU’s interest in developing a joint college with NMSU within the CAU College of Civil Engineering and Hydrology at CAU.  The suggestion of a joint college was unexpected, but one NMSU will follow up on with great vigor.  China Agricultural University is the most highly regarded agricultural university in China and has a wonderful faculty and gifted student body.  The establishment of a joint college would provide wonderful opportunities for NMSU Engineering students to study in China and would encourage students from CAU to study in Las Cruces.  The exchange of faculty and students would serve both institutions well.
  • Foundation Board: Finally, I had the pleasure of attending some of the quarterly sessions of the Foundation Board on Friday and Saturday.  I am never more proud of having been associated with this university for almost a quarter of a century than when I spend time with this group of distinguished alumni and friends of NMSU.  Their dedication to NMSU is inspiring.

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Sustainable Agriculture Science Center: The Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde conducted a field day on winter greens production in High tunnels (commonly referred to as Hoop Houses).  Del Jimenez, NMSU Extension agriculture specialist with the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project, discussed construction and durability aspects of High Tunnels. Dr. Mark Uchanski, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, presented research results from a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program grant. Presentations were followed by a tour of the High Tunnels where follow-up studies continue.
  • 2015 New Mexico Chile Conference: The 2015 New Mexico Chile Conference held at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces was a huge success.  2015 New Mexico Chile Conference attendeesThe goal of the annual Conference is to help New Mexico growers and producers receive research-based innovations and information from NMSU to keep the New Mexico chile industry competitive in a global marketplace.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Jeffery Mitchell from UC Davis speaking on “Conservation Tillage and Cropping Systems” that can be applied to chile pepper growing.  There were more than 230 attendees, the largest conference in more than five years.  Attendees traveled from as far away as Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Mexico.  All the industry leaders were in attendance, including major food processors, growers, NMSU extension personnel, researchers, and students.  The majority of the attendees were New Mexico growers.  The NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station student research poster contest was won by Ms. Li Jiang, a Ph.D. student in PES.  Her poster title was “Studies on Yellow Buds Mutant Ecotypical Cytoplasmic Male Sterility A-line, YBM12-EAB”.   Attendees were also able to receive three Continuing Education Units for pesticide application, and crop consultant licenses for attending.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Faculty Senate Chair: Stuart Munson-McGee, professor in Food Science and Technology, has been elected to another term as Chair of the Faculty Senate.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • New Committee Members: Sonja Koukel, Extension Community and Environmental Health Specialist, has been named to the national Health Literacy Action Team for the Extension and Experiment Station Committees on Organization and Policy (ECOP and ESCOP).  Dr. Carol Turner, Extension Foods and Nutrition Specialist, has been named to the national Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Review Team for the Extension and Experiment Station Committees on Organization and Policy (ECOP and ESCOP).

Cooperative Extension Service

  • 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat: 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat took place in Albuquerque January 24-25. The purpose of the retreat is to give high school student leadership training and to foster their interest in higher education, especially NMSU. Workshops included topics in engineering regarding the future with robotics, conquering boundaries and setting accomplishable goals, and developing personal and professional skills. Youth participated in a community service activity by creating thank you cards for veterans and active military personnel. A Kirkland Air Force Base officer spoke to the youth about the impact the cards have on the soldiers and how much they appreciate the cards. ACES Ambassadors discussed the opportunities available by attending NMSU and the degrees offered within ACES.

Media Productions

  • Aerostar BAerostar B:  NMSU Media Productions has been working with the Physical Science Laboratory, UAS Flight Test Center, to document a launch of their largest unmanned aircraft – the Aerostar B. NASA officials from Edwards AFB observed the flight Thursday, January 29. The Aerostar B held a 65-lb. camera-gimbal unit with a wide range of maneuverability. Media Productions will be creating promotional video from this footage showcasing the capabilities of NMSU’s UAS Flight Test Center.


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

Associate Dean, Enrico Pontelli

  • Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe: Associate Dean Van Winkle attended the Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe, representing the college of Arts & Sciences at the NMSU Alumni Reception on Friday and in the State Capitol Rotunda on Monday.
  • Interview for Head of English Department position: All associate deans met with Dr. Patricia Moran, candidate for the position of Head of English Department.
  • New competitive research programs: The College presented at the Arts & Sciences General Faculty meeting two new programs aimed at boosting competitive research – the Discovery Scholars program, focused on research experiences for undergraduates; the Grants for Grants program, focused on enhancing the development of competitive grant proposals.
  • College of Arts and Sciences training: Associate Dean Brown and staff members attended trainings for the College of Arts and Sciences Shared Service Center about both Human Resources steps and post-award steps.  Tawni Swanson gave a presentation about 90-day waiver processes.  Associate Dean Brown also participated in an external funding meeting at the College of Health and Social Services with faculty from several colleges.  He met with the College’s Graduate Affairs Committee as they reviewed applications by graduate students to attain funding to travel to conferences and research institutions.  The committee approved 13 graduate student travel awards.
  • Funding: We learned that the College of Arts and Sciences received $9,142,668.30 in new funding during the period from July through December 2014.  The College’s faculty members conducted funded research during this period that brought $1,668,505 in indirect revenues to NMSU.  This was the largest total for any unit in the University.
  • NIH-BRAiN renewal: Elba Serrano (Biology) and Barbara Lyons (Chemistry & Biochemistry) were awarded an NIH-BRAiN renewal through the University of Colorado-Denver for $841,990 over five years.  Dr. Lyons will become the grant PI in September.  William Maio (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received $146,000 from NIH.  Stefan Zollner (Physics) received $150,046 from AFOSR.  Gary Eiceman (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received $50,000 from DHS through Northeastern University.  Charles Bruce (Physics) received $7,500 from NanoSONIC. 
  • Scholarly Excellence Rally: Jiannong (John) Xu from the Department of Biology was honored at the first Scholarly Excellence Rally of the Spring semester.  He recently received $1,421,950 in a multi-year SCORE grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Communicable Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, to study “Bacterial Colonization and Immunogenicity in Mosquito Gut Ecosystem.”  The first year’s funding is $350,040.
  • Center for Latin American and Border Studies: Barbara Tennebaum, a specialist in Mexican culture at the Library of Congress, discussed at NMSU’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies the historical issues that developed when General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna lost a leg defending Mexico against French invaders. 
  • Annual Joint Mathematics Meetings: Four Ph.D. students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences (Deepak Basyal, Meredith Anderson, Lokendra Paudel and Zheng Wei) traveled to the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings held in San Antonio, January 10-13, to present their research in contributed paper sessions and to participate in interviews at the American Mathematical Society Employment Center.  Zheng Wei’s travel was partially funded by a College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award.
  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Two faculty members (Dr. Tran and Dr. Yeoh) and two doctoral students from Computer Science traveled to Austin to present their research work in the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence –the premiere international forum for artificial intelligence research. 


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Greening the Curriculum at NMSU Initiative Reception: Kathy Brook provided welcoming remarks at a reception for faculty, staff, administrators, students and recruiters in conjunction with the Career Fair on Tuesday in Pete V. Domenici Hall.  The reception was hosted by the Greening the Curriculum at NMSU initiative.  Other presenters at the reception included Roseanne Bensley (Associate Director Career Services), joni Newcomer (Manager, Environmental Policy and Sustainability), David Boje (Professor, Management), and the NMSU’s Environmental Science Student Organization and ASNMSU sustainability coordinator.
  • Business Student Ambassadors: Kevin Boberg, Vice President for Economic Development, spoke with College of Business student ambassadors on Wednesday.  Boberg is the previous Associate Dean/Director of the Bureau of Business Research and Services for the college and provided advice to our ambassadors for successful job searches.
  • New Mexico Angels Speaker: John Chavez, president of the New Mexico Angels and College of Business alumnus provided a workshop at Arrowhead Center on Thursday.  New Mexico Angels is a New Mexico investment group committed to accelerating early-stage companies.  He provided an overview of what investors look for in startup businesses, especially in the southwest region. He also touched on how investment groups can take innovation and accelerate it into a profitable business.
  • Continuous Improvement Seminar: Along with Kathy Brook and Ken Martin, I attended a Continuous Improvement Seminar in San Diego hosted by our accrediting agency, AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).  The seminar was an excellent opportunity to review accreditation standards and processes.


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

   No Activity to Report


Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

          No Activity to Report


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

Associate Dean for Research

  • Arrowhead Park Early College High School: Joe Tomaka, of CHSS and SoAHEC, met with representatives from DACC, NMSU, and ECHS (Early College High School) regarding ongoing collaborations for workforce development, program evaluation, and research at Arrowhead Park Early College High school.  Monthly meetings have been planned to set and pursue goals and objectives for ongoing collaborations between the organizations.
  • Institute for Healthy Living video conference: Tomaka hosted a video conference presentation sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and UTEP focusing on optical detection of carotenoids for assessment of fruit & vegetable intake. 

School of Nursing

  • Campus Visits: Faculty and staff members from the School of Nursing visited the Grants campus (Grants, NM) and SFCC campus (Santa Fe, NM) to discuss distance education programs for the School of Nursing. 
  • School of Nursing Events: On Wednesday, February 4 the School of Nursing held its 5th Annual Sigma Theta Tau (STTI) Rush Event and 2nd Annual Nursing Student Development Conference.  The event presented an opportunity for 7th and 8th semester nursing students to become a part of The Honor Society of Nursing, STTI, the second-largest nursing organization in the world as well as a chance to learn more about the hiring processes and employment at area healthcare institutions.  Representatives from Ben Archer Health Center, Del Sol, El Paso VA Health Care System, Memorial Medical Center, Molina Healthcare, MountainView Regional Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico participated in a panel discussion and provided students with useful tips as they begin their job search.  Those in attendance received gift bags and were entered into a drawing to receive one of four Barnes & Noble gift cards and an iPad Mini.  This event was made possible by the generosity of the Wheeler family, the parents of nursing alumna, Anna Yourstone, who wanted to ensure quality learning experiences, such as those that Anna had at NMSU, continue to be provided to future generations of Aggie nurses.    

School of Social Work

  • Pay it Forward Campaign: Master of Social Work Student, Kellie Tomlin, participated in Albuquerque’s KOB Channel 4 “Pay it Forward” campaign by nominating her co-worker, Sonya Romero.  The campaign’s message is to recognize community members that are doing extraordinary things for others.  Romero has fostered four children in Albuquerque since November due to a lack of available foster families. Follow the link for the full story below:

Department of Public Health

  • NACADA Webinar: Department of Public Health academic advisor Letty Gallegos coordinated an NACADA webinar on January 29 for all NMSU advisors.  The topic of the webinar was “Advising and the Completion Agenda:  Strategies for Student Success”.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Santa Fe: The week began in Santa Fe as I participated in the Las Cruces day events, the Alumni reception, and meeting new friends of the university. I had scheduled meetings with three individuals who were prospective friends of the Honors College and enjoyed great conversations with these folks about what we are doing in the Honors College.
  • Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium: We began the first activities surrounding the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) that will be held in April. I met with the head graphic designer in our art department and we discussed what was possible in terms of design parameters for our logo, print materials, and other details. A small team of us from the Honors College will meet with teams of his students soon as their “client” to discuss our needs and challenge them to come up with innovative designs for this year’s URCAS.
  • Interview for the Dean of the College of Education: The search committee that is reviewing candidates for the Dean of the College of Education conducted videoconference interviews with the semi-finalists for the position, in advance of selecting the four or five candidates that will visit campus in the next few weeks. These were very positive opportunities to learn more about the candidates experiences and strengths while sparing the cost of extensive travel. David Chavez was extremely helpful in setting up the technology in Milton Hall, and in working with each of the semi-finalists before the official interviews to ensure the technology was working well, and we are grateful for his expertise.
  • Academic Advisors Group Meeting: I met with the Academic Advisors Group to discuss some of the initiatives we are undertaking in the Honors College, notably the Pathways to Honors which we are developing for the varied academic majors on campus. We had a really productive discussion about how to encourage more students to participate in honors opportunities, how to make honors classes more accessible across the NMSU system, and opportunities beyond just classes that are open to students in the Honors College. I look forward to working closely with everyone on this team in the coming years. 

Associate Dean, Timothy Ketelaar

  • Boren Scholarship: Worked with ONSIE staff to submit a Boren Scholarship Application on behalf of a student interested in a language fluency program in South Korea.  Much appreciation to Associate Dean Mark Anderson who worked closely with this student over the past year.
  • 2015 Honors College Scholarship: Met with several students to discuss their interest in submitting an application for the 2015 Honors College scholarship, a $5000 award to support International Research.  As of Friday, February 6, a total of eight students have provided an official notification of interest in submitting an application,
  • Roundup Feature Story: Met with NMSU Roundup reporter William Huntsman who expressed interest in writing a possible Roundup Feature story about the Honors College Scholarship, its history, previous winners and their research.
  • Rhodes Scholar: Met with a potential Rhodes Scholar applicant and discussed general strategies for preparing a successful application.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

          No Activity to Report


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

  • Senate Bill 64: Our legislative lobby event for Senate Bill 64 (“UNM & NMSU Student Global Competitiveness”) that took place on February 3 and 4 in Santa Fe was a big success with delegations from NMSU, UNM, Western, NMSU Carlsbad and NMMI in attendance. Dr. Cornell Menking and Dr. Mary Anne Saunders of UNM presented on behalf of Senate Bill 64 to the Senate Education Committee.  Two NMSU students also joined the lobbying effort.
  • Gift to Senator Papen: While in Santa Fe, Dr. Menking and the NMSU delegation presented Senator Mary Kay Papen, President pro tempore of the NM Senate, with a framed banner of the Aggie fight song.
  • Baku Summer Energy School Program: In collaboration with the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the Office of Education Abroad organized an information session to raise awareness of the Baku Summer Energy School Program. The event was well attended and a number of students indicated that they will be signing for the two-week certificate program in Baku, Azerbaijan. 
  • Generation Study Abroad Surveys: The Office of Education Abroad completed surveys for Generation Study Abroad that reaffirmed NMSU’s commitment to send 600 students a year abroad by 2019.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • DACC Central Utilities Improvements: Demolition began for the DACC Central Utilities Improvement project on January 26.  Once complete, the renovated corridor and classrooms will have improved functionality, fresh new appearance, and will be code compliant with life safety standards.
  • Department HVAC Renovation: Asbestos abatement began February 2 in the east wing of the Fire Station.  This is the first phase of a construction project to upgrade the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to the dormitory rooms.
  • Landscaping: Grounds personnel have coordinated the removal of 4 trees from the South side of the Biology Annex.  The trees were removed after a request was received from the Biology department that the greenhouses were not useable due to the shade from trees.  The trees were chipped and will become part of the compost that is generated by Facilities and Services.  Facilities and Services always plants more trees than we remove.  We will be Xeriscaping the area where the trees were removed using Crape Myrtles and ornamental shrubs.
  • Chocolate Lovers Buffet: The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club hosted this event on February 4, featuring Traditional Turkey Mole, Skewered Fruit with Chocolate Fondue, House-Dipped Chocolate Pretzels, Mexican Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse and more! Over 70 guests enjoyed this special lunch buffet.
  • OSHA 300 Log: Environmental Health & Safety notes that the NMSU 2014 OSHA 300 log, a summary of employee injuries and illnesses, is posted on the NMSU safety website.  This log lists summary information on cases and time (days) lost or restricted due to reportable injury (or illness) by NMSU employees in 2014.   Under New Mexico law this annual summary log must be posted from February 1 through April 30. 
  • Loss Prevention: Employees are reminded to report work-related injuries and illness to their supervisor. Supervisors are obligated to complete a Supervisor Accident Investigation Report for injured employee under their supervision.
  • Mac Office Hours: Each Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday from 11:00 am -7:00 pm, the Barnes & Noble tech shop has “Mac Office Hours”.   This program has been very successful in helping students, faculty, and staff navigate and better use the apple product they purchased.
  • NMSU Turbine: Plant Operations and representatives from SOLAR Turbine conducted reliability testing on NMSU’s turbine.  There have been issues restarting the turbine after scheduled maintenance shut downs.  The team reviewed operational data and made some changes in the programming logic to adjust operating parameters. 
  • Chiller #1: Carrier completed the scheduled refurbishment of Chiller #1 at the Central Utility Plant.  Performing this maintenance will extend the life of the unit and improve the operational efficiency.  During the refurbishment they found a broken sound attenuator, and the loose pieces could have caused a catastrophic failure of the unit.
  • Aggie Kindness Week: Taos Restaurant offered $5 meals all day on February 3.  Sodexo is also running a “Post It Forward” campaign this week where guests can pay for someone else’s food or beverage at either Taos Restaurant or Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Corbett Center; to date, over 75 guests at Taos Restaurant and over 25 guests at Einstein Bros. Bagels have participated in this year’s “Post It Forward” campaign.


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

  • Daniels Fund: Bernadette Montoya, along with Janie Merchant, Director of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, and Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, met with Mr. Jeb Dickey, an NMSU alum and representative from the Daniels Fund. The discussion focused on increasing partnership opportunities and increasing the number of Daniels Scholars who choose to attend NMSU. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Every year, Daniels Scholars are selected from a four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Daniels Scholars currently attend more than 200 colleges and universities in 44 states.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

  • Campus Visit Invitations: Invitations to visit our campus this spring were sent out to 15,000 prospective high school seniors in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.
  • Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe: Sylvia Castillo, a University Admissions recruiter, represented NMSU at Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe on Monday, February 2.  She joined a contingent of NMSU administrators, alumnus and community supporters.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Annual Council of College and Military Educators Conference: Terry Cook, Associate Vice President, and Candice Gilbert, Military Veterans Program Coordinator, attended the annual Council of College and Military Educators Conference held January 26-29 in Anaheim, California. Seventy conference sessions were offered on credentialing, the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, state licensure, technology use, veteran student initiatives and information, and student success.
  • TRIO Student Support Services Proposal: Ricardo Jacquez, Dean of the Engineering College, and Dr. Terry Cook submitted a TRIO Student Support Services proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for $1,100,000 to serve low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities who are majoring in STEM & Health Sciences majors. 
  • TRiO SSS Regular Grant: Anthony Marin, Student Affairs Director, submitted the TRiO SSS Regular grant to the US Department of Education for $1,952,315.00.  If successful, the grant will continue to serve 350 participants who meet the eligibility criterion (first-generation, low-income, and students with a disability).
  • Career Connections: Career Connections was conducted on February 3 and 4 with 93 employers recruiting on the Las Cruces campus.  Approximately 1,100 students participated in the event. 
  • Student Workshop: The Student Success Center hosted a Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success workshop for NMSU Las Cruces students.

Diversity Programs

  • Doña Ana Success Partnership: On February 4, Laura Gutiérrez Spencer participated in her first meeting as part of the Doña Ana Success Partnership, a collaborative body of institutions and agencies across Dona Ana County that have been organized by New Mexico NGAGE, a local non-profit organization. The purpose of the group is to ensure that all of the 16,000 children under age five in Doña Ana County are given the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop. 
  • Chicano Programs Outreach: Chicano Programs is following up with students who signed up with Chicano Programs during New Student Registration events in 2014 to determine which students are succeeding academically and which students may be in need of more outreach and support.
  • Interviews for the Chicano Programs Coordinator Position: Chicano Programs is conducting interviews for the coordinator position with the help of Ms. Ann Nieto of Admissions..


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Angel Investor Presentation by John Chavez: On Friday, Arrowhead Center hosted John Chavez, President of the New Mexico Angels, who gave a presentation regarding what investors are looking for in startup businesses. Mr. Chavez discussed how investment groups can assist innovation and accelerate it into a profitable business. After the presentation, Mr. Chavez held a question and answer session with the nearly 30 participants who attended.
  • Arrowhead Center at NSF’s I-Corps Program in New Jersey: Arrowhead’s Dr. Kramer Winingham, along with Dr. Ou Ma (Mechanical Engineering) and Dakota Burrow (Mechanical Engineering) participated in NSF’s I-Corps Program in New Jersey this past week to find commercial opportunities for the Gravity Offloading Machine developed at NMSU. The majority of the program is dedicated to market research, and the team was able to visit Columbia University and Medical Center, NYU and the Rusk Rehabilitation Center, and several local physical therapy offices to understand the potential of the Gravity Offloading Machine as a physical therapy device. The program continues through webinar-based program over the next seven weeks and culminates with another trip to New Jersey. The team received a $50k award from the NSF last fall to participate in the program and commercialize the technology
  • NMSU Donors, the Hunt Family, visit Arrowhead Center: Woody Hunt and Joshua Hunt, prominent executives from Hunt Companies, Inc., a real estate investment company based in El Paso, visited Arrowhead Center. Messrs. Hunt were given a briefing and tour of Arrowhead, which culminated in a reception at Studio G with both student entrepreneurs and recipients of Hunt Family Foundation scholarships attending Dona Ana Community College.
  • Student Entrepreneurship in Mexico City: Arrowhead Center entered into a contract with Abt Associates Inc. to deliver entrepreneurial guidance, coaching, and a training program to students at five universities in Mexico City (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, and Institutos Tecnologicos).  The contract also establishes a seed fund of $10 M to provide capital to start-up businesses.


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, Mario Moccia

  • Legislative Breakfast and Reception: I attended the Legislative Breakfast and the Reception at the Governor’s Mansion.  I met with several legislators as well as many Las Cruces business leaders throughout the course of the day.  I went to the Senate Floor and met with numerous senators. As a guest of Senator John Sapien, I was formerly introduced to the Senate and was designated to sing the Aggie Fight song in front of many.
  • Staff Meeting: I held my first Full Staff meeting of my tenure as Director of Athletics. Amongst many topics, I discussed my expectations of the department.
  • KRUX-FM: Solidified a partnership with KRUX-FM, New Mexico State University’s student- run radio station. The partnership will assist students in furthering their careers in sports broadcast.
  • Networking: I traveled with men’s basketball to Chicago State and University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). I met with ten New Mexico State University Aggie Alumni while in Chicago. At Kansas, I had dinner with Tom Waggoner, Managing Principal of HOK Architecture; Dirk Schafer, President of J.E. Dunn Construction; and Eric Morrison, Vice President Providence Bank who gave a $250 donation. I met with Vahe Gregorian a sport columnist with the Kansas City Star and discussed a future Aggie Athletic project and their potential involvement. I also met with Chancellor of UMKC Leo E. Morton and   Gary Forsee, former CEO of Sprint Nextel and former president of the University of Missouri System.

Deputy AD, Dave McCollum

  • American Indian Program Partnership: Met with Justin McHorse, director of NMSU’s American Indian Program to discuss possible partnerships with Athletics.
  • American Indian Program Presentation: Made Athletics presentation in practice gym to about 35 members of American Indian Program, prior to women’s basketball game.
  • Football Recruitment Breakfast: Attended private breakfast hosted by Jag Cheema and Kit Johnson for additional insight into NMSU football recruit announcements. Attendees included President Carruthers, Regent Chair Mike Cheney, Mickey Clute and about 25 local business leaders.

Associate AD, Development-Fred Heinrich

  • Alaska Structures: I met with representatives of Alaska Structures (AKS) for a plant tour and to deliver photos from New Mexico States Softball program’s Dining at the Diamond event which AKS was a sponsor of.  During this event, Alaska Structures’ founder Richard Hotes donated a motorized wheelchair with tank-like treads to an NMSU wounded warrior, Sean Robinson. NMSU softball and athletics generally received expanded media coverage as a result.
  • Albuquerque Event: I have been planning and coordinating an event in Albuquerque at the home of Smoky and Alan Torgerson to introduce Director of Athletics Mario Moccia to our alumni and friends in Albuquerquqe.

 Associate AD, Student Development-James Hall

  • African-American Leadership & Higher Education Panel: I was invited to speak at a panel discussion entitled African-American Leadership & Higher Education hosted by Black Programs as part of Black History month. Other distinguished members of the panel included Provost Dr. Dan Howard, Dr. Henrietta Pichon, Professor in the College of Education, and Commander Paul Cross. Dr. Montoya, Vice President of Student Affairs, shared a short story about the importance of Black History Month.

Associate AD, Marketing & Promotions-Steve Macy

  • Annual Football Signing Day Party: The annual football signing day party was held on Wednesday, February 4 at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Fulton Center. Head Football Coach Doug Martin presented a video and update on the newest additions to the Aggie family. About 125 Aggie fans were in attendance.
  • Women’s Basketball Team: The women’s basketball team won its 10th straight game on Thursday, February 5 with a 70-53 victory. With the win, the Aggies remain unbeaten in WAC play with a 7-0 record. It was also the largest women’s basketball crowd in over two seasons.
  • Football Program: Head Football Coach Doug Martin spoke to approximately 25 boosters in a private breakfast on Thursday, February 5. The breakfast was hosted by Kit Johnson and Jag Cheema and included testimonials by several in attendance to encourage others to support the football program.
  • Pack the Pan Am Campaign: Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced a “Pack the Pan Am” campaign for the men’s basketball home finale on Saturday, March 7. The Pan Am has not been sold out since the Pan Am renovations in 2006, and already over 1,600 single-game tickets have been sold to that game. All lower bowl seats are $10, while all upper bowl seats are $5.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday Feature: This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News is a profile of Cydney Martin, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service home economist in Santa Fe. Martin has published her own heirloom cookbook called “Apron Strings” and encourages others to create cookbooks from collected family recipes as a record of our cultural heritage.
  • Las Cruces Sun-News Eye on Research: The Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News this week outlines the work of NMSU scientists, who in January announced a final data release for the third phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey that includes information to allow researchers to construct a three-dimensional chemical map of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • Annual Football Signing Day: Athletics Media Relations helped present the annual football signing day on Wednesday. Working with AggieVision, they provided live streaming video of the event. The coverage continued by hosting a news conference later in the afternoon and supporting the signing party that night. Our sports writers also continued to support the red-hot basketball teams that have won a combined 20 of their last 22 games, with the women taking 10 straight.
  • Meeting with Legislators: Our KRWG team, Glen Cerny and Adrian Velarde, traveled to Santa Fe this week to meet with legislators. This was a coordinated visit that included public TV leadership from Albuquerque and Portales. The three stations are collaborating on a request for a public television equipment upgrade and replacement.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • 2015 Legislative Session:  The Office of Government Relations will be attending the Legislative Session in Santa Fe, NM. Stay updated on current news regarding the legislative session by visiting their website


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

  • Emerging Microbrewing Industry: I attended a meeting with landowners in Questa, New Mexico, to discuss the emerging microbrewing industry in New Mexico and the opportunities to provide locally grown crops.  There is much interest in the area to expand agricultural production to replace jobs lost from the closure of the mine in the area.  NMSU Cooperative Extension and Agriculture Experiment Station presented at the meeting to land owners, village and county leaders.
  • National Association of State Departments of Agriculture: This week I attended the mid-winter meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in Washington, DC.  I serve on the NASDA Board and chair the Natural Resources, Pesticide Management and Environment committee.  \
  • Apiary Inspectors of America and American Association of Professional Apiculturists: Staff attended the Apiary Inspectors of America and American Association of Professional Apiculturists’ Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.  This meeting was held to disseminate information between state regulatory agencies and research professionals on nationwide apiary issues.  During this meeting, the state apiary program coordinator, Ryan Hiles, was elected to serve a two year term on the Board of Directors for Apiary Inspectors of America as the Western Region Representative.
  • Dona Ana County Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting: Staff attended the Dona Ana County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting.  The group discussed the recent activation of the Emergency Operations Center, at level 4, during the snow and weather incident.  Contingencies for parking displaced motorists during extended closures included vacant NMSU lots.  The storm, while severe, did not result in any extended closures or cause any widespread issues as driving conditions improved quickly.  Dave Daniels, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Emergency Preparedness Specialist for the Southwest Region, discussed Points of Distribution (POD) for mass vaccinations in the event of need.  The current measles outbreak prompted the discussion as Mr. Daniels explained the entire process and organization of a POD site.  In an outbreak event, there is capability to set up multiple sites depending on population with specific groups (religious organizations, schools, military establishments) to streamline the process and make mass vaccination more efficient. 
  • Pesticide Applicator License Applications: Online pesticide applicator license applications and computer-based testing went online for Commercial, Public and Noncommercial pesticide applicators and Pest Management Consultants. Applicants can schedule testing several days each week in Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe, with additional test centers planned in Roswell, Portales and Alamogordo.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Update: There were 55 police reports created, 33 supplements filed, and 28 traffic citations issued.
  • Records & Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 68 items of evidence, and fingerprinted 29 people.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center: The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 310 calls for service (14 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 172 police calls (3 of which were mutual aide), 12 fire calls (6 of which were mutual aide), and 7 emergency medical calls.
  • Fraudulent Magazine Subscriptions: There was a rash of individuals attempting to fraudulently sell magazine subscriptions on campus.  The patrol officers did a great job of locating and identifying 6 individuals, who were asked to leave campus and not return.
  • Bicycle Theft: Bicycle theft has been a challenge (7 stolen in the past week), with all bikes stolen having poor-quality locks.  A notice to the community has been prepared encouraging students and employees to use quality locks on their bicycles.  This notice is set to go out the afternoon of February 10.
  • Campus Visit: Commander Jeff Harvey and Chief Stephen Lopez travelled to the Carlsbad campus on Friday, February 6 and taught two pepper spray courses to 30 faculty and staff members at the campus.
  • Free Speech Task Force: The Free Speech Task Force has posted the proposed new policy language and is actively seeking feedback from the campus community. 

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