Activity Report February 23-27

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Meeting with the Mayor: Regent Cheney, Provost Howard, Ben Woods, and I met with Mayor Ken Miyagishima to thank him and the City for their cooperation on revising our lease with the City for the Conference Center land so that we can better situate the proposed hotel and to provide sufficient land to develop the Heritage Farm.  In addition, we thanked the Mayor and his team for assisting NMSU in proving up some very valuable water rights.  The Mayor is a College of Business graduate and happy to help out his alma mater.
  • 2015 Aggie Baseball Season Opener: I threw out the first pitch for the Aggie Baseball team’s home opener.  I did throw a strike from a shorter distance but was upstaged by an 11-year old who threw a perfect fast ball from the regular pitching mound.
  • WAC Regular Season Title: Congratulations to the Women’s Basketball team for capturing the Western Athletic Conference regular season title.  Starting 0-5, they ended up as of Saturday night at 19-7.  I spoke to Coach Trakh who advised me that they were losing only one senior, and have three juniors, and the remainder of the team are freshmen and sophomores.  He also indicated he had a good recruiting season, bringing in a couple of taller women to play underneath the basketball. This NMSU team plays an exciting game with great energy.  Come see them at the WAC tournament!
  • 2015 Legislative Session: The legislative session is a bit slow as House Bill 2 (appropriations) has now moved from the House floor to the Senate.  The Senate will spend a couple of weeks modifying this budget and send it back to the House for concurrence.  All in (I&G and Research and Public Service projects) NMSU is looking at this time at a modest $1.8 million in new dollars.  We are currently working with the Senate to restore some cuts that have been made to the athletics and public television budgets.  Money is tight.  We hope to get $2 million to complete the Jett Hall/Jett Annex/ Rentfrow gym project.
  • NMSU Student Regent: A most historic occasion – as the result of the Governor’s appointment of Amanda Lopez Askin as the student regent, NMSU will have four women and one man on the Board.  Why historical?  On one occasion there were two women on the board but never more than that at any time.  Debra Hicks, an NMSU engineering graduate was confirmed today as a Regent and Jerean Hutchison will be at confirmation hearings next week.  Three very talented new Regents!
  • Stan Fulton: Our good friend Stan Fulton has once again contributed a substantial amount of money to do some modifications of Memorial Stadium.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Meeting with Gadsden School District Superintendent: I visited Efren Yturralde, Superintendent of the Gadsden School District to discuss issues of mutual interest, including: the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate, remedial coursework, and proposed changes to the Lottery Scholarship.  Superintendent Yturralde sees NMSU as the natural next step for students graduating from high schools in his district, and we discussed ways of helping students understand the pathways to the baccalaureate available to them through the NMSU system.  One way of getting information out to the students is through their counselors and we agreed to arrange a meeting between Gadsden District counselors and the NMSU Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management during the second week of September 2015.
  • Title IX Policy Development: At a Title IX meeting the next day, we discussed the need to develop policy regarding Title IX training obligations of everyone associated with the NMSU’s campuses, including NMSU faculty, staff, students, vendors, and temporary occupants of our housing facilities.  NMSU is a big, complicated system and developing a relatively seamless training system is challenging.  Nevertheless, the outcome—a safe campus for all—is worth the effort.
  • Dean of the Graduate School Search Committee: On Wednesday, I met with the Dean of the Graduate School Search Committee to go over the strengths and weaknesses of all the finalists for the position.  The meeting gave me an opportunity to listen carefully to the opinions of a group who had invested considerable energy into the search and who had brought a very accomplished group of candidates to our campus for interviews.
  • Dunn Solar Telescope: On Thursday, I met with Professor Jon Holtzman, Assistant Professor James McAteer, Associate Dean Jeff Brown, and Vice President Vimal Chaitanya to discuss the future of the Dunn Solar Telescope.  Although the telescope is now more than 40 years old, it continues to be a versatile and valuable instrument that is worth preserving.  NSF has signaled that it is interested in providing some funding to continue operating the telescope.  The challenge for NMSU is assembling a consortium of universities to run the telescope and to provide modest levels of funding for operations.


Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Academic Programs:

  • Visitor Tour: ACES Ambassadors conducted a tour for the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) students from Ruidoso, NM on February 26. They visited the Arthropod Museum, Genetics Lab, HRTM lab and the Shrimp Farm. The visit was to give them an overview of college life and the degrees of study available at NMSU.
  • 27th Annual MESA Day High School State Academic Competition: On February 27 four Ambassadors helped to serve as judges for the 27th Annual MESA Day High School State Academic Competition. ACES Ambassadors help recruit students to NMSU.

Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

  • Social Mixer/Fundraiser: National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) students hosted a fund raising Social Mixer with live music on February 27 at the NMSU Golf Course Club House. A silent auction was held during the event. The students held their annual scholarship golf tournament on February 28. These events helped them raise scholarship money for NAMA students, and travel expenses for the students to attend the National Marketing Competition held in Kansas City in April 2015.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • New Mexico Organic Farming Conference: Cooperative Extension Service, in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Organic Program and Marketing Division and Farm to Table, a nonprofit organization out of Santa Fe, just finished conducting the annual New Mexico Organic Farming Conference.  This conference, which is offered in February every year, has grown to attracting almost 800 participants annually, making it one of the largest conferences in the southwest.  Participants come from as far as Alaska and Virginia. Educational information and idea sharing that took place in this conference will enable this industry, worth approximately $40 million within the state of New Mexico, continue to make necessary changes to keep up with growth.   One trend worth noting is that participants at this conference are getting younger.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (FWCE):

  • ACES students, part of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and American Fishery Society (AFS) Teams, are Victorious Once Again!!: FWCE hosted the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting of the New Mexico and Arizona Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society here in Las Cruces. The meeting was attended by 350 people from state, federal, private agencies and universities. Seven universities from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas were represented. The Department of FWCE was represented by six undergraduates, six graduates, one Ph.D., two Post-Docs, and four faculty. All gave scientific presentations. Dr. Scott Carleton participated as a plenary speaker on new technologies in fish and wildlife ecology. Dr. James Cain, out-going president of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society will soon be replaced by incoming president-elect Dr. Virginia Seamster, also located here in the Department of FWCE. Special kudos and congrats to our amazing team of undergraduates – Clay Morrow, Jacob Townsend, Isidro Barella and Hunter Falco for taking home the AZ/NM Quiz Bowl Trophy for the second year in a row! Hunter Falco also received the prestigious AZ/NM American Fisheries Society Miles McInnis Award.
  • Praise to The ACES Wildlife Society (TWS) Student Chapter Members in the Field!: Bosque del Apache biologists sent this note to TWS Student Chapter President Dominique Lujan following a duck trapping weekend under the supervision of Advisor, Dr. Scott A. Carleton: “Please pass on my thanks to everyone that came up with you today. Without a doubt your group was the most help, most professional and most enjoyable I have had on a rocket shot and banding. Look forward to working with all of you at NMSU in the future.”

Extension Plant Sciences Department

  • Training: The NMSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, housed in the Extension Plant Sciences Department, hosted a National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) System for True, Accurate and Reliable Diagnostics (STAR-D) Auditor Training the week of February 23. The NPDN is a collective effort among Land Grant Universities, federal agencies, and state departments of agriculture, whose mission is to enhance agricultural security through the protection of plant health and productivity. The STAR-D program was designed to create and maintain a diagnostic laboratory accreditation process that enables the laboratories to follow similar requirements and standards striving to meet consistency, accuracy and timeliness of testing, documenting and reporting plant pests. The participants included the audit trainers (three NPDN STAR-D trainers and a professional International Standards Organization 17025 trainer) and ten auditor trainees from around the United States. The training consisted of three days of intensive classes and exercises for the trainees and a gap audit of the NMSU-Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. The gap audit serves as a preliminary review of the laboratory’s quality management system which includes assessment of the facilities, equipment, personnel and procedures; and is the first step toward STAR-D accreditation.


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

  • New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference: I participated with Associate Dean Van Winkle and department heads William Quintana (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Barry Thatcher (English) in a session at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference in Albuquerque about “Strategies for Sustaining a Meaningful Academic Program Assessment Cycle.”  Twelve faculty members and five students from the College of Arts and Sciences also gave presentations at the conference.
  • Shared Services Center Task Force meeting: I participated with Associate Dean Brown and staff member Tawni Swanson in an Arts and Sciences Shared Services Center Task Force meeting.
  • A&S/Athletics Collaboration: Associate Dean Pontelli met with representatives from the NMSU Athletics Program to improve interactions with the A&S Advising Center.
  • CREST/HBCU NSF Program Meeting: Associate Dean Pontelli attended the annual CREST/HBCU NSF program meeting in Washington D.C. and collected ideas for possible NSF programs that could be targeted at the college level.
  • Annual Department Reviews: The associate deans and I conducted annual review meetings with department heads in Biology, Geography, and Mathematical Sciences.  We met with candidates for several faculty positions.
  • Awards: William Maio (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received $440,000 from NSF for his CAREER award.  Matthias Burkardt (Physics) received $160,000 from DOE-Golden Field Office.
  • Chope’s Approved for Listing on the State Register of Cultural Properties: NMSU Department of Anthropology graduate student Norma Hartell, former NMSU Anthropology student Addison Warner, and Dr. Beth O’Leary presented their nomination of La Mesa’s Chope’s Town Café and Bar to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.  The nomination was presented to the committee by Steve Moffson, the State and National Register Coordinator.  The family members of Chope’s were given the chance to speak on the significance of the restaurant not only to the family but to the community as well.  Chope’s was approved for listing on the State Register of Cultural Properties and will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for consideration at the national level.
  • Coffee with the Dean: The Department of Theatre Arts hosted Coffee with the Dean at the ASNMSU-CFTA building.  Faculty from across the college attended to have informal discussions with their colleagues across the campus.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Insurance Studies Program: The Insurance Studies Program was accepted into the University Partners Program administered by The Society of Financial Services Professionals (FSP) on February 10. Students from NMSU will be nominated for the “FSP Excellence in Financial Education” award which gives the student a complimentary FSP membership. This move helps make the Insurance Studies Program more competitive in the insurance and risk management industry and will provide many benefits to our students.
  • Deans Lunch: My fellow Deans and I gathered for lunch on Tuesday before the Academic Deans Council meeting.  We are working to meet monthly for lunch hosted by each college.
  • College of Education Dean Interviews: I attended the first of four lunch interviews for the College of Education Dean on Wednesday.  The first candidate was Alberto Ruiz (Texas A&M University-Kingsville).
  • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Case Competition: I had the opportunity to meet the team of students who will represent New Mexico State University at the fourth annual Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Case Competition to be held in Denver, Colorado, in late April.  The competition exposes students to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they might face in their professional careers.  Student teams will collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges.  Students will compete with teams from other Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative schools.  The experience promises to challenge students’ ethical reasoning, provide a significant networking opportunity, and in the end, raise students’ awareness of the importance of principle-based ethics.
  • Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: Anthony Casaus and I attended the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Thursday at WestStar Bank.
  • Bill and Sharon Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship: Interviews for the Bill and Sharon Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship position started this week and will continue late next week.  The endowed chair was created through a gift of stock valued at more than $1 million from Bill and Sharon Sheriff and aims to attract and reward faculty who will provide leadership and expertise in cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship in New Mexico and developing resources that will advance that goal in the state and region.  The faculty member awarded the chair will also collaborate with NMSU’s Arrowhead Center, which is an engine for sustainable economic development and entrepreneurship.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Out and About: Dean Morehead attended the alumni reception in Phoenix and connected with several donors during the trip. Dean Morehead did a welcome for the Tri University Conference and received a $10,000 check for the Edgar Garrett Speech and Hearing Clinic. These dollars will assist the clinic in providing service to individuals in need of speech pathology assistance. The College sponsored the first ever Alumni reception in El Paso and over 35 individuals attended.  At this event Dean Morehead outlined many of the accomplishments and recognition the college has received as well as initiatives underway.
  • Dean of the Graduate School Search Committee: The Graduate Dean Search committee met with the provost to share their final thoughts on the candidates. Dean Morehead expressed his thanks to the committee and complimented them on such terrific work. Under the leadership of Dr. Candace Kaye and Adelina Rodriquez, the college held a planning meeting for the Mongolian delegation which will begin March 16.

Jim O’Donnell, Associate Dean

  • Applicant Meetings: Met with applicants for a position in Secondary Special Education and for candidates for the Director of Special Education.
  • Outstanding Senior Award: Reviewed applicants for the College’s Outstanding Senior Award.

Michelle Valverde & Karen Trujillo, Community Outreach

  • MidSchool Math Conference: Planned and attended MidSchool Math Conference.

Kelly Coffeen & Ashley Jurado, Advancement Team

  • Phoenix Alumni Event: Hosted a successful Alumni Event in Phoenix, AZ on February 20.


Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers Western Regional Conference: Industrial engineering students attended the Institute of Industrial Engineers Western Regional Conference at Arizona State University.  Mauricio Garcia won 3rd place in the Technical Paper Competition.
  • Aggie Innovation Space Staff Activities: Staff at the Aggie Innovation Space led tours for approximately 50 high school students participating in Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (M.E.S.A.) program.  They are also assisting American Institute of Chemical Engineering students in designing and building a chemical-powered car for their international student design competition.  The Aggie Innovation Space conducted a Computer Aided Design workshop for 15 art department students. They are helping an art student with building a “breathing chair.”
  • Collaborations with Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez: The Mechanical and Aerospace and Industrial Engineering Departments met with an 11-person delegation from Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) on February 20 to discuss collaboration in research, teaching and student exchange. There were about 30 for lunch and the meeting was a success. MAE Associate Professor Igor Sevostianov and MAE Assistant Professor Borys Drach, among others, will travel to Juárez on March 6 to give a seminar and receive a tour of UACJ facilities.
  • National Engineers’ Week: It is a great time to be an engineering student at New Mexico State University.  Tuesday morning campus was graced with the Intel hot air balloon as the celebration of National Engineers’ Week, February 22-28, commenced.
  • Intel: Along with enjoying the site of a hot air balloon on the Horseshoe, Intel Hot Air Balloonperhaps a first, students will visit informally with Intel representatives in the Foreman Engineering Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Intel will also hold a reception and information session in the Aggie Innovation Space Presented by Intel. Intel is a founding supporter of the space which is equipped with high-tech materials, instrument and software for students to use in developing class projects and their own innovative ideas.  Intel Student Apprentices provide assistance to other students using the space.
  • Engineering Day: The College of Engineering hosted more than 500 high-school students from across the state for Engineering Day.  The students learned about engineering programs at NMSU and engineering careers, toured labs, received demonstrations and were given College of Engineering T-shirts and lunch at Taos Cafeteria.
  • Annual Weenie Roast: On Wednesday, Engineers’ Council leaders held their annual weenie roast for engineering students, staff and faculty.  Engineering organizations set up tables near the Clock Tower to engage their peers in activities.
  • Bromilow LectureBromilow Lecture: Wednesday featured a lecture by Boeing Vice President and NMSU alum, John Mulholland for the annual Bromilow Lecture. Mulholland is a Las Cruces native and currently services as VP over the Commercial Space program at Boeing.  The lecture honors the late Frank Bromilow, former dean of the College of Engineering. Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Hongmei Luo received the Bromilow Award of Excellence for Research and Scholarship Coordinator Monica Lopez received the Bromilow Staff Award of Excellence. E-Council President and chemical engineering student Emily McLaughlin received the Bromilow Scholarship.
  • Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council Meeting: On Thursday, 20 members of the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council gathered for two days of meetings. They held a panel discussion with faculty and students focusing on development of a high-tech workforce and how NMSU engineers can be better prepared to fulfill future needs. Members of the council include vice presidents and division directors at Sandia National Laboratories, The Boeing Co., Intel Corp., Northrup Grumman, Western Refining, Exxon Mobil, as well as New Mexico-based businesses owners from Pettigrew and Associates, Molzen-Corbin, Bohannan Huston and others.
  • Volt Information Sciences Slide-Rule Golf Tournament: The week culminated with the annual Volt Information Sciences Slide-Rule Golf Tournament at the NMSU golf course. The tournament raises scholarship funds for engineering students and is sponsored by founder and president of Volt Information Sciences Jerome Shaw, an NMSU electrical engineering alum. Approximately 100 golfers participated in the golf tournament.


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

Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Joe Tomaka

  • Program Evaluation Planning Committee for NMDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: Tomaka attended the first meeting of the Program Evaluation Planning Committee for NMDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program’s surveillance activities.
  • NM Healthy Aging Collaborative: Tomaka attended a meeting for the NM Healthy Aging Collaborative, a joint venture of the NM Department of Health and Department of Aging and Long-Term Services.

School of Nursing

  • New Mexico Nurse Educators Consortium: The School of Nursing sponsored the New Mexico Nurse Educators Consortium (NMNEC) business meeting on Friday 27 February at the Farm and Ranch Museum.  Nurse educators from nursing schools all over the state attended this meeting.

School of Social Work

  • 2015 National Association of Social Workers Conference: The School of Social Work sponsored over 35 students from both the undergraduate and graduate programs to attend the 2015 National Association of Social Workers Conference at the Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque from February 25 through 27.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Task Force on Community Engagement: The first meeting of the task force on community engagement convened to discuss the future of this group. Dr. Kevin Boberg has organized this group and will be guiding our activities over the coming months.

Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop: Worked with Lee Rivers of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to schedule a Fulbright U.S. Student program workshop next Tuesday March 3 at 1 p.m. in the William Conroy Honors House.  Mr. Rivers arranged for us to have campus visit and workshop by Fulbright Alum Dr. Michelle Williams who will discuss how to apply for Fulbright fellowships.  Special thanks to Yvonne Flores and Valerie Torres for getting the word out on this event under short notice.
  • Phi Eta Sigma Scholarship Applications: Submitted two Phi Eta Sigma scholarship applications to the national office.  We received a total of six entries and it was a challenge to narrow the list down to the two applications that each chapter is allowed to submit to the national office.
  • Fulbright Fellowship Application: Discussed the Fulbright Fellowship application process with two potential student applicants and met with one Honors College Scholarship applicant to discuss the preparation of their proposal.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • College of Health and Social Services Dean’s Search: Dean Titus chaired a meeting of the College of Health and Social Services Dean’s Search Committee. The position announcement is posted under administrative searches on the Inside NMSU website.
  • Interviews for the College of Education Dean: Interviewing of candidates for the College of Education Dean’s Search began this week. Dean Titus attended the Academic Dean’s Council interview with the candidate session on February 25.
  • Meeting with the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine: Dean Titus and Dean Morehead met with team members from the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Faculty Performance Evaluations: Library faculty, library department heads, and the dean were engaged this week in activities associated with the submissions, consultations, and written reviews of 2014 faculty performance evaluations.


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

No Activity to Report


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NM MESA Conference: Hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state were participants in the MESA competition to encourage NM college enrollment in the STEM fields.   NMSU Transportation & Parking Services, Sodexo Dining, Facilities & Services, and NMSU Admissions provided open air trolley campus tours with cookies and drinks for the prospective students.
  • Crimson Lights: Facilities Operations has been activating the Crimson lights in the Skeen Tower after Aggie Basketball game victories this year and will be expanding to cover all sports.  Energy efficiency improvements will be made to the lighting system and also a redesign of the lighting array to create a more noticeable presence during “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” and “Autism Awareness” months.
  • Room Renewal Rodeo: An annual Housing event kicks off on March 3 which allows current housing residents to select their rooms and roommates for the upcoming year. More information can be found at
  • Chemistry Landscape Complete: Grounds shop personnel completed a Xeriscaping project on the Northwest corner of the Chemistry building.  They designed in a walkway where the predominant footpath was worn in the existing river rock landscape to create a pedestrian friendly pathway.
  • Annual Painting: Grounds shop personnel are making preparations to clear the brush around the A on A-Mountain.  This is being done prior to the NMSU Greek Community performing the annual painting of the A during Greek Week.  The painting is scheduled for March 13, 2015.
  • Campus Care: Grounds shop personnel are in the planning stages to support two student community service days.  On March 7, 2015, 80 students will be participating in Trio day.  This year they will be preparing the tree wells in the new community park.  On March 12, 2015, the NMSU Greek Community will participate in their annual community service day.  This year they will be participating in a campus beautification effort.  These efforts will cover the new community park, Triviz Street, removing banners from light poles, and performing tree care in Cole Village.
  • Chamisa Steam Leaks: Mechanical Shop personnel identified two steam leaks in the Chamisa pit mechanical room.  An emergency outage was coordinated with Housing which affected the heating system for Chamisa Village Phase I.   The crew made the necessary repairs and returned the system to operation within one hour which minimized the impact to the students residing in the apartments.
  • Chemical Identification Course: EH&S recently hosted the national “4-Day HazCat Field Chemical Identification Course”.  Employees from NMSU EH&S, Las Cruces Fire Department, and Sierra Vista, Arizona Fire Department completed the course.  The course provided valuable hands on training in the identification of unknown chemical compounds which might be abandoned or spilled on campus or in the region.
  • Friend of Safety Award: Dennis Hallford, New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences interim department head, past chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and current chair of the University Radiation Safety Committee received this year’s annual Friend of Safety Award for his contributions to the longstanding improvement of safety in these areas.


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

  • New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference: Montoya attended the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference on Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 in Albuquerque.
  • New KRUX Antenna: Met with Robert Palacio, General Manager of KRUX, to discuss a new antenna that would reach a larger listening audience. It is great to learn about exciting things happening in student media at NMSU.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Annual TRIO Day Celebration: The NMSU TRIO Student Support Services Program attended the Annual TRIO Day Celebration on February 27 in Santa Fe. The theme of this year’s TRIO Day was the “Power of One”, and the day focused on the history of the TRIO Programs. TRIO Day provided an opportunity to recognize outstanding TRIO students, and award scholarships. Representative Tomas Salazar presented the TRIO Day Proclamation issued by the State Legislator stating February 27 as TRIO Day in the state of New Mexico. Participants of TRIO Day also attended a one-day Leadership Conference and etiquette banquet. NMSU was represented by 26 TRIO Student Support Services participants.

Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee

  • Outdoor Leadership Orientation Trip: Outdoor Recreation facilitated its third Outdoor Leadership Orientation TripOutdoor Leadership Orientation Trip on February 21 and 22 at Aguirre Springs. Nine new OLP members participated in hiking and team building activities under the facilitation of the program’s administrators and senior staff. The NMSU Outdoor Leadership Program is a continuous program that prepares students to plan, coordinate, implement and lead outdoor recreation activities for NMSU students. Participants receive training in group dynamics, teaching techniques, decision making, risk management, backpacking, rock climbing and Leave No Trace ethics.
  • Discovery Child Development Center FieldtripDiscovery Child Development Center Field Trip:  On Tuesday, February 24, children from the Discovery Child Development Center visited and toured the Campus Health Center and NMSU Fire Department. This activity was part of a community outreach opportunity for the CHC and Fire Department who work collaboratively on many special events and activities.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Lori McKee, Executive Director of Health and Wellness, Benj Diven, Medical Director, and Carol Nevarez, Nurse Supervisor, completed a second course in emergency preparedness through the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control on February 25.  The Campus Health Center has been working directly with local, state and national agencies on public health preparedness and response. Preparedness is key to supporting any type of emergency on campus. The Campus Health Center participates in annual disaster, health, fire, and emergency drills that are part of national health care accreditation and facility licensing.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Programs Award by Daniels Fund: Arrowhead Center through the NMSU Foundation received a two-year grant from the Daniels Fund of $500,000 for its youth entrepreneurship programs ranging from K- 16 and beyond. The grant will support operations and expanded capacity of the Innoventure suite of programs and Studio G, the NMSU student business incubation. These programs foster innovation and entrepreneurship among New Mexico’s students, emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC): On February 16 a meeting of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC) was held at Arrowhead Center. The Wavy Channel Heat Exchanger (wav-HEX) a technology developed by Dr. Krishna Kota, of the College of Engineering, was presented to the committee. The IPAC members voted to approve the non-provisional patent application process for Dr. Kota’s technology.
  • Studio G Networking Hour: On Friday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hours event. This week featured another installment of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. A presentation was given to nearly 20 students that discussed steps 10-12 of the 24 step system, focusing specially on how to define the core of your business, charting competitive positioning, and understanding the decision making unit.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Executive Committee meeting of APLU-Council of Research: Attended the executive committee meeting of APLU-Council of Research in Washington, D.C. The council had dinner with NSF Director, Dr. France Cordova. The council set agenda for summer meeting and the annual meeting and discussed various mechanisms and measures to report economic impact of research to the legislators.
  • Meetings in Washington, D.C.: Met with all the congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and presented the list for programmatic funding requests from NMSU.
  • Los Alamos National Labs Visitors: The VPR office hosted LANL visitors on campus and arranged meetings with six identified focus groups of faculty to promote greater collaboration with LANL scientists.
  • Scholarly Excellence Rally: The VPR office organized scholarly rallies for Dr. Shelly Lusetti and Dr. Russell Hardy on February 20 and 13,
  • National Balloon Operations Contract: PSL responded to additional work scope that Orbital Sciences Corporation provided in support of their National Balloon Operations Contract.
  • Federal Aviation Administration Agreement Extensions: The Federal Aviation Administration extended the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, as well as the Certificate of Authorization for the unmanned aircraft flight test center in order to allow the finalization of the replacement Other Transaction Authority (OTA).
  • Educational Partnership Agreement: The Naval Systems Weapon Center extended for three years the existing Educational Partnership Agreement in place with PSL.  Additional technical areas were also added to the EPA.
  • Proposal to the Department of Energy: OGC submitted a major $4.8 million multi-institutional proposal to Department of Energy titled Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities. NMSU partners included Florida Polytechnic University, Sandia National Labs, Florida Solar Energy Center and United Technologies Research Corporation.
  • National Science Foundation EPSCoR Track-2 Proposal: The Office of Research Development worked closely with the PI (Dr. Manoj Shukla from the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences) and team (including participants from Oklahoma State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Wyoming) to develop a $6 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR Track-2 proposal focusing on food security.
  • Awards: The Office of the Vice President for Research distributed approximately $54,000 to various units on campus (Business, ACES, Engineering, A&S, and WRRI) in support of award cost-sharing (NSF EPSCoR), graduate assistantships, and student activities (Science Fair, BLAST Conference).
  • Policy Submission: Nellie Quezada-Aragon submitted the 2014 Annual Report on Possible Misconduct for New Mexico State University to the National Office of Research Integrity, along with our Research Misconduct Policy. The report was accepted and our policy was approved by the national Office of Research Integrity.
  • Council of Representatives Meeting: Luis Vazquez, Council Representative for the American Psychological Association attended the Council of Representatives meeting in Washington D.C. last week.  Several policy proposals were considered and voted on that impacts health issues across the country and internationally. In addition, Dr. Vazquez was invited to speak and presented a talk on “Aversive Racism.”
  • Potluck: NM WRRI hosted a potluck lunch for faculty and students associated with the Water Science and Management (WSM) program at New Mexico State University. Seventeen faculty and students and VP for Research attended the February 20 luncheon.  Everyone attending introduced themselves, talked about their current research, and their goals for the future.  New students were welcomed into the WSM community.
  • Visit to The Kyl Institute of Water Policy: NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald visited Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Institute of Water Policy in Phoenix AZ regarding: 1) system dynamics model for water planning; and 2) collaboration on regional water planning projects regarding drought in the West.


Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

          No Activity to Report


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Greek New Member Presentation: I was the featured speaker at the Greek New Member Presentation on Wednesday evening. We spoke about a Greek and athletic partnership in order to bolster attendance at sporting events.  There were approximately 600 Greek students in attendance.
  • Santa Fe: Traveled to Santa Fe on Thursday for the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the athletic gross receipt tax. I met with numerous senators, representatives and other governmental officials. We presented the Athletic GRT bill to the finance committee with Representative John Zimmerman which successfully passed through the committee.
  • 2015 Aggie Baseball Season Opener: Baseball played their first game at the newly renovated Presley Askew Baseball field. We had an all-time attendance record in addition to an all-time series attendance record.
  • Weather Delays: I spent a considerable amount of time on Friday evening and Saturday morning dealing with our men’s basketball travel and weather situation.
  • WAC Regular Season Title: New Mexico State women’s basketball team won the outright Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship on Saturday after beating Texas-Pan American. Saturday’s game was the second highest attended game in New Mexico State women’s basketball history.

Associate AD, Student Development-James Hall

  • Newly Renovated Presley Askew Baseball Complex: The NMSU baseball team played their first home contest of the year in the newly renovated Presley Askew Baseball Complex Friday, February 27 thanks to a generous donation of $1.4 M from Mike and Judy Johnson. Renovations include chair backs on every seat, a shade structure that will cover the fans from the sun, a pitch speed indicator located underneath the scoreboard, a new outfield fence and padding, the home team dugout was expanded and modified, along with additional NM State branding.

Associate AD, Marketing- Steve Macy

  • Pack the Pan Am: Less than 50 seats remain for the Pack the Pan Am men’s basketball promotion on March 7. Over 12,500 fans will be on hand March 7 to say goodbye to the four seniors on the team, as well as recognize three new members to the US Bank NM State Athletic Hall of Fame.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday Feature: This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted New Mexico State University’s efforts to embrace sustainability through a three-week-long National Conservation Competition. NMSU joined more than 175 colleges and universities to participate in the challenge to mitigate the lasting impacts of carbon emissions and embrace a sustainable, more forward-thinking campus culture.
  • Las Cruces Sun-News Eye on Research:Associate Professsor Shelley Lusetti was featured in this week’s Eye on Research. Lusetti and her fellow investigators have received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to acquire an X-ray irradiator and dosimetry system. The cost of the instrumentation is $260,000. The team presented the impact of the instrumentation at an NMSU Scholarly Excellence Rally Friday, Feb. 20.
  • Sports information: Athletics Media Relations chronicled the continued success of the men’s and women’s basketball teams this week. The Aggie men won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship outright and have now won nine straight (the second longest win streak under coach Marvin Menzies), while the Aggie women clinched a share of the WAC regular season title and can win it outright with a win in one of the last two games. The sports writers also provided coverage of baseball, softball and a pair of home wins by the equestrian team.
  • KRWG: Glen Cerny represented KRWG at the American Public Television Service 2015 Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C., February 22-25. This APTS annual meeting features regulatory, technology and legislative sessions. During the trip to Washington, Cerny and Franz Joachim, General Manager KNME Albuquerque, met with Senator Heinrich and Representative Lujan to discuss educational initiatives and future public media funding.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • 2015 Legislative Session: We are attending the 2015 Legislative Session in Santa Fe, NM, through March 21, 2015.  Stay updated on current news regarding the legislative session by visiting their website


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

  • 2015 Legislative Session:  Staff and I continued to track and review draft and filed legislation for the 2015 legislative session, and attended various committee meetings. We also researched various subject matter for background material necessary for legislation, conducted bill analyses and interacted with other agencies regarding common legislation.
  • Veterinary Roundtable: Staff hosted a veterinary roundtable, and gave a presentation on the Ebola related work staff was involved with in West Africa.  Staff then presented a variety of veterinary cases for which the lab was involved.  Attendance at the roundtable consisted of 23 veterinarians and 12 UNM pre-veterinary students plus several NMDA staff members.
  • EDEN Community Capacity-Building Program for Drought Response Meeting: Staff held the first EDEN Community Capacity-Building Program for Drought Response meeting, in Socorro. The group will now take the EDEN drought toolkit and work together in the community to prepare for continued drought. The meeting was in conjunction with county emergency management.
  • House-Senate Chile Cook-off: I attended the House-Senate Chile Cook-off sponsored by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. NMDA staff provided New Mexico grown products for the chefs. The Senate won the traveling trophy.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Update:  There were 35 police reports created, 11 supplements filed, and 21 traffic citations issued.
  • Records & Evidence Office:  The Records & Evidence Office processed 23 items of evidence, and fingerprinted 23 people.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center:  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 281 calls for service (17 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 184 police calls (5 of which were mutual aide), 2 fire calls, 1 public assist, 1 call for natural gas odor, 4 animal control calls, and 9 emergency medical calls.
  • Controlled Force Level 1 and 2 Departmental Instructor Certification Course:  Sergeant Beck and Sergeant Ottersland attended a Controlled Force Level 1 and 2 Departmental Instructor Certification Course in El Paso, Texas on February 23 – 25, 2015.  The certification is valid for two years.
  • CPR Class:  Karena Pirtle and Kenna Eversole, dispatch center employees, conducted a half day CPR Class on Tuesday, February 24 for 16 College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences students.
  • Child Abduction Response and Investigation Training:  The NMSU Police Department hosted a three-day Child Abduction Response and Investigation Training in Albuquerque which was presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Albuquerque Field Office on February 24-26, 2015.  There were 65 officers from New Mexico and Arizona in attendance.
  • Vacant Position:  Interviews were conducted on Wednesday, February 25 to fill the vacant Emergency Dispatch position that is currently vacant due to a dispatch employee that resigned on  January 28, 2015.
  • Bike Thefts:  Investigators continue to work leads associated with bike thefts in the area.
  • Animal Attacks:  Two loose pit bulls attacked sheep early in the morning at the sheep barn on February 26.  Two sheep are dead, 7 injured, and 3-4 were seriously injured and may have to be euthanized.  ACO was notified and follow-up is being conducted in an attempt to locate where dogs reside and to make contact with owners.
  • Crash Reconstruction Course:  Officer Craig Ryan attended a two-week Crash Reconstruction Course with the Las Cruces Police Department.  This course will enable him to focus on the interpretation and analysis of traffic crash related evidence as well as explore techniques used for reconstructing traffic crashes.  There are two additional classes associated with this training which will wrap up in May 2015.

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