President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.
- Employee Satisfaction Survey results: I have met with both the Employee Council Executive Committee and the Diversity Council regarding several ongoing projects. The Diversity Council had requested a climate survey (now referred to as a satisfaction survey) when they were first reestablished. That survey is completed and we are now analyzing the data. We will have a university wide forum on February 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Corbett Center Faculty Senate Chambers to report the results and to entertain comments from the NMSU community on how to improve satisfaction. I hope each of you will plan on attending and joining in the discussion.
- Article Response: At the request of the Regents and others, our Communications Department has produced a response to the “Insight into Diversity” article which was critical of NMSU. Council members wondered if the response would be available to the NMSU community, so it has been posted on the President’s website under Initiatives.
- Inspection of Public Records Act: You will be reading some popular press regarding my request, on behalf of a number of public institutions, that the Inspection of Public Records Act be modernized to recognize changing times. NMSU is particularly interested in recovering more of the cost of providing information to the public as this has become a major financial burden, expanding the exemption for letters of references and evaluations to include other written opinions such as those generated in our searches when one goes on line to comment on candidates (not now protected and can cause issues with confidentiality), expansion of current exemption to protect privacy with respect to law enforcement activities, exemption for trade secrets and proprietary information developed in research and economic development activities, limiting access to candidate pools until finalist are selected, and exemption to protect privacy of individuals making or accused of civil rights violations until the case is adjudicated. Legislators don’t like to amend this act in that they are assailed by the newspapers for limiting sunshine on the public’s business. I will be the lightning rod for this endeavor – the benefits of being the senior member of the publics interested in these amendments.
- HED Secretary designate Barbara Damron: I had dinner with Higher Education Department Secretary designate Barbara Damron and her husband. She is a Ph.D. Social Psychologist and an Advanced Care nurse with policy experience on Capitol Hill and in Texas. She is bright, congenial, experienced, and doing this job for the right reason – a passion for higher education and students.
- Santa Fe: The NMSU entourage spent a number of days in Santa Fe attending the Board of Regents meeting, participating in a very well attended NMSU Alumni event who were treated to an enthusiastic presentation by Athletics Director Mario Moccia, going to Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe (sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce), and watching the most amazing last play of the Super Bowl. We had a very nice luncheon for retiring Regents Pino, Banegas, and Gonzales.
- News from the Legislature: The financial news from the Round House is not especially good, due to the declining price of oil. The best case scenario may be flat appropriations for this coming year. It is still early to be overcome with anxieties but certainly early enough to consider contingencies to include budget adjustments and new efficiency measures. More on this as the drama unfolds.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard
- Academic Deans Council: At the Academic Deans Council meeting, we discussed the need for finding space for faculty members displaced from Jett Hall during the renovation of the building. In the past, the university community has been very willing to share laboratory spaces during periods of displacement, and I have no doubt that the same generosity will be exhibited in this case.
- Outside Employment and Consulting by Faculty and Staff: Another issue discussed at the ADC was outside employment and consulting by faculty and staff. Most faculty and staff members recognize the importance of reporting outside employment on the annual electronic conflict of interest form, but many are not aware of the requirement to obtain advance approval of consulting activities and teaching activities. In order to clarify state law and NMSU policies with regard to outside employment, I will work with the leadership of the Faculty Senate and the Employee Council on a communiqué to faculty and staff.
- Tuition Waiver Taskforce: The Tuition Waiver Taskforce met on January 28 to continue its discussion of tuition scholarships for graduate assistants. At the meeting, it was determined that NMSU’s greatest need is tuition scholarships for graduate assistants in Ph.D. programs. By limiting the focus to Ph.D. students, we are concentrating on the group of students for which our current stipends are least competitive, and the scholarship monies needed become a more manageable amount. Even so, we will need to identify new revenue streams to implement a scholarship program, a process that is now underway.
- Research Process Taskforce: At the Board of Regents Meeting on January 30 in Santa Fe, I reported on the work of the Research Process Taskforce concentrating on the implementation of the Research Tab on the myNMSU portal and the soon-to-be opened Shared Service Center in the College of Arts and Sciences. This report gave me the opportunity to acknowledge the members of the taskforce and the good work of ICT, the Office of the VPR, SVP Angela Throneberry, and Dean Christa Slaton. I also discussed the course alignment work that has been led by Deputy Provost Greg Fant for the past three semesters. The Chairman of the Board, Mike Cheney, requested that my next report concentrate on advising at NMSU—what do we currently do, what are best practices, and what changes have been made or are being contemplated?
Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,
Dr. Lowell Catlett
Cooperative Extension Service
- 2015 Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce Matanza: Valencia County’s Cooperative Extension Service office participated in the 2015 Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce Matanza. During the one day competition, 19 teams butchered pigs and prepared dishes that were judged by a panel and sampled by over 11,000 attendees. The teams competed in five different timed categories – liver, carne adovada, specialty pork item, chicharrones, and the Iron Pig Competition, where the teams were given the same random ingredients which they had to use to create a dish.
- Matanza Competition: Team NMSU-CES, participating in its first Matanza competition, took third place in the Overall Grand Champion. Their specialty item – ribs – took first place, while their carne adovada was second and their liver/chorizo sliders took third place in the liver category. The annual Matanza event has raised more than $140,000 during the previous 14 years, providing more than 200 Valencia County youth college scholarships.
- Lincoln County 4-H Horse Judging Team: The Lincoln County 4-H Horse Judging Team won the title of Reserve National Horse Judging Champions at the 95th annual Western National Roundup held January 8-11 in Denver, CO. Team members are Shayna Gallacher, Kristie Gallacher, Bryanna Parker, and Gracie Hooten.
- Eat&Move-O-Matic: New Mexico State University Media Productions has released a new version of an app for 4-H, Eat&Move-O-Matic, an exploration of energy balance between the foods we eat and energy expenditures from various activities. With helpful tips about foods and activities popular with youth and how small changes can make a big difference, the app empowers users to make wise decisions. At the iOS Apple Store this January, the Eat&Move-o-Matic reached the rank of 79th among kids’ apps for ages 9-11 and 153rd among education apps overall. More than 12,200 users have installed the update since it was released on December 31. A Spanish version will be released soon.
- Lobster Diver: Lobster Diver, a math game produced by NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab in conjunction with the NMSU College of Education and the University of Maine, was downloaded nearly 33,000 times this month, mostly by schools. The game helps learners in grades 3-8 understand relations between numbers, including negative numbers, fractions, and decimals, while diving for lobster among lighthouses and rocky shorelines. It can be downloaded free for iPhone or iPad at the Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lobster-diver/id416577542?mt=8.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton
- College of Arts and Sciences Retreat: Dean Slaton, the associate deans, and Cathy Thomas participated in a two-day planning retreat for the College. Dean Slaton and Associate Dean Brown attended a planning meeting for the College of Arts and Sciences Shared Service Center. Associate Dean Pollack chaired an ADAC meeting. Associate Dean Brown participated in a meeting of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee. Associate Dean Pontelli met with the College’s Budget and Planning Committee and its Discovery Scholars Committee. The College interviewed candidates for faculty positions in six departments. Steve Barkes led an A&S workshop for fourteen faculty members about the new ARGIS electronic grant proposal system. This was the third ARGIS workshop held at the College during the past two weeks.
- Departmental Accomplishments: Rus Bradburd (English)’s memoir, “Paddy on the Hardwood” was selected by the Irish Examiner, the nation’s second largest paper, as one of the “Top 40 Irish Sports Books of All Time.” Michael Hout (Psychology) published “Target templates: The precision of mental representations affects attentional guidance and decision-making in visual search,” in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. Two sculptures by Jessika Edgar (Art) that will be included in the 2015 National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Biennial will be on view at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University during January 24-March 29, 2015. Emeritus college professor Beth O’Leary (Anthropology) was featured in an article in Scotland – All About Space about historic preservation of space artifacts. She also spoke at the School for Advanced Research, and together with MA graduate Addison Warner and current MA student Norma Hartell in her department nominated Chope’s to the state’s Cultural Properties Review Committee as an historic property. We learned that Department of Art graduate student Sara Kay Walker Vaughn’s work about Michelangelo was discussed in the Wall Street Journal on December 31, 2014.
- Various Grants: Debra Peters (LTER) received $980,000 from the National Science Foundation. Her project is shared by the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Education. Charles Bruce (Physics) received a $50,000 supplement from the U.S. Army/Edgewood Contracting Division. Christopher Brown (Geography) received $18,200 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Forestry Service. Keike Pan (Astronomy) received $11,666 from the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation.
Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman
- Phoenix: Anthony Casaus and I spent much of last week (January 21-23) in Phoenix meeting with alumni and potential donors. We were also able to meet with the chair of our Business Advisory Council to plan our spring meeting.
- Classroom Visits: I had the opportunity to visit with two sections of our introductory business course, BUSA 111, on Tuesday, January 27. It was nice to visit with our new students and let them know that they are always welcome to call me with any questions or concerns.
- Interview for Associate Dean: The interviews for our next Associate Dean for Research were conducted this week. We hope to make an offer and fill the position very soon.
- Santa Fe: Anthony Casaus, Steven Romero and I traveled to Santa Fe for the Santa Fe Alumni Chapter Legislative reception on Friday, January 30 and Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe.
Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead
- Interview for Graduate School Dean: Dean Morehead interviewed several candidates for the Graduate School Dean position and traveled to the Board of Regents meeting in Santa Fe.
James O’Donnell, Associate Dean
- Interviews for ELA Faculty: Interviewed several candidates for positions in the Department of Education, Leadership and Administration.
- Interviews for C&I Faculty: Interviewed candidates for positions in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
- Masters Program in Ecuador: Met with international program representative to finalize plans for a MA program for Ecuador.
Dziwenka, Program Manager for Assessment
- Trip to the Republic of Korea: Dziwenka met with IBP Associate Provost Menking and OEA Director Chervenock last week to discuss his December 2014 trip to the Republic of Korea, during which he met with officers of international programs at five universities to introduce NMSU and to discuss their interests in establishing exchanges with NMSU.
- iACT International Conference: He continued with the pre-conference preparations of his iACT international conference that took place on January 23 & 24.
- Alternative Licensure Meeting: He prepared for the meeting with the Alternative Licensure program faculty, to discuss the type of data that is required from this program in the major yearly reports (Title II, EPP, AACTE PEDS, etc.) usually due in the spring semester.
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
- Southern Area Health Education Center Director: Angelee Shamaley, Ph.D. was hired as the Center Director of the Southern Area Health Education Center. The Director of Health Programming is Alma Gross, MPH, and Office Manager is Gena Trujillo, BA. These individuals are ready to work together with Dr. Tomaka to expand the reach and scope of NMSU’s leadership in community health education. A press release with this information is forthcoming.
School of Nursing
- Mental Health-Adolescents Conference: Planning has begun for the school’s Mental Health-Adolescents Conference in May.
- Academy for Learning Presentation: Anita Reinhardt presented for the Academy for Learning in Retirement at Good Samaritan Healthcare on the subject of nursing roles.
- High Fidelity Simulation Room Renovations: The renovations for the High Fidelity Simulation Room, HSS116, are complete and students are using these rooms for skills lab education.
School of Social Work
- Collaboration with Memorial Medical Center: Tina Hancock, Director of the School of Social Work, and Olga Cabada, Social Work Field Programs Director met with the staff of the Family Medicine Center at Memorial Medical Center to begin collaboration to develop interdisciplinary practice and research involving social workers and medical professionals.
- Ccity-wide Evaluation Project: Master of Social Work students are working with the City Sustainability Officer to assist in a city-wide evaluation project. Along with NMSU business students, the goal is to address social/health concerns, while business students examining economic concerns.
Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken
- Dean of the Graduate School: The search committee charged with selecting the next dean of the Graduate School hosted the third candidate for the position, Dr. Cliff Fedler from Texas Tech, which was a busy day of meetings.
- Santa Fe: I traveled to Santa Fe just before the snow to participate in our alumni events and the Las Cruces Day events that are arranged by the Chamber of Commerce.
- While in Santa Fe, I met with three prospective supporters of the Honors College to share with them information about our plans for growth and new programs.
- Graduate Student accomplishments: One of my graduate students sailed through her MA proposal hearing. She is developing a nomination for the National Register of Historic Properties for the remnants of the TB sanitorium at Dripping Springs.
Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar
- Goldwater Scholarship Applications: Worked with ONSIE staff to submit two Goldwater Scholarship Applications. Much appreciation to Associate Dean Mark Anderson who worked closely with these two students over the past year to help them prepare their applications.
- 2015 Honors College scholarship: Met with several students and one faculty mentor to discuss their interest in submitting an application for the 2015 Honors College scholarship, a $5000 award to support International Research.
- Boren Fellowship: Submitted a Boren Fellowship application on behalf of a History Graduate student who wishes to study Japanese language in Japan.
- Met with Associate Dean Anderson to review transitional issues in the ONSIE office, particularly recruiting strategies for Fulbright Fellowships and other National Scholarships.
Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus
No Activity to Report
Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking
- Visit to Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez: A delegation visited Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez on Friday, January 30. UACJ’s Dean of Engineering sponsored a luncheon and many department heads were present to participate in department-specific working groups. Joining the group was Dr. Menking, Dr. Peter Martin, Dr. Dave Thompson, Dr. Ian Leslie, Dr. Delia Valles, Dr. Imelda Olague, and Jaime Ramirez Angulo. More info here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/delegation-visits-juarez-university/.
- The Confucius Institute: The Confucius Institute is working on scheduling three levels of Chinese language instruction on NMSU’s main campus, two levels off-site at Cottonwood Preparatory Academy, Albuquerque, and four levels at UTEP. Other activities include planning for Chinese New Year celebrations, follow-up after last week’s professional development day, and planning two exciting film screenings in the spring.
Office of Education Abroad (OEA)
- Baku Summer Energy School program: OEA, in collaboration with the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering (CHME), are busy promoting the Baku Summer Energy School program to interested CHME graduate students. The program offers students a complete two-week certificate program through the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE) in association with ADA University and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). World-renowned scholars, academicians and policy makers teach in the program to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environment issues and their practical application.
- Study Abroad Fair: Last week OEA hosted its bi-annual Study Abroad Fairs at DACC and Main Campus. The fairs were incredibly successful, with almost 30 vendors attending from across the globe. Over one hundred students signed up to begin their study abroad experiences over the course of both fairs.
- Study Abroad Offerings: SOEA has added three new programs to its portfolio of study abroad offerings: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain; John Cabott University, Rome, Italy; and Global Semesters: Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Beijing, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; Hyderabad, India; London, England; Nicosia, Cyprus; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China.
- Request for Support: Representatives from NMSU’S International and Border Programs and OEA will join their peers from across the state in Santa Fe on February 3-4 to raise awareness and garner support for Senate Bill 64 that requests $500,000 to support international study, internship, service and research to qualified students from New Mexico’s 28 public two-year, four-year and tribal colleges.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
- ISSS reported over 200 students participated in New International Student Orientation on January 12, 2015. Attendees included degree-seeking students as well as students from the Center for English Language Programs and exchange programs.
- Current Spring enrollment data will be available next week after census. As of January 29, 2015 the total Spring international student enrollment is 1176 students representing 81 countries. This includes 554 graduate students, 512 undergraduates, and 110 non-degrees. There are 104 new degree-seeking students this semester.
Center for English Language Programs (CELP)
- NMSU has received its 4th cohort of Ecuadorian “Go Teachers”. The Go Teacher program is an initiative of the Ecuadorian government that aims to increase the country’s English speaking capacity. This year’s cohort consists of 54 students.
- On January 22 and 23 Dr. Socorro Herrera, nationally recognized expert on bilingual and multicultural education, gave a workshop for CELP faculty teaching in the Go Teacher program. Dr. Herrera is a Professor of Education at Kansas State University, and Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy.
Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry
- Out with the Old, In with the New: Revisions to National Fire Protection Association Standard 1981 and 1982 required Fire Departments to make specific changes to breathing apparatuses. The NMSU Fire Department received twenty-four new self-contained breathing apparatuses and funding was provided by the Doña Ana County Fire Tax fund.
- Barnes & Noble at NMSU: Participated in the athletics “What Will They Do Next?” campaign by donating prizes for the Aggie basketball half time free throw contest, including $500 worth of textbooks for 1st place; discounts were provided for complete book purchases to be used towards I-Mac, MacBook or I-Pad purchases; provided a “pop up operation” at the Gadsden Campus to allow students to purchase textbooks; and held a reading of “The Zen of Zatheran” by author, and NMSU student, Casandra Munoz.
- Cookie Cart: Sodexo Dining Services staff has been traveling across campus this week, via golf cart to provide meal plan information, fliers for the popular upcoming Valentine’s Dinner, and give freshly baked cookies made just for students by Betty and Pat in Sodexo’s kitchen!
Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
- Meeting with Students from UCLA: On Tuesday, January 27, Dr. Montoya met with a group of graduate students from the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. The students interviewed Dr. Montoya for a study they are conducting that will help the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and outer communities provide better assistance to students from immigrant backgrounds at NMSU and the southern New Mexico area.
- Board of Regents Update: Presented a brief update at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, January 30 on spring and fall 2015 enrollment.
- Student Coordinators from SGDRC: Met with Student Coordinators, Senghuan Defibaugh-Chavez and Zooey Sophia Pook, from SGDRC on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss efforts toward finding gender-neutral restroom space on campus.
- Parking Spots for Future Aggies: Thanks to Ermelinda Quintela, Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Administration, and Ophelia Watkins with Transportation and Parking Services, Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate VP for Enrollment Management, finalized plans to designate 10 parking spots in front of Educational Services for future Aggies who visit the NMSU campus for the first time. Research indicates a campus visit is the single greatest determining factor considered when selecting a college. These parking spaces will make that experience even more memorable as the spots will be marked with “reserved” signage that can be personalized to welcome prospective students, when we know they are coming to campus. This is just one of many collaborative efforts SAEM and Auxiliary Services are planning to partner on.
- Transfer within the NMSU System: In an effort to promote a culture of transfer within the NMSU system, Delia DeLeon, Interim Director of Admissions, and Dacia Sedillo met with UCOMM staff to begin development of a system-wide recruitment brochure. The brochure will indicate which Associate’s degree programs at the community colleges transfer directly into a Bachelor’s degree at the main campus. It will also provide an overview of the Aggie Pathways program and provide information to students on the benefits of the college readiness and transfer program, which will be piloted with the Fall 2016 entering class.
- Recruitment Efforts: Dacia Sedillo led a meeting of Enrollment Management staff, Arts and Sciences academic advisors and Dr. Jim Maupin, Department Head of Creative Media to discuss efforts that could be made to ensure recruiters are providing accurate information to prospective high school and undergraduate transfer students on the program expectations and standards. Enrollment Management will be reaching out to other departments and College leadership over the next few months. Our goal is to develop mutually beneficial relationships and personalized recruitment communication plans for every department/major on the NMSU main campus.
University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon
- Crimson Scholars: 916 letters were printed and prepared for mailing on behalf of the Honors College to inform admitted applicants of the Fall 2015 entering class that they have attained meritorious Crimson Scholar status and indicate the benefits of that designation.
University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant
- Lottery Scholarship Awards: In collaboration with Student Information Management, Scholarship Services has almost finished coding the changes in Banner to disburse additional aid to over 2,000 main campus students who received the Lottery Scholarship for Spring 2015. The additional aid payment is NMSU’s effort to cover the difference between the recalculated Lottery Scholarship amount for Spring 2015 and NMSU’s tuition rate.
University Registrar, Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez
- Wait-listing: 1,442 students took advantage of wait listing in 262 sections for Spring 2015. Of those students, 424 received notification that a seat was opened in the class and were able to register.
- Transcript Requests: During the first three weeks of the spring semester, 2,149 transcript requests were processed for delivery of a total of 2,641 transcripts.
- Summer 2015 Course Schedule: The summer 2015 course schedule will be available for viewing on Friday, February 13, and the Fall 2015 course schedule will be available on Friday, March 27.
Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek
- Best of Laughs Comedy Tour: On Saturday, January 24, Aggies Activities Council (AAC) hosted the Best of Laughs Comedy Tour in the new Corbett Student Union Aggie Lounge. The event offered three comedians, free food, and free laughs. AAC welcomed 70 attendees, including students and individuals from the community, into the event. Of the three comedians, Clint Nohr hails from South Carolina, Dan Weeks from Florida, and Matt Baca from right here in Las Cruces. All three were featured on the Best of Laughs Comedy show on FOX. The comedians saw 60 people at the end of the show for poster signings.
Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg
Arrowhead Research Park
- Park Development Needs: Arrowhead Center issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a second development partner for Arrowhead Park to aggressively pursue Park development needs of 100,000 – 120,000 square feet over the next three years. The response is due on March 11.
Studio G Networking Hour
- Studio G: Studio G held its weekly Networking Hour on Friday. Studio G Networking Hour offers aspiring Aggie entrepreneurs a chance to meet other people who are starting businesses or who share an interest in startup businesses. This week’s talk was a continuation of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Speakers Series and covered how to calculate the potential of your business, determine who would use your product or service, and how might they use it. For information on Studio G and the weekly Networking Hour visit studiog.nmsu.edu.
Arrowhead Graduate Student Research Day in Santa Fe
- Graduate Student Research Day: Arrowhead graduate students Luke Smith, Leon Viveros, and Brendan Sullivan attended the Graduate Student Research Day in Santa Fe on Thursday January 29, 2015. They displayed posters presenting their research commercialization projects. Each of the three projects based on NMSU intellectual property has resulted in the creation of a new business registered in NM.
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
No Activity to Report
Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard
- Las Cruces Sun-News Feature: This week’s feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted NMSU’s Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. In recognition of its institutional commitment to serving communities across the state of New Mexico, NMSU has been selected to receive the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. NMSU is one of 361 colleges and universities nationwide – and the only one in New Mexico – to carry the classification, and one of 47 public institutions receiving it for the first time in 2015.
- Eye on Research: This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News outlined an initiative at NMSU to ensure that research processes are examined and, if necessary, changed to allow NMSU researchers to spend as much time as possible on what they do best – conduct research – rather than spend unnecessary time in the administration of their grant.
- Faculty recognitions: Athletics Media Relations teamed with News and Media Relations to organize the first of our faculty recognitions at the men’s basketball game on January 24. The goal is to continue to develop this recognition program so that achievements are celebrated and we can raise awareness of the good work underway at NMSU.
- NMSU homepage feedback: Our web team is continuing to track feedback on the new NMSU homepage. The website analytics show that 26 percent of visits came from a mobile device and over 30 percent of visitors captured by Google demographic filters are between the ages of 18-34.
- President’s Communications Council: The President’s Communications Council met this week. Discussions continue on integrated plans with an emphasis on recognizing student, faculty and staff accomplishments as well as supporting enrollment and fundraising activities.
Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel
- 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 http://govrelations.nmsu.edu/.
Director/Secretary New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Jeff M. Witte
- 2015 Advanced Inspectors Seminar: Staff participated as an instructor in the 2015 Advanced Inspectors Seminar sponsored by the Association of American Feed Control Officials in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Annual Conference Speakers and Presentations: Staff attended and spoke at the New Mexico Crop Production Association Annual Conference and the new Mexico Agricultural Aviation Association Annual Conference in Ruidoso. Presentations included updates on pesticide enforcement, pollinator protection and the new Driftwatch program.
- National Pest Management’s Southwest Conference: Staff attended and spoke at the National Pest Management’s Southwest Conference held in Albuquerque. The conference brings together pest management professionals from several western states.
- Staff Presentations: Staff gave noxious weed presentations at the NMSU Cooperative Extension Pesticide Applicators Workshop in Hobbs.
- Career Day: Staff participated in Career Day at the Albuquerque Academy, where approximately 150 high school juniors attended.
Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez
- Weekly Update: There were 56 police reports filed during the past week, and another 14 supplements. 17 traffic citations were also issued, and the Records Office processed 37 items of evidence and fingerprinted 22 people.
- Emergency Dispatch Center: The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 362 telephone calls, of which 12 were 911 calls. Tuesday and Wednesday were the peak days for calls for service. These calls consisted of 180 calls for police services (9 of which were to assist other agencies), 13 arrest warrant entries, and 24 calls for fire and emergency medical services (12 of which were for mutual aide to surrounding fire districts).
- Security Officer Job Descriptions: A team of representatives from all campuses worked to create standardized job descriptions for security officers in the NMSU system. This team will be meeting quarterly to develop standardized training, reporting, and auditing practices for security officers over the course of the next year.
- Digital Radio Transmissions: The NMSU Police Department became the first local police agency in the area to start using digital radio transmissions for daily police duties. The switch from analog to digital took over a year of getting equipment ordered, programmed, and in place before it could happen. The new digital system will allow coverage over a much larger area, to include the Gadsden Branch and the College Ranch, which previously were radio dead spots for police officers. It also will allow for expansion to the other campuses in the system as funding allows. Two key benefits have been realized during the move to digital: 1) clearer communications from officers in the field to the Emergency Dispatch Center; and 2) encrypted communication so personal information like names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and driver license numbers cannot be heard by people with scanners.
- Basic Police Academy: Two officers reported to Hobbs, NM over the weekend to begin the basic police academy. They should be back in 16 weeks, ready to start protecting the university community.
- Open Position: The Police Department had an emergency dispatcher resign during the week, creating a shortage in the Center. The position has been posted, with the goal of having someone on board as early as the beginning of March.