Activity Report January 5-9

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Happy New Year and welcome back for the 2015 Spring semester. I hope you have both a terrific semester and a terrific 2015.
  • Over the holidays it was announced that one of our graduates, Debra Hicks from Hobbs, would be appointed to the Board of Regents. Debra and her husband are both graduates of the NMSU College of Engineering, and they operate an engineering company in Hobbs and Lea County.  Debra is currently a Regent at New Mexico Tech.  Welcome aboard Debra.  She will be subject to confirmation when the legislature convenes in January.
  • Our new Athletics Director Mario Moccia has assumed his duties as of January 5 and is off and running. Mario is also an NMSU graduate and played baseball here.  He signed with the Detroit Tigers organization and played pro ball for a couple of years but claims he could not hit a major league curve ball so went into the athletics department business, serving at UNM, Texas State, University of Missouri, and most recently as the Athletics Director at Southern Illinois University.  Welcome home, Mario!
  • NMSU has been notified that it has received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification, which has been awarded to 361 Universities in the U.S. who have demonstrated a deep commitment to community engagement through programs, curriculum and faculty/staff/student engagement in local, state, national and international engagement activities. Thanks to Kevin Boberg, Kristin Morehead, and Dean Christa Slaton for their work on this application.  NMSU is the only recoginized community engagement university in New Mexico.
  • Cheryl Harrelson, Kathy Hansen, Andrea Tawney, and I visited Denver for a day to reconnect with alums and to discuss a $500,000 grant request from the Daniels Fund for work in entrepreneurship in the Arrowhead Center. We also dined with members of the Foundation Board and were delighted to hear enthusiasm and commitment from them for the upcoming comprehensive campaign.  I am on my way to Amarillo, TX and Artesia to do similar work this week.
  • I have been asked by the University Research Association (URA) (80 plus major research universities) to join their Board of Trustees. I will be replacing the President of the University of Texas as a regional representative.  NMSU faculty and Dean Slaton were instrumental in urging me to take this on as the URA has responsibility for the Fermi Laboratory, a prestigious physics laboratory where several of our faculty members have working relationships.
  • The Legislative Finance Committee and the Governor have both released their recommended budgets for higher education. The LFC is more generous, having recommended an increase of about 2.0% overall which would translate into a $4.2 Million increase in NMSU system appropriations.  The Governor’s budget recommendation is for a 0.6% increase overall or about $1.1 Million new dollars of NMSU system.  Neither referenced compensation (which is normally handled separately).

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • On January 7, I met with Vimal Chaitanya, Angela Throneberry, Anna Price, Norma Noel, Bill Harty, and Alisha Giron to discuss new uniform guidance with regard to federal awards, recently released by the Office of Management and Budget. The effects of these new regulations will be substantial, and it is important that NMSU convey the effects to its faculty and staff.  Bill Harty and Vimal Chaitanya are taking the lead in this communication effort, which will involve presentations to a variety of groups, written communication via listservs, and information posted on the research tab.  I encourage everyone to pay attention to these changes as they are announced.  Among the areas impacted are:
    • Charging for clerical salaries
    • Purchase of computing devices
    • Publication costs
    • Supplies still available at the end of a grant period
    • Voluntary cost sharing

Stay tuned for more information.

  • On January 8, I met with the Advising Council to discuss: the landscape of academic advising at NMSU, strengths and challenges of our advising system, and suggestions for moving forward. The meeting began with a very thoughtful and thorough review of NMSU advising by Dr. Jennifer Hodges, Director of Advising and Retention in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Hodges began by reviewing how advising is structured on the campuses associated with the NMSU system.  She then posed the question—is advising broken?  Her answer was no.  However, she noted that advising at NMSU does need to evolve.  In particular, advisors need better access to deans, associate deans, and department heads; they should be better integrated into course scheduling; and, they should assist students in becoming self-directed learners.
  • During the discussion that followed the presentation, I emphasized the central role that advisors play in student retention and aggressive interventions. Student success should be front and center in the mission of our advisors, and I am looking to advisors to help design effective interventions for first semester and first year students who give off signals of distress in the form of poor attendance, poor grades, or tardiness in completing Math and English required courses.  Of course, not all attention can be devoted to first year students and we discussed how to effectively intervene with students who are further along in their studies and begin to struggle.
  • All in all, it was a rich conversation and I am grateful to our professional advisors, and our faculty advisors, who are clearly committed to helping every student be successful at NMSU.

 

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

  • Lowell Catlett, Dean, and Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean of CES, attended a New Mexico Ag Group dinner at Secretary Jeff Witte’s home on Tuesday, December 16. The group consisted of members from NM Cattle Growers Association, Farm Credit, NM Chile Association, Wine Growers Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Cotton and Hay Growers, NM Crop Production and Pecos Valley Artesian Conservation District.  The group met to discuss legislative priorities for agriculture.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Extension Plant Sciences: The 2014 New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference was held in Roswell on December 17 with approximately 60 attendees including extension agents from counties throughout New Mexico, representatives from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The conference, supported by WSARE (Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program), presented training in key areas of interest and importance to agricultural professionals in eastern New Mexico. The program began with welcoming remarks from Larry Hobson, proprietor of Hobson Farms, and Bruce Hinrichs, Cooperative Extension Service Associate Director. The conference was moderated by Sandra Barraza and Patrick Kircher, Chaves and Roosevelt County Agents, respectively. Presentations included information on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for rangeland monitoring, by Connie Maxwell from the USDA-ARS-Jornada Experimental Range. Mark Marsalis, Los Lunas Ag. Science Center Superintendent, discussed fundamentals of alfalfa production, while Sangu Angadi from the Clovis Ag. Science Center provided an overview of alternative crops for challenging climates. Andrés Cibils, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, presented research on using small ruminants to aid in the management of rangeland weeds. ‘Soil conservation practices under limited water conditions’ was presented by Robert Flynn from the Artesia Ag. Science Center. David Augustine, representing the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Colorado discussed research in drought management for the western Great Plains rangelands. Joel Brown, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, presented ‘making grazing land management decisions – uncertainty is the only thing you can count on.’ The program concluded with a presentation of the New Mexico Certified Chile Program by the program coordinator, Jeanine Chavez Eden.
  • Catron County Extension Program:North American International Livestock Show  Catron County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently represented New Mexico at the National 4H Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Team members include Ky Drummond, Ty Gatlin, DeLanie Gatlin and Tamara Menges. The team placed 10th overall and were 5th in sheep and 9th in the cattle divisions. Ky Drummond was 4th in cattle, 6th in sheep and 5th high individual overall and was declared an All American.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Jean-Paul Reynoird, Institut Polytechnique La Salle Beauvais, France visited Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty, ACES administration and the International and Borderlands Office on December 15 and 16. We discussed student internship exchanges as part of the Institute’s new Plant Breeding M.S. program. Future discussions will also examine cooperation in the development of virtual courses and special topics classes in plant breeding and water science.

Agricultural Experiment Station:

  • Dave Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, and Steve Loring, Associate Director, met with agricultural science center superintendents at the Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center on December 16, to discuss issues affecting off-campus science centers.Agricultural Science Center Superintendents-Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center

[r-l: Tracey Carrillo (Leyendecker/Fabian Garcia), Steve Guldan (Alcalde), Robert Flynn (Artesia), Mike Hubbert (Clayton), Rick Arnold (Farmington), Owen Burney (Mora), Shad Cox (Corona), Dave Thompson, Mark Marsalis (Los Lunas), Steve Loring, Leonard Lauriault (Tucumcari), Abdel Mesbah (Clovis)]

 

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

No Activity to Report

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

No Activity to Report

 

Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Dean Morehead crafted with Dr. Karen Trujillo a governance structure for the new Future Educator organization. We will be reaching out to various educational leadership groups to establish an Executive Board and an Administrative Committee. Each board will have specific responsibilities, that will include supporting the recruitment of future teachers and building an organization that will provide high school students opportunities for leadership and career skills.
  • Dean Morehead as chair of the graduated dean search committee finalized plans for the visit and interview schedules for the finalist.

James O’Donnell, Associate Dean

  • Met with Aggie Prep Coordinator for grant implementation for the semester.

Ron Dziwenka, Program Manager for Assessment

  • Dziwenka compiled and submitted a report for Associate Dean O’Donnell on the NES Elementary Reading Test scores from the beginning to Dec 31, 2014.
  • He began assessing data for the major yearly reports due in the Spring 2015 semester. The draft of one such report, the CAEP – EPP Annual Reports 2015, is now here.

Advancement Team

  • Confirmed details for the College of Education’s Night of Discovery on January 22, 2015.

 

Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

          No Activity to Report

  

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

Associate Dean of Research

  • NMSU partnered with UTEP and other community organizations to conduct a health impact assessment program in the United States-Mexico border region. NMSU’s contribution will involve conducting research through the on-campus Survey Research and Program Evaluation Center.

School of Nursing

  • NMSU has been ranked 65th in Best Online Nursing Programs according to U.S. News and World Report.

Department of Public Health

  • Kratzke collaborated with researchers from Old Dominion University and Sentara Healthcare to conduct an emergency department study titled, “Framework for Classifying Compliance and Medical Immediacy among Low-acuity Presentations at an Urban Trauma Center”. The manuscript was accepted for publication in Springer’s UK International Journal of Medicine.
  • Jill McDonald had two publications in print this week. One was published in the January 2015 edition of the Maternal and Child Health Journal titled, “Cesarean Birth in the Border Region: A Descriptive Analysis Based on US Hispanic and Mexican Birth Certificates, Maternal Child Health”.  The second was from the second publication titled, “Adolescent Births in the Border Region: A Descriptive Analysis Based on US Hispanic and Mexican Birth Certificates, Maternal Child Health”.

School of Social Work

  • Professor Stephen Anderson was recognized at the Instructional Innovation and Quality recognition and awards celebration for his work as a Quality Matters Master Reviewer and a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • The search committee that is underway to help select the next Dean of the Graduate school met and reviewed the information learned from reference calls and finalized the itineraries for the five candidates that will come to campus over the next month.
  • The search committee for the position of dean of the College of Education is receiving applications and the closing date is the end of this week. We are reviewing applications and will be developing a short list very soon.
  • We evaluated enrollments and made final decisions about spring semester courses.

Associate Dean, Dr. Timothy Ketelaar

  • Met with Dean Chaiken and fellow Associate Dean Mark Anderson to discuss transitional issues in the Office of National Scholarships and International Education (ONSIE).  Among other issues, Dean Chaiken suggested expediting the process for selecting the Finalists for the annual Honors College Scholarship for International Research to allow a Winner to be announced before Spring Break.  We also discussed the logistics of several upcoming National Scholarship Deadlines.
  • Met with Valerie Torres, Senior Administrative Assistant in the Honors college to review transitional issues, including the roles of the Honors College Work-study students in assisting the mission of the ONSIE Office.  We also discussed resources and opportunities available with the local chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma Honors society housed within the WIlliam Conroy Honors College.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Arrowhead Research Center has completed a Library Café Feasibility Report and it is currently under review by Executive VP and Provost Howard and Library administration.
  • The Library does ongoing assessment and two internal assessment reports have recently been completed and distributed to all library staff and recommendations are under discussion. The first report, An Analysis of TS Issues Activity, a Technical Services Assessment looks at questions on how the Technical Services Department communicates with the rest of the library. The second report, NMSU Library Building Hours Study looks at questions on building use in Branson Library and Zuhl Library during the summer semester.

 

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

          No Activity to Report

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Undergraduate Learning Center – Concrete formwork for a new classroom in the Undergraduate Learning Center is being installed.  The new building surrounds the existing shell of Hardman Hall which contains an Auditorium classroom below, and two classrooms above.  The Hardman and Jacobs ULC will have a total of (6) classrooms, the Student Success Center, Upward Bound, and a portion of ICT which includes a Drop-in Lab, a computer training lab, offices, and a computer repair shop.
  • Repairing the Cool Pool – Plant Operations has scheduled the draining of the thermal storage pool (Cool Pool) at the Central Utility Plant. The cool pool allows chilled water to be made at night when electric power is less expensive and stored for use during the day when rates are higher.  These repairs are being conducted during the winter when chilled water usage is lower and can be supported from the Satellite Utility Plant.
  • Secret Shoppers – the Auxiliary Leadership Team is developing a customer service evaluation program as part of the strategic planning initiative to create a customer service focused environment.  This effort will include secret shoppers and a service model we’re calling “no turn away”.
  • The Ray Martinez Award – Facilities Operations awarded the first annual The Ray Martinez AwardRay Martinez Award to the All Stars custodial team. This award was created by the Custodial teams to honor the memory of Ray Martinez, a 39-year employee who was dedicated to serving NMSU.  The award is being presented to the custodial team who has the highest attendance rate for the calendar year.  The winning team for this year had an attendance rate of 89 percent.
  • A Walk in the Park – Grounds personnel is overseeing the construction of the walking path around parking lot 34 (Payne and Wells Street). Smith and Aguirre Construction have performed the initial grading and compaction for the new path and paving is scheduled for next week.  Facilities and Services will install the water lines and drinking fountains for the path.
  • NMSU Purchasing Director to Lead State Association – Rennette Apodaca, New Mexico State University’s director of purchasing, risk management and materials management, will become president of the New Mexico Public Procurement Association (NMPPA) this month. NMPPA, a chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, has served purchasing officers, agents, buyers, managers and others associated with public procurement throughout New Mexico since 1996. The association encourages the training and certification of members through professional development opportunities designed to guard the public trust and respond to the challenges of public procurement.
  • ICT’s Alan Lambath awarded Asprey Award – The Asprey, which recognizes the most outstanding employee of the quarter, was awarded to Alan Lambeth, Lead Technology Support Technician. Alan not only repairs computers and printers, he fixes flash drives, golf carts, fax machines, cash registers, and anything else that lands on his desk. He’s known as Customer Service around the university, a title richly deserved.
  • Plant Operations and Sustainability – The Christmas break is an opportunity for most of the people on campus to take much needed time off from work and to spend time with family and friends. For Facilities and Services Plant Operations personnel, it is also an opportunity to minimize the usage of campus utilities and therefore lower the cost to NMSU. During the recent holiday break, the heating and cooling to campus facilities was lowered to minimum levels. The return on this “investment” resulted in the lowest ever recorded use of electricity for the month of December. During a calendar year, we generate approximately 40 percent of our own electricity and buy the rest from El Paso Electric. At the lowest point of use during the break, we were generating in excess of 90 percent of our own power. Another factor in this drop in usage is the lighting replacement that is currently occurring in campus buildings. With each building completed, the amount of power that we must buy or generate goes down. Much effort has been put forth over the last few years to control our utility expenses to minimize costs and to be good stewards of our resources. For those who have been a part of this (and every member of the campus has), we extend our thanks for your support.
  • NMSU’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year - Bo BostintoNMSU’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year – Bo Bostinto has been selected as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Bo is a full-time student and has been employed since May of 2010.  Bo has achieved many milestones here at the Fire Department to include his Firefighter I and II certification, Driver/ Operator certification, and is currently licensed by the State of NM at the Emergency Medical Technician Advanced level.  In addition, he is trained in technical rescue and serves as a Lieutenant.  In his spare time Bo volunteers with our neighbors to the east at the Las Alturas Fire Department where he also holds the rank of Lieutenant and is in charge of training for their department.  Academically, Bo received his Associates of Fire Science in 2012 and is working on his Bachelor’s in Government with a focus on Public Administration, which he anticipates acquiring in December of 2015. He is currently enrolled in the Paramedic program and will become NMSU Fire Department’s first paramedic this summer when he graduates.
  • Garcia Hall Goes Wireless – In a partnership between Housing and Campus Life, ICT, and ASNMSU, Garcia residents will return to find a wireless point in each bedroom along with their existing internet access. ICT’s Network Engineering and Operations group completed the wireless upgrade over NMSU’s winter and it included the installation of 28 high-capacity switches and 467 wireless access points in 448 dormitory rooms, the lobby, and La Vista Lab. Students who reside in the Garcia Hall can now enjoy wireless connectivity to NMSU’s network as a result of the upgrade.
  • Governor Martinez “Governor’s Gala” Celebration was held on December 28 at the Pan Am Center. The challenge was converting the Pan Am from a basketball setting to a Gala event on the main floor in less than 24 hours.  Staff including many students worked overnight to successfully convert the facility from a basketball configuration to a dinner/dance/concert setting, and then back to basketball configuration thus hosting 3 major events in a 4-day window.
  • Parking Lot Maintenance Complete – Recent maintenance to parking lots 59 and 105 included sweeping, crack sealing, application of a surface sealant and repainting has been completed.

 

 

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

  • Over 900 students attended the successful Fall 2014 Commencement ceremony Students celebrate after the Commencement ceremonyon Saturday, December 13. The Pan American Center was at capacity with family and friends celebrating the achievements of our students. The Ceremony would not be possible without the experienced Commencement staff, which includes faculty, staff, and volunteers from the entire NMSU community. Commencement staff for Fall 2014 included 103 members and represented 32 different campus departments.
  • The Post-Commencement team met to debrief after the ceremony and to discuss improvements for future ceremonies to increase efficiency.
  • Montoya attended the System Summit meeting on December 15 and 16. She presented on Financial Aid and system-wide default rates, as well as student fee options and strategies to recruit as a system
  • At the December meeting, the Assessment Team reviewed the progress they had made over the year. SAEM assessment capacity was expanded through reviews of assessment literature; recruiting new members from Admissions and Health and Wellness; and holding the first SAEM Assessment Conference last May. Team members presented their work at NMHEAR and the Community College Round Up. Participation by Dr. Shelly Stovall, NMSU Assessment Director, at Assessment Team meetings increased our awareness of the role assessment  has institutionally. The result of this effort is a greater focus on assessing student learning in addition to assessing program outcomes.
  • On Thursday, January 8, met with the Academic Advising Council. Members of the Council made solid recommendations on tools they would like to have to help support retention of our students.
  • The SAEM Advisory Board breakfast meeting was held on Friday, January 9. Several items were discussed including ways to ensure the larger campus community is fully aware of services provided through Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Advisory Board is made up of individuals throughout the division who were selected by the SAEM Executive Leadership Team.
  • The Commencement Team met with Dr. Montoya on Friday, January 9 to review proposals for adjustments that are being considered for the Spring 2015 Commencement ceremony.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Dedicated volunteers have been calling every continuing student at NMSU who has not yet registered for Spring 2015, and by the end of last week, these volunteers had attempted to reach every student in the database. Since late November, the 41 volunteers had placed nearly 3,600 calls! This campaign is a great opportunity to talk with our students, and it is especially important to help our freshman negotiate the advising and registration process. A second round of calls will start after the holiday break.

Diversity Programs

  • Chicano Programs is making calls to out-of-state applicants to NMSU and gathering reports on fall activities..

Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee

  • Breckenridge Ski ResortNMSU Outdoor Recreation took 10 students to Breckenridge, Colorado on December 12-15, 2014 for two days of skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The trip was led by an Outdoor Leadership Program facilitator. Students enjoyed the slopes, explored the town of Breckenridge and were able to meet Olympic athletes competing at the 2014 Dew Tour being held at the resort.
  • NMSU Rec Sports sent 18 students to compete in the NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament January 1-5, 2015 in Pensacola, Florida.  Our two teams, Men’s and Co-Rec earned a spot in the National Tournament by winning their respective divisions at the Regional competition held in Tempe, Arizona in November. The Men’s team advanced to the third round where they lost to eventual tournament winners, Valdosta State University. Our Co-Rec team advanced all the way to the final four and also lost to the tournament winner, Valdosta State.
  • Our Intramural Rec Coordinator, Reid Jackson, was inducted into the NIRSANMSU’s Co-Rec team pauses for a photo during the NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament National Flag Football Tournament Hall of Fame for his accomplishments within the field of Intramurals. Lindsey Englehart, a member of the NMSU Co-Rec team and a student employee of Rec Sports earned “NIRSA Flag Football All American” for her accomplishments in NIRSA Flag Football.

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

No Activity to Report

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

          No Activity to Report

 

Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

  • In partnership with a college-based Assistant Dean for Development, a six-figure gift was received towards the establishment of a new named chair
  • The final distribution of $159,914 was received from a residual Trust that was established by a devoted nun for benefit of NMSU Presidents Associates Scholarships.
  • In partnership with the AVP for Development, several year-end gifts were received from a single donor, totaling $50,000 to establish a new endowed memorial graduate level scholarship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • A gift of $13,500 was received from a perennial donor, supporting 17 different funds across campus.
  • A gift of $10,000 came in from a donor who wishes to establish a named endowed scholarship benefiting the Office of Financial Aid, in memory of her uncle, an Engineering alum.
  • A gift of $6,300 from a wife and husband, established two current use scholarships in memory of their son, to benefit the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • A gift of $120,000 was made to establish a scholarship endowment that will benefit students at NMSU and NMSU Alamogordo.

 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

No Activity to Report

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News focuses on New Mexico State University’s Clayton Livestock Research Center, one of the nation’s premier cattle research facilities. Research at this center is focusing on how to better vaccinate cattle, how to better use trace mineral supplements, and how to handle cattle humanely. Northeast New Mexico and the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, known as “cattle feeding country,” is the largest cattle-feeding region in America. The facilities annually market more than six million fed cattle – 28 percent of the nation’s feed-cattle production, according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
  • This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlights New Mexico State University celebrating its achievement as a “Bicycle Friendly University.” NMSU earned the bronze level designation from the League of American Bicyclists, which recognizes amenities such as good bike access to public transportation, arterial streets with bike lanes and bicycle skills classes among other things.
  • Season five of PBS’ Downton Abbey launched on January 4. Downton Abbey served as the focal point for a recent event with supporters and viewers. Approximately 100 fans gathered in December for a sneak peak of this season’s premiere. For the past four years, KRWG has held this event at Good Samaritan Village, and it is a strong outreach opportunity for our team.
  • The NMSU new homepage launched this week. Here is a screen shot, which includes a video image in the background. Congratulations to the web team!The new NMSU homepage

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • The Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) held a press conference and discussed the Legislative Finance Committee Budget Recommendation for FY16.   The Committee is recommending a total budget of $6.29 Billion, $140.4 Million over the FY15 funding level.  The overall revenue estimate is approximately is $144 Million less than was projected in August due to decreasing oil prices.  The rule of thumb, per LFC, each $1 change in the price per barrel has an impact of approximately $7.5 Million to the State treasury.
  • For higher education, the committee is recommending a total funding level of $857.5 Million, an increase of $18.8 Million or 2.2 percent increase over FY15 appropriations.  For Instruction and General, the Committee is recommending a total of $13.8 Million which will flow through the funding formula.  The Committee is also recommending $3.1 Million for non-I&G projects, and $1.4 Million for student financial aid programs and adult basic education.  The committee recommends an increase of $4.2 Million, 2.1 percent, for the NMSU System.
  • It appears that the LFC adopted the mechanics of the Higher Education Department’s Funding Formula Work Group Recommendation but modified the new funding and the “base at risk” percentages.  The LFC is expected to release additional detail in the upcoming week.

 

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

  • Staff and I attended the Agriculture Forum in Dallas, Texas, with Region 6 Environmental Protection Agency administrator and staff. Some of the topics discussed included air and water quality, enforcement, and pesticides.
  • Staff participated in the annual meeting of the Northern New Mexico Stockmen’s Association.
  • Staff assisted the New Mexico Farm Bureau at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, promoting New Mexico food products.

 

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

          No Activity to Report


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