President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.
- EARLY WARNING: The legislature has legislated and we are awaiting the decision of the Governor with respect to House Bill 2, the act funding most of government including higher education. If the Governor concurs with the legislature, we can expect an additional $1,136,100 in new I&G dollars. However, the recent and continuing decline in enrollment will cause the NMSU System to permanently reduce expenditures by $9,124,772. The proposed permanent reductions by campus are as follows:
- Las Cruces campus $7,197,525
- Alamogordo $ 922,541
- Carlsbad $ 177,573
- Dona Ana $ 743,694
- Grants $ 83,439
The process for determining reductions will be the same as used before by NMSU, assuring that all stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in making recommendations to right size the NMSU system. On April 15th, the Employee Council will sponsor a Forum on the budget and budget process which I would encourage all to attend. As we did last year, we will be asking NMSU Las Cruces units for 1%, 3%, and 5% reductions in their expenditures. The nut for this exercise is a reduction of about 3.5% for all I & G units. We have issued a moratorium on hiring on the Las Cruces campus in that our initial evaluation is the System may be overstaffed; hence, we anticipate some savings because the System has about a 100 person per year staff retirement rate. In addition, we are contracting with an outside agency to undertake a staffing analysis to assist us in reallocating staffing resources to underserved units. We have not considered nor are we recommending layoffs, contrary to popular rumor!
These reductions plus our budget recommendations will be discussed with the Board of Regents at their April 6 meeting.
- Sisbarro Park: We had a very nice ribbon cutting for the new Sisbarro Park, located east of the Fulton Center. Lou and Pat Sisbarro had expressed an interest in doing something for both NMSU and the community, hence the park. It has a jogging/walking track, water fountains, exercise equipment and will soon have temporary restroom equipment. We are asking that folks use the Sisbarro facility as opposed to the NMSU track, which is dedicated to the track team and the physical education classes. When we get the grass planted and some more trees, this will be a great addition to our very nice and attractive campus.
- United Way Campaign: I have been working with Mike Zaragoza (from United Way) and Megan Shannon (NMSU) to reinvigorate the United Way Campaign at NMSU. Their plans include having volunteer representatives in our major units and returning the option of paper sign up for your contributions.
- Founders Day: A reminder that Founders Day is April 10, at which time I will don my Hiram Hadley attire (and Kathy C. will also be in period costume), travel around the campus in a horse drawn buggy, dropping by the various colleges and on to the Founders Day picnic at the College of Business. All employees are welcome to join us in this inaugural event celebrating the founding of NMSU.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard
- Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium: On Tuesday, March 17, I made some opening remarks at the 11th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. It was an honor to be given the opportunity to reflect on the life of J. Paul Taylor and what he has meant to the people of Mesilla, Las Cruces, and New Mexico. It was also a great pleasure to listen to the speakers, especially Laurie Ann Guerrero, a graduate of Smith College, and the Poet Laureate of San Antonio. Her readings were powerful and haunting.
- Graduate Research and Arts Symposium: The next day, I was able to spend an hour at the poster session of the Graduate Research and Arts Symposium. Given my interests, it is perhaps not surprising that I gravitated toward the Biology and Astronomy posters, all of which were remarkable in that they represented good, important work presented clearly. Kudos to the students who presented posters and to the organizers of the symposium.
- Institute of Parent Engagement Graduation Ceremony: On Thursday, March 19, I said a few words about NMSU at the graduation ceremonies for the Institute of Parent Engagement, an initiative of Superintendent Stan Rounds. The Institute helps parents understand the inner workings of the Las Cruces Public Schools and puts them in a better position to advise their children and serve as advocates on their behalf. It has been a highly successful program and it is a real pleasure and honor to help recognize parents who have taken the time away from their busy schedules to become better informed about the school system.
- Campus Climate Panel Discussion: On Friday, March 20, I chaired a panel discussion that focused on Campus Climate for Underrepresented Faculty Members. The panelists were Dr. Spencer Herrera, Dr. Elba Serrano, and Dr. Jeanette Haynes-Writer. Attendees included President Carruthers, Dean Hoffman, and Interim Dean Wagner. I posed three questions to each of the panelists and they used the questions as springboards to provide their perspectives on the faculty experience at NMSU. Among the issues discussed by the panel were: the importance of being a professor and honoring all the work that goes along with being a teacher and a mentor, the lack of a good welcome to new faculty members, high service loads, the need for course releases for new faculty members, the need for better training of department heads, and the need for startup funds. Discussions of diversity will be ongoing as the President and I work to build a university that is inclusive and oriented toward helping every student, faculty, and staff member be successful.
- NMSU Math Placement: Early the last week, I met with Dr. Joe Lakey, Dr. David Pengelley, and Dean Slaton to discuss math placement at NMSU and ways of accelerating progress through developmental math courses for our students. Lakey proposed the idea of a pilot program, to be initiated prior to the fall 2015 semester, which will bring students onto campus two weeks before the beginning of the semester and allow them to complete Math 114 during this two week period. By completing their developmental math course prior to the beginning of the semester, the students will complete a significant “barrier” course and will not have to leave main campus to study math at a community college.
- Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference: At the end of the week, I traveled with Deputy Provost Fant, and Chief of Staff Melody Munson-McGee to Chicago to attend the Annual Conference of the Higher Learning Commission. Attending the conference allows us to keep abreast of the newest accreditation requirements and governmental regulations, knowledge that is critical for the welfare of NMSU as we move toward our comprehensive visit from HLC in 2018.
Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,
Dr. Lowell Catlett
Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology:
- Awards: Gary Roemer and Dr. Jimmy Cain from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology and the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, respectively, received $218,867 from the Department of the Army for control of invasive burros and for the mitigation of mange in coyotes at Ft. Irwin National Training Center in California. These two species are impacting base operations and causing human health concerns. Results of this project will be used to suggest non-lethal control strategies for reducing use of the base’s garrison by these two species. This work supports two graduate students within the FWCE department.
Animal and Range Science
- Animal and Range Science Department Head: Glenn Duff has accepted the Department Head position beginning July 1, 2015. He is currently Head of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University. Dr. Duff received his B.S. in animal and dairy science at Northwest Missouri State University, his M.S. in animal physiology at University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. in animal nutrition at New Mexico State University. Upon graduation, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Clayton Livestock Research Center (CLRC), then went on to serve as Research Specialist at University of Arkansas, and Sales Nutritionist with Farr Better Feeds. He returned to the CLRC in 1994 and served as Superintendent there until August 2001. He was member of the faculty at The University of Arizona from 2001 to 2010 when he began his duties at Montana State. He has been an active member of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and served as Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect and President of the Western Section, ASAS. He and his wife, Donna, are looking forward to returning to the desert southwest and NMSU.
Cooperative Extension Service
- Wildfire Conference: Eight Cooperative Extension agents and two New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation District employees attended a wildfire conference in Tucson AZ. The conference was titled “preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity”. The focus of the workshop was to identify how, with help from the Cooperative Extension Service, they can help the community move forward during and after a devastating fire. The conference also focused on ways to help the community prepare their homes and yards before a devastating fire occurs.
- Tucumcari Bull Test and Sale: The 54th Annual Tucumcari Bull Test and Sale, held March 17,was a big success! There were 112 bulls on test representing 3 breeds and 14 seed stock producers from NM, CO, OK, and TX. The bulls demonstrated great performance, with a sustained average daily gain of over four pounds per day! The sale averages were as follows: Hereford bulls averaged $4700 and the Angus bulls averaged $5800. The New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association along with the NMSU Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who participated and helped with this great New Mexico tradition.
- Home and Garden Expo: Valencia County Extension held a Home and Garden Expo on March 20 for the community. The focus of the expo was to show a more sustainable way of life—growing, raising, harvesting, and preserving food. They featured soil health, tomato gardening, drip irrigation, and cooking from the garden.
- Campus Visitors: Students from DACC and from the gifted program at Hillrise Elementary School toured the NMSU Learning Games Lab and Media Productions studios last week to learn about game development, multimedia production, and careers. The Learning Games Lab is a testing and development space focused on producing research-based, grant-funded educational materials for a wide variety of audiences, often on topics involving natural resources, food safety, and STEM subjects.
- Various Events: NMSU Rodeo Team traveled to Central Arizona College to participate in rodeo events. NMSU Men’s team took 1st place, Women’s team took 2nd place and Sheldon Church came in 1st in Mens AA; The rodeo event at the University of Arizona NMSU men’s team came in 1st and women’s team came in 3rd. Josh Davidson came in 1st all in Men’s AA.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton
- Shared Service Center: After many months of planning with Angela Throneberry and representatives from the Office of Grants and Contracts, Human Resources, and Sponsored Projects Accounting, The College of Arts and Sciences Shared Service Center officially opened on March 16.
- Art Exhibit: Rachel Stevens (Art) will open a three-person exhibit that includes her “In Three Dimensions,” at the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe. It will be in conjunction with a radio interview “Art Beat” with Katheryne Jusf, KUSF, and Santa Fe. Professor Stevens will present a lecture at the Zane Bennett Gallery.
- Paul Taylor Symposium: The J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium was held March 17-18, 2015. The theme was “Justice for Migrant Youth and Children.” The conference featured international scholars and activists and NMSU faculty, who provided an in depth examination into the plight of migrant youth and children from Central American and Mexico.
- Shared Service Center Task Force Meeting: Dean Slaton, Associate Dean Brown, and staff members participated in a Shared Service Center Task Force meeting.
- Research Roundtable: Associate Dean Pontelli participated in a research roundtable at White Sands Missile Range.
- Student Exchange Programs: Associate Deans Pollack and Pontelli met with Dr. Wu from the National Central University of Taiwan to discuss student exchanges and joint programs.
- Awards: John Xu (Biology) received $309,056 from NIH for his project “Bacterial Colonization and Immunogenicity in Mosquito Gut Ecosystem.” Edwin Fohtung (Physics) received a $7,000 LANS-DOE supplement. Katya Reka (Art) will have her work exhibited in a juried show “Biennial International Artists Books Exhibition: Myths and Legends” opening at A6 Gallery in Bend, Oregon. Son Tran (Computer Science) presented his research on multi-agent systems at the AAAI Spring Symposium.
Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman
- College of Education Dean Interviews: I attended the last two lunch interviews for the College of Education Dean on Monday and Thursday. The candidates were Robert Spina (Old Dominion University) and Donald Pope-Davis (De Paul University).
- Student Business Council: Our student Business Council gathered the student organizations for a Midterm Bash on Wednesday. It was a great opportunity for our students to take a short break between classes during midterm week.
- Guest Speaker: Bill Mattiace, former Mayor of Las Cruces and current Director of the New Mexico Border Authority Board, spoke with the College of Business Ambassadors on Wednesday.
- Service Awards Reception: We held a Service Awards reception on Thursday honoring the service milestones of our faculty and staff. Honorees were:
- 30 years
- 20 years
- 15 years
- 10 years
- 5 years
- Teaching Academy Panel: I attended a Teaching Academy panel regarding the campus climate for underrepresented faculty members. Speakers included Jeanette Haynes Writer, Curriculum and Instruction, Spencer Herrera, Languages and Linguistics, and Elba Serrano, Biology.
- The College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead
- Don and Sarrah Kidd Reading Conference: Dean Morehead did a welcome for the Don and Sarrah Kidd Reading Conference on Saturday, with over 150 teachers in attendance. He spoke to the group about the legacy that Mr. and Mrs. Kidd provided the college and community with their wonderful financial gift. Dean Morehead also discussed the contributions and success of Dr. Hernandez as the endowed chair. Dr. Hernandez has been able to acquire a 1.8 million dollar grant for literacy preparation and also two projects that brought over 10,000 children’s book to our community.
- Dance Performance: Dean Morehead also attended a dance performance that was produced by the college’s dance program. At this event several of the graduates had their choreographed dances performed. As usual Dr. Knapp’s students put on a wonderful performance and made us all proud.
- SEMMA Professional Development Day: Additionally, the college had over 100 science and math teachers participating in as SEMMA professional development day.
- Mongolian National University of Education: The College of Education had five members from Mongolian National University of Education on campus this week. The faculty from Mongolia met with several individuals and students on campus. Faculty members of Arts and Science met with the Mongolian team as well as International Programs and NMSU’s Technology support programs. This visit was very productive and likely outcomes will be several action research activities, a two-plus-two program and possibly a three-plus-one for Mongolian students.
- Engagement: Dean Morehead was interviewed by Dr. Kevin Boberg’s office about engagement activities in the community and in the College of Education.
- Psychopharmacology: Additionally this past weekend the Psychopharmacology cohort was on campus to conduct class work, this cohort is has psychologists from all over the country participating.
James O’Donnell, Associate Dean
- CAEP Accreditation: Held the final focused meeting for Initial Program Directors for CAEP Accreditation.
Michelle Valverde & Karen Trujillo, Community Outreach
- Campus Visit: Hosted 75 students from Hill Rise Elementary
Adelina Rodriguez, Recruitment
- NMSU-MNUE 2015 Summit on Graduate Curriculum and Learning Development: In continued support of our international relations and collaboration with Mongolia National University of Education, Adelina Rodriguez with the assistance of Leslie Perez, coordinated the NMSU-MNUE 2015 Summit on Graduate Curriculum and Learning Development. The three themes for meetings was to support our Memo of Understanding [MOU] in the areas of English Language Support, Online Technology [including Distance Education], and Action Research. The team consisted of five delegates including the Vice-president of Academic Affairs, Kh.Tamir; Director of Curriculum Affairs, Ts.Burmaa; Chair of Foreign Language Center, G.Agiimaa; Lecturer, School Of Mathematics and Natural Science, M.Munkhbold; Lecturer of Research Team, School of Educational Studies, T.Batbold. The delegates will travel to Santa Fe to meet with Senator Mary Kay Papen.
Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez
- Graduate Research and Arts Symposium: Industrial engineering graduate students Faris Almansour, Arturo Del Valle, Carlos Escobar, Reza Moghimi, German Reyes, Brendan Sullivan and Yuzhe Yan presented their research at the Graduate Research and Arts Symposium on March 18. Research areas included emergency medical service modeling for Doña Ana County, traffic flow modeling and analysis for the city of Las Cruces, use of agricultural by-products in plastics molding and the design of the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) portable electric vehicle.
- NMSU Graduate Recognition: Danielle Miranda, New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation participant in the 2005 Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience program, will receive her Ph.D. in clinical transitional science from Mayo Graduate School in May 2015. Miranda, a transfer student from NMSU-Alamogordo, received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from NMSU in 2008. During her tenure at NMSU, her research centered around molecular genetics research on various projects, including cotton genetics and defining spindle assembly checkpoint regulation in embryonic cells. She now hopes to work in the arena of clinical research with an ultimate goal of managing and directing multiple clinical trials.
- Awards: The American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental Water Resources Institute Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering has selected a paper authored by NMSU Civil Engineering Professor Zohrab Samani entitled “Alfalfa Water use and Crop Coefficients Across the Watershed: From Theory to Practice” for the 2015 Honorable Mention Paper. Samani will receive his award from the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Austin, Texas on May 20.
- Discovery Project: The Industrial Engineering Department will participate in the Discovery Project with visitors from Instituto Tecnologico de Durango (ITD), Durango, Mexico. Approximately 35 students, faculty and staff from ITD will visit NMSU with the goal to increase opportunities for coursework and research collaboration.
- Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure: In summer 2014, Civil Engineering Professor Nirmala Khandan hosted seven Young Scholars under the Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) high school outreach program. One of them, Sophia Sanchez-Maes, has been selected from a national pool to present her work in the algae project at the White House Science Fair on March 23. During the Young Scholars program, Maes worked on the algae project, mentored by graduate students.
- Award: Although chemical engineering student Atefe Hadi is not from a developing country, her research is of sufficient interest to the Ivanhoe Foundation to bend the selection criteria to assure she was funded. Hadi’s research related to desalination, developing novel membrane-based approaches using reverse osmosis and nano-filtration to secure affordable water focuses on treatment systems for brackish groundwater and includes modeling, optimization and application of these systems to inland water desalination.
- Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Assistantship Award: Chemical engineering graduate student John Schutte has been recommended by the Graduate Council Fellowships Committee to receive the Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Assistantship Award beginning the fall 2015 semester. Tom Nakotte, also a chemical engineering student, will receive the Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship from the Graduate College.
- Engineering Research Center Webinar: Seven early career faculty from the College of Engineering participated with Associate Dean Martha Mitchell in a webinar sponsored by the Engineering Research Center entitled, “Academic Research Funding Strategies 2015: How to Write a Winning NSF CAREER Proposal.”
- 2015 National Society of Professional Surveyors Earle J. Fennell Award: NMSU Surveying Engineering Associate Professor Kurt Wurm, P.L.S., will receive the 2015 National Society of Professional Surveyors Earle J. Fennell Award. The award was created by the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, now NSPS, in honor of Earle J. Fennell who was president from 1966-1967 and executive director from 1968-1971. ACSM created this award to be presented for distinguished educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession to people who have worked in any aspect of surveying and mapping education. Nominees need not be professional educators, but should have a sustained record of superior performance in surveying and mapping education for more than ten years at the local, state or national level. The last recipient of this award from New Mexico was Dr. James P. Reilly, in 1997.
- VentureWell Open Conference: Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan, Industrial Engineering Department Head Edward Pines and Program Manager Tracey O’Neil, along with Innovation Fellows Brendan Sullivan and Mauricio Garcia, attended the VentureWell Open conference on technology entrepreneurship in higher education in Washington, D.C. Dean Sullivan and Pines participated in panel discussions on effective innovation models in engineering education and enhancing student engagement through the use of maker spaces. Dean Sullivan also moderated a panel discussion on creativity in the engineering curriculum. Innovation Fellows Sullivan, a graduate student, and Garcia, a senior. Both in industrial engineering, participated in sessions on methods to expand innovation and creativity at the peer level.
Interim Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner
- Advice for Your First Year on the Tenure Track: A panel discussion, “Advice for Your First Year on the Tenure Track,” was held Thursday, March 19, in the Health and Social Services Building, room 202. Panelists shared their insights and experience as a member of the faculty. The event was sponsored by the Graduate School and Career Services.
Department of Public Health Sciences
- Public Health Heroes: Undergraduate students in PHLS 475 reviewed and selected two local leaders, Women’s Intercultural Center and Terri Von Wolff, Dona Ana County Head Start, to be recognized as Public Health Heroes! Mark Kittleson will present the awards and plaques on April 8, 2015, 1:00, HSS Room 320, during our first annual campus celebration for National Public Health Week.
- Statistical Methods for Drug Safety: Dr Anup Amatya, Biostatistician for the Department of Public Health sciences has co-authored a statistics textbook with Robert Gibbons, to be published in July 2015 entitled “Statistical Methods for Drug Safety”.
Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken
- College of Education Dean Interviews: The search committee hosted the final two candidates for Dean of the College of Education. There were many events held to ensure both candidates met with a broad range of campus constituents. The search committee concluded its responsibilities by meeting with Provost Howard to discuss our perceptions of the strengths of each candidate and how they would fit in our campus community.
- 2015 Graduate Research and Arts Symposium (GRAS): I enjoyed visiting the GRAS events, including seeing our Anthropology students’ posters (one of which won for the best poster), and sitting in on several of the afternoon sessions where papers were presented.
- Phi Kappa Phi: I met with the executive leadership of the international honorary society, Phi Kappa Phi. This organization will move into the Honors College as its academic home, and we discussed events for the coming year and logistics of the transition.
- Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS): Ketelaar and I joined a team of colleagues to visit the graphic design class being taught by Gatis Cirulis, to view the design submissions for the upcoming URCAS event. Four teams presented amazingly innovative designs for posters, programs, awards, t-shirts, and a podium cover and we selected the winning team who will execute the final designs for this annual event.
Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar
- Honors College Scholarship Recipient: We announced the 2015 winner of the Honors College Scholarship for International Research, Kira Turnham, a junior Biology major working in Dr. Michele Nishiguchi’s laboratory in the Department of Biology. As the 2015 Honors College Scholar Kira will receive $5,000 in funding to support her travel and research this summer in the Philippines to study the light-emitting properties of the bob tail squid. We wish to thank the Final Selection committee comprised of Dean Chaiken, myself, Emeritus Dean William Eamon, Circle for Excellence member Ann Gardner, and past winner Upile Chisala.
- 2015 NMSU Pioneers Spring Luncheon: Gave a guest lecture, on behalf of Dean Chaiken and the Honors College, to the 2015 NMSU Pioneers Spring Luncheon on Thursday, March 19 at the Columbus Conference Center in Las Cruces. I had the opportunity to tell this group of distinguished alum and community members about the activities of the Honors College, including our recent inaugural Conroy Honors Day where we welcomed to campus National Merit and National Hispanic Merit Scholar Finalists. I also extended a personal invitation, on behalf of the honors college, to join us for the Spring University Speaker series in April featuring Sherman Alexie.
- Webpage Updates: Met with Honors College staffers Richard Stanton and Tiffany Cox to continue to work on proposed updates to the ONSIE webpages.
Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus
- Development Meeting: The library’s development officer and the Dean met and participated in stewardship planning meeting with other units on campus who work with the same donor.
- Policy Revision: The Dean met with Lisa Warren, Office of General Counsel on proposed policy revision language.
- College of Education Dean Interviews: The Dean participated in the interviewing of two candidates for the College of Education Dean’s Search that were on campus this week.
- Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Accreditation Visit: The Dean met with a member of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine accreditation team who is doing an on-site campus visit this week.
- Library Faculty Meetings: The Dean attended two library faculty meetings this week in which proposed changes to the Library’s Promotion and Tenure documents were presented and discussed. Afterward she met with Provost Howard about Library Promotion and Tenure cases.
- Creating a Positive, Healthy Work Environment Seminar: Library U hosted a seminar for all library staff on Creating a Positive, Healthy Work Environment presented by Dr. Dario Silva, Director of NMSU Employee Assistance Program.
- Western Rangelands Conference: NMSU Library is hosting the Western Rangelands Conference the week of March 23. Associate Professor Cindy Watkins who is NMSU’s Agriculture Librarian is responsible for all the local arrangements for this conference.
- Association of College and Research Libraries Conference: The Association of College and Research Libraries held its conference March 25-28, 2015 in Portland, OR. Dean Titus and several library faculty will be attending this conference.
Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking
- International Festival: IBP hosted the Las Cruces-NMSU International Festival on Saturday, March 21 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Over 1123 people were in attendance, 16 different student groups represented their individual countries, and 20 community organizations were represented. This is the second year in a row that IBP has worked to make this not just an NMSU event, but a festival done in collaboration with the community.
- IBP Soccer Tournament: The second annual IBP Soccer Tournament will be held April 7, 9 and 12 (10-4 pm final playoffs and picnic). After last year’s successful event, this year’s promises to be even more exciting. Come out and watch, or get involved! There are still opportunities to play and/or volunteer. Contact IBP for more details.
- Visit from National Central University of Taiwan: Albert Wu, Associate Dean of International Programs at National Central University of Taiwan, one of the top five universities in Taiwan, visited NMSU. Dr. Winnie Lee helped facilitate the visit and Dr. Wu met with representatives from CELP, Business, Engineering and IBP. An MOU is in the pipeline and a number of collaborative programs look imminent.
- Various Activities: Menking participated in various interdepartmental activities, including the College of Education’s hosting of visitors from Mongolian State University of Education, and the J. Paul Taylor Symposium (of which IBP was a major sponsor).
- Missing 43: Menking spoke to the “Missing 43” (43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa that went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico) gathering outside of Corbett Center and read the statement by President Carruthers. Pictured: Provost Howard meeting with parents of two of the “Missing 43”.
Office of Education Abroad
- Campus Visitors: OEA hosted numerous visitors from around the world. On Tuesday, we welcomed the GoAbroad Van, which advertises programs and scholarships. They were joined by STA travel, which offers discounts and benefits to student travelers. We also hosted longtime partner and collaborator Megan Fulmer from ISA.
- Website Improvements: OEA sent one staff member to complete WordPress for Administrators training. This is part of our initiative to update and improve our website. The staff member learned how to build websites using NMSU Enterprise WordPress, and how to maintain the website once built.
- Strengthening Ties: Kristian Chervenock and Imelda Olague, Director of OEA, traveled to Puebla, Mexico to meet with numerous schools in the region, in an effort to reinvigorate our ties to Mexico, and to focus on the Border aspect of International and Border Programs.
- NMSU Finance in Greece: OEA, in collaboration with the Department of Finance and Athena Abroad, an affiliated study abroad provider program, hosted an information session for the NMSU Finance in Greece program. For the first time at NMSU, faculty from the College of Business will be teaching FIN 341 and FIN 360 on stunning Paros Island, Greece! Participating students will also have the chance to take Cylcadic Art and Culture an intense, fun-filled two week encounter with Paros and selected neighboring islands that unlocks the secret authenticity of Cycladic rural life. Journey along infrequently traveled Byzantine trails to remote villages and mountain farms, as well as ancient caves and marble quarries, historic monasteries and ruins.
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) International Research Opportunities: OEA met with Cathilia Flores of the RISE program to discuss a cross-campus initiative to increase awareness of international research opportunities available for NMSU undergraduate and graduate students. Plans are in the works to organize a collaborative event to raise awareness of these opportunities early in Fall semester with representation from each college, the Graduate School, Honors College, International and Border Programs, the RISE program, NM AMP, and the VP for Research Office.
International Student and Scholar Services
- Employment Authorization Workshop: An OPT employment authorization workshop was held this week for students who want to apply to work in the U.S. upon completion of their academic program.
- Getting a Jump on Summer and Fall: ISSS has begun processing I-20s for Summer and Fall newly admitted students. Admission packets are mailed to the students and include admission documents, the I-20 and pre-arrival instructions.
- Activities: The International Club’s recent activities include a Bowling Night, Ice Skating Trip to El Paso and participation in the ASNMSU Big Event.
- Thursday Global Meet Up: The Thursday Global Meet Up event continues (every Thursday 1130-130 in the Garcia Annex Faculty Senate Chambers).
Center for English Language Programs
- CEA Accreditation: CELP’s application for eligibility for CEA accreditation was accepted. Jan Snyder and Tamara Anatska will attend an Accreditation Workshop at the TESOL International Convention to prepare us for creating our self-study plan.
- Meeting with Mongolian National University of Education: Met with the Mongolian National University of Education delegation to plan for ways CELP can provide guidance and service as part of any agreement between MNUE and NMSU.
Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry
- Free Home-Cooked Meal: Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU served a special home-cooked meal to feed those in need locally at the El Caldito Soup Kitchen. This Servathon is a company initiative held each April allowing employees around the world to join forces to fight hunger in their local communities and is Sodexo’s largest global STOP Hunger event.
- WAC Basketball Champions to NCAA: Viewing parties in the Corbett Student Union and the Golf Course allowed faculty, staff, and students to cheer on our men’s and women’s basketball teams as they became the new WAC Champions and headed to “the dance”.
- Grad Fair: Alumni hosted its Grad Fair at NMSU Barnes & Noble on March 17 and 18. Regalia, graduation frames, spirit wear, an iPad, and MacBook were prizes for participating students.
- Teamwork: The Grounds and Paint shops partnered with the Greek Community to help paint the “A” on A-mountain and provided campus opportunities for community service. The community service projects included painting corral fencing at the Swine Barn, and preparing the Sisbarro Community Park for the dedication ceremony.
- Students Provide Free Speech Therapy: Panda Express participated in the Speech Language Pathology Graduate Student Organization fundraiser. Funds will help the student organization with travel expenses to provide free speech therapy to individuals with cleft lip/palate in Lima, Peru.
- Greek Week Events: The Pan American Center was the site for the annual Greek Sing event, a talent show produced by the fraternities and sororities as a part of Greek Week. The Greek Olympics were held in Aggie Memorial Stadium on March 8. The fraternities and sororities compete in athletic events including Tug-O-War, 10-Legged Race, Chariot, Pyramid, Mount Olympus, and one spontaneous event.
- Fire Science Program: On March 16, the NMSU Fire Department participated with the NMSU Dona Ana Fire Science Program in training college students. Participating students are working towards completing the didactic and manipulative skills required to qualify for International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) testing and certification through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy.
- Patrick’s Day Lunch: The Taos Restaurant luncheon featured music, décor, and a traditional Irish menu.
- Chemistry Lab 225 and 226 Remodel: The Lab Station upgrades in Rooms 225 and 226 at the Chemistry and Biochemistry building are underway. Upgrades include painting laboratory walls and ceilings, demolition and replacement of all chemical tops and refurbishing and repainting existing case work.
- Green Hornets: NMSU Remains in 6th – Facilities & Services Recycling group, Green Hornets, continues collecting recyclables for the annual Nationwide RecycleMania competition. Out of the 600 participating colleges and universities, we are still in 6th place in the Grand Champion category. The competition ends March 28, 2015.
Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
- Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Accreditation: Montoya met with the accreditation team for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday, March 17 to provide information on Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
- Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Finalists: Three finalists have been announced for the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management: Helen Albertson, Stephen Robinson, and Daryle Hendry. We encourage open participation at the campus open forums. Itineraries and resumes can be found here: nmsu.edu/avp-em
- Graduation Fair: Over 900 students visited the Graduation Fair at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on March 17 and 18. The soon-to-be graduates were able to take care of all their graduation needs including purchasing a cap and gown, reserving a seat at commencement, and getting announcements ordered. A professional photographer was also available and students had the chance to record a thank you shout out video to be played on the Jumbotron before the ceremony.
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrator’s Annual Conference: Attended the National Association of Student Personnel Administrator’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. One full afternoon was dedicated to the annual spring meeting of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Board meeting, chaired by Bernadette Montoya. Hot topics during the annual conference included student retention, mental health issues, sexual assault and the importance of student life on university campuses. Dean Michael Jasek and Roseanne Bensley were also in attendance at the NASPA conference.
University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon
- Aggie Pathways: Danielle Staley, Assistant Director of University Transfer, and Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate VP for Enrollment Management, attended the Academic Advisors Council to provide preliminary information about the Aggie Pathway program. Aggie Pathways is an initiative of the Provost’s Office, intended to provide prospective students who fail to meet the increased admissions standards with another opportunity to gain admittance to a four-year degree program within the NMSU system.
- Calling Campaign: The University Admissions office facilitated a calling campaign on Friday, March 20 for the College of Business Ambassadors to encourage prospective Business major students to attend NMSU.
- International Festival: The University Admissions office participated in the International Festival held at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Saturday, March 21st. Admissions Advisors handed out information about the opportunities at NMSU and how to enroll.
University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant
- Loan Default Initiative: As part of our student loan default initiative, 1,920 letters were mailed to students who are delinquent on their student loan payments. The letter was designed to communicate the many different repayment options available, as well as provide information about the free financial literacy services available through NMSU’s partnership with the non-profit default prevention organization, Inceptia.
- Weekly Staff Meetings: As part of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management’s efforts to collaborate with departments here on campus, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services has invited several groups to attend weekly staff meetings and participate in the financial aid appeal committee. Departments that have participated include Study Abroad, Title IV TRIO programs, Student Success Center, Tutoring Services and academic advisors from the College of Arts and Sciences. The goal is to communicate with these groups in order to improve our processes and provide stronger support to students. The results, to date, include important changes to our appeal form, academic stipulation plan and loan acceptance form. The long-term expectation is that, by serving our students better and more consistently, we will increase retention and graduation rates.
University Registrar’s Office
- Fall 2015: The Fall 2015 schedule of classes was made available for students and the university to view on Friday, March 27, 2015. The Academic Scheduling department created 4,780 sections for main campus. Registration for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 will begin at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 2015.
Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek
- The Big Event: The Big Event was a big success! This year, 1,473 students participated, the number rising from last year. A total of 102 different organizations, along with individuals and groups of friends participated. The Big Event served a variety of non-profits, local charities, food banks, animal shelter, retirement homes, and various Keep Las Cruces Beautiful sites. We hope to continue to expand the number of students who participate annually, and also hope to expand the places we get to serve in Las Cruces.
- Aggie Carnival: The Aggie Carnival was held on Saturday, March 7 to raise funds to support Colleges Against Cancer. Greek Affairs partnered with Athletics, Housing, Aggies Activities Council, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, and multiple student groups.
- Greek Olympics: The Greek Olympics was held on Sunday, March 8 at the Aggie Memorial Stadium. It was the first time this event was held thanks to a partnership with Athletics.
- Greek Week Days of Service: Greek students completed nearly 600 hours of service over three days for the Greek Week Days of Service throughout the NMSU and Las Cruces community. Leaders of the Greek community also continued the tradition of painting the A on A-Mountain.
- Greek Sing: Hundreds of NMSU students, parents, and local community members came to see Greek chapters perform and compete at Greek Sing held at the Pan American Center. Kappa Sigma fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority were the respective winners.
- Events: Aggies Activities Council (AAC) hosted Poet, Odd?Rod and Magician/Comedian, Lee Terbosic at two separate and successful events. Odd?Rod shared stories from his life through a mixture of storytelling and poems. He got the students talking, asking questions, and even sharing poems they had written themselves. Lee Terbosic shared his illusions with the crowd through humor and audience participation. Over 150 students came to watch Lee Terbosic, the largest crowd at an AAC event so far.
- NMSU Grants Transfer Fair: On Tuesday, March 17, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray represented NMSU and the American Indian Program at the NMSU Grants Transfer Fair. They met with students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution upon completion of their associate’s degree. They also met with middle school students from Los Alamitos who were exploring options following their completion of high school.
- American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference: On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 17, Justin McHorse gave a presentation on NMSU and the American Indian Program at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. AIHEC is a consortium of the tribal colleges located throughout the nation.
- Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute College and Career Fair: On Wednesday, March 18, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray represented NMSU and the American Indian Program at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) College and Career Fair held at the SIPI Gymnasium in Albuquerque. At the fair, they ran into new NMSU alumnus April Abeyta ’14 who was present representing AMERIND Management Corporation.
- Meeting: On Wednesday, March 18, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray met with Mr. Anthony Riley, Director of the Pueblo of Laguna’s Partners For Success program. They were updated on the Pueblo of Laguna’s new scholarship awarding process.
American Indian Program
- Northern New Mexico Community College Fair: On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray represented NMSU and the American Indian Program at the 3rd Annual Northern New Mexico Community College Fair held in Espanola. They engaged with high school students and family members who have an interest in pursuing a higher education. They also met with Mr. Frances Vigil ’04 who is the Indian Education Coordinator for the Espanola Public Schools.
Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg
- CO2 Capture Technology Provisional Patent press article: NMSU’s press release about issuance of a provisional patent for a CO2 Capture Technology, developed by an NMSU doctoral candidate in the chemical engineering department (Nasser Khazeni) with faculty support (Abbas Ghassemi, Reza Foudazi and Jalal Rastegary), continues to be widely circulated through several publications. In the last two weeks alone the article has been featured in 19 additional web publications. The research team worked in partnership with the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center to obtain the patent.
- Press release for Inventor Dr. Wei Tang: On Monday NMSU Communications issued a press release regarding a wearable micro-sensor technology that was developed by NMSU electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Wei Tang. Dr. Tang worked with the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center to obtain a provisional patent for his technology.
Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya
- National Academy of Inventors Meeting: Vimal Chaitanya attended the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) meeting in Pasadena, California. The 4th annual meeting of the academy focused on building strong ecosystem for the next generation of inventors for driving innovation and scholarship. The meeting featured eminent speakers such as former secretary of energy, Steven Chu, University leaders and US Patent and Trademark Office officials.
- Staff Visits: Justin Cook, Montana State University (MSU) Director of Research Compliance and Dr. Mark Young, Associate VP of Research/Economic Development visited with PSL and Research Ethics, Integrity and Compliance staff at NMSU.
- PI Certification Training: Grants & Contracts Director, Alisha Giron, provided two PI Certification Training sessions this week. The first was the biannual offering for main campus researchers and the second was tailored specifically to staff and researchers of Doña Ana Community College.
- Research Proposals in the works: Office of research development is working with water researchers to develop two major research proposals; USAID Livestock Innovations Lab proposal and USDA-NIFA Water for Agriculture proposal. Both involve multiple University partners.
- Successful Research Proposals: OGC successfully submitted a large Proposal in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) solicitation for about a $10M effort on behalf of the College of Engineering (S. Bukowski, PI).
- Awards: During this reporting period, external funding proposals worth $1.2 Million were submitted and about $2.2 Million worth of awards were received.
- Water Science and Management Interdisciplinary Graduate Program: The Water Science and Management interdisciplinary graduate program has accepted ten master’s students and seven doctoral students for the Fall of 2015. Seven students are scheduled to graduate from the program by August of 2015.
Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,
Ms. Cheryl Harrelson
- 2015 CASE Distinguished Friend of Education Award: NMSU’s nomination of Pat Sisbarro as the 2015 CASE Distinguished Friend of Education Award was approved and she is the honoree. The award honors an individual whose volunteer service has helped to advance education at an educational institution—even though he or she is not a graduate of that institution. This is highly competitive throughout the country and is awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education which is our primary national organization for fundraising professionals. Pat will be honored at the annual luncheon on July 13 in Chicago.
- Presidential Events: Presidential events hosted about 60 donors as well as supporters who purchased blocks of tickets for the March 7 final men’s game at the home of President and Mrs. Carruthers.
- Scholarships: Received a $20k scholarship for addition to CAMP scholarships and new scholarship for art conservation students for $80k. Received two $25k scholarship endowments for Ag Econ department. Received a $25k scholarship endowment from Las Cruces Home Builders Association.
- Carleene Wimberly Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Retired NMSU Golf Coach Herb Wimberly, family and friends have made gifts to endow the Carleene Wimberly Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education.
- Farmer Endowed Scholarship: Tara Jarmillo, has made another five figure gift to the Farmer Endowed Scholarship that she sponsors in the Department of Special Education and Communications Disorders, College of Education.
- E. “Sparks” and Lucille Denton Funkhouser Tatreault Endowed Fund: We received a check from Ms. Barbara Funkhouser’s personal representative, Phyllis Denton, to establish the L.E. “Sparks” and Lucille Denton Funkhouser Tatreault endowed fund in the department of cooperative education in the college of ACES. This endowment is for a student studying /doing research in the cultivation, expansion and education of grape growing.
Athletics Director, Mario Moccia
- Lunch: Had lunch with Coach Lou Henson to discuss general departmental topics.
- Ribbon Cutting: Attended the Ribbon Cutting and reception for Pat and Lou Sisbarro’s Community Park and interacted with donors and friends.
- Selection Shows: Athletics hosted the men’s and women’s basketball selection shows and interacted with donors, fans and media. Both shows had a good attendance of fans eager to see who and where the Aggies would play.
- NCAA Tournament: Attended both the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament. I met with Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference Jeff Hurd while in Omaha, NE for the men’s game. I also met with NMSU Alumni during a happy hour hosted for the NMSU Aggies men’s basketball program. There were approximately 25 alums that attended the event. Flew to Maryland to see the women’s Aggies take on Maryland. During the game I met NMSU alums from the DC and Baltimore area.
- 2015 Football Season: Met and finalized football ticket pricing for the 2015 season. We also discussed pricing for our sell out event in football.
Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard
- Las Cruces Sun-News Eye on Research: Last week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News focused on Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, who is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. The human brain inspired his approach in the novel design of a system of state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors that can detect, transmit and reliably process valuable data.
- Las Cruces Sun-News Eye on Research: This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News focused on the work of Jane Pierce, agronomic entomologist, who is warning growers of the possibility of sugarcane aphid moving into New Mexico. Over the last year the sugarcane aphid moved from south Texas to the Panhandle, and last year it was spotted northwest of Lubbock. It was also collected in Oldam County, Texas, on the border of New Mexico, and Pierce said could be in New Mexico right now.
- Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature: Last week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News profiled bakers Betty Gillie and Pat Sermeno, who are responsible for satisfying the sweet tooth for New Mexico State University’s Taos Restaurant customers. Between the two of them, the women have 20 years of experience working at NMSU. The duo starts the day at 3:30 a.m. and takes on Italian dream cakes, specialty cheesecakes, apple cobblers and trifles as well as delicious cookies.
- Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature:This week’s NMSU Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News was a profile about Nirmala Khandan, the Ed and Harold Foreman Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering, who has been a professor at New Mexico State University for 25 years. The civil engineering professor has a notable career that recently included two patents and a Distinguished Achievement Professorship at NMSU.
- Sports information: Athletics Media Relations was busy with basketball, facilitating coverage of this historic season where both the Aggie men and women became WAC Champions and both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament. For the men it was the fourth consecutive appearance and five in the last six seasons. For the women it was the first time reaching the NCAA Tourney since 1988. The Aggie men fell to No. 10 Kansas 75-56 last Friday in Omaha, while the Aggie women lost at No. 4 Maryland 75-57 last Saturday. The sports writers also supported the Softball Aggies in a home doubleheader with No. 17 Arizona and a contest at UNM, as well as the baseball Aggies in Hawaii.
- KRWG: The news from Santa Fe was positive. The New Mexico Legislature passed the budget, which included flat funding for NM Educational TV (KRWG, KENW and KNME). After a House move to reduce our funding – this was good news. Next the budget will need approval from Governor Martinez.
- Founders Day: to promote Founders Day the UCOMM team developed a poster, flyer, digital signage, news release, internal message and webpage. The materials will help build awareness of Founders Day, while supporting the event’s theme: celebrating NMSU’s heritage.
Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel
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Director/Secretary New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Jeff M. Witte
- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry: This week I was invited to testify to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. I discussed the EPA proposed regulations on Waters of the United States. Congresswoman Lujan Grisham is the ranking member.
- Ag Day in New Mexico: I also presented a proclamation which proclaims March 19 as Ag Day in New Mexico to help celebrate the contributions of our states farmers and ranchers. This was part of the New Mexico Legislature Roundhouse Feed celebration as we wrap up the New Mexico Legislative Session.
- Certified Organic Land: Staff met with members of Ohkay Owingeh about the possibility of getting individual and/or tribal land on the Pueblo certified organic. One grower will start working on his application right away and share that with other farmers who have an interest in organic certification. A meeting will be organized by the Pueblo to assess the needs of interested farmers.
- 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.
- Grant Outreach Workshops: Staff held two grant outreach workshops; one in Santa Fe and one in Las Cruces. Approximately 40 people, in total, attended the workshops and expressed interest in applying.
- Binational Expo: Staff attended the Binational Expo in Juarez, Mexico, in support of one New Mexico company. The expo will support and promote the commercial integration between entrepreneurs in Northern Mexico and the Southern United States. Matching the participants from the agricultural food sector with service, distribution, funding, and marketing enterprises at a regional, national and international level.
Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez
- Update: There were 38 police reports created, 21 supplements filed, and 20 traffic citations issued.
- Records & Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 25 items of evidence, and fingerprinted 19 people.
- Emergency Dispatch Center: The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 357 calls for service (19 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 184 police calls (9 of which were mutual aide), 1 natural gas leak, 1 fire alarm, 6 emergency medical calls, and 1 visible smoke.
- NMSU Events: Special Events Staff reviewed 6 Events, Crime Prevention rendered 2 services, and Victim Services assisted 1 victim and completed Grant Application.
- New Employee: New employee, Nelson McGuire, began employment with the Department on March 16, 2015. He will be attending the Police Academy in Hobbs which is scheduled to begin in May.
- Grant Application: Deputy Chief Bowen, Commander Harvey, and Amanda Bowen submitted a $750K Grant Application with the Office on Violence Against Women. If successful in acquiring the Grant, the funds will be used to reduce sexual assaults, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus.
- Pepper Spray Training: Commander Harvey trained new parking department employees in the proper use of Pepper Spray.