Activity Report March 30-April 3

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Regent Briefing: With the new complement of Regents, we have begun the process of briefing them on the operations of NMSU.  The first briefing session included remarks by Chairman Cheney regarding the roles and rules of the road for Regents, an advisory from Liz Ellis on the Open Meetings Act, a primer on the Vision 2020 plan by me, and much about the budget.  In this meeting, which was noticed but did not allow for decisions as it was informational, Angela Throneberry reviewed the budget process and Administration’s proposal on Sources and Uses of funds for the budget year 2015-2016.  The Administration proposed a $9,124,772 permanent budget reduction, $3,947,200 in sources to include a 2.4% blended increase in tuition/fees, and a matching $3,947,200 in uses, to include the final payment of $2.2 million faculty salary market equity plan. I also outlined a number of efficiency measures we will be taking to accomplish the necessary reduction in expenditures resulting from our declining enrollment.  The major initiative involves a moratorium on all hiring in the near term.
  • NMSU Kinesiology Ph.D.: Secretary Barbara Damron has been especially helpful in fashioning the message to the Board of Finance regarding approval of the proposed Ph.D. in Kinesiology.  Morehead, Dr. Wood and I will meet with the Secretary next week to refine the message to assure that we appropriately define the need for this program.
  • NMSU in the News: I have a habit of providing an advance briefing to the Albuquerque Journal, Las Cruces Sun News, and the Las Cruces Bulletin regarding major events, such as our proposal to the Regents regarding our Sources and Uses for 2015-2016 with a focus on the 2.4% tuition/fee increase.  The Journal opined that we were taking care of business by asking for additional funds and implementing some significant austerity measures.  The coverage was excellent.
  • Call for Participation: As the result of the recent Satisfaction Survey which was widely reported, I am scheduling a series of meetings with all Colleges (including Community Colleges) regarding any thoughts our colleagues may have on tweaking the Vision 2020 plan.  The Regents are committed to following the plan and to measure progress through the 30 key performance indicators.  The Satisfaction Survey revealed that the respondents felt we were not engaging them in the planning processes.  When we come through your college or unit, please join us and participate in the planning process.  To date, the attendance has been very good.
  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign Committee: We are forming an NMSU Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign Committee to better organize and implement the activities on campus.  The fundraising will still be the province of the original TETWP organizers.  NMSU will engage more in educational activities, a marathon, donor appreciation events, and the TETWP football game, which will be played on Homecoming Weekend.
  • Founders Day Picnic: Be sure to attend the Employee Council Founders Day Picnic this Friday at the College of Business.  Hiram Hadley and his wife will be there in period costume and will tour the campus in their horse drawn carriage.  Thanks to the Committee for putting together this inaugural but significant spring event.  Ya’ll come!  11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, April 10, College of Business.

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • HLC Meeting: I began the week at the Annual Conference of the HLC in Chicago.  Much of my time, in the latter part of the conference, was spent at sessions that focused on writing effective evidentiary statements for comprehensive visit self-studies, and on concerns surrounding dual credit programs.  However, one break from this pattern was a talk given by staff and faculty of Millikin University that focused on their implementation of intrusive advising and its impact on retention.  The good news is that intrusive advising led to a significant increase in retention of first year students.  The sobering news is the time and effort required for intrusive advising and the necessity of “not taking no” for an answer when it came to contacting students.
  • Aggie Dinner: The social highlight of the HLC Conference was an alumni dinner with some wonderful Aggies and NMSU supporters.  I want to thank Andy and Marcia Rice, Kent and Tamara Genin, Deborah Holland, and Michelle Buchecker for sharing their stories of NMSU and their lives after NMSU with us.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Retreat: I had the pleasure of spending Thursday morning at at a retreat with about 20 other faculty and staff members to discuss how to make NMSU more inclusive and better attuned with the needs of our diverse faculty, staff, and students.  It was a rich conversation, filled with candor, honesty, and a strong desire to make our beloved institution better.  We are now identifying several action items that can be implemented over the course of the next year.

 

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Agricultural Experiment Station:

  • Western States Region Research & Extension Center Collaboration Meeting: Steve Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, attended the Western States Region Research & Extension Center Collaboration Meeting, held March 24-25 at the University of California’s Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA. Center directors and other administrators from California, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico met to improve coordination and collaboration between western leaders of research and extension centers.

Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Leadership Symposium: Kourtney Vaillancourt, college associate professor, and Kendra Wood, graduate student in marriage and family therapy, attended a national leadership symposium for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from March 17-20 in Washington, DC.  As president and student representative of the New Mexico division, they were there to network with division leadership from the U.S. and Canada, and to participate in leadership development workshops and strategic planning for the association. 

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Master Food Preserver Training: Carol Turner, Foods and Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Nancy Flores, Food Technology Specialist, and Cindy Davies, Bernalillo County Director and county home economist, provided a Master Food Preserver training to nine county home economists on March 26-27 in Las Cruces.  The citizens of New Mexico have expressed a strong interest in canning, pressure canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting foods.  After training in best practices and research-based food preservation, the county home economists will be able to train volunteers in their counties to assist them with providing educational programming to their county clientele.
  • National eXtension Webinar: Sonja Koukel, Community and Environmental Health Specialist, presented a national eXtension webinar entitled Extension for Health in New Mexico on March 30Along with two other presenters from the University of New Mexico, she discussed Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness and the collaboration between NMSU and UNM to provide health information to the citizens of New Mexico.  More than 70 people participated in the webinar.
  • Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop: Sonja Koukel, Community and Environmental Health Specialist, participated in a three-day Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop at NMSU on March 25-27. The workshop was the first activity involving members of the USDA Southwest Regional Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change.
  • International Collaboration: Nancy Flores, Food Technology Specialist, hosted 18 students and faculty from the Institute of Technology (ITD) in Durango, Mexico from March 31-April 2.  The purpose of the meeting is to foster international collaboration between NMSU and ITD for scholar and student exchanges, research internships, and dual credit programs and graduate certificates.

 Student Visitors from Durango, Mexico

 Cooperative Extension Service

  • NM EDGE: The NM EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector), a program of NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, offered 60 classes to over 200 students last week during its Honing Your NM EDGE Week at the NMSU Albuquerque Center.  NM EDGE students are employees, elected officials, and appointed officials from throughout New Mexico’s governmental entities including counties, municipalities, and state agencies.  Students in this young professional development program are working toward certifications offered through NM EDGE; the program is also working closely with the New Mexico State Purchasing Department to assist in meeting the legislatively mandated Chief Procurement Officer Certification requirements by offering classes that allow participants to earn a reciprocal designation.  For more information on the NM EDGE and its programs visit our website at http://nmedge.nmsu.edu/.
  • Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award: Bruch Hinrichs, Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year AwardAssociate Director and Eastern District Director, was presented the Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award.  Hinrichs was chosen for his passion for the Floyd community and the work he does to help local farmers, ranchers, and 4-H students.

 

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

  • Arts and Sciences Colloquium: Neal Rosendorf (Government) discussed “Transitions in Israel – U.S. Relations, 1948-58 versus Today” at the Arts and Sciences colloquium.
  • Annual Service Award Ceremony: College of Arts and Sciences held its annual Service Award ceremony and honored 73 faculty and staff from 22 departments for five-year service increments. Maria Sanchez from Mathematical Sciences was recognized for 35 years of service. The awards ceremony is always an upbeat and celebratory event. Learning more about the personal interests and activities of faculty and staff makes the event meaningful and memorable.
  • Awards: Jeffrey Arterburn (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received $3,612,343 in direct and indirect funding from NIH, for the fifteenth year of his INBRE grant.  Nancy Chanover (Astronomy) will receive $7,646 from JPL.  Richard Greenfield (English) received a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to South Korea.   James Finley’s (English) proposal for an edited collection entitled Henry David Thoreau in Context has been accepted by Cambridge University Press.  Clint Lanier (English) has had an article “Problem Solving in User Networks: Complex Communication Issues and Item-to-Item Collaborative Filtering” accepted for publication in Communication Design Quarterly, published by the Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Internship Program: Cindy Yeh (Biology), an HHMI Research Scholar, has been accepted to participate in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center internship program in Seattle this coming summer and has received a Goldwater Scholarship.  Her research mentor in Biology is Graciela Unguez.
  • Theatre in New York: Josh Chenard and Claudia Billings (Theatre Arts) took 14 students from the course “Theatre in New York” to New York see Broadway plays as well as the National 9/11 Museum and the Guggenheim Museum.

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Retired Faculty/Staff Luncheon: We hosted lunch for all College of Business retired faculty and staff on Monday.  It was a great opportunity to visit with the group and share some memories.
  • Monthly Deans Meeting: My fellow Deans and I gathered for lunch on Tuesday at the College of Health and Social Services.  We are now meeting monthly for lunch hosted by each college.
  • Guest Speaker: Kerry Weems spoke with the College of Business Student Ambassadors on Wednesday. Kerry Weems is the chief executive officer of TwinMed, a nation-wide distributor of medical supplies.  Weems joined the company in 2013, coming from General Dynamics.  At General Dynamics, he headed a division of more than 4,500 health and health IT professionals providing IT solutions to federal, state, and international governments. Previously, Mr. Weems held a similar position with Vangent, a company acquired by General Dynamics in 2011.  Mr. Weems is also Chairman of the Board of Targeted Medical Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company. He holds a bachelor of arts in Philosophy and a bachelor of Business Administration from New Mexico State University.  He holds a master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.
  • 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

  • Audiology Program Review: Morehead spent time this week at the University of Pacific reviewing the Audiology program and their community clinic. It is apparent that the college is on the right path in planning a community clinic and considering a future in Audiology Doctoral program. There is an obvious need in New Mexico and the U.S.  Dean Morehead also discussed with Dr. Wood the preparation for a presentation on the doctoral program to the New Mexico Board of Finance.

 

Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Campus Visit: About 70 students from Montwood High School visited the College of Engineering and were given tours of engineering laboratories and the Aggie Innovation Space. Additionally, 25 students from the Upward Bound program visited as well.
  • NMSU/ASU Collaboration: Engineering New Mexico Resource Network collaborated with the University of Arizona for a submission under the Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnerships program under the U.S Economic Development Agency.  The submission outlines strategies for a regional designation for the area spanning Yuma, Arizona to WSMR and north to Socorro County.  The regional effort proposes to build on our strength of the region in terms of test, evaluation and demonstration with a particular focus on building a strong supplier network in the region that can provide niche and larger-scale manufacturing.  Additional focus will build on emerging aerospace, space, and security technologies between NM, AZ, Chihuahua and Sonora.  Arrowhead Center is a collaborator in this effort as is the NM Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
  • Student Workshops: Student apprentices within the Aggie Innovation Space have developed a series of topical workshops to enhance and jump start student expertise. Topics were selected based on interests of engineering students. The sessions will run through the end of the semester.
  • Student Collaborations: Student apprentices with the Aggie Innovation Space have finalized a collaborative project with a graduate student in the Art Department to design a mechanism that will support a “breathing chair.”  The chair will be part of an upcoming exhibit and is intended to introduce visual emotion into art. A second chair is scheduled to be completed by next week.
  • Student Career Development Opportunities: Provost Dan Howard, Dean Ricardo Jacquez, Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan and Assistant Dean Juan Albert traveled to Volt Information Sciences in Orange, California to discuss opportunities for collaboration. The meeting resulted in plans that will bring strong career development workshops (resume development, mock interviews, etc.) to the College of Engineering and NMSU Career Services during the fall 2015 Career Fair.  The effort will build on existing career development efforts between the College and NMSU Career Services to strengthen student employment readiness. Volt has also committed to working with the College of Engineering to broaden corporate partnerships based on STEM hiring needs in the industry market with a focus on internships, broadened access to permanent employment opportunities and enhanced co-curricular activities (capstone, design challenges, technical and career workshops).  Lastly, Volt will work with the College’s Engineering NM Resource Network to identify relevant certification needs by industry that can be offered through professional development as a means of strengthening workforce readiness from graduation to the first three years of employment.
  • 2015 Electrochemical Society Summer Fellowship: D. candidate Gen Chen is a recipient of a 2015 Electrochemical Society Summer Fellowship, an award dating to 1928. The applicant pool this year was very strong and highly competitive, and the selection committee named a total of five award winners from around the world.  The award consists of a check for $5,000 for the summer months of study.
  • Distinguished Members of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories: Two NMSU Electrical and Computer Engineering alums Abraham Ellis and Stan Atcitty have been selected as Distinguished Members of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.
  • Discovery Project: Members of the Industrial Engineering Department participated in the Discovery Project with visitors from Instituto Tecnologico de Durango, Durango, Mexico.  Approximately 35 students, faculty and staff from ITD visited NMSU Engineering on Tuesday, March 31.  Our goal is to increase opportunities for coursework and research collaboration.

 

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

  • CHSS Dean’s Conference: CHSS Dean’s Conference “A Beautiful Death:  What will you choose?” will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center on May 1, 2015.  The all-day conference, co-sponsored by the HRSA-funded project to infuse gerontology into the curriculum, is free and open to the public. CEUs will be available. For more information and to register, please visit http://health.nmsu.edu/2015-deans-health-symposium/

Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Joe Tomaka

  • Adult Day Care Study: Tomaka initiated a Survey Research and Program Evaluation Center study of Adult Day Care in New Mexico.  This project is sponsored by the NM Department of Aging and Long Term Services.
  • Training: Members of SoAHEC travelled to Roswell, NM, to deliver 100 green cleaning kits and attend the “Healthy Home – Community Health Workers” training with an emphasis on asthma.

Assistant Dean for Development, Jennifer Cervantes

  • Aggie Pride Call Center Visit: Interim Dean Wagner and Assistant Dean Jennifer Cervantes, visited the Aggie Pride Call Center this week to thank students for their good work and to share the impact each gift has on our students and the college.
    School of Social Work
  • Grant Writing: As part of the class Social Work with Communities and Organizations, social work students are required to write a grant for the agency at which they intern. For many, this is just a classroom exercise and the grant is not submitted. However, undergraduate student Conrado Bobadilla, submitted and received a grant from Medicaid for around $900 to help fund the agency’s Food Pantry.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • New Mexico Public Health Conference: Master of Public Health students and faculty were presenters at the two-day annual New Mexico Public Health Conference in Albuquerque this week.
  • New Mexico Public Health Association Media Award: Department of Public Health Sciences nominated Tracey Roy, Editor for Las Cruces’ HealthyU Magazine, for the New Mexico Public Health Association Media Award.  She was selected and received the award at the annual state public health conference in Albuquerque last week for her commitment to health promotion.

School of Nursing

  • Visit from Governor Susana Martinez: Governor Susana Martinez was at the College of Health and Social Services on Monday to sign HB 121. This legislation, sponsored by Las Cruces Rep. Terry McMillan, supports changes to the New Mexico Nurse Educators Fund that would allow any nurse to use the fund to obtain an advanced nursing degree in order to teach in a public post-secondary nursing school. The signing was at the college’s Memorial Lounge (HSS 119) on Monday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Student Success: Rosa Zamora, DNP, successfully defended her DNP project entitled “Fall Risk in a Geri-Psychiatric Unit: Can it be predicted?” on Wednesday, April 1.

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Honors Advising: I prepared and distributed detailed information on advising options for Honors students as they prepare to register for fall 2015 courses. This information is also distributed through the academic advisors so that students are aware of how the courses we will be offering will integrate with their general education requirements and the courses in their major. Many students and advisors are not fully aware of how the opportunities in Honors can complement students’ requirements, and this is a challenge we face as we try to encourage more students to pursue Honors education.
  • Author Sherman Alexie: We made the final arrangements for Sherman Alexie’s visit to campus on April 7. Alexie is a well-known Native American activist, writer, and film maker and his visit should be a wonderful event.

Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar

  • Guest Lecture: Met with Sulthon Sabaruddin, a diplomat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.  Mr. Subaruddin was visiting NMSU to give a lecture at the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, and he was kind enough to meet with me to discuss Scholarship opportunities for US students wishing to study language and culture in Indonesia.

 

Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Sunshine Week Program: The University Library, the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker in celebration of Sunshine Week co-sponsored a program, Police, Public, and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings on April 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in Zuhl Library.
  • Library Café Discussions: The Dean and Associate Dean of the University Library met with Ermelinda Quintela, Assistant VP for Auxiliary Services, regarding the RFP for a cafe in the Library.  Details pertaining to the document were discussed and library feedback provided as the RFP moves forward.

 

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

  • International Festival: The International Festival on March 21 generated some good media coverage in the Las Cruces Sun News and Bulletin.  A debriefing was held with committee members and plans are already underway for the 2016 festival.
  • Asia-Pacific Association of International Education Conference: Menking returned from attending the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education conference in Beijing.  In addition to attending many sessions, he met with existing partners (China Agriculture University, Hebei Normal University-China, LaSalle Beauvais-France, Yonsei University-Korea) and explored future relationships.
  • Guest: IBP hosted Alfonso Galindo, Vice President and General Director of PROFMEX in Mexico, to discuss degree completion programs with Mexican institutions in the states of Hidalgo and Puebla.  Dean Reyes participated in the discussions.
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Durango: Menking addressed a delegation of 17 faculty and students from Instituto Tecnologico de Durango (ITD), Durango, Mexico.  The group was hosted by Dr. Nancy Flores of the Departments of Family Consumer Science (Food Science and Technology) and the Dr. Delia Valles from the College of Engineering.  A farewell banquet was held at Andele’s on Friday evening.  Many of the students expressed an intention to return to NMSU for degrees.
  • Guest Luncheon: IBP hosted a luncheon at the Stan Fulton restaurant for Sulthon Sabaruddin, Fulbright Scholar, Department of Economics, Pomona College, CA, who was on campus to give lectures at CLABS regarding Indonesia-Latin America relations.  In attendance were Cornell Menking, Inigo Garcia-Bryce, Rick Adkisson and Dr. Sabaruddin.
  • Latin American Geography Class Visit: Menking spoke to Dr. Chris Brown’s Latin American geography class on the topic of conflict, class and race in Ecuador and Colombia.
    Latin American Geography Class Visit

International Student and Scholar Services

  • Global Coffee Hour: The March 31 Global Coffee Hour highlighted Saudi Arabia. Saudi students put together an all-encompassing presentation about their culture, history, education, and provided samples of Saudi Arabian coffee and sweets. There was a turnout of about 25 faculty, staff, and students.
  • Soccer Tournament and Community Potluck Picnic: The second annual Soccer Tournament and Community Potluck Picnic sponsored by International & Border Programs will be at 2 pm on April 12, 2015 in the intramural soccer fields. There are five teams playing a double elimination tournament. Email jrex@nmsu.edu for more info.

Confucius Institute

  • NMSU Partner: The CI was officially informed that in addition to its current partner university of Shijiazhuang Science and Technology Vocational College, NMSU is also partnered with the prestigious Hebei Normal University.
  • International Festival Participants: The CI was an important participant in the International Festival.  CI teacher Tina Yang performed traditional Chinese dances and choreographed the Chinese Student and Scholar Association’s more modern, toe-tapping pieces, and hosted a table. There was very good input from community members that led to plans for possible community-based courses next fall.
  • Professional Development: All-day professional development sessions were held on April 4 to assess the year, talk over teaching strategies and plan for next year.
  • Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Competition: CI teacher Peng Ying will accompany her UTEP student, Sam Green, to Tucson, AZ where he will be competing in the Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Competition – the CI’s first university-level student to so do.
  • Chinese Assessment Tests: Nearly 60 people are registered to take upcoming Chinese assessment tests (HSK).   The CI has several students who are taking upper level exams in the hopes of winning Hanban scholarships to China (as NMSU students Christopher Hornung and Tom Burnham are currently doing).
  • Planning and Site Visits: Planning and site visits are underway for a visit by Jocelyn Ford, Director of the documentary “No Where to Call Home”.  The free showing will be on April 28 at 6 p.m. in Domenici 109.

Office of Education Abroad

  • Exchange Students: This week, the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) accepted 45 exchange students for the Fall 2015 semester and 23 students for Spring 2016 semester – with more expected before the application deadline.
  • International Event: Kristian Chervenock, Director of OEA, and Imelda Olague with International and Border Programs attended the “Very Interested in Puebla” (VIP) program March 18-22 in Puebla, Mexico.  The event is an initiative of seven of Puebla’s best higher education institutions, as well as Puebla City and state governments, with the support of the US Embassy in Mexico.  More than 30 administrators representing more than 20 universities in the U.S. participated, met key administrators from Pueblan institutions, and learned about new summer programs.
  • Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference: Representatives from the OEA attended the Forum on Education Abroad annual conference in New Orleans, LA, March 25-27th. In addition to attending sessions focused on best practices in education abroad, OEA staff met with many study abroad partners to discuss ways to enhance international mobility offerings at NMSU.
  • Study Abroad Site Visits: Peter Martin, Department Head for Civil Engineering returned from three study abroad site visits in Spain and Cyprus; Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Universidad Polytecnica de Valencia in Valencia and the University of Nicosia on the island of Cyprus. Dr. Martin is working to establish a Study Abroad Pathway for Civil Engineering students and faculty for semester, academic year and summer faculty-led programs. Dr. Martin gave glowing reports of each partner institution and was most impressed with the curricular offerings at the University of Nicosia. Both Martin and Chervenock expect strong student and faculty engagement during AY 2015/2016.
  • Study Abroad Collaborations: The OEA met with the Directors of Black Programs and Military and Veterans Programs to discuss stronger collaborations in promoting study abroad opportunities to diverse student audiences. It was agreed that OEA would provide each of these programs with $5,000 in scholarship monies to support qualified students that wish to participate in study, service, research or internships abroad. Similar meetings with Chicano Programs, the Student Gender and Diversity Resource Center (SGDRC) and American Indian Programs will be forthcoming.
  • Study Abroad Agreement Meeting: Amy Lanasa from NMSU’s Creative Media Institute along with staff from OEA will be traveling to Brisbane, Australia later this month to conduct a site visit and participate in a series of meetings at Queensland University of Technology with a focus on establishing a bilateral exchange agreement and a Study Abroad Pathway program for Creative Media Institute students. Lanasa and Chervenock (Director for the Office of Education Abroad) will also participate in meetings and presentations associated with U. Newcastle’s annual study abroad fair.

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Fitch Affirms NMSU Bond Rating: Fitch Ratings has affirmed its “AA-” rating on the outstanding issues of improvement or refunding revenue bonds issued by the Regents of New Mexico State University.  Their rating outlook is Stable.  The key rating drivers cited by Fitch were state support (good), enrollment pressures (declining, but actively being managed with retention and admissions strategies), mixed operating performance (NMSU is managing expenses in light of declining enrollment), low debt burden, and an adequate balance sheet cushion.
  • Mindful Mondays/Real Food, Real People Initiative: Monday lunches at Taos Restaurant represents collaboration between the NMSU Campus Health Center and Campus Dining.  Healthy eating strategies are combined with healthy foods from recipes provided by the Sodexo staff.  This week’s recipes were contributed by Rosa Albada.
  • Restricting Off-campus Remote Logins Pays Big Security Dividends: On average last year, NMSU received more than 700,000 daily unauthorized remote desktop login attempts to student, faculty, and staff computers attached to NMSU’s network. As part of ICT’s ongoing efforts to better secure NMSU data, ICT restricted remote logins to only allow connections from on-campus computers or computers connected to NMSU’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) at off-campus locations. Since the restriction that was put in place in January, no unauthorized remote login attempts have been detected by ICTs Information Security group.
  • Central Utility Plant Boiler Feed Water Pumps: Replacement of boiler feed water pumps project at the Central Utility Plant is near completion.  A partial-campus steam outage on March 24 allowed the contractor to fix a faulty isolation valve on the boiler feed system, which then allowed him to replace the last two of the five pumps.  Facilities and Services is grateful to the patience of the NMSU students and staff during this and other required outages.
  • Information Technologies Surveys are Underway: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) department is currently conducting two information technology surveys, one for students and the other for faculty and staff.   The results of the surveys will help ICT identify the technologies that are currently in use by the Las Cruces campus, as well as the technologies the community would like to see implemented.   The surveys will run through April 18.  The survey locations and times can be found at http://studenttech.nmsu.edu.  The online version of the surveys can be taken at any time before the survey close date.
  • Green Hornets take 4th Place: The competition is officially over. On behalf of our Facilities & Services Green Hornets, we would like to congratulate all of our Aggie RecycleManiacs for the tremendous support. Because of all of you, we finished the competition in 4th place in the Grand Champion Category. This is absolutely incredible when you consider that there were over 390 colleges and universities competing in that division nationwide. Official results will be posted on the Recyclemania website, recyclemaniacs.org on Monday, April 13, 2015.
  • Autism Awareness: The Electric shop helped support the Alpha Chi Delta Sorority community awareness project for Autism.  The “A” on A-Mountain will be lit using blue bulbs for the month of April.  This is the third year that Facilities and Services have worked with Alpha Chi Delta to promote Autism Awareness.

 

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

  • SAEM Summer Conference: Montoya met with the SAEM Conference Committee made up of SAEM staff volunteers on Tuesday, March 31 to discuss the planning of a summer conference. The summer conference will help support our work for student recruitment and retention, and also be an opportunity for professional staff development.
  • Collaboration with the Bridge of Southern New Mexico: Met with Denni Cheney, the President and CEO of The Bridge of SNM on Tuesday, March 31 to discuss NMSU Office of Admissions’ involvement in a June conference with various public and early college high schools throughout the state. We are looking forward to our collaboration with The Bridge of SNM to connect with high school students.
  • The Power of Not Yet: Attended “The Power of Not Yet” Retreat on Thursday, April 2 hosted by Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. Dr. Montoya and attendees engaged in meaningful dialogue related to diversity and inclusiveness on our campus.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • New Student Registration Preparations: The Aggie Welcome Team met with Academic Advisors on Monday, March 30 to review Banner New Student Registration Reservation and Check-In System, as well as Cognos reports, in preparation for the first Orientation session on April 23 and 24.
    New Student Registration

Diversity Programs

  • TRIO Visitors: On Tuesday, March 31, Chicano Programs with University Admissions and American Indian Programs made presentations to a group of TRIO students visiting from the UNM Taos campus.
  • Preparing for College Presentation: On Thursday, April 2, Mari Tellez and Erica Enriquez gave a presentation on Preparing for College to high school students in the La Semilla program from the Gadsden school district..

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Arrowhead Speaker Series with Estela Hartley: Estela Hartley, Innovation strategist and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at NMSU, gave a presentation on Interviewing Users and How to Uncover Essential Insights to Win More Business. Hartley offered sound advice on how to develop interviewing skills, uncover essential market insights and test assumptions to develop meaningful products and services that align marketing strategies to win more business for startup companies.
  • International Space State Research Workshop: New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the Arrowhead Center hosted the International Space State Research Workshop, held Monday, March 30, 2015 with Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). The all day workshop, headed up by Dr. Patricia C. Hynes, Director of NMSGC and EPSCoR and Chair of the International Symposium for Personal & Commercial Spaceflight (ISPC), was a solid success, with participants requesting that the event be made an annual event. Participants and presenters came from Nanorackes, Angelus Funding, CASIS, NASA Flight Opportunities Program at the Kennedy Space Station, NASA/Ames Research Center, Purdue University, Spaceport America, Red Sky/Biomedical Institute of the Americas, NMSU, UNM, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMIMT), Virgin Galactic, Rice University, CALCULEX, Inc., Grambling State University of Louisiana and more. CASIS was specifically looking for research opportunities and projects related to the life sciences and biomedical fields. More about the available funding and research opportunities can be found at the CASIS website. http://www.iss-casis.org/
  • New Mexico Angels Technology Presentation: Arrowhead Center presented two NMSU developed technologies by faculty inventors from the College of Engineering for consideration to the New Mexico Startup Factory and New Mexico Angels group in Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, March 26. If selected, these technologies would receive funding and leadership to develop startup companies that would drive economic development in the state of New Mexico. Both technologies being considered were developed
  • Alumni Visitor Kerry Weems: NMSU Alum Kerry Weems visited Arrowhead on April 1for an overview, tour, and roundtable discussion with Arrowhead graduate assistants and Studio G student entrepreneurs. Kerry Weems is the chief executive officer of TwinMed, a nation-wide distributor of medical supplies. Prior to his private sector career, Mr. Weems served 28 years with the Federal Government in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Arrowhead Press Event: Arrowhead was part of the press event in Mexico City launching Atrévete a emprender CDMX, an initiative of the City Government through Ministry of Economic Development and Social Development Fund of the City of Mexico (SEDECO / FONDESO), in conjunction with the Arrowhead Center of New Mexico State University, the Program Mexico Economic Policy USAID and public institutions of higher education in Mexico City. The program offers entrepreneurs, through a series of workshops and activities, the opportunity to develop their idea or project from conception to possible fundraising.

 

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

  • Staff Meeting: Held our monthly full staff meeting. Mayor Ken Miyagishima was our guest speaker. Topics for discussion included the concept of reintroducing the Aggie Caravan across the state of New Mexico, our multi-media rights RFP, branding and discussion on football ticket renewals.
  • NMSU Track: Met with OFS and Athletic staff to discuss the future use of the NMSU track.
  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink and Athletics: I had a very nice and informative lunch with donors to discuss Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the role of athletics.

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Eye on Research: This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News focuses on the work of researchers at New Mexico State University who are assessing potential effects of future climate change for wildlife found in New Mexico and neighboring states. Virginia Seamster, a post-doctoral research scientist at NMSU, and a team of five other researchers are developing bioclimatic niche models for several species of conservation concern.
  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature:This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlights New Mexico State University’s Partners of the Americas and 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant. NMSU’s Office of International and Border Programs spearheaded the grant “Leaders Innovating for the Reinvention of an Agricultural Sustainable Region in Peace,” which proposed an exchange between NMSU and Universidad de La Salle’s Utopia campus in Yopal, Colombia. The project Utopia is a rural campus designed for youth who have been adversely affected by the drug industry and helps the students to earn a degree in agricultural engineering. As part of the exchange, NMSU students and faculty visited Colombia last November to help develop an irrigation design for the Utopia campus.  The Colombian students and their faculty adviser will be visiting the NMSU campus April 7-22.
  • KRWG: The KRWG News team completed the ninth season of “Your Legislators” with a session wrap interviewing State Representative Bill McCamley. The program features legislators during the New Mexico Legislative Session and the series has been an important vehicle to bring the news from Santa Fe to our local viewers.
  • Web Update: Analytics for the new homepage continue to show the importance of the mobile first design with 19.2% of total traffic to the homepage coming from a mobile device. Geographic trends show that most of the new users are from New Mexico.

 

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

No Activity to Report

 

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

No Activity to Report

 

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Update: There were 34 police reports created, 8 supplements filed, and 25 traffic citations issued.
  • Records and Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 31 items of evidence and fingerprinted 22 people.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center: The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 258 calls for service (9 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 156 police calls, 10 of which were mutual aide, 3 warrant entries,  4 emergency medical, 1 carbon monoxide alarm, 2 fire alarms, 1 visible smoke, and 1 animal control.
  • NMSU Events: Special Events Staff worked 31.5 hours and reviewed 9 events.  Crime Prevention scheduled an Active Shooter Presentation, and Victim Services attempted contact for case follow-up.
  • Operation Stampede II: Karena Pirtle, Emergency Dispatcher, participated in a full scale exercise called Operation Stampede II.  This was a mock disaster drill to test readiness and communications for a widespread catastrophic event.
  • Sunshine Week Debate: Chief Lopez was a panel member at the Sunshine Week Debate held at the NMSU Zuhl Library, which focused on the state’s open records law and on officer-involved shootings.
  • FirstNet Overview Regional Meeting: Chief Lopez presented at the FirstNet Overview Regional Meeting in Las Cruces on April 1 and opened the meeting with a general overview of how the Public Safety Broadband Network will affect the community and the impacts of a first responder.

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