Activity Report March 9-13

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Satisfaction Survey Opportunities for Improvement: One of the opportunities for improvement (OFIs) from the recently completed and reported satisfaction survey was to better engage faculty and staff in the planning process.  Hence, I am asking Natalie Kellner who is the staff person in charge of the Vision 2020 strategic plan, to organize meetings throughout the spring semester with each of our major units so that we can collectively review, reflect, and improve upon Vision 2020.  It is critical that we do this as we also need to align Vision 2020 with our 2015-2016 budgets.  Stay tuned for dates and times!
  • 2015 Legislative Session: This is the closing week for the New Mexico legislature as they will adjourn on Saturday, March 21 at noon.  The latest word is House Bill 2 will be reported out of the Senate Finance Committee in the next day or two and then on to the Senate Floor.  Apparently, there is general agreement on the Senate revisions so expect it to pass the Senate late in the week and then back to the House for concurrence. The good news is that most cuts to NMSU I&G funds have been restored with some modest expansions in WRRI, Arrowhead, and the Agricultural Experiment Station (for the Los Lucero’s farm project).  We are expecting the Lottery Bill (modifies the amount of money flowing to scholarships) and the Endowment Bill ($5,000,000) for matching money for Endowed Chairs in STEM areas to pass.  The bad news is there appears to be a train wreck about to happen on capital outlay, with the Senate version including the $2,000,000 for Jett Hall but the House Republicans apparently prepared to strip out all of higher education capital outlay in favor of dedicating it to roads.  This will apparently not satisfy the Senate so the pundits believe there may be no capital outlay bill this year.
  • Board of Regents Meeting: The Board of Regents meeting was more informational than action oriented.  It was the meeting where they were supposed to elect officers but because two new Regents had not been confirmed at this time, this will be moved to the next meeting.  Informational items included a review of the NMSU satisfaction survey, review of enrollment, and a heads up that we will need to reduce our I&G budget by 3.2% to 3.% just to break even, given the decline in enrollment.  That process of engaging all stakeholders in determining where reduction will occur is just beginning.  Take advantage of the opportunity in your College or unit to participate.
  • Regent Confirmation: Amanda Lopez Askin has been confirmed as our fifth Regent so we have the entire team together and ready to go.  Amanda is a doctoral student in the College of Education and works for the State Health Department. 
  • NMSU System Plan: I am very pleased with the progress so far in strengthening the NMSU system by better integrating the community colleges into our overall planning and budgeting processes.  I met with the Presidents of the four community colleges to pursue issues such as the Aggie Pathway to a Baccalaureate, improving advising, who should pay for dual-credit courses, and working together to enhance the economic and business development of our communities and state.  I am a believer that the most critical need in New Mexico is to have an internationally competitive workforce and this will involve support of and the focus of our community colleges. 
  • WAC Tournament Champions: This past week also included a little basketball as the Aggies not only won the season championships for both men and women, they swept the WAC tournament.  It was a pleasure to be in Las Vegas with so many Aggie fans and with a fantastic contingent of students, including the Sun Dancers, the Aggie Pep band, Pistol Pete and the cheer squad.  We may have had as many as 1,000 fans at the games.  A proud day for all Aggies.
  • President’s Communications Council: The President’s Communications Council is making good progress in developing and reporting on the marketing programs for all units.  The goal is to have a much more consistent branding and marketing for all of NMSU.  Kudos to Maureen Howard for her leadership of the groups.  There is evidence in the increase in applications in key areas such as Albuquerque that the focused marketing approach is paying off.  Applications for admissions in New Mexico are up over 22%.  


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Conference on Assessment: The big event for me in the week past was the “Conference on Assessment: Putting the Pieces Together—The Quality Initiative and the Baccalaureate Experience” held on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.  The first day was devoted to an examination of critical thinking and how to impart this skill to students in our classrooms.  The impetus for this effort originated with our ongoing assessment of general education courses.  Although I could not attend the two sessions because of prior commitments, I am told that the speakers, Tine Reimers and Bill Roberson of Vancouver Island University, were engaging and insightful. 
  • Quality Initiative: On Friday, I spent the entire day at the conference, concentrating on the talks that focused on the Quality Initiative and how to effectively incorporate writing into courses, within a variety of majors.  The Quality Initiative grew out of an NMSU faculty belief in the importance of writing in learning.  This importance has been backed up by good studies, such as that of Arum and Roksa (2011) which demonstrate a strong association between writing and the acquisition of skills, such as critical thinking, complex reasoning, and effective communication that we all see as goals of a college education. 
  • Writing: But, what kind of writing?  All too often, we incorporate writing by asking our students to write a term paper for which we provide limited guidance and feedback.  This was my modus operandi in my large classes.  I hoped that the experience of writing a paper would be valuable, but I felt too time constrained to work closely with 60-90 students on their assignments.  The speakers at the conference, especially Heather Graves and Robert Graves from the University of Alberta, provided insights into some effective strategies that can be incorporated into even large classes. 
    • Provide clear guidance about grading practices and criteria, including rubrics
    • Provide annotated examples of essays and papers
    • Make sure there are opportunities for feedback and iteration
    • Peer feedback, supplemented by graduate student support, can allow feedback before the paper makes it to the faculty member, alleviating some time consuming aspects of writing evaluation

The bottom line here is that there are good strategies for incorporating writing, which will help with learning, into virtually any course. 

  • Please Attend: This barely scratches the surface of the topics covered in the Conference on Assessment, which was well worth a day of my time.  I encourage all faculty members to attend the next conference and I thank Shelly Stovall, Laura Grant, the Student Ambassadors, the Office of Assessment, and the University Council of Assessment for their good work in organizing and running the conference.


Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Cooperative Extension Service:

  • 2015 Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Tradeshow: The 2015 Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Tradeshow were held at the Hotel Encanto on March 1-3.  The popular Pecan Food Fantasy contest was coordinated by the Dona Ana County Extension Office, while the educational program was coordinated by NMSU Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema (Extension Plant Sciences).  Oral presentations were given by pecan industry representatives, as well as experts from the USDA and three universities. A major theme of the conference program this year was pecan marketing, especially in light of a proposed Federal Marketing order for pecans which is receiving broad support across the US pecan industry.  Other presentations covered orchard pest management, pruning, and soil amendments. The educational program concluded with a growers’ panel discussion of salinity, an increasingly concerning management issue in southwestern pecan orchards.  In the educational program there were over 200 people in attendance, coming from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Oklahoma, northern Mexico, and the southeastern United States. 
  • Emergency Preparedness Fair for the Home Owner: Cindy Davies and Cynthia Beiser, Agents with the Cooperative Extension Service in Bernalillo County recently held an “Emergency Preparedness Fair for the Home Owner” in Albuquerque on March 7 that attracted approximately 156 participants.  During the fair, participants had the opportunity to listen to presentations such as Family Preparedness, Weathering Emergencies and Safely Storing Food and Water.  Those in attendance also had the opportunity to learn how to put together a Preparedness Tool Kit and Making a Go-Bag. This first-of-a-kind fair for home owners was co-sponsored by the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center out of New Mexico State University.

Agricultural Experiment Station:

  • Solar Power: As a means of becoming more sustainable at our NMSU off-campus agricultural science centers, a pilot project has been initiated to evaluate solar power. A small solar array was built at the Leyendecker Plant Science Center to provide electrical power to the weed science complex at the center. The solar array will provide enough power to offset electricity for several buildings, greenhouses and building water well, and will save the science center more than $3,500/year. If this project goes well, a long range plan will implement solar power on those centers that can best utilize the sun’s energy to provide electricity, reducing energy consumption at the off-campus centers significantly.

Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Program Accreditation: The Dietetic Internship program received their site visit for full accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) on February 22-24.  The Dietetic Internship is a master’s degree program that started in 2011, and will have graduated 3 cohorts of students by May 2015.  There is a shortage of dietitians in New Mexico, and due to the high incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the border region, more dietitians are needed.  Dr. Wanda Eastman and Dr. Carol Turner direct the Dietetic Internship program.
  • Higher Education Assessment Association: Esther Devall, department head of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Dr. Kathy Stoner,Dr. Esther Devall and Dr. Kathy Stoner department head of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (pictured), presented a poster describing the College of ACES plan for assessing student writing at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association in Albuquerque.  They also presented their poster at the first NMSU Assessment Conference on March 13.                         
  • Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences: Esther Devall was elected as Vice President of the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences at their annual meeting in Washington, DC.  The organization provides professional development and leadership training for department heads and deans.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Extension Workshop: Carol Turner, foods and nutrition extension specialist, provided a workshop on cooking for people with food allergies and food intolerances to county home economists in Albuquerque.  She also discussed how home economists can work with their clientele to partner with their health care providers. About 20% of people in the United States have food allergies/intolerances, and the percentage continues to increase each year.
  • 5th Annual NM Food Protection Alliance Conference: Sonja Koukel, community and environmental health extension specialist, assisted in organizing the 5th Annual NM Food Protection Alliance Conference held in Albuquerque on March 5-6.  Attendees numbered over 115 people from various food-related state agencies, as well as speakers from outside New Mexico.  New Mexico is the only state in the U.S. to have county-based food protection alliances led by Extension agents.

Animal and Range Sciences:

  • Colorado State University Spring Ranch Horse Competition: The NMSU Ranch Horse Team took 1st place overall at the Colorado State University Spring Ranch Horse Competition on March 7-9, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Individual placings include Katie Kapp – Non-Pro High Point All Around; Shelby Siegenthaler – Novice High Point All Around; Jacquie Best – 2nd in Non-Pro Division; Lily Woodall – 4th and 5th in Limited Non-Pro Division; Myelia Mott – 6th in Limited Non-Pro Division; and Braiden Clement – 9th in Novice Division.  Joby Priest serves as team coach.

Media Productions:

  • Game-based Learning: Barbara Chamberlin, based on her research and the game development work at NMSU, has continued sharing the potential of game-based learning with national audiences. She spoke at iKids, a KidScreen event in Miami, FL, to developers of commercial apps for children, on the topic of user testing, based on her work in NMSU’s Learning Games Lab. In March, she talked with researchers at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education and Utah State Extension Conference, discussing using innovative technologies to communicate university-based research.


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

  • Various Meetings: Dean Slaton and associate deans held annual department reviews with the heads of History and the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.   Dean Slaton met with the Naming Committee, the Administrative Council, and the Provost-Dean’s Mini-Meeting group.  Dean Slaton and Associate Dean Pollack attended the Western Athletic Conference tournament and met with alumni and potential donors.
  • Annual J. Paul Taylor Symposium: Associate Dean Van Winkle held a final meeting with the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Committee to prepare for the annual J. Paul Taylor Symposium to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  He attended the Student Art Award Reception together with Associate Dean Brown.  He presented a poster session and attended the first NMSU Assessment Conference.  The college hosted a very successful Global Connections Lecture featuring Dr. John Wright (Geography) entitled “Ukraine and Russia at War: A Geographic Perspective.”  Associate Dean Van Winkle attended a meeting of the President’s Communication Council.  He led final arrangements for the College’s graduate student Three Minute Thesis presentations held on Saturday, March 14.
  • Hackathons Interoperability, Phylogenies: Associate Dean Pontelli attended an HIP (hackathons interoperability, phylogenies) meeting at Duke University.  He attended the Spring Promotion Workshop.  He met with Dr. Anne Hubbell (Communication Studies) about the Discovery Scholars Program. 

Associate Dean, Dr. Jeff Brown

  • Various Meetings: Associate Dean Brown joined staff in an ASRC training for the College of Arts and Sciences Shared Services Center, and made arrangements for the installation of the Center’s furniture on March 12-13.  The five new members of the Center moved into Breland Hall on March 13.  The Center will officially begin on March 16.  Associate Dean Brown interviewed faculty candidates in Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science.  He participated in a RISE Advisory Board meeting with evaluators who were reviewing that program.  He participated in a CADRe meeting. 
  • Various Publications: Visiting assistant professor Sean Prall (Anthropology) published the co-authored article “Androgens and innate immunity in rehabilitated semi-captive orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus morio) from Malaysian Borneo” in the American Journal of Primatology, and the co-authored article “Male quality, dominance rank, and mating success in free-ranging rhesus macaques” in Behavioral Ecology.  George Matthews, who received his M.A. from the Department of History, has had the book Agent for Empire: Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson and the Exploration of the American West accepted by the University of Oklahoma Press.  Mr. Matthews gave an address at Branigan Cultural Center sponsored by the State Historian and the New Mexico Historical Society titled “Trader, Prisoner, and Governor: David Meriwether’s Roads to New Mexico.”  The Department of Art’s metalsmithing and jewelry program received over 20 tools and equipment from Linda Hall on March 1, 2015.  All the items had  belonged to her late husband, Leon Caillouette, who passed away in July, 2013.  The Las Cruces Sun News published a story about the successful nomination of Chope’s Restaurant to the State Register of Cultural Properties by Department of Anthropology emeritus college professor Beth O’Leary and students Addison Warner and Norma Hartell. 
  • Awards: Reta Beebe (Astronomy) received $300,000 for the NASA Planetary Data System Atmospheres Node.  Edwin Fohtung (Physics) received $49,500 from LANL for the CSDI Experimental Systems project.  Jason Jackiewicz (Astronomy) received $132,782 from NSF for the second year in his CAREER grant funding.  Reed Burgette (Geological Sciences) received $74,908 from the Department of the Interior-USGS to assess faults in the Central Sierra Madre in southern California.  Geof Smith (Biology) received $99,993 as a part of Russell Hardy’s DOE CMERC award.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Outstanding Graduate: Congratulations to Amanda Ball, Management major, who our Faculty Council has selected as this semester’s Outstanding Graduate.  Each semester one student is selected from nominees submitted by each undergraduate major based on scholarship, leadership and service and are honored at the NMSU Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award luncheon held just before commencement.  They also play a small part in the commencement ceremony.  All nominees will receive a recognition plaque.
  • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium: Bruce Huhmann and I traveled to Salt Lake City to attend the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Meeting held March 8-9.
  • Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Presentation: Regents Professor Jim Peach made a presentation on the U.S. and national economies to the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class on Friday.
  • The College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Visitors from Mongolia: The College will be sponsoring a delegation from Mongolia next week and Dean Morehead participated in the review of the program and discussed with the planning committee logistics and finalized the topics for the visit.
  • Budget Discussions: Dean Morehead met with Administrative Council to discuss the budget cuts for the future and directed department heads to begin planning for 1-, 3- and 5-percent cuts. As dean I am impressed with the professional manner in which the department heads in the college approached this challenge and so appreciate their efforts. Dean Morehead discussed the potential budget reductions with Dr. Alfred Valdez who is the chair of the College Council Budget and Technology committee. Dean Morehead charged this committee with reviewing the potential budget reductions and give input back to the dean. This process will also include input from the College Council after the Budget Committee reports with their recommendation. Dean Morehead met with the reviewers of the Rise Grant to offer feedback and input, this grant fosters diversity in PhD programs. Dean presented to elementary majors on classroom management strategies and shared with them the importance of being child focused in their classrooms. The Advancement team outlined their work with future donors and plans for our Aggie Cornerstone Award dinner recognizing Herb Torres and Lou and Mary Henson, as well as several practicing teachers in STEM.   

James O’Donnell, Associate Dean

  • Advanced Programs Retreat: Held the second of two retreats with Advanced Programs for CAEP Accreditation.
  • Accreditation Review: Reviewed materials for an NCATE Legacy Accreditation visit.

Dziwenka, Program Manager for Assessment

  • CAEP 2015 Spring Conference: Dziwenka prepared questions and issues on Advanced Programs to discuss at the CAEP 2015 Spring Conference in early April.
  • Survey Revisions: He completed the revisions of the Fall/Spring Completer Surveys for all soon-to-be TEP completers (both UG & GR) and the Fall/Spring Completer Surveys (both UG & GR) for all other College of Education soon-to-be completers. He will send these to the Department Heads and Program Coordinators near the end of the SP15 semester, for their approval of the revisions.

Michelle Valverde & Karen Trujillo, Community Outreach

  • State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Planning for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant proposal.

Kelly Coffeen & Ashley Jurado, Advancement Team

  • Las Vegas: Kelley Coffeen attended the WAC Tournament and met with President Carruthers and an outstanding alum. 


Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Verge Fund Lecture Series: The College of Engineering hosted the first spring speaker in the Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Rod Rance. His presentation entitled “Do You Want to Be Successful or Just a Millionaire”? had approximately 30 attendees. Rance has successfully started and maintained different companies throughout his career. He retired in 2009 and in 2014, he started NM Shrimp Co. LLC, which he is currently in the process of launching.
  • Southwestern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair: The College of Engineering hosted the Southwestern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair at NMSU on March 7. There were 122 participants this year: 47 seniors and 75 juniors. More than 100 volunteers assisted with the fair or served as judges. Edward Park, Las Cruces High School, and Sara Manshad, Arrowhead Park Early College High School, qualified and will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg in May. 
  • Project Lead the Way Teacher Conference: The College of Engineering hosted its annual Project Lead the Way teacher conference on March 13.  Approximately 30 teachers from throughout New Mexico attended to learn more about this national program for which the college serves as the New Mexico Affiliate. The keynote speaker was David Dimmett, senior vice president of the PLTW Chief Engagement Office.
  • Aggie Innovation Space Pop-up Workshop: The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held an Aggie Innovation Space pop-up workshop on low-resolution prototyping for students. Presentations were made by Luke Nogales, engineering technology assistant professor; Anthony Hyde, engineering technology professor; and Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art.
  • Teacher Workshop: The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held a series of workshops for teachers on March 12-13. Approximately 30 teachers from throughout the state attended the workshops: Robot C, taught by engineering technology assistant professor John Tapia and engineering students; Inventor, taught by Arrowhead Park Early High School teacher Nina Nunez; and Radar, taught by electrical engineering Professor Muhammad Dawood.
  • American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Research Council: Associate Dean of Research Martha Mitchell attended the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Research Council in Silver Spring, Maryland, March 9-11. The Engineering Research Council provides professional development for associate deans for research and provides connections between federal agencies and universities. The activities included presentations from National Science Foundation program officers, representatives from American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association of Public Land-grant Universities, representatives from the Air Force Research Laboratories, the Army Research Office, the National Security Administration, the Office of Naval Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Institute and the National Cancer Institute. Mitchell serves on the Engineering Research Council Board of Directors which plans the conference each year.


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

Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Joe Tomaka

  • Program Director Visit: Catherine Offutt, Program Director of the “Manage Your Chronic Disease” program in Albuquerque made her first visit to SoAHEC Monday March 9. She assists SoAHEC staff with the logistics to support the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and reporting requirements to Stanford University.
  • Boarder Breakfast Meeting: Tomaka attended the Boarder Breakfast meeting where Peter R. Ibarbo, Outreach Director for U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, gave presentation. Cindy Corona, Director of Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice also presented about her programs that are going on in the community.

School of Social Work

  • 4th Annual Alumni Awards Reception: The School of Social work held its 4th Annual Alumni Awards Reception on Friday March 6, 2015 at the Columbus Conference Center in Las Cruces.  The annual event recognizes social work alumni, students and faculty for the significant impact they have had in our community; over forty alumni, students, family members, staff and faculty the event this year. 

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Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Annual New Mexico Academic Advisors Conference: Sue Forster-Cox and Letty Gallegos presented at the annual New Mexico Academic Advisors conference at the DACC East Mesa campus on Friday March 6 about the articulation agreement that provides a smooth transition to the NMSU program for DACC students.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Spring Graduates: I met with several students who are in the final stages of working on their senior capstone activity, which will permit them to graduate with honors in May.
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium: I met with several students who are planning to participate in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium in April, to give them guidance about submitting an application.
  • Campus Visit: Gina Martin, a very bright student from Tucson, visited the Honors College and campus with her parents. The Martin family had run into some snags obtaining information on financial aid, so I was able to do some trouble shooting for them; and subsequently, they decided to visit NMSU to decide whether this is where Gina will matriculate in the fall. They were very favorably impressed with the campus and their visit here, so I’m hopeful she will join the freshman class of industrial engineering students.
  • Spring Dance Performance: On Sunday I attended the final spring performances of the NMSU dance companies at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Our student Karina Fonseca is a double major in Anthropology and Dance and choreographed several of the numbers as part of her senior capstone experience in the Dance program. I have always been an avid fan of dance and I’ve seen tremendous growth in the skill and sophistication of the dance companies in the six years that I have been attending their performances.
    Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Ketelaar
  • Honors College Scholarship: Compiled the rankings of the 2015 Honors College Scholarship Initial Screening Committee.  The committee, comprised of Dean Chaiken, Associate Dean Mark Anderson, Circle for Excellence members Tom Clark and Ann Clark, and Honors Faculty member Dr. Andrea Orzoff selected two finalists from the five applications.  The two finalists are slated to be interviewed the week of March 16-20, and our goal is to select the 2015 winner before Spring Break.
  • Website Updates: Met with the Richard Stanton, Honors College IT expert and Honors college student assistant Tiffany Cox to discuss proposed changes to the ONSIE Website.  We are hoping to have a draft of the proposed changes of the website presented to Dean Chaiken by early April.
  • Honors College Study Abroad: Met with Kristian Chervenock, Director of NMSU’s Study Abroad Office to discuss opportunities for the Honors College to partner with the Study Abroad Office in recruiting students for International Scholarships and Study Abroad Experiences.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Promotion to Full Professor Workshop: Members of the Library’s Promotion and Tenure Committee, interested library faculty and the Dean of the library attended the Teaching Academy’s Promotion to Full Professor Workshop.
  • Working the Student Retention Puzzle Workshop: Interested members of the Library Faculty and the Dean of the Library attended the Teaching Academy’s workshop on “Working the Student Retention Puzzle”.
  • Midterm Madness: NMSU Library hosted a Midterm Madness late evening party for students on March 12th to celebrate the opening of new group study spaces in Zuhl Library and the extending of  library building hours in Zuhl Library to 2:00 a.m. Sunday- Thursday.  Students enjoyed having photos taken with Pistol Pete, lots of refreshments, raffle prizes, and photos taken at the photo booth. A DJ provided music and many joined in to “dance to the music”! With deep appreciation to First Light, Sodexo, OFS and library staff and the students who joined in the fun for making this event such a great success.
  • Conference on Assessment: Several members of the Library Faculty either contributed to the planning, did presentations, or attended NMSU’s 1st Annual Conference on Assessment. The Dean of the Library also attended.


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

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Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Green Hornets: Moving up the Ranks: Facilities & Services recycling group, Green Hornets, has been busy these last few weeks collecting recyclables for the annual Nationwide RecycleMania competition. Out of the 600 participating colleges and universities, we are currently in 6th place (up from 8th place reported on March 6, 2015) in the Grand Champion category.
  • TRIO DayNew Community Park: Final preparations are being made at the new community park in Lot 34.  This week the Grounds shop personnel supervised TRIO Day 2015 where 80 high school students worked with the crew to prepare tree wells in the park.  Grounds, Structural Maintenance, and Mechanical shop personnel completed the installation of the work-out stations and drinking fountains.  The community park signs will be installed and unveiled at the dedication ceremony on Monday March 16, 2015.
  • Central Utility Plant: Plant Operations personnel will be performing scheduled maintenance on the turbine this weekend.  They will be working with SOLAR Turbines to perform the bi-monthly maintenance. 


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

  • Board of Regents Meeting: Montoya presented Spring 2015 Enrollment data at the Board of Regents meeting on Monday, March 9. She shared predictions on Fall 2015 enrollment and was joined by Dr. Tony Marin to present information on the many facets of Career Services.
  • Meeting with Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine: Met with Dr. Tania Arana, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday, March 9. Dr. Arana and Dr. Montoya discussed issues that will affect students enrolled at both NMSU and BCOM.
  • President Board Meeting: Attended the President’s Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 10. It was a pleasure to meet with dedicated board members who share their true talent and financial resources to support the President’s Associates Excellence Scholarship.
  • Commencement Committee: Met with the Commencement Committee on Wednesday, March 11 to discuss details and changes for the spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony.
  • Student Meeting: Met with Chris Kincaid, a Masters in Public Administration candidate, on Wednesday March 11 to discuss a study he has been working on with the Military and Veterans Program.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

  • Advisor Training: University Admissions hosted NMSU-Alamogordo Admissions Advisor, Elma Hernandez, for a half day of training. As part of the system-wide approach to marketing and student recruitment, we will be collaborating with Elma beginning with the fall 2016 recruitment cycle which begins August 2015.

University Registrar, Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez

  • Curriculum Review: The University Registrar’s Office completed a system-wide curriculum review of all current active undergraduate programs. This review compared current year catalogs with the Banner student information system, STAR Degree Audit programming, and the US Department of Education federal student financial aid Program Participation Agreement. A total of 222 active degree programs were reviewed for the Las Cruces campus, and 349 degree and non-degree programs at all four Community Colleges. Discrepancies were identified and all of the reviewed systems and documents will be updated for consistency purposes.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Chase Foundation Visitor: Carol Sullivan, Student Retention Coordinator for the Chase Foundation of Artesia, visited with NMSU Scholars at an event on March 11. Presenters included the Campus Tutoring Service and Aggie Welcome and Orientation programs. Currently, 67 students receive the Chase Scholarship.
  • Employment Extravaganza: The Career Services Department hosted the 12th annual Employment Extravaganza on Wednesday, March 11.  Approximately 30 state and regional employers were recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
  • Daniels Fund Campus Visit: The Student Success Center hosted Ms. Camila Lara, Senior Relations Officer for the Daniels Fund, on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 as part of her on-campus visits with the Daniels Scholars. 
  • TRIO New Mexico Scholarship: NMSU TRiO Student Support Services participant, Jennifer Reyes, was one of eight students statewide to receive the TRIO New Mexico Scholarship.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Patent Law Workshop with Steve Rubins: On Wednesday, Arrowhead Center hosted Steve Rubins, an IP Attorney and Partner with the firm of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, in New York. Mr. Rubins gave an overview of significant cases, events, and changes that have taken place in patent law over the last year. His discussion placed major emphasis on Federal and Supreme Court cases that have had the most significant impact on patent law. After his presentation Mr. Rubins held a question and answer session with the 26 attendees.
  • Studio G Networking Hour: On Friday, Studio G held its weekly Networking Hours that was attended by 13 people. This week’s topics were sections 13-15 of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup which covered customer acquisition, follow-on market calculations, and business model design.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Los Alamos National Labs (LANL): Vimal Chaitanya participated in a meeting with LANL senior management and three research University VPRs at Santa Fe Community College to discuss mutual interests and opportunities for expanded cooperation between the Universities and LANL. Vimal was joined by Satish Ranade, Stefan Zollner, Jay Misra, and Omar Holguin from NMSU. 
  • International Space Station Research Workshop: The one-day International Space Station (ISS) Research Workshop funded by the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) will be held on March 30, 2015 at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In collaboration with the Arrowhead Technology Incubator and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). Researchers from across New Mexico and the country are registering.
  • College of Arts & Sciences’ Shared Service Center: The College of Arts & Sciences’ Shared Service Center is slated to be open to researchers and staff beginning Monday, March 16.  OGC Contract Administrators began moving into Breland Hall this week; coordination efforts for the successful launch of this shared service center have involved multiple offices on campus.
  • Network Connectivity Configuration: The network connectivity configuration from Arts and Sciences to Anderson Hall has been tested and completed.  This work was needed in order to continue supporting the three OGC staff relocating to the College of Arts and Sciences.       
  • Graduate Research Enhancement Grant: The VPR Office provided $125,757 to continuing Graduate Research Enhancement Grant (GREG) award commitments and other graduate student support to the colleges of ACES, A&S, Engineering, and HSS.
  • Academic Research and Grants Information System Updates: The Academic Research and Grants Information System (ARGIS) software was updated to version during this reporting period.  Of note in this release is the addition of new keywords and modifications in navigation to allow better integration for those researchers accessing ARGIS from an Apple iPad.
  • New Mexico Water eNews: On March 12 2015 NM WRRI released the inaugural issue of New Mexico Water eNews.  http://us10.campaign-acom/?u=f726015b153e91a9b63d89b48&id=e8ea565cc4&e=2dad8e007e.

It is a monthly news feed keeping readers informed about the latest water topics, emphasizing those in which the NM WRRI is involved.

  • Aggies in the News: KRWG ran piece on March 9 interviewing Sam Fernald about the topic “New Mexico Data on State Water Supply Not Sufficient for Future Planning”.


Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

          No Activity to Report


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Western Athletic Conference Tournament: Attended the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) men’s and women’s tournament in Las Vegas, NV. I met and interacted with numerous Aggie fans and donors. 
  • Multi-Media Rights Meetings: Met with a multi-media rights company in Las Vegas regarding our upcoming multi-media rights RFP. In addition I attended receptions of the two largest national multi-media rights companies. 
  • Breakfast with NMSU Alumni: Had breakfast with UNLV Head Football Coach Tony Sanchez and his wife Tessie Sanchez both NMSU alums. 
  • WAC Meeting: Attended a WAC meeting with Athletics Directors and Senior Woman Administrators (SWA’s) to discuss various topics to include WAC Digital Network, concussion protocol and cost of attendance.
  • Lunch with Adidas Rep: Had lunch with Chris Terrell, Adidas west coast regional manager to discuss a potential future RFP with NMSU athletics.
  • WAC Champions: Congratulations to both our men’s and women’s basketball programs for winning the WAC Championship Tournament. This is the fourth consecutive win for our men’s team and the first ever conference title for the women’s program. We had a great showing of Aggie fans and supporters.  


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Las Cruces Sun-News Sunday feature: This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News profiled longtime New Mexico historian and expert on the Atomic West Jon Hunner, who spent the better part of last year in service to the state as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors Historic Landmark in Santa Fe.
  • Sports information: Athletics Media Relations was busy with basketball as our teams traveled to Las Vegas and won the WAC Tournament. Coach Mark Trakh was recognized as Coach of the Year and Coach Marvin Menzies was named the Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year. The sports writers also helped promote the Softball Aggies who are now 21-9 on the season.
  • Photography finalist: University Communications and Marketing Services Chief Photographer Darren Phillips has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in Photography in the 2015 Council for Advancement and Support of Education Accolades Platinum Categories competition. As a finalist, his entry has been deemed outstanding by a panel of judges and the winners in each category will be revealed on Monday, April 13, during the CASE District IV Conference in Austin, Texas.
  • Presidents /Communications Council: The group met this week and discussed strategies to increase enrollment along with ideas for expanding awards to recognize the good work accomplished by our students, faculty and staff.
  • Web Communications: This week we held an Early Adopters workshop that included web developers across campus, including DACC, Carlsbad, and Grants.  We showcased the new NMSU web templates, solicited feedback, discussed distribution and next steps for implementing the new design in web applications and the WordPress theme.  The templates have been released to this initial group for “bug testing”.  We are planning for a final distribution of the templates to the larger NMSU web community once the bugs have been identified and fixed.

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

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


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

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medal Award Recipient: During the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials Annual Conference, Division Director Bonnie Rabe, received a Bronze Medal Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The award was to recognize her and the NMDA Pesticide Compliance Section staff for contributing substantial improvements to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Grant Guidance for the National Pesticide Program.  She had volunteered to work on a new template and reporting format for the annual cooperative pesticide agreement work plan.  She and the section staff all worked on developing, using,  and through their input, improving the grant guidance reporting process not just for New Mexico but all 50 states.  The Bronze Medal is awarded for commendable service and is the third highest award given by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • NMDA Outreach: Staff conducted outreach at the Western Pecan Growers’ Association annual meeting, the NM Wine Education Conference, and the NM Farmers’ Market Managers Meeting for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (as well as other funding opportunities).  Interest has been moderate.  In total, five outreach programs have taken place.
  • 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.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Update: There were 52 police reports created, 27 supplements filed, and 32 traffic citations issued.
  • Records & Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 34 items of evidence, and fingerprinted 24 people.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center: The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 343 calls for service (25 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 175 police calls (7 of which were mutual aide), 1 public assist, 1 natural gas leak, 1 smell of smoke, 1 suspicious package, 2 stand-by, 2 fire alarms, 2 animal control calls, and 9 emergency medical calls.
  • NMSU Events: Special Events Staff worked 444 hours and reviewed 4 Events.  Victim Services assisted 4 victims including assisting a victim with a Temporary Order of Protection.  Also worked on Grant MOUs and budget.  
  • DEA Drug Investigation Trainig: Officer Gabriela Graham attended a DEA Drug Investigation Training Class March 9-13.
  • First-Aid Training: Karena Pirtle and Kenna Eversole, dispatch employees, conducted a half-day first aide training for approximately 16 College of Ag students.
  • Resignation: Officer Ray James resigned from Department after 2.5 years of employment.
  • Open Position: The Department has a posting for an Emergency Dispatcher which closes on March 23, 2015.

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