Activity Report October 20-24

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Once again Aggie Pride in action – this Saturday was the ASNMSU sponsored Keep State Great event, where our students pick up, paint up, spruce up the campus prior to Homecoming. It was a joy to visit with them as they made our campus even more attractive.  In addition, I approved a student inspired and created mural, which will be painted on the south wall of Dan Williams Hall. It is very attractive!
  • Sharon Jones, Ricardo Rel, Norma Grijalva and I attended the Council of University Presidents’ (CUP) meeting in Albuquerque. We heard the annual report from EPSCOR, which was well received by most but one President scolded the EPSCOR team because the leader was not in attendance.  The CUP reaffirmed the priorities from an earlier meeting, which includes legislative asks for a 3% increase in compensation for employees, $20 million for a funding for the matching endowment fund, funding for some statewide university ICT projects, changes to the Whistle Blower Act to better define “Whistle Blower” (which is now used by some when they sue, even though no whistle was blown) and the surplus property reporting act to increase the level of loss to a higher number so we don’t have to report all minor losses.
  • In addition, the CUP spent extensive time discussing the funding formula with members of the Fab 5, the group assembled by the Secretary of Higher Education to review modifications to last year’s formula, as well as Secretary Garcia.  The CUP decided to go with the modifications proposed and asked that we stabilize the formula so we can manage a little better. The modified formula does create some concern for two year college programs as they tend to be the losers as the risk factor is increased.
  • I visited NMSU A (Alamogordo) and had a very nice chat with faculty and staff. I also shared some views of NMSU with the Alamogordo Economic Forum and responded to questions about economic development and the role of NMSU in the Borderplex Alliance.
  • The initial site team evaluation of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine occurred during the week, and I had a chance to visit briefly with the team on their way out of town. They have some recommendations for Burrell but it did not seem to me to be any deal breakers.  The next big step for the College is a December hearing in Chicago with COCA, the accrediting entity.  So far, so good!


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • On Monday, October 20, I welcomed the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee to the NMSU campus and spent most of the day at the committee meeting listening to an in-depth discussion of Spaceport America. Much of the discussion focused on the operations of the spaceport and its prospects for the future.  Revenues have not yet matched expectations and the first spaceflight to carry tourists has not yet occurred.  However, Virgin Galactic is in the process of moving more of its personnel to southern New Mexico, and it is optimistic that regular flights will begin soon.  Other issues that attracted attention were the construction of a better southern access road to the spaceport and the possibility of greater state support for the spaceport.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, the President and I attended the funeral services for Jo Anna Aurora Rincon, the promising, and well-liked, first-year biochemistry student who died in an auto accident near the NMSU campus the previous week. Stan Rounds gave a moving eulogy for Jo Anna, and her father, Ricardo Rincon, was equally affecting and gracious.  The sense of loss was deep, but softened somewhat by the knowledge that, although short, Jo Anna’s life was full, both in love of family and friends, and in accomplishment.  Later that evening, a memorial for Jo Anna, held adjacent to the Corbett Center, brought together more than 400 students, faculty, and staff to celebrate her life.  NMSU is, indeed, a caring community.
  • On Thursday, I traveled to Santa Fe and Bernalillo to meet with school superintendents, Joel Boyd and Allen Tapia. At our meetings, we discussed the new admissions standards for NMSU and how to build stronger ties between NMSU and these northern school districts.  Superintendent Boyd was especially interested in attracting more of the College of Education’s graduates to Santa Fe as teachers.  Superintendent Tapia discussed his hope of developing a stronger college-going culture within his school district.  I offered the aid of NMSU in this endeavor.


Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • The National Resource Career Tract is sending 5 FWCE students to the national Wildlife Society Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA (October 20-25) where (among other things) they will compete in the national TWS student quiz bowl competition.

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • NMSU’s Media Productions and Learning Games Lab is participating in a research study with GlassLab in California. The group was chosen as a beta partner with four other game developers through a competitive process with GlassLabs. Game Over Gopher, a recently developed math game through a collaboration with the College of Education, will be one of the NMSU games included in initial research efforts. GlassLabs will use telemetry data to track keystrokes when learners use the games, so they can evaluate more precisely what learning is occurring and how. For more information, go to:

Animal and Range Science

  • com announced its Fall 2014 Animal Science Graduate Programs rankings based on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on More than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 programs nationwide participated in the review.  New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences Department placed 5th in the Top 25 Animal Science Programs, receiving a score of 8.83 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best).  Rankings cover topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

NMSU Rodeo

  • The men’s rodeo team came in 1st place in the nation and the women’s team came in 3rd. The rodeo team has brought a positive recognition to NMSU and we are proud they are Aggies!

Cooperative Extension ServiceACES pic

  • Extension Plant Sciences-The 2014 Western Pecan Production Short Course was held October 20-22, coordinated by NMSU Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema.  The in-class portion took place at the Farm & Ranch Museum on the first two days. Lectures were given by NMSU and University of Arizona faculty.  The goal of the short course was to cover as many of the topics important to pecan production as possible:  orchard site selection, soil sampling and analysis, salinity management, cultivar and rootstock selection, orchard floor management, pruning, mineral nutrition, pest management, and marketing.  The course serves as a great introduction to pecan production for newcomers to the industry or as a review of the basics for those already in the business.  There were about 30 people in attendance, coming from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Georgia, Sonora, and Chihuahua. Also in attendance were several NMSU students who are members of the Ag Econ Club.  The third day (Oct. 22) was a field trip to local pecan-related businesses in the morning, a BBQ lunch on the lawn at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center, and presentations/demonstrations by NMSU faculty and grad students in the afternoon in the NMSU pecan research orchards at Leyendecker.


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

  • I traveled with the football team and Aggie supporters to Moscow, Idaho where they played the Idaho Vandals in their indoor-stadium. It was Homecoming Week for Idaho, who pleased their fans with a Homecoming Victory.
  • Minerva Bauman and I attended the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, which presented another stellar performance with guest violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Her rendition of George Gershwin’s of Rhapsody in Blue was captivating.
  • Frank Leto of the Las Cruces Sun-News and Richard Coltharp of The Las Cruces Bulletin presented the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications with a donation from the New Mexico Press Association for their new multi-media center and on-line publication.
  • We interviewed one of the candidates for the Department Head position in Theatre Arts.
  • The La Catrina Quartet in the Music Department has received another Grammy nomination. Last year they were the recipients of the Latin Grammy Award. Jorge Martinez will be representing the Quartet at the Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas next month. We are thrilled with this recognition of their talent.
  • Coffee with the Deans was hosted by the English Department. Faculty and staff were treated with spicy green chili enchiladas and interesting conversation with faculty and staff across the college.
  • Patrick Knapp and I met with the Foundation Team supporting our fundraising efforts in the college. We discussed strategy and opportunity and how members of the team can support the college’s efforts.
  • I attended the Accreditation Visit for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. NMSU is pleased to partner with the leadership at BCOM and hopes to open more opportunities for students and professors who are working in the fields of health care and research in the supporting disciplines.
  • Jeff Brown, Tawni Swanson, and I met with Angela Throneberry and Norma Noel to detail the job responsibilities and training needs for the Arts and Sciences Shared Services Center. The goal is to begin operation in Spring 2015.
  • Enrico Pontelli, Jeff Brown and I met with Dean Ricardo Jacquez, Associate Dean Martha Mitchell, and the Corporate and Foundation Team in University Advancement to discuss concept papers for submission of $1,000,000 grant proposals to a foundation that is interested in funding innovative but risky projects.
  • I welcomed high school students from across New Mexico, who attended a theatrical festival sponsored by the Theatre Arts Department. We were thrilled to showcase the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre.
  • Elba Serrano (Biology) and the RISE program were honored at a Scholarly Excellence rally.
  • Brook Milligan (Biology) gave a presentation about hand-held genome sequencers as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series.
  • Kathryn Hanley (Biology) received $28,400 from Colorado State University.
  • Motoko Furuhashi (Art) opened her first solo exhibition in New Mexico, “Road Trip,” at UNM-Gallup’s Ingham Chapman Gallery.  The Department of Art hosted visiting artist/lecturer Nathan Green.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Jim Hoffman spent the week in Denver, Colorado. The first half of the week was focused on visiting with alumni and potential donors along with Anthony Casaus.  The second half of the week he spent meeting with representatives of the Daniel’s Fund, participating in the Daniel’s Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium meeting and Social Media Ethics Summit.
  • The College Ambassadors welcomed accomplished independent sales representative Eddy Mindlin on Wednesday. He provided insights for successful sales and customer service.  In November of 2013 Mindlin published Revealed! Smartselling Strategies, a book that provides strategies for successful sales.
  • Winnie Lee and Kathy Brook attended a Key Partners meeting for the Business Living Learning Community. This was the first such meeting under the new system where our peer mentor, Katie Salas, serves as the community assistant for a larger group of students (including the LLC members) in Garcia Residence Hall.
  • Kathy Brook attended an ASNMSU-sponsored debate between Rep Bill McCamley and his opponent Neal Hooks; Finance major Bryce Hooks was involved in the planning of the event. Also in an election vein, the Business Council heard from the three candidates (all freshmen) for the open Senate position in the College of Business; after questioning the candidates they gave their endorsement to Kevin Prieto.
  • Anthony Casaus, Steven Romero and Ken Martin (Department Head, Finance) met with Eunice Cardenas (University Relations Specialist, Human Resources; Vanguard Company-Phoenix) on Friday. Cardenas provided presentations on the Vanguard financial services company and interviewed COB students in Finance for internships and employment.
  • Jim Peach made a presentation titled The US and New Mexico Economies to the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership Program in Clovis, NM, on October 19.


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • Dean Morehead attended a celebration with the students and faculty in the Psychopharmacology on Saturday evening, this was a wonderful opportunity to recognize Dr. Elaine Levine who has been a pioneer both nationally and in the state.
  • Dean Morehead also attended the Dance Program presented in the Arts Complex. This was a MAGNIFICENT program that provided outstanding performances and wonderful costumes. We are so proud of our students and faculty in the dance program, we have a TERRIFIC group that provide a wonderful service to our community.
  • Dean Morehead attended the Cooperative Education Services meeting and the New Mexico Deans Meeting this week. Discussions included teacher enrollments and professional development within the state.
  • Dean Morehead and Dr. Trujillo visited with the Deming Superintendent Dr. Daniel Lere and discussed the future partnership and collaboration.


Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • After placing 13th at the National Concrete Canoe Competition last June the NMSU concrete canoe team has returned this year determined to do whatever it takes to improve. One way they are doing this is by utilizing the Aggie Innovation Space to print 3-D scaled models of several hull design alterations to allow for empirical tests on drag and stability.  It is interesting to see how a model in SolidWorks turns into a 20-foot long concrete canoe that not only floats but slices through the water with speed and grace.  Access to the 3D modeling technology has really helped the team evaluate their choices for future hull designs, and the technical support from Ken Ruble and his team of engineering students has been phenomenal. A second potentially huge innovation for the team comes in the form of their concrete mixture design. The team is working with CeraTech USA, a manufacturer of a sustainable, fly ash based Portland cement replacer called ekkomaxx. This company is supplying the team with all of their products free of charge. They are also offering the team technical support including a preliminary mixture design based off of parameters that were sent to them. Finally, they are sending a representative to the NMSU campus to learn more about our team and the project as well as to give a presentation on their product.

Industrial engineering students win awards at conferences:

  • Nineteen NMSU engineering and science students attended the 2014 MAES Latinos in Science and Engineering Conference in San Diego. IE graduate student Brendan Sullivan won outstanding graduate technical poster. Elisa Sanchez, a biology major, won outstanding undergraduate technical poster.  Armando Martinez Cantu and Jonathan Martinez each won $1,000 scholarships, and three others won corporate travel grants.  Throughout the conference, the students participated in leadership sessions, the MAES decathlon, and poster competitions.
  • Graduate student Brendan Sullivan won the Research Poster Competition at the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists Conference in San Diego, California.
  • Graduate student Arturo del Valle won the Scientific Oral Symposia Award at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Conference in Los Angeles, California.
  • Doctoral student Faris Almansour and undergraduate Maria Solano won awards for research posters at the HENAAC Great Minds in STEM Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Undergraduate Mauricio Garcia is representing NMSU at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities conference in Denver, Colorado. Garcia also was selected to attend the ExxonMobil LOFT (Latinos on Fast track) program in Houston, Texas.
  • More than 600 students from across New Mexico, El Paso and Cave Creek, Arizona, gathered this past weekend at NMSU for the 2014 NM BEST Robotics Competition. Seven top-scoring teams will advance to the regional competition to be hosted by the University of Dallas in Garland, Texas, on November 14-15. This year’s competition challenged students to design and build a robot that could traverse rough dirt roads in order to construct a wind turbine in a remote location.  Students had to simulate the relocation of the endangered prairie chicken on the planned site before construction could begin.  Each team was judged for their robot’s performance in the game, their ability to prepare and maintain a technical engineering notebook, development of a website, and creation of a presentation to market their robot to potential customers. Representative Bill McCamley helped present the awards. Awards were sponsored by Calculex, Air Force Research Laboratory, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Technology, El Paso Electric, TRAX International, and New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. The NMSU Associated General Contractors student chapter built the game field and were joined by engineers from Bradbury Stamm and JD Abrams general contractors and members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter.
  • Sonya Cooper, associate dean in the College of Engineering and Professor of Engineering Technology and Survey Engineering, spoke on October 23 at the Museum of Nature and Science on adobe preservation projects in New Mexico. This presentation was part of the Engineering for Southern New Mexicans series sponsored by the NMSU College of Engineering.
  • The research group of chemical engineering Professor Shuguang Deng was awarded 3rd place Excellent Paper at the 4th International Conference on Biomass Energy Technologies-8th World Bioenergy Symposium. The award was presented to Deng, Harvind K. Reddy, Tapaswy Muppaneni, Yingqiang Sun, Sundaravadivelnathan Ponnusamy, Tanner Schaub, F. Omar Holguin, Wayne Voorhies, Peter Lammers, and Nagamany Nirmalakhandan for a paper entitled, Subcritical Water Extraction of Algal Oils from Wet Algae for Biofuel Production.


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

  • From the School of Social Work; Hancock attended the New Mexico Social Work Summit, sponsored by the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, on October 10. The event was held at the NMSU Albuquerque Center and focused on a particular piece of legislation, The Social Work Practice Act, being debated by the New Mexico State Congress.
    • Nedjat-Haiem participated as a speaker at the 2014 Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) Conference from October 16-18. The event was held at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
    • Hancock, Dr. Nedjat-Haiem, Ms. Olga Cabada, and Ms. Camille Hancock attended the 2014 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program meeting, in Tampa, Fl. The event is being held at the Tampa Convention Center, and it is scheduled October 22- 26, 2014
  • The college hosted the “Nursing Wall of Excellence” committee for lunch and presented each member with a photo of the wall signed by the artist. In addition, we hosted an Aggie nurse luncheon at Memorial Medical Center to re-connect and re-engage with our alumni.
  • Pamela Schultz, Dr. Anita Reinhardt & Dr. Teresa Keller attending the Board of Nursing Meeting in Albuquerque regarding final approval for the NMSU SON/NMSU-Alamogordo for a satellite BSN program at NMSU-A.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken


  • We conducted interviews with three of the four candidates for the position of Associate Dean of the Honors College. Each candidate was interviewed by the Search Committee, and by me, and we held a small reception in our Commons Room for students and faculty to chat with each candidate. The remaining candidate will be interviewed on Monday, October 27. The four candidates, Drs. Mark Andersen, Lori Keleher, Andrea Orzoff, and Tim Ketelaar are all very strong and any one would be an asset to the Honors College.
  • We hosted our annual Crimson Scholars Picnic which was attended by more than 270 students who have the 3.5 GPA required to be a Crimson Scholar. This event was coordinated by Yvonne Peña Flores, the Crimson Scholar Coordinator and was a great success. The weather was ideal for lunch on the lawn, and students enjoyed mingling with each other and chatting over lunch, and meeting some of the Honors faculty and members of our supporter group, the Circle for Excellence. This organization of this event is a huge job and Yvonne deserves kudos, as she not only organizes all of the food, drinks, setup, and activities, but she secures donated food from local businesses for part of what we consume to keep the cost of this event Heartfelt thanks to Yvonne.

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  • We hosted two visitors who came to share program information with interested students. The recruiter from Teach for America met with a number of students who are considering this important public service after completing their undergraduate degrees. A second representative from Humanity in Action met with several students who might apply to this prestigious month-long summer program that promotes human rights, ethnic and social pluralism, and engaged citizenship.
  • On Friday I was pleased to participate in the Doctoral Defense for Clarence Moniba in the Rhetoric program. His interesting dissertation focused on the collaborative process of writing the United Nation’s Post 2015 Development Agenda, the follow on to the UN Millennium Development Goals. Moniba is a special advisor to Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and chair of the UN High Level Panel that authored the document. As part of his doctoral research he reviewed all of the drafts of documents prepared by this UN Panel and interviewed the members of the panel that prepared the document, which included two current or former Presidents (Liberia and Indonesia), Queen Rania of Jordan, two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Deputy Secretary Generals of the UN, and a number of illustrious diplomats from around the world. It was an interesting project to be sure, and I believe that Moniba will be a leader in his own country and an Aggie Alumnus who will make us very proud.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • The Dean and April Anaya, Library Major Gifts Officer, met with the University Advancement team for a quarterly campaign review.
  • The Dean met with the Graduate Student Council and did a presentation on the Library GO Bond and answered other questions they had about library services for graduate students.
  • The library held a birthday celebration for one of its beloved donors. Instead of bringing personal gifts those attending brought canned goods which will be donated to Casa de Pelegrinos.
  • New Mexico State University’s first student yearbook was published in 1907. Available this week  on the library’s website under digital collections are 95 NMSU yearbooks from 1907-1992.
  • Many library staff attended a presentation of OCLC’s WorldShare which… “ is an integrated suite of cloud-based library management and discovery applications, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services.”


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

          No Activity to Report


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Global Hunger Awareness – NMSU’s Meal Plan program assures students, and their parents, that they will be guaranteed healthy meals each and every day while living on campus. But for too many, daily meals are hard to come by. To bring attention to this problem, Sodexo Campus Dining, in cooperation with NMSU Housing & Campus Life, hosted the 2nd annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, October 22. There were no lectures here! Student, faculty, and staff participants, free of charge, were randomly chosen to enjoy a meal that proportionally reflects the real life circumstances for billions of people across the earth, both the affluent and the impoverished.
  • The Men’s Collegiate Golf Invitational was held this week at the NMSU Golf course with 14 universities from around the country participating. The event was won by the NMSU Men’s Golf Team with Texas State finishing second.
  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Cyber Security — Video now available – As part of NMSU’s continuing Cyber Security Awareness Month activities, ICT’s Information Security staff and Student Technology group have released a short video that shows five easy ways to improve the security of personal and NMSU information. To view the video, go to  Remember, Security is everyone’s responsibility!
  • Megan Cochrane awarded ICT’s Golden Scooper Award – ICT’s latest Golden Scooper recipient is Megan Cochrane of ICT’s Financial Operations department. The award is presented to the ICT staff member who, through course of action, best represents those attributes of recently retired Chief Information Officer, Shaun the “Scooper” Cooper: leadership, fellowship, mentorship, integrity, intelligence, humor, ingenuity, and a knack for mischief. Megan was selected by the prior holder of the award, Araceli Hernandez. Araceli states, “Megan possess not only a great sense of humor and laughter that could wake the dead, but she has been a significant resource for me with any question I’ve had for the Business Office.  She is always helpful and has a positive outlook on any situation.”  Congrats Megan!


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

  • Attended the pre-accreditation site visit on Wednesday, October 22 for the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. SAEM will have some of the responsibilities for these new students that we do for NMSU students.
  • Met with Stacie Allen, CEO and President of Bridge of Southern New Mexico, and J.B. Pruett, Board Member of the Bridge, on October 22 to discuss ways to enhance services to Early College High School students who enroll at NMSU.
  • Interviewed with Las Cruces Sun News and Santa Fe New Mexican to discuss NMSU’s loan default rate. A recent article in Quartz ( focused attention on NMSU with the incorrect claim that we have the highest default rate of any state university in the nation. While our default rate is high, we are not the highest in the nation, or even in the state. NMSU as a system is working aggressively with current borrowers and students just starting repayment to reduce our default rate.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

  • Our staff was on the road in three states last week to cover regional college day programs. Two teams of advisors attended 15 college fair programs during El Paso College Days, and advisors represented NMSU during Colorado College Days and attended programs in high schools in Denver and surrounding communities.  Advisors also attended a fourth week of programs in Arizona and visited schools in Benson, Tombstone, Bisbee, Bisbett, St. David, and Elfrida.
  • High schools visits focused on our local community this week.  Advisors visited Mesilla Valley Christian Schools, Hatch HS, Centennial HS, Onate HS, Mayfield HS, Las Cruces HS, Alma D’Arte and Santa Teresa HS.
  • Our transfer advisors attended transfer events at NMSU – Grants, NMSU – Doña Ana, Santa Fe Community College, and El Paso Community College.
  • Graduate advisors attended graduate fairs at CSU East Bay and UC Santa Cruz.
  • We hosted group visits from El Dorado HS (El Paso), ENLACE and Payson HS.  We hosted 23 families for personal campus visits.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

Startup Weekend Las Cruces

  • This weekend, Arrowhead Center hosted the second annual Startup Weekend Las Cruces event, at the Arrowhead Research Park. Startup Weekend, the product of a national non-profit organization, is a 54 hour exhilarating, hands-on business development competition, that culminates with a product pitch before actual business executives. From Friday to Sunday evening, participants shared their product ideas, formed teams, and each team developed a product and business model. On Sunday evening 4 teams presented their products and business models to a panel of 5 judges, including Jared Tarbell, the co-founder of Etsy. The winner of this year’s competition was “Uber List,” who designed an organizational app that allows users to created multi-variable lists which can be integrated into several different visual layouts. As winners of the event, Uber List received 5 hours of legal consultation with Peacock Myers, P.C. and $1,000 worth of services from the Arrowhead Technology Incubator. The 2014 Startup Weekend Las Cruces event had more than 60 attendees and was a great success!


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

          No Activity to Report


Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

  • Received a $50,000 gift from Marian Rosalie Good Estate to benefit College of Business and NMSU’s Men’s Golf Team.
  • Quarterly meetings were held with the Library, Athletics, NMSU-Dona Ana, and the colleges of ACES, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Health and Social Services. Each two-hour session was dedicated to the college/unit and included discussions about prospects, proposals, actions, annual giving, etc. relative to soliciting gifts for the unit. The individual meeting included the development officer from the unit, their supervisor and representatives of annual giving, research, planned giving, stewardship, alumni, corporate and foundation relations, communications and administration. We were pleased that Deans Catlett, Jacquez, Slaton and Titus joined us for their unit’s meeting.
  • Fred Heinrich and Andrea Tawney finalized the inaugural donor displays for the two newly installed LCD monitors at the main entrance of Pan Am. Top Aggie Athletics donors will have a dedicated display in the electronic slideshow. Special thanks to Werllin in the president’s office and DJ Downs for their assistance on this project. This allows a prime recognition opportunity that can be easily altered periodically and kept current. This was a recommendation by a local donor and President Carruthers. Currently there are three donors highlighted who have given generously at this level: Mike and Judy Johnson; Stan Fulton and Royal Jones.
  • VP Harrelson visited with female athletic coaches to strategize on how University Advancement can assist and be supportive in the future.
  • Fall 2014 Outstanding Graduates:
    • Jacqueline B. Alford, BS in Agriculture – Animal Science
      College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
    • Amber Medina,  Bachelors of Arts – Physics
      College of Arts & Sciences
    • Erik Tischofer, Bachelor of Accountancy –  Accounting
      College of Business
    • Flor Ogaz, BS in Education – Secondary Education, Bachelors of Arts – Foreign
      College of Education
    • Caleb Sokoll, BS in Engineering Technology – Engineering Technology/Mech.
      College of Engineering
    • Yvonne D. Aguilera, BS in Nursing – Nursing
      College of Health & Social Services
    • Jessica Spohn,  Master of Public Health
      Graduate School
    • Catherine Wu, Doctor of Philosophy – Astronomy
      Graduate School
    • April Abeyta, College of Business, Bachelors of Business Administration – Management
      American Indian Program
    • Prasamsa T. Dhakal, College of Business, Bachelors of Business Administration – International Business
      International and Border Programs


Athletics Director, Dr. McKinley Boston, Jr.

  • I attended the Division I Leadership Council meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The council heard a state of NCAA from President Emmert including two new lawsuits filed against the NCAA and a proposed class action suit around the concept of student-athletes being classified as employees. We were also briefed on the upcoming NCAA Convention in January and the topics emanating from the New Division I Governance, no real specifics from the Autonomy group, but a $3,000 cost of attendance is likely to be an item voted on.
  • Men’s basketball hosted its annual major fundraiser, 6th Man Tip-Off Banquet, Saturday night. Over 500 supporters were in attendance. Coach Menzies introduced the new team and discussed competitive opportunities. He also presented the team with their WAC championship rings.

Associate AD, Development-Fred Heinrich

  • Planning and coordinating with alumni and Coaches for several different sport-specific reunions planned around NM State’s Homecoming activities.
  • Pulling together different potential resources to fund a lighting project for Women’s Soccer.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • The Federal Communications Commission approved the KRWG application for license renewal.  This concludes an 18-month process and extends the license to 2022. Congratulations to all who worked on the successful renewal application.
  • This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News focused on the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program. Since 2000, more than 320 students have participated in NMSU’s RISE program, with the program yielding a degree completion rate of more than 90 percent. Regents Professor Elba Serrano is the principal investigator for the program, along with fellow NMSU College of Arts and Sciences biochemistry Professor Shelley Lusetti and biology Professor Graciela Unguez.
  • This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, which was formally established 100 years ago by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. This collaboration between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NMSU and county governments gives citizens direct access to valuable, science-based knowledge generated at NMSU. A century ago distributing practical, research-based information to the citizens could take days, if not weeks. Today, CES uses the latest Internet and mobile technologies to share information on agriculture, natural resources, family, consumer issues, 4-H, youth, community and economic development.
  • Minerva Baumann, Director of Media Relations, worked with NMSU’s Government Relations team and coordinated tours for El Paso television stations in Jett Hall and Rentfrow Gym on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The tours were designed to provide information on the GO Bond C projects proposed for NMSU. KFOX-TV, KTSM-TV and KVIA-TV sent crews to tour the buildings and interview faculty members in the College of Education and College of Engineering. All stations ran stories on their news broadcasts. KRWG-TV also interviewed President Carruthers on the GO Bond and the piece aired this week on Newsmakers.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • November 7- Radioactive Hazardous Materials – State Capitol
  • November 17-20 – Legislative Education Study Committee
    • Higher Education Connection to Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Common Core State Standards, Dr. Rick Scott
    • Legislative Lottery Scholarship Update, HED Staff invited
    • Higher Education Funding Formula Update, Tracy Hartzler
    • HM 99, Adult Education Program Funding Formula
    • Northern New Mexico College Report: Fiscal Impact of Dual Credit, Ricky Serna
    • School Leadership Program Initiative – UNM Staff (requested)
    • Potential Committee-Endorsed Legislation


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

  • We received notice that the application for National Animal Health Laboratory Network accreditation for our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has been accepted. A site visit will be scheduled in December 2014.
  • Staff participated in a Canadian in-bound Mission to the PMA Exposition. Canadian buyers met with New Mexico companies to discuss future trade between New Mexico producers and Canadian buyers.
  • NMDA sponsored a Land Use Planning workshop in Albuquerque and staff attended the National Pest Management Association’s 2014 convention in Orlando, Florida.
  • I spoke to the American Agricultural Law Association Conference in Albuquerque. Staff also participated in the conference on a panel, discussing the new Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • NMDA staff participated in a jobs announcement with Governor Martinez in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Tucumcari Mountain Cheese is undergoing a $4.5 million expansion and adding 20 new jobs. Their expansion is due to NMDA’s export market assistance program, which has greatly increased the company’s foot print around the world.


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