Activity Report October 27-31

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Attended the Association of Governing Boards Council of Presidents in Washington D.C.
  • Attended an annual meeting with the New Mexico Higher Education Department.
  • More details will be provided in next week’s activity report.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • The creation of Shared Service Centers remains a priority for my office, and although movement along this front has been slower than expected, good progress has been made over the course of the past month due to the concerted efforts of Dean Christa Slaton and Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry. They have begun meeting on a regular basis, along with members of their staff, to make sure that every detail of grant accounting and proposal submission can be accommodated within the Shared Service Center model that we are creating at NMSU. In order to ensure that all staff members have been fully trained before opening the Center, we have agreed to a March 1, 2015 opening date.
  • I meet on a regular basis with Associate Provost Roberta Derlin, who is responsible for accreditation, assessment, and academic planning. Derlin is one of the leading experts on accreditation in the United States and she will be sorely missed when she retires early next year.  At our meeting last week, we discussed a variety of issues including the quality initiative, ongoing assessments of complex reasoning among NMSU students, the Nursing Council, some individually accredited programs, and the governance structure of university systems that include community colleges.  Dr. Derlin is a wonderful resource for NMSU and for my office.  Replacing her will be difficult.
  • Associate Professor Tim Ketelaar and Professor Tom Smith dropped by my office to deconstruct our first Project Discovery event and to discuss plans for the future. Everyone agreed that the first Project Discovery was a success.  Approximately 400 people showed up for an evening of music, dance, and the science behind chiles and their heat.  The food was good, the dancing and music were superb, and the science was engaging.  We have set a high standard for this series, due to the good work of Dr. Ketelaar and Professor Smith, and our discussion eventually turned to the future.  The plan is to present a series of short talks in the spring and then to put on another gala event in the fall of 2015.  To help cover the expense of the gala event, we will seek community partners, such as the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Las Cruces Bulletin.
  • At the end of the week, I welcomed the American Indian Affairs Committee of the New Mexico legislature to the NMSU campus. In my introductory comments, I briefly touched on some of the successful Native American engagement programs at NMSU, such as the American Indian Program, the Indian Resource Development Program, and the Bridges Program.  However, I spent the bulk of the time allotted to me by describing the uranium abatement in water research program of Dr. Antonio Lara.  Lara and his research team have developed an inexpensive ion exchange method for removing uranium in drinking water that will alleviate a major public health problem for the Navajo nation.  Moreover, this clay pellet technique will clean other heavy metals from drinking water and can be a real boon to communities around the world that do not have access to regulated drinking water.  The committee was receptive to the promise of this approach and I am hopeful that the legislature will allocate funds so that Dr. Lara and his team can complete the work necessary to move their approach from the laboratory to the household.


Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Lowell Catlett


  • Five representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Chinese Academy of Agricultural scientists visited the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to learn what our faculty are doing with low carbon input agriculture. After meeting with several scientists from the departments of Plant and Environmental Sciences Extension Plant Sciences, and Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences on campus, Drs. David Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, and Steven Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, escorted the delegation around the state to visit the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, Sandoval County Extension Office, Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, and the Farmington Agricultural Science Center. While at Farmington, they also visited the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI). Drs. Kevin Lombard and Mick O’Niell, Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty stationed at the Farmington Agricultural Science Center, accompanied the delegation to the Hoover Dam in Nevada, and to the University of California-Davis for further presentations.
  • NMSU Rodeo hosted the 2014 “Wild Ride” on Friday at the Southern NM Fairgrounds. Rodeo athletes competed in a different style – dressed up in Halloween costumes. The activities continued on Saturday night with the 2014 Frank DuBois Bronc Riding & Tie-Down Roping. Some of the best bronc riders and tie-down ropers competed against each other in an action packed, family friendly event.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Extension Plant Sciences: Elena Sevostianova and Dr. Bernd Leinauer from the Extension Plant Sciences Department received an invitation to attend FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Committee on Agriculture 24th session in Rome, Italy. This committee meets only every two years and an invitation to the researchers was extended because of a paper that they recently published in Crop Science. Drs. Sevostianova and Leinauer also met with representatives of FAO’s Land and Soil Division to brief them in more detail on some the findings of their research. As a result of the meeting administrators and researchers at FAO expressed interest in developing and signing a MOU with NMSU to further collaborate on Extension and research activities that are relevant to irrigation and food production in saline and arid environments.

NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • NMSU Media Productions and Learning Games Lab is partnering with researchers from across the country on communicating research and findings related to norovirus, commonly referred to as the Cruise Ship Virus. Representing NMSU at the NoroCORE Conference in Dallas, is Seth Powers, one of the animators from the team who has been working with national researchers to develop 3-D models of the virus and short animations that communicate norovirus risk.


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

          No Activity to Report


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • We welcomed Gerrie Santos, vice president of corporate risk management for Parsons Corporation to campus this week. Parsons is an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm based out of Pasadena California. Santos is our Risk Manager in Residence this year made possible by the Risk Management and Insurance Studies program’s grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation.  Santos had lunch with Gamma Iota Sigma, Risk Management and Insurance students on Tuesday, October 28.  She gave an overview to students about what it’s like working in the risk management and insurance industries, stating that there are plenty of great opportunities right now with Hoffmaninsurance companies.  Santos gave a presentation to the Student Center for Public Trust and the Financial Management Association student groups as well as in various classes.
  • Our College Ambassadors welcomed Courage Idemudia, the Southwest District Manager for the South Western Border New Mexico Community Banking district of Wells Fargo Bank, on Wednesday, October 29. Originally from Nigeria, Idemudia grew up in Dallas, Texas.  He graduated with a degree in Accounting from Eastern New Mexico University, where he also played on the football team.  He gave the students some insight on leadership.  Idemudia has been heavily involved in the Las Cruces community since moving here in August 2013.  He participates and supports the Mayor’s Top Teen program, March of Dimes, and currently serves as an advisory board member for the College of Business.
  • Jim Hoffman was able to showcase his versatility by fixing a flat tire on Regent Professor Ken Martin’s van during lunch on Wednesday, October 29.
  • Jim Hoffman attended the ADVANCE Program Promotion and Tenure Workshop at the Teaching Academy on Thursday, October 30 with Business faculty who are seeking tenure.


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Michael Morehead

  • The College had the Board of Advocates meeting this week and had 20 members of the board attend. At this meeting we had presentations from students who went to Peru with the speech pathology program and worked with children and families with cleft palates. The board also discussed new strategies related to the future. Provost Howard also attended and reported on several items including the search for the dean of the college. Dr. Morehead received briefing from the team that went to Mongolia and the group discussed the spring summit and visit for 2015 by a Mongolian delegation. The Educational Leadership student group had a social and networking event that Dr. Morehead attended, this group discussed future activities and networking strategies. Dean Morehead met with the college clinic team about the implementation and program that will be offered at the ECHS, the discussion involved attempting to resolve the MOU with LCPS and the eventual staffing of the clinic.

Ron Dziwenka, Program Manager for Assessment

  • Dziwenka, along with Associate Dean O’Donnell, met with the Advising Department to discuss the revised template for the new TEP Applicants that is generated each semester, and agreed to share the data collection. He then began working with Tk20 to create processes to be able to generate Program-specific, cohort group reports on these data.
  • With Dr. Villa, he met with NMSU’s Consultants in the Instructional Innovation & Quality Department to discuss issues in the LMS (Canvas) integration with Tk20.

Michelle Valverde & Karen Trujillo, Community Outreach

  • This week Michelle continued to work with NMSU outreach committee and the COG project.  She also facilitated a meeting on Saturday all day for Education model with BoCes and legislators.
  • Karen went to REC 10 meeting and the NMCEL board meeting.  She assisted with COG and started work with Future Educators of America by speaking with National office, contacting legislators, and meeting with NGage.

Advancement Team

  • Received a check from El Paso Electric in support of DanceSport.
  • Held our Bi-annual Board of Advocates Meeting  for the College of Education this board consists of 25 members from our community, southern New Mexico and Albuquerque.


Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez

  • Student staff members at the Aggie Innovation Space mentored and helped third-grade student Logan McNamara to develop a low-resolution prosthetic hand. Logan wanted to do something for his science project that would help people who were missing limbs feel “more human.” Logan presented his project and his teacher said she was “blown away.” Aggie Innovation Space Mentors showed him how to create the prototype with spools, pipe cleaners and rubber bands.
  • The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held the Wells, Pumps, etc., workshop on Saturday. Attendees to the water management workshop included well service companies, farmers, local residents, and representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation districts.Dragon
  • The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held a one and a half day refresher for students using NX modeling software. A NX certification exam followed the refresher short course allowing students the opportunity to sit for official certification for the Siemens software. An estimated 49 engineering students participated in the refresher NX verification exam.
  • A group of mechanical engineering capstone students were the hit of the recent Renaissance Fair with their collaborative resurrection of Magellan the Dragon. The students worked with local artist Bob Diven to design and build a new animated dragon that floated across the pond at Young Park.  The students, led by faculty adviser and mechanical engineering Professor Gabe Garcia, were instrumental in bringing the dragon to life with sounds, a rotating head and smoke emitting from the nostrils.  The long awaited return of Magellan was met by thousands of attendees to the annual Renaissance Fair.


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

  • The college hosted two listening sessions in Domenici Hall for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, and Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi. The listening sessions were open to all community members including elders, family members, caregivers and advocates in a “town hall” meeting format that gave individuals the opportunity to tell their stories.
  • Interim Dean Wagner and Jennifer Cervantes took a trip to Grants and Albuquerque this week to meet with community partners, donors and alumni.
  • The college hosted HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), Las Cruces High School Chapter, for a hands-on tour of the SIM lab. The students tested equipment and visited with faculty about health professions.
  • Tomaka, Associate Dean for Research submitted proposal to Paso Del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF) for the Two Should Know Initiative Evaluation and Technical Assistance RFP. If funded, this grant will help position the Survey Research Center as the Survey Research and Program Evaluation Center.
  • Tomaka met with Suzan Martinez de Gonzalez and Daniel Armistead (CEO and Chief Medical Officer respectively at La Clinica de Familia) regarding increased collaboration between CHSS, SoAHEC, and LCDF. Tremendous opportunities exist for these tree entities to work towards a healthier Dona Ana County.
  • Several faculty and staff members from the School of Social Work attended the CSWE Conference from October 23-25 in Tampa Bay.  This included networking with Field Directors, other faculty and sessions on Field Education as Signature Pedagogy and providing Parallel Field Supervision to students, Qualitative Methods to Teach Cultural Competency and Promote Social Justice, Informational sessions on changes for 2015 EPAS and syllabi that support Competency Based instruction.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • We interviewed the final candidate for the position of Associate Dean of the Honors College. The search committee then held their final meeting and prepared recommendations for my review of their perceptions of the strongest candidates.
  • I enjoyed finally meeting Bill Conroy, our illustrious retired Provost and President for whom our college is named. We had a lovely lunch and I learned a great deal about the history of the institution. He is clearly very engaged in following the events on the university campus and had sage advice to share.
  • As registration for Crimson Scholars begins next week I prepared a lengthy advising document that was sent to all 5,000 Crimson Scholars concerning options for Honors credits next semester. I had one and half days set aside just to have open office hours for students who wanted to get some advising help before they register for spring, so on Wednesday and Thursday I had about 30 students come by for individual discussions in advance of registration. A number of additional students were assisted through email and phone conferences, including a couple students currently studying abroad.
  • I met with Sareena Hulton, the regional coordinator for the Golden Key honorary society. We discussed moving this organization under the umbrella of the Honors College as it is currently in a somewhat odd niche within the university organizational chart, and she would like to see the 100 or so students who belong to Golden Key receive more support and guidance. We agreed to move this honorary society to within the Honors area, even though it includes both graduate and undergraduate students, because it crosses all the academic colleges at NMSU.
  • I had one more thesis defense, this time for Frannie Cochrane in Anthropology. Her thesis includes a nomination document that will soon be reviewed by the NM Cultural Properties Resource Committee. Her work focused on documenting the history and significance of the Mesilla Park School, now the Papen Center in Mesilla Park. This school was important for supporting the expansion of NMSU, in the history of segregation and desegregation of public school education in the area, and Frannie did a great job of combining oral histories and archival research in preparing the nomination. We are confident this building will be added to the National Register of Historic Places due to her meticulous research.
  • The Honors College has had a Faculty Advisory Board that was somewhat dormant over the past few years, but I invited members of the honors faculty from across colleges to serve and we held our first meeting on Friday. I am grateful to Mark Andersen, Judith Flores Carmona, Anne Hubbell, Michael Johnson, Tim Ketelaar, Stuart Munson-Magee, and Isabela Quintana for agreeing to serve as a sounding board for the college. We had a very productive discussion about curricular directions for the college.
  • On the weekend I traveled to the Sevilleta Research Station north of Socorro, New Mexico, to participate in a workshop for Fulbright Advisors. I met faculty and staff from a number of universities across the state who mentor students in the Fulbright application process, and it was a useful opportunity to learn about new Fulbright competitions and to network with other institutions.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • The Library collected additional user statistics at all service points from October 19 to November 1. The data collected will be reported nationally and used locally to help us evaluate and tailor our services to better suit user needs.
  • Dean Elizabeth Titus attended the EBSCO 2014 “High Level Strategic Summit” in Chicago on October 29th and 30th as an invited participant.
  • AMERESCO completed lamp and ballast lighting/fixture replacements throughout Zuhl Library. Upgraded motion light sensors were also installed in Zuhl’s collection stack areas as part of this NMSU, Facilities & Services CARE (Conserving and Reducing Energy) initiative.
  • The Government Documents Unit staff met with Dan Barkley of UNM Libraries via conference call to discuss collaborative collection development of federal government document collections.
  • Thirty-five boxes filled with issues of the daily newspaper El Diario de Juarez were shipped to the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago to be microfilmed. CRL funded the microfilm project ($18,140) which will preserve content not archived in any other library in the U.S. This partial archive (2008 to 2010) sent for microfilming includes a period of extreme violence in Juarez, when the city experienced some of the highest murder rates in the world. The Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez provided issues from their newspaper collection to fill in gaps where issues were missing.


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

  • DACC and its Lerdo Student Exchange Club held a welcome event and dinner for 25 students visiting from Lerdo, Mexico.  The students will be here for a week engaging in various types of academic and cultural events.  Incredibly, this is the 31st year of this partnership with El Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico industrial y de servicios No. 4 (CBTis4).  A number of officials offered welcomes, including DACC President Renay Scott, Mayor Miyagashima, Dr. Tim Chappell, Peter Ibarbo from Congressman Pierce’s office, and Dr. Menking.  It was a remarkable evening with the Gadsden High School band playing and an award winning singer from Lerdo offering traditional Mexican songs.

Office of Education Abroad

  • In collaboration with Liliana Barraza, designed and presented to the Pathways Towards Degree Completion (PDC) group on best practices on international recruiting. During last month’s PDC, Liliana and Kristian Chervenock presented on best practices in international admissions.
  • OEA presented to UAR/AMP program regarding opportunities for study abroad for NM AMP students. Continuing dialogue with College of Engineering and NM AMP coordinator of the importance of collaboration with OEA.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Undergraduate Learning Center (ULC) –Construction continues on the Undergraduate Learning Center project.  The accompanying picture show the Rebar reinforcement being set for the Structural Grade Beams on the North end of the new facility.  Electrical work is also being done simultaneously at the site, installing new transformers and switchgear along the Western edge of the job site.

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  • The Auxiliary Services “Campus Host” Program– The Campus Host Program was present at the Tournament of Bands on October 25. This program provides a staffed information tent at major events to deliver directions, coupons, event information, etc. to campus guests.
  • Cyber Security Awareness goes on the Road – Building on the success of the October Cyber Security Awareness month at NMSU, ICT’s Information Security staff and NMSU’s IT Compliance Officer are taking their cyber security presentation on the road to NMSU’s community colleges and the Albuquerque Center. For 6 Ways to Improve Your Cyber Security video, go to Remember, Security is everyone’s responsibilityKeep State Great!
  • Keep State Great – Facilities Operations Grounds Department participated in Keep State Great on October 25, 2014. Approximately 1,300 students participated in campus beautification activities.  The crews worked with the Grounds staff to paint curbs, paint pecan tree trunks, pick up trash, clean tree wells, and planter beds.  This was a great opportunity for our staff to interact with the students and work together.
  • Hungry Games Food Drive – Beginning this week, the NMSU Bookstore, ASNMSU, KRUX, and The Round Up is sponsoring the canned food drive. Canned food items are being collected for The Aggie Cupboard and Casa de Peregrinos.
  • Facilities Appraisals – Facilities Operations and EH&S personnel participated in the NM State Risk Management Property Appraisal kick off meeting with American Appraisal Associates. Representatives from American Appraisal Associates will be performing property appraisals on all of the NMSU buildings that have a replacement value greater than $100,000.  Facilities Operations personnel will provide access to our Mechanical rooms and roofs as well as coordinate any access into Labs or other areas as requested by American Appraisals.


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

  • Attended the QuickConnect lunch on Wednesday, October 29 to thank responders for their services. Responders talked about ways to make the system more efficient and how to serve more faculty and students. NMSU has had 319 referrals for Quick Connect so far this semester.
  • Presented at the New Mexico Public Procurement Association on Thursday, October 30, a talk on responding to organizational change. About 100 attendees were present.
  • Attended the Indian Affairs Committee for New Mexico Legislature meeting on Friday, October 31.
  • Staff from the Vice President’s office staff met with students from ASNMSU and Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to come up with ideas for the upcoming Lottery Scholarship Legislative Session.
  • Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate Vice President, Phillip Johnson, Lead Web Developer, Delia De Leon, Associate Director, and Anton Magallanez, Admissions Advisor attended the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Strategic Enrollment Management Conference in Los Angeles, California. They left the conference with ideas on how NMSU can improve recruitment and retention.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

  • Admission Advisors attended high school visits in Albuquerque, Anthony, Santa Teresa, and Tucson. Admissions Advisors represented NMSU at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College fair in Seattle, Washington.
  • Advising programs for dual credit students attending NMSU in spring 2015 were held at Mayfield High School and Centennial High School.
  • Transfer advisors attended transfer events at Central New Mexico Community College, University of New Mexico, and NMSU – Alamogordo.
  • We hosted group visits from the Gear Up – Roswell, Southwest Keys, South Valley Academy and Magdalena High School. Thirteen prospective students and their families were on campus for individual campus visits.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  • Last weekend, the Aggies Activities Council (AAC) took part in Keep State Great. They made great progress Saturday morning and demonstrated their commitment to helping fellow students Keep State Great. The mural is not yet complete, but AAC students will forever have a space on campus to reflect on coming together as a community.
  • The Counseling Center received it reaccreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.



Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

New Mexico Programming Group (NMPG)

  • On Thursday, Arrowhead Center hosted the monthly meeting of the New Mexico Programming Group (NMPG), featuring Collin R. Payne and Dr. Mihai Niculescu who introduced NMSU’s Consumer Behavior Lab (CBL) to the meeting participants. The CBL, established on campus in the summer of 2013, helps NMSU students, faculty, and even external companies engage in marketing research to increase the probability of their product/service success. Dr. Payne and Dr. Niculescu are both Associate Professors of Marketing at NMSU.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Pat Hynes and Laura Boucheron were in Washington, DC reporting on their research for the Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.
  • The 10th anniversary International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight concluded last week. Three hundred people attended including National Aeronautics Space Administration Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier. They explored a relationship between New Mexico Space Grant, the Center for Aerospace Sciences in Space and Arrowhead Center.
  • Mike Ferguson, Export Control Manager in the Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC), provided an Export Control Training refresher course for OGC, various Research Center staff members, and a few invited Principal Investigators.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research submitted requests to fund the FY15 startup packages allocation for a total of $794,863.  This will support eight faculty in the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, 14 faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, eight faculty in Engineering, and five in the College of Health and Social Services.
  • The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute has been informed that it is eligible for continued support under the Federal Water Resources Research Act of 1984 as amended. The decision was based on a recent report and recommendation by a United States Geological Survey panel convened to evaluate the activities of the nation’s 54 institutes and centers. The review period was 2008 through 2010 and among its findings, the panel indicated that the “State and University support of the Institute are exemplary.”
  • Director Sam Fernald presented the institute’s Research and Public Service Program (RPSP) FY 16 expansion request to New Mexico’s Higher Education Department (HED) in Santa Fe on October 10. Sam Fernald has been working with the Government Affairs Office to prepare for the HED’s RPSP hearings.
  • Sam Fernald participated in a Statewide brackish water working group meeting. The group is working on defining a brackish water research and development program for New Mexico.
  • WRRI staff member, Ken Petersen, participated in the one-day Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Water Innovation Summit, Tackling Our Water Resource Challenges by Utilizing Cutting-Edge Technologies and Innovation on October 14.
  • NM WRRI entered into an agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department to continue working together on Border 2020 projects. The Border 2020 program supports water quality management and planning projects along the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly along the New Mexico-Chihuahua border region.


Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Ms. Cheryl Harrelson

  • Received a $10,000 gift, to support the Lyles Family Farm Scholarship in Plant and Environmental Sciences.
  • Received a $5,000 gift from Farm Credit of New Mexico in support of the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership program housed in the Agricultural Education and Extension Department.
  • The NMSU Alumni Association has elected the following alumni to join the International Board of Directors in fall 2014.  These amazing Aggies live across the United States, represent several colleges and generations, and are committed to supporting NMSU and the Alumni Association:
    • Karen Bardwell, ’74, ’78, Graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, 1976-1980 Class Representative
    • Cyrus Salazar, ’96, ’99, ’01, Graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, 1996-2000 Class Representative
    • Daniel Archuleta, ’05, Graduate of the College of Engineering, 2001-2005 Class Representative
    • Daniel Sonntag, ’14, Graduate of the College of Business, Class of 2011-2015 Representative
    • Nancy Flores, ’88, Graduate of the College of College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, Representative for the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
    • Lloyd Williams, ’04, Graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, Representative for the College of Arts & Sciences
    • Andrea Sparkevicius, ’91, ’99, Graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business, Representative at Large
    • Adam Thompson, ’08, Graduate of the College of Business, Representative at Large
    • Mauri Weidenaar, ’13, Graduate of the College of Business, Representative at Large
  • VP Harrelson visited a Foundation Board member in Phoenix, AZ on October 26, 2014 and another in Tulsa, OK area on October 29, 2014.


Athletics Director, Dr. McKinley Boston, Jr.

No Activity to Report


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • This week’s Eye on Research in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted a partnership between NMSU and Howard University in Washington, D.C., to improve retention and recruitment of ethnic minorities from community colleges into their engineering programs. As recipients of a National Science Foundation three-year grant for Broadening Participation in Engineering, the two schools will develop new strategies to bridge a non-traditional pathway for minority students to become part of a much-needed engineering workforce in the United States.
  • This week’s Sunday feature in the Las Cruces Sun-News highlighted the debut of a documentary on NMSU’s retablos collection. The collection is the largest in the U.S. The film, “Painting My Miracle: The Story and Conservation of New Mexico State University’s Retablo Collection,” will debut at noon Tuesday, November 18, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. After the documentary, NMSU Professor Philip Lewis, who produced the film, will host a discussion.
  • Our new assistant athletic director for media relations, Bill Powers, joined NMSU this week. Bill has more than 20 years experience in intercollegiate communications and marketing, most recently at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he served as the assistant athletic director for external operations.
  • Consumer testing on the new prototype for the NMSU homepage began this week. High school students at Centennial High School will be the first group for the user study.
  • This week the NMSU Government Relations staff helped arrange an opportunity for the New Mexico Public Television stations to address the Legislative Science and Technology Committee.  The meeting Monday morning in Albuquerque allowed the three stations to present their case to replace aging infrastructure in Master Control facilities. KRWG, KNME, Albuquerque, and KENW, Portales, will be making joint request for funding during the FY16 session.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • November 6 – Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee – State Capitol
    • Proposed Legislation for Committee Endorsement
  •  November 6-7 – Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee
    • Review of Proposed Legislation
  •  November 7-  Radioactive Hazardous Materials – State Capitol
  • November 7 – Behavioral Health Subcommittee- State Capitol
    • 1:15 pm – Pamela Schultz, NMSU – Proposal for Additional Psychiatric nurse slots
  •  November 12 – Jobs Council- State Capitol
    • Forest Restoration Economic Development Assistance Program
    • Growth Potential for Aviation/Aerospace Industry
    • 10:40 am – Marie Borchert, NMSU- Arrowhead Center- (STEM)
      • Rebecca Galves, NMSU – Center for Intelligent Smartgrids Technology
      • Cristina Abeyta, NMSU- STEM Outreach Center
      • Samantha McGuinn, NMSU- Undergraduate student of Computer Science
  • November 13- Mortgage Finance Authority Act Oversight Comm.- Mortgage Finance Authority Office
  •  Investments & Pensions Oversight Comm. – State Capitol
    • ERB status reports and updates-Actuarial Data Regarding Solvency
    • SIC Proposed Legislation
  •  November 17-20 – Legislative Education Study Committee
    • Hispanic Education Update
    • 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
  •  November 18-19 – Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee –State Capitol
    • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System
    • Higher Education Institutions Accounting System Status (“BANNER”)
    • Proposed Legislation for Endorsement
      • State Investment Council Investments in Technology Commercialization
      • Angel Investment Tax Credit
  •  November 20 – NM Finance Authority Oversight Comm.- State Capitol
    • Consideration of Proposed Legislation for Endorsement
  •  November 24-25 – Legislative Health and Human Services Committee – State Capitol
    • Falls Task Force Report


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

  • I attended a meeting and tour with the board of the American Pecan Council and New Mexico Pecan Growers Association.  The primary topic of discussion was a proposal to create a Pecan Marketing Order.  The annual Pecan Field Day was attended by over 100 farmers.  This was a great opportunity to hear industry perspectives on the marketing order proposal and trends in the industry.
  • Staff attended Governor Martinez’s visit to the Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory (TMCF) plant. The governor was present to announce TMCF’s planned $4.5M plant expansion and plan to add an additional 20 employees to the plant’s current workforce.  New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Barela, TMCF owner/operator Chuck Krause, and co-owner Art Schaap gave special recognition to NMDA during this event.
  • Staff executed the Canadian in-bound trade mission at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit. Eight Canadian produce/nut buyers met one-on-one with eighteen Western U.S. participants, five of which were from New Mexico.  Three of the eight Canadian buyers were particularly interested in Hatch Green Chile.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • There were 47 police reports filed, along with another 13 supplemental reports, and 12 traffic citations issued.  Bicycle theft remains a significant issue on campus.  In addition, attempts to cut catalytic converters off of vehicles (primarily Toyota brand vehicles) appear to be on the increase.
  • The Records and Evidence Office processed 37 items of evidence and fingerprinted 24 individuals.  The person selected to fill the vacant position in this office announced just prior to starting work that she no longer wanted the job, which will require a re-posting of the position.  In addition, the supervisor of this office has tendered his resignation in order to pursue an opportunity in Texas, which means all positions in this office will be vacant shortly.  Interim measures are being taken to cover the essential duties in this office until both vacancies can be filled and the replacements trained.  This may mean limiting walk-in services to the general public for a couple of months.  One of the interim measures being used is cross-training and utilization of the department’s Administrative Assistant to help handle fingerprinting duties.  This may mean that phone calls to the administration may be diverted to voice mail until the staffing situation improves.  Because of this, anything requiring immediate attention should be directed to either the Emergency Dispatch Center (911 or 646-3311) or the cell phones of the Command Staff (for administrative issues requiring immediate attention).
  • The Police Department’s Event Management personnel organized a meeting with the Las Cruces Public Schools to develop a coordination and staffing plan for the LCHS vs. MHS football game that will be held on campus on November 7.  Per the request of LCPS, the parking lots will open at 4:00 pm, and gates will open at 5:00 pm.  All individuals are requested to leave no later than 11:00 pm.  Since this is a high school game, no alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the parking lots.  Because there is a NMSU Aggie football game the following day, this means there are special restrictions on tailgating with alcohol.  Tailgating with alcohol cannot begin until Saturday morning in order to meet the requirements for the high schools.  A joint public information campaign has been developed to help spread the word to all ticket purchasers for the high school game.
  • The Emergency Dispatch Center dispatched 189 police calls for service, 13 fire calls for service, 12 medical calls for service, and handled 279 telephone calls during the week.
  • A team from the Police Department visited the Carlsbad Campus in order to conduct a security review that will inform the campus leadership as they develop a multi-year capital improvement project plan.  The draft report will be presented to the campus leadership for review and comment within 2 weeks, and the final report should be delivered by the first week of December.
  • The Police Department continues to work with external law enforcement agencies on a variety of investigations.

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