Activity Report September 1 – September 7


What a view!!

Dr. Brian Hampton from the Geological Sciences Department took his honors class on a field trip to the top of Picacho Peak, resulting in this fantastic view of the Mesilla Valley and Organ and San Andres mountain ranges. The class is HON 219G: Earth, Time, and Life.

Nichole Hamilton, Assistant Professor Theatre Arts

July 27, 28, 29 UMWELT

Nichole was offered an Artist-in-Residency with Black C Art Gallery in Gainesville Florida. During the month of July, she curated, devised, and invited local artists to create a piece entitled Umwelt, which took place at the end of the month and open to the public. The interactive, performative, installation included acting, dance, clowning, and visual arts. Patrons were invited to explore the questions of how sound affects our experience of the world.

August 2-5 HE/SHE/THEY

Nichole presented at the nation’s largest theatre conference: Association for Theatre in Higher Education. This year’s theme was Theatres of Revolution and provided thought provoking workshops and panels that will serve our students in the classroom, as well as encourage them to become advocates for theatre as change. Nichole performed in HE/SHE/THEY, a play included in the jury selected Ten Minute Play Festival that deals with the questions and challenges parents must face when children are transitioning genders.

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is proud to share its promotional video featuring every department in the college!  Thank you to the Creative Media Institute for another successful project for the college.

2018 New Mexico Library GO Bond-Be Bold: Shape the Future. Vote on Library GO Bond B.   When the 2018 Library GO Bond passes it will help all academic libraries in New Mexico including all libraries in the NMSU System to continue to meet critical information and library support needs. NMSU Library and libraries at Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, and Grant campuses will receive over $610,000 in non-recurring funds to support purchase of collections, fund a statewide collaborative purchase of EBSCO databases, etc. All academic libraries in New Mexico will better be able to meet the following challenges that exist across the state. Forty percent of NM Libraries report that they do not provide broadband access. Of those reporting 24 percent are academic libraries. Sixteen percent of academic libraries reported that they have computers that are more than five years old. Eighty-four percent of libraries report that their staffing budget has decreased or stayed the same in the last three years; academic libraries report the highest percentage of decreased budgets.

Geology Field Trip Dr. Brian Hampton is teaching our course “Earth, Time, and Life” this semester, and one of the many advantages of being in an Honors Course is that the class is small enough to take field trips. The class was able to see geological processes first hand in a field trip to Picacho Peak on the north end of Las Cruces, which was the highlight of the week for many.

Visit from the Diplomat in Residence Mr. Ken Chavez paid a return visit to campus to talk with students about careers in the diplomatic service, and opportunities for scholarships, fellowships, and internships through the State Department. He noted that the State Department is especially trying to attract students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, and that second (or third) language proficiency is a plus. Several students had follow-up individual meetings with Mr. Chavez after his presentation, and we hope to see some applying for the internship and Rangel Scholarship.

ECIII-Ed & Harold Foreman Renovation   Learning Community of Engineers Area renovation project is to provide approximately 3,174 square feet of remodeled space at Ed & Harold Foreman Engineering Complex Building.  The new space will include large open space, conference room and break area for students.  The intention for the project is to open up the area to natural light and student collaboration. The project is in full construction and anticipated date of completion is November 19, 2018.

All About Safety   Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management training room has been overflowing with crimson as 125 maintenance employees from across the university engaged in a four-hour Safety Training Blitz.  Topics include situational awareness, lockout tagout, asbestos, lead, mold, hazardous waste, storm water, tunnel access, ladder safety and hands only CPR.  Thanks to Fire Department for joining EHS&RM in delivering important safety information.

Michelle Corella is ICT’s Latest Golden Scooper Awardee   The Golden Scooper is awarded to the ICT staff member who, through course of action, best represents those attributes of Shaun “Scooper” Cooper: leadership, fellowship, mentorship, integrity, intelligence, humor, ingenuity and a knack for mischief. Michelle is recognized by her fellow ICT coworkers as intelligent, humorous, and a great example of someone who understands how to provide top-notch customer service.

The News and Media Relations team reported September 5 on a project that demonstrates the length our faculty will go to help others through outreach and research. Nearly a year to the day Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the U.S. commonwealth and its people, New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Ivelisse Torres Fernandez shared some of the preliminary findings of her study on the mental health of aid workers who are still working to help residents. Torres Fernandez, an assistant professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology department at NMSU’s College of Education, is a native of Puerto Rico.

NMSU-Alamogordo would like to thank the folks at Las Ventanas apartments for a donation of 14 weight training stack machines and 6 cardiovascular machines. NMSU-A physical education instructor Dr. Ernestine Baca worked tirelessly with the manager and owner to make this donation happen.  We appreciate their support in making the NMSU-Alamogordo weight room a better place to train. The machines will serve our students well and make classes a lot more fun.

Last Friday, 20 members of NMSU-Alamogordo staff and faculty attended the first of two Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training sessions. The training was taught by NMSU-A instructor Dr. Ernestine Baca.  Dr. Baca has extensive training in teaching personnel how to organize their thinking when dealing with an individual whose behavior is escalating and how to respond appropriately during moments of chaos.  She also provided several physical intervention options to better guide working with people on a daily basis.  Currently 23 more members of staff and faculty are scheduled to attend the next session on September 14.


On September 6, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton met with representatives from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.  The discussions centered around collaborative agreements between NMSU Carlsbad and NMJC to meet workforce needs of business and industry in Southeastern New Mexico.

AgAssembly  Thursday marked the culminating event of Arrowhead’s 5 month AgSprint business accelerator program with a day long AgAssembly event. Each of the 6 participating teams gave their pitch presentation, and demonstrated the growth of their business through the accelerator program. The day’s events also features keynote speakers and panels that included, Steve Garguilo of Action Serge, Sue McCloskey of Select Milk and Fair Oaks Farms, and Secretary of NMDA Jeff Witte, among others. The event closed with a presentation of $20,000 to the AgSprint team Green AI from Alamogordo, NM. There were 130 people in attendance the event, including NMSU President Floros, ACES Dean Flores, returning participants from the 2017 AgSprint cohort, and representatives of agribusiness from across the southwest. This event was put on with the support of a gift from the New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company, the US EDA, and the NMSU college of ACES.

NM FAST and USDA SBIR   During this week’s AgAssembly, USDA SBIR Director, Scott Dockum, who spoke on a panel at AgAssembly also took time to meet one-on-one with several Arrowhead and NM FAST clients, including each of the AgAssembly teams. These one-on-one sessions were invaluable to each of the clients as Scott was able to provide specific insights about the USDA SBIR program and application process. Scott made personal connections with New Mexico businesses who intend to apply for USDA SBIRs with the help of the NM FAST program at Arrowhead Center.


NMSU to lead southwest region in $9.9 million NSF INCLUDES award

New Mexico State University is among a handful of universities to share a $9.9 million National Science Foundation award in a nationwide effort to increase the number of Hispanic students in computer science by creating alliances among universities across the country. NMSU will receive $1.3 million as part of the NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program.

NMSU will lead the southwest region of the alliance, which comprises Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The national alliance will establish regional hubs throughout the country that will incorporate diverse stakeholders from two-year colleges, four-year universities, K-12 stakeholders, nonprofits, industry, governmental agencies, as well as students, faculty and staff who work with students in computing fields.

“These are $10 million initiatives to create nationwide alliances in different areas in the country to create the processes of disseminating best practices,” said Enrico Pontelli, dean of NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and collaborator on the program. “Our emphasis will be how to create a pipeline from K-12 to two-year programs to four-year programs and graduate school. We’ve had a very good reception from the community colleges including DACC and El Paso Community College. We’ve had success in public schools over the last 10 years creating a pipeline for computer science participation at NMSU. We want to share what we have learned with our partner institutions.”

NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent from all sectors and groups.


On Wednesday, September 5, Paulo Oemig, director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, held information meetings at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of New Mexico. Faculty members and associate deans of Research, at both research universities, were briefed on New Mexico Space Grant Consortium’s (NMSGC) programs and opportunities to facilitate faculty’s research and students’ scholarships. NMSGC competitive research grant opportunities for full-time New Mexico faculty are open year-round and students’ scholarships are due October 22. These and other opportunities can be accessed through and

Thanks to the work of Gloria Villaverde, NMSU-Alamogordo is a part of a NSF award for the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program that supports the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at New Mexico State University and New Mexico Tech. This NMSU and NM Tech NSF grant is in collaboration with Doña Ana Community College, Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso, New Mexico State University Grants, and of course NMSU-A. Throughout its 5 years, this project will fund 66 scholarships in 3 groups of 22 students who are pursuing Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in computing-related disciplines.  Great work Gloria!


Personnel from New Mexico State University (NMSU)/Physical Science Laboratory’s (PSL) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Test Site supported a bi-annual Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The TIM is used for activity reporting by the seven FAA approved UAS Test Sites.  The FAA provides topical information on UAS policy development, UAS integration research, emerging technologies, spectrum management, waiver processes, congressional updates related to the FAA and UAS, and UAS integration.  The FAA’s interface and information facilitates the advancement of UAS integration into the National Airspace.

KRWG Public Media has been awarded an outreach grant in association with the PBS program “Nature.”  The $25,000 grant will fund citizen science training and a family event in downtown Las Cruces.  KRWG’s partner for the event is the Museum of Nature and Science, operated by the city of Las Cruces.  The grant also will fund special television programming highlighting local issues connected to a special “Nature” broadcast in the spring of 2019.  KRWG was one of only 10 public media organizations in the country chosen in what was described as an extremely competitive process.  KRWG Director of Content Fred Martino, Ph.D., applied for the grant with assistance from Brien Murphy of University Advancement.

On Tuesday, September 4, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton made a presentation to the Artesia Rotary Club regarding the upcoming GO Bond election.  The presentation included a depiction of the monies in question for both NMSU Carlsbad and the entire NMSU system.  The presentation was received very well and many questions were asked.

On Wednesday, September 5, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton met with representatives of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce to discuss an upcoming visit to Santa Fe.  The Chamber contingent will meet with candidates for Governor and Land Commissioner and also will visit the Oil and Gas Association and the Secretaries pf Transportation and Travel and Tourism.

AIN Advisory Council Meeting   On Thursday, Arrowhead held its semi-annual Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) Advisory Council Meeting in Las Cruces. Council members at the meeting included Deputy Secretary of Economic Development Barbara Brazil, Deb Peacock, CEO of Peacock Myers, P.C., John Chavez, President of NM Angels, Tracey Bryan, CEO of the Bridge of Southern New Mexico, CEO of the Technology HUB in Juarez, Ricardo Mora, and Tony Ramirez, Borderplex Alliance Vice President of Economic Development. The council provides strategic direction to Arrowhead Center. Discussions at this meeting focused on strategies for corporate engagement, identifying gaps and opportunities in the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem on New Mexico, and leveraging assets of the council to support Arrowhead’s mission. The council members also heard from 4 student entrepreneurship about the business endeavors, and the council applauded Arrowhead’s client centric programs and their impact around the state.

Craftbox Design Hour   On Friday, Arrowhead held its first Craftbox Design hour of the semester. This month’s featured speaker was Carrie Hamblen, CEO of the Las Cruces Green Chamber. Carrie gave a talk on the keys to any successful public speaking endeavor, which include practice and preparation. Carrie also stressed the importance of knowing your audience and learning how your body language and your audience’s body language affects your speech and influences audience engagement. 15 student and community designers attended this session. CraftBox Design Hour is held on the first Friday of each month during the academic school year and is open to the public, and aims to provide a space where students and designers can discuss the design industry, success stories of local design firms and lessons learned through hands-on experience.

NMDA leadership and staff along with the NMSU ACES Dean met with leaders from the New Mexico Pistachio Industry on Friday to discuss interests from industry stakeholders to increase pistachio production in Otero and Luna counties as well as processing and value-added infrastructure needs.

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