Activity Report September 13-19

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • New Mexico Legislative Tobacco Settlement Oversight Committee: I welcomed the New Mexico Legislative Tobacco Settlement Oversight Committee to the campus.  I was not able to help them with settlement oversight, other than to encourage them to send some of the money to our faculty members who are doing important work in cancer research and tobacco cessation.  Most of the money to universities goes to UNM.  While they waited for a quorum, I was able to chat with the members about NMSU and about all issues higher education. 
  • 2015 Domenici Conference: The Domenici Conference, according to all sources, was another major success.  About 900 registrants.   Governor Hunt led off with his depiction of the North Carolina experience (led by him) in which education became the basis for launching their several decades of job and wealth creation progress.  He reiterated that it cost money and  New Mexico should be doing more in the support of education – particularly early childhood education.  We had other great sessions on the issues with our nation’s infrastructure, energy policy with a focus on alternative energy and energy issues in the Americas, regional economic development, the Governor’s message as she perfectly merged her priorities (education, energy policy, infrastructure, and economic development) with the themes of the Conference and then topped it off with a brilliant presentation by Ambassador Ford (former Ambassador to Syria and other spots in the Middle East) on why we can’t possibly solve their problems.  The Student Panelists were once again outstanding. Thanks to all who made the Conference a great success.  Gold star to Sara Patricolo, the guiding light.
  • NMSU Foundation Board Meeting: I visited with the NMSU Foundation Board at their fall meeting.  There is an entirely new energy and sense of purpose in Advancement/Foundation as the result of several changes made in the organization and personnel.  This Foundation Board is very entrepreneurial.  Some want to move away from the stock market and begin to invest in NMSU projects, such as the proposed hotel on campus.
  • NMSU/UTEP Football: Although the score was disappointing, nothing else about our UTEP weekend disappointed.  I traveled through the tailgate area and found very excited Aggies suggesting that the football program was turning the corner.  It was the largest tailgate in my memory.  The students not only attended in large numbers but they and all of the fans stayed until the bitter end.  A great event for our campus and our football program. 
  • College Update Meetings: I visited with Dean Steve Stochaj and representatives of his Deans Advisory Board.  They frequently come by after their meetings to commit their ongoing support for the College of Engineering and to give the President some consulting advice on needed expenditures in the College.  For the other Colleges, I want to let it be known that I do enjoy hearing from representatives of your Boards as this gives me a good sense of the community and the level of support from alumni and companies.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • University Teaching Committee: The University Teaching Committee (UTC) will be working closely with the Student Success Navigators this year to help the Navigators be more effective at providing tips for classroom success.  At a joint meeting of the UTC and the Navigators, we discussed the role members of the UTC would play in mentoring Navigators and I asked the UTC to pay special attention to helping the Navigators understand effective intervention strategies for students showing signs of distress (not coming to class, not completing assignments, struggling with exams).  I also asked the UTC to prepare a one-page handout on strategies for success in the classroom that can be distributed by Navigators to their advisees. 
  • Domenici Public Policy Conference: On Wednesday, I attended the Domenici Public Policy Conference, which seems to get better every year.  Although all the talks were excellent, I was especially interested in the talk given by Governor Hunt of North Carolina, who discussed the strategies he used during his 16 years as governor to build the economy of North Carolina.  In short, he invested in the research universities of North Carolina, in public schools and community colleges, in early childhood education, and he established a Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation.  The result, one of the most robust state economies in the United States, speaks for itself and serves as an eloquent testament to the importance of education and research in stimulating economic development.
  • Leadership New Mexico: At the end of the week, I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to participate in the 2015-2016 Class of Leadership New Mexico.  My principal reason for participating in this program is to become better informed with regard to major policy issues in the state.


Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Jim Libbin

The School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • 100 W Café: The School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) has been serving lunches each semester since 100 W Café opened in 2005, as well as hosting the International Dinners series. Students receive a hands-on restaurant management education while offering up tasty meals to the NMSU community and the general public. More than 50,000 meals have been served by students in our state-of-the-art commercial food production and service lab.

Plant and Environmental Sciences 

  • International Agronomy Week: Manoj K Shukla, Professor of Environmental Soil PhysicsInternational Agronomy Week and Nakayama Chair, was the key-note speaker during the 27th International Agronomy Week in Gomez Palacio, Durango, MX. Dr. Shukla’s key note address was on the topic of “Water resource management for semi-arid areas: status, problems and opportunities”. This five-day conference brings together faculty and students from across Mexico as well as international guests from Latin American countries and USA. The conference provides an opportunity for faculty of University of Durango to present their research related to agriculture, natural resources, and sustainable agriculture in arid/semi-arid areas and to share it with an international audience. The conference also provides an opportunity to learn from International and Invited speakers. More than 200 students of University of Durango participate in this conference, which provides exposure to the latest international research related to water, agriculture and natural resource sustainability, and food security.

Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Southwest Natural Resource Career Track Program Award: The USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions program has awarded $2 Million for the Southwest Natural Resource Career Track (NRCT) program. This program is led by Martha Desmond of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology;  co-PIs include David Hacker of New Mexico Highlands University, Berlinda Baca Sanchez with the USDA Forest Service, and Rick Tafoya with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program mentors graduate and undergraduate students in natural resource fields across four-year institutions (New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, and Sul Ross State University) and provides outreach in the form of student workshops and articulation agreements with eight community colleges in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Annual programs for our students include USDA PATHWAYS workshops and on-site hiring events, summer internships, semester research experiences, local & international field courses, global experiences, travel to professional meetings, faculty and professional mentoring, and student outreach. The program aims to improve student recruitment, retention, academic performance and graduation rates, and to increase the number of students seeking graduate degrees and obtaining careers with federal agencies.

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • New Mexico State Parks Division Partnership Award: David Thompson, Associate Dean and Director, Dr. Brian Schutte, Assistant Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science (EPPWS), and Dr. Amy Ganguli, Assistant Professor, Animal and Range Sciences (ANRS), are receiving the Partnership Award from the New Mexico State Parks Division. The partnership award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution to the Division. Their contribution served to highlight the park in both conservation and education circles. The park is a beacon for learning about sustainable restoration due in large part to this partnership and the ongoing work and research they are conducting within the park boundaries. The partnership planted and recorded progress on 720 cottonwood trees and 120 desert willows on a 30+ acre plot. This research has provided the park and NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station vital information for the long-term sustainable restoration of riverside riparian in our area. The park is now a host site for visiting US and international professors and an ongoing study site for two Master’s Degree candidates, as well as a field trip site for various NMSU courses. The NMSU Departments of EPPWS and ANSC under the Agricultural Experiment Station provide valuable resources to the park including: supplying the plants for restoration, labor, site monitoring, expertise, and science-based information to support the parks long-term restoration goals.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiatives: Robert Macy and I met with George Mychaskiw, dean of the Burrell School of Osteopathic Medicine, to discuss entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives on Monday.
  • MBA Fellowship Curriculum: Representatives from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation visited on Wednesday to discuss curriculum for the MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program.
  • Business Advisory Council: We held our fall meeting of the Business Advisory Council on Thursday and Friday.  As part of our activities, we held a town hall meeting to gather input from students about the college. 
  • Aggie Family Weekend: We hosted an open house and provided tours of our buildings on Saturday as part of Aggie Family Weekend activities.  It was an excellent opportunity to visit with the families of our students.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis

Educational Leadership & Administration Department

  • American Association of Blacks in Higher Education: Henrietta Williams Pichon attended the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) board in Raleigh, NC.   She has been elected for her second term as board secretary. Dr. Williams-Pichon was asked by the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) to present a workshop on Quality Matters certification of online courses. 

Curriculum & Instruction Department

  • National Science Foundation Grant: Susan Brown, associate professor and director of the STEM Outreach Center, is part of a leadership team that will research nature-inspired soil engineering as part of a $55.5 million National Science Foundation grant.
  • TRIO Talent Search: The College of Education hosted 16 TRIO Talent Search high school participants from Anthony, Santa Teresa and Chaparral to the Domenici Public Policy Conference.  This is the fourth year TRIO Talent Search students have attended the conference.  Students were acknowledged by President Carruthers in his introductions and some were interviewed by KRWG, the NMSU television news station.  In addition, NMSU Regent Mike Cheney, and Denni Cheney, CEO of The Bridge of Southern New Mexico came by the table to meet the students.
  • Borderlands Center for Educational Studies (BoCES): BoCES confirmed the creation of a student advisory council for the Las Cruces Public School Board. The decision was announced at the school board meeting on Tuesday and a student representative from Centennial High School sat amongst the school board members for the first time. The Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice took the lead in supporting this effort through the “For Unity Now” (FUN) Youth Leadership Coalition with BoCES and Enlace serving as main NMSU partners.
  • Aggie Family Weekend: Dean Pope-Davis welcomed Aggie students Ed-Aggie Family Weekendand their parents and introduced them to the college’s faculty and staff for Aggie Family Weekend.  The Advancement Team gave a presentation on scholarships and scholar dollars.  Discussed the importance of giving and the impact scholarships makes on the lives of our students.   Thank you to our dance programs for performing!


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Resumania: The College of Engineering hosted a team of partners from Cummins, Sandia National Laboratories, ChevronPhillips Chemical and ExxonMobil who were on hand to review student resumes in preparation for the fall Career Expo. Industry representatives provided invaluable feedback to help students refine their resumes, clearly articulate their technical skills, and offered the opportunity for others to test their oral communication skills. Approximately 200 engineering students received resume advice from these partners.
  • Career Expo: More than 80 federal agencies and industry partners were on campus to recruit engineering students during the annual fall Career Expo.  Hosted by the NMSU Career Services and the College of Engineering, the event welcomed many returning industries as well as new entities such as Los Alamos National Laboratory,   Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and RiskSense Inc., to name a few.  Some of the local companies attending included El Paso Electric, TRAX International, Western Refining, Freeport McMoRan, Alaska Structures, and Northwire. Students had the opportunity to discuss permanent hiring, internships and co-op positions. Intel brought their hot air balloon to show their presence at the event.
    Career Expo 1   Career Expo 2
  • Employer Information Sessions: Sandia National Laboratories, Cummins, General Motors IT, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., US Central Intelligence Agency, Raytheon, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Freeport-McMoRan, Kimley-Horn & Assoc., Inc. and NAVAIR held information sessions to share information about their businesses with engineering students. Some 200 students attended these sessions.
  • New Mexico AMP: New Mexico AMP will be featured in some short videoclips in a series entitled “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.” The series is public media’s long-term commitment to support community-based solutions to the dropout crisis in America. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, more than 100 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 1,400 partners and at-risk schools across 40 states. KRWG-TV will air American Graduate Day programming from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, along with public television stations nationwide. Ricardo Jacquez, retired dean of engineering at NMSU and founding director of New Mexico AMP, is featured in the following clip from the series that highlights champions who commit time, skills, and who play an active role in improving educational outcomes for students:


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

  • Aggie Family Weekend: CHSS’s staff, faculty and student volunteers participated in Aggie Family Weekend Saturday, September 19.  Below are photos of everyone waiting for families to arrive.

   CHSS Aggie Family Weekend   CHSS Aggie Family Weekend 2

  • Scholarship and Distinguished Alumni Reception: On Friday, September 18, 2015, the CHSS held its annual Scholarship and Distinguished Alumni Reception.  At the reception, the College honored Sharon Huerta, this year’s CHSS Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, as well as our student scholarship awardees. The College has awarded 46 scholarships to 64 students, totaling more than $70,000.  We had over 175 students, family members, donors, faculty, and staff in attendance.  Overall, it was a successful event, and we had a great time presenting our deserving students with their scholarship awards, acknowledging the generosity of our donors, and celebrating this year’s Distinguished Alumna. 

   Sch-Alum Reception 1   Sch-Alum Reception 2
Sch-Alum Reception 3   Sch-Alum Reception 4

School of Nursing

  • Blood Drive: NMSU Nursing students from Grants, NM participated in a blood drive Blood Drivein at the beginning of September. The students are new to the nursing program and gave blood as a team to demonstrate the importance of donating while also representing the NMSU School of Nursing. Aggie nurses on the move!

School of Social Work

  • 2015 Children, Youth, and Families Department’s Foster Parent Conference: The School of Social Work and the NMSU Family and Child Welfare Training Program held the “2015 Children, Youth, and Families Department’s Foster Parent Conference” on September 11 and 12 at Hotel Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM.  The conference was kicked off by CYFD Secretary, Monique Jacobson.  The purpose of the annual conference is to train foster parents in New Mexico on the subjects of grief and loss of children in care, domestic child sex trafficking, mental health first aid, complex developmental trauma and other topics.  A special awards ceremony and luncheon was held at the conference featuring Governor Martinez, who recognized outstanding foster parents from across the state.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Car Seat Safety and Installation Project: Master of Public Health student, George Richards, Car Seat Safetywas featured this week in both a NMSU Communications news release and a Las Cruces Sun News article for his car seat safety and installation project.  His goal is to increase child safety seat and seat belt use to reduce the injury and mortality rate among children in New Mexico. In 2014, 30% of motor vehicle fatalities in New Mexico involved children between the ages of 0-14.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Kudos: Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar has been extremely busy, wearing several hats as the Director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education, and the person who had the great idea for the Salon Discovery programs. In his capacity as ONSIE Director he has worked tirelessly with students preparing for their Rhodes Scholarship, and Fulbright applications, with Friday, September 18 being the deadline for submission of drafts for internal review. All applications are due on October 1, so guiding the students to the finish line has been very time consuming as they need a great deal of mentoring in this process. He has also been the person to make sure all the pieces of the puzzle were in place for a successful program on “Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond,” this year’s Salon Discovery event. The whole campus owes Tim a great thanks for imagining this concept and seeing it through to fruition.
  • Foundation Board Meeting: Dean Miriam Chaiken had a fruitful meeting with the Board of the NMSU Foundation, and gave a presentation about what the Honors College has to offer our students, and our Advancement activities. The Board members were very supportive of our efforts and provided several great suggestions for encouraging current students to imagine “paying it forward” when they graduate and go beyond the university.
  • Professional Development Workshop: Dean Chaiken taught a Friday Professional Development workshop for interested students on strategies for applying to graduate school. We had a full house in our largest classroom with students whose interests ranged from international economic development, to counseling psychology, to mechanical engineering, to speech and hearing. We had good discussions about strategies for deciding which universities to apply to, how to put your best foot forward, and how to ensure success in the process of applying for grad school.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NMSU Golf Course: The course has healed from the fall aerification and is in very good condition.  The cool season grasses will remain green throughout the winter months which improves the overall aesthetics of the golf course while the Bermuda grass is dormant.  There are still plenty of tee times available to the general public and season pass holders.
  • Professional Development: Facilities and Services had three personnel attend the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Institute of Facilities Management in Scottsdale, Arizona. This was a great opportunity to network with other facilities professionals and share best practices.  The institute is divided into four tracks and upon completion of the fourth track, participants are able to take the exam to become a Certified Educational Facilities Professional.
  • NFL Watch Parties: NFL Watch Parties are held each Monday and Thursday night during football season. TVs in the Food Court and the quad screen in Aggie Lounge will display the game.  Special game-day style foods will be available at Crossroads.


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

  • Grant: The Office of Student Engagement and College of Engineering were awarded a TRIO Student Support Services STEMH Program ($1,100,000) from the U.S. Department of Education. This five-year grant will provide support for low-income, first generation, or students with disabilities who have declared STEMH majors. The Proposal Team included Ricardo Jacquez, Michelle Auzenne, Bernadette Montoya, and Terry Cook. Dr. J. Phil King, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in Civil Engineering, will lead the project as Principal Investigator.
  • Meet and Greet: Held the quarterly Meet and Greet breakfast on Wednesday, September 16 to welcome new employees to Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • Collaboration: University Financial Aid & Scholarship Services has partnered with the Academic Advising Council to share information and gain a better understanding of each department’s role in serving students. Financial Aid staff members have been joining the academic advisors at their monthly meetings to gain experience. Recently, the AAC delivered treats to the Financial Aid office in appreciation of their hard work. 
  • Beach BashBeach Bash: To kick off the first home football game, Aggies Activities Council partnered with RHA to host Beach Bash. This event attracted more that 350 people who enjoyed water slides, games, go karts, and free food and Aggie shirts! It was a large success and helped drive attendance up at the game.
  • Healthy Aggie Week: Healthy Aggie Week Healthy Aggie Weekwas held September 8-14 with health and wellness events that focused on students becoming acquainted with services on campus. The week featured free health screenings (blood pressure, eye exams, body comp, BMI and skin cancer), followed by wellness education on stress and time management, sleep health, meditation and sunset yoga. In addition, Where’s the Fun? featured events connected to intramurals, aquatics, recreational activities, and concluded with Frisky Friday with mechanical bull riding, piñata, and information on sexual health. Healthy Aggie Week is an annual event held in conjunction with Crimson Kickoff as part of the freshman orientation to campus.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Studio G Networking Hour: Studio G held its weekly Networking Hour on Friday, with 21 students in attendance. This week’s topic covered Market Research and discussed methods for understanding customers, determining if customers would buy your product, and calculating the potential market for your product. Studio G hosts Networking Hours weekly on Fridays from 2-3, providing stellar entrepreneurial advice and training.
  • Arrowhead Speaker Series: On Thursday, Arrowhead Center hosted guest lecturer Pedro F. Suarez—a partner and patent attorney at Mintz Levin in San Diego—who spoke about Intellectual Property issues. Mr. Suarez’s talk focused on the variety of ways the intellectual property of mobile applications and software can be protected.
  • Stronger Economies Together Program in New Mexico: Two regional groups in New Mexico have been selected to participate in the USDA’s fifth round of the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program. The SET program convenes a group of regional county officials to develop a strategic rural economic development plan over the course of a year. This year two regional county groups in New Mexico were selected to participate. The North Central Tribal Group includes the Pueblos of San Ildefonso, Tesuque and Picuris. The Central NM Economic Development Association includes the counties of Socorro, Sierra, Catron, Valencia, Lincoln, Otero and the Mescalero Apache Nation. Dr. Michael Patrick oversees the SET program in New Mexico and will work closely with these two groups over the next year as they develop strategies to achieve their regional economic goals.   SET is the latest program in the collaboration between the Cooperative Extension Service and Office of Economic Development collaborate to extend economic development resources on campus to communities.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Concerns about Funding: Vimal Chaitanya expressed concern at the public and policy-makers perceptions about Federal funding going to support basic science at the President’s communication council (PCC).  They also discussed how support for such research in the past has created a number of new applications and technological innovations critical to the Nation’s ability to remain at the forefront of innovation. The presentation was followed by a meeting with Maureen Howard and Darrell Pehr to discuss ways and means by which NMSU can manage appropriate messaging to reflect true importance of University research on the lives of New Mexico and the nation’s citizens. 
  • John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship: Heather Bloemhard was recently awarded the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship
    ( after completing her PhD in physics. During her fourth year in graduate school, she applied for, and was accepted to be a student panelist at the Domenici Conference. She found a passion to combine her astronomy science background with her interests in public policy. Heather was supported during her PhD by New Mexico State University’s NASA EPSCoR program.
  • Award: The Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) was awarded a $400,000 task on “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Detect and Avoid Requirements Necessary for Limited Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations” from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence (COE) for UAS. This cutting edge effort is part of the FAA focus on safe operations of UAS’s in our nation’s airspace.  NMSU/PSL is a core member of the FAA COE UAS which is comprised of a more than a dozen different Universities.  The COE is dedicated to unmanned aircraft research, education, and training.  The award represents an important key technical area for PSL and this is the first task with the COE with many more to come.
  • HACU Intern: Margie Vela, a Ph.D. student in Water Science and Management degree program returned after completing her HACU internship at National Science Foundation. She researched Broader Impacts Criterion at NSF, an important parameter that leads to a successful proposal if addressed appropriately. The study that she decided to undertake on her own has revealed a wealth of data in various disciplines that separates success from failure through appropriately addressing several sub-categories within the Broader Impacts Criterion. Margie is invited by several universities to present her findings.  Kudos to Ms. Vela. Go Aggies!
  • Meet and Greet: The NMSU Water Science and Management (WSM) MS and PhD degree Program,Meet and Greet hosted a Meet and Greet event at the Stan Fulton Center on Thursday, September 17. Fourteen students attended the reception along with the WSM faculty team. Students introduced themselves and shared their research interests and what they hope to accomplish with their degree programs. NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald talked about the history of the program and the direction it may take in the future. WSM Coordinator Patrick Natoni gave a presentation on NMSU campus services available to students in academic and non-academic settings. Ian Hewitt, president of the program’s student organization, encouraged new students to join the organization and talked about planned activities for the fall semester.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • #GivingTuesday: At their board meeting Friday, NMSU Foundation Board members in attendance pledged nearly $300,000 for #GivingTuesday, a national giving day University Advancement will launch December 1. The money raised on #GivingTuesday will fund endowed scholarships for students.
  • Alumni Giving Program: As part of a new Alumni giving program, alumni and friends donated $2,510, which was then matched to total $5,020 with money from the NMSU License Plate Program at the NMSU/UTEP family tailgate. This unique opportunity will also be available at the UNM tailgate, Homecoming/Tough Enough to Wear Pink and at the NMSU/Texas State tailgate. This is the first time we’ve made this pitch so we expect these dollars to increase as we build the culture of giving.
  • Invitation for Proposal: We have been invited to submit a full proposal to the Stocker Foundation for MILK (Methods in Learning Kinesthetically) in the College of Education in the amount of $20,000.
  • Advocacy at Work: We hosted a site visit on campus for the Con Alma Health Foundation for a proposal of $13,790 for Advocacy at Work, a program in the College of HSS for educating high school kids about healthy choices.
  • Gift: The New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau has again supported the College of ACES Sam Steel Branding Ceremony with a $5,000 gift.  This will support many of the activities on October 23 during NMSU Homecoming and Tough Enough to Wear Pink.


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • NMSU/UTEP Football Game:
    • I went on air with Steve Kaplowitz from 600 ESPN El Paso and Adams Radio to promote the NM State Aggies vs UTEP football game.
    • I hosted 100 guests including our game sponsor Wells Fargo at the AD Patio Party for the NM State versus UTEP football game. Special guest Attorney General Hector Balderas and his family were in attendance.
  • Business After Hours: I attended the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours hosted by Sisbarro on Thursday, September 17. Interacted with over 50 local businesses and organizations.
  • Recognition Luncheon: Approximately 100 fans, boosters and former student-athletes attended a special luncheon on Friday. Members of the 1960 NM State football team were recognized and the new book about their incredible journey, Miracle in the Desert, was introduced. Head Coach Doug Martin addressed the crowd about the big rivalry game against UTEP.
  • Football Alum Dinner: I spoke to the football alum during Friday’s dinner at the Corbett Center. Twenty-two members of the 1960 NM State Aggie football team and other alum returned to campus for the annual football reunion weekend/rivalry game vs. UTEP.  Don Yannessa, a member of the 1960 team who has been elected to nine different football/coaching halls of fame was a guest speaker at the dinner.
  • Aggie Alumni Tailgate: I spoke at the Aggie Alumni Tailgate hosted by the President’s office and the Foundation and thanked the Family Weekend committee for their hard work and efforts in bring back this concept.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • News: The two-day Domenici Public Policy Conference drew good news coverage on Thursday and Friday. In addition to KFOX and KVIA television stations, the Albuquerque Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News and the Las Cruces Bulletin attended the conference. Our News and Media Relations team distributed Sen. Domenici’s remarks on energy and the long-term use of fossil fuels to the media including the Albuquerque office of the Associated Press, which distributed the story nationally.
  • KRWG: Representatives from KPBS spent two days working with the KRWG news staff this week. The San Diego station is one of the partners in the regional journalism collaboration, Fronteras, which deals with the complex southwestern border with Mexico, including security, immigration and the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people. Future coordination of stories and production techniques were explored during the meetings.
  • Web Communications: Working with ICT, we completed a centralized repository for our branded web templates this week.  This will enable web developers and application designers to easily implement the NMSU styles.
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations hosted an overflow media contingent for the annual Battle of I-10 football clash between NM State and UTEP, including a videographer and photographer from ESPN The Magazine. The team also provided support for Cross Country and Track’s only home event, the Kachina Open on Saturday.

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • September 21-22 – Science Technology and Telecommunications Committee-Ruidoso
    • National Solar Observatory
      • Jon Holtzman, NMSU
  • September 24-Legislative Education Study Committee-Silver City
    • Dr. Pope-Davis is testifying before the committee


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

  • New Mexico State Fair: Staff has been at the New Mexico State Fair showcasing great New Mexico Products.  The showcases included; Taste the Tradition – 100% New Mexico Tacos, NM Cheese and Nut Sampling, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge, Battle of the Salsas, the NM Dairy Promotion, and New Mexico Sweet Onion Promotion.
  • National Association of State Departments of AgricultureNational Association of State Departments of Agriculture: This week I attended the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). While there I participated in policy discussions related to current issues impacting agriculture, networked with staff from other state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, and industry representatives.  Discussed common related agricultural issues and methods of solving problems and/or solution oriented approaches to assisting production agriculture.  I also completed my term as president of the Western Association and chair of the Natural Resources, Environment and Pesticide Management committee. At the meeting I was elected to the NASDA executive board and will serve this year as secretary/treasurer.  Left to Right: Commissioner Michael Strain, Louisiana, NASDA Vice President, Commissioner Steve Revisczky, Connecticut, NASDA 2nd Vice President, Director Greg Ibach, Nebraska, NASDA President, Chairman Scott Enright, Hawaii, NASDA Past President, and me.


Executive Director Accreditation, Dr. Shelly Stovall

  • Multiple-Location Site Review: NMSU is preparing for a review by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of off-campus program delivery locations. In November, a reviewer for HLC will meet with faculty, students and staff in the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Elementary Education degrees at NMSU-Alamogordo. The reviewer will then travel to the Albuquerque Center to engage in similar conversations about the Master’s of Social Work program offered there.
  • NMSU-Grants Part of NMSU-Las Cruces HLC Accreditation: On September 18 I had the  opportunity to travel to Grants and meet with faculty there about our inclusive accreditation, and their progress on Quality Initiative (QI)-related activities on the NMSU-Grants campus. One of their unique QI focuses to improve student writing is on vocabulary building. They have instituted campus-wide vocabulary building activities that cross all disciplines and programs. Like the Las Cruces campus, they are also experimenting with “writing to learn” practices and applications in different disciplines.
  • College of ACES Shares Progress on NMSU’s Quality Initiative (QI) to Improve Student Writing: On September 14, Dr. Tom Dormody from the Department of Agriculture and Extension Education presented an update to the Associate Deans for Academics Council (ADAC) about the College of ACES’ progress on their QI project to improve student writing. They are in their second year of their project, and are focusing on revising and consistently applying a college-wide writing rubric to student work. They continue to better define, and better communicate among themselves and to students exactly what ‘good writing’ in their college looks like.


Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Student Appreciation Day:Students received a free lunch of hotdogs, chips and soda on September 15-all part of Student Appreciation Day. Faculty and staff were on hand to pass out the lunch and say thanks to the students for choosing and trusting us to help them reach their education goals.
  • Career Day:  On September 16, students participated in Career Day at Student Services.  There were faculty and staff on hand to: 1. help them see what career resources we have available; 2. help them identify a career that matches their interests and abilities, and find a major that will lead to that career; and 3. receive support finding a part-time or summer job or an internship that they can start working now while they are finishing their degrees.  Additionally, representatives from New Mexico Workforce Connection, the U.S. Army, Allied Health, and STEM were available to talk about future job opportunities.
  • Constitution Day: Thursday NMSU-Alamogordo celebrated Constitution Day.  Students from the GOVT 100G: American National Government class conducted a panel discussion on “Balancing Free Exercise of Religion with Marriage Equality.” Complimentary pocket U.S. Constitution books were given to all students in attendance.  Voter registration was available to all attendees.
  • White Sands Balloon Invitational Sponsorship: NMSU-Alamogordo was a key sponsor of the 24th Annual White Sands Balloon Invitational, September 19-20.  As part of the sponsorship package, NMSU-A received two hot air balloon flights during the invitational.  We chose the Alamogordo High School Principal George Heaton and his son James as our guests to receive the flights.  Only in his second year at the high school, Mr. Heaton has become a staunch supporter of our efforts to ensure all high school students know what programs are available on the NMSU-A campus.


President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • Albuquerque Journal: President Gratton spoke with the Albuquerque Journal about the Leadership Academy which the college has developed in conjunction with the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP).
  • Academic Quality Improvement Program: The NMSU Carlsbad President attended an AQIP Strategy Forum Planning meeting on Wednesday, September 16.  The planning team who will represent NMSU Carlsbad in Chicago is completing work on a presentation which will detail the college’s most successful action project and the greatest challenge facing the college in future years.
  • Carlsbad Community Foundation Banquet: The NMSU Carlsbad President and other NMSU Carlsbad employees attended the Carlsbad Community Foundation Banquet on Thursday, September 17.
  • FMLA Training: The NMSU Carlsbad President and other college supervisors attended an excellent face-to-face FMLA training session which was provided by Ms. Rene Yoder on the Carlsbad campus on Friday, September 18.


President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • Professional Development Day: Next Friday professional development day will be held for the entire faculty, part time instructors and staff for NMSU Doña Ana. A new format with interactive best practices discussion and breakout sessions will benefit all.
  • DACC Golf Tournament: Last chance for birdies. Reserve your spot in the 13th annual NMSU Doña Ana golf tournament on Friday, October 2 at the NMSU golf course. Shotgun start at 8 am. Contact Kristi Martin at


President, New Mexico State University -Grants, Dr. Felicia Casados

  • Funding Approval: NMSU Grants received approval from the New Mexico Board of Finance to build a new $7,000,000 Teacher, Health Care Education and Child Development Center facility.  Funding for this new facility is from the College’s $7 million local general obligation (GO) bond passed in February 2015, the first local GO bond for the campus in its 47 year history.  The New Mexico Finance Authority has approved the purchase of NMSU Grants $7,000,000 bonds.  The architectural firm of Dekker/Sabatini/Perich from Albuquerque is the college’s design firm.  Anticipated timeline for completion of this facility is Summer 2017. 
  • Fall Round Up: NMSU Grants will be hosting the annual Fall Round Up of our NMSU Community College’s beginning at 1:00 pm, Friday, October 2 through noon on Saturday, October 3.  Chancellor Carruthers is scheduled to join our NMSU community college faculty and staff during the afternoon of Friday, October 2.  The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta gets started that same weekend, so if you are planning to attend the Round Up and stay in Albuquerque, please plan accordingly as hotels fill up. 


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Roadrunner Internship Program: Our Community Outreach Department is hiring 25 Roadrunners this week.  The Roadrunner Program is an internship for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students.
  • Homecoming Packets: Homecoming packets are available at:

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