Activity Report September 15 – September 21


“Constitution Day” event hosted by the Government Graduate Student Organization (GGSO) at Corbett Center on Monday, September 17!

Zaira Martin (GOVT 2020) has been accepted to present her research on immigration policy and border communities at the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium, organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research, on Oct 28-29 in Alexandria, VA.  Zaira’s work was conducted in the summer of 2018 as part of the NSF-funded REU Site program on immigration policy under the supervision of Dr. Neil Harvey (Government, NMSU), Dr. Cynthia Bejarano (Interdisciplinary Studies, NMSU) and Dr. Jeremy Slack (UTEP, Sociology & Anthropology).

New Mexico State University students are among those participating in Google Tech Exchange, a program to build a more diverse organization by inviting students from Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions to spend a semester at Google, learning from professors and working alongside Google employees. The Tech Exchange program had it’s opening ceremony on Monday, Sept. 17, at which 65 students and five faculty members from from 11 universities across the country were introduced. NMSU Associate VP and Deputy Provost Greg Fant attended the kickoff event at the Google Headquarters in San Francisco and joined NMSU students Kay Sweebe, Arianna Martinez, Vensan Cabardo, Jacob Espinoza and Marco Salazar.

The College of Arts and Sciences participated in Aggie Experience on September 15 were we welcomed over 100 future Aggies and their families.  Students heard from Associate Dean Joe Lakey, Student Ambassador President Elyssia Forbes and had the chance to meet with department heads for the programs they are interested in.

NMSU Library announcement   Ag Data Commons; an open access data repository is now available at The Ag Data Commons provides access to a wide variety of open data relevant to agricultural research. It is centralized registry of data already of the web as well as a repository for new data being published for the first time. The Ag Data Common also includes resources from a wide range of research domains related to agriculture such as genomics, hydrology, sustainability, science, and economic statistics. In alignment with federal guidelines to take away barriers to data access, Ag Data Commons allows anyone to access all published data without having an Ag Data Commons Account. If you are a credentialed researcher and receive USDA funding you are eligible to submit data to this repository. For more information, contact: Alex Benitez, NMSU Library at

State Department Internship   Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar assisted sophomore Angel Salcido in preparing an application for the US State Department Internship. These paid internships are extremely competitive, but after his visit to campus and meeting with students, Diplomat Ken Chavez was very impressed with Angel and encouraged her to apply for this prestigious opportunity. If she is selected she will gain experience both in Washington DC and in a consular office internationally.

Growing Student Success   Izzy Renner, our resident assistant in the Honors College Living Learning community, hosted a student success workshop for our Honors LLC Residents. She entitled her program S U C C E S S -U L E N T S ! and all of the students did some indoor gardening (each student was given a succulent plant) and talked about growing their own successful careers as Honors Students. Izzy has been really pro-active about building a sense of community among the 80 students in the Honors residential community.

Recruiting in Arizona   According to the US News and World Report Ranking of high schools, six of the top ten schools in the nation are in Arizona. Arizona residents do not pay out-of-state tuition to attend NMSU, and recruiting in Arizona is a logical priority for the University. For the third year Dean Miriam Chaiken made recruiting visits to a dozen Arizona high schools that are highly ranked, and that also have at least 40% of their enrollment composed of under-represented ethnic groups. Although she was a Sun Devil in her college days, she knows that NMSU is a better fit for students than her alma mater of ASU or U of AZ, and the cost of attendance at NMSU is substantially lower than the two Arizona flagship universities. Because we have been building collegial alliances with these schools, and we hope to continue to see increases in students’ matriculating to NMSU.

NMSU Outdoor Recreation took six Aggies to the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico on September 15 and 16. The trip was led by the Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators, and included backpacking to Williams Lake, camping overnight, and summiting the peak.

The Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education (WAVE) program hosted a Healthy Aggie Week, which ran from 09/17-09/21. The week-long event focused on educating students, faculty and staff about their health and wellness. The WAVE team reached over 2,100 students throughout the week and covered topics including skin cancer, exercise, nutrition, sexual health and stress.

Almost 1,000 CAFs, or course action forms, were received from academic departments during the annual curriculum change process. That is a lot of changes and additions to NMSU curriculum! The University Curriculum Committee and Student Records staff now have the task of reviewing/ approving and processing each CAF for inclusion in the 2019/20 Academic Catalog.

Three University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services staff members were on site Saturday, September 15, to provide financial aid and scholarship information to prospective Aggies and their families at the first Aggie Experience event of the academic year.

The number of students we interact with directly has slowed down, so we are able to reduce our turnaround time on processing.  We are currently completing files within 3 days and reminders continue to be sent to students every two weeks.

Students assisted:

In person – 444

On the phone – 242

Via email – 313

At CAASS – 22

Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation hosted 131 students and 219 guests (350 total visitors) at the September 15 Aggie Experience event. There are already 121 students and 249 guests signed up for the next Aggie Experience event to be held on October 20.

We will be attending the Centennial vs. Onate football game Friday night at NMSU’s Memorial Stadium to distribute NMSU information as an outreach opportunity to our local community.

The Admissions staff continue the high travel season, as they recruit across the state, in El Paso, Central Texas, Arizona, and Colorado.

In addition, NMSU Alum Susan Plantz hit the ground running this week, recruiting high school seniors in Tennessee.

The NMSU Alumni Association hosted an Alumni and Friends tailgate for the NMSU vs. UNM football game. More than 400 Aggies and friends gathered that afternoon and were joined by NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu, President John Floros and Athletics Director Mario Moccia. The Aggie PRIDE Band performed the fight song live accompanied by the Aggie Cheer Squad. Attendees of all ages enjoyed food, a DJ, a jump house, a snowcone truck, yard games and beverages from Chope’s! Aggie tailgates connect our Alumni and Friends, building community, celebrating our Aggie teams and supporting years of tradition.

A generous donor supported an existing endowment in the College of Arts and Sciences for students majoring in journalism. This new pledge of $50,000 will benefit students who may pursue radio, TV, publishing and social media.

Mark Gladden ’99 ECET alumnus and Director of Development for the NMSU Foundation delivered a blockchain presentation at the Border Market Tech Conference in Mexico, fostering entrepreneurial collaboration with NMSU’s neighbors to the south. The presentation also featured NMSU blockchain researchers Dr. Jay Misra and Dr. Roopa Vishwanathan and NMSU Foundation’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team.

After the passing of an NMSU Physics Professor emeritus, a new scholarship endowment has been started in the Department of Physics with $141,000 earned after selling a realized estate gift.

News and Media Relations coordinated with the Public Information office at Customs and Border Protection to introduce a first of its kind in the country collaboration between a university and CBP. NMSU’s Criminal Justice Department is collaborating with CBP to have a recruiter on campus once a week at the Criminal Justice Center at Breland Hall. CBP recruiters will provide information on the USAjobs application process, CBP job requirements, resume writing tips and more that will help those interested in a CBP career navigate the application process. We had a joint media event on Sept. 19 and KFOX-TV, KTSM-TV, Telemundo and Las Cruces Sun-News turned out for it.

The photo from left: Kenneth Reza, 16-year CBP veteran, Dennis Giever, Criminal Justice Department professor and department head, and Adriana Carranza, NMSU alumna and 6-year veteran of the CBP who shares her experience with students.


KRWG Public Media hosted “Election 2018 Forum: New Mexico Secretary of State.”  KRWG has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces to host a variety of forums in advance of the November election.  The forums are broadcast on KRWG-TV and are featured online at and on the KRWG News YouTube channel.  Segments from the forums are included in newscasts on KRWG-FM.

Upcoming Legislative Related Events

Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee
September 17, 2018
State Capitol, Room 322
 Watch Now Required Synergy: Using State Programs, Community Colleges and Universities to Shape a Workforce to Build Labor Pools “on Spec and on Time”Legislative Education Study Committee
September 26 – 28, 2018
Hawthorne Elementary SchoolEnsuring Quality School LeadershipSpeech Language Pathology Assistant LicensureScience, Technology & Telecommunications Committee
September 24 – 25, 2018
Andres Z. Silva Conference Center, DemingNMSU’s Sunspot Consortium UpdateLegislative Finance Committee
September 26 – 28, 2018
Silver City/Deming

Institutional Report from New Mexico State University and Western New Mexico University

Educator Preparation Programs

Teacher Quality and School Leadership in New Mexico

Update on the Arizona Water Settlement Act and Texas v. New Mexico

Update on Agriculture and the New Mexico Economy

Legislative Health & Human Services Committee
September 26 – 28, 2018
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine New Mexico State University
Welcome and Introduction: Transforming New Mexico State University


On Thursday, September 20, the NMSU-Alamogordo chapter of LULAC kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with the first of four events.  Thursday’s event was a movie celebrating the life of Dolores Huerta, activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union.  The group will have games and snacks on September 24, Salsa dancing lessons on October 2, and a Fiesta (including a piñata) on October 10.  Thank you, LULAC, for planning such a great Hispanic Heritage month.

NMSU-Alamogordo celebrated its 14th Constitution Day Celebration on Thursday, September 20.  Students gathered in the deli for a pizza lunch and to listen to a panel discussion on the implications of Fake News on our democracy and government options to stop Fake News.  The discussion panel was led by NMSU-A Professor Kim Lopez-Gallagher,  Adjunct Professor David Overstreet, Adjunct Instructor & Domestic Relations Hearing Officer Matt Wade, and local litigator Rebekah A. Scott Courvoisier.  The event was well-attended by students, faculty and staff.

On Wednesday September 19, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with Mr. Edward Leach, President of NISOD.  NMSU Carlsbad has been invited to host a regional NISOD meeting and the discussion revolved around the requirements of the host institution.  NMSU Carlsbad meets all of the criteria and the college and NISOD will move forward with the planning of a date and topic.

On Wednesday, September 19, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Constitution Day ceremonies.  Professor Kenda Josselet and her history class did a masterful job of conducting the ceremonies which highlighted aspects of the Constitution.

On Thursday, September 20, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a Town Hall meeting, which was hosted by the Carlsbad School District.  The school district is pursuing a STEM High School status and NMSU will play a large role in that achievement as the college is currently starting its third year of a Title III STEM grant.

Aggie I-Corps   On Friday, Arrowhead’s Studio G team kick-off its 9th cohort of Aggie I-Corps. The 15 teams of students and researchers will spend 5 weeks learning how to conduct customer discovery and develop a value proposition. Aggie I-Corps is supported through an NSF grant and serves as the first I-Corps site in New Mexico. Teams who participate in Aggie I-Corps are eligible to participate in the national I-Corps Teams program and receive $50,000 in funding for their business innovation. Applications are currently open for innovative, STEM based businesses who would like to join the next Aggie I-Corps cohort. Learn more and apply at


NM FAST and NAVSEA visit   Representatives from the Navy’s NAVSEA SBIR/STTR program visited New Mexico to meet with small businesses seeking SBIR/STTR funding. Arrowhead’s NM FAST program facilitated fifteen meetings in Albuquerque, Los Alamos and Santa Fe with small businesses, along with tours of UBiQD and Descartes Labs. This meeting was held in preparation for the Innovation Summit, which Arrowhead will host in collaboration with the NAVSEA program at the Albuquerque Convention Center, December 13, 2018.

Border Market Tech   On Thursday and Friday, Arrowhead Center and joined a delegation of NMSU and Las Cruces organization at the Border Market Tech event in Juarez to showcase innovation resources in the border region. This event was organized to showcase talent in the Borderplex region and to demonstrate the region’s potential in developing new products and services grounded in innovative technology. Participating organizations from Las Cruces shared a combined exposition space and provided information about innovation resources and bi-national collaboration opportunities Las Cruces brings to the Borderplex region.

Si Se Puede! Las Cruces   On Saturday an innovate and empowering Spanish-language small business fair was held Saturday at the DACC Workforce Center. In its third year, this event is a collaborative effort between the City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces SBDC, Arrowhead Center, the Offices of U.S. Senator Tom Udall & Martin Heinrich. This event was designed to enable Spanish-speaking business owners to find business resources, expand their networks and advance business opportunities. The event was organized in collaboration with local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies that support the region’s vibrant small business sector. It provided a great opportunity for Arrowhead to connect with the community and share information about its Spanish programs offered through Activando Emprendedores.

NMDA staff wrapped up the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque this past week. Along with a successful Country Store, staff also completed several promotions highlighting New Mexico agriculture.

  • 23rd Annual Battle of the Salsas:
    • 1st Place – The Bossy Gourmet Green Chile Salsa, Las Cruces, NM
    • 2nd Place – Lobos Salsa (product of Sadie’s), Albuquerque, NM
    • 3rd Place – Aztec’s Pueblo Traditional Jalapeño Salsa (product of Ol’ Gringo), Las Cruces, NM
  • New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge (Co-hosted with Expo NM staff):
    • 1st Place & People’s Choice Winner – Oso Grill of Capitan, NM
    • 2nd Place – Fuddruckers of Albuquerque, NM
  • Other Events Included:
    • Two Happy Hours featuring New Mexico Wine, Beer, and Beef
    • New Mexico Watermelon Sampling
    • Grape Education Day (Co-hosted with New Mexico Wine)

NMDA staff returned from the Chef’s Taste Challenge in New Orleans, Louisiana, where NMDA sponsored New Mexico Chile for the challenge. Staff assisted the chef who drew the product for the competition.  The winning recipe, which consisted of a southern play on green chile biscuits and gravy and pork, won the Louisiana state competition.

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