Activity Report September 20-26

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Employee Council Forum: On Tuesday at an Employee Council sponsored Forum, I reviewed the Deloitte study and highlighted the next steps in “Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University”.  The range of savings over the next seven years is estimated to be $50-$60 million.  The plan is to study the Deloitte recommendations and implement those that make sense for NMSU, over the next two years.  I have appointed five teams to follow up on their key findings:
    • Team 1 will look at Organization and Span of Control opportunities.
    • Team 2 will review and establish Administrative Assistant coverage ratios.
    • Team 3 will evaluate the centralization of all IT processes.
    • Team 4 will review shared services in Finance and Administration.
    • Team 5 will evaluate Purchasing Practices and Authorities.
  • Classroom Assignment System: At the request of the Emergency Planning Committee, I have asked the Provost to move as quickly as possible to a centralized classroom/board room assignment process.  In addition to the space utilization efficiencies gained and the ability for authorities to determine occupancy of each room during an emergency, centralization will assist our students in making sure their needed classes are offered.  The Ad Astra System, which we purchased years ago, is linked to Banner and can anticipate classroom space needs by associating student graduation/program requirements with availability of space.  If a class is assigned to a room of 45 when 55 wish to take the class, the class can be moved to an accommodating classroom.  If an emergency (fire, flood, toxic spill) takes a classroom off line for a time, the system can quickly find other available space.
  • Chihuahua, Mexico: At the request of the Legislative Finance Committee, representatives from NMSU will be attending a meeting of New Mexico legislators and staffers with top Mexican educational and government leaders in the State of Chihuahua.  The Provost will spend the early part of this week on a bus tour with the LFC.
  • Athletics Department Transition Team: I have reconvened a meeting of the Athletics Department transition team to report on progress on some of their recommendations and to review conference realignment issues.  


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • New BA/BS-DO Program: Although the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is a separate entity from New Mexico State University, one of the advantages of having the College on the NMSU campus is it helps to remind the people of the New Mexico, and prospective students, that there are many health sciences degree programs within the NMSU system and that NMSU represents a wonderful pathway to a health science career. An agreement reached in my office this week with Dean George Mychaskiw and Mr. Jon Hummer of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine creates another pathway to a career as a physician that is sure to resonate with many students from New Mexico and beyond.  We have agreed to set up a BA/BS-DO Program (stay tuned for a catchier title) in which 25 high achieving first year students will be accepted into NMSU and be given reserved spots in the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine upon graduation from NMSU.  The students will be required to maintain full time enrollment, maintain a 3.3 GPA, earn a B or better in all prerequisite courses, and achieve a 25 or better on the MCAT.  Both institutions win from this program.  NMSU will be in a better position to recruit aspiring physicians to our campus, while the Burrell College of Medicine will be able to work with these students while they are undergraduates and help them understand the medical needs of New Mexico, and career opportunities within the state.


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

Dr. Jim Libbin

Family and Consumer Sciences/Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Strategic Planning Retreat: The departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences held a strategic planning retreat for all faculty and staff.  The retreat was led by Dr. Deborah Tippett, who is certified in Appreciative Inquiry.  Appreciative Inquiry is a model for analysis, decision-making, and strategic change that was developed by faculty in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University.  The results of the retreat will be used in writing the self-studies for the program review of each department.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • Degree Collaboration: HRTM is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to make it easier for northern New Mexico students to complete associate and bachelor’s degrees in the high-demand field of hotel and restaurant management. SFCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in hospitality and tourism management. Beginning this spring, students can easily transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management from NMSU at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center without leaving Santa Fe.  “Tourism is the second biggest industry in New Mexico and as such it provides many management opportunities for our graduates,” said Greg Blanch, NMSU’S interim director of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. “We’re very pleased to be a partner with SFCC in this academic endeavor.”  NMSU offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. The program is ranked among the top programs in the country,

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

  • Advancement: Dean Slaton and Patrick Knapp, College of Arts and Sciences Development Officer, met with Alumni from Criminal Justice, Art, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, and Biology in Albuquerque.
  • Aggie Family Weekend: Arts and Sciences staff, student volunteers and Associate Dean Beth Pollack  met with families and showed videos of some of our Outstanding Faculty Achievement awardees produced by CMI.
  • Grant Proposal Workshop: The College of Arts & Sciences conducted a successful workshop on grant proposal development on Tuesday, with presentations from Rani Alexander (Anthropology), Margaret Malamud (History)  and Enrico Pontelli (Dean’s Office).
  • Various Awards: Jason Jackiewicz (Astronomy) received $112,246 from NASA.  Barbara Lyons (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received $139,447 from NIH through the University of Colorado at Denver for the BRAiN program.  Edwin Fohtung (Physics) received $118,990 from the Air Force Research Lab.  Charles Bruce (Physics) received $41,629 from Science and Technology Corporation.
  • A&S Departmental Activities: The Department of Theatre Arts opened its season with the play “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds.”  The Department of Biology seminar series hosted Dr. Debra Peters discussing research by the Long Term Ecological Research Project at the Jornada Range about global change effects on ecosystem dynamics across a number of scales, simulation modeling of ecosystem dynamics, catastrophic events and cross-scale interactions.
  • Travel Grants: The College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Affairs Committee awarded conference travel grants to 13 graduate students in the College.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Assessment Coordinator: Randy McFerrin was selected to serve as the Assessment Coordinator for the college.  The Assessment Coordinator will be responsible for producing assessment reports, monitoring and documenting the process is taking place as required, and ensuring that our undergraduate, graduate and assurance of learning committees are carrying out their assigned duties.  Please join me in welcoming Randy to his new position.
  • Guest Speaker: Local business owner Donna Stryker spoke with College of Business Ambassadors on Wednesday.  She is a co-owner of Strykers Shooting World in Las Cruces, NM and has also worked in the banking and lending industry since 1973.  Currently at First New Mexico Bank, she serves as Senior Vice President for Mortgage and Construction Lending.  She gave advice about community involvement in leadership and philanthropy.
  • Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Robert Macy and I met with Donna Wagner, Dean of the College of Health and Social Services as part of our ongoing effort to meet with all college deans to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • Program Review: On Friday the Applied Statistics faculty and Department Head met with Provost Dan Howard and Dean Jim Hoffman to present and discuss the group’s response to the recently completed Applied Statistics program review.
  • 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

  • Legislative Education Study Committee: Dean Don Pope-Davis and Dr. Karen Trujillo presented to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) on September 24 in Silver City, NM.  Dean Pope-Davis introduced himself to the LESC committee and spoke about his vision for the College of Education.  His presentation included talking about the various programs offered in the college as well as highlighting the college’s outreach programs. 

Curriculum & Instruction Department

  • Information Technology Council for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education: David Rutledge has been selected as the Assistant Chair of the Information Technology Council for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).  In March of 2015, Dr. Rutledge was the Program Chair for the SITE conference held in Las Vegas. Now, as Assistant Chair, he is part of the Executive Board of SITE. As a Board member, David will participate in the National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) (October 1-2, 2015) in Washington, D.C.  This NTLS meeting will be hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).

Education Research & Budget Office

  • Various Awards:
    • Wanda Bulger Tamez, Director for MC2 received a new grant from the Public Education Department in the amount of $1,300,185 for continuation of the Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2). The MC2 project assists in establishing a professional development structure for New Mexico Districts to increase student learning and achievement in mathematics.  CoPI’s on this award are Kathe Kanim, Lisa Matthews, and Pat Morandi of the Math Department. 
    • Susan Brown received a $24,000 award from New Mexico Voices for Children. NM Voices is a fiscal sponsor for a Noyce STEM grant awarded to the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance (NMASA), and is responsible for disbursing the funds.  This award will support rural communities in web based instruction in STEM System Building.

Educational Leadership & Administration Department

  • TRIO Talent Search Program: On Thursday, NMSU’s TRIO Talent Search program brought nearly 90 students to the NMSU campus.  The 7th and 8th grade students were from Gadsden Middle School, Santa Teresa Middle School, and Chaparral Middle School.  They explored possible careers and courses of study in NMSU’s College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

TRIO Talent Search Program 1   TRIO Talent Search Program 2

Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Engineers Teach Robotics in Moriarty: The Engineering New Mexico Resource NetworkEngineers Teach Robotics hosted a robotics workshop with the Moriarty Public Schools on September 18 for middle-school students. Wyatt Castaneda and Luis Martinez, engineering co-op students in the Aggie Innovation Space, led the workshops as part of the college’s STEM outreach efforts.  The Moriarty students built and programmed robots to complete a prescribed task during the day-long workshop. 
  • Cummins Challenges Students: Representatives from Cummins hosted the first Aggie Innovation Design Challenge of the fall semester September 19.  More than 40 engineering students spent the day working in teams to design a new machine to transport a 30,000 lb. engine from the build area to the transportation area. Students were required to incorporate customer requirements given specific engineering constraints. Bonus points were given for innovation, practicality and energy efficient design. NMSU engineering faculty members Ed Conley, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Satish Ranade, electrical and computer engineering; and Hansuk Sohn, industrial engineering, who served as faculty advisers and judges for the design challenge.
  • Students’ Proposal Awarded Grant: Joe Hernández, electrical and computer engineering ROTC student, led a group to propose a capstone under Professor Ram Prasad’s tutelage and received an FY16 NM WRRI Student Water Research Grant. The proposal was selected from among 39 submitted from various New Mexico universities. They will build a turbine and test it in the civil engineering hydraulics laboratory.
  • Elizabeth MataIntellectual Property Lecture: NMSU’s College of Engineering welcomed Elizabeth Mata, lawyer at Blanco Ordonez Mata & Wallace, L.P., as the first speaker in the fall Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. Her presentation entitled Intellectual Property: A Few Vital Words, was held on September 25. Some 40 students attended the lecture. Mata practiced has patent law for twenty-two years.  She assisted clients in the biotechnology field, addressing advancements in the areas of molecular, cellular, structural, cell and developmental biology, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, genetics, genomics, epidemiology and biostatistics, pharmaceuticals, proteomics, immunology, assays and diagnostics. She will teach Chemical and Materials Engineering 449, Intellectual Property for Engineers and Scientists in the spring semester as part of the newly launched pre-law track.
  • Native American Student Honored: NMSU industrial engineering master’s candidate Aaron B. Caté, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, is the recipient of the Rainer Fellowship was established in memory of John Rainer (Taos Pueblo), co-founder and first director of the American Indian Graduate Center. An article by Caté has been published in American Indian Graduate Magazine, fall 2015 edition, page 16. Caté has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from NMSU and is a member of NMSU Engineering without Boundaries.

Aaron B. Cate

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

  • Rotary Club: Dean Wagner and CHSS Student Ambassadors, Tessa Drinkard, Jessie Velasco, and April Tena spoke to the Rotary Club of Las Cruces on Wednesday, September 23.  Dr. Wagner shared information about her vision for the College as the new dean and also provided members with information about each of our academic units.  Rotary Club members were given the opportunity to ask the CHSS Student Ambassadors questions about their academic experiences and the training and knowledge they have received in their respective programs.

    Rotary Club 1   Rotary Club 2

School of Nursing and School of Social Work 

  • International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs: Several faculty members from the School of Social Work International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugsand the School of Nursing attended the 2015 International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs (INEBRIA) conference in Atlanta,  INEBRIA is an international network that aims to promote implementation of screening brief intervention and referral treatment for alcohol and other drugs.  CHSS Aggies are on the move!

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Children’s Environmental Health on the Border Conference: Sue Forster-Cox and Cindy Kratzke, Associate Professors, presented at the Children’s Environmental Health on the Border Conference in El Paso, TX, on September 24 and 25. The purpose of the conference was to address the link between children’s environments and their health outcomes.
  • Grant Writing Workshop: Rebecca Palacios, Associate Professor, hosted a U54 Outreach Core Grant Writing Workshop on September 14 and 15 to promote Community-Academic Partnerships in addressing border health disparities. U54 partners from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) led the workshop to educate community partners on the importance of engaging in evidence based practices and applying research procedures to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • The Stories Cookbooks Tell Program: The NMSU Library hosted The Stories Cookbooks Tell program in Zuhl Library. Panelists included Dean Elizabeth Titus, author and NMSU donor Dave DeWitt, author and Assistant Dean of Advancement for the College of Education Dr, Kelley Coffeen and author and filmmaker Kelly Urig. The panel discussed the importance of the preservation of cookbooks and the cultural, agricultural and social history components cookbooks  provide us with.
  • UNM Library Visit: The NMSU Library hosted a visit by Dean Richard Clement, UNM Dean of University Libraries and Susanne Clement, Director of Collections NMSU Library Calendaron Friday, September 25.  This was the Clements’ first visit to the NMSU Library since their arrival in New Mexico in the fall of 2014.  Conversations focused largely on the topic of collection collaborations between the two institutions and also included a tour of Branson and Zuhl libraries.  The day provided a welcome forum for the library deans and department heads to discuss activities, issues, and challenges occurring within the two primary research libraries in the state.


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

  • European Association for International Education Meeting: Attended the European Association for International Education meeting in Glasgow, Scotland September 14-18. Visited partner universities National University of Ireland – Maynooth, and La Salle University – Beauvais, France.
  • International Picnic: Co-hosted the 12th Annual International Picnic with Rotary Club.
  • Office of Education Abroad Workshops: OEA hosted three workshops this week-two workshops focused on preparing our students for applying for the Gilman Scholarship and one workshop for active military and veterans programs. OEA advisors prepared and sent email to all department heads and select administrative staff to establish relationships/contacts for incoming exchange student registration and advising issues. OEA director met with Dean Libbin to begin working on the Partnerships for Innovation and Collaboration on Study Abroad in France grant. 
  • International Enrollment: International enrollment for the Fall semester is 1288 students including 248 new students.  There are 573 graduate, 582 undergraduate, and 133 non-degree students from 89 countries.
  • Confucius Week: The Confucius Institute hosted their annual Confucius Week celebrations, marking their eighth anniversary at NMSU. We were joined this year by the President of Shijiazhuang Science and Technological Vocational College and Chairman of the Board for the Confucius Institute at NMSU, Liu Guiyun, the Chinese Consul for Education in the Los Angeles Consulate, Dr. Yuan Dong, and Vice Consul for Education, Dr. Chen Weiheng. We hosted Dr. Hugh Shapiro (University of Nevada at Reno) who gave our inaugural talk for the Speaker Series with a fascinating look at the “performance” of madness in China as filtered through traditional Chinese opera.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NMSU Awarded 2015 NMAEE Energy Project of the YearNMSU Awarded 2015 NMAEE Energy Project of the Year: Pat Chavez, Director of Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing attended the 2015 New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers (NMAEE) awards banquet in Albuquerque on September 22. He was representing the NMSU Energy Performance Contract implementation team who won the 2015 NMAEE Energy Project of the Year award for the NMSU Energy Performance Contract project.  The project is the largest contract to date in the state and the largest projected energy savings associated with an energy project.
  • NMSU Golf Course Hosts: The Western New Mexico Invitational will be hosted here for the first time on Sunday with 25 Division II Golf Teams participating. This is being held in advance of the NCAA Division II Super-Regional Golf Championships that we will be hosting in May.
  • EHS Provides Lab Safety Refresher Training for ACES Researchers: On September 18, four Environmental Health & Safety trainers provided the first of the Lab Safety Refresher Classes for 2015 to 137 lab employees from the Colleges of Agriculture, Art and Sciences, and Engineering.
  • Special Events: The football home opener was the largest single game ticket sale in recent years (over 20,000). Implementation of new processes resulted in a minimum of issues and a positive game day experience.
  • Credit Card Meters: 20 credit card parking meters have been installed on a trial basis in the Horseshoe, O’Donnell Hall lot 55, and Zuhl Library lot 45.
  • Administration and Finance (A&F): The A&F weekly activity report is available in their entirety at


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

  • Financial Aid Director: This week, we welcomed our new Financial Aid Director, Jerry Martinez, to Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • National Student Loan Data System School Portfolio Report: Bernadette Montoya, Dacia Sedillo, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Jerry Martinez, Director of Financial Aid, met with our partners from Inceptia to get updates on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) School Portfolio Report. According to the report, 7,663 students across the NMSU system took the online financial literacy modules and completed 20,869 courses. Pre-test scores showed a literacy score of 66% while post-test scores showed a literacy score of 88%.
  • Crimson Kickoff 2015: Crimson Kickoff 2015 was a huge success. Over the four-week period, over 70 programs and events were held by various student organizations, colleges, and departments. Over 2000 students and family members dined in Taos for the Welcome Dinner and watched the hypnotist on August 16. Over 200 new students participated in the First Year Walk and 83 student organizations and departments participated in Aggie Fest. In addition, the women’s soccer game against UNM had a record attendance.
  • Greek Life: Men’s fraternity recruitment took place on August 23-28; 110 men signed bids placing them in one of 11 chapters. Sorority recruitment took place September 12-15 and 126 women signed bids placing them in one of six chapters.
  • ASNMSU Student Legal Services Attorney: On September 21,Karl Rysted Karl Rysted, ASNMSU Student Legal Services Attorney, was sworn in as a licensed attorney in the state of New Mexico.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Daniels Fund Meetings: On Wednesday, members of the Arrowhead team, along with Dr. Andrea Tawney and Elaine Stachera of the NMSU Foundation, met with Mr. Miguel Lovato of the Daniels Fund, to provide Mr. Lovato with updates on Innoventure and Studio G. Earlier this year the Daniels Fund awarded a grant to the NMSU Foundation to support both of these student entrepreneurship programs.
  • Arrowhead Park Master Planning: This week a design team from Dekker, Perich and Sabatini led a master plan design charrette attended by approximately 30 NMSU and community representatives. The vision statement laid out as the driving statement for the charrette, is that “Arrowhead Park will be the premier regional community for science and technology.” We also determined that a key foundational statement for this development plan is that “Success at Arrowhead Park will make NMSU more competitive with its peer institutions and will strengthen the regional economy”.
  • Studio G Networking Hour: Studio G held its weekly Networking Hour on Friday, with 18 students in attendance. This week’s topic continued MIT’s Disciplined Entrepreneur training program and discussed how to articulate your product offering, quantify your value proposition, and develop an expansion plan. Studio G host Networking Hours weekly on Fridays from 2-3, and providing stellar entrepreneurial advice and training.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Site Visit: The Office of Research Development coordinated and hosted a site visit by Dr. Robert Langer, Principal Investigator for the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) and Dr. James Kenyon, CTR-IN Project Coordinator, on September 21 and 22.  CTR-IN is funded by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences and has 13 university partners in seven states, of which NMSU is one.  In the past two years, NMSU has received four pilot grants and one mini-pilot grant.  
  • National Organization for Research Development Professionals: Sudha Murthy was invited to be an Advisory Board member for the Southwest Region of the National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP).  The Advisory Board consists of one member from each of the four states that comprise the NORDP Southwest region: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. 
  • AwardsVarious Awards: NM WRRI awarded thirteen 2015 Student Water Research Grants to university students throughout the state who are conducting water-related research. The institute received 39 proposals including 24 from NMSU students. Five awards were made at NMSU: environmental science undergraduate Sativa Cruz, (whose advisor is Dr. KC Carroll); civil engineering master’s student Seth Davis (Dr. Zohrab Samani); chemical engineering doctoral student Sahar Qavi (Dr. Reza Foudazi); water science and management doctoral student Hugo Rojas Villalobos (Dr. Chris Brown); and a group of undergraduate electrical engineering undergraduates – Joseph Hernandez, Abdullah Alluhaidan, Felipe Farias, Jesus Moreno, McDonald Garley, Saleh Aldaihani, and Xaviar Enriquez (Dr. Ram Prasad). The grant recipients will be presenting posters on their research at the upcoming 60th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Taos on October 8-9, 2015. 


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • #GivingTuesday: Cash and pledges for our challenge to the Foundation board have reached $389,000, with 76% of members participating already. That total will be matched for scholarship endowments, adding nearly $1 million to our endowment. We are ramping up plans to raise awareness of the big #GivingTuesday event on December 1.
  • Crimson Colleagues: For the first time, NMSU advancement sent giving appeals to faculty and staff throughout the NMSU system. An appeal letter from Crimson Colleagues co-chairs Steve Elias and Terry Cook was sent last week to nearly 4,000 employees. This was a nice launch with a goal of raising faculty and staff giving participation from 17% to 30% in coming years. Faculty and staff giving at any level have a major impact on the lives of our students. 
  • Supporting Diversity: Halliburton Foundation has given $20,000 for a College of Engineering program called Discovering Diversity in Engineering.
  • International Partners: The Chile Pepper Institute and the ACES development office hosted two international corporate partners this week: Griffith Laboratories of India and Tajin of Mexico. We are excited for the possible international partnerships and possible support. 
  • Research Funding: We received a $5,000 gift from BayerCrop Science to support Plant and Environmental Sciences Manoj Shukla’s study in solute transfers.


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association Annual Meeting: I attended the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association Annual meeting in Dallas, TX. There were 100 of the 128 D1 Athletic Directors in attendance. We discussed priority topics within Intercollegiate Athletics including Name, Image and Likeness Issues, Academics and Cost of Attendance. The new Executive Director, Tom McMillen was introduced. Following is the link announcing his position,
  • Men’s Basketball: We held a preliminary meeting internally to discuss our first regular season men’s basketball game against Northern New Mexico in Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center.  
  • NMSU Softball Scrimmage: Country superstars Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr scrimmaged the NM State Softball team on Friday, September 25 before the sold out show at the Pan American Center. The game pitched Aldean and his crew against Tyler Farr and the Aggies. The team also got to attend the concert that evening and Tyler Farr gave them a shout out on stage.  Here is the link to the Facebook Post:
  • Fundraising: I attended and spoke at the NM State Aggies baseball fundraising golf tournament at Sonoma Golf Course on Friday afternoon. The team netted $15,000.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: Beck’s Coffee House of Las Cruces graciously hosted a KRWG coffee visit Wednesday morning. Staff met with supporters and friends who gathered to share thoughts and ideas concerning KRWG public media. Coffee visits are planned throughout the year to create a dialog with the many communities served in the station’s coverage area.
  • Preventing Teen Pregnancy: In partnership with Dona Ana County, Preventing Teen PregnancyKRWG is a sponsor of “Pregnant – Preventing Teen Pregnancy.” This week general manager Glen Cerny (left) accepted a set of framed program posters from producer Chris Schueler (right). “Pregnant” will air as part of New Mexico In Focus this Sunday at noon on KRWG-TV.
  • Web Communications: This week we finalized plans to conduct user focus groups with help from the marketing department in the College of Business. Two student groups will be asked to give feedback on the homepage and ad copy.
  • Social Media: The September 22 post of President Carruthers’ presentation on “Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University” on his Facebook page drew significant interest from his Facebook followers. The post also included a link to the webcast of the presentation ( The post reached 484 people and generated 44 clicks. 
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations hosted the first Western Athletic Conference games of the year as both volleyball and soccer welcomed the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT Pan American) to Las Cruces. The Aggie soccer team won its second game of the season and is 1-0 in WAC play. Volleyball is also 1-0 in WAC play and is 10-5 overall on the year.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • 28 – Oct. 2- Legislative Finance Committee- Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Sept. 28-29 – Economic and Rural Development Committee
    • Tourism Work Force Development
    • Four-County Ground Water Initiative
    • Utility Infrastructure to Meet New Mexico’s Future Needs
  • Oct. 5 – Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee- Santa Fe
    • NMSU 1) Impacts of Changing Weather and Fire Patterns Life Cycle Engineering for Roads; 2) Maintaining the Department of Transportation as the “Best Engineering Crew” in the Southwest Attracting Engineering Graduates to Public Work – David V. Jauregui, Ph.D., P.E., Dept. Head of Civil Engineering, Patricia Sullivan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Engineering

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

  • Avian Influenza Diagnostics: Our Veterinary Diagnostics Services Team is now able to provide Avian Influenza diagnostics in house.
  • Interview: I was interviewed by a local fourth-grader about New Mexico chile. Answered his questions concerning NM chile promotion, state laws regulating chile labeling and showed him some of the many New Mexico products we have. It was definitely one of the best interviews I have ever experienced.  Director Witte and Luke Catanach, a fourth grader at East Picacho Elementary

Luke Catanach

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 62 police repor6ts created, 20 supplements filed, and 36 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 21 items of evidence and fingerprinted 22 people.  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 369 calls for service (six of which were 911 calls), resulting in 270 police calls (41 of which were agency assist) and two warrant entries.  There were 40 fire calls (15 of which were mutual aid) four stand by, six fire alarms, one carbon monoxide alarm, one suspicious package, one smell of smoke, 15 mutual aide, seven emergency medical calls, one natural gas odor, one structure fire, one vehicle fire, and one visible smoke.  There were two animal control calls.
  • Special Events – Special Events Staff worked a total of 785.25 hours and reviewed one event.
  • Victim Services – Staff provided additional assistance with OSU case.
  • Background Checks for Housing:  The Police Department is now assisting the Housing and Residential Life staff by conducting background checks for tenants living in Family Housing.  Over time, this will be expanded to include all Housing tenants.  The first set of checks was completed last week, with checks continuing as housing license agreements are renewed and as new students apply for family housing.


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

  • Strategic Plan:  New Mexico State University-Alamogordo Campus has a new Strategic Plan. The goals of the plan are simple yet powerful…Student Success, Community Engagement, Diversity, and Responsible Stewardship of Funds. The intent of this document is to provide guidance for faculty and staff as everyone makes decisions in providing the very best education to the students of the Tularosa Basin region. The faculty and staff will revisit the plan at the end of each spring semester to modify the document to best fit future needs.
  • Transfer Fair:  On Tuesday, students had a chance to speak with representatives from a variety of colleges from Transfer FairNMSU-Las Cruces to learn how they can use the courses taken at our campus to further their goal of earning a bachelors degree. It was a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and talk about future education options. See photo.
  • Senior Center Health Fair: NMSU-Alamogordo phlebotomy students supported the Alamo Senior Center’s Annual Health Fair on Thursday, September 24. The students, overseen by their instructors, provided blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing to the fair’s visitors. The phlebotomy class is one of several sponsored by a Department of Labor grant called SUN PATH designed to help residents quickly enter healthcare fields. Students can qualify as phlebotomists, learning to draw blood samples for clinical laboratory testing, in as little as one semester. The class prepares the students to take a national certification exam and SUN PATH links them with a Job Development Career Coach to help them in their job search. See photo

Senior Center Health Fair

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

  • Quality Initiatives Evaluation: NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton participated in a conference call on Wednesday, September 23 to complete the evaluation of Quality Initiatives that were proposed by two different HLC institutions. The two institutions had submitted very different initiatives but both projects were substantial and appropriate to address the academic core.
  • Physician/Provider Networking Reception: The NMSU Carlsbad President attended a physician/provider networking reception on Wednesday September 23.  The reception was held in Seven Rivers which is between Artesia and Carlsbad and was attended by physicians from both Artesia and Carlsbad.
  • HLC Strategy Forum: The NMSU Carlsbad President and other NMSU Carlsbad employees completed the assigned materials for the upcoming HLC Strategy Forum.  The eight-person committee collaborated on responses and the production of a storyboard to capture the action project which was deemed most successful.  Sam Christensen provided his expertise in developing the storyboard depiction.
  • Steering Committee Meeting: The NMSU Carlsbad President and all other standing committee chairpersons attended a Steering Committee meeting on Friday, September 25. Reports were received from each committee chairperson regarding the committee’s accomplishments and initiatives which are being addressed.


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

  • Associate Vice President for Accreditation and Assessment: Susan Wood has been appointed as the Associate Vice President for Accreditation and Assessment at DACC. She most recently served as the Chair of the English and Communication Department. She is a Professor of English, Assurance Coordinator for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and Assessment Coordinator at the community college. She will begin on October 16.
  • Artwork for HED: New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron Artwork for HEDdisplays art work by college students at the NMHED building in Santa Fe. She requested a piece of art from DACC during a previous visit. DACC student Stephanie Meerbott created a piece in her Creative Media Technology Advanced Illustrator class that will be presented to Secretary Damron for display in her gallery.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • ASNMSU Retreat: The Association had a productive retreat over the weekend in Ruidoso.  We set several goals for the upcoming year.
  • Homecoming Packets: Homecoming Packets are available at:
  • Burning of the Lobo: The annual Burning of the Lobo event will be this Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 pm in the Student Tailgate Lot.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!
  • Keep State Great: Keep State Great is October 17 at 9:00 am.  Staff and Faculty are encouraged to sign up.  The soft registration deadline is Friday, October. 2.  For more information and to register:

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