Activity Report September 6-12

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Domenici Conference 2015: The BIG EVENT this week is the annual Domenici Public Policy Conference, which begins Wednesday morning at the Las Cruces Convention Center and ends just after lunch on Thursday.  I am hopeful each of you can attend one or more of the sessions and that faculty members will encourage students to attend.  Students may attend at no cost and many faculty members will give extra credit to the students who attend.  The conference will provide confirmation tickets to the students.  Topics this year include the nexus of education and economic development, an economic development plan for the borderplex area, U.S. infrastructure decay and remedies, energy, and a very timely discussion of Middle East policy by a former Ambassador to Syria and Egypt.
  • The Bridge Counseling/Advising Summit: The Bridge (a local consortium of private sector and educational institution leaders), using a Daniels Fund grant, sponsored a first-of-its-kind K-20 Counseling/Advising Summit for folks who do this work in the local public schools.  I outlined the very good reasons all of the local public school students should attend NMSU.  Denni Cheney and Regent Kari Mitchell, two of the organizers, indicated the nearly day long program was very well received by the over 120 counselors/advisors.  Great idea!
  • Governor’s Summit on Higher Education: The Governor’s Summit on Higher Education was very well attended by community members, Regents, and university officials. I reported on the topics last week but the big takeaways were 4 year graduation rate should increase dramatically, tuition should remain very affordable, all bachelor’s degrees should be no more than 120 credits, and higher education must quickly fix the articulation issue.
  • Leadership Training Academy: I was pleased to speak to the new Leadership Training Academy’s first class.  This initiative is directed to developing our own leadership in the staff ranks and to encourage succession planning for all units.  I am one who believes we have most of the talent we need but must offer more in the way of training and encouragement.  From memory, there are about 30 of our staff colleagues in the inaugural class.  Thanks to Norma Grijalva and her committee for organizing this Academy. The faculty has similar leadership and administrative educational opportunities through the Teaching Academy and other programs.
  • Hardman/Jacobs Hall Ribbon Cutting: The ribbon cutting for the new and very special Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Hall drew over 100 participants.  I mentioned that most of the named buildings at NMSU are named after academic leaders/faculty such as Marian Hardman and Carl Jacobs.  Go see the building – it is special.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Governor’s Summit on Higher Education: On Wednesday, September 9, a contingent from NMSU, including Mike Cheney, Garrey Carruthers, Renay Scott, Donald Pope-Davis, and me attended the Governor’s Summit on Higher Education.  At the Summit, the Governor highlighted her priorities for higher education, including: increasing the four-year graduation rates of New Mexico universities; better utilizing two year colleges as a first step toward four-year degrees; meeting the specific needs of the regional economy with our graduates; reducing the replication of programs, maintaining low tuition rates; rewarding degree completion in the funding formula; and, building stronger bridges between K-12 and universities.  After the Governor’s talk, I attended two breakout sessions, one focusing on student retention and one focusing on co-requisite remediation.  The session on student retention emphasized the importance of good advising in retention, a message that has been received loud and clear at NMSU, where a new Student Success Navigator Program emphasizes timely, proactive advising.  Co-requisite remediation, the focus of the second session, has proven to be effective on a number of university campuses and is a response to the morass of remedial courses.  In the co-requisite approach, students are placed into math and English courses based on their high school records, rather than placement exams, and provided with the supplemental instruction necessary for them to be successful in the courses.
  • Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center: The best event of the week for me was the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marking the official opening of the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center. The new classroom building is bright and attractive, a real contrast to the buildings it replaces.  More importantly, the classrooms are state of the art and designed for interactive learning, particularly the Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Classroom.  I encourage all faculty members to tour the building and determine how you might incorporate one of these classrooms into your teaching program.


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

Dr. Jim Libbin
Cooperative Extension Service

  • 4-H Ride for the Clover: Over 95 individuals participated in the Ride for the 4-H Clover including NMSU Regent Mike Cheney and President Garrey Carruthers.  The participants got an opportunity to learn about the work that county agents and specialists are doing in 4-H programming, and Extension Service as a whole, as well at the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde.  Riders also got to hear first-hand from some of the youth as to how 4-H has made a difference for them. This group of motorcycle enthusiasts covered over 350 miles of New Mexico enchanted roads.

Animal and Range Science

  • Western Section, American Society of Animal Science Young Scientist Award: At the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) meeting hosted by the NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Department this summer in Ruidoso, the WSASAS Young Scientist Award was awarded to Ryan Ashley, assistant professor of animal science. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by young members of the society. Ryan was honored for his research contributions in the area of reproductive physiology.  The Western Section American Society of Animal Science Service Award, the most prestigious honor given by this group, went to Mike Hubbert, professor and superintendent of the Clayton Livestock Research Center.  He was cited for his work as a feedlot nutritionist, developing technologies for improvement of feeding systems cattle.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • The Bridge Counseling/Advising Summit: As requested by the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Kathy Brook attended the K-20 Counselors and Advisors Summit organized by The Bridge of Southern New Mexico. Most of those present were counselors and advisors from middle and public schools in Doña Ana County along with admissions staff and advisors from both DACC and NMSU main campus.
    • A major topic of discussion was education of public school students (starting as early as 6th grade) and their parents about educational opportunities after high school.
    • President Renay Scott of DACC presented information on dual credit and the challenges students sometimes find in applying their dual credits to a degree program.
    • Representatives of Spaceport America, Las Cruces Machine, El Paso Electric, and Advanced Care Hospital of Southern NM provided feedback on the challenges they face with respect to hiring employees, including punctuality and commitment on the part of employees.
    • There was also a presentation on the Aggie Pathway program to be implemented next year in conjunction with the new NMSU admission requirements. The program is designed to help up to 300 students who are not admissible to the main campus in transitioning from an NMSU community college. These students will have a peer mentor with whom they will meet weekly, a staff member who will meet with them once per month, and a faculty mentor on the main campus.
  • Donor Appreciation Reception: The College of Business held a back-to-school donor appreciation reception at Domenici Hall on September 12 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The event was an opportunity to thank donors for their financial support to the college for the past year. Donors were able to tour Domenici Hall and attend the Aggies first home football game as tickets were provided.
  • 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: On September 10, three of ELA’s doctoral students were celebrated as recipients of three scholarships: Roberto Lozano was awarded the Dr. Darrel S. Willey Endowed Fund; Mari Noopila was awarded the Lloyd Cooper Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and Kristin Drexler was awarded the inaugural Dr. Ramon Dominguez Doctoral Scholarship.
  • College of Education Advancement Team: The College of Education hosted the 18th Annual Scholarship Reception, Thursday, September 10 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Over 250 guests; donors, scholarship recipients, family members, faculty and staff, celebrated student success and the generosity of donors. The College of Education awarded over $175,000 in scholarships this year.
  • Curriculum & Instruction Department: Rocio Benedicto, C&I doctoral student recently received a contract for $864,000 to work in 64 D and F schools in New Mexico. Rocio and three additional staff members’ partner with teachers in these schools who receive a stipend for working with their coaches on K-3 math and reading teaching strategies.


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • New Innovation Fellows: The College of Engineering welcomed its fourth cohort of University Innovation Fellow candidates this fall. The new candidates include Sahar Quvi (Chemical Engineering), Ryan Giblin (Industrial Engineering), Taylor Burgett (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Joel Cazares (Industrial Engineering) and CJ Gershon (Entrepreneurship and Finance).  They join a group of six other NMSU University Innovation Fellows that have already completed the program and are working to grow innovation and entrepreneurship across the campus. The new UIF candidates are beginning a six-week intensive training on innovation and entrepreneurship led by the Epicenter at Stanford University and VentureWell.  The UIF program is part of the Pathways to Innovation program funded by NSF to broaden the integration of innovation and entrepreneurship across the engineering curriculum. NMSU is part of the first Pathways cohort.
  • Retention Program: Engineering 100, an introductory class for incoming freshmen designed to improve retention, has 12 full sections with 360 new freshmen engineers. Engineering 100 was launched last fall and after a full year, the TYE retention of freshmen was improved from 63% to 78%.
  • Research Partnership: The College of Engineering has developed a collaborative research partnership with Orbital ATK and Calculex, Inc. to support a NASA CASIS effort being led by Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Ou Ma and Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan to validate and commercialize a payload via the International Space Station.
  • Engineering Physics Program: The engineering physics program, offered jointly by the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences, has reached a new enrollment record with 50 undergraduate students. SCH in physics is up by 10% compared to last year, which may be due to headcount growth in the College of Engineering. Additionally, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics are establishing a current-use scholarship fund for outstanding students majoring in engineering physics, which is the only degree-granting program of its kind in the state of New Mexico. Donations will be sought from alumni of the engineering physics program.


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

  • Meet and Greet: Dean Wagner hosted a meet and greet in the Memorial Lounge on Thursday, September 10 to recognize tenure and promotions and welcome new faculty and staff.

Meet and Greet 1   Meet and Greet 2

  • Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research Conference: The Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research hosted its second annual conference on Friday, September 11, at Domenici Hall. Director Jill McDonald welcomed local, state, and federal experts on health policy and community partnership-building. More than 230 community members and NMSU faculty, staff, and students attended the event.


School of Nursing

  • International Health and Wellness Conference: Several faculty members presented papers at the International Health and Wellness Conference in Madrid, Spain. Aggie nurses are on the move!
    International Health and Wellness Conference

School of Social Work

  • Newly Appointed: Ivan de la Rosa, Associate Professor, has been appointed as adjunct research faculty with the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program, where he is actively involved in resident education, research, and training.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Rhodes Scholarship Mock Interview: Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar organized a mock interview for Lindsay Redman, a senior who is applying for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Students who make the first cut in the Rhodes competition are subjected to a panel interview with very high powered people, such as career diplomats in the British mission to the UN, retired university presidents, and elected leaders.  We were delighted that Barbara Damron, Secretary of the Higher Education Commission, Mr. Greg Bloom, Provost Dan Howard, and Dean Donald Pope-Davis were all willing to serve as members of the panel to ask challenging questions. Lindsay handled herself admirably and benefitted from experience.
  • Fulbright Scholarship Applicants: We continue to work with half a dozen students who are preparing applications for Fulbright Scholarships. These applications range from programs to teach English in Poland to conducting ecological research in Colombia, and our students are writing compelling proposals for these exciting programs. Even though the applications are relatively short, a successful application requires many, many drafts to clarify the message and make a strong, positive impact.
  • Circle for Excellence: Miriam Chaiken and Tim Ketelaar met with Deanise Marta, the Chair of our advisory board, the Circle for Excellence, to discuss strategies for improving the impact of this group. These supporters of the Honors College are very important and will enjoy more opportunities to engage with students on campus. We also met with the individuals who mentor the President’s Associates Scholars and the NM Leadership Institute Fellows to discuss ways that we might collaborate on mentoring these outstanding students.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Parking Lot Upgrades: Lot 35 (north of Stadium) is newly graded to eliminate pot holes and large rocks and is ready for football game parking.  Other recent parking lot activity included upgrading handicap signage and painting pathways to meet state and federal regulations.
  • Maintenance Saftey Training Blitz2015 Maintenance Safety Training Blitz: September 9-11, Facilities and Services conducted the 2015 Maintenance Safety Training Blitz and had approximately 120 employees in attendance.  Topics included lock out/tag out procedures, refreshers on environmental protection, spill prevention control and countermeasures/storm water management, work precautions in university chemical labs, asbestos awareness, and more.
  • Activities at Taos Restaurant:
    • Cityscapes: a celebration of Memphis music and food;
    • Real Food, Real People: a weekly campaign that highlights the exceptional staff at Sodexo Campus Dining (featured the food selections by Tommy, a cook with NMSU for 10 years);
    • Aggie Spirit Party: an Aggie dinner on Friday to help our guests get pumped up for the football game.
  • Operations Educational Outreach and Best Practices: Plant Operations personnel hosted visitors from the University of New Mexico (UNM) Utilities group to review how NMSU operates our utility plants and energy management system.  The day was filled with tours of the Satellite Chilled Water Plant and the Central Utility Plant, as well as, discussions on energy management strategies and best practices.
  • Assisting Students: Mark Blachford conducted a tour of the Central Utility Plant for the ME 445 Experimental Methods II class taught by Dr. Sarada Kuravi.  Kuravi and her teaching assistants participated in the tour, incorporated a lab session, and generated quiz questions that were administered to the class.  This is the second year that Plant Operations has participated in the class. 

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

  • Bridge Collaboration: On Saturday, September 12, several members of the SAEM Admissions and Financial Aid offices participated in a day-long conference in collaboration with the Bridge of Southern New Mexico, and teachers and counselors from our regional school districts. We enjoyed some excellent dialogue on how we need to work together to strengthen our partnerships with the schools regarding student access to NMSU and NMSU DACC. Dacia Sedillo and Dr. Bernadette Montoya served as members of the planning committee.
  • Recognition: Jacobo Varela, Jacobo VarelaDirector of Military and Veterans Programs, was recognized during this year’s MVP Volleyball game by Student Veterans Organization for his efforts to improve services and programs for veteran and military students at NMSU.
  • Ruffalo Noel Levitz Training: Student Success Navigators and staff members from Offices of Student Information Systems and Institutional Analysis attended Ruffalo Noel Levitz training on the College Student Inventory (CSI). The CSI is an online assessment all first-year students are taking that is used in individual meetings Navigators are having with students. CSI provides measures of students’ Academic Motivation, Predicted Academic Difficulty, Educational Stress and Receptivity to Institutional Assistance.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Studio G Networking Hour: Studio G held its weekly Networking Hour on Friday, with 16 students in attendance. This week’s talk continued the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Speaker Series and covered how to calculate the potential of your business and determine who will use your product or service.
  • Community Engagement Council and University 150: On Friday, members of the Community Engagement Council (CEC)  met with the 19 University 150 instructors to discuss NMSU’s community engagement goals and how it can make a significant impact on students, the campus, and the larger community. The CEC hopes to glean baseline data on community engagement experiences of undergraduate students in the University 150 classes, as well as introduce the concept and its significance to students. To accomplish this, the CEC has coordinated presentations and student surveys regarding community engagement to be given in each section of University 150 this semester.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Principal Investigator Training: Alisha Giron provided Principal Investigator Training to approximately 45 researchers and staff on Thursday, September 9.  The training is offered twice per year, is required and includes input from Research Administrative Systems, Sponsored Projects Accounting, and Accounting & Finance departments.
  • WaterSmart Innovations Conference: Two NMSU students in the Water Science & Management program have received graduate student scholarships to attend the WaterSmart Innovations Conference 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7-9, 2015. The scholarships are sponsored by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Universities Council on Water Resources. The scholarship pays for registration, technical tour, lodging, and travel. Congratulations to Ph.D. student Dina Salman and MS student Spencer Willman who will both be presenting posters at the conference.
  • Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility Grand Opening: Pat Hynes attended the Grand Opening of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility by invitation from John Elbon, VP and General Manager for Space Exploration at the Boeing Company.  NASA Administrator will be participating in this announcement. Listed in the announcement was NMSU graduate: John Mulholland. Chris Ferguson, former astronaut will also be speaking at ISPCS.
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: Henry Cathey from PSL and Professors Wei Tang and Son Tran attended the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) event, “Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum,” in St. Louis, MO on September 9-11. The event was very helpful in identifying core research areas for pursuing funding opportunities. They include:
    • Rethink Complex Military Systems
    • Master the Information Explosion
    • Harness Biology as Technology
    • Expand the Technological Frontier


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • NMSU’s Caring Community: In the past 30 days, 75 new donors have joined NMSU’s caring community that is transforming lives through discovery.
  • Invitation for Proposals: We received invitations to submit full proposals ($30,000 each) for the YWiC program in Computer Science and the Las Vegas Memorial Middle School Extension program to the Enchanted Life Foundation (if NMSU is funded, it would be for one, not both).
  • Departmental Proposals: We are finishing proposals for the Andy Warhol Foundation on behalf of the Art Department ($54,000), and J Frank Schmidt Foundation on behalf of Plant and Environmental Sciences ($10,000).
  • Baseball Field Donation: We received a commitment from long-time donors to match gifts in support of the baseball infield turf on a 2:1 match. We will raise $40,000 and they will match up to $80,000 for the project. This will put us very close to covering the entire budget for baseball infield artificial turf.
  • Crop Science and Farming Scholarship: We received a $26,250 gift to create a scholarship in honor of Ara Janelle Woodward that will engage students interested in crop science and farming.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • News: The announcement that New Mexico State University returned to the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 rankings drew a strong response on social media this week. On the NMSU News Facebook page, likes and shares started to show up soon after the news was released on September 9, reaching 331 shares and 708 likes by the end of the day Friday.
  • KRWG: Students and KRWG staff spent the week rehearsing for the 2015 fall debut of News 22. The first live newscast of the semester is scheduled for Tuesday, September The student-produced effort will air Tuesday through Thursday during the semester.
  • Web Communications: This week our office discussed a new project with Student Affairs and the Provost’s office to combine all academic-related calendars on a single website that will allow faculty and students easy access to a unified calendar. The goal is to have a product in place by the spring semester, which will ensure consistency of communicating important dates such as commencement, midterms, registration deadlines and mini-semesters.
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations was busy this weekend with the first home football game. The group helped organize media coverage of the game day activities including guidelines for tailgating along with information on traffic patterns for entering the stadium. 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Various Advertising Opportunities:
    • I was invited to go on air with Zia Country First Light Federal Credit Union Remote radio to promote our first home football game. Those who attended the event were very excited about the NM State football program.
    • I went on air with Harvey Hyde from KSHP Radio Show in Las Vegas, NV, to promote NM State athletics. Las Vegas has a large population of NM State fans. I also went on five stations with Adams Radio to promote the Stuff the Stadium campaign.
  • 6th Man Golf Tournament: I attended the annual men’s basketball 6th Man Golf Tournament draw at Picacho Hills. I interacted with donors and supporters of the program.
  • Volleyball: I attended our women’s volleyball game versus Oklahoma University. We had a crowd of 2200 fans which is the largest crowd since 2007.
  • Stuff the Stadium:
    • Spoke to the Sisbarro leadership team to discuss the management and motivation on the Stuff the Stadium campaign. I also hosted the last Stuff the Stadium reporting meeting. We had a ton of introductions including our highest selling team and individual sellers. The committee went down to the field after football practice and were thanked by the team for all their support and hard work in selling out the stadium.
    • I hosted 95 guests including the Stuff the Stadium Committee members, our game sponsor First Light Federal Credit Union and the Bradley family at the AD Patio Party to kick off the NM State versus Georgia State football game. There were a little over 27,000 fans which is the largest crowd for a Sun Belt Conference game at Aggie Memorial.
    • I spoke to the Employee Council and thanked them for their support in the Stuff the Stadium campaign.


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

  • New Mexico State Fair: It is New Mexico State Fair time! Staff members are setting up and working the New Mexico Country Store and Agriculture Pavilion promotions and events.
  • Reds Whites and BrewsReds, Whites, and Brews: Staff and the NM State Fair Commission Chairman Larry Kennedy attended the initial Red, Whites, and Brews to mark the beginning of a new tradition at the fair. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and the New Mexico State Fair partnered with the New Mexico Brewers Guild and New Mexico Wine Growers Association to kick off a first-of-its-kind series of events at the fair: The Reds, Whites, and Brews Mini-Fest, where people of legal drinking age can buy New Mexico beer by the can and New Mexico wine by the glass.  NMDA will offer samples of New Mexico cheese to pair with the wines, as well as samples of New Mexico pecans, pistachios, and peanuts for fairgoers to snack on during the mini-fest.
  • Chile Field Day: Participated in the 2015 Chile Field Day at NMSU’s Leyendecker Plant Science Center Research Center in Las Cruces, NM.  The field day, sponsored by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service provided attendees an opportunity to learn about current research in chile varieties, plant health and nutrition, pest management, and other innovations in chile production in New Mexico.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 43 police reports created, 28 supplements filed, and 22 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 70 items of evidence and fingerprinted 37 people.  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 293 calls for service (one of which was a 911 call), resulting in 214 police calls (16 of which were agency assist) and 12 warrant entries.  There were 24 fire calls (15 of which were mutual aid) four emergency medical, one standby, two public assist, and one fire alarm.  There were four animal control calls.
  • Active Killer Seminar: On September 11, Chief Lopez presented two Active Killer Seminars to a total of 90 faculty and staff at the Alamogordo Campus.  He also assisted with a safety review of one of the office areas.
  • NMSU vs Georgia State Football Game: This was the first game where bag searches have been conducted since 2001.  For this having been the first time in a long time for such searches, things went well and there were no incidents of violence.  There were three people ejected from the game, two DWI arrests, a traffic crash, and seven minors in possession of alcohol citations issued.
  • CART Briefing: On Tuesday, the Emergency Preparedness Committee briefed the Central Administration Response Team and the presidents of the community colleges on preparedness activities and ran through three tabletop exercises and discussions with the team.  The scenarios involved a hazardous material release in a laboratory, a severe winter weather event, and a bomb threat.


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

  • Eat and Complete Event: As part of our “First Impressions” program we hosted an event called “Eat and Complete” on September 10. All students were invited to attend this speaking/education event, which also included a free lunch. I spoke at the luncheon and encouraged the students to commit to finishing their degree.  The event was sponsored by the Student Government in support of the Phi Theta Kappa National C4 Initiative (Community College Completion Corp).
    Eat and Complete
  • LEGO League Coaches’ Training:  As part of our commitment to increasing STEM opportunities throughout our community, we hosted on campus the first LEGO League training for new coaches. The event was a collaborative effort between NMSUA and the Otero STEM group to provide support to anyone interested in coaching a First Lego League robotics team. Participants learned how to take their students through robot design and programming using the EV3 software, along with how to guide their students through the project and how to best manage their time throughout the season.

LEGO League

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

  • Central Administration Response Team Presentation: The NMSU Carlsbad President attended a Central Administration Response Team (CART) presentation in Las Cruces on Tuesday, September 8. Various emergency scenarios were discussed with emphasis upon central response.
  • Governor’s Summit on Higher Education: The NMSU Carlsbad President attended the Governor’s Summit on Higher Education on Wednesday, September 9 in Albuquerque. The Summit was very well attended with representation from across the state. The breakout sessions were very informative.
  • WIPP Leadership Presentation: The NMSU Carlsbad President led a leadership presentation for a cohort of WIPP employees on Thursday, September 10.
  • Aggie Leadership Academy: The NMSU Carlsbad President attended the opening morning session of the Aggie Leadership Academy on Friday, September 11.  Two NMSU Carlsbad employees have been selected as members of the initial cohort of the leadership program. 

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

  • Stuff the Stadium: 300 NMSU Doña Ana students and their significant others cheered on the Aggies on Saturday.
  • Educause Grant: Through our affiliation as a leader college with “Achieve the Dream” we were one of 24 institutions nationwide to receive a $225,000 grant to integrate planning and advising for students using the newest technology.
  • Golf Tournament: Reserve your spot in the 13th Annual NMSU Doña Ana Golf Tournament on Friday, October 2 at the NMSU Golf Course. Contact Kristi Martin at


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Homecoming Packets: Homecoming packets are now available.  They will be delivered to each dean’s office on Tuesday.
  • Student Tailgate: ASNMSU hosted a successful student tailgate at The Pasture on Saturday for the first home football game.  Students enjoyed free t-shirts, snacks, games, and a water slide.
  • Salon Discovery Tickets: We are sponsoring student tickets for Salon Discovery on Friday, September 18.

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