Activity Report September 8 – September 14


Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, extension associate II and students from the NMSU Dietetic Internship and undergraduate dietetic program, delivered the third class of the 12-week NMSU Fit Families series on September 11, 2018.  Over the three weeks, ten children and their families have been provided nutrition lessons on Mindful Eating, Food Label Reading, and MyPlate.  In addition, the families are guided through a cooking lesson where they are able to try healthy recipes that promote an increase of fruit and vegetable consumption. New to the program this year, is a collaboration with the NMSU College of Education.  The joint effort allows students from the Department of Kinesiology and Dance to encourage the participants to engage in physical activity that promotes teamwork. According to Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, Fit Families Program manager, “Fit Families is a great way for families to reconnect and engage in healthy and meaningful activities that can create a strong bond.”

On Tuesday, September 11, Kelly Knight, Otero County Family and Consumer Sciences agent and Lucinda Banegas Carreon, extension associate II, presented to Presbyterian Medical Services staff in Otero County in efforts to promote extension programs and encourage the staff to refer patients as potential participants. NMSU Extension is in a five-year partnership with HealthInsight, Inc. who received a 1705-Grant from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help grow and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) in underserved counties in New Mexico.  Lucinda Banegas-Carreon introduced the staff to the Prevent T2 curriculum to promote identification of individuals who are considered prediabetic, in an effort to delay the onset of diabetes.  Kelly Knight, who has recently become a Certified Lifestyle Coach for the NDPP, will be facilitating the Prevent T2 class series starting September 25 in Alamogordo at the Senior Center.

College of Business alums, Kevin Jameson (‘02) and Gabe Jensen (‘02) BA Business Administration were guest speakers in our student ambassador class and my entrepreneurship class on September 10.  Jameson and Jensen are CO-Owners of Bosque Brewery in New Mexico.

The College of Business held its semiannual Business Advisory Council (BAC) meetings September 13-14 in Domenici Hall.  It was a great opportunity to update BAC members on our strategic plan and other college activity.  Our members also participated in speed networking sessions with our students.

NMSU Library in collaboration with the Graduate School, have taken the first steps in moving towards e-submission of the UMI/ProQuest Publishing Agreement for Dissertations and Theses as of September 11, 2018. NMSU graduate students have already begun to use the new e-submission process.

Previously, the dissertations and theses publishing agreement was a lengthy and costly process for our students. The new electronic version is easier to use and more convenient. No publishing fees for authors, greater security, as well as electronic payment options for copyright and print copies are just a few of the benefits.

Members of the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections department were on hand for the 2018 Pete V. Domenici Public Policy Conference on September 12 and 13, hosting a table featuring examples from the former senators papers. The Pete Domenici papers, acquired by the library in 2007, contain nearly 2,000 linear feet of archival materials created during the senator’s 36 years in Congress. In addition to the voluminous files and paper records, the collection also contains thousands of photographs, video and audio tapes, artifacts and memorabilia. Teddie Moreno, Matt Friedberg and Dennis Daily talked with conference goers about the senator’s legacy and showed off a host of rare archival materials.

A new exhibit of items from the collection related to national defense and immigration, two of the themes of this year’s conference, are on display in the Domenici Gallery, 2nd floor of the Branson Library.

Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation is gearing up for the first Aggie Experience event of the year on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Currently, there are 190 prospective students and 336 guests registered for the event. Prospective students and families will experience a “day in the life” of an Aggie. Students have the opportunity to meet with the academic department of their interest, experience a campus and housing tour, learn more about the admissions and scholarship process, attend the UNM football game later that evening, as well as having the opportunity to bring their transcripts and be accepted on site!

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation is at the final stages of hiring three admissions advisors, two based out of Arizona and one on the Las Cruces main campus, to assist with in-state and neighboring-state recruitment initiatives. The Fall 2019 recruitment cycle has begun and the Admissions Advisors are attending college day events across the states of New Mexico, El Paso, Colorado, Texas, and Arizona this week. The fall travel season is where the Admissions office are able to set the tone for the recruitment cycle. Recruiters encourage high school seniors to visit campus and apply, juniors to visit campus and make connections with NMSU faculty, and transfer students to apply and start the credit evaluation process. Recruitment is a campus-wide responsibility and Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation appreciates all the help our campus partners have provided.

The month of August was very busy for the University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. The office assisted 4,379 students in person, resolved 2,043 student concerns over the phone, replied to 1,144 emails and 1,333 voicemails all while processing student paperwork within a 7-day window.

September has been busy but thankfully not as busy as August. In September we have assisted 739 students in person, resolved 351 issues over the phone, replied to 222 emails and 215 voicemails while processing student paperwork with a 5-day window. Our office in CASS, reopened as of September 3 and we have seen a total of 20 students since then.

Along with providing student centered service to all Aggies, we have participated in different events on campus. We participated in:

  • Dual Credit Orientation
  • Nursing Orientation
  • STEM-H Student Support Services Mentor/Tutor Training
  • TRIO Mentors/Tutors Training
  • ACES Ambassadors Training
  • Aggie Fest 2018
  • Study Abroad Pre-Funk & Fair
  • Chicano Programs Welcome Back
  • OEA Scholarship Workshop
  • Student Success Center Financial Aid Workshop

The Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education (WAVE) program held their annual Aggies for Hope event on September 11 and 12 outside of Corbett Center Student Union. This event focused on raising awareness about suicide prevention. The WAVE team put up 1,100 yellow flags to represent the number of students who commit suicide nationally. During the two-day event they reached over 1,300 students and had almost 400 pledges to help prevent suicide. Students, faculty, and staff learned what suicide warning signs look like, how to help a friend if they are feeling suicidal, and gathered helpful resources for themselves and others.

The NMSU Outdoor Leadership Program accepted 8 new student facilitators this Fall. The program prepares students to plan, implement and lead outdoor recreation and/or cultural activities for the NMSU student body. Participants receive training in group dynamics, teaching techniques, risk management, wilderness first aid, Leave No Trace ethics, and outdoor skill sets such as backpacking and rock climbing. On September 8-9, our new members went on an overnight canoeing trip as part of their orientation, where they participated in team building activities with senior students.

The Aggie Welcome & Orientation staff are gearing up for the planning for the 2019 AWO season! While wrapping up the 2018 AWO season, Mariana Ortega, Orientation Program Specialist, was elected to serve a two-year term by the National Orientation Director’s Association Regional Coordinator for Region III, covering Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Regional Coordinators are representatives of NODA membership and elected by their region. They are responsible for directing and coordinating educational and professional development activities, communications, and outreach for Orientation, Transition, and Retention professionals within their region. Her first act in her new role will is to participate in the Annual Strategic Leadership Workshop prior to the Annual NODA conference in San Diego this October.

An NMSU-Alamogordo endowed scholarship sponsor joined the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society with a documented $150,000 estate gift that will grow the principal of the scholarship in the future. This relationship and gift was built in partnership between the Director of Planned Giving and the CHSS/Library Leadership Annual Giving Officer.

Dave Burstein, ’71 Civil Engineering alumnus, visited NMSU to deliver a 2.5-hour Project Management presentation to College of Engineering Capstone Design students. His visit is one of many taken by alumni that are coordinated through one or more of the NMSU Foundation’s development officers.

Lambda Chi Alpha, an NMSU fraternity, hosted a reunion on Friday, September 14, in Las Cruces. More than 90 brothers and guests attended the reunion and heard from Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Leslie Cervantes, who spoke about the Alumni Association and welcomed them home.

A recent estate closing in partnership with the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Engineering has provided $450,000 (to date) in support for NMSU with more estate distributions expected.

NM State volleyball hosted the SpringHill Suites Invitational at the Pan Am Center. The Aggies beat University of Montana on Friday and the University of Arizona on Saturday. The win over University of Arizona not only marked a victory over a PAC-12 opponent but it was also the first time we beat Arizona since volleyball became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 1981.

Mario Moccia, director of Athletics traveled to El Paso on Wednesday afternoon to do a live interview on KVIA during the 4 PM broadcast which was shown at 5, 6 and 10:00 PM promoting the NMSU/UNM football game.

The NM State baseball program held their fundraising golf tournament on Thursday afternoon at Picacho Hills Country Club. The golf tournament was sold out with over 30 teams participating and generated an all-time revenue for the baseball program.

The Office of Education Abroad hosted a series of scholarship sessions for students interested in studying abroad.  This week we highlighted the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship at Honors College.  Thirty NMSU students attended the workshop to learn more about this prestigious scholarship.   The Gilman Scholarship is a competitive program that provides selected students with up to $5,000 to use towards defraying costs of study abroad programs.  Since 2012, 72 NMSU students have received $246,000 in scholarship funds to study abroad in 26 countries.

On Monday, September 10, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton met with representatives from the NMSU Foundation and the NMSU engineering Department. The conversation centered around the development and implementation of an online engineering program which has been requested by Eddy County businesses and industries.

NMSU Grants will kick off its 50 YEARS OF SERVICE….AND COUNTING!  on September 22, 2018 with a Scholarship FUN 1K, 5K, and 10K Walk, Ride, Run.  This is one of several activities planned for the Fall 2018 semester in celebration of the institutions presence and continuing service in Cibola County.  For more information, please contact the Chair of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee at NMSU Grants — Dr. Marlene Chavez-Toivanen by calling (505)-287-6652.

NASA Integration Meeting  On Thursday the 13th, Arrowhead staff attended the NASA integration meeting at the Lobo Rainforest in Albuquerque. At the meeting, NASA technology transfer officers talked about their needs on both moving technologies out of NASA into the commercial market, and for finding new and inventive technologies to answer needs for long endurance space flight and celestial habitation. The meeting was attended by representatives from research institutions across New Mexico, including LANL, Sandia, and UNM, and some interesting action items for collaborative engagements and agreements resulted.

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour event with this week’s topic focusing on market research. The Studio G weekly networking hour provides students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and the principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events

NMDA Director Jeff was named 2019 president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at the association’s annual meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.


NM FAST Grant press release  This week the NMSU News Center issued a press release on the award of the NM FAST grant to Arrowhead Center. NMSU’s Arrowhead Center was one of just 24 universities and organizations nationwide to receive a FAST grant this year from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). NM FAST, entering its fourth year of programming, will use the $125,000 award to provide free proposal development assistance to small businesses in NM pursuing Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. Read the full press release and learn more about NM FAST at the following link


On Friday, September 14, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met via conference call with representative from the Carlsbad Current Argus and Nuclear Waste Partnership.  The three entities are working together to host a Candidate Forum in early October.  Multiple candidates, including candidates for Governor, Land Commissioner, Senate, and House seats have been invited to attend this forum which will be held in Carlsbad.

Borderplex Entrepreneurship Task Force Meeting  On Tuesday, Arrowhead’s Director of Studio G, Kramer Winingham, participated in the Borderplex Alliance Entrepreneurship Task Force meeting in El Paso. This meeting aimed to bring together strategic players in the Borderplex to discuss opportunities for growing and supporting entrepreneurship across the region. At this meeting, members also discussed planned and collaborative activities for Global Entreprenuership Week that will take place across the Borderplex during the second week of November.  Arrowhead’s presence and participation in these task force meetings provides great opportunities for fostering relationships and collaboration across El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces.

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