Activity Report April 15 – April 21

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • With respect to the current budget impasse (and keeping in mind I have spent some time in the Santa Fe Legislative/Governor arena), I assure you it is always darkest before the dawn. I have discussed the ongoing budget situation and strategies with Senators Papen, Smith, Neville, Ingle, Wirth and Representatives Egolf and Lundstrom. All are leaders in the Legislature and are confident as I am higher education will be funded.  Their initial strategy was to file a suit in the NM Supreme Court to have the court restore the vetoed funding, arguing a Governor cannot abolish Constitutionally established agencies and functions by line item veto. Also, they are discussing the possibility of the legislature calling the House and Senate into an “extraordinary session” to attempt a veto override.  Plan C is to await the Governor’s call for a Special Session.  If the Legislature prevails in court, a special session may not happen until the Fall 2017, when revenue numbers, which are currently trending upward, are better understood.  I did place a call to the Governor but did not reach her.  She has declared publicly higher education will be funded.  HENCE, while the drama unfolds, advise our students we will be here in the summer and fall and eagerly look forward to their continued enrollment.  To current faculty/staff and future faculty/staff, NMSU is in business to stay and we want all to know we are working diligently to ensure NMSU is sustainable well into the 21st
  • I attended the annual College of Business Hall of Fame Dinner where Phil and Sandy Cook and Perry and Alane Elders were recognized for their professional successes and community achievements. It is rewarding to recognize alums who have done quite well professionally but who have also spent so much time and energy in supporting and improving their communities.  These two couples have set a new and high standard for community engagement.  Way to go Aggies!
  • I visited Roswell last week, spoke to their Rotary Club, the NEED Program (teachers encouraging high school students to study STEM disciplines), and a Scholarship Fund Raising event sponsored by a number of energy companies. The organizing groups gave a $500 scholarship for geology students and a $2,500 in my name for any NMSU student.  Several NMSU students were there plus 200 students from local high schools.  The NMSU recruitment table was the most popular stop for the high school students.
  • Former Regent and now Mayor of Santa Fe Javier Gonzales called to determine if NMSU would be interested in partnering with the private sector to take over the old College of Santa Fe enterprise and run a university of Art Design. I indicated we were up to our ears in alligators and could not take on any other outposts. As an aside, the Mayor is pushing a soft drink sugar tax, which apparently is stirring up a bit of a storm.
  • I serve as Vice Chair of the Borderplex Alliance and, in that capacity, participated in briefings in both El Paso and at NMSU regarding the progress of implementing a regional economic development plan. The Alliance, through a series of committees, is identifying development opportunities as well as barriers to growth and development in the Juarez, El Paso, Las Cruces area.  One of the barriers is our work force.  The Alliance aspiration is to develop an internationally competitive work force, which will take an all effort by higher education with most of the opportunities for improvement residing with our community colleges.   The Alliance, now led by Jon Barela, former NM secretary of economic development, is actively involved in ongoing conversations regarding modifications to NAFTA.
  • The Aggies Women’s Golf team captured another WAC Championship and the team members were honored by having them throw out the first pitch at the Aggies Baseball game against Northern Colorado. Bringing their golf winning style to this game, the baseball team won the game and remained in first place in the WAC.  They are now the first seed in the upcoming baseball tournament.  Our student athletes are doing very well.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Wednesday, I spoke at the Academy for Learning in Retirement Reception held at the Fulton Center. My talk centered on funding for higher education in the state of New Mexico and the impact of the governor’s veto of the budget for higher education on the state’s colleges and universities.  I then discussed the development of other sources of revenue for NMSU and the importance of recruitment and retention of students for the long-term fiscal health of the university.  Among the retention efforts I highlighted were the: Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate, predictive analytics and centralized advising, and the new first year residency requirement.  Many of the questions after the talk focused on athletics and its role at the university.
  • On Thursday, I met with Dr. Jennifer Hodges and Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli to discuss centralized advising and how to ensure the transfer of individuals from the College of Arts and Sciences to the Advising Center does not cripple the college’s ability to recruit students and maintain records. The dean and I both noted that, unlike other colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences does not have any recruiters.  One way of getting around this limitation is stronger collaboration among colleges in recruiting.  Another way forward is the development of a stronger partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • On Friday, I met with the department heads of the College of Arts and Sciences to discuss the budget situation within the university and the state, and a wide range of other topics including enrollment, the move to centralized advising, Team Six, and the process by which the new basketball coach was hired.
  • After that department heads meeting, I met with other department heads from across the university and discussed a similar suite of issues.

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management   The New Mexico Wine Growers Association held its annual education conference on campus, March 29 – 31. College of ACES Dean, Dr. Rolando A. Flores, and other college representatives welcomed the 100 attendees at the opening meeting at the Corbett Student Union on Wednesday. Dr. Jean Hertzman arranged for that week’s Gerald Thomas Chair beverage presenter, Mr. Tim Haughinberry from Back Bar USA in Las Vegas, to be the keynote speaker on beverage marketing and promotion. The School of HRTM hosted the group for a reception in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine and lunch in 100 West Cafe. Natalie Goldberg, department head for Extension Plant Sciences, and Viticulture Program Coordinators Daniel Goodrich and Elizabeth Smith helped arrange speakers and hosted the Friday activities at the Fabian Garcia Research Center.  Being involved with the conference provided excellent opportunities for further collaboration between the School of HRTM, Extension Plant Sciences, and the Wine Growers.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology   During the annual Miss Native American NMSU Pageant on April 7, Wildlife Science Masters student Stephanie Muise (First Nations, Mi’k Maq) was crowned as Miss Native American NMSU. As part of the yearly American Indian Week activities, a pageant is held by the American Indian Program, AISES, UNAO, and NABSA to select an ambassador for the American Indian Program and associated student organizations. Miss Native American NMSU also acts as an ambassador for all Native American Students at the university to various Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations across the United States and Canada. Stephanie’s platform included breaking down tribal misconceptions, as well as integrating traditional knowledge into modern science, which is a common thread in her graduate research. She will hold this role until the Miss Native American NMSU pageant in April of 2018.

Stephanie Muise

Extension Plant Sciences   The 2017 Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Tradeshow was held at the Hotel Encanto on March 5-7.  The popular Pecan Food Fantasy contest (held Sunday, March 5) was coordinated by the Doña Ana County Extension Office, while the educational program was coordinated by NMSU Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema (Extension Plant Sciences).  The opening address was presented by New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and oral presentations were given by pecan industry representatives, as well as experts from the USDA and five universities. These presentations covered important topics for the pecan industry such as pollination, pecan weevil management, pressurized irrigation systems, plant growth regulators, and health benefits of eating pecans. The educational program concluded with an excellent growers panel discussion on the topic of mechanical hedge pruning. Overall registration for the 2017 conference was 777 people (a 10% increase compared with the 2016 registration). In the educational program there were over 300 people in attendance—with standing room only!  Attendees came from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Oklahoma, the southeastern US, northern Mexico, South Africa, and Australia.

Cooperative Extension   NMSU CES and the State Department of Homeland Security hosted a three-day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness and Operations training on April 10-12 in Las Cruces and an advanced course on April 14 in Socorro. This training provided an opportunity for Emergency Rescue and Agriculture personnel to train together before an actual emergency. The course provided practical considerations, behavioral understanding, specialty equipment, techniques, methodologies, and tactics behind the safe extrication of a live large animal from entrapments (trailer wrecks, ditches, mud, barn fires) in local emergencies and disaster areas. Participants included: Firefighters from City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, Radium Springs, Sunland Park, Abeytas, Socorro County and Spring, Texas; Animal Control Officers from Doña Ana County, Las Cruces Police Department, Deming Police Department, Bernalillo County, and The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque; County Extension Agents from Luna and Otero with Teresa Dean and John Allen hosting the event; NMSU CES Livestock Specialist, Marcy Ward; Veterinarians from Las Cruces, Magdalena, Albuquerque, Jemez Springs, and Edgewood; County Emergency Managers from Socorro and Luna County; Back Country Horsemen members from Edgewood, and NMSU students.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The department of Criminal Justice held its award ceremony, to recognize the achievements of students, faculty and staff members.

  • The Gender and Sexuality Studies program, in collaboration with the departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and CMI, will host the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, starting on 4/24/17, in the CMI Digital Theater, Milton Hall.

  • The Department of Computer Science hosted the regional celebration of Women in Computing along with the NCWIT Regional Aspirations in IT award.

  • The NMSU Jazz Ensemble presented their last concert titled “Count Basie Meets Duke Ellington.”
  • The college participated in an open event titled “Media Literacy in a Post-Truth Society: Examining the Border through Film,” hosted by the Las Cruces Press Women organization.
  • Rachel Stevens (Department of Art) has been awarded a prestigious Fullbright Scholarship to conduct research in western Ukraine, implementing a project titled “A Forest Grows in the Synagogue: Reimagining the Galician Jewish Landscape through Sculpture.”
  • The department of Art hosted Shanti Grumbine, visiting artist from Brooklyn for a presentation on April 18.
  • The NMSU Department of Geological Sciences held a colloquium on April 19; Magdalena Sandoval Donahue of the University of New Mexico presented “Constructing a Geoscience Narrative.”

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Recruiting for new Student Ambassadors for the spring semester is under way. Ambassadors represent the College of Business (COB), interact with the business community, and are provided with the opportunity to be mentored, as well as serve as mentors. Students interested in applying should see the Dean’s office to pick up an application.  Applications are due Friday, April 28.
  • CoB alum, Bobby Martinez was a guest speaker in my MGT 461/591 course on Monday, Apr 17. He shared his business success story with the class.
  • Kathy Brook and I met with representatives from GEICO, who were on campus for the Career Fair. GEICO also sponsored two tables at the Career Services Etiquette Dinner and the College sponsored a table.
  • We held our spring Business Advisory Council meeting on Thursday and Friday. Members had opportunities to interact with students via speed networking activities and mock interviews.
  • Congratulations to our Hall of Fame inductees, Perry Elders (’83) and Philip (’84) and Sandy (’82) Cook. Along with our Corporate Traders’ Award Recipient, Chevron U.S.A., Inc., they were celebrated at our annual banquet on Friday at the Las Cruces Convention Center.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

The College of Engineering opened the first phase of the College of Engineering Learning Community which includes 13 peer tutors. The center has helped more than 50 students in the past two weeks with homework, preparing for quizzes and getting ready for final exams. The feedback from students using the center has been extremely positive and has made an impact on students’ grades in classes. In the near future, the center will also include industry collaborations, faculty mentoring, peer mentoring and study areas for students.

Engineering New Mexico Resource Network staff members, Chris Campbell and Jalal Rastegary, conducted a three-day pollution prevention and energy efficiency assessment and training with 32 members of the Providence Hospital emergency room staff in El Paso.  In collaboration with the Texas Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the NMSU team trained the staff in ways to adopt best practices to improve processes, including waste minimization, lean process improvements, and energy efficiency strategies within the facility environments.  Providence staff comprised emergency room personnel from four of their El Paso health care facilities.

Carlos Murguia, industrial engineering student was invited to participate in the Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase held in Albuquerque. He spoke about his experience with KoolArmor, the startup company he’s launching. Each of the participants responded to a series of questions followed by a networking session. The twice-per-year event, which first launched in spring 2016, unites innovators and technology transfer professionals from the state’s research universities and national laboratories in a joint effort to attract investor interest in new, cutting-edge innovation. Nearly 160 people participated, including more than 100 business people, investors and corporate technology scouts. About 30 of them came from other states and countries, including China, India and Japan, said Lisa Kuuttila, the University of New Mexico’s chief economic development officer and head of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s tech-transfer office.

Chemical and materials engineering Associate Professor Hongmei Luo has been selected as Luke Barry Shires Professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering. This professorship was endowed by the estate of Luke Barry Shires, the first chemical engineering professor on the NMSU campus. Luo joined the CHME faculty in 2009, and has published 75 peer-reviewed papers since arriving. Her Ph. D. graduates have gone on to postdoctoral positions at Cornell University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles. Ten of the undergraduates performing research under her direction have pursued graduate studies at locations that include Delaware University, Iowa State University, Tulane University, Florida University, University of Texas-Austin and here at NMSU.  Her research has been funded with roughly 20 unique proposal applications at a cumulative of $3 million.

Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan participated in an Energy Workforce Roundtable with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. The roundtable brought together leaders from the city of Las Cruces, private industry, Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces Public Schools and the College of Engineering to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the energy sector in terms of current and future workforce needs. Sullivan provided an overview of STEM, energy efficiency and professional development program offerings that are supporting workforce readiness in the region.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

Dean Wagner was excited to congratulate Dr. Sue Forster-Cox who, this week, was promoted to Full Professor. Forster-Cox teaches Rural Health Issues, US/Mexico Border Health Issues, Foundations of Public Health Education, and oversees the Field Experience for all students. She is the coordinator of the online program, Graduate program, and two Peace Corps programs-Paul C. Coverdell Fellows and Master’s International. Her community-based service/research interests include training community members in basic public health concepts.  Among other accolades, in 2014 Dr. Forster-Cox was appointed by President Obama to serve on the US/Mexico Border Health Commission, US Section.

School of Social Work

Stacy Gherardi, assistant professor, recently organized two dialogues for social work students, faculty, and social workers in the community to explore how we understand our personal and professional values as social workers in the changing social/ political climate. The event hosted guest speaker, Randy Harris, who is the Executive Director of “The Great Conversation,” which “facilitates safe, respectful and informed community dialogue, recognizing diverse perspectives and encouraging collaborative action.”  Mr. Harris facilitates these dialogues throughout the community around a variety of topics.

Department of Public Health

  • Paso Del Norte Health Foundation has accepted a grant application for Dr. Ernesto Moralez, assistant professor. The grant titled Empowering Promotoras to be Tobacco Control Specialists” was approved for $164,236 to help train Community Health Workers/Promotores de Salud (CHW/PdS/) to become tobacco control specialists and implement prevention and cessation activities in their home communities. During the second year of the project, funding will help Dr. Moralez focus on enhancing motivational interviewing skills among CHW/PdS to promote quitting tobacco.
  • Susan Wilson, associate professor, was busy the past few weeks! She recently premiered her video “Reflections on H5N1 Bird Flu in Egypt at the Human-Animal Interface” at the Society for Applied Anthropology film festival, which was part of the 77th Annual meeting in Santa Fe.  In addition, she is preparing to lead the first group of HSS Study Abroad students in Ireland this summer to study “Healers, Spirituality, and Herbs.”

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The University Library held its annual staff recognition awards ceremony on Thursday, April 20, 2017, and also awarded the Elizabeth A. Titus Library Student Employee Scholarship to two of our outstanding student employees.

Elizabeth A. Titus Library Student Employee Scholarship

Guadalupe Rubio and Alexis Fuente

This week the Zuhl Fuel Café located on the 1st floor of Zuhl Library opened for business. Their business hours are 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and are 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. The menu includes a variety of Starbucks coffees and drinks, snacks and Grab and Go food which includes breakfast sandwiches, sandwiches, salads, yogurt and fruit. Come and check it out!

This week on campus interviews for the Library Associate Dean’s position were completed.  The search committee, chaired by Carol Boyse, Library Department Head for Systems and all library staff  had an opportunity to meet with the candidates throughout their interview day.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Meeting with President of San Juan Community College   Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management arranged a campus visit with Dr. Toni Pendergrass, the president of San Juan Community College in Farmington. We had a great conversation about opportunities for San Juan students to transfer to NMSU main campus to complete their four-year degrees, and the ways in which their Honors Program can articulate with the Crimson Scholar program and the Honors College here. We hope to see an uptick in transfers from San Juan in the near future.

Launching a Student Ambassadors Program   For the first time the Honors College will be adding Student Ambassadors to our team. We have successfully recruited six students who will serve as Ambassadors beginning in Fall 2017. On Wednesday, we had a meet and greet event so we all got to know each other, and our Ambassadors represent a wide range of interests, from majors in Art to Engineering, Biology to Business. Our team includes both a non-traditional student returning to college after a long military career to college sophomores, and the diversity that these students represent is a great reflection of the population of students who are part of the broader Honors College. Our graduate assistant Kayla Myers is to be commended for designing such a great framework, and for recruiting our first cohort. There will be a few team building exercises in these last weeks of the academic year, and our next academic year will begin with more comprehensive training for our Ambassadors.

Site Visit for Evaluation of Educational Leadership and Administration Program   Dean Chaiken collaborated with four professionals in the field of Higher Education leadership who represented the team conducting the program review for the College of Education’s Educational Leadership and Administration Program. It was a very busy two days of meetings and learning about the ELA program, including discussions with administrators, faculty, and current and former students in the program. The ELA program has a very positive track record of producing outstanding MA and doctoral graduates in a very timely fashion, and the theme of promoting social justice is woven into all aspects of their academic program. It was a fascinating learning experience for the entire team.

Circle for Excellence is a group of community members who have been the advisory board to the Honors College, and have helped us with development activities. We held our final meeting of the academic year on Friday afternoon. We had great discussions about some new initiatives, and the members of the Circle were able to meet several of the students who were recent recipients of our International Research Scholarships. Our four winners have just finalized plans for their summer travels to Korea, Uruguay, France, and Germany to study a host of issues in field biology, biochemistry, and bioengineering. We look forward to hearing of their successes when they return in August.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

HIPAA Compliance-New Rule 15.50   On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Norma Grijalva, chief information officer and Carlos Lobato, IT compliance officer, received approval for the New Rule 15.50 Management of Health Information-HIPPAA Compliance. The rule designates the IT compliance officer as NMSU’s HIPAA Privacy Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer as the HIPAA Security Officer. Both officers will be working on establishing a HIPAA compliance program for the NMSU system in conjunction with a Steering Committee including representatives from the Campus Health Center, Human Resources, Legal, and Audit and Research. The IT Compliance Officer will complete an analysis and perform an initial privacy and security risk assessment, as well as, creating a HIPAA website. For more information contact the IT Compliance Officer at 575-646-5902 or send an e-mail to hipaa@nmsu.edu.

A new KnowledgeBase platform   ICT has partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in conjunction with several other institutions to launch a new KnowledgeBase (KB) at NMSU. The KB platform is designed to facilitate the creation, displaying, sharing, and management of web-based knowledge documents within institutions of higher learning. The goal is to provide the NMSU community with a wealth of relevant content to assist in a number of technology-related issues. This platform can be accessed via the main ICT website or via the https://kb.nmsu.edu/.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Roswell Outreach and Recruiting   Brandon Fields, admissions advisor, and Bernadette Montoya had the pleasure of accompanying Chancellor Carruthers to Roswell, New Mexico, this week. In Roswell, they attended several functions including an evening event “New Mexico State Trust Lands – Energizing New Mexico.”  While there, Brandon and Bernadette had the opportunity to meet several current NMSU students who are members of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The event was a great opportunity to recruit; there were over 100 invited local high school students in attendance. Since the visit was in Roswell, Dr. Montoya and Brandon had to take advantage of the photo opportunity with two local aliens who frequent the area.

Career Services hosts Annual Etiquette Dinner   Career Services hosted their Annual Etiquette Dinner at the Stan Fulton Center on Thursday, April 20.  Sixty students attended the Etiquette Dinner, which is hosted by Career Services. The event expands student’s knowledge base for proper dinner etiquette.  The College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences; College of Business; College of Engineering; University Library, Chicano Programs, Student Success Center; University Advancement; and GEICO served as this year’s sponsors.

Employee Service and Recognition   Student Affairs and Enrollment Management staff met on Friday, April 21 in the Educational Services Building to celebrate the career and academic milestones of employees within SAEM. In addition, the staff also recognized those employees that have recently announced their retirement.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

InnovateNM   Tuesday, Arrowhead Center in collaboration with, New Mexico Tech, UNM, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Air Force Research Laboratory hosted InnovateNM, a technology showcase event featuring innovations from the major research institutions in New Mexico.  Arrowhead Center sent three student businesses-Zeall, AEGorsuch Designs, and KoolArmor. In addition to the student enterprises, Dr. Nasser Khazeni presented his carbon dioxide capture technology.

InnovateHER Meetup   Arrowhead Center in collaboration with Emerging Technology Ventures, WESST, and Score, hosted John M. Garcia of the U.S. Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office at Beck’s Coffee on Thursday to discuss opportunities with the InnovateHER program, a national innovation competition that focuses on developing products that benefit women and families. Mr. Garcia, shared program goals, gave an overview of the competition and timelines, and answered questions that community members had about the program. Emerging Technology Ventures supports the New Mexico InnovateHER program and partners with local business support groups to get New Mexico women to this national program.

ARCA Rocket   On Wednesday, ARCA Rocket Corporation, employing many NMSU graduates, visited Arrowhead Center and displayed its new Haas 2CA single stage rocket. ARCA will begin running tests of this rocket later this year.

ARCA was originally established in 1999 as a non-profit organization in Romania in the European Union and quickly became known for its innovative developments within private space flight.  ARCA Space Corporation was founded in Las Cruces (July 2014). In 2015, the company selected Spaceport America as the future-site for its space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft testing.

Studio G Networking Hour   Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s discussion focused on Founder’s Dilemmas, discussing the challenges founders experience throughout the startup process. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. The event can be watched on Facebook live at the following link https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Dr. Pat Hynes, the director of the New Mexico Space Grant and NASA EPSCOR, attended the Borderplex 2020 Steering Committee at NMSU on April 19 where she presented a brief summary of the newly formed Commercial Space Task Force. The newly formed Space Flight Life Sciences Institute met on April 12.  Members include NMSU faculty Elba Serrano, Arrowhead Park Executive Director Wayne Savage, Burrell College Faculty Mita Das and Mike Zawada; Virgin Galactic Senior VP Jonathan Firth; Daniel Hicks, Executive Director of Spaceport America; James Vanderploeg, faculty, University of Texas Medical Branch; Mona Elshinawy, Laurie Banitch, Borderplex Alliance; Pat Hynes and Paulo Oemig, New Mexico Space Grant. This group has begun discussion of the formation of this institute for the purpose of investigating space related research in areas that include life sciences, and human exploration related investigations of an interdisciplinary nature. The focus was to work on those topics of interest to the team with the intent of using unique capabilities in our region of taking advantage of capabilities and resources in our region that will support a better understanding of the impact of spaceflight on humans and other forms of life.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Ignite Aggie Discovery Campaign   Our Ignite Aggie Discovery website is now live at https://ignite.nmsu.edu, where you can learn more about this important comprehensive endeavor for the entire NMSU system, including events during our upcoming launch events across campus.

PA Virtual Ball and Mini-Dinners   The President’s Associates Board of Directors, along with many volunteers and supporters, assisted in raising more than $57,000 for the incoming freshman class of President’s Associate Scholars. Four PA mini-dinner fundraisers were held throughout the month of April, and support also came in from generous sponsors’ direct donations in response to an invitation appeal. The board also held the first PA Virtual Ball online auction, which helped raise more than $19,000 toward the $57,000 net proceeds. These funds will support 15 new freshman PA Scholars.

Finish Line Scholarship   The Foundation has received two separate pledges in support of the Aggie Finish Line Degree Completion Scholarship-one for $5,000 over five years from a Las Cruces business, and another for $125,000 over five years from an anonymous individual donor. This donor has also pledged an additional $25,000 to match gifts to this scholarship, which helps students in their last semester who may have exhausted their federal aid or other forms of support to see their degrees through to completion.

Writing Award   Development Officer Cassie McClure was awarded first place at the New Mexico Press Women’s 2017 Communications Contest in the category Specialty Articles – Education for a package of two articles for Panorama, NMSU’s alumni and friends magazine. The entry will now continue on to be judged at the National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Began the search for Paul Weir’s replacement as Head Men’s Basketball Coach on Tuesday, April 11 when we learned of his departure. Athletics conducted a thorough search with a diverse search committee of NMSU faculty staff and the business community. The six-day search concluded on Monday, April 17 with a press conference announcing Chris Jans, associate head coach at Wichita State, as the 26th head men’s basketball coach at New Mexico State University. The press conference can be viewed next

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  • NM State men’s tennis team won their third consecutive WAC regular season title. They are 5-0 in conference play and 16-5 overall.

  • Our inaugural Aggie Open Golf Tournament was held at Picacho Hills Country Club on Thursday, April 20. The tournament sold out with 32 teams participating. The $14,000 in funds raised will go to the Aggie Athletic Club benefiting all NMSU student-athletes.
  • NMSU’s women’s golf won their fourth consecutive WAC Championship at Mission Hills, Kansas on Friday afternoon. The team moves on to compete at the NCAA Regionals, time and location will be announced on Thursday, April 27. Jackie Booth was awarded Coach of the Year by the WAC.
  • Women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh accepted the head coaching position at University of Southern California on Friday, April 21. A national search will begin immediately for his replacement. A search committee of NMSU faculty staff and business community will be put in place to assist in identifying our next head women’s basketball coach.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) helped organize and participated in the Descubre Day Event on 17 April.  40 perspective students from Mexico, along with their families, attended the all-day event, which was modeled after the Aggie Experience day for domestic students.  The event included a welcome from Dr. Menking, a visit to the various colleges, a tour of the housing facilities, a complimentary lunch at Taos, and an iPad Mini 4 raffle.
  • ISSS attended the Maney | Gordon | Zeller presentation on 21 April, which discussed post-graduate immigration options and address election ramifications.
  • Two weeks ago the Confucius Institute at NMSU hosted Matthew Clark, multi-instrumentalist and music producer, who lived in China for 10 years as Chinese rock n roll began to emerge. Matt became the manager for China’s “Godfather of Rock” Cui Jian and continues to play and produce Chinese rock. Matt talked about the evolution of Chinese rock as an expression of youth culture and personal freedom within the current political context.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News and Media Relations coordinated NMSU Creative Media Institute assistant professor Ross Marks’ Skype interview with Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV on April 19 to promote the feature-length film produced with an all-student cast and crew. Forty NMSU students participated in the filming of “The Heart Outright,” which premieres at the Fountain Theatre on Friday, April 28.

KRWG   The Las Cruces Bulldawg Broadcasters will be featured in a May airing of KRWG TV’s NewsMakers. KRWG has fostered a strong working relationship with LCHS the past two years. The discussion centers on a Bulldawg report on education cuts and another concerning the “Colonias.” Senior Daniel Salinas and Media Broadcast teacher Elisa Cundiff were hosted by Simon Thompson.

KRWG staff traveled to Silver City to meet with listeners and viewers. The annual “Coffee Visit” trip allows for interaction with station staff and fosters conversations about issues and opportunities for the region.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

  • Staff attended the Santa Teresa International Livestock crossing to meet with the directors to discuss the upcoming WSHLA Conference and the Woman’s Ag Leadership Conference. In addition, we were able to view the first lot of cattle utilizing high frequency ear tags crossing into the U.S. The UHF ear tag helps to identify and trace cattle crossing from Mexico.
  • VDS staff participated in the Cibola County Ag Day. Over 500 students participated in the event.
  • The Marketing team has been working hard to promote New Mexico food and beverages:
    • They are working with a large restaurant operation to develop new menus to provide more and new NM food and beverage products and to promote buying New Mexico local through the menus
    • Collaborating with a Santa Fe grocer to create an area of the produce department to promote and merchandise NM produce
    • Working with a new distributor to procure and merchandise NM products to travel centers
    • Leading a U.S. Pecans/Vietnam Outbound Trade Mission to Bangkok Thailand and Hanoi Vietnam
    • Attending the Viva Fresh Expo 2017 in Austin, Texas. NMDA is supporting a grower/shipper and connecting with major US grocers and distributors

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

NMBON Reverses Ruling   After an appeal from NMSU Doña Ana, the New Mexico Board of Nursing has changed the status of the nursing program, so the college can enroll students in Fall 2017. A conditional status and freeze on admissions was imposed because for three years the pass rate for first time takers of the NCLEX-RN exams fell below 80 percent. The pass rates in 2014 were 42 percent, 70 percent in 2015 and 77.7 percent in 2016. This is great news for the college, our community partners and for our students seeking entry into the nursing program.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Wednesday, NMSU-A hosted the US Army Field Band and Solders Chorus at the Tays Center, the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.
  • On Friday, NMSU-A hosted the Desert Light Film Festival.  The film festival is for both middle and high school students.  Entrants came from all over the state to participate in this one-day event.  NMSU-A wishes to congratulate the winners and applaud all of the entrants for their artistic endeavors.
  • On Saturday, NMSU-A proudly hosted the Storytellers of New Mexico.  Our storyteller, Sarah Juba Addison, gave a presentation on living history.  She portrayed two characters: Cathy Williams, a Buffalo soldier discharged from Fort Baird and Tempie Williams, an ex-slave.  The Storytellers of New Mexico promote, support, and encourage the art, knowledge, and history of storytelling.
  • All this week, NMSU-A students and faculty participated in an ambitious Service Learning project at Father James B. Hay Catholic Elementary School in Alamogordo for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Week. NMSU-A students were asked to do an activity related to classes they are currently taking at the college and present them to younger minds. The NMSU-A courses that were represented included: Biology 111 & 211, OEGS 181, OEGS 187, Math 107 & 121, ART 276, Astronomy 110, and Geology 111. The Allied Health and STEM clubs also participated.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, April 17, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a meeting of the President’s Communication Council. During the meeting, system-wide initiatives to communicate opportunities at NMSU were discussed.
  • On Tuesday, April 18, NMSU Carlsbad hosted NMSU Facilities personnel as project submittal documents were presented as bids for Phase Two of the fire suppression project which will begin in May. Also, on Tuesday, April 18, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly meeting of the Carlsbad School District to discuss the proposed budget for the campus.
  • On Wednesday, April 19, NMSU Carlsbad representatives presided at the monthly meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Executive Board meeting. Also, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the annual Rotary Scholars dinner where outstanding seniors from Carlsbad High School were recognized.
  • On Thursday, April 20, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Honors Awards Ceremony at which time outstanding students were recognized by faculty.
  • On Friday, April 21, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a “Coffee with the Executive Team” session. The event was well-attended with great conversations related to the state’s funding of higher education. Additionally, on Friday, April 21, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its semi-annual Professional development Day at which time six selected faculty members presented reports on their professional development activities which had been completed.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

NMSU Grants Community Discovery Day   NMSU Grants invited the greater Cibola County community to discover their opportunities at NMSU Grants on Thursday, April 20.  Initiated by the Student Success committee, the event was planned to engage community members of all ages and walks of life to “discover” our courses and programs at NMSU Grants.  Visitors had the opportunity to participate in actual courses in College Algebra, Biology, English, Automotive, Welding, Woodworking, Gaming, and Music.  The Student Success Center hosted mini info sessions on student clubs available on campus. Guests especially enjoy our students’ art work, welded art and jewelry, and our high tech gaming equipment.  The Student Success Center (SSC), Math Lab and Writing Lab exhibited how students can access academic support while being a student at NMSU Grants. [Pictured below is Kori Marmon (picture 2), a SSC work study student, showing a future Aggie student our Focus program and Adonica Seymour, Mike Pino, and Jordan Etsitty, recruiting for our summer dual credit academies afforded by the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution Grant.  The last picture features Robert Estevan (picture 3), welded art and jewelry instructor, showcasing his students’ artwork.]  Free popcorn and candy were offered by the Student Services to welcome guests while they mingled across our campus.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

  • ASNMSU Runoff Elections are finished! Campaigning for the Spring 2017 elections began March 27 at 8 am and ended on April 7 for all candidates.Since no Presidential Candidate received a majority of the votes, ASNMSU held a runoff election during the week of April 8-14. Over 2000 students voted for their Student Body President, Vice President and College Senators in this Spring election! See the ASNMSU office posting or ASNMSU on Facebook for the results! Congratulations to all the newly elected office holders!
  • Beginning July 1, 2017, ASNMSU will end the Paratransit and the U-Pass services will be discontinued due to financial constraints. Both of these services were started to help students with transportation around Las Cruces and the NMSU campus. You can continue to use the city’s version of Paratransit, Dial-a-Ride, for $2 for a one way trip. In order to use the RoadRunner transit (city bus service), a student pass should be purchased through the City of Las Cruces. Go to this link http://www.las-cruces.org/departments/quality-of-life/transitfor more information on Dial-a-Ride and RoadRunner transit bus fares.
  • ASNMSU and Corbett Center piloted the Snooze Saloon this year, to provide our students a place to nap more comfortably. After carefully reviewing the usage and cost, we felt continuing this service would be a poor use of student fee funds. It cost around $28 per student who used it. The last day to utilize the Snooze Saloon will be Friday, April 28 and will not open again in the fall semester.
  • During the week, Pete’s Pick Up continued to serve NMSU students. The on campus pick up and safe ride service runs from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am, Sunday through Thursday. Whether you’ve been studying late at the library, had a late meeting, or if you’re out late on campus, call Pete’s Pick Up for a safe escort to any where on campus. Just call and within minutes a driver will be there to safely pick you up. The number for a safe ride on campus is 575-646-1111.

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