Activity Report April 21 – April 27

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

This fall’s Domenici Conference is shaping up very nicely.  Speaker commitments include former Senator Sam Nunn (good friend of Senator Domenici), former Ambassador Ford (who spoke two year ago on the Middle East and was a hit so invited back), General Wilson (4 Star General standing in for Secretary Heather Wilson and will be discussing defense matters), James Carville and Kristin Andersen (political pundits who spoke two years ago making a return visit to discuss the upcoming 2018 national elections), and our two Governors candidates.  We also have an afternoon panel on immigration featuring leading scholars and advocates of reform.  We are awaiting an answer to our invitation to Governor John Kasich of Ohio, who worked closely with Senator Domenici when he served in the House.

I attended my last Council of University Presidents (CUP) meeting this past week.  We heard from David Abbey (Director of the Legislative Finance Committee) and Secretary Damron (Secretary of Higher Education).  Abbey was somewhat optimistic for better funding for next year, but it is all about oil and gas.  Over 70 percent of the state’s economic improvement is attributed to energy development and production. Abbey indicated we have some work to do repairing our relationship with Legislators and referenced a critical article in the Santa Fe New Mexican regarding Regents.  Damron reviewed the great progress made by higher education stakeholders in general education requirements and articulation/common numbering system.  The CUP will hold a strategic planning committee in July and will elect a new Chair.  President Garnett Stokes (UNM) attended her first meeting.  I am impressed by her quiet confidence.

A headline in the Albuquerque Journal last week—”NM tops nation in falling enrollment in colleges.”  Only South Dakota had a steeper decline in full-time student enrollment over the period referenced.  I know some don’t want to hear it but the enrollment headwinds have been very strong in our great State and to expect all of our colleges to successfully buck those headwinds is folly.  NMSU has done very well under the circumstances.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

I spent most of the week at my last meeting of the Western Academic Leadership Forum. The keynote speaker for the conference was Claude Steele, a prominent social psychologist and administrator who has done seminal work on stereotype threat. Dr. Steele did a marvelous job of summarizing many years of research on stereotype threat and its implications for constructing campus environments that are conducive to the success of all students. Another highpoint of the meeting was a talk by Physics Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, who discussed science education and alternatives to lectures that lead to more learning in the classroom.

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

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

The Department of Physics at New Mexico State University named classroom 229 in Gardiner Hall after a distinguished physics alumnus Gale Harvey. Gale Harvey attended New Mexico State University over 50 years ago, earning a Bachelor’s degree in physics in 1962. He also earned a Master’s degree in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He had a 42-year career with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where he worked on intercontinental ballistic missile reentries, atmospheric research lasers, and the space shuttle thermal protection system. Harvey has had a lifelong connection to the NMSU Physics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and has shown his appreciation by establishing a significant endowed scholarship in 2007 for physics students with financial need.

The College of Arts and Sciences recently hosted their 8th annual Faculty, Staff and Department Awards Dinner.  Each spring we honor outstanding faculty and staff across the college and celebrate the commitment to excellence that each recipient demonstrates.  Along with 25 travel grants the following recipients were recognized:

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in Outreach (Dr. Anne Hubbell)

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in Creative Activity and Scholarship (Ilana Lapid and Dr. Thaddieus Conner)

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching (Dr. Jerry Lodder)

Staff Awards (Barb Burrell; Bea Guzman; Tiffany Santos)

Outstanding Department Head (Julia Barello and Dr. David LoConto)

Arts and Sciences Manasse Scholar (Dr. Rani Alexander)

Arts and Sciences Community Partner (Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, Lorenzo Alba)


Congratulations to Dr. Nancy McMillan from the Department of Geological Sciences. She received 1st Place at the 17TH ANNUAL URC RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FAIR poster session hosted by the University Research Council. Fifty-one posters were presented. Two judges evaluated each poster and the three posters with the highest evaluations were selected. Dr. McMillan’s poster was titled: “Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): An Interdisciplinary Tool for Chemical and Structural Investigation of Natural and Synthetic Materials.”

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

We hosted a Service Awards reception on April 18, in recognition of our faculty and staff who completed milestone service anniversary dates in 2017.  Congratulations to Christopher Erickson, Philip Benson (30 years); Grace Ann Rosile, Harikumar Sanakran, Maria de Boyrie (15 years); Kevin Melendrez (10 years); and Veronica Bicknell, Charlotte Gard, Comfort Ricketts, and Matthew Holt (5 years).

We held our semiannual Business Advisory Council meetings on April 26-27, in Domenici Hall.  It was a great opportunity to update BAC members on our accreditation review and have them participate in mock interviews with our students.

We celebrated the Hall of Fame awards banquet on April 27.  Congratulations again to our inductee, Scott Williams (’75) as well as our Traders’ Award recipients, Garrey (’64 & ’65) & Kathy Carruthers, and Corporate Traders’ Award recipient, the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico.

Photo by Jack Diven: Dean Jim Hoffman with NMSU students and student athletes

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Department of Curriculum and Instruction   Dr. Blanca Araujo has a forthcoming co-authored book Educating Across Borders: The Case of a Dual Language Program on the U.S. Mexico Border, which has been lauded as constituting “a unique contribution to the literature on dual language schools, both for its qualitative rigor and for the border context that it depicts.” Congratulations Dr. Araujo!

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi


Samantha Ceballes, a Ph.D. student at NMSU, has received the 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. She began her doctorate studies in mechanical engineering in January 2018. Ceballes earned a bachelor’s degree in both aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics in December 2017. She was the Highest Honors Graduate for the College of Engineering at the fall commencement ceremony, completing her study with a 4.0 GPA. The fellowship has an annual stipend of $34,000 per year for three years and an additional $12,000 per year for university tuition and fees.


The Department of Civil Engineering and the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the annual New Mexico Transportation Conference April 18-20.  Held in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the American Planning Association-New Mexico Chapter, the New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Council of Engineering Companies New Mexico, and the Associated Contractors of New Mexico, the conference attracted more than 375 professional engineers and others involved in the transportation, construction or other civil engineering industries to learn more about the latest industry trends and technologies.

Arrowhead’s LAUNCH Competition wrapped up this past week with final presentations from each of the five teams participating. Each team spent the past four months exploring market opportunities for technology invented by NMSU faculty, while refining and perfecting their business pitch for the final competition. This year’s winner was Prosthetic Sleeve Liner developed by Neda Sanatkaran, postdoc; Reza Foudazi, assistant professor; and Ryan Zowada, doctoral candidate—all from the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, along with Robyn Marks, undergraduate business communications student. They received $20,000 investment to continue development on their business. Many from campus and the community were in attendance at the reception, including City Councilor Greg Smith and Senate Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen.


Industrial engineering students held their annual Industry Night.  This function attracted more than 100 students and regional professionals.  The event featured speakers from Samson Equipment, New Mexico Ties and Poles, and Texas Pallets and Services.  There were attendees from various regional companies and federal agencies.



College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

On Friday, April 20, the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research hosted the Spring 2018 Student Forum, Innovative Ideas to Address Border Health Disparities in Changing Times, at Domenici Hall. The event featured an inspiring presentation by keynote speaker, Brian Castrucci, Acting CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation Philanthropy in Washington, D.C. and lightning presentations by NMSU students from each college. The forum encouraged attendees to think about approaches to health equity in the US-Mexico border region in new ways. Awards went to presenters for Best Abstract (Quan Do, Department of Computer Science); Best Lighting Talk (the team of Lindsey Davis, Department of Public Health Sciences/School of Social Work, and Abel Chavarria, community member, Mesquite Historic District); Best Exhibit (the team of Alyssa Maestas, Kristin White and Brian Medrano, Department of Kinesiology and Dance); and Best Overall (Kayla Myers, Department of Anthropology). Thank you to all who attended and to all students who presented! Special thanks to the Office of Border Health, New Mexico Department of Health, for its generous sponsorship, and to the many students, faculty and community volunteers who helped make it a great event.

Keynote speaker Brian Castrucci, Acting CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation

Dr. Michele Banner of Crimson Research received a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in the amount of $74,970 under the Health Foundation’s Think.Change initiative.  The project, Fostering Community Partnerships and Education to Reduce Mental Illness Stigma in Otero County, continues work from Year 1 of the grant to connect professional staff in Otero County to various types of mental health training.  The goal is to divert individuals from the justice system and connect them to mental health treatment by educating first responders, health care workers, detention center staff, members of judiciary, and school staff in mental health awareness and crisis de-escalation.  The grant also facilitates implementation of a Crisis Intervention Team model in Otero County.  Reach will be expanded to staff working with veterans and youth in Year 2. For more information about this project, please see the Paso del Norte Health Foundation newsletter at

The NMSU Cancer Outreach Core, led by Dr. Rebecca Palacios and Health Education Specialist Karoline Sondgeroth hosted a free Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening event in collaboration with Memorial Medical Center (MMC).  The purpose of the event was to educate and get as many NMSU faculty and staff up to date on their colorectal cancer screening. In a period of four hours, 135 NMSU faculty and staff received education on CRC and a non-invasive CRC screening kit that is easy to complete at home. MMC and St. Luke’s Healthcare Center will provide analysis of the kits at no cost.

The Department of Public Health Sciences hosted an Alcohol Summit at the Yates Auditorium on April 18. Dr. Satya Rao, students from her undergraduate capstone course, and project coordinator Ruben Marquez organized the event. The goal of the Summit was to have intentional discussions and information sharing on a legal substance that seems to be ubiquitous but often poorly understood in terms of intersectionality to other health and social issues and the impact on people and communities.  Over 175 people attended the Summit along with nursing students who joined from two remote locations. Among the speakers were the New Mexico Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher, the state’s alcohol epidemiologist Dr. Laura Tomedi, panelists from WAVE, NMSU, off campus community organizations, NMSU Police Chief Stephen Lopez, ASNMSU President Kevin Prieto, and NMSU MPH student George Richards from the Office of Border Health at New Mexico Department of Health. Two students, Juan Carlos Padilla and Jonathan Briones were selected by their peers for recognition for their exemplary work during the Summit. This was the second Summit in three years organized to reduce injury and deaths related to alcohol use/abuse. WAVE, the NMSU Athletics Department, and students from SAAC assisted with the event. Funding for the Summit was provided by a NCAA Alcohol Choices grant.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

April 26 was World Intellectual Property Day. The day is celebrated annually by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. In the PTRC we receive materials from WIPO and make them available to our inventors and researchers when they are in the office for research consultations. This year’s World IP Day celebrates the amazing contributions of women inventors. NMSU Library PTRC has served many women in the past year – inventors and entrepreneurs from across New Mexico and West Texas. The women we get to serve are changing the world through one invention at a time. They have many great ideas, from mobile apps to pet dog products to military equipment! Earlier this year, NMSU Library PTRC representative had the opportunity to edit an article for the PTRC Association Journal, in which the author explains the growth in female patent grants and the remarkable contributions they have made throughout the years. She lays out many great resources that can be used in Library Reference.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

URCAS   On Friday we held the annual URCAS event, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium. Over 100 students participated and contributed to this successful event, through presenting papers, discussing posters that summarize their research, designing all of the URCAS publicity materials, or creative arts performances. Students were poised and professional as they discussed their research, and the lunch event was an opportunity for the Fable Jazz Trio to show us their talents. We owe thanks to the team that organized this event, our sponsors, and especially Valerie Torres from the Honors College for her work in organizing this event for more than 20 years.


CAMP Graduation Celebration    Dean Chaiken was pleased to be able to participate in the graduation celebration for the CAMP students who are completing bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Dr. Cynthia Bejarano and her team have an amazing track record of success in securing funding, mentoring, and supporting students who are the children of agricultural migrant workers, and seeing them through to graduation. Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors and grad students on their success.

Kennedy School of Government from Harvard comes to the Honors College    Dr. Neal Rosendorf was instrumental in arranging for Matt Clemons from the Kennedy School at Harvard to come to the Honors College and present a workshop on opportunities at this illustrious center. Matt Clemons of Harvard joined a group of interested students, and he outlined opportunities for students ranging from freshmen to graduating seniors. He stressed that the graduate program at the Kennedy School seeks to train future leaders in policy and administration, and thus they recruit students in a wide variety of fields ranging from education, to leadership, to STEM, and more.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

ICT updates critical operating system    On May 23, ICT completed the three-day migration of its central server operating systems from Solaris to Linux.  The new operating system, in conjunction with the installation of new computing hardware, provide a more reliable, faster, and robust architecture on which systems such as Banner INB, Registration, Week-at-a-Glance, Star Degree Audit, and AiM rely.  Canvas and Office 365 email remained available during the migration.

Campus Beautification   Grounds personnel are completing the Xeriscaping project at the Activity Center.  The turf has been removed and a drip irrigation was installed.  The crew is planting drought resistant, low water plants and spreading gravel. This project conserves water and reduces maintenance costs for that area.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education Program (WAVE) hosted a “Keep State Safe Benefit Fiesta” on Wednesday, April 25 from 5:30- 7:30 pm to help raise funds for NMSU Victim Services. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni were invited to donate to the cause and take a pledge to Keep State Safe. WAVE raised over $100 and had over 60 Aggies take the pledge. Stay tuned for their Stress Busters event on May 1 and 2, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm outside Zuhl Library.


The service numbers for the Office of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services are the following.

  • Students Assisted:
    • In Person – 199
    • On the phone – 137
    • Via email – 181
    • CAASS – 3

Of the incoming 2018/2019 students, 7,475 have been awarded financial aid and 4,349 have been notified of their eligibility.

The Aggie Cupboard staff and 15 volunteers from NMSU and the Las Cruces community distributed 3,000 pounds of fresh perishable food. The first Mobile Food Pantry distributed food to 75 families and individuals on Tuesday, April 24.


SAEM hosted the annual Employee Service Awards and Recognition event on April 27, 2018 at Corbett Center. The event highlighted the academic and career milestones of the staff within the past academic year. Dr. Bernadette Montoya presented a certificate to all the recipients, including herself. There were four recipients for the SAEM Employee Recognition Award; Kathy Medina, Undergraduate Admissions, and from TRIO SSS, Trese Collins, Donna Miller, and Bernadine Booky. Congratulations to all our staff and their many accomplishments.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Innoventure in the Community  This week Innoventure attended the STEAMx Summit in El Paso, and did an Innoventure activity with 90 students from Booker T. Washington Elementary in Las Cruces.  The STEAMx event, sponsored by STTE and Workforce Solutions Borderplex, was a 2-day summit for middle school and high school students in the Borderplex region focused on workforce education, introducing students to STEAM, innovation and entrepreneurship career paths.  Back in Las Cruces, the Innoventure team spent an afternoon at Booker T. Washington Elementary conducting activities that inspire and educate students about career pathways in entrepreneurship as part of the program expansion supported by the Daniels Fund.

Borderplex Startup Weekend   This weekend, Arrowhead Center, the CoWork Oasis, and the Ciudad Juárez Technology HUB hosted the Borderplex Startup Weekend.  To foster collaboration, innovation and business development in the region, aspiring entrepreneurs, designers and technology innovators from Las Cruces, El Paso and Cd. Juarez were challenged to form businesses with interdisciplinary teams in just 54 hours. More than 50 participants from the 3 cities spent the weekend learning what it takes to start a business.  The event, held in El Paso, marks the first tristate, bi-national startup weekend event held in the Borderplex. Photos from the event can be seen here

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, discussing key  points from the book Traction (Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares, 2015). The Studio G Networking Hour provides students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and  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

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Dr. Pat Hynes, Director of New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, attended the 34th Annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressed his support for the commercial space industry. Dr. Hynes met twice with confirmed NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Dr. Hynes also met with George Nield, former associate administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Dan Dumbacher, executive director, American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA); George Sowers, professor, Colorado School of Mines; Moriba Jah, associate professor, University of Texas at Austin; and Melissa Sampson, Advanced Programs, United Launch Alliance (ULA) to discuss the interactions among academia, government and industry related to the development of commercial space and NASA’s priorities.


New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) personnel, Cristina Esquivel, Kristi Hawman, and Paulo Oemig, supported the First Las Cruces Space Festival on Saturday, April 14, in Downtown Las Cruces. NMSGC had a booth with informational materials and a tethered high altitude balloon to engage the public. The Atomic Aggies, a NMSGC supported team from NMSU, also participated in the event with their 14 feet rocket, which will compete in the Spaceport America Cup this June.



NM WRRI participated in the 2018 Children’s Water Festival on April 19, at Young Park. The event is hosted annually by the City of Las Cruces. Over 250 4th graders from the area visited exhibit booths and participated in water related activities. Student assistant Brandon Rue and administrative assistant Peggy Risner presented How is Rain Used?



NM WRRI   Thanks to a New Mexico EPSCoR Interdisciplinary Innovation Working Group award, Dr. Sam Fernald, Director of NM WRRI, hosted an Intermountain West Water Workshop April 23-26 at the University of New Mexico Sevilleta Field Station. Representatives from seven different western states were in attendance including New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, and California. Other representatives from Montana, Arizona, Washington, and Utah called-in for a portion of the workshop to provide their comments regarding the discussion. New Mexico First facilitated the event to ensure efficient and productive discussion about water resilience in the intermountain west through coordinated research and innovation.

The Physical Science Laboratory participated in a number of activities for Las Cruces Space Awareness Week.

  • A display describing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Test Site and UAS flight operations was placed by the Tech Center in the College of Education
  • An extensive display of PSL history with rockets, balloons, and space flight was set up at the Mesilla Valley Mall
  • Two display windows with PSL and rocket memorabilia were set up at the Branigan Library

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney



President’s Associates Ball sets fundraising record    The NMSU Foundation’s President’s Associates Ball hosted every other year raised more than $70,000 in support of the incoming class of President’s Associates Scholars. As the largest fundraising year for this event, NMSU will now be able to expand the roster to include more qualified students in the prestigious scholarship program. More than 350 supporters attended the PA Ball, and many more participated in live, silent and online auctions hosted during and after the event.



STEM TECH Lab gets new name    Jack and MaryLou Davis, both NMSU alumni, received recognition at the unveiling of the “Jack & MaryLou Davis STEM TECH Lab” housed in the College of Education. Their recent investment of $500,000 in the lab, as well as in the Colleges of Education and Engineering, will help NMSU continue its successful STEM outreach to the community as well as create new scholarships for NMSU students.



NMSU Foundation hosts joint board meetings   To make for a well-rounded Board experience, the NMSU Foundation Board, the Alumni Association’s International Board of Directors and the Pioneers Board all gathered together for a joint board meeting the weekend of Founder’s Day and the President’s Associates Ball. More than 25 people traveled from the across the state and the country to cross-pollinate ideas on crucial topics, including alumni and donor engagement toward student academic success.

Aggie Women’s Volleyball receives corporate gift   Delta Dental gifted the Aggie Women’s Volleyball team with $10,000 to support team travel needs.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia



Baseball recorded a milestone win with an 8-7 victory over Arizona State (ASU) at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. This was the first win in program history since 2002 and the first ever win over the Sun Devils in Tempe.



Several members of NM State’s swimming and diving program partnered with iWilGo, a non-profit organization and traveled to Haiti over spring break to help those who are less fortunate. While in Haiti, they helped teach and mentor secondary school students at The Grace Mission.




Held the first inaugural NM State Sports Properties Chalk Talk where head football coach Doug Martin and head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans spoke to Aggie Athletics corporate sponsors and donors. The event was held at Hacienda De Mesilla on Thursday evening.



International and Border Programs, Interim Associate Provost Rod McSherry

For the first time in its 40-year tradition, the  2018  International Festival was held April 14 on the plaza in downtown Las Cruces.  Sponsored by International and Border Programs, this year’s event included 12 country displays by NMSU international student groups with 12 community organizations.  Welcoming remarks were given by Provost Dan Howard and Mayor Ken Miyagishima and entertainment on the plaza stage included international dances, music, Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances.   Given the tremendous interest shown by the community and the pride shown by the international students in showcasing their cultures, IBP is already making plans with the City of Las Cruces to feature the 2019 event again on the downtown plaza.


Confucius Institute hosted the internationally celebrated United Nations Chinese Language Day at the Honors College on the April 20. Thomas Burnham, Tingting Yang and Yan Chen displayed a table of Chinese cultural items, most notably illustrated copies of China’s four great literary classics.

The Study Abroad Ambassador Club, Office of Education Abroad’s student organization, hosted their sixth International Prom.  International students attended and danced the night away.  Samuli Laaksonen, Finnish exchange student, and Carina Schwarz, German exchange student, were crowned Prom King and Queen.  This event was created to give the International Student community at NMSU a chance to experience this uniquely American rite of passage.

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News and Media Relations provided media training for approximately 60 members of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture with Kristie Garcia, PIO for NMDA, as part of a conference at the Farm and Ranch Museum on Friday, April 27. The training provided strategies and tips to protect and strengthen one’s position and credibility through preparation in order to effectively deal and communicate with the media.

KRWG   As part of our “Election 2018” coverage, this week KRWG held a forum that aired on April 26 with the Democratic primary candidates for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Madeleine Hildebrandt and Xochitl Torres Small.  These forums give viewers throughout southwest New Mexico access to candidates that they might not otherwise have.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Prescription Drug Takeback   Deputy Chief Andy Bowen set up outside of Corbett Center Student Union as part of the National Prescription Drug Takeback event.  He accepted 1.8 lbs. of prescription drugs.  This is an annual event that allows people to safely dispose of prescription drugs that they no longer need, keeping them out of the hands of potential abusers, and keeping them out of the waste water system (if they were flushed).

Officer Involved Shooting Task Force   Lt. Brandi Texeira was called out to assist the Las Cruces Police Department as part of the Multi-Agency Officer Involved Shooting Task Force.  Two LCPD officers were attempting to make an arrest on an individual who had fled on a bicycle.  The suspect was shot, and remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition.  The investigation into the shooting is ongoing at this time, with the officer who fired the shots on administrative leave.  The outside review by Lt. Texeira and the other agencies participating (NM State Police and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department) is designed to ensure investigations like this are carried out in a manner that is as professional and unbiased as possible.

Safety Presentations   Chief Lopez gave workshops in various safety areas to the Albuquerque Center faculty and staff, the NM Department of Agriculture employees (as part of their annual conference), and the Alma d’ Arte Charter High School faculty during the week.  In addition, he participated in the Las Cruces Public Schools Safety Task Force Meeting.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Scholarship Donors Honored    Thanks to the work of Lead Development Officer Kristi Martin in conjunction with the NMSU Advancement office, nine new scholarships will be available for NMSU-Doña Ana students next year. The Donors were honored at a dinner at the East Mesa campus recently. A special reception was held before the dinner for the sponsors and recipients of the Jon Wynne scholarship catered by the NMSU-Doña Ana Culinary Arts team.


Lineman Rodeo Held    El Paso Electric hosted the second annual lineman rodeo at the NMSU-Dona Ana Chaparral Center’s Electrical Lineworker Training Facility. Teams of journeymen and apprentices competed against each other and the clock for a trip to the state finals in Seguin, Texas, in June.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

This has been a busy week for NMSU-A Community Education. On Monday, April 23, Captain Brent Smith of the 54th OSS and maintenance operations officer Captain Rachel Stanley from Holloman AFB stopped by the campus for a community forum called “Let’s Talk F-16s and What’s Nex.t”  On Wednesday, April 25, Women in Politics – Meet and Greet was held at the Hitch-n-Post on the Hill.  It was great to have community members come up to the campus and attend both events.

Alamogordo community members attend the “Women In Politics” forum.

Bowen (Bo) Perry, dual credit student at NMSU-A, was selected to be a Student Panelist at the 2018 Domenici Public Policy Conference, to be held September 12 – 13 in Las Cruces. Bo was selected from a state-wide applicant pool that included students from most of New Mexico’s colleges and universities. To be considered for the honor, students must be nominated by their college administrators and faculty.

NMSU-A dual-credit student Bowen “Bo” Perry

On Wednesday, April 25, the staff consortium sponsored a Developmental Day.  After a casual lunch, NMSU-A staff members listened to presentations by Clay Blevins on Renewable Energy, Laurie Anderson of the Otero County Economic Development Council, and Dr. Bryan Preppernau and Cathy Aguilar-Morgan on Engineering.  It was a good opportunity to keep staff up-to-date on happenings around campus.

NMSU-A adjunct instructor Clay Blevins gives a presentation on Renewable Energy at the Staff Consortium Developmental Day event

Congratulations to NMSU-A students Rylee Davis and Trever Perkins for being selected to participate in the SCCORE internship program this summer. This is a statewide program targeted to community college students in all STEM fields.  The annual Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE) program supports pre-transfer community college students to serve as research assistants to university faculty mentors in their related fields at a four-year institution. Thanks goes to Professor Vicente Lombraña as the SCCORE representative for our campus.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, April 23, I participated in the interview processes for Dr. Floros, a candidate for the Chancellor position.  The interview panel included all of the Community College Presidents and all of the Deans from the NMSU campus.

On Tuesday, April 24, NMSU Carlsbad hosted representatives from the NMSU Foundation and from the NMSU Engineering Department.  During the day, visits were arranged for the visitors with representatives from XTO and from the Nuclear Waste Partnership. The NMSU representatives also met with representatives from Concho and Devon Energy in Artesia.

On Wednesday, April 25, NMSU Carlsbad honored its staff through the celebration of Administrative Professionals Day.  The attendees were treated to a lunch and then took part in a program centered around safety initiatives and professional development. Also, on Wednesday, April 25, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its annual Honors Night where outstanding students were recognized.

On Thursday, April 26, NMSU Carlsbad representatives participated in the annual Chamber of Commerce sponsored 40 Under 40 ceremonies.  Three NMSU Carlsbad employees were recognized during the ceremonies, which were very well-attended.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Faculty Senate – Chair Chris Brown

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-President Kevin Prieto

On April 25, the Roadrunners held an event for students at the outdoor stage called Roadie-O. They had a mechanical bull, knocker balls, food, and shaker bottles. This was the Roadrunners way of bringing awareness to the internship program and a fun way for students to release stress.

The 61st Senate met for the last time on Thursday, April 26. Nineteen bills were passed including a law book bill that increases our reimbursement for student travel from 40 percent to 45 percent. A big thanks goes out to all of the senators who served in the 61st Senate and Vice President Morrow’s leadership.

On April 26, President-Elect Emerson Morrow, and Vice President-Elect Linda Ciseneros were sworn in for their term. The 62nd senate convened promptly afterwards.


A banquet was held in honor of the hard work and dedication that this year’s Roadrunner Class contributed to ASNMSU. We had high retention rates with the program and they collectively worked over 4,000 hours for the year. They are well equipped to take on any leadership position in ASNMSU or elsewhere. A big thanks goes out for all of their hard work.

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