Activity Report April 22 – April 28

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • It was an absolutely fabulous week at New Mexico State University. To wit:
    • The Hunt Foundation committed $2.5 million to the Arrowhead Center to advance entrepreneurship and economic development activities in the Borderplex area. The Hunts are very philanthropic—spending millions on a variety of educational (UTEP, Texas Tech Medical School, the Bridge, and now NMSU) as well as quality of life (part ownership of the El Paso Chihuahuas and a professional soccer team in Juarez) investments.  Woody Hunt was one of the Founders of the Borderplex Alliance, which is dedicated to economic development in the Juarez, El Paso, and Las Cruces area.
    • Andrea Tawney and her great team kicked off the active phase (Ignite Discovery) of our $125,000,000 comprehensive campaign with a wonderful display of everything NMSU – great students, faculty, and alumni. A comprehensive campaign goes live when over 50 percent of the goal has been raised during the silent phase.  We beat the street on this one, announcing $72,500,000 cash raised during the first 4 years of the 7 year campaign.  Now we will really kick it into gear!  Thanks to all who have invested.  Our plan is to raise at least $50,000,000 for endowed scholarships.
    • In addition to the exciting event noted above, over 600 students showed up for Chick-fil-A and pizza and to register with Advancement so we can begin soliciting them for investments for future Aggies. Adrian Bautista is doing a marvelous job of energizing our current students and recent graduates.
    • The Founders Day event was top drawer. Someone estimated 2,500 folks were served on a very nice, not windy, day.  This year’s Founders Day theme was the history of research and development of chile peppers starting in the early 1900s with the work of Fabian Garcia (the father of Mexican food according to Paul Bosland when he introduced NM #9, a more standardized pod and heat pepper variety), followed by recognition of Roy Nakayama ( who is best known for the Big Jim pepper, which is the largest and most popular variety), and then our current pepper guy, Paul Bosland who is known for “bringing the heat” in chile peppers (in the range of 1 to 2 million Scoville units, which is really hot).  Garcia was also responsible for bringing pecans and sweet onions to the region.  Nakayama was credited with creating approximately $10,000,000 of New Mexico’s annual income). Fascinating how productive our three principal chile researchers have been.
  • This past week I was very pleased to announce that Andrew Burke, Aggie alum who will receive his doctoral degree next week from NMSU, will be our new Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance beginning in July. Andy had a very long and distinguished career at NMSU Dona Ana, having served there in various capacities for 30 years, including two stints as Interim President.  He will assume the position now held by another distinguished Aggie, Angela Throneberry.
  • At the request of Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton, I played in a benefit golf tournament and later greeted attendees at a dinner to honor Dr. Andrew Wall, who was the leader of our Black Programs for over 20 years. Representative Stapleton is twice an Aggie and now serves as the Majority Leader in the New Mexico House of Representatives.  She was mentored by Dr. Wall and honoring him by raising funds for a scholarship she founded in his name.
  • Anna Price has retired and oh will we miss her. She has been the Controller for NMSU in recent years but in Administration and Finance for 27 years.  Terrific accountant and person.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • I spent Wednesday in Salt Lake City, attending an Executive Committee meeting of the Western Academic Leadership Forum. At the meeting, we discussed the challenges facing higher education and the importance of taking better control of the messaging surrounding higher education.  It is especially important to help the general public understand the value of higher education, the affordability of public higher education, and the importance of the research enterprise on university campuses.
  • On Friday, I spent the morning at the NMSU Foundation Board meeting. During the course of this meeting Justin Bannister gave a presentation on the university’s marketing efforts and the positive results associated with this initiative. We then heard from Dr. Frank Ramos, the holder of the Johnson Geochemistry Chair, on the transformative impact endowed professorships have on the teaching and research mission of NMSU (thank you, Mike and Judy Johnson, for your leadership in establishing the first endowed chair in the College of Arts and Sciences).  The final presentation of the morning was from Elena Davidson, who realized shortly into her first year of college that she had made a mistake by not attending NMSU. Through the extraordinary efforts of Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken, Elena was able to re-establish her scholarships and attend NMSU as a Conroy Scholar.  Elena also provided a delightful description of her interview for a Google internship, which was eventually awarded to her and will take her to Sunnyvale, California this summer.

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

Animal and Range Sciences  Nine graduate students from the Animal and Range Sciences department attended the Plains Nutrition Conference in San Antonio, Texas in April 2017. Posters were presented by Eben Oosthuysen and Rachel Carey in the Graduate Student Research Poster competition. Ms. Carey received second place for her research poster entitled “Innate immune response, diet digestibility, and ruminal fermentation patterns of calves supplemented with crude glycerin via drinking water during endotoxin challenge.”


The Loest Lab at PNC; L to R: Alumna Dr. Kendall Samuelson, Eben Oosthuysen, Rachel Carey, Francesca Lopez, and Dr. Clint Loest


Family and Consumer Sciences   Seven graduate students who are completing dietetic internships presented their research at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Santa Fe.  Pictured are Savannah Burke who investigated the impact of a cooking school on Native American diabetics, and Deanne Lee who determined the need for local corn masa fortification based on folic acid intake and corn masa consumption of Hispanics.  Gaby Phillips and Kathy Vinyard direct the combined master’s degree/dietetic internship program.

Media Productions   The Learning Games Lab is currently inviting two ages of youth, (grades 3-4 and grades 6-8) to join week-long summer “Think Tanks.” Selected Game Lab consultants will play games, use multimedia tools in design sessions, and reflect on their daily experiences through blogging and video journaling. The Learning Games Lab, part of ACES’ Media Productions, is a development studio, a user-testing research space, and an exploratory environment for playing and evaluating games and educational tools. The sessions develop media literacy and 21st century skills such as collaboration, design, and communication. Youth should complete the online application to be considered for participation in a session.

Over the past 30 years, ACES’s Media Productions (also called Agricultural Communications) has earned a strong national reputation within the Land-Grant University system as a premiere producer of educational media for agricultural producers, Extension clientele, 4-H youth, college students studying agriculture, and consumers. Over the years, agricultural researchers and Extension specialists from more than 40 universities, agencies, and nonprofits have partnered with Media Production on projects funded by USDA-NIFA, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies to create digital tools for agriculture and natural resources management, agricultural sciences education, agricultural production technologies, food safety, and family and consumer sciences. Multi-state partnerships leverage the team’s expertise in instructional design, development of digital tools, and user testing of agriculture-focused educational modules; as just one example of this national impact, food safety resources created by ACES’ Media Productions have had 3.1 million uses since 2015. The team curates and distributes its decades of freely accessible resources to support Extension and 4-H outreach and the teaching of agricultural sciences: these including apps, interactive tools, YouTube videos, and web modules focusing on topics such as food safety (Produce Safety MattersDon’t Wash Your Chicken!), cooking and nutrition (Eat&Move-O-MaticNinja Kitchen), food science (Virtual LabsSafe Preparation of Beef Jerky), consumer economics (Night of the Living DebtPowerPay), horticulture (Southwest Plant Selector), soil science (Science of SoilUnderstanding Western Soils), youth agricultural safety (TreadsylvaniaStay Safe Working With Horses), and animal science (4-H Livestock RecordEverything Is Chemical). Media Productions’ mission is to help agricultural researchers enhance communications links with key stakeholders, such as Cooperative Extension staff, the food industry, agricultural policy makers, the diverse public, 4-H youth, and college students in agricultural fields.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The College hosted alumnus Dr. Don Cleveland (UCSD) – who met students and provided an open presentation on his recent research on Alzheimer Disease.

  • The Biomedical Research Seminar series featured Dr. Manuel Amieva, Stanford University, presenting on “How to survive in the harshest environment of the human body”
  • A commentary by Danielle Peltier, undergraduate student in Geology, Anthropology and Chemistry, was featured in a recent Nature article on the impact of the March for Science.
  • UrineTown, a musical by Dr. Wil Kilroy (Theater Arts) opened at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.

  • The Department of Music hosted a concert dedicated to the Music of James Mulholland.

  • The NMSU Department of Arts hosted its annual BFA, MFA and Juried student show.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • College of Business alum, Dino Camuñez was a guest speaker in my MGT 461/591 course on Monday, April 24. He discussed how he started his bank, First Western Trust.
  • On Tuesday, April 25, I met with my fellow Deans to for our monthly lunch meetings. This month lunch was hosted by University Advancement.
  • Congratulations to our College of Business Staff Award for Outstanding Service winners, Angie Salido (Dean’s Office), Veronica Bicknell (Accounting & Information Systems), and Josh Salmon (PGA Golf Management).
  • We send our best wishes to Mark Leisher (BC Lab), who has accepted a new position with the Computer Sciences department and Carol Corley (Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business), who retired. Both had their last working day on Friday, April 28.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Curriculum & Instruction

NMSU Cares About You
The Student National Education Association (SNEA) recently sponsored an NMSU Cares About You day at Central Elementary School in Las Cruces.  SNEA members used money from a grant they received from the National Education Association to purchased pizza, water and gift cards for attendees.  The Las Cruces Rotary club lent its support and several the gift cards were donated by Albertsons.  Members organized clothing and shoes donations, along with free haircuts given by two Las Cruces hairstylists and a barber from Magdelena, NM.  NMSU Cares About You was a great success and SNEA plans to continue this event in the future.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department’s Design, Build, Fly team fared well at this year’s competition held April 20-23 in Tucson. The team, led by adviser and Assistant Professor Andres Gross and team lead Kyle Edgerton, are currently ranked 35 out of 95 (the ranking may still change slightly). The competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (the main professional organization for aerospace engineers) is international, with teams competing from China, Europe, etc. “I am very proud of the team, their dedication and hard work over two semesters and their outstanding performance at the competition,” said Gross. The effort was sponsored among others by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy, Virgin Galactic, Big O Tires and Edgerton’s family.

The VEX Robotics World Championship was held April 19-25, in Louisville, Kentucky. The largest robotics competition in the world, VEX hosted 1,400 of the best teams from 30 nations. Three Las Cruces middle-school teams from Camino Real, Mesa, and White Sands competed in the engineering and technology divisions. Each team did an outstanding job of demonstrating their critical thinking, problem-solving, and team working skills.

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (ChEGSO) has been awarded Student Organization of the Year for 2017 by the Office of Dean of Student Affairs at NMSU. The award recognizes an organization that demonstrates true excellence among peers with the NMSU campus community. It is the first time that ChEGSO has received this award since its inception five years ago. ChEGSO is one of the first graduate student organizations on campus with participation and involvement of graduate students from different cultures. “Since we are relatively a ‘young’ organization, it is a great boost for us to move ahead. It not only recognizes the efforts of the organization in this past year, but it is dedicated to the hard work put in by previous committees and all the student members who have been a part of ChEGSO since its inception. This would not be possible without the support and encouragement of Dr. Rockstraw and Dr. Brewer,” said Kapil Nichani, 2016-2017 ChEGSO president.

The Graduate Council Fellowship selection committee has awarded chemical and materials engineering graduate student Jiuling Yu a Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Assistantship for academic year 2017-2018. This is one of the highest merit awards of the Graduate School. Yu is the fifth consecutive CHME graduate student to receive this award.  In addition, chemical engineering graduate students also received the following 2017-2018 Graduate School awards:

  • Maria Marquez Garcia – Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship
  • Alireza Bandegi – Outstanding Graduate Assistantship award
  • Tom Nakote – Outstanding Graduate Assistantship award
  • Feng Cheng – Merit Based Enhancement award

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean   The HSS Student Ambassadors braved the cold last weekend and participated as volunteers at the 2017 Annual “March for Babies” walk, supporting the March of Dimes organization. The event was held at Young Park, and participants walked 5.5 miles to raise awareness for the organization which improves the health of premature babies through research. The Ambassadors helped with logistics at the event, from managing registration to supporting participants in the walk. The event raised nearly $70,000 and the Ambassadors were happy to provide assistance as needed. Awesome job, students!

School of Nursing   The School of Nursing was proud to announce April Montoya, nursing student and Air Force veteran is one of the first recipients of the RAYVETS Degree Completion Current Use Scholarship. The RAYVETS scholarship is aimed to help student veterans complete their degree if their GI Bill benefits are exhausted.  Congratulations to April!

School of Social Work   Megan Finno-Velasquez, Assistant Professor, was the featured fellow for an interview with the Doris Duke Fellowships recently. The Doris Duke Fellowships, created with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives which will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. In the interview Dr. Finno-Velasquez discussed her research interests of child welfare and immigration policy.


University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

URCAS The Honors College, together with our campus collaborators, held the 22nd annual URCAS event, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium. Students from every college participated in giving poster presentations, reading papers, or creative arts performances. All of the art work and design that went into the advertising and posters for this event were also the work of students taking the graphic design courses in the art department.  We had a record turn out with more 100 students participating.


CAMP End of Year Banquet Dean Chaiken was delighted to participate in the annual banquet celebrating the students in the CAMP program who are graduating this term. We have been happy to provide book scholarships every semester to those CAMP students who qualify as Crimson Scholars, to support their academic progress.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Cyber Security Snow Cone Day Thursday, April 20, ICT’s Student Tech group held a spring snow day to kick off the summer and talk to students about securing personal data and using safe practices online. Free snow cones were handed out along with tips for using the secure AggieAir network, and information about NMSU’s free antivirus Sophos software.  The event which attracted more than 340 students, faculty, and staff was held outside of the Hardman & Jacob’s Undergraduate Learning Center.

NMSU Information Technology Survey released on April 20th ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group released the biennial information technologies survey for students, faculty and staff at all NMSU campuses.  This year, the survey is a collaboration between ICT and the Department of Sociology.  Since 2012, data collected from the survey is used to improve technology services at NMSU. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to take the survey at

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Impromptu Scholarship Certificate Ceremony   Throughout the week, NMSU Admission Advisors hand delivered scholarship certificates to local New Mexico and El Paso schools. ITEC Preparatory Academy was very appreciative of the personal delivery and the headmaster provided us an opportunity to, personally, present the awards to the senior class.
Pictured are each student who was awarded a scholarship from NMSU, headmaster of the school and NMSU Admissions Advisor Claire Montoya. The students were very excited and surprised by the visit.

NMSU Foundation Board Representative   As the Vice Presidential representative to the NMSU Foundation Board, Dr. Bernadette Montoya, had the great pleasure of attending the annual spring Board meeting in addition to all of the events related to the Ignite Aggie Discovery campaign kick-off.  It is always inspiring to hear the stories of Aggie Alum who are generous of their time, talents and treasures and who deeply believe in our great University.  Always a pleasure to be in their company.

New Mexico Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers   Dacia Sedillo, Debbie Giron and Kori Plank attended the New Mexico Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (NMACRAO) in Albuquerque. The main topics discussed were HED updates on the regular session legislative session, Gen Ed reform, and the New Mexico Common Course Renumbering project. Under the statutory requirements for Common Course Renumbering, Registrars staff around the state will be responsible for renumbering of courses, after faculty have determined which courses are equivalent across two or more institutions and which courses are unique to an individual institution. This is a large project and will have a significant impact on various aspects of the student, faculty and staff experience throughout the state of New Mexico.

Collaboration and Strategic Planning with ASNMSU   On Saturday, April 22, Vice President Bernadette Montoya started her day by giving a welcome to over 700 students who gave of their time to The Big Event, hosted by ASNMSU.  What a wonderful show of students who chose to spend their day giving back to the Las Cruces community!

On Monday, April 2, Dr. Montoya met with current ASNMSU President Matthew Bose and President-Elect Kevin Prieto to engage in strategic planning for the year ahead.  Dr. Montoya was delighted to spend the time with these two great student leaders and looks forward to the year ahead.

Aggies Against Violence Week 2017   Aggies Against Violence Week is a campus-wide initiative to help end violence, (whether it be sexual, domestic/interpersonal, physical, emotional, cultural, psychological, or bias related) both on the NMSU campus and in the community as a larger whole. The committee has the mission statement “Aggies Against Violence Week seeks to educate about the different forms of violence; to empower and provide solidarity for those affected by violence and create a safer community.” AAVW was composed of three main events starting April 24, 2017.


On, Monday April 24, 2017, there was a Motivational Speaker at 7:00 pm in the Aggie Lounge. The Motivational Speaker was, Pina De Rosa, who spoke about the effects of being sexually assaulted on a college campus and her personal point of view.

On, Tuesday April 25, 2017, the Conscious Campus Intuitive was held at 7:00 pm in the Corbett Auditorium. Bernadette Montoya, Vice President had the pleasure of providing a few brief remarks at the showing of The Hunting Grounds, an event sponsored the State of New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, the NMSU WAVE Program and Aggies Against violence.  The documentary film focused on sexual assault and violence on college and university campuses across the country and was followed by an excellent panel discussion that included both State, university and community leaders who work each day to support victims/survivors of sexual assault and who work hard to educate others on the importance of bystander intervention and prevention of all violence.  I am pleased with all of the energy that so many of our campus colleagues and students put into the prevention of sexual assault and violence.  This is a critical issue, and we must continue our efforts to do our best to maintain safety throughout our campus community.

On Wednesday April 26, 2017, Take Back the Night was held—staff, students and faculty, gathered outside the Educational Services building. The March continued down through the residence halls (Pinon, Garcia, RGH) through Corbett, up through Chamisa and concluded at the outdoor stage. Starting at 7:00 pm, Ken Nwadike (Free Hugs Project) gave a keynote address for the event. At 7:45 a candle was lit for an all-night Candle Light Vigil lasting until 6:30 am. From 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm DJ Cykloid, kept the spirit up with great music. As the sun rose, the candle was extinguished and a tree was planted to signify NMSU’s ongoing efforts to reduce violence.


New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators   Four members of the NMSU-LC Office of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services; Joseph Molina, Gina Reyes and Josh Taylor – University Financial Aid Advisors, and Business Analyst Sandy Byhower, attended the annual New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NMASFAA) conference in Albuquerque. NMASFAA is a state subset of the national and regional financial aid administrator associations. It was formed as an opportunity for New Mexico financial aid administrators to maximize resources by sharing knowledge and experiences directly related to serving the financial needs of students enrolled in New Mexico’s higher education institutions.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

AIN Workshop   On Tuesday Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly AIN Workshop series. This month featured Arrowhead’s own Dr. Lauren Goldstein who presented Story as Data: Mapping Kairos Moments.  The workshop explored how to organize qualitative data into a narrative story line through a hands-on mapping process. The workshop was very engaging and brought together a wide network of researchers, educators, students and industry experts. For more information on the workshop, please contact Dr. Lauren Goldstein at  AIN hosts this series of speakers monthly during the regular academic school year.

NM FAST Workshop   On Tuesday, NM FAST hosted a workshop at Clovis Community College.  Todd Bisio discussed with faculty, students and community members how SBIR, STTR and the NM FAST program can help fund their innovative projects and business. The event was a great success. NM FAST aims to reach the entire state and assist with information about SBIR and STTR application processes.

LAUNCH Competition   Arrowhead Center’s Launch Competition was finalized this week.  After working the entire academic year with a team of mentors and advisors, Alex Gorsuch of FieldMAK and Carlos Murguia of KoolKat both walked away as winners of the 2017 LAUNCH Competition. KoolKat was also the winner of the Social Media Award.  LAUNCH is a proof of concept, technology accelerator program, aimed at bringing NMSU technologies to market, and culminates in an end of the year competition.  This year marked the 6th LAUNCH Competition.

Half-Day Accelerator   Saturday, Studio G hosted a Half-Day Accelerator workshop with Scott Maloney.  The workshop explored the three main topics that startups struggle with and how to overcome them. Scott Maloney, serves as Innovator in Residence for the Arrowhead Center, is a serial entrepreneur, and CEO & Co-Founder of Bowtie.

Sprint Program Wrap up   This week Arrowhead wrapped up the first portion of the Ag Sprint and Tech Sprint Accelerator Programs. Over the last 4 weeks 15 business teams have explored their customer segment and product market fit for their business, using the NSF I-Corps curriculum.  During this session of the Sprints programs the teams conducted 30 interviews with individuals from their potential customer market.  The Ag Sprint participants will continue for several more months of accelerator support.  These programs were developed with the support of a gift from the New Mexico Gas Company.

HTC Monthly Meeting   Arrowhead Center hosted the monthly meeting of the High Tech Consortium (HTC) on Wednesday. This month’s featured guest speakers were Dr. Delia Valles-Rosales and Jesus Wong who will discuss Mold Design, Analysis and Simulation of the Cooling System at the Injection Process. HTC and Arrowhead partner to bring students and the community together to discuss technology developments and opportunities, and economic developments issues of southern New Mexico.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Ignite Aggie Discovery   The New Mexico State University system launched the public phase of our $125 million comprehensive campaign by announcing a transformative $2.5 million gift from the Hunt Family Foundation to benefit Arrowhead Center. A packed house attended our kickoff event on Friday afternoon. You can read all about it in the news release, relive our kickoff event and find out more about the campaign at our website, We also hosted events to celebrate with our faculty and staff during Founders Day on Wednesday, in partnership with the Employee Council, and with our students on Thursday. A big thanks to all of our Aggie family who attended one or more of these events. Special thanks go out to all of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members and generous donors who produced, participated in and promoted the kickoff program Friday at the Center for the Arts.

Carlsbad Campus Gift   A friend of the university system has established a $25,000 endowed scholarship for students (degree and vocational) at NMSU Carlsbad. This generous gift was matched 1:1 by another generous NMSU Foundation donor, to bring the principal of the endowed scholarship to $50,000.

Google Grant   We can now reveal the California company we mentioned last month that has pledged $25,000 for curriculum development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs is none other than Google! NMSU is one of the institutions during the 2017-2018 academic year working with Google to train the next generation of computer science teachers through the CS4HS 2017-2018 program.

Giving Tuesday Match   The NMSU Foundation received a $6,000 gift for Giving Tuesday 2017 matching scholarships from an alum in Roswell.

Engineering Scholarship   The College of Engineering received a new $25,000 scholarship endowment in Electrical Engineering from an alum in Tucson in memory of his nephew.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Held our 5th Annual Aggie Awards Ceremony at the Atkinson Recital Hall on Monday evening honoring our student-athletes on another year of academic and athletic performances. Individual and team awards were presented for different categories. Moriah Mack was nominated female athlete of the year and Rodney Butler was awarded male athlete of the year. Scholar Athlete of the Year was awarded to Kaylee Neal and Ricardo de Santiago.
  • Had the Aggies Women’s Golf Selection Show at the Players Grill at the NMSU Golf Course on Thursday morning. The Aggies earned the 14th seed in Albuquerque for the NCAA Regionals, May 8-10.
  • Took the Foundation Board members on a tour of the football locker room which is being renovated. Renovation of the locker room is in the final phase.
  • NMSU hosted the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament. The welcome reception was held at the Farm & Ranch Museum. NM State women’s tennis player Rimpledeep Kaur and Christofer Gonclaves, NMSU’s men’s tennis, were both named 2017 WAC Player of the Year. Men’s tennis coach Carlos Vargas was awarded WAC Coach of the Year.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Staff from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) attended the Maney | Gordon | Zeller immigration presentation on Friday, 21 April.  The presentation was an excellent introduction to the employment options open to our graduating international students and showed them how to begin strategizing in order to prepare to move to the next steps in their professional lives.  In addition, ISSS was represented at the Founders Day event on Wednesday, 26 April and contributed the IBP jigsaw puzzle piece to represent how IBP is connected with the NMSU community.

Last week the Confucius Institute at NMSU welcomed their new China-side Director, Professor Chen Yan, from Hebei Normal University. Professor Chen will be shepherding the CI into its tenth year of operation on campus, during which time we’ve seen significant growth in our Chinese language programs on our campus, at UTEP, and in communities throughout New Mexico and El Paso. Professor Chen brings a wealth of experience with her, having served at HNU’s CIs in Bandung, Indonesia and Lima, Peru.

Prof. Chen was able to participate in DACC’s “Cultural Diversity Day” activities on the East Mesa, where the Confucius Institute had an activity and education table to engage students and community in Chinese crafts and calligraphy. CI teachers performed several songs, Xue Jun (who teaches tai chi here at NMSU) performed two styles of martial arts, and former CI teacher Yang Tingting performed a beautiful dance inspired by the Buddhist murals at Dunhuang.”

Cornell Menking completed the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Academic Leadership Academy, and attended WICHE’s annual meeting, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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’ appearance on KVIA-TV and Marks and alumnus Dave Witt’s appearance on KTSM-TV news programs April 25 to promote the feature film “The Heart Outright,” produced with cast and crew of 40 NMSU students. The film premiered at the Fountain Theatre on Friday, April 28, and will run for one week, followed by a limited release in theaters.

Marketing Services and Web Communications   After weeks of planning and developing, the Ignite Aggie Discovery website was launched in support of the NMSU system’s most impactful comprehensive campaign. The website provides information on how contributions positively impact students, faculty and staff, and stakeholders across the state. Visit:


More than 75 Zia Middle School students recently visited the KRWG TV studios. Production staff introduced them to equipment basics and career opportunities in media.

KRWG TV news highlighted the candidates for the Dona Ana Soil and Water Conservation District in a special program. The interviews aired through April and are a part of the station’s continuing reports on water in the region.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Final Post-Legislative Session Update

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

  • NMDA hosted the annual conference for the Western Livestock Health Association in Las Cruces.  Over 150 participants registered for the conference, which was record attendance. Congratulations to Dr. Tim Hanosh, VDS Division Director, who completed his term as president of the association. All participants who have a history of attending the conference said this was the best one ever, bar none! NMDA staff facilitated tours of the livestock border crossing and War Eagles Museum.
  • Staff participated in NMSU Founder’s Day Picnic setting up two booths for the event; the Welcome Table and the NMDA Booth provided information about the department, chile and salsa.
  • NMDA participated in McKeen Ranch Days, an agritourist event, talking to students and teachers about marketing efforts for New Mexico agricultural products (“Local to Global”). Presentation efforts were centered on teaching attendees about the agricultural products produced in the state, how much is exported, and more.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 50 police reports created, 11 supplements filed, and 18 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 22 items of evidence entered into the vault, 3 people were fingerprinted and 11 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 292 police calls for service, (6 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 171 police calls (7 of which were agency assist). There were 20 fire calls (10 of which were mutual aid), 7 emergency medical calls, 1 suspicious package, 1 brush fire and 1 stand by.

Memorial for Canine Ray   The department held a memorial service for Explosive Detection Canine Ray.  Ray passed away recently after surgery to try to remove a tumor.  Ray had been instrumental in providing protection to the university and the surrounding community, and had over 130 deployments.  There was nice attendance from the community, and the department is already working on finding a new dog (since Ray will never be able to be replaced) for Sgt. Ryan Beck.

Grant for Narcan   Chief Lopez and Deputy Chief Bowen met with Kathleen Davis of the Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Department to discuss possibility of obtaining a grant from SAMHSA to help supply Naloxone (Narcan) to the university police officers and security guards in order to comply with recently passed legislation in New Mexico.

Las Cruces Sun News Interview on Behavioral Health Calls   Chief Lopez and Deputy Chief Bowen met with reporter Carlos Lopez of the Sun News to discuss mental health interactions with law enforcement and prevalence of issues in the area.  This will be for an upcoming story that is being done in conjunction with KRWG.

Freedom of Expression Presentation   Chief Lopez attended the Freedom of Expression Presentation on April 26th to discuss hate speech and freedom of expression.  There were 27 people in attendance, and good discussion both among the outstanding panelists and the audience.

Dessert Social for Students   On April 26th, the Police Department held a dessert social to thank all of our Student Co-ops and Student Interns who assist the Department in a variety of different ways throughout the school semester(s).

Field Training Officer Training   Officer’s Joe Cortez and Nelson McGuire attended a three day Field Officer Training in Albuquerque, NM.  This prepares them to serve as Field Training Officers for new officers hired into the department.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Cote is NMSU-Dona Ana Honorary Degree Recipient   NMSU Dona Ana President Renay Scott announced the Honorable Nathan P. Coté as the 2017 Honorary Degree Recipient at the DACC graduation ceremonies. He will receive an associate of arts degree in business office technology during commencement on Thursday, May 11. Coté a former legislator and educator has dedicated his life to public service, education, and advocacy for his community.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Wednesday, NMSU-A Interim Vice President for Student Success Kathy Fuller, Recruiter/Advisor Elma Hernandez, and Marketing Representative Katie Pacelli-Klinger were guests on the Up, Up, and Awake Morning Show on Radio KHII in Alamogordo. The trio spoke with Bob Flotte about topics such as graduation, registration, enrollment, and the classes and programs offered at NMSU-A.
  • On Friday, NMSU-A Allied Health Assistant Professor Jennifer Obbard gave a presentation called Providing Effective Feedback. The session explored ideas and practical elements associated with the ‘how’ of providing effective feedback that makes a difference and is essential to student success.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, April 24, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its monthly Town Hall meeting.  All employees were invited to attend the meeting at which time a series of reports were heard and in-depth conversation was conducted related to the state budget issues and the recently announced legal action taken by the Legislature against the Governor.
  • On Tuesday, April 25, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly Community Engagement Council meeting. Additionally, on Tuesday, April 25, NMSU Carlsbad representative conducted a conference call with our HLC Academy mentor to discuss the College’s progress on its persistence and completion initiatives.
  • On Wednesday, April 26, NMSU Carlsbad celebrated Administrative Professionals Day. All non-exempt staff were invited to attend a luncheon which was followed by a team-building program which was well-received. Additionally, on Wednesday, April 26, the NMSU Carlsbad Science and Engineering Department conducted its Science Day initiative on campus and the students displayed some great samples of their completed projects.
  • On Thursday, April 27, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Career Expo in the college gymnasium. Multiple employers attended the event which attracted a large number of students and other interested individuals.
  • On Friday, April 28, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the monthly meetings of the Stakeholder and Community Relations and Steering Committees. Reports were received from all Standing Committee Chairpersons and an update on the status of the college’s AQIP systems portfolio completion was presented. Additionally, the Steering Committee discussed plans for the annual summer retreat. Additionally, on Friday, April 28, NMSU Carlsbad hosted the graduation ceremonies for the WIPP Leadership Academy class.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Student Appreciation   The NMSU Grants Faculty showed their appreciation for their students on April 26 by hosting an ice cream social.  The student appreciation event is well attended by students and gives students and faculty an opportunity to get to know each other better.  Pictured below is David Bishop, President of the Faculty Association and Associate Professor of Mathematics, serving ice cream to NMSU Grants student Jennifer Yazzie.  According to Mr. Bishop, the faculty served 121 students which of course happens to be 112.

Tse Yi Gai High School Visit   About 45 sophomores and juniors visited NMSU Grants on April 26.  The students were organized into three groups and rotated between advising/registration for Dual Credit, taking the Focus 2 in the Student Success Center, and touring the campus.  The visit concluded with a session on college prep, adjustments, and Q&A in the Theater.

Haiku and the NMSU Grants Writing Center   The NMSU-Grants Writing Center hosted its first Haiku writing contest during April, National Poetry Month. We were pleased to receive eight entries for the three line, no rhyme art form.  The winners were awarded gift certificates from JJ’s Snack Shack. First place ($20) went to Noah Sedillo for “Sapphire Skies.” Michael Allender received second place ($15) for “Death.”  Noah Sedillo also won third place ($10) and honorable mention for “Light of the Moon” and “Cold Light,” respectively.  The Writing Center has hosted several events this semester including “Love Stories” in February, “Limericks” in March, “Haiku” in April, and “Food for Finals” on May 1 and May 3.  Pictured below is Michael Allender.

NMSU Grants Game Night   About 70 participants of all ages joined the Creative Media students in a night of fierce competition on Friday, April 21. The competition started at 6:00 pm and continued until after 10:00pm. NMSU Grants students in the Game Design classes started Game Nights two years ago.  The CMT students handle all of the setup, management of the tournament, and teardown. Computer Science and Creative Media faculty, Zac Smith, works with the students to manage the competition and CS/CMT Program Manager, Karen Henry keeps the food and drinks going throughout the competition. Three game nights are held each semester to bring area K-12 students onto the NMSU Grants campus and provide some fun for our campus students and community.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

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