Activity Report April 28 – May 4

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

As I near the end of my career at NMSU, folks are asking me what I will do in retirement.  I think I have it all figured out.  I will continue to host the Domenici Public Policy Conference. The National Policy Center has invited me to join a task force on higher education issues and policy.  Former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and I will team up with Common Cause to campaign for the passage of a NM constitutional amendment, which will establish an Independent Ethics Commission in our state – something I have been an advocate of for years.  The Federal Judges have appointed me to a panel to review applications for and to evaluate the performance of Federal Magistrate judges. The shareholders of Molina Healthcare have reelected me to a three-year term on the Board of Directors.  Molina is a Fortune 200 company and this assignment will take about one month per year.  New golf clubs are in my future and I will join some friends to play the 15 or so New Mexico courses I have never played.  MaryLou Davis has appointed me to the Steering Committee for the Foundation’s $125,000,000 campaign.  In addition, my application is in with Uber and, if approved, I will pick you up in a 1967 Mustang – your choice of coupe, fastback, or convertible (this will cost a little extra).  Kathy has her list plus I will be around to do odd jobs for NMSU as needed.

This is Commencement Week – the equivalent of Christmas in May.  NMSU will graduate nearly 3,000 Aggies (2,977 to be exact).  I have always found Commencement to be a special time for our student graduates, their families and loved ones, and our faculty/staff.  All have a great sense of accomplishment and joy.  I hope to see you at one or all of the Commencement ceremonies.

This is the last edition of the Activities Reports.  I have issued these reports for years and am hopeful you have found them interesting and informative.  I will recommend to the next Chancellor that they continue but obviously up to this person as to how they want to communicate the weekly activities on our great campus.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Monday, April 30, I attended the Teaching Academy Gala. As always, it was a delightful event that recognizes faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond to become better teachers or to support others as they have worked to become better teachers. In my comments at the beginning of the event, I noted that no other university in the country has a teaching academy as effective as ours, nor one that enjoys such strong grassroots support from the faculty. The success of the Teaching Academy is due, in no small part, to the good work of its director, Tara Gray, and her

colleagues: Shawn Werner, Gail “Sandy” Katayanagi, and Jean Conway.

On Thursday, May 3, I attended my final Faculty Senate Meeting. Early in the meeting, the Chancellor and I were recognized for our contributions to NMSU over the course of the past five years – recognition we both appreciated. Then, Chair Chris Brown made quick work of a prodigious amount of legislation. Two of the more important from my perspective were memorials supporting an Allied Faculty Program and the new NMSU Online Program. One of the benefits of being Provost is working closely with the Faculty Senate, a group committed to advancing the academic mission of the university and to shared governance. The more Faculty Senate Meetings I attended, the more I appreciated the judgment of this assemblage and its ability to make decisions based on what is best for NMSU as a whole, rather than on narrow self-interest. I am especially grateful for the leadership of Faculty Senate Chair Chris Brown and Vice Chair Rolfe Sassenfeld, who worked tirelessly to advance the broad mission of the university, while serving as forceful advocates for the importance of shared governance and the central role of the faculty in the life of NMSU.

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

New Mexico 4-H’s annual event, Youth Get-Away, was held in Glorieta, New Mexico, at the Glorieta Campgrounds. The event brought in 370 youth, ages 9 – 13 and 135 adult volunteers and County Agents.  Each youth attended six workshop rotations on topics such as New Mexico’s wildlife, STEAM, community service, and leadership.  Adult volunteers and agents also had the opportunity to attend a workshop about creating opportunities for youth to participate in the maker movement.   Events like this provide the youth of New Mexico opportunities to make new friends and develop important life skills all while having fun!

New Mexico 4-H Healthy Living Summit Teens representing eight counties met and developed action plans to impact healthy living in their communities. Plans revolved around nutrition education, sustainable produce through gardening, promotion of physical activity and drug awareness. Teens engaged in workshops, career exploration, outdoor recreation and service activities. Teams completing action plans will receive $500 in seed money for their projects. This event was made possible through partnerships with National 4-H Council and the Walmart Foundation Healthy Living Grant.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Dean Jim Hoffman met with College of Business alumnus, Bobby Lutz (`73) (`75) on Monday, April 30.  Lutz spoke to Dean Hoffman’s Management 461 New Venture Creation class in the Business Complex.  In addition, Lutz spoke to students in Professor Josh Salmon’s MKTG 181 Level 1, PGA’s PGM Education Program (Part 1).  Bobby Lutz is an investment broker and entrepreneur in Dallas, Texas, and is the owner of several businesses.

Dean Jim Hoffman met with NMSU alumnus, Berry Mullennix Tuesday, May 1.  Mullennix is CEO of Panther Energy Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with expertise in raising capital, private equity, finance and banking.  Mullennix spoke to students in Professor Ken Martin’s Finance 435 Investment Analysis class and to students in the College of Business Student Financial Management Association.

Congratulations to the recipients of our annual Gold Standard Staff Award for Outstanding Service.  Each year we honor one non-exempt staff member, an exempt staff member and one at-large staff member for outstanding service.  This year’s recipients are Cindy Blume, Center for Public Utilities; Adela Castro, Management; and Lucy Soliz, Marketing.  We honored them and all our staff at a luncheon on Friday, May 4.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

NMSU had a great showing at the 2018 University of New Mexico Business Plan Competition. Winners were announced Friday, April 20. Three of the four finalists in the technology track were Studio G members. MagPi Innovations placed first in the technology track and won $25,000. MagPi Innovations founder Alex Gorsuch is an industrial engineering graduate student and his business MagPi Innovations is developing a line of mobile laboratory science devices. Fourth place went to Carlos Murguia, a recent industrial engineering alum, and his business Kool Armor. Kool Armor is bringing a novel cool roof coating to the market the can dramatically reduce HVAC expenses. This was the second year the UNM Business Plan competition was open to NMSU students.


Engineering New Mexico Resource Network Program Specialist Tony McClary, accompanied NM VEX Robotics State finalists to the VEX World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.  As host of the NM VEX State Championship, Engineering NM advanced middle and high school teams to the World Competition, where they participated in oral presentations and competed with their individual robots.



Associate Dean of Research Phillip De Leon recently participated on the executive panel discussion at the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Faculty Development Symposium. The symposium, funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted on the UTEP campus, was for Hispanic, tenure-track faculty from across the U.S. The symposium sought to help mentor and support pre-tenure Hispanic engineering faculty for success in the engineering professoriate.  Sixteen pre-tenured faculty participated in a one-day workshop designed to provide skills and resources needed to obtain tenure and successfully transition to tenured faculty appointments.



Industrial Engineering Associate Professor Delia Valles attended a conference titled “Vertice 18” organized by the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Ensenada, BC Mexico. Valles presented the various projects she is working on the area of advanced manufacturing and agriculture. She also met with the faculty professors of the industrial engineering department to discuss the possibility to work on a dual degree in industrial engineering.

Picture of Catherine Brewer, assistant professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering.


Catherine Brewer, assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering has received a New Mexico NASA EPSCoR Mentoring Award. Mentors create a professional and social relationship with students that encourage them to take the next step in their careers through listening, advising, supporting, providing feedback, increasing students’ networks and solving problems, to name a few roles and characteristics. The NM EPSCoR Mentoring Award is designed to recognize NM EPSCoR participants who not only build relationships with students and support their academic, research, and career endeavors, but also work to create inclusive environments for our diverse students. Also receiving this award are Marty Kirk, Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico; and Juchao Yan, Professor at Eastern New Mexico University.


College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The Elizabeth McKenney Titus NMSU Library Student Employee Scholarship was created to recognize our hardworking student employees and their contributions to the NMSU Library. The scholarship is given annually to a library student employee who has been employed at the library for at least two semesters, is a sophomore level student or higher, is currently employed in good standing at the time of the award, and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This year we awarded four Scholarships. Congratulations to Sayde Mendivil, Bibiana Paez, Alexis Yi and Urijah Pimentel!

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Recognition Ceremony for Honors Graduates – On Thursday afternoon we recognized the students who have completed 18 credits in Honors, including a Senior Capstone activity, and who are graduating with University Honors (GPA 3.5-3.74) and Honors with Distinction (3.75-4.0). This year we had what Chancellor Carruthers would call a “first class problem” in that we had 60% more students graduating with this recognition than during the previous May ceremony, so to accommodate the grads and their families we held the event in the Corbett Center Auditorium. The first row was taken up with our star students, and they were inspired by words of wisdom from Provost Dan Howard who is facing an important rite of passage in his own right. Each students’ accomplishments were recognized and Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar assisted the Provost in awarding the medallions and certificates. These students have excelled during their studies here, and now begin the next chapter of their lives. Some are going on to graduate schools, including Harvard, MIT, and Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine, and others are moving directly into the work force as teachers, managers, and natural resource managers. It was a true pleasure for everyone on Team Honors to join in recognizing the students’ accomplishments.


Graduation of the First Cohort from the New Mexico Leadership Institute – We were pleased to be joined by Robin Smith, from Rosemont Realty in Santa Fe, to recognize the graduations of our first cohort of students (including ASNMSU President Kevin Prieto) who spent their college years as recipients of the New Mexico Leadership Institute scholarships. This program was initiated in 2013 by the head of Gemini Rosemont Realty Dan Burrell, who generously funded these scholarships, and the students who were recruited as the first cohort were given extensive leadership training both before they matriculated to NMSU, and while pursuing their studies here. A celebratory dinner included some of the faculty and staff who worked on this program over the past 5 years, including Dean Emeritus Mike Morehead (College of Business) who helped bring this program to NMSU and to fruition. We are pleased to see these successful students launched into their new careers.

First cohort of graduates from the New Mexico Leadership Institute.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

New Residence Hall Groundbreaking   On April 27, the campus community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new residence hall that will be built to the North of Corbett Center where Monagle Hall formerly stood. Glen Haubold served as host of the event, introducing short congratulatory remarks from campus celebrities such as Chancellor Carruthers, ASNMSU President Kevin Prieto, Residence Hall Association President Lawrence Hittle, and the new Executive Director of Housing and Residential Life, Scott Hendershot. The weather was beautiful and the mood was festive as individuals who have been instrumental in the pre-construction phases of the new hall broke ground on the site, symbolically starting the hall’s official construction. The beautiful new residence hall will be home to about 300 first-year students starting in Fall 2019 and will house two classrooms where faculty will teach lower-division courses.

Justin Krynitz is Awarded the Golden Scooper   The Golden Scooper is awarded to the ICT staff member who, through course of action, best represents those attributes of Shaun “Scooper” Cooper: leadership, fellowship, mentorship, integrity, intelligence, humor, ingenuity and a knack for mischief. Justin Krynitz, an ICT Help Desk staff member, was selected by Andy Haggard, the most recent holder of the Golden Scooper. According to Andy, “Justin has always demonstrated leadership, fellowship, and integrity in all aspects of his profession.” The Golden Scooper is a traveling award that is held for as long as three months before being passed on to the next deserving Scooper recipient.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

The Student Success Center, ASNMSU, WAVE, Corbett Center Student Union, and Social Services, in collaboration with Stress Busters Day, hosted the first Aggie Community Resources Fair, which took place on May 2, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on the 1st floor of the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union.  During the fair, students were able to meet with 20 campus and community fair partners. Students were able to learn about the many services and resources available to them that can ultimately support them on their path to academic success.


The Vice President’s Office have been busy preparing for the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The staff and students are busy steaming banners, preparing equipment, editing shout out videos, creating volunteer instructions, and creating name badges for over 100 staff and faculty volunteers. The Spring Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the NMSU Pan American Center.



Senior week hosted by the Office of Dean of Students composed of Senior Flashback, Aggie Memorial, Last Lecture, and ending with Senior Walk. Over 40 graduates participated in Senior Walk. The graduates walked through Miller Gates and up to the Pan American Center. During their walk up to the Pan American Center, graduates were cheered on by students, staff and faculty. This was a great time for the graduates to reflect on their time at NMSU and share memories.


Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Program (WAVE) wrapped up their Spring 2018 health education events with Stress Busters (Tuesday May 1 & Wednesday May 2) and assistance to WAVE Rx for a Drug Take Back event (Saturday, April 28).  Over 600 students participated in the Stress Busters event. The event featured various de-stress activities including massages provided by the Massage Therapy Training Institute (MTTI), campus dining beverages, swag, free food, coloring, slime, squirt gun painting, TheraPaws, self-care bags, and more.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Strategic Doing Workshop   On Friday, the Arrowhead team wrapped up the Aggie I-Corps and AgSprint 5 week business accelerator program with a Strategic Doing Workshop held at NMSU. Each of the teams spent 3 hours identifying the strength of their team’s members and developing strategic milestones to keep forward momentum of their business. The Strategic Doing Workshop has been integrated into the I-Corps model used for Arrowhead’s accelerator programs as a complementary program that helps teams identify the most effective path forward after completion of the accelerator curriculum.

Innoventure Final Competition   On Friday, 52 student teams from New Mexico middle school and high schools across the state decended on NMSU for the Innoventure Final Competition day. Over 180 students spent the entire school year developing a product and business that helps their community. Each team was challenged to develop a prototype, create business and marketing plans, as well as craft a business pitch that was presented before a panel of judges. This year’s winner for Middle School was KAAN from Anton Chico and High School was Rad Blue from Portales. Winning teams received 3-D pens, wireless headphone beanies, mini drones and scholarships to NMSU.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

WRRI   On Monday of this week, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) issued the April 2018 issue of the New Mexico Water eNews. The monthly online newsletter updated the water community on recent activities including the recent publication of an NM WRRI completion report, Biochar for Desalination Concentrate Management prepared by NMSU Water Science & Management  Program graduate, Kwabena Sarpong, and NMSU faculty Dr. Catherine Brewer and Dr. O. John Idowu.

NM WRRI staff Robert Sabie and Director Sam Fernald attended the annual Rio Grande Annual Meeting in Weslaco, Texas, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Projects) was discussed. Pictured with Dr. Qingwu Xue from Texas A&M Agrilife, Sabie and Fernald visited a crop research plot while in Weslaco.

Space Grant   On Friday, April 27, Drs. Hynes and Oemig convened the quarterly meeting of the Borderplex 2020 Commercial Space Task Force. They received updates from Dona Ana County on the progress of the road to Spaceport America and provided updates on the Las Cruces Space Festival. On Sunday, April 29, Dr. Oemig attended the Blue Origin launch of the 8th New Shepard rocket from Jeff Bezos’ spaceport in Van Horn, Texas. On board is the first commercial “WiFi in Space” technology. Shown here is the first tweet from space on a commercial launch vehicle. Initial funding support for the development of this technology was provided, in part, by New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. The technology has flown twice from Spaceport America. The president of Solstar Space Company, Brian Barnett lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is seen in this picture with his technology.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

1888 Minutes of Giving   In only 1888 minutes, 290 alumni and friends raised more than $36,000 for NMSU student scholarships, causes and organizations. In total, students received 324 gifts – most of which helped support the NMSU General Scholarship Fund and the Aggie Finish Line Scholarship. With the help of 79 ambassadors, students earned 129 gifts totaling almost $10,000. Thank you to everyone who donated and/or spread the word about this new opportunity!


Berry Mullennix talks business and entrepreneurship   A former NMSU student, and now, president and CEO of Panther Energy Company visited students to discuss business and entrepreneurship. As a leader and pioneer in the oil and gas industry, Berry Mullennix created and sold multiple companies – starting as an NMSU student and Business Administration major while working as a roughneck on various drilling projects. His tour on campus included stops at the College of Business as well as the Arrowhead Center.


AT&T backs NMSU young women in computer science   A project operated by the Department of Computer Science for female graduates of Doña Ana County high schools who plan to study computer science received a $14,550 gift from AT&T. The program works to ease the transition from high school to college and empower female students toward computer science careers.


NMSU Communication Disorder Program receives $10,000   The Communications Disorder Program received a gift of $10,000 from the Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapies Center. This is the latest contribution given to the Communications Disorder program from various organizations. Leaders already have plans on how to use the investment improve the program overall.


Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

NM State softball beat Seattle University on the last day of the regular season to claim the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season title for the fourth year in a row. Junior second baseman Kelsey Horton was named WAC Player of the Year. In addition, NM State will be hosting the WAC Softball Tournament in Las Cruces May 9-12.


The 5th Annual Aggie Awards were held at the Corbett Center on Monday, April 30, 2018. Awards were given out for multiple team and individual categories. Over 400 student-athletes attended the year end celebration.

Athletics held a welcome reception for former NM State golfer and three-time PGA Tour winner Rich Beem. Rich dedicated a customized golf cart for the exclusive use of the men’s and women’s Aggie golf programs. He dedicated the golf cart to former Aggie coach Herb Wimberly and his father Larry Beem, Aggie All-American and former head coach. Rich also threw out the first pitch at the baseball game against the UNM Lobos.


The NM State men’s tennis won the WAC Championship for the third time in four years to advance to the NCAA Tournament. During the selection show it was learned that we will play the Stanford Cardinal’s ranked No. 4 in the country on Saturday, May 12 in Palo Alto, CA.


The Stuff the Skew sell-out baseball game was held on Friday, May 4 at Presley Askew Field. An all-time record crowd was on hand from an attendance standpoint as well as a revenue standpoint. The Aggies ended up sweeping the series from Utah Valley 3-0.

On Saturday, May 5 the 12th Annual Lujan Dinner was hosted by Larry and Arlene Lujan at the Grand Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque, NM. Over 120 alums and donors from the Albuquerque area attended the event. The program included head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans, head football coach Doug Martin, head women’s basketball coach Brooke Atkinson and Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. The event raised $40,000 for Aggie Athletics.

International and Border Programs, Interim Associate Provost Rod McSherry

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   The News and Media Relations team was busy on social media this week, with 19 news posts on the NMSU News Facebook page and other social media channels. The top post on the Facebook page was a story about the NMSU Fire Department’s ranking in the top three percent nationally. That post has an audience of 4,383 and 665 clicks, reactions, shares and comments. Congratulations!

KRWG    KRWG received two first-place awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado chapter’s Top of the Rockies contest. Top of the Rockies is a regional, multi-platform contest for reporters and news organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The two award-winning stories are available at and Congratulations to Fred Martino, Director of Content, and Anthony Moreno, News Director!

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Legislative Related Events:

LESC will be on campus on May 16, to listen to the College of Education Teaching Programs

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

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) held its 2018 Annual Conference April 25 – 27. During the annual planning conference, the Distinguished Service Awards were announced.  This year’s recipients were:

  • Deena Catanach, Non-Exempt. NMDA underwent a reorganization in 2017 and the Laboratory Division was created. Deena was recognized for her part in getting the new division up and running.
  • Kim Ethridgehill, Exempt. Kim is part of the Veterinary Diagnostic Service Lab. She works in quality control and was instrumental in the lab obtaining internationally-recognized accreditation status.
  • David Lucero, Community Action Award. Where action meets compassion, lives change. David is the director for the Marketing and Development Division. He works with local 4-H and FFA groups on various projects and opens his home to them for practices and tournaments.

NMDA is very proud of these employees and their hard work and dedication inside and outside the office.


NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

UAV assistance to DACC    Commander Jeff Harvey conducted UAV (drone) flights at the DACC East Mesa Campus on Friday, May 4 to assist the College in obtaining aerial footage for upcoming promotional campaigns.  Several flights were accomplished in order to record video and take still photos of various student organizations and administrative personnel, as well as to showcase the campus.  The energy of all of the participants created a fun atmosphere!

NM Chiefs of Police Association Meeting    Deputy Chief Andy Bowen represented the department at the NM Chiefs of Police Association meeting in Albuquerque.  During a long meeting, the association identified legislative priorities for the State in preparation of the upcoming legislative session.  One of the proposed items is a change in the base funding of the Law Enforcement Protection Fund, which collects a tax on insurance policies sold in New Mexico.  The base rate has not changed in decades, even though the fund collects millions of dollars more than are expended each year.  In the recent past, the Legislature has taken the reserves of the fund and used them to patch up gaps in the state budget, instead of funding improved training and equipment for law enforcement (the stated purpose of the fund).  For small agencies like NMSU Police, a base rate increase would make a huge difference in our ability to cover expenses.

Joint Terrorism Task Force (JHTTF) Meeting   Investigator Gabriela Graham participated in a JTTF meeting in Albuquerque on May 2nd.  The Task Force reviewed all open cases in the State of New Mexico and coordinated investigative responsibilities.  Regular participation in the Task Force by members of the NMSU Police Department has been instrumental in quickly identifying and addressing issues when they arise.

Stop The Bleed Training    Chief Stephen Lopez completed instructor training on May 8th in Santa Fe in order to train other police officers and the general public on the American College of Surgeons’ Stop The Bleed program.  This is the foundation training that has been adopted for police officers throughout New Mexico, and is also available at no cost for anyone who is interested in learning how to help others who have life-threatening bleeding.  Hands-on practice in applying tourniquets and packing large wounds is included as part of the class.  Anyone department or organization that would like to host this 90-minute program can contact the NMSU Police Department at to make arrangements.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott


Drone Tour Successful   More than 200 showed up to help NMSU-Doña Ana produce a marketing video highlighting the East Mesa Campus students, faculty and staff. NMSU Police Chief Stephen Lopez and Commander and Drone Pilot Jeff Harvey did a great job of capturing the excitement and welcoming atmosphere for future students at DACC.




Water Tech Students Help 4th Grade Students   At the City of Las Cruces “Water Day,” NMSU-Doña Ana students helped elementary school students understand the science of water technology by providing microscopes so students and their parents could view impurities in water.




Architecture Students Present Works   Students presented their final projects of the semester at the Architecture Showcase on the East Mesa Campus. Architects from the community and faculty judged the presentations and awarded NMSU-Doña Ana students for their work.




New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

The 4th Annual Engagement Conference   An Evening Together was held April 27. Thirty-one faculty and staff attended this event, which included presentations, dinner, and entertainment. Several faculty and staff presented roundtable discussions concerning information and ideas from various conferences attended during the semester. As a part of the conference, all adjunct faculty were recognized for their semesters served. Pete Eidenbach, NMSU-A’s longest serving adjunct, was honored for 69 semesters of service. The Brass Quintet “Quint-A-Sential” from Alamogordo High School performed an educational round of classical music and show tunes.

Everyone had a great time at the Engagement Conference.

Desert Light Film Festival took place on Friday, April 27m on the NMSU Alamogordo campus and at the Flickinger Center in Alamogordo. The film festival is open to all New Mexico middle school and high school students in public, private and charter schools, as well as students who are home-schooled. It is organized by volunteers who bring education, economic development, and the arts together in a special way. After seven break-out sessions with film professionals from L.A., Santa Fe, Roswell, Creative Media Institute at NMSU, and NMSU Alamogordo, the students had the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker Shawn Darling. Shawn presented “Puppets, Prosthetics, and Props.” He showed students how to realistically integrate puppets, prosthetics & props into films, creating the most realistic fantasy with creatures. As always, the students had a wonderful day and were already thinking about the 2019 Desert Light Film Festival.

High School and Middle School students cheer loudly as a new film begins at Desert Light Film Festival.

The NMSU-A chapter of LULAC invited the community and the NMSU- A campus to a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 3. Dr. Juan Garcia gave a presentation on the origins of Cinco de Mayo. Guests were welcomed with Mexican food and drink. Frank Martinez was on hand to sing a variety of tunes in Spanish. Everyone had a great time and many learned something new.

Frank Martinez serenades guests at LULAC’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

On the evening of May 3, the NMSU-A Art Department had their spring student art show. The show included everything from digital art, chalk drawings, and paintings, to ceramics. Students and community members alike had a great time visiting the gallery and then wandering the halls of the Pro Tech building, taking in all of the student art.

Art student Kimba Nickels poses with her poster during the 2018 Spring Art Show.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Saturday, April 28, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Employee Appreciation Banquet.  The evening’s events was enjoyed by all attendees as service awards were presented, Employees of the Month were recognized, the Roush Award recipient was recognized, promotion and tenure recipients were recognized, and retirees were honored.

On Tuesday, May 1, NMSU Carlsbad representatives conducted a tour of the Walter Gerrells Civic Center in preparation for next week’s commencement ceremonies.  The college contingent finalized the processional procedures, the placement of the podiums on the stage, and the number of reserved seats on the stage and in the audience.  All preparations are on track for the upcoming ceremonies.

On Wednesday, May 2, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a visit by the New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron and the Deputy Secretary Mr. Andrew Jacobson. During the visitors’ time on campus, a campus tour was conducted and meetings were held with the Executive Team, the two NMSU Carlsbad Faculty Senators, NMSU Carlsbad students, business and industry representatives and Eddy County Legislators.

On Friday, May 4, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its monthly meeting of the Steering Committee at which time an update on AQIP initiatives was given and each of the Standing Committee Chairs presented a report on their committee’s accomplishments. Also, on Friday, May 4, NMSU Carlsbad hosted the graduation ceremonies for the 17th cohort of the WIPP leadership Academy.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

The NMSU Grants Title V Office in conjunction with Student Services hosted a Student Forum.  The focus of the gather was to discuss the Math and Writing Centers continued operations at the campus.  The Centers were formed using Title V funding and operations began in February 2015 (Math Center) and July 2016 (Writing Center).  With over thirty students in attendance and the Associated Student Government (ASG) represented, the message was clear that data shows both Centers serve as both “drop in” service areas for students needing assistance as well as formal tutoring areas for faculty and professional tutors to work one-on-one with students and the community.  Going forward, NMSU Grants faculty, staff, and students will explore avenues for sustaining funding for these important academic support operations.

NMSU Faculty Senate – Chair Chris Brown

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-President Kevin Prieto

ASNMSU held its annual, end of the year banquet on April 28. This year it was called “The Big Brunch” and all of the ASNMSU leadership came together to celebrate the many accomplishments and service ASNMSU had the past year.

ASNMSU tabled from Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4, to encourage students to get their scantrons early. One of ASNMSU’s most used services are free scantrons and we hope that students can worry about their exams and not about the scantrons they take them on.

ASNMSU hosted a tailgate for students on May 1, for the NMSU vs. UNM baseball game. We gave away baseball shirts, Whataburger, and students could get a free cone of Caliches.


May 3 was the last Pete’s Party at the patio between Taos and the Aggie Underground. Many students came and enjoyed free food, music and drinks.

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