Activity Report April 29 – May 5

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • ASNMSU President Matt Bose has sent me the completed tuition survey of NMSU students. The questionnaire asked students to select from a range of tuition increase options or they could select no tuition increase.  The survey was completed by 1136 students— 627 (55 percent) opting for some level of tuition increase and 509 (45 percent) selecting no tuition increase. Of the 627 students who supported an increase, 46 percent selected the 7.4 percent increase.  Twenty-five percent of the survey respondents selected the 7.4 percent increase. In addition to selecting options, the students could comment on their vote.  Many supported increases based upon the need to sustain the quality of programs and because NMSU is very affordable, relative to other universities.  Those who did not support an increase mostly cited affordability for themselves.  There were a number of graduate student respondents, some asking for tuition waivers.  Comments from the survey included recommendations to get rid of the Chancellor, Provost, Board of Regents, Governor and the football team, not necessarily in that order.
  • The Provost and I visited with the Interfaith Council regarding the state of NMSU. They specifically requested to be more active on the campus, including a table presence at orientation sessions for new students and move-in day.  In addition, they expressed a desire to participate in functions but were not always aware of said events or how to contact someone to volunteer for invocations or benedictions.  Bruce Vandervender, director of Campus Activities, is the liaison with the Interfaith Council and is willing to be the conduit to refer requests.  His number is 575-646-3200.  Traditionally, NMSU has worked very well through the Council for their services.
  • The Council of University Presidents has filed an amicus brief with the New Mexico Supreme Court, citing the problems created by the Governor’s veto funding for all of higher education. It is an agnostic presentation written by Kevin Washburn, former Dean of the Law School at UNM. Our plea was to solve the issue as soon as possible and asking the Legislature and Governor to work toward a suitable agreement. The amicus brief closely mirrors a letter to the editor by the Regents organization.
  • Legislative Finance Committee staffers were in town, reviewing how NMSU is transforming itself into a more efficient University. They indicated NMSU is ahead of most in becoming a more efficient operation. In addition, they sought my views on how to reduce the number of higher education institutions.  I referenced the real challenge of eliminating any of the seven Universities/Colleges as they are all established in the New Mexico Constitution.  If the “backroom” costs savings are substantial, there may be a reason to set up a couple of systems, as they have done in Texas and other states.
  • We had the first groundbreaking for the Heritage Farm – The Interpretive Trail which runs along the acequia from University Avenue to the Cotton Gin. It was a very nice crowd which included Prakash Sundaram, the hotelier who will build the Courtyard Marriott near Conference Center and representatives of EBID that manages the acequia.  Shacey Sullivan of Farm Credit/Cobank represented their companies – both contributors to the project.  We also honored Mark Salopek and family by announcing the planting of 50 pecan trees along College Avenue in his name.  The drawing of the Interpretive Trail suggests that along with the crops to be planted (and marked with appropriate descriptions), the Heritage Farm will be an outstanding Agrotourism feature in our State.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Saturday, April 29, I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner for the first group of Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Students at NMSU. This is a group of first-year students who have been assured of admission to the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, as long as they maintain a prescribed GPA, and participate fully in the program.  It was a pleasure to spend time with this talented group of students.  My wife, Dr. Jenifer Lichtenfels, joined us and she led a very wide-ranging discussion on various aspects of medicine and medical training.
  • On Monday, I met with OIE Director Lauri Millot, and with Drs. Cynthia Bejarano, Patti Wojahn, and Manal Hamzeh to discuss sexual harassment at NMSU and how to create a safer environment on campus. Messaging is important, as is training, and we will work with the Chancellor, and many others, on both in the coming months.
  • Later in the day, I met with the University Research Council, to discuss research at NMSU and how to improve the research atmosphere and research productivity. It is important to re-establish an in-house grants program, which will happen in the coming months. The focus of the program is likely to be inter-disciplinary research that crosses departmental and college lines.
  • I spent Tuesday at a meeting of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee. During the course of the meeting, we discussed the WICHE Passport and whether our current curriculum model is consistent with the Passport (it is pretty close).  We also re-visited the curriculum model as some members of the committee would like to see a stronger essential skills focus.  In the end, no changes were made, but the concerns of these committee members are certain to inform ongoing discussions.  We also put the finishing touches on learning outcomes for content areas and essential skills. We will soon ask, once again, for input on the curriculum model and the learning outcomes from the faculty of the institutions of higher education in New Mexico.
  • Late Wednesday afternoon, I hosted the Promotion and Tenure Reception for the faculty in the NMSU system who were promoted and/or received tenure this spring. It was a very happy event for all.
  • Later that day, I attended a reception at La Posta for administrators and counselors from Doña Ana County school districts. The event was graciously hosted by Regent Jerean Hutchinson.  I extend my thanks to her for suggesting that we hold the event and for her generosity in hosting the event.  Bernadette Montoya and her staff did a wonderful job of organizing the event.
  • On Thursday, I attended the final Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year. As usual, Faculty Senate Chair Chris Brown did a marvelous job of keeping the senators engaged and the legislation moving forward.  At the end of the meeting, it was noted that Senate had passed a record number of propositions this academic year.

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

Extension Plant Sciences   ‘Ranch Days’ were held on April 25-26 at the McKeen Ranch just north of Glenwood. Since 1998 local ranchers, Hugh B. and Margie McKeen have hosted this agricultural outreach event for regional youth, inviting home-schools and classes from Animas, Silver City, Quemado, and other communities in this three county area. Various presenters demonstrated different skills and discussed ranching, farming, and basic survival on the land. Drs. Carol Sutherland and Leslie Beck, Extension Plant Sciences Department, brought displays and gave brief presentations on insects and weeds to 480 attendees. Dean Rolando Flores and associate dean for the Cooperative Extension Service, Jon Boren attended the event and viewed all of the exhibits.

Family and Consumer Sciences   Invited Speaker, Esther Devall, department head, was the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual 1888 Society spring luncheon on April 28. The 1888 Society recognizes individuals who have included NMSU in their estate plans. She spoke about her 26-year career at NMSU and why she gives to support students and programs.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences   Student research presentation – Cassandra Sutherland and Jesus De La Cruz presented their research on the jujube fruit at the NMSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium on April 28. The students worked under the direction of Dr. Nancy Flores, Extension Food Technology Specialist and current Steinman Chair in Food Science.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The College is happy to celebrate Alejandra Lerma, Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate. Alejandra is completing three Bachelor’s degrees (Biology, Animal Science, Gender and Sexuality Studies) and two minors (Mathematics and Biochemistry).

  • The college celebrated the annual service awards – an opportunity to recognize faculty and staff that have dedicated time and effort in supporting the mission of the college.
  • The college held its annual award ceremony, where the college recognizes outstanding faculty and staff members. In the photo, Dr. Glenn Fetzer, Head of the Languages and Linguistics department, is recognized with the outstanding department head award.

  • The College would like to say “THANK YOU” to the amazing Arts & Sciences Student Ambassadors who are graduating in Spring 2017.

  • The department of Astronomy held an Observatory Open House at the NMSU Campus Observatories – allowing the public to observe the Moon, planet Jupiter, and the beehive star cluster M44.
  • The Jazz Ensemble is releasing a new CD titled “Patience.”

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Congratulations to Collin Payne, Marketing, for his promotion to Professor. He was recognized at the Provost’s Promotion and Tenure reception on May 3.
  • I attended the Daniels Fund Teaching Business Ethics workshop on May 4-5 in Santa Fe.
  • Terry Adler provided this year’s NMSU graduating seniors with “The Last Lecture” on May 2, 2017. Terry was the first speaker in this national program, which is planned on being an annual event at NMSU.  He was chosen by the Traditions Council of the NMSU Student Union.  His talk was on being courageous and getting out of your comfort zone.  The event was a huge success as many attended from around the university at Hardman Jacobs Hall.
  • We hosted Loren Cook (CEO, Cook Legal Group LLP), College of Business alumnus-BA/MA in Accountancy (’86, ‘91), during his visit to the College of Business and speaking engagements with students.

Loren Cook (CEO, Cook Legal Group LLP), COB alumnus-BA/MA in Accountancy (’86, ‘91), speaks to Jim Hoffman’s MGT 461/591 New Venture Creation class on May 1, 2017. (Photo by Anthony Casaus)

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Curriculum & Instruction Early Childhood faculty Drs. Koeun Kim and Michelle Salazar Pérez, and doctoral student Margarita Ruiz Guerrero presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in San Antonio, Texas, on April 29, 2017. They each authored individual papers that were part of a symposium entitled Examining Head Start: The Role of Curriculum, Nutrition, Assessment, and Research Engagements.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Engineering faculty members received more than $300,000 in new awards during the month of April.

  • The Mark Chidester, Manager of the Freeport-McMoRan Water Quality Lab in the Engineering College, Terapore Technologies, “Testing Samples for Terapore Technologies,” $26,000
  • Phillip Deleon, Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories, “Summer Faculty Research in Deep Learning, Mobile Analytics and Signal Processing,” $47,330
  • Phillip Deleon and Steven Sandoval, Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories, “Hilbert Spectrum Analysis of Moving Targets in ISR Data,” $94,251
  • David Rockstraw, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Los Alamos National Security,, “Development of Optical Diagnostics Using 3D Printed Mechanoluminescent Materials,” $39,998
  • Sukumar Brahma and Satish Ranade, Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories, “Development and Testing of Protection Scheme for Renewable-Rich Distribution Systems,” $60,800
  • Abdel-Hameed Badawy, Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U.S. Army High Performance Computing Research Center/Stanford University, “Implementation, Verification, and Testing of the U.S. Army OS Friendly Microprocessor Architecture,” $39,437

Industrial engineering graduate student Carlos Murguia won two awards for his company Kool Kat at the Arrowhead Center Launch Program completion. He tied for First Place at $20,000 and a $500 social media prize.

On April 24, Amberose Eddington, an education major who works at the Aggie Innovation Space hosted a STEM Activity Day at Jornada Elementary School. Some 48 students participated in a crime investigation activity, where they applied critical thinking skills as well as applied forensic science. This was one of many STEM related activities that the Aggie Innovation Space has offered this semester to K-12 students. Eddington said exposing students to STEM at a young age can instill a life-long love of learning and better prepares them for not only school but facing everyday challenges.

Industrial engineering associate professor Delia Valles-Rosales and graduate student Jesus Wong presented their injection molding research at the High-Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico. They discussed mold design, analysis and simulation of the cooling system at the injection process. Injection molding is an important industry in southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.


College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

School of Nursing   Dr. Conni DeBlieck, assistant professor, presented a poster with several other faculty from four different universities at the International Omaha System Conference in Egan, Minnesota recently.  The contributors are developing public health nursing case study utilizing the Omaha System and will begin their second study in fall 2017.  Aggie nurses, on the move!

Department of Public Health Sciences   The Voice Against Cancer (VAC) Student Organization wrapped up the semester with their international project which supported Sri Lanka’s Hospice, Shantha Sevana. Students sent hospice patients contributions, cards, pictures, and videos. Dr. Cindy Kratzke, faculty advisor, noted how proud she is of the participants and their work!

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

New Exhibit at NMSU Library   An exhibit featuring publications from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now up in the lobby of Branson Library throughout the month of May. The exhibit highlights NASA materials from the library’s government documents collection, including books on the history of the agency, space shuttle missions, the planets, and space exploration. It also includes posters, satellite image puzzles, board games, and activity books produced by NASA. Official publications from NASA and many other government agencies can be found in the library’s Government Documents Department. For more information contact Stephanie Carter 646-7481.

New Collections at NMSU Library   The NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections has received some very valuable contribution during the past couple weeks. On Wednesday, April 26, the department received the papers of long-time Mescalero Apache President Wendell Chino. Amounting to about 125 cubic feet of material, the papers document Mr. Chino’s life and work as one of the most influential American Indian leaders of the 20th century. The papers, donated by Chino’s son Mark, a graduate of NMSU, will be made openly available for research after processing by archives staff. Another unique contribution to the archives is a collection of nearly 200 letters written between 1883 and 1887 by Frank Allen, a New Mexico attorney and railroad engineer, to Carrie Hadley, who married in 1888, the year the college was founded, and contain information about people, places and life in New Mexico during these formative territorial years. For more information please contact Dennis Daily 646-4756.

May the Fourth be with You!   NMSU Library celebrated Star Wars Day on May 4 with a display table that had Wookie bookmarks and candy.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Golden Key graduates   Golden Key national honorary society held its final meeting of the year, and presented gold and blue cords to those students who will graduate on May 13. Golden Key is an honorary society open to graduate and undergraduate students who are in the top 10 percent of their class. The chapter is fortunate that one of the students who is receiving her BA in Criminal Justice will continue to participate in Golden Key next academic year as she has been accepted into the MA program in that department.

Honors Ambassadors   The six students who have been accepted as Ambassadors for the Honors College had a meeting and orientation on Thursday evening, and made plans for their training and team building activities for August when the next academic year commences. Our Honors Ambassadors include agricultural business major Shayna Gallacher, biology majors Ellyssia DeLayne Forbes and Jacqueline Kieltyka,  art major Katelyn LaPage, human resource management major Norah Alshadadi, education major Lupita Ochoa, and information technology major Damin Kendrick. We are so pleased to have students with such varied interests serving as the faces of the Honors College.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Aggie Memorial Service   Facilities and Services assisted with the Aggie Memorial Service held at the NMSU Spiritual Center.  The Paint Shop, Custodial, and Grounds shop personnel prepared the area prior to the service.  The Fire Department proudly displayed the Garrison Flag from the aerial unit during the ceremony. This ceremony was led by the Dean of Students and it was a memorial to remember our Aggies who have lost their lives in 2016-2017.

Bill Rutherford 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.  Bill Rutherford, the telecomm analyst who was selected by the most recent holder of the Golden Scooper, perfectly represents these traits.  The Golden Scooper is kept for a maximum of three months and a minimum of one month before being passed on to the next deserving Scooper recipient.

Sodexo Dining Services   In partnership with Emily Creegan, NMSU plant and environmental science Ph.D. student, Sodexo conducted a waste audit this week of its primary kitchen located in the Corbett Center Student Union building. This thorough audit of 250 pounds of overall pre-consumer waste provides Sodexo and NMSU with valuable data regarding waste that is either recyclable, compostable, or must be sent to the landfill. This data has been analyzed and will be vital to a joint compost and recycling project led by NMSU and Sodexo.

Arbor Day   In observance of Arbor Day, Facilities and Services Grounds planted 17 trees on the north of Chamisa Village and the east side of Breland Hall.  The Grounds crew does an exceptional job maintaining the tree inventory across campus.

Special Events   Over 100 participants attended a cookout hosted by the Special Events staff and supported by Sodexo.  They were  recognized for their tireless work efforts in support of the five Garth Brooks shows held in Pan Am in early April. Over 236 students were employed throughout the performances.

Tour of Jett Hall   Members of the Foundation Board received a guided tour of newly remodeled Jett Hall on Thursday, April 27, 2017. One of the upgrades was the stubbed out utilities located in the ceiling. The upgrade reduces the time needed to prepare a laboratory for a new area of focus. The transition time went from one year to approximately one month!


Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Undergraduate Admissions hosts local High School Counselors and Principal   On Wednesday, May 3, NMSU Undergraduate Admissions hosted an event at La Posta de Mesilla for counselors and principals from Las Cruces, Gadsden, and Hatch school districts.  The event was attended by several deans, the Provost, Regent Hutchinson, Housing, and members of the enrollment management team.  Also joining us were two students, one from Santa Teresa and one from LCPS who spoke about their decision, as seniors, to make NMSU their institution of choice!  We highlighted the many great facts about the university, the nearly $10 million in scholarship awards that are being awarded to local students for the next four years, and shared a lovely evening together.  Thank you to Regent Hutchinson and her staff for providing such a festive space for this event.

Educators’ Job Fair   Career Services sponsored the Educators’ Job Fair in which fifty-six (56) school districts from eleven states and the District of Columbia recruited graduating seniors. During the event, many seniors were offered contracts on the spot.  Approximately 129 participated in the event and had the opportunity to interact with personnel from recruiting districts.  District personnel commented on the quality of students and were very pleased with the pool of candidates.

TRIO Student Support Services Program Receives Certifications   The TRIO Student Support Services Program received College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certification for both their tutoring and mentoring program components.  Pictured are both the SSS tutors and tutor coordinator Trese Collins and the SSS mentors with mentor coordinator Bernadine Booky.


Lupe Torres Memorial Endowment Scholarship   The Student Success Center held a ceremony to celebrate the fully funded Lupe Torres Memorial Endowment Scholarship.  The endowment is the first endowment for the Student Success Center and scholarship funds will be distributed to a NMSU student commencing the Fall 2017 semester.  Lupe Torres was an employee of the Student Success Center (Center for Learning Assistance) and was a strong advocate for the success of students at NMSU.

Health and Wellness Interns   Health & Wellness interns Amber Atencio and Yaneri Garcia have completed their 320 hours for their Bachelors of Public Health Field Experience.  Both Amber and Yaneri have been great assets in the successful implementation (outreach and health education to thousands within the NMSU community) of the various programs planned for this spring semester.  THANK YOU for all your hard work, Amber and Yaneri!  We wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors!

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Innoventure Final Competition   On Friday, 45 teams of middle and high school students from across New Mexico attended the Final Competition for Arrowhead’s Innoventure Program that fosters youth entrepreneurship.  Friday’s competition was the culmination of a business competition students have been working on since August. Each team was challenged to develop a prototype of a product that assists someone with a disability. Student teams then developed a business plan, marketing strategy, and presented their product and business model to a panel of judges. The overall competition winners of the middle school teams was The A Team from Anton Chico Middle School. The overall winners of the high school teams was E=MC Awesome from Goddard High School in Roswell, New Mexico. The image below depicts just a small portion of the student showcase in which students presented their prototype and business plan to the public.

University Center Workshop in Farmington, New Mexico   On Wednesday, Arrowhead’s University Center program hosted a workshop in Farmington, New Mexico, focused on Explore New Ways to Create, Deliver, and Capture Value with Business Model Innovation. Estela Hernandez gave the presentation to 15 community members on the campus of San Juan Community College. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for Regional Commercialization (University Center) provides a mix of business assistance services designed to help foster economic development within New Mexico’s regional commercialization ecosystem.

Half-Day Accelerator with Scott Maloney   Over the weekend Arrowhead Center hosted a Half-Day Accelerator program with Arrowhead’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Scott Maloney.  Scott hosted a 4-hour workshop that explored the three main topics that startups struggle with and how to overcome them:  market validation, customer positioning, and launch planning.

NM FAST Podcast   FAST CAST episode 6 “What does a typical SBIR/STTR package look like?” was released on YouTube, iTunes and the NM FAST blog. Check out the following links, to see episode 6 and other videos from NM FAST.



Studio G Networking Hour   Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused Customer Discovery. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. The event can be watched on Facebook live at the following link

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

NM WRRI Activity Report   Sam Fernald, Component Lead, with Pei Xu, Research Collaborator, participated in submission of a proposal entitled: Laboratory for Exploring the Investment Nexus, sub award from Sandia National Laboratories and PI, Vincent C. Tidwell.

Space Grant   New Mexico Space Grant will be participating in the national Space Grant Eclipse Balloon program. Our team will be launching a high altitude balloon (HAB) during the solar eclipse on August 21st from Homestead National Monument Park near Beatrice, in Nebraska. Dr. Paulo Oemig has been constructing the flight experiment with engineering students  Norann Calhoun, Alvin Harvey, Philip Lane, and astronomy doctoral student Sten Hasselquist. They meet weekly to work on the experiment. They are going to track the eclipse, capture video, and upload the video from the field to a NASA website in real time. This will be the first time real time video data has been captured as the eclipse crosses North America. The experiment was designed by physicists, Angela Des Jardins, space grant director at Montana State University.  NMSU students also hope to fly a cryogenic thermal management experiment consisting of optimized wavy channels to be incorporated into a heat exchanger and a heat acquisition system. This experiment is designed at improving the thermal performance of spacecraft propellant systems.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Art Facility Pledge   The College of Arts and Sciences has received two separate pledges, for $5,000 and $15,000, to name spaces in the new facility being planned to house the Department of Art and the Art Gallery.

NMSU Library Exhibit Gallery Pledge   The Library has received a pledge for $100,000 to name the exhibit gallery on the fourth floor of Branson Library. An endowment will be created with this investment to support the Rio Grande Historical Collections in NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department.

Heritage Farm Groundbreaking    The Office of University Advancement hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Heritage Farm Interpretive Trail on May 4. The trail is part of New Mexico State University’s larger plan for the Heritage Farm development west of the campus. Supporters and partners in the project turned out to celebrate, including Farm Credit of New Mexico, New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service, Linwood Nursery and the Salopek family.

Lujan Dinner   The Office of University Advancement and the Aggie Athletics Club hosted their annual Lujan Dinner to raise funds for NMSU student-athletes. An online auction wrapped up on May 5, with the dinner hosted in Albuquerque that evening. The event and auction netted more than $46,000 for athletes in all sports.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • The Athletic Department held an Equipment Room Surplus Sale on Saturday morning. The sale included footwear and apparel items including football and volleyball jerseys. Merchandise items that had been stored for up to 20 years was liquidated in our one day sale. The sale was open to the public and was very well received by the community. Proceeds from the sale went into the athletic departments general fund.
  • NM State hosted the final regular season softball series against Grand Canyon University. The Aggies split a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon to become Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season co-champs with GCU. Haley Nakamura and Misty Hoohuli were recognized during Senior Night.

  • The New Mexico State Aggies baseball and softball teams played in Albuquerque at the same time on Tuesday, May 2. The Aggies defeated the Lobos in both softball and baseball. Softball’s win against I-25 Rival gave head coach Kathy Rodolph her 500th win at the NCAA level.
  • NM State Athletics held a press conference on Wednesday morning to announce Brooke Atkinson as the 11th head coach in Aggies/Roadrunner women’s basketball history.

  • Traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl Summit for Division I Director of Athletics and football coaches. Met with the leadership team of our multi-media rights partner Learfield as well as Dave Brown, Gridiron CEO to discuss football scheduling.
  • Had our 11th Annual Lujan Dinner at The Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday evening. Over $45,000 was raised through ticket and table sales as well as silent and live auction items. All proceeds generated from the event benefit Aggie student-athletes. Former PGA and Stanford alum as well as a New Mexican native, Notah Begay III was the featured guest speaker. A special thanks to Larry and Arlene Lujan for hosting the event.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News and Media Relations coordinated interviews and media coverage of the visit of Dr. Don. W. Cleveland, NMSU alumnus and field-leading researcher in the areas of cancer genetics and neurosciences. News and Media Relations also coordinated live coverage of the Aggie Ignite Discovery kickoff event at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts with KVIA-TV. Also coordinated coverage with Samantha Lewis, KFOX-TV, of Arrowhead Center’s $800,000 award from the AIF Catalyst Fund.

Marketing Services and Web Communications   The Extension/Experiment Publications group recently worked with John Idowu, Sangu Angadi, Murali Darapuneni and Rajan Ghimire from the College of ACES to produce a publication on reduced tillage. Conventional plowing, subsoiling and other tillage practices have had negative effects on the health of soils on farms in arid and semi-arid regions. Reduced or no-tillage farming practices can decrease soil erosion, increase soil organic matter and moisture levels and reduce farm expenditures. More information can be found in Guide A-152: Reducing Tillage in Arid and Semi-arid Cropping Systems: An Overview (

KRWG/SPU   KRWG learned that Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin received two awards from the New Mexico Press Women. A 1st prize for Radio & Television Interviews was garnered for: “Adrienne Danrich brings her many vocal talents to St. Paul’s.” Additionally, a 3rd Prize for Radio & Television Interviews was received for: “Global Vigilance: Music inspired by the US Air Force.”

The interviews may be heard at:

The Special Production Unit concluded their 2016-2017 live broadcast schedule with the production of the Aggie Softball game versus Florida Atlantic. They also bid adieu to three graduating students who had been part of the productions this year.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 32 police reports created, 32 supplements filed, and 29 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 27 items of evidence entered into the vault, 2 people were fingerprinted and 1 background checks was conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 278 police calls for service, (3 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 169 police calls (16 of which were agency assist). There were 21 fire calls (12 of which were mutual aid), 5 emergency medical calls, 2 fire alarms, 1 suspicious package, and 1 smell of smoke.

Aggie Memorial   Staff from the Police Department assisted the Dean of Students and others from around campus in putting together the Aggie Memorial that recognized students, employees, and alumni who died during the past year.

Horowitz Speech   A group promoting free expression of conservative viewpoints on the New Mexico State University campus hosted a talk on May 3rd by controversial speaker and author David Horowitz.  Members of the Police Department were on standby in the event of any problems.

Safety Education Efforts   After witnessing most people driving on University Avenue responding incorrectly to the newly installed pedestrian crossing signal, the department posted on Facebook and Twitter the following message, which has been viewed over 17,200 times:  Do you know what to do if you see this flashing red light? Several High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signals have been installed in the area, but drivers aren’t always sure what to do. When the lights are not on, drivers should proceed normally. If a yellow light is flashing, prepare to stop. If red lights are flashing, drivers should treat the location as if there is a stop sign. Stop and allow pedestrians to go through the crosswalk. Once the crosswalk is clear, drivers at the front may proceed. The next drivers should pull up to the stop line and come to a complete stop, check to make sure the crosswalk is clear, and then may proceed. This process of stopping and making sure the crosswalk is clear should continue until the lights turn off. For those who like to see the law, it is covered by NM Statute 66-7-107.A(1). Drive Safe!

NM Chief’s Association Meeting   Chief Lopez and Deputy Chief Bowen attended the NM Chief’s Association Meeting on May 5 in Albuquerque.  Hot topics discussed included the recently completed legislative session, the ongoing conflict between the Legislature and the Governor, and continuing challenges for funding law enforcement in the State.

Safety Fair   A number of Police Department staff assisted with the Safety Fair held at the NMSU Fire Department on Saturday, May 6.  The department conducted demonstrations using “drunk” goggles, along with other traffic safety and educational programs.  Additional photos from the fair can be found at

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

This week NMSU received the names of those that will serve as peer reviewers on our site visit team for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). On Nov. 13-14, 2017, we will host the following 7-member team on our Las Cruces and Grants campuses:

Dr. Patricia A. Dolly from Oakland University

Dr. Bruce E. Bejcek from Western Michigan University

Dr. Jonathan M. Rosenthal from Illinois State University

Dr. Gail D. Burd from University of Arizona

Dr. Kathryn E. Gage from Oklahoma State University

Dr. Carlos Ferran from Governors State University

Dr. Eri Fujieda from Winona State University

NMSU’s Quality Initiative project to improve student disciplinary writing is a part of our Open Pathways accreditation with the HLC. Over the past several years, we have collected data and piloted a program that focuses on using ‘writing-to-learn’ principles as a tool to enhance student engagement and learning of course material, while also improving their writing skills. In April, the Academic Deans Council approved a plan to continue this program and continue to engage the campus community in ongoing efforts to improve student writing. A comprehensive overview, as well as detailed summary reports on our various studies and data on student writing are available via the “Students Write” tab on the Accreditation website. NMSU will submit a report on the Quality Initiative project to the HLC in August.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Graduation set for NMSU-Dona Ana   More than 750 students and their families are expected to celebrate commencement on Thursday, May 11. Nate Coté a former legislator and educator is the honorary degree recipient and will be celebrated at 5 pm in the Barbara Hubbard room with commencement following at 7 pm at the Pan American Center.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Wednesday, NMSU-A Recruiter/Advisor, Elma Hernandez, Academic Advisor, Rose Peña, and Outreach and Service Learning Coordinator, Julia Morgan, spent the afternoon with Heights Elementary School, 3rd graders for Career and College Awareness Day. The students were given a presentation by Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Peña on career and college exploration with attention to Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing and Engineering. They were also told about hands-on technology and engineering, using the VEX Robots through a demonstration involving Robot Soccer.
  • On Thursday, NMSU-A’s SUN PATH team, together with the SUN PATH Consortium Director and Evaluation team, held an employer council meeting at NMSU-A. In attendance were Dave Wheeler from American Medical Response of Otero County, Yvette Misquez from the Ben Archer Clinic, Maureen Schmittle from the New Mexico Department of Health, and NMSU-A student representatives, Sarah Moore, Wei Gutshall, and Raymond Martinez. The meeting was to address SUN PATH’s impact on the healthcare community of Alamogordo as well as the state of New Mexico. Feedback from employer partners and students was exchanged among the group.
  • On Thursday, members of the NMSU-A Campus Christian Fellowship offered free burritos to students, faculty, and staff in the Glass House and handed out information on how to vote on two proposed amendments to the NMSU-A Student Government Constitution.
  • On Friday, NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle was a featured guest on Café 675, a Burt Broadcasting radio show which airs live from a café in Alamogordo. Dr. Van Winkle reflected on the academic year at NMSU-A, and spoke about our upcoming graduation ceremony, which will feature New Mexico Higher Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron as the commencement speaker. He also spoke about the LULAC State Convention which was held on NMSU-A’s campus this weekend.
  • NMSU-A was honored ho host the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) the 88th Annual LULAC State Convention this past weekend. The convention included informative sessions and keynote speakers including United States Senator Tom Udall, White Sands Missile Range Commanding General and NMSU alumnus, Brigadier General Eric L. Sanchez, and NMSU Director of Chicano Programs, Laura Gutierrez-Spencer. There was also a Women’s Awards Luncheon, an Image Awards Banquet, and a Cinco de Mayo dance held at the Civic Center. The theme of the convention this year was “Fortaleciendo Latinos Atraves de la Educación (Empowering Latinos through Education).”


NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle giving a radio interview with James “Double J” White of KZZX.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, May 1, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly PAC meeting via ITV and phone conference. Provost Howard and other NMSU representatives reported on progress that had been made toward the system-wide goals.
  • On Tuesday, May 2, NMSU Carlsbad hosted Contractor Company representatives for a pre-bid meeting. The attending companies received the specifications for Phase Two of the fire suppression installation project which will complete the two-year project of having sprinkler coverage throughout the main building on campus.
  • On Wednesday, May 3, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Promotion and Tenure Reception which was held at the Stan Fulton Center on the NMSU campus. The event was very well-attended as promotion and/or tenure recipients from across the system were recognized for their achievement.
  • On Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, the NMSU Carlsbad AQIP oversight team continued their proofing of the AQIP systems portfolio. The oversight team is reading the submitted document to ensure that all of the stipulated components are addressed appropriately before Dr. Buckholz begins his editing efforts this summer.  The completed document will be submitted to Shelly Stovall at NMSU in October before being submitted to HLC by November 1, 2017.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Service Awards   Four NMSU Grants employees were recognized for their years of service at the monthly Campus Council Meeting on May 5.  Interim President Harry Sheski and Gerrie Ortiz of the Small Business Development Center were recognized for 10 years of service, Mark Eversole of the IT department was recognized for 15 years of service, and Clemente Sanchez former Director of the Small Business Development Center was recognized for 25 years of service.

New Teacher Reception   On May 5, the NMSU Grants Education Program in collaboration with the Delta Kappa Gamma Psi Chapter organization hosted a reception to recognize students who previously received an Associates in Education from NMSU Grants and continued to earn a Bachelor degree in Education.  The new teachers were given words of advice and encouragement from Interim President, Dr. Harry Sheski, and veteran teachers from the NMSU Grants and Grants Cibola County Schools.  All graduates were given a bag full of teaching supplies donated by Delta Kappa Gamma members to help them get started in their new profession.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose


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