- My thanks to all of the Deans, Department Heads, and other colleagues who attended the VP of Advancement sponsored seminar on fundraising. It does lift the spirits to see so many interested in learning the tricks of the trade. I do enjoy fundraising mainly because NMSU is an easy investment opportunity to sell. Keep up the good work all. We have turned the corner on our $125 million campaign, and now it is time to bring it home.
- The Council of University Presidents agreed to send a letter to the Governor and all legislators requesting restoration of the funding line item vetoed by the Governor. The letter also was used as an op ed piece in the Albuquerque Journal. I have had minor push back from legislators who think, as most do, that we have too many institutions but no one has come up with a plausible way to eliminate any so the conversation continues with little or no action.
- Apparently, the strategy when losing a coach to another school is to move quickly to replace that coach with another quality person. NMSU announced Chris Jans, now an Associate Coach (number 2 guy) at Wichita State, would become our 26th head coach. As a Head Coach, Jans has a record of 179 wins and 56 loses. He has won a National Title at one of the 2-year schools. He has worked at Wichita State for some years and was there when it became a top ten program, winning 35 games in a row.
- Seven legislators attended our debriefing of the most recent legislative session. Most of the chat was about the veto of all of higher education. This group seemed sympathetic to our plight and apparently ready to restore as much of the funding as possible.
- Thanks to the Employee Council for sponsoring another forum – this one was on the legislative session, budget, and the strategic plan. Over 250 folks were in the house or on line for the presentations. I indicated to this group that I would provide talking points that had been requested by another group so some could make their points to their representatives.
- I hope you had a pleasant and blessed Easter Holiday.
- The week began with fundraising training for deans and department heads. I provided a welcome, noting that our alumni are increasingly interested in supporting programs rather than bricks and mortar. Deans and department heads play a critical role in fundraising, helping donors peek under the hood of the university and providing them with insight into the various programs and initiatives in departments and colleges that are worthy of their support.
- The week ended with a meeting of Team 6. The team listened to presentations from Deans Don Pope-Davis and Enrico Pontelli. Dean Pope-Davis and Dr. Azadeh Osanloo provided insights into the process by which the College of Education is consolidating its academic departments from five departments into three schools. Dean Pontelli noted that it would be difficult to re-organize the College of Arts and Sciences into a smaller number of departments. Although some departments are small, they operate well—the faculty are productive and the degree programs are high quality. Consolidations may lead to conflicts that would undermine good working environments. Moreover, the physical layout of the college, many departments are housed in individual buildings, represents a challenge to consolidation. After the presentation from the deans, the team discussed data needs and the importance of keeping the purpose of team six in sight—to identify administrative changes that will provide budgetary relief while maintaining or improving our academic mission. Faculty Senate Chair Chris Brown will send a message to the faculty later this week detailing what Team 6 is, and is not, doing.
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
BULLETIN REPORT Four of Las Cruces’ top chefs will combine their skills to create a delectable evening of celebration. Chefs John Hartley, NMSU-ACES Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management, Tom Drake, Arturo Tovar, and Felipe Alvarez will cook up a feast for the Oscars for Champions Gala to benefit Jardin de los Niños in April at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Jardin de los Niños is a five-star early childhood educational program certified by the FOCUS Program of New Mexico. According to its website, Jardin provides early childhood education, therapeutic intervention and comprehensive services to homeless and near-homeless children, from the ages of 6 weeks to 10 years and their families. It is one of two programs in the state providing these services to this unique population, and one of five original programs of its kind in the nation. The black-tie, red-carpet event will honor and celebrate individuals in the community who have done an outstanding job of serving the community’s children.
Family and Consumer Sciences
- Students in CAST 301V (Introduction to Child Advocacy Studies) participated in several events during April to raise awareness about child abuse. Under the direction of adjunct faculty member Connie Campos, students staffed tables outside of Corbett Center where they distributed information about child abuse and invited students to decorate infant t-shirts and onesies with messages about preventing child abuse. Other students in the CAST 301V class collected toiletries, toys, books, and clothing for children in foster care or who are utilizing the services of La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter or Jardin de los Ninos childcare for homeless families.
- Dr. Raquel Garzon, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, was selected to teach a 2-week course at La Salle University in Bogota, Colombia in June. The course will focus on global food security and will be available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty from all over the world are invited to teach at the summer academy on topics of interest to the students.
- The camps conducted over the last summer by the Borderland Writing Project were recognized in the Educator Innovator for their accomplishments
- Once again, the NMSU Model UN team, led by Dr. Rosendorf, secured a large number of awards in New York City, including the Distinguished Delegation award and the Outstanding Position Paper award.
- The college hosted a presentation by Professor Jeff Longwell as part of its Global Connections series – featuring images and stories about Costa Rica.
- NMSU Air Force and Army ROTC programs held their 115th annual Pass-in-Review ceremony.
Stem Outreach Center
Dona Ana Salsa Night On April 5, over 150 students, parents and family members enjoyed salsa dancing lessons, making and tasting salsa & tostadas, taking family portraits, and making various cultural crafts!
Garfield Literacy Night Garfield Elementary School hosted a family literacy night on April 4. Families all had the opportunity to participate in many different hands on literacy activities.
Hatch Tech Night Hatch middle school had a family tech night. Families had the opportunity to use VR goggles. Children and their parents were able to draw in the air using 3D pens, code, play, create with ozobots, and explore building robots with cubelets.
Please visit our website if you are interested in what we do! https://stem.nmsu.edu/.
Office of the Dean The College bid farewell to Alicia Ortega, an HSS custodian who has served NMSU for 27 years! Alicia has been a wonderful team member of the College, and was honored for her loyalty and contributions with a surprise farewell celebration last week by faculty and staff. We are excited for Alicia and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.
School of Nursing The Dean and Associate Dean recently hosted two candidates for the director of the School of Nursing position. Both candidatesmet with faculty, staff, and students during their respective three-day visit to the NMSU campus. We are excited to have recruited such great candidates.
Department of Public Health In honor of National Public Health Week, the NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences recognized Mesilla Valley Community of Hope by awarding the Community Organization Public Health Hero award. In addition, Jamie Michael, director of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department, received the Community Leader Public Health Hero award. The Community Organization Public Health Hero award is given to an organization in Dona Ana County that has contributed to our community by providing excellent services and integrating the value of health into the community. The Community Leader Public Health Hero award is given to an individual in Dona Ana County who has provided distinguished service to our community and made significant contributions as a leader in the development of a healthier community. NMSU students in the PHLS 375 Foundations of Health Education class helped to review and select the recipients of the awards.
- National Library Week was celebrated from April 9 thru April 15, 2017. All are encouraged to celebrate National Library Week by reaching out and thanking our caring library staff who work with all our students, faculty, staff and community and contribute to their being academically successful!
- On April 11, 2017, which was National Library Workers Day, the Office of the Dean honored the entire library staff and thanked them for all that they do with cupcakes personally delivered to them. Each cupcake had message of “NMSU Library Thanks You.”
- In celebration of National Poetry Month, the students of Connie Voisine’s creative writing class researched materials on New Mexico poets that are housed in NMSU Library’s Archives collections with the assistance of the library’s archives staff.
- Professor Susan Beck, Access Services department head has been invited to do a presentation at the 16th Annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference entitled “Finding a Win-Win in Services Delivery Through Examining ILL Cancellations.” The conference will be held August 10-11, 2017, at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Advising for fall and summer classes The College has been busy with students coming by for advice about classes for summer and fall that will satisfy either Gen Ed or Viewing the Wider World requirements that are offered by the Honors College. These classes are taught by some of the most outstanding faculty on campus and are popular options for satisfying course requirements.
URCAS Preparations Final organizing for the upcoming Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium is in full swing. The program design is being finalized, as well as the production of the t-shirts given to each student participant, the posters and advertising, and other materials. We will have a record number of participants and we encourage the campus community to plan to join us on the morning of April 28 in Corbett Center to see all of the student presentations and posters.
Collaboration with El Paso and Socorro School District High Schools Dacia Sedillo and Bernadette Montoya visited with faculty, students and staff from El Paso and Socorro School District High Schools on Wednesday. The purpose for the visit was to develop solid partnerships with these particular schools for student recruitment purposes. At Silva Magnet School, Mr. Rojas, principal and several of his counselors provided an exciting tour. This school is a health careers magnet school, and the students were very impressive! Tours of the biology, chemistry, nursing, forensics and math classes were interesting, and we even got to watch students as they dissected a sheep brain. At Eastlake High school, the tour was led by George Thomas (an NMSU alum!), the director of Career & Technical Education for the District. The tour began with a fantastic culinary experience which included a delicious three-course meal prepared by their culinary arts students, and then went on to include the engineering technology, computer science, agriculture, horticulture and fine arts classrooms and labs. The partners that helped to arrange this visit included Isaac Martinez, the educational talent search coordinator at the UTEP Campus, and Angelica Haro, the director of Strategic Planning and Educational Technologies Information and Instructional Technology Services for Region 19. There are some very exciting opportunities ahead for NMSU to welcome these students as Aggies in the year ahead and in the future. A most impressive group of talented individuals!
Student Employees Represent NMSU at Regional Conference Orientation student staff members, Charlie Trujillo and Valeria Arriaga, both won awards at the 2017 Regional Orientation Conference. Charlie won the conference Social Media award, while Valeria won the Outstanding Student Leader award for the entire region. The Regional Student Leadership Award is designed to give special recognition to students for their creativity, energy, enthusiasm and outstanding abilities, all of which are the backbone of a successful and dynamic orientation program. Valeria definitely meets the description and we’re proud to call her an Aggie!
Undergraduate Student Staff Recruit Future Aggies The Aggie Welcome and Orientation staff are well known for the engaging work they perform when welcoming new students to campus. In addition, our undergraduate orientation leaders (O-Leaders) are committed to ensuring that local youth know that college is an option for all. Isabel Darancou and Rylee DeGroat visited Camino Real Middle school, on April 13 to talk to 8th graders about the experiences that college can provide.
Student Success Center Collaboration on Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program Dr. Tony Marin, director of Student Affairs, Dr. Enedina Vazquez, associate dean in College of Education, and Dr. Henrietta Pichon, professor in College of Education, submitted the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program proposal to the US Department of Education. The $1.2 million grant proposal will serve 25 NMSU Undergraduate Students in pursuit of graduate education up to the doctorate level. The Program’s target population is low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. The Program is named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair who was an accomplished scientist and astronaut that perished on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.
Financial Wellness Fair hosted by Career Services Over 200 students participated in the Financial Wellness Fair sponsored by Wells Fargo and hosted by Career Services. Eighteen vendors provided information to students on building their knowledge base of financial wellness and success. American Document Services provided free shredding to students, staff and faculty.
Elizabeth Ortega to Retire after 40 years at NMSU Elizabeth Ortega has been an institution at Career Services for 40 years serving initially as a student employee and then a staff employee. Liz has assisted thousands of students in her career with internships, cooperative education opportunities, permanent employment, and quite frankly kindness; as she is the friendliest person one could ever meet. Liz has served in many capacities within Career Services, as well as the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Liz has served as the advisor for the NMSU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for 16 years and for 10 years served as a member of the University Discipline Committee (UDC). Serving in the UDC, Liz ensured that the hearings were fair and balanced, reminding other committee members that the Committee’s responsibility was not solely disciplinary, but also an educational and learning process for all involved. Elizabeth’s impact is also recognized by Employers, Faculty and Staff who have always complemented her friendliness and professional spirit. Elizabeth is going to be missed not only by Career Services, but the entire NMSU campus community. Please join the Career Services staff in wishing Elizabeth nothing but the best in her retirement.
Entrepreneur Encounters On Monday, Arrowhead hosted its monthly Entrepreneur Encounters speaker series. This month’s featured speaker was Arianna Parsons, co-owner of Beck’s Coffee and Executive Director of the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership. Arianna gave a fantastic presentation on ten things she has learned as an entrepreneur, imparting firsthand knowledge gained through her varied experiences in owning, starting, and running a business, as well as answering questions from NMSU students interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career pathway. Arianna was our last speaker for the 2016-2017 school year. Entrepreneur Encounters has been supported and sponsored by Seidel Technologies. To watch Arianna’s talk visit https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/.
Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness Speaker Arrowhead Center hosted Patrick Schaefer, executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, an economic development think tank at UTEP. Mr. Schaefer gave a talk on utilizing research and market assessment tools constructed at the Hunt Institute in drafting development strategies for the Paso del Norte Region, highlighting commerce and trade convergence that has happened in the past and can happen in the future at the intersection of the El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces metropolitan areas. Following his presentation, Mr. Schaefer answered questions from community members, local officials, and NMSU students. Mr. Schaefer’s talk can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/.
Studio G Networking Hour On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused a section of the Disciplined Entrepreneur series, how to design and build your product. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. The event can be watched on Facebook live at the following link https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/.
OGC Report The Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) provided Principal Investigator Training on Thursday, April 6. A total of 52 training participants were provided an overview of institutional processes relevant to proposal preparation and submission, as well as award negotiation/acceptance of externally-sponsored Grants and Contracts. The participants then met with OGC Contract Administrators, Associate Director, and Director for a brief reception and staff meet-and-greet.
(Photo 1: Mickey Duttle, Jeff Amato, Rita Parra, and Naveen Puppala; Photo 2: Richard Hummell and a group of training participants; Photo 3: Russell Hardy, Pat True, and Barbara Gonzales)
The Director and other staff members of the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) attended an Office of Engineering Research (OER) Information Session led by College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research, Phillip De Leon. In the spirit of inter-office collaboration, Dr. De Leon discussed enhancements to the externally-sponsored proposal submission process within the College and between OGC and OER with several Engineering faculty members. The enhancements highlight greater efficiencies with regard to proposal submission timelines.
WRRI Report The NM WRRI recently released its online newsfeed, the March 2017 edition of the New Mexico Water eNews. The eNews highlighted several ongoing water-related research projects including a project underway at NMSU in which Dr. Reza Foudazi, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, is developing innovative water purification technologies. The news article was written by Linda Fresques of the College of Engineering and the research is supported by NM WRRI through a cooperative agreement between NMSU and Bureau of Reclamation.
Stocker Foundation Grant The Stocker Foundation of Ohio accepted our proposal for $25,000 on behalf of the Primary Grade Bi-Literacy Program. Led by Dr. Anita Hernandez in the College of Education, the literacy program will provide free books written in English and Spanish to Dona Ana County elementary school children, who will take the books home to keep and read with their families during the 2017-18 school year.
Memorial Scholarship The family and friends of Vincent Salazar have created a $25,000 memorial endowed scholarship in his honor in electrical engineering.
STEM Grant A company in California has pledged $25,000 for curriculum development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
Campaign Kickoff The team is making final preparations for the public launch of our comprehensive campaign. RSVPs are still being accepted for our exciting kickoff event from 4 to 6 p.m. next Friday, April 28, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, featuring a performance by country music star Bri Bagwell. To RSVP, please call Nohemi Perez at 575-646-1106.
News and Media Relations News and Media Relations are coordinating with the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo regarding the “Back to the Moon” film project.
News and Media Relations coordinated NMSU Creative Media Institute assistant professor Ross Marks’ appearance on KDBC/KFOX news programs April 12 to promote the feature-length film produced with an all-student cast and crew. Forty NMSU students participated in the filming of “The Heart Outright,” which premieres at the Fountain Theatre on Friday, April 28.
Marketing Services and Web Communications In 2015, alfalfa was the 4 most valuable agricultural commodity produced in New Mexico, with a value of around $185 million. Each year, alfalfa weevil causes significant economic losses. According to Cooperative Extension Service experts, 2017 will likely be the worst year for alfalfa weevil in over 20 years. The Extension/Experiment Station Publications unit recently worked with Dr. Jane Pierce, Extension entomologist, to produce two promoted Facebook posts to raise public awareness of this issue (http://nmsu.life/alfalfaweevilfb). The posts contain photos of alfalfa weevil, information on control options, and a link to an Extension publication on alfalfa weevil. The posts have been shared 74 times.
Marketing and Communications recently worked with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the College of ACES to create signage for a series of display racks. Each county Cooperative Extension Service office has received a display rack filled with recruitment materials from NMSU. Each rack is topped with a sign encouraging students to apply to NMSU. The goal is to recruit new Aggies from every county in New Mexico.
On Monday evening Senators Udall and Heinrich held a joint town hall meeting in the Las Cruces Convention Center. KRWG FM arranged to not only air the dialog locally, but feed it to the other three New Mexico NPR stations. Over 95 percent of New Mexicans were able to listen in.
- I attended a NASDA meeting with the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt and Ray Starling, special assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance at the White House. Members conversed with Administrator Pruitt on one of the association’s key priorities for the year— cooperative federalism. NASDA highlighted the need for a more robust partnership and role for the states in federal policymaking and full funding for federal mandates for which states act as co-regulators. Members also thanked the administrator for recent actions on Chlorpyrifos and the Waters of the United States. NASDA members also highlighted the importance of programs under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Members stressed the importance of volunteer, incentive-based nutrient management programs and the need for robust consultation and sufficient resources to assist in the maintenance and health of agriculture’s most important resource. Finally, NASDA members, Administrator Pruitt and Mr. Starling discussed how the new administration and NASDA can work to continue advancing American agriculture.
- As part of a USLGE project, staff hosted three Mexican producers at the Red Hot Bull Sale in Belen, New Mexico. One producer was from Chihuahua and two were from Sonora. The Chihuahua producer purchased three bulls and the Sonorans purchased three bulls.
- Staff are currently traveling to Thailand and Vietnam as part of a U.S. pecan outbound mission. The purpose of the trip is to meet with potential brokers and conduct baking seminars and cooking demonstrations using U.S. pecans.
Emergency Dispatch Center There were 263 telephone calls (including four 911 calls) handled by the Dispatch Center staff. Including self-initiated activities, there were 268 calls for service for the Police Department (including 10 agency assist calls and 55 traffic stops) during the past week, and 29 for the Fire Department (including 9 mutual aide and 9 medical calls). There were also 9 calls handled by the Police Department for wild animals, including a roaming rooster and a stray turtle causing problems on the Horseshoe.
Police Officers Officers filed 36 initial reports and 18 supplemental reports during the week. They also issued 14 traffic citations and entered 10 items into evidence. The Records Office processed all of these, as well as 4 background checks being conducted by other agencies.
National Public Safety Tele communicator Week Last week was the national celebration of all that the emergency services dispatchers do for our communities. The NMSU Emergency Services Dispatchers handle all police, fire, and emergency medical calls for the NMSU Las Cruces and DACC campuses, including all 911 calls. In addition, they handle emergency message notifications for the Carlsbad and Grants campuses, and are backups for the Alamogordo campus. They also monitor and dispatch all fire alarms and security alarms, and dispatch calls for animal control on an almost daily basis. Compared to their peers across the region, they have a wider variety of job duties they perform, but thankfully at a slightly slower pace compared to the larger centers. However, hiring over the past year has shown that dispatchers from similar sized and smaller dispatch centers have a difficult time adjusting to the faster pace at NMSU. Fortunately, all positions in the Emergency Dispatch Center are filled, and all of our staff do a great job. Thank you to all of our dispatchers! You are the lifeline for our community and for the public safety professionals who rely on you every day.
Carnival A carnival moved onto the Las Cruces campus last week, and it has led to a significant increase in incidents. Three intoxicated carnival workers were found knocking on the door of a sorority, another was arrested for an outstanding arrest warrant for battery on a household member, four police agencies had to respond to bring a large affray under control at the carnival itself, one patron was involved in an altercation with carnival workers and has been charged with disorderly conduct, and another patron attempted to take his girlfriend from the carnival by literally dragging her to a vehicle. As a result, the Police Department has worked with Pan Am Special Events and will be increasing police staffing for the last week that the carnival will be on campus.
Chacon and Ruvalcaba Honored Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for community colleges awarded Cesar Ruvalcaba and Pauline Chacon of NMSU Doña Ana to the New Mexico All USA Academic Team for their outstanding educational accomplishments and community service. The Alpha Omega Tau chapter at DACC nominated the students. As a result of the honor both have received a scholarship to any four year university with Chacon opting to attend NMSU. They are pictured with Dr. Scott.
- On Monday, NMSU-A faculty and staff, in association with the Aggie Cupboard Alamogordo, assisted in the community meal at New Beginnings Church. This is a monthly opportunity for NMSU-A faculty and staff to give back to the Alamogordo community.
- NMSU-A students, faculty, and staff recently voted in favor of a 4-day, 10 hours per day work week for the summer in an attempt to save energy. This schedule will begin on Monday, May 15, and run through Thursday, August 3. This is the second consecutive year the Alamogordo campus has voted for a change in summer hours.
- On Wednesday, prospective students from Mescalero High School toured the NMSU-A campus. The students were welcomed and guided through campus by NMSU-A Admissions Advisor/Recruiter Elma Hernandez, and given information about the programs offered at NMSU-A from faculty and staff from each division.
- On Tuesday, April 11, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the interview of a candidate for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance on the NMSU campus and also attended UAC and Presidents’ meetings in Las Cruces. Intensive discussion was held regarding the status of higher education funding in New Mexico. Additionally, several policies including the academic integrity processes were discussed.
- On Wednesday, April 12, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a capital outlay preparation session. The college is preparing its presentation which will go before the Capital Outlay committee in July and at this time the college will need to stipulate two prioritized projects for inclusion in the next state-wide GO Bond. Additionally, on Wednesday, April 12, the college hosted its annual Poetry Day with two Texas Poet Laureates delivering samples of their poetry.
- On Thursday, April 13, NMSU Carlsbad representatives presented a leadership session to the WIPP Leadership Academy class. Additionally, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the annual 40 Under 40 Banquet and Ceremony on Thursday, April 13, as five NMSU Carlsbad employees were recognized as a part of this year’s cohort of honorees.