Activity Report August 12 – August 18

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

We are off to a great start on another semester.  Had a wonderful convocation where we recognized the accomplishments of several of our colleagues as well as presenting the President’s Medallion to Don Kidd, former Regent. We also recognized him and his wife for their generosity, as they have given NMSU over $1 million.  Faculty awards were given for excellence in Academic Advising, Creative and Scholarly Activity, Teaching (Christmore  and Westhafer). As always the Pride Band electrified the crowd with the Aggie Fight song.

Our efforts to increase enrollment are now paying off.  As of this date, new Freshmen enrollment is up 11.53 percent and branch transfers are up 17.42 percent.  Doing very well on the front end, so now it is all about retention.  Returning student and graduate student numbers are down.  We expect to have a 2.0 to 2.5 percent enrollment decline—a great improvement over our earlier budget projection of 3.5 percent.  The Teams in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Marketing and Communication were especially instrumental in recruitment efforts.  Say thanks to them when you see them.  Some are already back on the recruitment trail for next year.

The Domenici Conference opens September 13 and ends on the 14. Topics for this year’s conference are foreign policy (overall with special attention to Mexico, China, and Russia.)  Headliner is retired Senator Richard Lugar, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  The September 14th session focuses on the 21st Century Workforce and Equity in Education.  Dr. Antonia Novello, former Surgeon General of the US, is one of 5 speakers.  For more information and to register go to domenici.nmsu.edu.  Faculty members, please encourage your students to attend.  If you wish to give extra credit, students can pick up a ticket for each session right after the session.

The most recent revenue projections are in for the State and it appears there may be up to $25 million new dollars for the upcoming year, should current trends continue.  Not much as all but suggests we may escape even more cuts from the legislature.  The Council of University Presidents will ask for appropriations for salary increases but don’t hold your breath in that $25 million is very little money in the scheme of things.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

Move-In Day was memorable this year, as it was the first year in which first-year students were required to live on campus.  As a result, residence halls are full and the campus has a new energy. Thanks to everyone who helped make Move-In Day a great success, particularly D’Anne Stuart, Matt Crouse, and the great staff in the Housing Department.  Personally, I had a wonderful time greeting students and their families as they waited in the Pan Am parking lot.

I spent Monday at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia participating in a sub-committee discussing how best to enhance student success, particularly in the sciences, at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The discussion centered on improving pathways between two-year institutions and four-year institutions, as well as providing real research opportunities to students.

On Tuesday, my office hosted Convocation.  Here we honored faculty and staff for their advising, research, and teaching accomplishments. There was a marvelous energy to the event and it was a great way to start the semester.

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

Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center Field Day- http://loslunassc.nmsu.edu/

On August 15, the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center (ASC) held its biennial Field Day. The 2017 event was a special one in that it marked the 60th anniversary of the station. The ASC conducts agricultural and horticultural research and Extension programs specific to the Middle Rio Grande Valley and surrounding areas, including Albuquerque. Three new faculty were introduced to participants: Dr. Ashley Bennett, Extension IPM specialist; Dr. Gill Giese, Extension viticulture specialist; and Dr. Marisa Thompson, Extension horticulture specialist. These faculty, located at the Los Lunas ASC, represent critical stakeholder interests throughout the state. The event registered 263 attendees.

 

The New Mexico State 4-H Office received notification that 4-H will be receiving a $41,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and National 4-H Council.  The goal of this program is to promote healthy living of New Mexico youth by teaching young people proper nutrition and physical fitness. The project will deliver programs across the state to youth grades 2-12 as well as training teens to serve as New Mexico Health Ambassadors.

 

The College of ACES continued a strong tradition of welcoming new students on the night before classes officially began.  The event dubbed “ACES Night Out” introduces current students to new students, faculty, staff, Pistol Pete, and Rolando A. Flores, ACES dean.  Dean Flores welcomed all students, faculty and staff and then the games began.  ACES Council members along with the ACES Ambassadors and the ACES Mentors, organized a fun-filled evening for everyone.  A scavenger hunt began the festivities, then the students participated in three-legged races and cornhole games. The ACES event ended with everyone going through Miller Gates.

 

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

The College welcomed the new incoming students with an informal pizza reception on the lawn of Breland Hall. Each college area (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science) had a table manned by faculty members and department heads with give-aways and demonstrations. More than a 100 students registered for the event.

The College welcomed new faculty members. Thirteen new faculty members and two new department heads joined NMSU for the Fall 2017 semester.

On Sunday August 13, the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program celebrated its 10th year by welcoming the new cohort of 10 freshmen students during their annual Welcome Back reception.  They will join the current 21 students in the program completing their pre-pharmacy coursework over the next three years at NMSU before attending UNM’s School of Pharmacy.  Cooperative Pharmacy students can reverse transfer coursework to NMSU and graduate with a Bachelor’s of Individualized Studies.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Congratulations to Kevin Prieto, business management major, who was elected in April to serve the Associated Students of New Mexico State University for the 2017-2018 school year as president.  Kevin is a Las Cruces, New Mexico native and has served two terms as a senator and one term as Vice President.

Congratulations to Josh Salmon, who has joined the second 15-member cohort of the national PGA LEAD program.  The PGA of America established GA LEAD to identify, mentor and progress PGA members from diverse background along a guided path to leadership roles in the association.

We held a graduation ceremony on Saturday, July 29 for 25 students from our first cohort of the online Master of Business Administration program. Their families joined us for this celebratory event, which was an excellent opportunity for students to share their experiences from the program.  Our third cohort also met this summer to kick off their program.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Education Opening Program – Fall 2017   The College of Education kicked-off the semester with their Opening Program welcoming faculty and staff back to campus for the fall semester. Dean Pope-Davis provided university and campus updates, introduced department heads, thanked faculty and staff for their commitment to our students and their success, and along with Dr. Enedina Vazquez presented faculty and staff with their NMSU service awards, and acknowledged those who received promotion and tenure.

Members of the college’s STEM Research and Outreach group provided updates on new developments within the college, and provided information on what opportunities and resources are available for faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and staff in the College of Education.

New Faces in the College of Education   The College of Education welcomes many new faces in this new academic year. Amongst them are Dr. Barbara Gormley, the new department head for Counseling and Educational Psychology.

Also welcomed are eleven new professors/instructor. Dr. Michael Kalkbrenner joins the Counseling and Educational Psychology team, as an assistant professor.

The Curriculum and Instruction department welcomes Ms. Berta Carela, as a new instructor, and Dr. Christopher Engledowl, Dr. Tracey Gorham Blanco, Dr. Alfie Lucero, Dr. Rick Marlatt, and Dr. Magdalena Pando, all as assistant professors.

Joining the Kinesiology and Dance Department as assistant professors, are Dr. Christopher Aiken and Dr. Ray Backlund. The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders also welcomes two new assistant professors; Dr. Anne Cobos and Dr. Charlotte Mason.

New State-of-the-Art Technology Lab   The College of Education is now home to a NASA-funded Technology Space Center Lab. The lab includes flight simulators, virtual simulations and tools for building game spaces for whole classes to visit and learn. Trainings are underway and excitement is building for the debut!

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Zoe Elliott, a transfer student from the NMSU Alamogordo, graduated with an associate’s degree in general engineering and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering on the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Elliott was selected for the All USA/PTK Academic team, which chooses two community college students from each campus around the country. NMSU has subsequently granted Zoe the Academic All State Scholarship which provides tuition for two years. https://chme.nmsu.edu/chme-zoe-elliott-named-to-all-usaptk-academic-team/

The students of the NMSU Daniel B. Jett Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to participate in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Regional Competition, held at the University of Utah, on April 6 to 8. The NMSU chapter participated in all events and competitions, including technical and non-technical paper presentations, mystery design, steel bridge design and concrete canoe design and races. The NMSU students received several awards, including first place in the non-technical paper category, first place in concrete canoe final product and second place overall in the concrete canoe competition.

Eight graduate students from the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering participated in the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems hosted at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.  Associate Professor Paul Furth attended with them. Our students and faculty member presented a total of six posters and four lectures over the three-day conference.

On August 15, the College of Engineering hosted a Freshman Open House which included visits with students’ respective departments, a student organization fair, and the third annual engineering Olympics. The students also had a chance to meet with engineering ambassadors to help them find their classes. Approximately 200 students attended the event organized by Program Manager Elizabeth Howard.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

NMSU nursing students recently participated in a tiered-interdisciplinary medical response simulation at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM).  This trauma simulation was performed by nursing, medical and paramedic students, as well as volunteers from NMSU police, fire department, and local paramedics from American Medical Response.  The Las Cruces Sun-News published a story describing this event, which was viewed live by all of the first- and second-year medical students at Burrell College. Afterwards Sam Gutierrez, BCOM’s director of simulation, lead a panel discussion where BCOM students had the opportunity to ask questions to the scenario participants about their roles and interdisciplinary teamwork.

The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) recently sponsored an HPV training for Health Professionals at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. The center invited Dr. Chilton, of Albuquerque, New Mexico to speak at the event.  Dr. Chilton is a pediatrician and longtime advocate for children’s immunizations and has served on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, and also writes a weekly pediatrics column for the Albuquerque Journal. Approximately 30 health care professionals attended the event.

 

SoAhec recently received funding from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico for the IM HIP project, which is designed to help promote health and wellness among children, their parents and families. This is SoAhec’s second cohort in the program and consists of 2nd and 3rd graders. The speaker for the event was Renee Cina Acosta, RDH, HHC, who is a Holistic Health Coach and a Dental Hygienist and addressed the importance of nutrition to participants.  In addition, Proctor and Gamble donated electric toothbrushes for each of the families.

 

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Launching a New Academic Year   The beginning of our preparations for the new academic year begin when we hear the first rat-a-tat-tats of the Pride Marching Band drum line practicing outside our building, a signal for us to get ready!

Garcia Hall Move in Day   This year the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) is in Garcia Hall, and on Saturday Dean Miriam Chaiken, Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar, and Student Programs Coordinator Abby Nayra visited with our residents as they moved into their rooms, and met their new roommates. The RA for our LLC, Olivia Riblett, did a fantastic job of helping our students find their way around the building, get their keys and paperwork completed, and made them feel welcome. After a few days on campus, Dr. Ketelaar, who is our Faculty Fellow for the LLC, held a meet and greet session for our residents to share ideas for the types of programming they would like to see in the coming semester. We were encouraged to hear that the first thing they want to focus on is improving their study skills—that is why they are all Honors students!

Freshmen Picnic   Every year we hold a picnic on the lawn of the Honors College to welcome our new students. A couple hundred hungry freshmen joined us, and as usual due to the hard work of Valerie Torres and Roman Gutierrez, there was plenty of food and fun for everyone. The squirt guns were popular on this hot day.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Move-In-Day   On Saturday, August 12, over 1500 residential students moved in with assistance from volunteers across campus including folks from Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic, the NMSU Libraries, Engineering departments and ICT. Hundreds more moved in before the start of classes. Festivities for our residents included a welcome dinner with a performance by the NMSU pride band; and our first year residents attended the annual FYRE ceremony.

Helping Students with Technology  On move in day, ICT-Student Tech staff distributed information about lab hours and locations, Help Desk hours, Microsoft downloads, upcoming events and other technology related matters. From August 14 to August 16, the ICT Help Desk assisted with approximately 1,000 phone calls from residents.  In addition, they assisted students with registering their devices and connectivity.

Showcasing Students Work   Facilities and Services’ Project Development and Engineering has been working with faculty to display student artwork. At Hardman-Jacobs, paintings decorate the hallways and the models produced by the Theatre Scene Shop are located in the display cases.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services   Although we are starting the fall semester with four vacant positions, three of those being caseload advisors, we are committed to ensuring that the students are not affected and there will be no reduction in the quality of service provided. We are processing documents, disbursing aid and serving every student thanks to some very creative work reassignments and the dedication of the remaining staff who are coming early, working through lunch and staying late to ensure the students are not affected. Our staff are amazing! A thankful student even brought us donuts on Tuesday, in recognition of the outstanding service our office provides to every student we assist.

While many of our processes and document submission functionality are online through the FAFSA website and the my.NMSU portal, students are still coming to see us. No student has had to wait more than 15 minutes to be seen, but to make the process of waiting a little more enjoyable we offered the students freshly popped popcorn on the first day of classes.

Numbers for Monday through Thursday of this week are understated, because we have been focused less on metrics and more on student calls, emails and visits, but below is what we have been able to track:

  • Disbursed over $25 million in Pell and Direct loans to students
  • Responded to 745 student phone calls
  • Assisted 1,883 students who walked in

Crimson Kickoff is in full swing at Campus Activities. To signify the start of a new academic year, the Dean of Students hosted the annual First Year Walk. This is an Aggie tradition at NMSU in which freshmen walk from the Pan American Center and thru the Miller Gates. On the horseshoe, Dr. Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor, Dr. Bernadette Montoya, VP for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Michael Jasek, Dean of Students met the students to welcome them to campus.

For more Crimson Kickoff events visit: https://crimsonkickoff.nmsu.edu/

Career Services, Student Success Center and Campus Tutoring Services units coordinated events related to career and student success at the Crimson Kickoff 2017.  On August 14, Career Services conducted the Career Kaleidoscope event in conjunction with ADP and GEICO.  This event introduced students to Career Services while ADP and GEICO representatives provided information related to resumes and their respective leadership programs.  On August 17, the Student Success Center conducted the Academic Success Kickoff, providing students with strategies for student success through hands-on activities.  Campus Tutoring Services hosted an open house on August 17, where students had the opportunity to interact with College Learning and Reading Association certified staff who provide tutoring both in-person and online through Canvas.

The Aggie Health & Wellness Centers opened the semester Wednesday with an all staff training that covered blood borne pathogens, hazardous communications, safety, disaster, policies, procedures, HIPAA, and Title IX.  The Health Center integrated with the Counseling Center in Spring 2017 to form the Aggie Health & Wellness Center providing comprehensive medical, mental health and recreational activity services for all students of NMSU.  More information on the integrated center can be found at http://wellness.nmsu.edu.

 

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

US SBA Awards Grant to Arrowhead Center   Arrowhead Center learned early last week that they are one of 16 national recipients of a Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program award from the US Small Business Administration. The award of $125,000 supports the New Mexico FAST program run through Arrowhead Center that provides assistance to startup companies applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. The FAST is designed to stimulate economic development with outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-driven small businesses, with a particular emphasis on fostering participation from women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged firms.  Read the full press release at the following link: https://www.sba.gov/node/1584572

Ag Assembly   On August 10, Arrowhead Center hosted an Ag Assembly, which showcased businesses who participated in the five month AgSprint accelerator and brought together key stakeholders in AgTech and FoodTech industries for a day-long conference. The conference featured a keynote address from Vonnie Estes, and three panels innovation in AgTech, and investment in AgTech. The event marked the culmination of the AgSprint accelerator, one of five accelerator programs Arrowhead has run with the support of a gift from the New Mexico Gas Company.  The Ag Assembly and accelerator program provided an excellent opportunity to bring awareness to innovations in AgTech and FoodTech coming out of New Mexico and the chance to forge new collaborations that promote economic growth throughout the state.

 

Ag Assembly Panel on Investing Yields More than Crops

2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference   The 2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference at New Mexico State University will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the conference, and this year’s topics will highlight U.S. foreign policy, equity in education and workforce issues. The two-day conference, September 13-14, will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Online registration for the conference is available at https://domenici.nmsu.edu/domenici-public-policy-conference/. Registration fees are $50 before September 1 and then increase to $75. The conference is free to NMSU students. For more information or to receive an invitation by mail, call the Domenici Institute at 575-646-2066.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Inter-Vice President for Research Luis Vazquez gave the keynote address at the Results Driven Accountability Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 1, to 300 Special Education Teachers on “Special Ed. To Higher Ed.: A Journey of Heart and GRIT.”  As a Special Education student misdiagnosed as Educable Mentally Handicapped to a first generation college student, achieving a Ph.D. and becoming a Senior Administrator in Higher Education, his presentation explored the different experiences that involve issues of language, poverty and Special Education, along with his interaction with the general education system.  At the end of the presentation he was honored by a standing ovation by all the participants.

 

Inter-Vice President for Research Luis Vazquez received the American Psychological Association Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race; Distinguished Career Contribution to Service Award.  It was presented at the 125th APA Convention in Washington, D.C., August 4, 2017

Office of Grants and Contracts   Alisha Giron, director, Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC), Dr. JoAnne Dupre, Sue Bonar and Hamid Mansouri Rad, participated in New Faculty Orientation at the Teaching Academy on Friday, August 18.  The presentation included research development, pre-award process, and compliance; and included helpful tips for the successful submission of externally-sponsored proposals.

NM WRRI   The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute held its 62nd Annual New Mexico Water Conference this week in Socorro, New Mexico on the NM Tech campus. Over 180 participants took part in the day-and-a-half conference. NMSU was well represented with several faculty speakers and 25 students presenting posters. A highlight of the conference was a lively conversation between Senator Tom Udall and his cousin and scientist, Brad Udall, moderated by NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald. The NM WRRI conference website has information on the conference: https://nmwaterconference.nmwrri.nmsu.edu/2017/.

 

Interim Director, Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) – Joanne Esparza   PS Researcher attended the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association (PACA) Briefing for Industry in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Approximately $15 billion in new DoD and DOE programs were presented that will be released for bid over the next year. Cyber and space are two areas with additional interest and funding.

The success of the PSL managed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) STEM Summer Camps (http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12642/nmsu-s-uas-stem-summer-camp-exceeds-expectations) has resulted in additional funding by the FAA for aviation and UAS STEM outreach activities.  The new funding will be used to offer follow up to the camp participants with hands on activities and coordination of UAS STEM activities for the next year at three other universities including University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California Davis, and Montana State University.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Presidential Ambassadors   Chancellor Carruthers joined the 2017-2018 Presidential Ambassadors for lunch during their day-long retreat on Monday, August 14. Throughout the day, the Ambassadors enjoyed team-building exercises, a campus tour provided by Police Chief Stephen Lopez, and summer reading reviews. They concluded the day with an Etiquette Dinner guided by Jolie Tixier.

Symphony Scholarship Gift   The College of Arts & Sciences received $189,000 for the Student Symphony Endowed Scholarship in Music.

Ranch Sustainability Research Funding   The College of ACES received a gift of $105,000 over three years for Dr. Derek Bailey’s research at Deep Wells Ranch to provide information and develop management practices that can increase the economic and ecologic sustainability of this and other ranches in the southwestern U.S.

Healy Foundation Gift   The Healy Foundation gave $100,000 to support the Healy/New Mexico Department of Agriculture Fund for Education and Outreach Agriculture Food Growth Program.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

The department assisted NMSU Housing on Move-In Day. A little over 100 student-athletes and staff helped students and families with carrying their belongings to their dorms and greeting families as they arrived on campus.

The annual All Athletic pre-season meeting took place on Wednesday at Corbett Center. In addition to athletic staff, speakers included Dr. Jim Peach, Faculty Athletics Rep and Dr. Renay Scott, DACC President.

NMSU Athletics held an event to announce a collaboration with NMSU and Bosque Brewing Co. Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale, was unveiled at Bosque Brewery on Thursday afternoon. The event was open to the public.

NM State soccer defeated UTEP for the first time ever in school history. The Aggies won in double overtime in front of a sell-out crowd Friday afternoon.

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 generated news and coordinated media coverage Thursday as NMSU and New Mexico-based Bosque Brewing Co. officially debuted Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale, which promises to appeal to both beer connoisseurs and craft beer novices. The ale was introduced during an event beginning at Bosque Brewing Co.’s Las Cruces taproom at 901 E. University Ave. Our media relations efforts resulted in nationwide coverage, from Miami to Sacramento. Four area television stations covered the event and helped generate a great deal of excitement.

Marketing Services and Web Communications   We are ready to kick off the FY 18 Recruitment Advertising cycle with the release of new billboards. The billboards are an extension of the No Limits. No Boundaries campaign and feature NMSU. We will have a series of vinyl and digital billboards across the state in New Mexico in addition to El Paso, Phoenix, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona.

KRWG/SPU

The Special Production Unit welcomed 18 students to the fall AggieVision recruiting meeting. The new students will jump right into the fray during the volleyball team’s scrimmage practice shoot Saturday at 4 p.m. The first live telecast will take place on Friday, September 1, when the UCLA volleyball team visits the Pan American Center.

SPU General Manager Vinnie Conway chats with students after the AggieVision recruiting meeting.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

On August 16, 2017, the LFC received the 2017 Consensus Revenue Estimate, which indicates General Fund Reserves of 3.4 percent for FY18 which is an improvement when compared to the special session.  New money is estimated at $25 million for FY19.  Legislators expressed some caution due to the downside risks that were included in the estimate.  The next revenue estimate will be released in early December and will provide the guidance on revenue for the 2018 legislative session.  Go to the Office of Government Relations website to read the full report: https://govrelations.nmsu.edu/

Upcoming Legislative Related Events

  • August 22, 2017 – Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee will meet in Fruitland. NMSU testifying on Gold Mine Spill: Kevin Lombard, Superintendent, New Mexico State University, Agricultural Science Center (ASC) at Farmington; Bonnie Hopkins, Agriculture Extension Agent, NMSU ASC at Farmington (Invited)
  • September 1 – Legislative Education Study Committee will meet in Taos. The following topics will be discussed:  College of Education Program Approval Process; College of Education Report Card Development
  • September 5: Water and Natural Resources Committee in Silver City. Dr. Carol Sutherland of AES testifying on saltcedar eradication; NMDA testifying on saltcedar eradication; WRRI testifying on Statewide Water Assessment and Water Budget
  • September 7-8, 2017: Indian Affairs Committee at American Indian Center at NMSU. NMSU Presenters: Provost Dan Howard; Michael Ray, NMSU’s American Indian Center; Jeanelle Chavez, Indian Resource Development; Sam Fernald, WRRI; and Jon Boren, Kathy Landers, Edmund Gomez, Cooperative Extension Service
  • September 7-8, 2017: Labor, Health and Human Services Committee and Behavioral Subcommittee at the Burrell College. NMSU Presenters: Chancellor Garrey Carruthers; Alexa Doig, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program; Enedina Garcia, Psychopharmocology Program; Eve Adams, Behavioral health Psychology Training Program

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

I traveled to Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for the New Mexico Sonora Commission Meeting. This is a Worktable meeting and some of the topics covered were opportunities and issues between the two states and how can these be addressed.  In addition, staff will be meeting with the Union Ganadera of Sonora to discuss livestock genetics and trade opportunities.

Katie Laney completed her year as Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) president. She was the fourth woman and the third New Mexican in this position.  She will continue her service on the AAPFCO Board of Directors as the immediate past president.

I spoke at the USDA Rural Small Business Connection Event, which provides small businesses with a series of educational networking sessions and opportunities on how to build capacity and successfully do business with USDA and other Federal agencies.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Security Officer Training   Special Events hired 17 new Security Officers to help work special events, and they began their training this week.  With the addition of the new hires, this brings the current staff to 41 Security Officers who will assist with upcoming events such as concerts, footballs games, weddings, and other special events during the academic school year.

Tour & Presentation   Chief Lopez gave a campus tour to the President’s Ambassador Students on August 14.  This tour covered how the campus has grown and changed since its inception in 1888.  In addition, he gave a presentation on August 16 to the staff of the Aggie Health and Wellness Center on dealing with a potentially violent person and guidelines for active killer incidents.

New Mexico Municipal League Chiefs Meeting   Chief Lopez attended the annual NMML Chiefs Meeting held in Clovis, New Mexico on August 17.  Two resolutions were passed regarding proposed legislation, and Chief Lopez will be on the team working with the Legislature to change the way the Law Enforcement Protection Fund is managed and distributed.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Largest Aggie Pathway Cohort Welcomed   The Corbett Center auditorium hosted 245 aggie pathway students and their families who gathered to hear from Provost Dan Howard, President Renay Scott, instructors, advisors, and peer mentors on Sunday, August 11. The number of students on the Aggie Pathway at NMSU-Doña Ana has swelled to more than 650 students in only its second year.

Wilson & Soto Earn National Accreditation   NMSU-Doña Ana nursing instructors Ernesto Soto and Ingrid Wilson have earned national certifications in nursing education. Soto, a MSNed, RN met all of the certification requirements of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and is now a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator while Wilson, a MSN, RN has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing after meeting eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination.

Flags to Fly Over Campuses and Centers   Aggie flags will soon fly over campuses and centers throughout NMSU-Doña Ana. Thanks to MarComm, the Aggie Stomping Grounds continue to expand.

East Mesa students show off the Pistol Pete flag

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NMSU-A Director of Adult Education, Maria Saenz, applied for and received a $10,000 grant from PNM for the Adult Education Program.  NMSU-A thanks PNM for their generosity and support of NMSU-A Extended Programs.

In partnership with the Alamogordo Public School System, NMSU-A welcomed 90 educational assistants from the Alamogordo Public School District last week.  The educational assistants toured the campus, and received information about opportunities available at NMSU-A when pursuing a degree in Education.  In an effort to combat a shortage of teachers in New Mexico, the Alamogordo Public School District will offer tuition reimbursement to educational assistants who pursue and complete a degree in Education.

Beginning with in August of 2017, NMSU-A will have a Student of the Month Program.  Otero Federal Credit Union and NMSU-A will be recognizing and rewarding a high-achieving student.  The student will receive a 60-second biography announced on KZZX 105.3 FM, a commemorative CD of their biography, a wall plaque, a photograph a biography published in the Alamogordo Daily News, a NMSU-A “Swag Bag, a KZZX t-shirt, and a 1 in 12 chance to receive a $1,000 scholarship (to be drawn in July, 2018) toward their next semester at NMSU.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, August 14, the NMSU Carlsbad Persistence and Completion Committee met with the assigned HLC Data Mentor to discuss the successes and proposed implementation processes of the College’s persistence and completion initiatives.

On Tuesday, August 15, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Faculty/Staff Convocation.  New employees were introduced and a state of the campus address was delivered prior to receiving reports from campus entities and a detailed discussion of AQIP accreditation processes.

On Wednesday, August 16, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with representatives from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Nuclear Waste Partnerships to continue discussions regarding the development of certificates and associate degrees in radiation control and nuclear technology.

On Friday, August 18, the NMSU Carlsbad President met with representatives from a Stream Flo, a new oil and gas servicing business venture in Carlsbad to discuss their needs for employees and how the college might assist in filling these needs. The college programs of study were discussed and our next step will be to develop brochures advertising the company and its opportunities.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

The New Mexico Film Office and Twentieth Century Fox Films in conjunction with the movie “Logan” has provided a new scholarship to the NMSU Grants Creative Media program.  Nina Capitan, a Creative Media major at NMSU Grants, is the first scholarship recipient.  Her award coincided with the start of the Fall 2017 semester.  Creative Media pathways to success include Web Fundamentals, Print Media, or Game Design.

NMSU Grants Creative Media Faculty Member Karen Henry with student Nina Capitan

The NMSU Grants campus hosts the only, currently existing “soloworker” training program in New Mexico.

The SoloWorks Job Creation Project has completed its Pilot as well as phases 1 and 2 resulting in 93 program applicants, 32 enrolled candidates, and 28 training graduates.  The Cibola Communities Economic Development Foundation, in conjunction with the host site, received notice of funding for FY17/18 in the amount of up to $105,000.  The NMSU Grants pilot program has been instrumental in demonstrating the training and employment capabilities of the “soloworker” concept for the state.  Equally important to note is the engagement of other rural communities in New Mexico in the discussion of considering the program.  Las Vegas/San Miguel County and Pueblo of Zuni are planning start-up programs this fall.

NMSU Grants site for New Mexico’s first SoloWorker training program

With the start of the Fall 2017 semester, the Student Success Center and Student Services at NMSU Grants has chartered a new leadership initiative open to all students.  The Native American Leadership Club welcomes participation for any enrolled students who have an interest in exploring the role of community leadership.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

ASNMSU hosted six 6 “Ask Me” tables on Wednesday and Thursday. ASNMSU staff, SAEM employees, and other NMSU staff helped students get to class and navigate their way around campus. Quiz Cab was also held to help students get to class and to help them get to know more about ASNMSU and NMSU.

President Prieto spoke at the First Year Walk and welcomed the new students to NMSU. He invited them to our Welcome Back Concert and reminded them of the importance to get involved during their time at NMSU.

ASNMSU helped host the Aggie Carnival. Naray provided music and geared up for the Welcome Back Concert. ASNMSU also held a table to remind students what ASNMSU is and the many ways to get involved.

The annual Welcome Back Concert was held August 18 at the Corbett Outdoor Stage. Naray opened followed by the Ying Yang Twins and MadeinTYO. Many students came out to the event making it a great way to kick off the first Friday of the Fall Semester.


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