Activity Report August 14 – August 20

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • It was an outstanding Convocation. We recognized eight faculty members for their terrific work plus gave the Presidential Medal to Dr. Karen Becklin, an alum, former employee, and low key but great supporter of NMSU. Our faculty and staff are world class as evidenced by the testimonials presented by the Provost. Adding the Aggie Pride Band gets this old man really revved up for the semester. Have a great one!
  • I visited with several legislators about the condition of the State finances during their visit to NMSU for a hearing. The Speaker of the House indicated that the FY 2016 shortfall was about $170 Million and could be covered by transferring some Tobacco Settlement Fund money. The anticipated shortfall for our current year FY 2017 is about $400 million. About $200 Million is in the Medicaid program. He talked of sweeping funds, including some capital outlay money that had not been committed, plus the anticipated and Governor directed 5 percent reduction in State government spending. Some say “everything is on the table” but others are trying to protect public and higher education. We have set aside some contingent funding in our earlier budget exercise just in case and will develop a plan to conserve operating funds until there is greater clarity to the amount of the shortfall and how the legislature will handle. We cannot wait until next year to become fiscally conservative because we would not have time to recover funding if needed. I will always keep you posted on the issue as I have news.  On August 24 the new state revenue estimates will be announced, but I believe the news above just about covers the situation.
  • The Provost and I spent a couple of days with the Regents in a strategic planning session. All agreed that the current Vision 2020 Strategic Plan is our guidance but the Regents particularly want to focus on the drivers – enrollment, retention, graduation, alumni giving, and employability of our students.  We do not have good metrics for employability but will be working on some. It was a very comfortable discussion with everyone feeling free to voice ideas and concerns.
  • I met with two new military leaders in our community – BG Eric Sanchez and LTC Blanca Reyes. General Sanchez is an Aggie graduate from the College of Education, met his Aggie wife here, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of NMSU. He will assume command of WSMR. Colonel Blanca will be the Department Head for Military Science. She started “as a soldier rigging parachutes” and with great skills and pursuing education she has advanced smartly in the Army, specializing in intelligence work. Both had only been in town for two or three days but each expressed how great it was to be part of our community.
  • The Provost, NMSU Community College Presidents, and I were invited to a Higher Education Strategic Planning meeting in Albuquerque by Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron. The Secretary is keeping it simple – it is all about attainment, and she asked all to suggest an appropriate and reachable attainment level for our population. Attainment is defined as having a higher education degree or certification. The most ambitious attainment goal suggested was 66 percent of all adult New Mexicans would have reached attainment by 2030. Lots of chat about doing this by 2025.
  • While still a bit early, it appears our new student enrollment (new freshmen plus new pathway to a baccalaureate students) is above last year’s enrollment. Kudos to all who advocate and recruit NMSU students.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

Aggie Move-In Day

My week began with move-in day on Sunday, and the beginning was not auspicious.  I arrived at the Pan Am parking lot shortly after 8 AM to discover long lines of students and parents waiting to check in.  A major reason for the long lines was the failure of a local vendor to deliver and set up tables, chairs, and tents for the check-in.  Although this could have been a disaster, it was relatively quickly remedied as personnel from Administration and Finance, Auxiliary Services, Residential Life, and Facilities and Services combined to find and deliver tables, chairs, and canopies.  Moreover, students and staff from a variety of offices sat down to help with check-in, delivered water to people standing in line, and made sure that every student and his/her family received a warm Aggie welcome.  It was NMSU at its finest, and I could not have been more proud to be part of the Aggie family.  Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this effort, especially Matt Crouse and Greg Block who demonstrated real leadership under very trying conditions.

Fall Convocation

Fall convocation on Tuesday provided an opportunity to reflect on the good work done at NMSU every day to advance knowledge and educate the people of New Mexico.  One thing that stood out about this year’s faculty award winners is their commitment to both scholarship and teaching; they clearly demonstrate that these two activities can be synergistic.  Congratulations especially to Dr. Hongmei Luo from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, who won both a University Research Council Career Award and the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.  Dr. Luo not only has a distinguished research record, she is a dedicated mentor who has successfully trained a large number of undergraduate and graduate students.  As noted during the convocation ceremony, “she has magnified her own strengths by developing the strengths of others.”

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores

Cooperative Extension Service

New Mexico Indian Livestock Days convened on May 11-13 at the Route 66 Casino Hotel. The educational event began in the 1970’s when it was held in Las Cruces before it was moved closer to the Four Corners area in 1996 where attendance grew from 65 attendees to over 200 annually. The event has three days of educational presentations, demonstrations and exhibits.  Livestock production by Native American producers is valued at approximately $105 million out of the $3.01 billion generated by all of New Mexico’s producers.  The Sedillo Cattlemen’s Association recognized McKinley County Extension Agent, Kathy Landers for her leadership in organizing Indian Livestock Day for the last 20 years.

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Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

Sonja Koukel, Extension Health Specialist, was featured in the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy’s (ECOP) Monday Minute blog for her leadership of the national Health Literacy Action Team (   It is estimated that 9 out of 10 adults in the U.S. lack the skills to manage their health and prevent disease.  The Health Literacy Action Team is working with Extension professionals across the country to raise awareness and make health literacy programming a priority.

Media Productions/Games Lab

Media Productions has been awarded $575.000 over 4 years as part of a $10 Million multi-state grant from USDA/NIFA to explore alternative water sources for agriculture. This project is especially important in the Southwest where groundwater supplies have dwindled to historical lows. ACES’s Media Production team will develop innovative media to help farmers, policy makers, university students and even K-12 educators understand the how new water treatment and reuse technologies will allow farmers more access to contaminant-free water to safely irrigate their crops, especially vegetables and fruits.

Agricultural Experiment Station

At least 610 people attend field days at the Agricultural Science Centers at Farmington, Tucumcari, and Clovis, and at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde. The field days are a chance for the public to attend and learn what our researchers and Extension faculty are doing and how that benefits the producers and consumers of New Mexico.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

Richard Pratt was named as the prestigious Crop Science Society of America Fellow. He will officially receive the award in November. Pratt is a professor of plant breeding and the director of the Cropping Systems Research Innovation Program. The fellow award is the highest recognition bestowed by the CSSA. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues, and only up to 0.3 percent of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected fellow.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted an Aggie Welcome for incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students. The event, held within the ASNMSU Center for the Arts performance theater on Tuesday, August 16, attracted 111 students. Department heads and their representatives from all 26 A&S departments provided brief mentions of interesting facts regarding their discipline and briefly advertised their department.  Six College of A&S Student Ambassadors aided in the Welcome planning and execution, and two Ambassadors talked with the new students about the value of getting involved on campus and attending class. Two Creative Media Institute Department created videos focusing upon faculty Sherwin Lau (CMI) and Peter Houde (Biology) were presented, along with a welcome from Dean Enrico Pontelli. 10 raffle prizes were awarded to attendees.  300+ slices of pizza and a large number of chocolate chip cookies and bottles of water were enjoyed afterward by all in attendance.

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College of A&S Student Ambassadors and College Council members participated in the Aggie First Year Walk on August 16, 2016.

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Many members of the College of A&S faculty, as well as some staff, and the dean and associate deans, gathered on Tuesday, Aug 16 at The ASNMSU Center for the Arts building for a College General Faculty meeting during which new faculty members and newly appointed department heads were introduced.  The new faculty members are Danielle Halliwell (Communication Studies), Marat Talipov (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Lauren Rosenberg (English), Darren Phillips (Journalism), Sabine Hirschauer (Government), Lauren Waszek (Physics), and Simon Gollo (Music).   Newly appointed department heads are Jeff Amato (Criminal Justice), Blanca Reyes (Army ROTC), Carol Campbell (Geography), Tim Cleveland (Philosophy), Christina Medina (Government), and Michele Nishiguchi (Biology).  Jim Murphy was introduced as the Interim associate dean for research. Following introduction of the new faculty and dept heads, attendees took the opportunity to chat about their summer activities and plans for the fall semester while they enjoyed light snacks.

A & S 3College of A&S faculty members Dr. Michael Hout (Psychology) and Dr. James McAteer (Astronomy) were recognized during the Fall 2016 Convocation on August 16, 2016, as recipients of the University Research Council’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Creative Scholarly Activity.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Our fall semester is off to a busy start. Over the summer we had a few staffing changes. Larry Tunnell is now serving as the department head of Accounting and Information Systems; Mark Leisher has joined us as lead technology support technician; and Andrea Fletcher has joined us assistant dean and will direct the Woodrow Wilson Fellows program.
  • We held our fall convocation meeting on August 16 where we welcomed new faculty members Robert Ewing in Accounting; Paul Hamilton in Information Systems; Chris Plouffe, Robin Peterson Chair in Marketing; Lawrence LaPlue, Economics; Chris Sroka, Applied Statistics; and Francisco Pallares, visiting in Economics. We also presented commemorative chairs to Kevin Melendrez for the Lionel Haight Chair in Accounting and Chris Plouffe for the Robin Peterson Chair in Marketing.  Faculty Council and Fulton Research faculty awards were also presented.
  • Robert Macy (Chairholder, Bill & Sharon Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship) and I met with the new College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi on August 18 to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • We held our first meeting of the semester with the college’s Student Ambassadors on August 18. New ambassadors were welcomed to the group and information was distributed about event attendance and the mentoring program.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Counseling & Educational Psychology (CEP)

Several  faculty (former and current) and a student have had a manuscript accepted for publication in The Counseling Psychologist! The authors are Hsiu-Lan Cheng, Tracie Hitter, Eve M. Adams, & Charlotte Williams. The article title is “Minority stress and depressive symptoms: Familism, ethnic identity and gender as moderators.”

Dr. Eve Adams has been awarded a HRSA Graduate Psychology Education grant for another three years for a total of $900,000.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

  • Professor Zohrab Samani and Assistant Professor Salim Bawazir, both of the civil engineering department, were awarded a 2017 New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute Faculty Research Grant for the project entitled, “Using Remote Sensing to Develop ET Fluxes for the Mesilla Valley Aquifer” in the amount of $39,249 for the performance period of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. The grant fosters interface with the NM WRRI statewide water assessment group and also participation at the 61st Annual New Mexico Water Conference to be held October 5-7, 2016. Funds for the award were made available through fiscal year 2017 general appropriations made by the New Mexico State Legislature.
  • Jesus Au, chemical engineering major, participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Minnesota in summer 2016. Au, who participates in the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Scholar program, and Reza Foudazi, assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering, applied as a faculty/student team to participate in the Hierarchical Multifunctional Macromolecular Materials Research Group summer program. Foudazi and Au worked under the direction of Professor Timothy Lodge, Director of the UMN Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The REU research project was focused on creating polymer electrolyte membranes possessing high-modulus and high-ionic conductivity characteristics. The polymer electrolyte membranes are used for making a new generation of batteries that are safer and have longer life due to their inherent resistance to dendrite formation.Jesus Au Chem Eng Major
  • In July, industrial, mechanical and aerospace engineering students traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to participate in a competition sponsored by PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education). The team designed and fabricated a prototype mobile, scaled Reconfigurable Shared-use Mobility System in collaboration with students from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Howard University, Hochschule Rhein Main University in Germany and University of Ontario in Canada. They earned first place in the Customer Insight Category and recognition for the most Tenacious Prototype Model during the second phase of a two-year global collaboration project involving institutions in 11 countries. PACE General Motors also recognized NMSU with the Gold Certification for the use of PACE Siemens Software within engineering curricula and design projects. Mentors to the team are Delia J. Valles-Rosales, industrial engineering associate professor; Edward Pines, industrial engineering department head; Patricia Sullivan, associate dean; and Young Park, associate professor, mechanical engineering.

  • Jessica Houston, associate professor in chemical and materials engineering, and Laura Boucheron, assistant professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to quantify the positive impact of innovation on engineering education and develop a model for curricular sustainability and growth within the NMSU innovation ecosystem. The grant will focus on how NMSU’s branding as a place for self-discovery and transformation translates into the educational experience of engineering students at NMSU. The project will evaluate the role of social influence on the formation of engineers from freshmen to seniors by identifying ways to improve self-efficacy in underrepresented groups, enhance individual mindsets toward innovation and entrepreneurship self-efficacy, and enhance the role of engineering educational research within the College of Engineering. Additional collaborators include Muhammed Dawood, associate professor, electrical engineering; Patricia Sullivan, associate dean; Steve Stochaj, professor, electrical engineering; and Luis Vazquez, associate vice president for research integrity.
  • Forty NMSU engineering transfer students participated in a one-week immersion course as part of a NSF grant to broaden participation in STEM. The program, developed in collaboration with Howard University in Washington, D.C., introduced the students to the engineering design process using the highly recognized Lean LaunchPad method for technology-based entrepreneurship. Additional students from Howard also participated.  Students from both institutions worked in teams to identify a technology-based solution to a presented problem, conducted customer discovery, developed prototypes, and presented their findings to engineering faculty reviewers from both institutions and a representative from NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. Participating students included two-year transfer students from community colleges, as well as incoming transfers from other four-year institutions. The program is in its second year of the three-year grant.

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College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean 

The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) recently participated in a Lead Prevention tabling event in conjunction with the “National Day Out” event held at the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The Lead Prevention initiative is geared toward educating parents and school-age children regarding the dangers of inadvertent lead exposure.

School of Nursing 

The School of Nursing hosted a White Coat Ceremony on August 16 at the Atkinson Recital Hall. The ceremony was designed to welcome new students into the nursing profession emphasize the importance of providing professional, compassionate and high-quality nursing care. NMSU is one of 100 schools nationwide, selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, to participate in hosting a White Coat Ceremony for incoming nursing students. Since its inception, incoming students have been cloaked with NMSU white lab coats every spring and fall semester.

School of Social Work        

Erika Gergerich, Assistant Professor, was honored with the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award at the University’s Fall Convocation. Selected by a student committee, the annual award acknowledges outstanding tenure-track faculty members for excellence in teaching. One of Gergerich’s students said of her, “Dr. Gergerich possesses a true social worker’s heart. She has displayed her passion for social issues with her involvement in social work conferences and her belief in ongoing research to improve social work practice.”

Department of Public Health 

Dean Wagner; Dr. Joe Tomaka, Professor; and Dylan Pell, graduate student, were recently recognized for their independent contributions to Doña Ana County’s (DAC) The Stepping Up Initiative created by the National Association of Counties, American Psychiatric Association, and the Justice Center of The Council of State Governments. The national program is designed to identify opportunities and resources to divert the mentally ill from the criminal justice system and into appropriate behavioral health services.  DAC Manager Julia T. Brown and DAC Health and Human Services Director Jamie Michael hosted the ceremony, while New Mexico Senator Mary Kay Papen opened and closed the ceremony and was signatory to the awards.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • The day before classes began we had our annual Freshmen Picnic, this year with a record turnout. Over 200 students attended and we enjoyed perfect weather under the trees in the front of the Honors College building. We had food, some games, and students got a chance to meet other freshmen and tour the Honors College building. We encouraged them to make themselves at home, and the afternoon ended with a ferocious chess tournament in our Commons Room as a number of students took up the chess challenge.

Bill Conroy with Conroy and PA Scholars - 2 (2)

  • We ended the week by welcoming both new and returning Conroy Scholars to a little meet and greet over cupcakes and conversation in our Commons Room. I enticed students to attend by telling them they would meet a man of mystery, and when they arrived they had to play a game of “What’s my line” to figure out who our mystery guest was. Eventually Caroline Korte figured out that our illustrious guest was none other than former President Bill Conroy – for whom the building and their scholarship was named. They were a little star-struck and everyone really enjoyed meeting the illustrious Dr. Conroy. A good time was had by all.

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Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Auxiliary Services-Welcome Home

  • Students received a warm welcome and enjoyed various activities beginning August 14, 2016.
    • On Move-In Day, Chancellor Carruthers welcomed students as part of the Welcome BBQ Dinner and Aggie Spirit Rally.
    • Over 550 students attended the new housing initiative, Ignite Ceremony for the First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE), including Fire Dancers and a warm welcome by Provost Dan Howard.
    • Housing & Residential Life’s Residence Hall Association presented GloCade as part of the new programming series “Aggies after Dark”. Approximately 1,000 students were in attendance.
    • Auxiliary Services hosted a student Block Party at Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore with many students in attendance.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge

OASIS (Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability), ESSO (Environmental Science Student Organization), engineering students, and the Office of Sustainability are preparing a submission for an EPA storm water project to keep our precious resource where it belongs, on plants, not parking lots. The winning submission will receive a prize of $5,000. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the fun in helping our environment.  For more details, contact the Office of Sustainability.

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ICT completed upgrade to the Pinnacle Billing system

ICT’s Financial Operations and Telecommunication and Networking groups successfully completed the migration of Pinnacle Billing to a web-based system on August 1, 2016. The NMSU community uses the system to view service details, access monthly billing statements, and create, update, and track work orders. The new system offers on-the-go accessibility and a green, paperless work environment.  The new, more flexible Pinnacle system empowers employees with its easy access, ease-of-use, and enhanced communications functionality.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

First Year Walk

The Annual First Year walk was held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. First year walk is an Annual tradition where all incoming freshmen walk from the Pan American Center, through Miller Gates, and finally to the Horseshoe to symbolize their journey at NMSU. Dr. Michael Jasek, Dean of Students led the freshmen in the walk with the Aggie Pride Band. At the Horseshoe, Aggies were greeted by Dr. Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor and Dr. Bernadette Montoya, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. For more pictures from First Year Walk, please view the Article from the Las Cruces Sun News.

Jasek dean of students

Daniels Fund Scholarship Success Program

On Tuesday, August 16 the Daniels Fund Scholarship Success Program Scholars participated in their Fall Orientation. The selected scholars from the class of 2016 were welcomed by fellow Scholars. In collaboration with the Daniels Fund Seniors Relation Officer and the Campus Liaison, Michelle Adames, Daniels Scholars received information regarding the programming for the 2016-2017 academic year, which provides academic, personal, social, community service and leadership support. 

Daniels Fund Orientation

An orientation for The Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program was held on Thursday, August 11. Requirements for the program were discussed during orientation and students had an opportunity to learn more about financial literacy. A speaker was invited from the Red to Green Program to present on Investment & Budgeting.

Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services Program will host its Annual Welcome Back to school with their TRIO New Student Orientation on Friday, August 19, 2016, from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Hardman Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center. 191 personal invitations were sent to prospective participants by email and snail mail. This event is scheduled to welcome students to NMSU as well as, present program services and the process to access these services.  It is also an opportunity for participants to meet the full-time and 20 Peer Staff (Tutors and Mentors) and bond with other TRIO SSS participants.

Aggie Activities Council/Crimson Kickoff

Crimson Kickoff is in full swing with 28 days of activities for students with more than 80 individual programs. These events encourage student involvement and engagement with the University. Over 850 students and staff were entertained at the Chris Jones, Hypnotist show on Monday, August 15, 2016. At the Corbett Center outdoor stage, there were 675 students in attendance at the Aggie Activities Council’s Paint Party. For a list of future Crimson Kickoff events please view:

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg


Thanks to a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Navajo Technical University (NTU) is collaborating with Arrowhead Center and several other New Mexico universities, incubators and manufacturers serving diverse markets to help young people and businesses explore opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship. The Advanced Rural Manufacturing (A.R.M.) partnership—a statewide collaboration of industry, academia, and government spanning the Navajo Nation Eastern/Northern Agencies and five county regions of McKinley, San Juan, Santa Fe, Dona Ana, and Otero—hopes to stimulate the Navajo economy with technological innovation that transcends spatial collaborative constraints to create Advanced Manufacturing virtual hubs to conduct business and discover new technologies.Arrowhead will assist NTU with building out K-12 entrepreneurship programs similar to its popular Innoventure program, which offers competitions and camps to middle and high school students across the state. More information can be found at

NM Fast Workshop

Arrowhead Center hosted a workshop through its NM Fast program on Monday. The workshop provided participants with an introduction to the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR Programs. The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs provide resources for budding entrepreneurs who would like to move their laboratory breakthroughs to the marketplace. This workshop provided details about the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR programs, how and when to apply for them, and how they can help transform cutting-edge research into societal and economic benefit through commercialization. This workshop was attended by 10 entrepreneurs.

Legislative Jobs Council 

The LJC met in our part of the state last week, visiting Santa Teresa on Thursday and Las Cruces on Friday. Among other topics discussed Thursday, were NMSU System (DACC) incumbent workforce development efforts and an emerging internship program with industrial employers in Santa Teresa.  Friday included many topics of discussion, including the BCOM _ NMSU System Public-Private-Partnership as a foundation of economic, academic, and community engagement.

The Vice President of Economic Development at the Borderplex Alliance, Tony Ramirez, reached out to NMSU to establish an internship in that office. Adkisson is managing the academic part of the equation, Kacie Boylan the procedural.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • Vimal Chaitanya attended the Farewell Reception for White Sands Missile Range Commander Brigadier General Timothy Coffin and his wife Kristy at La Posta hosted by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. The General has taken significant steps to increase partnership with research universities in the region both for STEM internships and technology development and hoped that this will continue with the new leadership. WSMR executive Director, Mr. Paul Mann suggested that he will bring the incoming commanding officer Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez to visit NMSU. General Sanchez is an NMSU graduate.
  • NM WRRI hosted a two-day workshop at the Las Cruces Convention Center associated with a Cooperative Agreement between New Mexico State University and the Bureau of Reclamation. The project, Center for the Development and Use of Alternative Water Supplies, is working to increase knowledge and research expertise in the area of characterization, treatment, and use of alternative waters for water supply sustainability in New Mexico and the western U.S. Vimal Chaitanya presented welcoming remarks and hoped that this cooperative agreement can only get stronger with the opportunity for NMSU water researchers to work with BOR scientists and engineers. Dr. Pei Xu, Dr. Catherine Brewer, and Dr. Reza Foudazi provided updates on their research projects.  Reclamation project technical advisors also described their expertise and how they will work with NMSU investigators.  Several community members from the Mesilla Basin attended the workshop and provided researchers with feedback on their water quality and water supply challenges.  The workshop included a tour of the Brackish National Groundwater Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo.

VP for Research

  • Patricia Hynes hosted Dr. Kamlesh Lula, University Affairs officer for Johnson Space Center, on Monday, August 15, 2016, on NMSU campus. Their main topics of discussion were on space technologies developed by NMSU College of Engineering including those developed by Drs. Ou Ma, Steven Stochaj and Krishna Kota.
  • The Office of Grants and Contracts reports that during the FY 2016, academic units submitted proposals for external sponsored awards worth $225 Million and received awards during the FY 2016 for about $110 Million.
  • Luis Vazquez recently presented at two conferences, “Making the Connection Pathways to CTE and STEM Integration,” hosted by New Mexico Public Education Department, Career and Readiness Bureau, and NMSU College of Engineering and College of Education.  Dr. Vazquez presented on “Broadening Participation in STEM” to over 75 teachers of various grade levels across the state of New Mexico.  Dr. Vazquez also presented at the Southwest Regional Consortium, 6th Annual Responsible Conduct of Research & Academic Integrity Conference.  Dr. Vazquez presented on “Student Engagement, Collaboration and Competency:  Keeping the Integrity and Ethics of Learning in an Online Course.”  Evaluations and participant comments indicated that the presentation was well received and there were many issues of integrity and ethics presented that many participants were not aware of in working with faculty and students in online courses.  The audience consisted of participants from research, academic and student service offices across the southwest.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

College of Arts and Sciences Gifts

The College of Arts and Sciences received a $25,000 gift for an endowment in Geology; two $1,500 gifts for current use funds in the Government Department; and a $5,000 gift for a current use fund with preferences in Government and Sociology.

Bank of America Gift

The Bank of America Foundation made a $2,500 gift to the Dona Ana Community College to support the Customized Training Program.

Paso Del Norte Health Foundation

We received $43,697.50 to support the 2016 Domenici Conference, including a roundtable discussion on mental health issues the morning of the conference; and a community summit later in Fall 2016 to share ideas about improving mental health care delivery.

Las Cruces Bulletin Articles

The NMSU Foundation will be running a series of articles through the end of the year in the Las Cruces Bulletin. The articles will highlight the good news happening across the NMSU System as well as in the Foundation.

Scholarship Challenge Gift

A College of Business alumnus committed $50,000 for the college’s Giving Tuesday scholarship matching challenge. Giving Tuesday will be held at NMSU Nov. 29. Last year, the event brought in more than $5.7 Million to scholarship funds across the NMSU System.

President’s Associates Scholars

Fifteen incoming freshmen were selected to receive the President’s Associates Scholarship. The scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition and fees, plus an additional stipend of $1,625 per semester, is awarded to incoming freshmen from across New Mexico who excel in academics, community service and extracurricular activities.

Matching Funds

Corporate and Foundation Relations submitted applications to the New Mexico Higher Education Department for state matching funds for the Dr. John Minor P.E. Memorial Professorship in the College of Engineering ($125,000 to match a gift of $125,000 to establish this new professorship in transportation infrastructure teaching and research, with an emphasis on surface transportation) and the Glass Family Endowed Professorship in the College of Education ($125,000 to match a gift of $125,000  to establish this new professorship at NMSU’s STEM Outreach Center that will continue improving K-12 STEM education in New Mexico).

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • We had several student-athletes and coaches assist in the Crimson Kickoff Move-In Day.
  • New Mexico State’s “Voice of the Aggies” Jack Nixon was awarded the Mayor’s Distinguished Service Award during the Las Cruces City Council meeting at City Hall. Co-workers, friends and family attended the presentation.

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  • Met with two representatives from the Collegiate Licensing Company from Atlanta, GA on a number of issues including potential universities use of license vendors exclusively, specific marketing towards Hispanic demographics and other ways to increase merchandise sales in Las Cruces and around the state.
  • Held our annual student-athlete beginning of the year kickoff meeting for all student-athletes at Corbett Center. Academics, compliance and athletic training topics were discussed.

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  • New Mexico State Athletics and local law enforcement agencies partnered together for the inaugural Aggie Badge Bowl at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Badge Bowl was originally intended to be a feel good community event with the New Mexico State football team and officers from the New Mexico State University Police Department, Las Cruces Police Department and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department. With the unfortunate passing of Officer Jose Chavez, the game took on a more significant meaning. Through efforts of all involved, we were able to generate approximately $5,000 towards Officer Chavez’s Memorial Fund.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

It was a busy summer for IBP.  Below are highlights.

  • IBP’s U.S. Passport Acceptance Faculty opened on June 14. It is located at Garcia Annex 233A.  Walk-in appointments only.  Open 9 am – 2 pm daily.
  • Cornell Menking took College of Education Dean Donald Pope Davis to meet with partners in both Colombia and Ecuador. Rod McSherry from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences accompanied them on the Colombia leg, where a “high-level dialogue” with the U.S. Embassy and Colombian government officials led to a commitment by the Fulbright Commission to support students from Universidad de La Salle to come to NMSU and study in ACES Masters programs.  Other programs with leading U.S. land grant institutions hold great potential.
  • Seven IBP staff, plus Norma Palomino from the Graduate School, attended the annual NAFSA meeting, which is the most important conference of international educators.
  • As part of the NMSU restructuring, IBP will assume management of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies. Iñigo Garcia Bryce has resigned as director and the appointment of a new director is pending.

Center for English Language Programs (CELP)

  • After 14 years, the current CELP Director, Dr. Ashley Ryan, will be leaving NMSU to start a new career in Gallup. Kristian Chervenock will step in as interim CELP Director while a national search is conducted.
  • Over the summer CELP hosted eight Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian students from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador as part of a U.S. Embassy-supported 8-week English program. The students participated in a homestay project, where they are housed with Las Cruces families. The program also partnered with the Michael Ray at NMSU American Indian Programs to get to know various Native American tribes within the region.


  • In July 73 students for the “COMEXUS Summit” program came to NMSU. Comprised entirely of Mexican English teachers, the students enrolled in a non-credit TESOL professional development program and participated in multiple cultural activities to El Paso, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands.  Many students are exploring the possibility of returning to NMSU to study in Master’s programs in the College of Education.
  • In the spring CELP held a Closing Ceremony for 34 students that finished the Academic Level. All of the students are eligible to matriculate in to NMSU degree programs. (I included the photo from Cornell here as well).


  • In May, CELP said goodbye to 25 Tecnológico Nacional de Mexico students who were here since January. IBP and the Graduate School continue working with the students to support them in applying to master degree programs at NMSU.
  • CELP enrolled 46 independent students during their regular summer program. 16 of those students completed CELP with the potential of matriculating in to a degree program at NMSU.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

  • Corine Huante started as the new ISSS Transcript Evaluator, Padma Reddi started as a new International Student Admissions Advisor, and Trish Montalvo came to ISSS from the Admissions Office.  All of these changes nicely complemented ISSS’s new function of overseeing all international undergraduate student admission functions.
  • Chinese faculty helped NMSU recruit new international students during their summer visits to their home country. Supported financially by IBP, this new initiative shows great promise.
  • The semester is in full swing with 165 international students having checked in and attended the new student orientation.
  • Upcoming events include the Welcome Back Luncheon this Friday and the Global Coffee Hour scheduled for August 29.
  • Over the summer ISSS Director, Michael Schmelzle, attended a two-day New Mexico International Educators meeting in Albuquerque where New Mexico recruitment initiatives were discussed.  He also attended a five-day International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) Conference at Rutgers University.

Office of Education Abroad (OEA)

  • OEA tabled at the Engineering Resource Fair for Incoming Engineering students on August 16.
  • OEA will begin classroom presentations on August 19 with a goal of 150 for the semester. We had our first representation request from a professor using the Live Chat feature on the website.
  • OEA was represented at the final New Student and Transfer Student Resource Fair on August 12.
  • This semester OEA welcomed 26 new exchange students from all over the world and gave them an extensive two-day orientation.  The Study Abroad Ambassadors, under the guidance of Kari Rankin, will help the students make friends and integrate into campus life.


  • The Office of Education Abroad met with partners in Ireland last week to discuss new programs and to check in on established partnerships. Partners included Learn International, Maynooth University, Carlow IT, All Hallows College, and Dublin City University.

Confucius Institute

  • Elvira Masson accompanied 14 students from Cathedral High School (El Paso) to a two-week Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, hosted by Hebei Normal University’s Affiliated High School in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China.
  • Interviewed and hired six new Chinese language and culture teachers.
  • Established four new Chinese language programs in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, and El Paso.
  • Attended the NM International Educators meeting in Albuquerque and are working on collaboration with NMMI as a result.

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny

Web Communications

We are gearing up for the undergraduate fall recruitment campaign.  UComm’s Marketing Services and Web Communications attended the Provost’s Strategic Enrollment Planning Council (SEP) to provide an overview of FY16 advertising initiatives and results; as well as an overview of the FY17 advertising budget and strategies for traditional and online channels.

This week we also prepared all of the branding assets (logos, app icons, splash screens, and promo headers) for the new Check I’m Here web portal and mobile application.  The Check I’m Here service will be a unified campus event calendar solution and student tracking system managed by NMSU Campus Activities.

Marketing Services

Working closely with Admissions, the Marketing Services team developed a 46-page viewbook, which will serve as the showcase piece of Admissions’ undergraduate recruitment efforts. There are new photos throughout, including several that highlight student-mentor relationships in each college. And we’ve recently been working with the faculty from the Department of Extension Plant Sciences to update their program brochures. They haven’t been updated in many years and they are really excited about the new look. Here’s the cover and a spread of the viewbook publication and an example of the Extension Forage Program.

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Dr. Jill McDonald, Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research, was featured on KRWG FM’s August Voice of the Public. She was joined by Dr. Richard Jackson, who will be appearing at city events helping to Design Healthy Communities. The hour-long call-in show answered questions from listeners interested in improving health options in the region.


News and Web Communications worked together to launch the inaugural issues of Chancellor’s Corner and Provost’s Post, new weekly efforts to keep employees informed and to help increase communication across the university.

In an effort to increase communication between Chancellor Carruthers and students, Assistant Director of News Justin Bannister helped him set up his new Twitter account. He can be found at

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Events

  • August 22-24, Science, Technology & Telecommunications Committee, Taos, NM
  • August 22 -24, Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, Taos, NM
  • August 24 – 26, Legislative Finance Committee, Red River Conference Center
    • August 24th – Preliminary FY 16 General Fund Revenues, FY 17 Revenue Update
      • FY 18 Outlook and General Fund Financial Summary
    • Status of General Fund Solvency Efforts,
      • Governor’s Directive to Reduce Expenditures by 5%
      • 4th Quarter Performance Report Pursuant to the Accountability in Government Act, and FY18 Performance Reporting — LFC and DFA Staff
    • August 25th– FY18 Group Health Premiums for Schools and State Agencies –
      • Projected Funding Needs, Premiums and Fund Balances
      • Review of Group Benefits Plan Design and Proposed Changes
      • Strategies to Influence Costs and Improve Quality of Care
  • August 24 – Mortgage Finance Authority Act Oversight Committee, NM Mortgage Finance Authority Office
  • August 25 – Disabilities Concerns Subcommittee, Capitol, Rm 322
    • Autism Flexible Services Program
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, Assessment & Services
  • August 25 -26, Water & Natural Resources Committee, Clovis, NM
  • August 29, Investments & Pensions Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
  • August 29-31, Indian Affairs Committee, Sky City Casino Hotel & Conference Center
  • August 31, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, Central NM Community College, Alb.
  • Steptember 1-2, Economic & Rural Development Committee, NM Military Institute, Roswell
    • Industrial Hemp

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

  • NMDA’s 2016 “Get Your (NM Chile) Fix®” promotional campaign has kicked off. Staff are conducting a training for Albertsons’ grocery store personnel. The training will include proper green chile roasting techniques and safety measures, point-of-sale materials, cross-merchandizing ideas, event planning, recipes for sampling, pre-orders, and more.
  • Staff participated in a meeting hosted by the Indian Health Services regarding the development of a rabies prevention and control program that may be utilized by all tribes and pueblos throughout the United States.  The goal of the meeting, and future meetings, is to develop protocols and trainings that will be incorporated into the program.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity

There were 39 police reports created, 13 supplements filed, and 25 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 9 items of evidence entered into the vault, 83 people were fingerprinted and 7 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center

Emergency Dispatch Center handled 316 police calls for service (4 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 235 police calls (29 of which were agency assist) and 0 warrant entries.  There were 26 fire calls (10 of which were mutual aid), 12 emergency medical, 1 public assist, 1 smell of smoke, 1 fire alarm, and 1 standby.  There were also 3 animal control calls.

Special Events

Special Events Staff worked a total of 197 hours and reviewed 8 events including the planning with multiple agencies for the memorial services for Officer Chavez, Aggies After Dark, We Mean Business, Food Truck Fiesta, Kappa Sigma Foam, and Aggie Volleyball.

Victim Services

A victim was assisted in filing order of protection and making a report with LCPD as well as requesting a no-contact order.

Active Killer Presentations

On August 15, Chief Lopez provided two Active Killer Presentations.  One was for ICT Student Technology and the other was held at the DACC East Auditorium.  On August 16, Chief Lopez also provided an Active Killer Presentation at the Arrowhead ECHS.  All three presentations were well represented and well received.

Funeral Preparations for Officer Chavez

NMSU hosted the funeral for Officer Chavez on Sunday, August 20 at the Pan Am Center, and many long hours went into putting together an operation plan to deal with an event of this magnitude.  Many thanks go out to the personnel of the NMSU Police Department (both officers and nonsworn employees), along with the personnel from Pan Am Special Events, for making this a successful event in all aspects.  There was an estimated attendance of 4,500, with officers coming from New York City Police Department, Chicago PD, Tucson PD, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and many agencies in between.

Aggie Badge Bowl Game

The Inaugural Aggie Badge Bowl was put on by the Athletic Department on Friday, August 19.  This game pitted two teams against each other in a flag football game that raised over $4,300 for the Officer Jose Ismael Chavez Memorial Fund.  Each team was comprised of a mix of Aggie football players and police officers from around the area.  The Crimson Team won this contest, defeating the Blue Team by a score of 52-32.  Everyone participating had a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to next year.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University-Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Convocation Held at DACC

More than 450 participated in Fall 2016 school year convocation. One ceremony was held in the morning for full time faculty and staff and one in the evening for part-time faculty. Financial outlook for this year was discussed and nine break-out sessions trained on everything from customer service to 4DX.  Chief Lopez presented a training on active killer procedures. Several part-time faculty were awarded for their outstanding work including from left to right: Tom Drake- Instructor, Culinary Arts; Megan McKinney, English and Communications Department; Issac Villegas, Instructor, Automotive Technology; Genaro Villa, Adult Basic Education; and Stephani Nunez, Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Sanchez Hall to Be Named

On August 26, Dr. Alex Sanchez, the first Dona Ana Branch Community College president will return to the Espina Campus to celebrate the naming ceremony of the original building on the campus. This is the first building named after a person for NMSU-Doña Ana. Alex Sanchez Hall will be unveiled by Dr. Sanchez, his wife Elaine and other NMSU and NMSU-Doña Ana officials. Grammy award winners La Catrina Quartet will perform as well.DACC A Sanchez Invitation

New Mexico State University- Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Friday, August 19, NMSU-A held it’s convocation at the Tays Special Events Center.  The convocation began with a review of the Strategic plan and vision for the coming academic year. The highlight of the event was the recognition of award recipients from NISOD, Promotions and Tenure, Advanced Degrees, Non-Exempt Staff Award, and the Exempt Staff Award.
  • The NMSU-A Shared Governance Sub-Committee hosted a Faculty and Staff Summit following convocation on Friday, August 19.  The goal of the Summit was to restructure all college committees to align with the reorganization of academics that was implemented at NMSU-A beginning July 1.
  • Friday,NMSU-A will participate in the Otero County Fair greeting members of the community and promoting programs, certificates and degrees of that are available to the students of our region.

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New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, August 15, NMSU Carlsbad welcomed back its full-time and adjunct faculty. Meetings with the full-time faculty included a welcome from the president and updates given by each of the three vice presidents followed by an assessment workshop. The adjunct faculty met after a dinner on Monday evening to hear campus updates and to meet with their respective department chairs.
  • On Tuesday, August 16, NMSU Carlsbad convened its annual convocation. New personnel were introduced and updates were heard from multiple campus entities before a presentation on the campus AQIP systems portfolio processes and a lighthearted look at the Myers-Briggs personality types.  After lunch, the Roush Award recipient was introduced and the president provided a state of the college presentation before a panel discussion that included Early College High School representatives.
  • On Tuesday evening of August 16, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a Welcome Back Employee dinner. All faculty and staff and their families were invited to attend a hamburger and hot dog meal that was cooked by the Executive Team. The event was enjoyable and provided a fun time prior to the start of classes.
  • On Wednesday, August 17, the NMSU Carlsbad campus began the first day of classes. Our enrollment results are down somewhat but should improve with the enrollment of dual credit students.
  • On Thursday, August 18, President John Gratton attended a HED strategic planning meeting in Albuquerque that was called by Secretary Barbara Damron. The meeting was very informative and was attended by institutional representatives from across the state. During the course of the meeting breakout groups discussed educational attainment goals for the state.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Fly to the Future Student Convocation

Students, faculty, and staff gathered together on August 16 in the spirit of fellowship to kick of the fall semester.  The family friendly event encouraged all students to meet their instructors, other students, and staff of NMSU Grants Campus.  All students were given planners to help them throughout the coming year.

Kickstarter Grant Awarded

Karen Henry, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and David Stokowski, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences, successfully wrote a proposal that led to a 3-year grant to improve recruitment and retention of Hispanic students at NMSU Grants Campus.  The Kick Starter Program, led by Science Foundation Arizona,  is a technical assistance program that prepares and positions Community College Hispanic-Serving Institutions to compete successfully for federal funds with focus on student recruitment and retention in STEM fields.

Federal Grant Extension

NMSU Grants Campus has been awarded a one year no cost extension to continue the present NASNTI (Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution) grant to September 30, 2017.  This will allow the campus to continue services at the Tohajillee and Acoma outreach centers and add a new center in Zuni, New Mexico.   The extension also includes support for four summer dual-credit academies for next summer 2017.  Two summer academies will be conducted on the NMSU Grants campus while the other two will be conducted on the A:Shiwi College and Career Readiness Center campus in Zuni, New Mexico.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

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